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    If you were starting from scratch...what would you change about your build?

    Hi, I completed an RCR in 2016 and it’s a great choice. For me the most time consuming and difficult element was fitting the bodywork. On delivery, the wheels and tyres will be pretty much in the correct position. Then attack the bodywork. It’s good quality stuff but to get the alignment, gaps...
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    Looking for bits for my 302

    Hi Nick, I placed this ad on eBay but had no takers here it is again just contact me if any bits interest you Cheers Roger: These are surplus used standard donor parts from a high performance 400bhp engine build using a standard 1969 Ford 302 V8 as a basis. If I was rebuilding a standard engine...
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    Roaring Forties Australian GT40 Replica Saga 1/2 Million USD Gone - Final Report?

    I also remember the whole torrid saga very well, especially when he clearly lied continually and took £10k of my hard earned cash as deposit money. I only got around £1000 back after the dust had settled. The customer group then had a few legal fees but that action amounted to little. Thankfully...
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    Source for pre 1975 302 blocks

    Hi Mark, you might want to call Real Steel in Uxbridge who supplied my 1969 302 block, a few years ago. Cheers Roger Allen
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    Willwood Reservoir sealing

    This is an old subject I guess! I've had a persistent very slight weep of hydraulic fluid from the Willwood clutch master cylinder reservoir on my Mk1 RCR. Despite tightening and refitting the assembly the weep remained. The clip design and the relatively thin plastic does look a little tricky...
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    Go with stock thermostat or a cooler thermostat?

    Unless I’m much mistaken the thermostat only remains closed at initial warm up. Therefore after that and the thermostat is open you’re at ‘system temperature’ which is independent of the thermostat. I’ve gone for a 160deg thermostat on the basis that I wanted a quick warm up period, hence the...
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    Overheating....

    I had overheating issues on my RCR with a 302. It was simply solved by fitting some very powerful fans from Kenlowe in Maidenhead UK. They were very helpful and had done the cooling on original GT40s at nearby Slough in the 60s. They draw a big current (about 45 Amps) on full chat (2 speed but...
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    RCR Fuel System Help

    Hi Pasha, I can only tell you how I did my system and it works fine. I have a single Holly carb but the fuel feed will be similar. 1. Fit pickup/sender to each side having measured and cut to length. I cut my end pipe at 45deg to sit about 10mm above the tank bottom. No need for filters...
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    Settings......Camber...Toe...Shocks ...

    First set ride heights to spec and check the wheelbase is the same both sides! I use the simple rectangle method with fine fishing line set out very carefully around the car and measure off that with a steel rule to the wheels. I use a gauge for camber angle and KPI. Seems to work very well at...
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    Ford Rocker Covers

    I bought a pair similar to the ones above from Summit. Arrived in U.K. fine. BUT be careful because mine had the oil trap plates under the filler and breather held in by self tapping screws! Now, in my book, self tapping screws have no place on a car let alone inside the engine!!!! I replaced...
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    Post IVA registration

    Hi Marcus, I fully agree with Andy. Make sure sound engineering principles are fully adhered to. If they see that then you’ll impress them that the car is well and safely built. The inspector needs to have confidence he’s not releasing an unsafe vehicle onto the road. Cheers Roger
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    Oil cooler or trans cooler?

    Hi Larry, My five cents worth is don’t worry about a trans cooler unless you’re going to be racing. Fit an engine cooler and oil temp gauge. Modern engine oils are safe to about 130degC so it’s sometimes questionable whether normal road use needs an oil cooler except when water cooling is a...
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    Coolant Fan Cycling

    Hi Chris, I spent much time testing autofan switches. In the end fitted a high temp variant to cover the times I forgot to handle it manually! My RCR with about 375bhp was tricky to get stable with water temp. But fitting a pair of Kenlowe high output fans cured the issue impressively. Didn’t...
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    Flange Choice for Exhaust Build

    My 302 V8 exhaust has a single one piece flange either side and it works fine. The only minor issue is clearance to get a couple of the socket head bolts in. I had to thin down a couple of the bolt heads. The exhaust has been on and off a couple of times and once after running the engine and...
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    Rear cable routing

    Hi Mitch, my RCR is right hand drive. The main loom runs along the lower right hand floor under the gearshift and through the lower right side of the bulkhead, via fuse box and 3 systems switches. The dash wiring exits also on the right hand side and connects via multi plugs. The battery is in...
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    RCR Seats Mounting Seat Belts

    Hi Mitch, The lap strap on my full harnesses go to the outside of the seat in the ‘hinge’ area. Having said that I’ve had to narrow the driver’s seat to accommodate a right hand cable shift. Cheers Roger
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    RCR Seats Mounting Seat Belts

    Hi Mitch, I’ve got full harness belts in my RCR GT. The top mount belts go through holes cut in the seat back to mounts on the rear bulkhead at shoulder top height. The mounts are into a beam behind the bulkhead which is bolted into the chassis and roll cage. The side belts mounts go into the...
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    Bundle of Snakes Advice

    Hi, I’ve got an Audi 01E in my RCR GT40 with the engine mounted one inch higher to get decent driveshaft angles. The RCR headers fit absolutely fine. The only mods I’ve made are to thin down the heads of a couple of the socket head bolts to make the fitting easy and a slight tweak to the...
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    ac belt part #

    Gates do belts in various lengths and they don’t cost much. I’ve got RCR vee pullies and sorted my set up by trying a couple of belts around the optimum leaving some for adjustments. It’s quite tight in there but you can set it up with the bulkhead removed and then any later tightening from...
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    Another question: Dry or wet oil sump setup??

    Hi, Whatever is fitted you’ve got make sure that the lower face of the sump is tucked up and not the lowest point of the chassis. In my RCR I’ve got an Aviaid GT40 sump with the engine raised 1” to accommodate an Audi transaxle with decent drive shaft angles. It packages very well. With the RCR...
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