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#41 Gordo

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Posted 20 June 2015 - 08:17 PM

Love seeing the updates and progress on this Gordo. Any idea on what the weight will be when it's finished? Are you going to run full slicks or semi's?

Thanks Gareth. The weight of the car should come in lighter than the red zed. But buy how much, we will have to wait and see. Even though its got light weight panels and plastic windows. There are a few added extras.
The cars got 17x300  full slicks, about 3 years old. I will be giving these a run.

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Posted 20 June 2015 - 08:27 PM

As the bonnet is fiberglass  I would have to pin it down. Having been to many a race meeting and seeing guys take there bonnets off for scrutineering, leaning them on the car or even putting them on the roof. On a windy day this is not so good. I decided to use the factory hinges with out the spring, but use the bonnet stay. (Prop) then tying the back with bonnet pins.having don that I used 4 pins on the rear fiberglass hatch. Could not hinge the rear as the wing was there!  I wired up the rear lights and used the factory brake switch on the peddel box.

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Posted 21 June 2015 - 09:23 AM

The rear wing was sitting to low, un like all the GT cars where the wing is about roof height. So I made up some longer supports and also hanging over the back of the car a bit more.

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Posted 21 June 2015 - 09:31 AM

Before and after wing supports.

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Posted 21 June 2015 - 09:43 AM

It was time to set up the suspension . Now I had the rear control arms sorted . The spring rates where determined buy asking lots of racing people and the experiences . A ball park starting point was set at 500lb front and 350lb rears. As the Arozona kit came with 350lb all round, I just had to put the 500s in the front. As the motor was not in the car, ride heights and final adjustment would be done further down the track. The zed would be running 300mm slicks and weighing about 1000kg and putting 300hp out at the fly wheel. And don't forget the aero downforce.

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Posted 21 June 2015 - 09:46 AM

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Posted 21 June 2015 - 11:10 AM

My new fav thread.
I've got some 450lb springs you could borrow if you wanted. See if they work for you and save trial and error of buying.

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Posted 21 June 2015 - 02:49 PM

Good job Gordo. Are you doing the work as you update the thread or has it been done before?? Your progress puts all of us to shame! This thing will be very cool.

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Posted 21 June 2015 - 05:30 PM

Good job Gordo. Are you doing the work as you update the thread or has it been done before?? Your progress puts all of us to shame! This thing will be very cool.



Yer the car is well advanced now.      "But it will never be Finished !"

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Posted 21 June 2015 - 05:54 PM

So as the build continued, I'd walk out to the shed and find myself just looking at the car. Not knowing what to do next! With so many lose ends it was hard to focus and finish thing off. As some things need to be done in order.
So lots of stuff started but not finished.
  The Arozona suspension is set up for 65mm inside dia springs. All my other cars run on 63 or62mm  inside diam. So I had the collars machined to accommodate the other springs which would give me a large range to choose from.
  I reinforced the seat mounts , and moved the standard foot rest forward about 50mm to match the new peddel box position.
  When the powersteering was set up I moved the steering wheel further away to give me some more arm room, remember with the peddels about 70mm closer to the seat things where tight. I even moved the steering wheel higher to give a bit more knee room. Once I had fitted all this I found the dash a little to close to the steering wheel.  So I changed the dash mounting brackets and moved it back about 20mm.
    The battery was fitted behind where the passenger seat would be and some more wiring was started.
    Dash gauges where fitted and console switches added.

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Posted 21 June 2015 - 06:27 PM

My good friend Dimitri was enlisted for the technical wiring of the ignition and other stuff that was beyond me.
    It was time for the engine and gearbox transplant . A few things need attention hear. Peter had modified the gearbox mounts to take an RB box. I was running FJ 20 internals in the standard box. So I fixed the mounts and all was good.
  Also the tail shaft was the wrong length.  Running an R32 diff. So a new tail shaft was in order.
  Then lots of wiring, sorting the throddel cable to pull the triple carbys linkage . Re fitted the alloy radiator.
Small LED head lights were fitted under the front edge of the bonnet.
 
    Engine lifted from the donor car and into the new race car.

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Posted 22 June 2015 - 03:23 PM

Hey you might want to think about dry sumping too on your next build...  they are pretty big slicks!

Although make sure you can get some nice soft ones first ;D

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Posted 22 June 2015 - 03:50 PM

Hard to keep up with this, fast build fast car.

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Posted 22 June 2015 - 05:13 PM

Hi Tom. Les Collins has fitted the motor with a custom sump, adding 2lt.
  It was time to put the windscreen in. Before I got the red zed club plates I had a new windscreen fitted. I asked the guy to bring 2 screens out. Knowing I would need one for the race car. I bought enough lexon for the rear hatch, door windows and small quarter windows. The rear hatch was Sickerflexed in and side quarters screwed with rubber washers. The door windows were a bit more involved. I wanted a sliding window in the drivers side. So after resourcing on the Internet I nutted it out. Then I fitted the fiberglass doors and the car was fully closed. No more dust inside.

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Posted 22 June 2015 - 08:50 PM

Now that the engine was in, it was time to do the exhaust system . I had the full exhaust from the red zed that was trial fitted. But the 3" all the way was a bit low under the rear diff section. I wanted to run the car real low, race car style . Also in the near future I want to fit a rear defuser. Home made of cause.  So the exhaust had to be as high as possible. So I used the old exhaust  up to a new straight through 3" muffler then split it into a twin 2 1/4 with hot dogs just before the diff. This kept it nice and high, and not to loud. It was a full weekend in the shed , cutting and tacking the bends as I went. Was a real rewarding job doing it myself. So many times I would take a car for a custom exhaust and it never ended how I wanted it !
  Here are some pics from that weekend in the shed. 

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Posted 23 June 2015 - 02:36 PM

Was a real rewarding job doing it myself. So many times I would take a car for a custom exhaust and it never ended how I wanted it !
 


Great job Gordo, couldnt agree with you more on the exhaust!

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Posted 23 June 2015 - 05:47 PM

Great job Gordo, couldnt agree with you more on the exhaust!


Yep, they always think they know best.  lol.
  Now the fuel tank need some attention .  Peter had taken out the spare wheel well and covered the hole with 3.5mm alloy sheet. Half in half out. One of those after market square 30lt tanks. After doing some research , I could not race the car with an exposed fuel tank. It would have to be completly sealed. But first I wanted to centre the tank and lower it another 70mm. So I cut a new sheet of alloy and re mounted the tank.
  Trackart in Bayswater was called upon to do the custom tank cover and fuel filler into the rear hatch. Great work Andrew.

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Posted 23 June 2015 - 05:51 PM

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Posted 23 June 2015 - 08:08 PM

The zed was getting close to start up. I could now put the high volume, low pressure Carter fuel pump in.
Dimitri  (Zedman). Was again called upon to finish the wiring.  We hooked up the powersteering and fuel pump, along with all the switches and ignition stuff. Filled the radiator with coolant.                                                          And with a few pumps of the pedal, she fired up and ran fantastically . Not to loud, and still that old zed note.
  So I took bait of time to set the ride height . Low. And played with the tow and cambers. Ready for a few quil dashes up and down the driveway.  lol.  Man, cold slicks are slippery!  Bit of sideways action.

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Posted 23 June 2015 - 08:39 PM

I'm itching to see it in action! Let us know next time its going out on the track. It was great to help out with your zed!




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