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    Nearly 12 months and it seems like nothing has happened!

    I picked the car up today from the panelbeaters. He had welded in a replacement A pillar section where his previous poor repair was preventing mounting the door and LHS Fr guard. The panel fit is not real good, but I'm not sure if thats due to the length of time the fibreglass panels were in storage before mounting to the car, so there is a fair bit of fettling to get them reasonable - I've given up on perfect!

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    I've been progressing on brakes, and hope to have the brakes done by the end of the month. I'm also working on the collapsible steering column at the same time. Using a Falcon column like c.lees but may do away with the rag joint and use the falcon uni joint and an intermediate splined shaft.

    I can then pop the engine in and start to consider wiring etc.
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    Good progress today. I fabricated and zinc plated a mount for the RHS booster then bolted that in alongside its' partner in crime; then fabricated, plated and installed a plate for the aftermarket handbrake (similar to c.lees). Waiting for the rain to go away so I can spray the insides of the guards and the rear chassis rails where the bumper bar bolts to - as these were where the rotisserie bolts were when the shell was painted. After they're done, I can bolt the engine in and get a bit of workshop space back.
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    That looks like an engine mounted in there....
    Also did a bit of spraying of the guards - insides.

    More work continuing on the brakes; then the steering column is next.
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    Quote Originally Posted by renault8&10 View Post
    That looks like an engine mounted in there....
    Also did a bit of spraying of the guards - insides.

    More work continuing on the brakes; then the steering column is next.
    Thank goodness you have the restraining chain installed to cope with the horsepower and prevent the engine leaping from it's mounts....
    Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone............

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    They leap from their mounts fairly regularly, but I’m not sure it’s due to power!
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    How good is that yellow looking!
    cheers,

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    Another piece of the puzzle assembled today.
    I'd had a kangoo 1.9 diesel master cylinder for some time (since early last year) and had one of c.lees aluminium adapters to mount to the std block. Today I picked up some custom machined fluid adapters; blanking plugs and line fittings; and a custom made pushrod (all done using c.lees designs and drawings).

    Just waiting on some braided AN4 hose to go from the twin remote reservoirs to the input adapters and I should be ready to bolt the master cylinder into the car.
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    Quote Originally Posted by renault8&10 View Post
    Another piece of the puzzle assembled today.
    I'd had a kangoo 1.9 diesel master cylinder for some time (since early last year) and had one of c.lees aluminium adapters to mount to the std block. Today I picked up some custom machined fluid adapters; blanking plugs and line fittings; and a custom made pushrod (all done using c.lees designs and drawings).

    Just waiting on some braided AN4 hose to go from the twin remote reservoirs to the input adapters and I should be ready to bolt the master cylinder into the car.
    I would like to hear how you go as this could also be a worthwhile upgrade to my single cylinder set up with the Gros Brakes.

    Please keep us posted.

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    Yeah wait. 2 x boosters, and 1 x master cylinder. (admittedly with twin circuits)

    I'm confused (not difficult I confess)

    I assumed there was going to be some mad adaptability stuff going on here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bowie View Post
    Yeah wait. 2 x boosters, and 1 x master cylinder. (admittedly with twin circuits)

    I'm confused (not difficult I confess)

    I assumed there was going to be some mad adaptability stuff going on here.
    A remote booster typically has one circuit, hence one booster per circuit
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    Yes. VH44ís have one in and one out port. It will be as JMan suggests.

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    Nice work, very nice.....
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    So, I've sort of decided to start at the front and work my way backwards. Today's minor success is a semi-functioning bonnet catch.
    The brakes are just waiting on parts to arrive for the plumbing, so I'm doing bits and pieces while I wait.
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    Nice going KB, keep plugging away and do take more pictures.

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    Over the last couple of nights I've made and run the brake lines at the front - left to right from a distribution block, to be served by the booster; and made and run the line(s) to the back; and installed a proportioning valve.

    Work then ground to a halt. I bought some new grommets and need one for the chassis rail (the oblong one) where the rear brake line runs through the chassis rail and can't recall where i put them. I'll to mount a search then resume another night.
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    Very neat and tidy KB. I never knew there was a grommet there, makes sense. You must have put it in that same "safe place" i put bits and than can't find them. It seems to happen more often as the years roll by.

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    The grommet is further down the front on the smallest "Chassis rail" - not actually pictured in these pics Bustamif (just in case I confused you). And yes, I am finding that location more and more often lately!

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    You're doing a superb job here however, if I may ask why are you installing a proportioning valve? Is this the same as the limiter we all talked about and all removed it as well?

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    Frans, the old limiter has been replaced with a 3 way port BUT, you need to remember this has the Williams clio brakes - ventilated, cross- drilled and slotted on the front; Fiat 132 calipers on the rear plus each circuit boosted with a VH44 so some FR bias adjustment may be necessary.
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    I'm looking forward to a ride..... And to experience the brakes! Nice work Kevin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by renault8&10 View Post
    Over the last couple of nights I've made and run the brake lines at the front - left to right from a distribution block, to be served by the booster; and made and run the line(s) to the back; and installed a proportioning valve.

    Work then ground to a halt. I bought some new grommets and need one for the chassis rail (the oblong one) where the rear brake line runs through the chassis rail and can't recall where i put them. I'll to mount a search then resume another night.
    Very nice work there Grasshopper, points off though, that ELF drum could be rotated 60 or 70 degrees for maximum presentation.


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    This is Aussiefrogs, not Instagram Graham!
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    Almost to the point where I can sit in it and make Broom Broom noises....
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    Carbon Fibre is the new black!

    I also played around with fitting the guards and managed to get the guards a little better lined up at the front (without cutting the fibreglass yet Bustamif).
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    Better fit than some coming out of the factory I'd suggest! Very nice.
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