Archive for 2012

Make it Stronger

Posted: 20th August 2012 by asteriskr in Rallye 16v, Welding
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additional bracing

The more I looked at how other builders had fabricated mountings for fuel cells the more I decided that mine wasn’t beefy enough so I have added in some additional sections to cross brace it with box section.

Welding Update

Posted: 14th August 2012 by asteriskr in Rallye 16v, Welding
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Found a bit of time to dress down the welds on the rear cross member and then weld on the final parts wihich are part of the reinforcements for the rear suspension mounts…

Ready for Paint

Next step is to clean this section up and get it painted.

Steering Column Update

Posted: 8th August 2012 by asteriskr in Rallye 16v
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Here’s the modified steering column and Lifeline weld-on boss all machined and ready to be welded up:


The top hat acts as the bearing carrier for a roller bearing that supports the column inside an outer tube. It needs to be removable to replace the bearing and will be held in place with a roll pin. The weld-on Lifeline steering wheel boss and column are also drilled through so will be mechanically joined as well as welded.



Posted: 7th August 2012 by asteriskr in Rallye 16v, Welding
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So bit of progress in the last month… moving further back under the car I didn’t like the look of this:

So chopped it out…

Then decided that the bottom of the box section also needed to be repaired, so chopped that and welded in a repair section.

Finally finished the welding off tonight.

Getting rather tired of working under the car and getting burned by weld splatter. Will be glad to move onto easier parts of the car to work on.

Fair few other significant changes underway too. The EPAS steering column is finally back from the machine shop and now just needs handing over to our forum TIG expert to finish it off. Will post some pictures up when I get a chance.

Decided that it wasn’t worth putting a diff in the MA box in the long run, so I’ve bought Danny’s Quaife’d BE setup which was an utter bargain so will be selling my S2 Rallye box and associated bits that are now surplus to requirements.

…well not one of mine, but that’s not the point.

My wife bought me a trip to Gwynnespeed down in Gloucestershire last year, but getting down there has taken some planning. They’ve recently moved to a new venue and it was a first for me driving a 106 on gravel and that alone made the trip down from Manchester well worth it. I was there for the all day session and saw a noticeable improvement in my driving. Had a good chat with Andy Gwynne – I hadn’t realised that he’d been in the original 106 cup rallying series.

After two trips up to see Chris Birkbeck I am not new to driving on gravel, but have to say Andy’s setup is something special. Great tuition and a good venue. I was very lucky to get some fantastic weather given what it was like elsewhere in the UK. We had rain on and off, but by the afternoon it was dry and dusty on the course. No need for the handbrake to get the car sideways or around the corners, just brake, turn in and feather the throttle. Awesome.

Would very much recommend it to any one looking to have a laugh and improve their driving and car handling – especially if you have a 106. Knackering day though (drive home seemed to take forever) and it felt so weird getting back into the car and driving on roads when you’ve been sliding around all day on gravel.