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  1. ross nicol

    Torque wrench spec strips threads

    I've built or rebuilt a few 302 Ford Windsor engines now (blown up the odd one or two) and being a stickler for doing things by the book, I adhere to torque wrench specifications almost exclusively. Ok so bearing caps, rod bolts and head studs etc I will always tighten using a high quality...
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    302 Firing order (How hard can it be)

    Ross is back Well I wonder if anyone missed me, haven't been around here for a while. My track exploits came to a grinding halt 2 years ago when my 2nd string motor allowed it's crank to become 2 parts instead of 1. Since then I have converted the Subaru to electric and have the Pantera...
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    Building a new race engine

    Well my intention to rebuild a race engine and consequently my earlier thread describing the process came to nought, when I found cracks in the B50 Ford Racing block. I purchased a new Dart Sportsman 302 Iron block and because of this I have renamed the project 'Building a new race engine'. I...
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    Transaxle gear ratio comparison

    Put together this chart comparing gear ratios in a few transaxles you may find interesting. I find it hard to check how close the ratios are when looking at numerical data so I've laid the chart out to make it easy for my tired brain. I've listed the diff ratios but I was only interested in the...
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    Perfect number wrong car

    Ran the Europa in a 6 hour relay,regularity event at Phillip Island last weekend and our team had the magic number 40. Only trouble was I had to run the Lotus due to not having a motor in the RF40. Shame! I managed to keep under my nominated lap time but some of the others didn't. Ended up 36th...
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    Custodian of Worlds Fastest Indian

    In Feb earlier this year while racing the RF40 in the South Island of New Zealand I called in to the hardware store I worked at when I was a lot younger. This store is a must visit if you ever go to Invercargill as 'Neville Hayes' (pictured) is the owner and also the custodian of the original...
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    Rebuilding a Race Engine

    Ok bit of a catchy title I know, but I thought I would start this new thread to detail the rebuild of my race engine. I'm hoping for help and construction hints along the way, so maybe this thread can become a guide for others who choose to build their own engine. This system worked so well when...
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    Race report from Sandown 22/23rd May 2009

    Well here we are again, filing a report from a pretty eventful weekend.The lead up last week included fitting new front brake pads, checking the suspension settings and lots of cleaning. On wed evening I decided to remove the starter to run some checks for an intermittent problem I've had where...
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    Race report from Phillip Island 25th/26th April

    Our first State race meeting at Phillip Island at the weekend was a bit up and down for me. Preparation on the car started 2 weeks ago when I tried to prepare the Lotus Europa for a Club day at Winton. It all went wrong on Saturday afternoon when I couldn't complete the installation of some new...
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    When your best isn't good enough.

    Sad time for Cheryl and I. Last night our son James (23) committed suicide in his car, up our driveway. He had a history of depression and previous attempts on his life. We tried hard to help him all the time hoping he would come right but now it seems our best wasn't good enough. I've always...
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    Team 40 to NZ

    Well our 'Team 40 to NZ' race team is alive and the first phase of the Logistics is under way. Here are some photos of our car being loaded into the container. As you can imagine some lengths have been gone to, to make sure the car is strapped in real good.I got the container on friday and have...
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    Need a little help from my friends

    I hit a brick wall with my plans to ship my RF40 to New Zealand to race in Feb 2009. I don't know why, but I had a figure in my head for the shipping cost and when the quote came back during the week, more than double I was shattered realizing I would not be able to go. I was still reeling when...
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    Ross racing at Phillip Island 18th/19th October

    Yes I was at it again last weekend at Phillip Island. Nice weather but small grid only 7 runners in the final 2 races. The lead up to the weekend was frantic with even more factory changes which left only one day to service the car, boy that was close but make it I did. I arrived at the circuit...
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    Why I love Ford engines

    Spoke to the Lambo Gallardo driver who blew an engine at Phillip Island during our race meeting a few months ago and he has had to import a new engine. Cost $50,000 That's why I love Ford engines much cheaper for 500hp. He also described an interesting characteristic of the car, under hard...
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    Ross climbs the haunted Hill

    Sorry for that journalistic headline but if I have your attention please enjoy the read. I could have gone to Winton Raceway last weekend and raced against a mixture of cars but I decided instead it would be more interesting to compete at the 'Haunted Hills hillclimb' run by the 'Marque sports...
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    Ross' race report Sandown 26/27 july 08

    Well for the start of this report I have decided to take you back to friday when as usual last minute jobs are completed just in time. 2 weeks ago I removed the front brake rotors and had Will Croll machine them to remove the runout.They were machined to Will's exacting standards of .001"...
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    Ross racing this weekend

    I'm off to Sandown tomorrow morning for racing Sat and Sunday, anyone in the Melbourne area come and say hello. Jobs completed since last race- Smaller front anti roll bar fitted Front brake rotors turned to remove runout Temp paint on rotors Knob and cable fitted to brake balance bar (no more...
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    Ross' New car has arrived

    Well after purchasing this Pantera in Nov 07 off ebay in the US, I have just got it in my garage as of last week.No it doesn't take a ship 6 months to travel from the US to Australia and I am about to unleash all the drama on you people. The car I was after had to be fairly original as I want to...
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    How to get video on you tube

    Ok I have managed to DIY a video onto you tube all by myself without the help of my son. This on it's own has provided me with much pleasure. I looked through the forum for a suitable area to post my 'how to' and this seems the most appropriate place. Firstly I will declare I am not an expert...
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    latest race video From Phillip Island 18th May

    Here is the video from the race at PI.Started dry and got a bit too wet for slicks.Note the yellow Lambo that failed to get off the line then caught us only to spin off after Honda corner.YouTube - GT40 Racing at Phillip Island May 2008 Ross
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