when calculating the combustion chamber size, also have to take into account the compressed gasket thickness, and also piston CROWN protrusion above TDC
Cheers darren i had completely forgotten about the gasket, i am pretty sure the pistons come up to the deck hight but ill have one of the spare engines apart soon to check on it and the thickness of the gasket.
That was nice catching up on a few month's worth of updates. I like the wheels - assuming you're fitting low profile tyres compared to what's on there now.
Keep on going
Thank you, ive got 2 sets of wheels for this, the set of 15" black bmw mini minilites with 175/65 15(as seen on p1), these make the speedo spot on accurate and will give better fuel economy and the set of 16" pentas (as seen on p2) which need some attention that will probably get 195/45 16s same as the pic wich should put the speedo back to 10% under and look far nicer with some lowerd suspension. Ether way the 15" will cost me nowt to put back on the car so will be done first.
Not quite 2 months since my last update, but ive been busy mostly working, but ive bought a few bits for franks exhaust and an air fuel ratio guage, nearly bought thease beauties
I messaged bc racing to check they fit and recived this
I'm pretty sure they will fit but at £849 ive baulked at paying out for them but they are the only coilovers available for the acclaim and mk2 civic.
Barry got all the rot cut out of the rear panels and replaced with good metal.
This section was cut out of a donor car and was repaired before fitting.
At last the tail light panels could go back in.
Then the welding gas ran out with only a few spot welds left.......
Mean while at the front I completely forgot to take a picture of the front valance doing an amazing impression of a doily. Angry grinder made short work of it and I found a remarkably rust free box section behind it.
I had a valance saved off a previous acclaim that didn't look too bad
but when it was all cleaned up there was too much corrosion and we thort it was best to make new sections.
Amazing what you can do with a home made sheet folder and a piece of steel rod with a slot cut in the end, by now it was trying to snow again and the temperature had really droped so we called it a day.
My bloody tablet ate 40 mins of typing when i went to put the pics in so ill have to start all over.
First off let me introduce you (in true project binky style) to the latest member of the team, garinder standish
about 6ft of 2inch box an old office chair, some bits out of the scrap bin and a couple of hours work, all your grinding needs in one handy place.
That along with a good tidy up and smallifcating what was left of another acclaim was yesterdays workshop day.
I have a deadline for getting Frank back on the road, well 2 actually May bank holiday is the northern triumph camping weekend at Runswick Bay and it would be great to have Frank for it. August 5th and 6th is Club Triumphs Border Raiders tour and i have to have frank ready for it. He was supposed to go last year but he turned in to a far bigger project.
So a Plan is required, what needs completing before i can paint it.
Front valance (cant be done till cars finished rolling on its side) that means painting the underside first carp
Seam weld all of the panels forward of the doors. Do somthing with the frilly bulkhead lip mount rear ARB (rolled on side) Seam weld driver side rear strut tower (rolled on side) Find some way of stopping the rear valance acting as an air brake. Probably find some more panels to seam weld. (Probably rolled on side too)
As theres only me at the moment no rolling action available, so after warming up the kettle i got stuck into seam welding the front panels.
The "chassi leg" and strut tower had already been stitch welded, but when i actually stopped and thort about it the ARB also acts as a track control arm so more strength is more better, so filled in the gaps and also welded all around the ARB mounting point on the drivers side (the passenger side is bolted in)
then did the same on the passenger side.
And also around the rack mounts basically any panel that looked like it would be worthwhile seam welding.
Then i hit upon an issue thats been bugging me for ages ghe bulkhead lip
I had originally (before it got all far end of a fart ish) thort ill slap some seam sealer over it and it will be fine but now seeeing as we've cut out bits that weren't as bad it just won't do you know.
The problem is its where 3 panels converge, the bulkhead, wiper box and heater blower intake and what ever you call the bit between the bottom of the windscreen and bonnet. As luck would have it Barry popped by so some tea and a think later it was trimmed back and seam welded of course there's 30 years of stuff in the seams so some bits were ground back and welded 4 times, but i think it looks pretty good.
I might even leave it like that.
Unfortunately ive got to paint the kitchen tomorrow as penance for enjoying my self too much today.
your home made sheet folder is ace!...thanks for sharing the idea....hope you don't mind if I snag it!
great welding....you are making quick work of very complicated stuff...(to me, anyway)
Hi jp i would do a couple of things differently, that bender was made to fit the width of the tableand i think is about 900mm wide that's fine for ally sheet, but ether the top bar or folding arm flexes and doesn't give a consistent bend but saying that a 900mm wide sheet metal bender is serious money, so the top bar wants some more bracing inside it, and having some ajustment for depth of material would be nice but due to its flex it only dose 0.5 to 1.2mm any bigger and it realy struggles. I'm sure barry has pics of the build if your interested.
As for the welding I'm not particularly good but getting better, once i get the welder set up and I'm in the swing of it I do ok. Dan
Glad to hear all is well. Probably did not help that my Prelude had the rear edge of deadener over the weld flange of the inner Plenum reinforcement providing passage for moisture under it, & typically rusty cowl/windscreen edge to let more water in. Bonded windscreens not so great when careless fitters scratch paint & cover with trims.
I had hoped to have frank rolled over and the last bits of welding finished so i could fabracobble the rear anti roll barmounts, and be prepping the underside for paint but..
Its been 1 step forwards 3 back, Saturday i ran out of welding gas, 2 hrs after the wealding gas shop closed. Tuesday afterreplacing the bottle i thort ill just finish up the strut turrets get the engine bay finished and its ready to turn around, then i can start on the last bits on that side before the neabours get home and i can get some help to roll him over.
First one of the angle grinders refused to work checked the brushed were fine, went to check the fuse and spotted the problem.
Then the mig hab an identity crisis and thort it was a plasma cutter.
So that had to be cut out and along with that tiny pin hole above it and replaced them found the same one the other side just smaller.
By that stage of the game id had enough and walked away. Dan
About 3 weeks ago i finally bit the bullet and ordered my new shocks i had hoped they would turn up before i left for long over due trip to see my dad in florida, but alas it wasnt to be, they turned up the day after i left. They are very nice and i like them quita alot.
I also found my mate barry had been winning things on ebay... this time it was an abandoned landrover discovery parts car and was sitting outside my workshop almost completely stripped, barry finished the job off whilst i was at work and by the time i had got home had ginger my old acclaim suspended by a lifing strap and an engine hoist over the chassi so a couple of hours work and the next project moved from daft idea to think we need to find an engine.
Today i got back on with frank and got him rolled over on his side
I could have sworn id stripped off more underseal than that, ah well only 1 thing for it out with the hot air gun and scrapers, so today ive got most of the rear wheel arch cleaned off which is the most difficult area. Its mainly fairly flat panels to do after that.