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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnCh View Post
    Um, that day/night mirror is in a Westfield. And we can get very soft. I even have a locking boot with a separate key to keep things safe from valets!

    -John
    I got the version that vibrates.
    Greg

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnCh View Post
    Um, that day/night mirror is in a Westfield. And we can get very soft. I even have a locking boot with a separate key to keep things safe from valets!

    -John
    What's next, power steering!?!

    Looks like a great day!
    Henry
    1965 Seven S2
    1969 Elan S4

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pokey View Post
    A call to AAA to learn that they wouldn't touch me with a 10 foot pole
    Good to hear you got underway again fairly quickly and that you had John nearby to pitch in. Not to scare you but you will have a few of these glitches in the first year as everything settles in then everything becomes more reliable. I call it fettling.

    I would be having a follow up chat with AAA to find out what their problem is. They have been my lifeline to get me home when the results of my mechanical adventures are terminal. The top membership gives me 300 miles free towing allowance. You just have to ask for a flat top truck. I expect I will be using them again shortly knowing my luck.


    Quote Originally Posted by JohnCh View Post
    Mike's on East Coast, probably having a mid-afternoon bourbon
    No chance. I was working on car restoration research and parts hunting online. A few hours later...


    Quote Originally Posted by panamericano View Post
    I did carry a full tool bag for months.
    Yep - still do.

    If you do carry a full tool bag, make sure it is extremely well padded. Rampaging tools inside the boot area make for many dents in the sideskin. I seem to remember someone in the PNW discovering this after a vigorous blat.


    Quote Originally Posted by panamericano View Post
    How soft can Caterham guys get?
    Quite. Did you know I have a self cancelling indicator stalk? I also use moisturizer.
    Last edited by Croc; 07-20-2020 at 05:23 AM.
    Mike
    2010 Caterham CSR with Cosworth 2.3 Duratec
    2018 Caterham 420R with 2L Duratec 210hp at Donington UK
    1975 BMW CSL Group 4 (restoration finished - track set up time)
    1977 Holden Torana "A9X" (awaiting restoration)
    1985 Holden Commodore SS Group A (suspension restoration)
    1985 Holden Commodore Group A (suspension set up)
    1982 Ferrari 400i (radiator replacement)
    1965 Ford Mustang Fastback "Holman Moody"
    1992 Ford Escort RS Cosworth WRC (dyno time)
    1990 Range Rover 2 door Classic
    and another project car coming....

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    I keep my tools in a tool roll attached via velcro straps to the top of the passenger footbox in front of the scuttle. The exposure to heat and dirt under the bonnet is irrelevant -- they're tools -- and they don't take up valuable boot space when touring. The shape of available real estate in that area is a little different in a Caterham, but it's workable.

    -John
    '95 Westfield SEiW w/2.0L Duratec
    '68 Lotus Elan FHC
    '91 Miata w/Flyin Miata suspension & brakes
    '95 Porsche 993 C2
    '86 Porsche 944 turbo (neglected project car)
    Throttle Steer

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    One of 5 pins in a terminal pin inside the fuel injector harness was a little too short...???? Sounds like the proverbial needle in a haystack, made more interesting by needing to trouble shoot it at the side of the road. Hey, at least it wasn't dark (and raining).

    Croc is on point, first year fettling is to be expected.
    Kitcat:AKA, Sir Spinsalot
    '97 Caterham Super Sprint, 1700 Crossflow-sold
    '09 Birkin S3, Duratec-sold
    '03 Caterham Zetec track car
    '19 Honda Type R, sold
    '19 Miata Clubsport

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    It was a little more than that. One of the wires in the injector harness connector wasn't fully seated. You could see the rubber seal sticking out the back. With the plastic cover inside the connector removed, and that pin fully seated, we noticed it was still a couple of mm shorter than the five other pins. Now whether that's an issue with the connector itself, or that pin is physically shorter, is an open question. Regardless, it now makes the connection and consistently fires the injector on #1. If there isn't an occasional electrical issue, it can't be British

    -John
    '95 Westfield SEiW w/2.0L Duratec
    '68 Lotus Elan FHC
    '91 Miata w/Flyin Miata suspension & brakes
    '95 Porsche 993 C2
    '86 Porsche 944 turbo (neglected project car)
    Throttle Steer

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnCh View Post
    Not a GoPro. My video consultant (i.e. Croc) put me into a DJI Osmo Action Camera, and Audio Technique microphone.

    -John
    So we need to hear more about your video consultant's advice, the video and audio are quite good.
    Henry
    1965 Seven S2
    1969 Elan S4

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    See Croc's definitive thread here. I'm using a DJI Osmo Action Camera w/Cynova 3.5mm mic adapter, Audio-Technica Pro 24 CM microphone w/ Movo WS1 Furry Microphone Windscreen (aka dead cat), and Manfrotto Super Clamp all per Mike's recommendations. My setup also uses a mini ball head, tripod mount adapter for GoPro/Osmo, and an extension cable for the mic which is taped inside the tub below my left elbow. There is a lot of driveline noise in the background thanks to a complete absence of carpet, cushy seats, or anything else to absorb those frequencies, but I'm still experimenting.

    -John
    '95 Westfield SEiW w/2.0L Duratec
    '68 Lotus Elan FHC
    '91 Miata w/Flyin Miata suspension & brakes
    '95 Porsche 993 C2
    '86 Porsche 944 turbo (neglected project car)
    Throttle Steer

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    Two weeks to go before my appointment with Washington State Patrol for the prerequisite inspection to get licensed. So far I've been able to get 200 miles on the odometer using temporary trip permits - you can purchase up to three trip permits in a 30 day period, each good for three contiguous days. I've got time left on the current trip permit so am going to try to sneak out and get an alignment. Anyone want to offer up setting advice?

    Currently I'm setup with neutral toe and with caster set to a bit more positive than Caterham's build manual specifies. I have negative camber, no idea how much, maybe -2 degrees or so. So far my impression is the car is planted, stable at road speed, more prone to oversteer than understeer, and it takes a fair bit of effort to turn in. Turn in might be my caster setting, but I'm thinking that I should live with it for a while and instead compensate with toe. I'll be doing mostly street driving, but plan to track and might autocross.

    My completely naive and somewhat random thoughts are:

    Ride height 145mm
    Rake 10mm
    Toe 1 degree out
    Camber -2 degrees

    I'm also going to get flat floored and am seeking opinions on that as well. So far my wife has been with me a fair amount, but when she is with me I purposely tone down my driving to maintain marital bliss. So my thought is to get flat floored with just me in the car. The reasoning behind this is (a) I'm not pushing the suspension (much) when she is with me on the road, and (b) when on track she won't be there and that is when suspension setup will be most pronounced. Does this reasoning seem sound or am I missing something?

    Greg

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    Make life easy on yourself and have Beachman Racing set up your alignment. You're close by and he's been through it a few times.
    2012 CSR 260, registered as a 1966 Super 7

    Still in the massive grin stage. Damn bugs!

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