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    McCopy mk 5

    Andy, when you are retired...you have all the time in the world. I also have to keep reasonably close to home with our little life`s challenge.
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    McCopy mk 5

    Nah Terry, the tops look vintage enough, quite similar to the original Fiat ones. The body plug is next. Cheers
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    Formula Junior..Volopini replica

    I have revised / remade the front lower wishbones.....a great improvement I feel sure. Made from 25mm x 3.4mm seamless pipe on surplus ball joints so fully adjustable now.
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    McCopy mk 5

    As I said before, the MX5 lower fronts were just plain butt ugly so have rebuilt them from 25mm x 3.4 seamless pipe and they weigh 1 kg lighter than the original`s. Now all dimensions are adjustable and they look somewhat better...maybe not `period`.
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    McCopy mk 5

    Hi Leon, good to hear from you...thought you had gone to ground. Sorry but no to Big Boy`s Toys as I was not there. I think my first car was there, the second is in Southwards Museum and the third is here at home almost thru the cert process for road registration. The next ? well just for fun I...
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    Formula Junior..Volopini replica

    The reason for the transverse is two fold, one is that its old school and two that its more compact than the origional MX5 spring and shock set up. The spring is a flat spring and I need a couple of more leaves as it is not riding high enough. Cheers
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    Formula Junior..Volopini replica

    Well it`s always a pleasure bolting shiny new bits and bolts into a nicely painted frame. Got most of the running gear in place now so wiring, fuel and brakes will be next. The rear spring will need to be beefed up a little as it is softer than I had planned. The frame / wheels have aligned up...
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    RCR visit

    Best wishes John, we can really understand what this means to you, enjoy! Russell and Carol
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    Uprights

    John, not sure where you are located but Holden Commodore rear bearings are a better option as they are wider and handle the V8 options with ease, the hubs are also great for scratch building uprights. Axels were also nice and strong.
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    McCopy mk 5

    Well we are onto what should be our second to last certification check and the usual small bits to appease. Just done an official sound check and we are at 107db and I need around 98 / 99dba. The combined muffler has a division and balance inside and its not practical to amend.(as it will be...
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    Formula Junior..Volopini replica

    Now this is what a real paint job looks like, the boys at Spraywell have done a magnificent job considering the amount of prep that was required after the previous `****` up. Looking forward to assembly and then the body manufacture. Cheers
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    Formula Junior..Volopini replica

    One step forward, 3 steps back. After much discussion with the paint expert / salesman, I bought some of a new Aussie brand of super hard chassis paint. Big mistake, as even though it flowed on and looked really glossy when brushed on, the devil was in the detail later because any area that you...
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    Formula Junior..Volopini replica

    Well we managed to get Carol back across to Aussie to visit the grand kids, a bit tiring but done. So now some time back in the shed. Had two very successful days where I adapted the Mazda drive shaft to the Toyota shaft, it would have been easy if they were both the same dia. as a special...
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    Formula Junior..Volopini replica

    Solved that one easy old school, just laid the two axels side by side and move one until the total overall length was correct and marked the cut! axel part A then attaches to axel part B...hey presto... both axel`s are the correct length. More progress now with the front end set up, all the...
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    Formula Junior..Volopini replica

    Here is a question for all and sundry, it`s right up JacMac`s resume . I have moved my differential across to allow a lowered drive position `beside` the drive shaft in old school Formula Junior tradition. The difference in axel lengths is 260mm. I need to cut the axels so that when the two sets...
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    M20 Dreaming

    Leon Do you recognize the rack that you gave me....been shortened a tad
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    Spaceframe Chassis - variations

    Mark, all those dimensions are variable anyway. I have used the second plan for a road going M8B constructed from 40mm sq 2mm tube and have found it to be exceptionally strong. One main change I did was to fabricate the centre tunnel section from 1.6mm sheet with a tack welded bottom plate. All...
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    Formula Junior..Volopini replica

    Another good days effort with the motor back in the frame,(will freshen up later) brake and clutch pedals fitted and the basic plan on the front rocker suspension sussed out. Waiting for some square section steel to arrive to get that underway. Better slow down or else it will be finished to...
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    Formula Junior..Volopini replica

    Well a good couple of days full effort and the chassis is on the rotisserie to catch up all the hard to get welds. I have also made the inlet / exhaust manifold whilst the engine was in the chassis before it gets freshened / cleaned. Next task is to set up the steering shaft down to the rack and...
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    McCopy mk 5

    Problem solved...after a good night`s sleep i went down to the workshop and checked the bolt that locks the gear shift arm onto the selector shaft....and yes the bolt head just foul``s the gear box housing preventing full reverse engagement. Don`t have to pay a visit to the Audi dealer! Cheers
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