Posts Tagged ‘Instrument’

Thursday night I was quite busy and didn’t have much time, but decided I had just enough to finish up the EPAS work. Oh, how wrong could I be. I needed to press fit the inner bearing race onto the machine top hat. This was simple enough, just a case of getting the parts lined up and into the vice.

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Once that was done it was just a case of fitting them onto the column. However whereas the top hat spacer had previously slid on and off the column with only a little assistance it was now tight getting it on… So out with the torch to heat it up and expand it. Sure enough, it slipped on fine… until I got about half way to getting it into position then realised that it was back to front. Oh and then I also realised that it had just transfered it’s heati into the column and cooled and was now stuck fast.

It was not coming off. Drifts wouldn’t touch it. Trying to heat it up again wasn’t working because both the top hat and the column shaft were both expanding. At this point the language became quite colourful as I worked out how to get it off again. I tried wrapping exhaust wrap around the column shaft and all sorts of other things. Then I ran out of time.

So after sleeping on it, I decided the only thing to do was to make a press. As I don’t have one I had to improvise. To start with the vice had to come off the bench and be mounted to a structural vertical steel I beam. This meant I could retain the top hat and then use a trolley jack and the application of heat to it to pop the column back out.

It might have looked odd, but it worked to my relief and after a bit of fine tuning with the Dremel I finally managed to get it all together late last night. What a mission – just needs painting now.

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Yesterday I took PNK’y for a spin down to Northampton, dropping a gearbox off for Spaget and then heading over to see Bic at Streamline Carbon. There are some great driving roads in Northamptonshire 😀

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The team had made me a full carbon tailgate which tips the scales at just under 5kg but is structurally stiffer than the original panel. Merv gave me a hand to get it fitted.

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It’s internally reinforced for the aerocatch mountings and the pillars for the mounting a of my AC-Sport kit car spoiler. The exterior is in primer as it’s going to be painted up and the inside surface is raw carbon. I’ve not decided what to do with that. Maybe just leave it as it is.

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They’ve also made me a instrument binnacle and I have been working with them to develop a motorsport matte finish. No glossy lacquer here.

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It was good to get some driving in and to spend some time with people who are so enthusiastic about cars and making quality product. Keep an eye on the Streamline Carbon website for some more behind the scenes features…