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PostPosted: Wed Aug 16, 2017 11:57 am 
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Heat shield fitted, never enjoy drilling hole in things but it was pretty straightforward. I opted to use some self tappers rather than rivets. I had some good offcut pieces of the heat shield material too so I fashioned some shielding for the brake pipe to replace the sorry one I removed from the original car.

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Also finished off my wiring for the fan. I've been able to route it all very neatly following existing cable runs. I'll be using a relay and I've mounted this at the bottom of the suspension turret as there was a convenient hole already there. I do need to connect the earths up and those will go on where the brake master cylinder support bracket goes, again there's already a nice hole there and it's all hidden and discreet.

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The radiator will need to come out to fit the engine so I'll tidy up the wiring at the front when it's all installed. When I had the wiring loom made I had fused relays added for the headlights. My current plan is to mount those to a bracket which will be attached to the battery clamp. I need to make up a mock battery to then make up the bracket. Seems the easiest place to fit them, though in hindsight I should have had them positioned elsewhere perhaps.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 16, 2017 8:14 pm 
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Whats the stainless/chrome bracket just under the radiator

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 7:34 am 
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There isn't one! Are you getting confused with the mountings for the spoiler? These are stainless washers, bolts etc.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 2:29 pm 
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In my quest to look at a few jobs before my head comes back I dug out my wheels last night. I bought this set of 4 wheels some years ago as new old stock complete with original Leyland boxes. As you'd expect these are a high quality product by Leyland as you can see in the pics.

None of the 4 are good enough to use as they are due to what looks like lacquer clouding (didn't think they were lacquered), some other surface marks and...

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My personal fave black 'over splodge' marks. Wouldn't have taken long to have removed the excess of black paint.

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All will be stripped back, painted and then diamond cut to a higher standard.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 10:08 pm 
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AFAIK all Sprint wheels were lacquered. Clouding and lacquer discoloration are to blame for the urban legend about early cars coming with yellow or gold wheels!

In truth, MOST factory alloys come lacquered, in a feeble attempt to negate neglect!

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 11:15 am 
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In addition to fitting much of the exterior side and boot strips I've been doing some trimming work recently, not done any before.

I decided that I didn't like the standard millboard boot boards. They look nice when they're new but they get shabby quite quickly. Using my warped original boards as a pattern I cut out new panels from a new sheet of millboard. I did briefly think about buying some ready cut out but they are too expensive. I made the full set of boards including the one that mounts on the rear seat panel.

With the patterns made I then glued some van lining carpet to the board, finishing the edges by folding the material over the boards. Then it was simple a case of scoring and folding them and where necessary drilling some holes. On the reverse of the 2 side panels I stuck some additional soundproofing material as I had some spare.

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Really pleased with the end result as it's transformed the boot area and they fit really nicely. I chose anthracite carpet rather than black to make it slightly less dark, plus it doesn't show up specks as badly as black. I've currently used the hardura mat for the floor but I'm tempted to make up another panel and carpet it the same as the sides. At some point I must replace my boot hinges as something went wrong with them when the shell was at SPL and now they won't hold up on their own. I have spares but for now my trusty piece of wood will have to do!

I've also made up a new rear parcel shelf. My original had a rip in the vinyl and being hardboard was a bit thin. I also wanted to discretely mount some decent speakers so chose to use some 6mm MDF. Firstly I cut out the shape of the shelf and checked for fit. It was spot on first time. Then I drew round the apertures in the parcel shelf panel to work out where I could mount my speakers. The shape of the aperture most suitable (second one in) is very awkward and does limit the type and size speaker you can fit. I did think about mounting them underneath and be totally hidden but this does compromise the size you can fit and also the sound quality. After much deliberation I ordered a pair of black Pioneer 13cm speakers and cut some suitable sized mounting holes in the board. Again checking for fit I found the speakers were spot on.

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I then covered the board in a nice black vinyl and then mounted the speakers and temporarily fitted the parcel shelf. I'm pleased with the look. No it's not original but the standard 1 speaker in the Dolomite is woeful and as someone who enjoys some tunes I've had to opt for the rear speakers. Actually it was quite hard to find some plain looking decent speakers so the pair of Pioneers for under £25 seemed like a good deal.

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For the front footwell kick boards I used my damaged old one to make up 2 new ones from hardboard and covered those in the same vinyl. I was thinking of putting some front speakers in these panels but there's not much depth so these will remain standard. I'm then going to make some discreet speaker boxes and put these on the parcel shelf, no cutting holes in door panels for me.

I've also just purchased a spindle mount radio that looks period but has FM, DAB, USB etc. Looks to be just the job and will be a considerable improvement on the Radiomobile unit.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 5:41 pm 
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Wow, one impressive build.....

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 7:50 pm 
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Wow, thought this was my Toledo for a second in that colour, wouldnt happen to be a certain Ferrari colour would it? Havent read back far enough to find out yet, Beautiful build.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 6:00 am 
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Glynn, it is the orginal Vermillion colour.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 8:55 am 
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Oh Yes, definitely Vermillion. Currently it's all that colour but hopefully in November the roof will be vinyl covered so it'll tone down the sheer amount of Orange!

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 11:10 am 
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Very nice work on the trim :thumbsup:

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 24, 2017 2:45 pm 
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Continuing with the orange theme I thought I'd have a look at the steering wheel. I've never liked the standard finish on the Dolly wheels, the horrible plasticky covering is not very nice to use and just looks awful. I also find the wheel a little too thin and a thin wheel aggravates an elbow injury.

I decided that the wheel would be far nicer in leather. I thought for a while that I might consider a Moto-Lita or something like that but they are expensive and I'm not really convinced they suit the Dolomite either so thought I'd have a look at alternatives. I found quite a few people offering sew on covers but I wasn't that convinced they would fit that well so thought I'd make my own. I stripped down the wheel before adding a layer of neoprene to make it slightly thicker and more comfortable for me. I then cut some printed (textured) leather to shape before stitching it together. Using a textured leather gives it a slightly nicer grip. My Mazda has a smooth leather Nardi wheel which looks nice but I sometimes find it a bit smooth.

I chose to use an orange thread that closely matches the vermillion exterior. My daily I specced with red steering wheel stitching and I just thought that anything other than black would be nice, orange seemed the natural choice.

Unfortunately I used the works camera to take the pictures and 'someone' borrowed the camera and deleted my development pictures so you'll just have the end result to look at! I'm pleased with the result and it wasn't especially difficult to do. The time consuming bit was making the pattern and stitching it together.

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that looks good,i know what you mean about the original steering wheel being to thin,the stag wheel is the same as a sprint,i padded mine out by sticking two layers of leather on top of each other i use red,it wasnt untill i went to put the top perforated leather cover over the top,you could see the red showing through :shock: had to dye the red black before fitting the outter cover :)

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 Post subject: Re: Head back at last
PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 10:17 am 
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It's been quite a while but I've finally got my cylinder head back which I entrusted to Peter Burgess way back in mid-June.

He's given it a good clean as it was really coked up. New valve guides have been fitted for both inlet and exhaust, seats cut and new valves fitted. I was originally only going to do one set of guides but on closer inspection it seemed better to do all of them.

I also asked him to have a look at improving the gas flow of the head so he's done a bit of porting work to clean things up without going too wild, this was also carried out on the inlet manifold. The standard head isn't too bad for breathing but the quality of the original casting means some improvements can be made. All of this work is carried out by hand, not CNC. The setup costs of CNC are crazy for just one head.

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The final task was to look at the combustion chamber volume. With the Sprint engine so prone to HGF I wanted to make sure that the compression ratio was as equal as possible across the 4 cylinders. Not only will this make things smoother and more powerful it also ensures the combustion stress is more equally distributed across the head and block. It may sound a bit OTT but it's good practice when building an engine for performance and reliability. Actually the chambers weren't hugely different, I forget the exact numbers though. The head required a 10 thou skim and the result is a 47.7cc chamber volume. Overall the compression ratio will be higher than standard but not nearly as high as you'd have in a race engine.

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Got a few jobs to finish off and then I'll get to work building up the head. Though it was a bit annoying waiting for the head to come back it has allowed me to get on with a lot of other jobs on the car. Hopefully next month I'm having a new vinyl roof fitted along with the headlining. This will mean I can fit the front and rear screens. I'm not aiming to have it finished by a certain date but it just might be possible to be running next year sometime.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 11:42 am 
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Some great work going on there Mark, I know you had a break to get your Mojo back but you're going really well now.
The light at the end of the tunnel is glowing brightly.
It's an inspiration for people like me but i'd never achieve anything near what you're doing.
Can't wait to see it in the flesh.

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