Mk 1 Project Zippy. Looking Like a Car.

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Re: Mk 1 Project Zippy. Looking Like a Car.

Postby MrBounce » Mon Aug 12, 2019 9:25 pm

Well it's been a fairly rubbish couple of weeks. Firstly Mr Bounce senior (80 years young-ish) gets knocked off his bike by a careless driver (the police and ambulance crew plus the general public were properly awesome and the driver has been charged with driving without due care and attention). Then my Uncle died (was expected, but still not nice when it happens), and then to cap it all Mrs Bounce senior then decides that she wants in on all the excitement, has a fall and spends 5 days in the care of the not so local hospital. The parents are on the mend, albeit slowly. So it's no surprise I have not been thinking much about the Midas recently.

I ventured in the other night and remembered when fiddling around the front end that I'd not finished the radiator brackets. I'd only made one side. Out came a bit of steel, the Dremel, the drill, hammers, assorted files and the vice. I actually managed to knock it up nice and quickly and did a test fit. All I needed now was to make a small fibreglass "dome" to contain the rivnut to hold it in place. Except I had no resin. Ok then, I'll paint it. Nope, none of that either. Balls.

So I went off to eBay. I didn't buy anything, but I did put a bid in for a big bore exhaust, for not much money. And it was only a short trip away. Now, I do have a few bits and bobs of exhaust - Maniflow LCB, Y-piece and a used Maniflow back box which will need cutting and shutting. What I needed to see was where everything would fit together and whether anything might need extending.

The system I have bought has an LCB (which will be blasted and repainted in VHT Paint) - the Y-piece is scrap and would NOT come out - plus it had been massively butchered to get it off the car. The back box will go again (it's a bit big for my needs) so that will be cleaned up a bit and also given the heave-ho. A good haul for what it cost. When I have more time I will dive under the car and see what fits where, then get a new centre pipe and get modifying...

Bracket ready for fibreglass and paint which are both conspicuous by their absence...

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Centre pipe with knackered Y-piece for measurement purposes only. Both are pretty much scrap.

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LCB which will need the rust removing...

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...and oversized stainless backbox which will be sold on after a clean and fettle.

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Re: Mk 1 Project Zippy. Looking Like a Car.

Postby MrBounce » Sun Aug 18, 2019 8:46 pm

Ever since I'd started putting this car back together there was something that had bugged me which was all my fault: The steering rack. I had never centred it when I put it on the car. Now, if you're replacing a Mini rack, all you need to do to centre it is to remove the bung in the floor adjacent to the mount on the passenger side, take out the little cover on the rack and stick a 6mm punch in it to lock it in place. Which is excellent, but my Midas does not have that hole in the floor. I could, of course, drop the subframe, remove the rack and make the hole, but that's a whole lot of work I am not interested in. So I thought I would count the turns of the wheel lock to lock, and put a bit of tape on the wheel. That, however, is not too accurate as it's by eye, but then I had a minor brainwave.

I grabbed my 360 degree protractor from when I timed in the camshaft and fixed it centrally to the steering wheel. It was 985 degrees lock to lock, or 2.73 turns in old money. So I wound it back to 492.5, took that as my centre, and mounted up the track rod ends from there. It looks pretty straight now. It will of course be properly tracked at a later date. I also got the chance to use my new impact gun to do the wheel nuts. Me likely!

Tape on wheel, to be upgraded by...

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... 360 degree protractor!

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Wheels now look pretty straight

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