Posts Tagged ‘Carbon’


Posted: 19th December 2013 by asteriskr in K16 PUG
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Over the last few months it’s been hard to find time to progress the Maxi, nonetheless it has moved forwards. In summary, both front wheel arches are now tubbed for the larger wheel size as per the works cars, the engine mount and gearbox mounts have been reworked to allow for a 1.6 litre TU-based engine (as opposed to 2.0 litre XU) and Sadev sequential box (which was made possible thanks to a loan of a dummy casing from SWR Motorsport) to be fiited. Bit of work needed to finish the job but it is nearly there.

engine bay

Bought one or two things such as this customised oil catch tank, which is a copy of the works tank.

Maxi works catch tank

Tidied up the front end a bit and the car has now gone into storage pending a house move.

Front end

Foot Trays

Posted: 21st August 2011 by asteriskr in Rallye 16v
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I popped over to Magnum Motorsport recently and had a really good chat with Andy Knowles. Top guy and really interesting to see his C2 Rally Cross car. It has given me some great inspiration. My reason for the trip was to pick up a pair of Peugeot Sport France pattern carbon foot trays. Previously I had used industrial grip tape but found it a nightmare – it’s not tough, so your heel quickly wears through it from using the pedals, the grit comes off and goes everywhere and it’s impossible to clean and gets mucky really quickly. So when it all goes back together these are getting fitted!

Peugeot Sport France Carbon Foot Trays

It’s all been a bit quiet, but finally parts are starting to arrive!

Colin Satchell and Sandy Brown long 16v inlet manifold:

Anodised Parts

Colin Satchell alternator pulley wheels:

Anodised Parts

Colin Satchell modified wheel spacers, coloured red and blue for nearside and offside.

Anodised Parts

Everything anodised by Colour Anodising, if you have to ask how much you probably can’t afford it. That said they offer excellent customer service and the parts came back with each one perfectly wrapped in tissue paper, brown paper and bubble wrap with each part in a box and then all in a big box! Definitely a want rather than need job, but it will keep the parts from oxidising. The pulley wheels had been fitted and were starting to oxidise already so had to be polished before sending off.

So then it was off to assemble the Jenveys onto the manifold. I’m still waiting for my damaged trumpets to come back from repair, but it’s looking good. Didn’t bother fitting the Fuel Lab FPR, but that’s anodised black too. It’s going to look good once it’s all fitted and the braided hoses get hooked up.

Anodised Parts


Posted: 26th November 2010 by asteriskr in Rallye 16v
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Okay, not much action happening but plenty of other things. I am convinced that I passed my driving test before January 1997, but wasn’t on the UK mainland when I took the test (I was offshore on Guernsey) and can’t remember the exact date. My Guernsey driving licence had to be traded in with the DVLA when I came back to the UK, but only shows the date it was issued by DVLA Swansea.

I have had to write to the Guernsey vehicle licencing folk and to ask them to look up the exact date I passed and then I will need to try and get the DVLA to amend my licence to include category C1 (lorries between 3.5 and 7.5 tons), D1 (passenger vehicles for nine to sixteen people) and vehicle plus trailer combinations. The relevance/importance of this comes into play if I want to tow the car on a trailer behind the van.

Carbon Trumpets

Also I have sent some of the carbon throttle body trumpets off for repair. Two of the four were slightly damaged around the lip, but Bic is fairly sure that they can be put right, so I’m leaving it to him and Merv to sort them out. I have spent the last few nights polishing and prepping a pile of parts to be sent off to Colour Anodising up the road in Radcliffe. This includes the inlet manifold which has taken many, many hours. Anodising doesn’t hide any surface imperfections like paint, so you want a good finish before the process is undertaken. Fingers crossed on these bits. The anodising will add some protection to the surface of the aluminium and stop them from oxidising.


Finally a few bits have started arriving for the next big push on the body work. I needed some brushes for getting into nooks and crannies so I will give these a go. The magnets are for holding panels prior to tack welding.