This is bloody marvellous man. Superb. A proper inspiring thread. Your Micra is gonna be an absolute cracker, the sort of thing where if I saw it at a show i'd be all over it saying 'wow look at that!'
oldbus - Cheers Dave, it's all a tad crude but hey, if it all works I'll be well stoked ;D
rysz - Cheers, skintness is the mother of innovation!
Speedle - It's so nice being in the garage rather than on the drive. We had the heater fired up tonight and it ended up being t-shirt weather in there!
mr_bollox - Thanks dude, that's praise indeed coming from yourself! your weldathons and tat accumulation skillzorz are right up there
Thursday at work brought some very interestingly shaped 38mm bends, it looks like they are 45mm bends with the ends shrunk down to 38mm.
This put paid to my original idea for the manifold as I wanted to keep the carbs quite close to the head. After much deliberation I finally made the cuts, then tickled them about with the soft pad on the grinder to get them to sit as right as possible, finally welding them on at about 11pm. Had to have a trial fit to see if I'd got the manifold right.................Success! ;D
Today I took it to work and spent my breaks welding and die grinding the inside into a nicer, curvier shape (round pipes, weird cloud shaped ports) When I got home I got to work adding the take off for the servo, which I cut out of the spare K10 manifold I had, and buzzed it in
Then I got on with the take off for the vacuum advance and the balancing take offs. The piece of pipe I'd had set aside for this turned out to be made of some kind of odd alloy, which of course I only discovered when I tried to weld it in into manifold Looking around the garage the only suitably sized pipes were the vacuum take offs on the spare K10 and surplus K11 manifolds, some deft cutting and welding later I have all the take off I need.
Cut down 16 allen cap bolts to the right length for the manifolds and 10 stainless button head bolts for the rocker cover. Fitted the rocker cover, plugs and leads while the paint was drying on the inlet. Discovered that I'll need another No2 lead as No3 lead isn't long enough to reach the K10 cap, all the other leads fit though so that's a bonus . Fitted the inlet, carbs and plumbed up the vacuum advance. Then fitted the rubber caps to the balancing take offs.
stick with the orange... too many common green wheels running about at the minute? each to their own though... awsome work hopefully will see it around one day as still not spotted you on the road yet!
After spending a great day up at Area 52 yesterday, massive thanks to Bruce for making me and SWMBO so welcome, I got the garage sorted out so that there was space for my car in there. This morning 24vster and myself dropped the coolant and removed the rad out on the road, so we wouldn't have to work in a puddle all day. With the car in the garage work commenced on getting the very tired MA12 and all the front hubs, wishbones and driveshafts out......
With all the excess stuff out of the way we got the K11 hubs, wishbones and track rod ends on. Of course I don't seem to have taken any photos of them but the only thing that didn't fit was the K11 ARB which is gonna take some more thought once the exhaust and gear linkage are sorted. After a trial fit it became clear that: a) - The K11 driveshafts are the same length as the K10 ones, this isn't so great as the diff on the CG13 'box is wider so some cutting and shutting is gonna be needed. b) - To get the engine and box sitting where I want them I'm gonna have to do some mount fabrication.
So............ N/S mount is modified and O/S mount comes off
Engine and 'box back in to mark where the mount needs top be moved to
Marked and ready to cut
Meanwhile 24vster decides that he can't cope with seeing these unpleasantnesses in the headlight wiring anymore..........
So he removes them, solders and heatshrinks them on both sides
Then I can get on with modifying the mount so that it fits in its new position, and finally welding it in
Finally it sits in the hole supported by its own mounts for the first time............
If you look closely you can see that a trial fit of the front steady sees it bolted up and at a bit of a funny angle. The bush at the top end of this has a lot of (designed in) movement, so a modified bar and mount............
............ see the whole lot line up properly and with less flapping around.
top work chap, the CG13 fits perfectly in the k10 bay. I'm surprised the front and rear mounts havnt lined up usually they are a straight fit. still top notch work as always.
it never cease's to amaze me either how many k10's have bodged headlight wiring! almost all of mine have had some degree of bodge (not done by me i might add ). i suspect its because they are prone to melting wires if the headlight contacts arent kept corrosion free.
Speedle - I reckon that if I'd used the CG10 'box the mounts would've lined up. However, as soon as I knew that the shafts were going to need cutting and shutting I decided to centre it up a bit in the hole. This seems to have ended up at 15mm towards the passenger side. This gives me a bit more clearance on the bottom pulley and round the gear linkage. All 3 K10s I've had and both the ones I've seen in the scrappy recently have had the headlight wiring bodged too.
mortcars - feels like I've had it longer than 6 months!
oldbus - it almost looks like it's supposed to be there
TerraRoot - think I'm going to have to fab an airbox, clearance is a bit tight between carb number 1 and the steel part of the clutch cable. Airbox means I can feed them cold air easier too.
xbo11ox - tbh I'm crossing my fingers that it's somewhere close, if not it shouldn't be too bad to alter the curve, it's got a nice old-fashioned centrifugal advance as well as the vacuum.
reanimation - .......erm.....well......um...... Okay, you got me! It is meant to be the sensible, fuel efficient, reliable daily but I seem to entirely lack the self control required to leave my dailies alone. It's a curse I tell thee!
petetong - cheers dude
This evening I have mostly been trying to figure out which one of the three engine mounts I was going to use for the rear lower mount. I've finally made a decision and started chopping the mount about. Got a bit late for cutting and grinding so I'll get that sorted as soon as I get back from work tomorrow. Had a play with the K11 gear linkage too as the steady bar bolts onto the rear mount, it'll need the mount playing with and both rods shortening. I'll do this next, once the mount's sorted. Changed the clutch cable bracket so that the K10 cable now works on the K11 'box While I rolled around on the floor 24vster and the captain tidied up the engine loom, getting rid of all the excess bits and lengthening some bits to neaten the routing. Cheers guys