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    It's been a while since I updated the progress on the R8 G replica project. The whole gearbox/axle/trunnion seal thing has been done to death on a previous post.The Fiat brake conversion took much longer than anticipated due to sourcing the bits,this is now completed apart from o'hauling the calipers.
    So yesterday,despite a bloody hot day here in Traralgon,with the help from son Damo we managed to marry the transaxle assembly to the body.I know there have been previous posts on how to do this but our method involved jacking /hoisting the body to a height sufficient to clear the shocker towers.. 600mm I think..sliding the transaxle under the body,then simply lowering it down onto the transaxle.We had two Super Cheap hydraulic jacks under the axles and blocks of wood at the front of the box and a combination of jacking and lowering had the entire thing bolted up in 1/2 hour! Very smooth sailing! The "turfer" hoist only really served the purpose as backup as I didn't have a lot of confidence in the shed trusses.The pics will show it all.
    So a very exiting stage as the R8 is on her feet again and the project can only move forward from here!!
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    Looking good Brian.
    Are you using the Longer R8G axle straps or the shorter A110 ones? I used the shorter A110 ones and one failed at the bolt hole. Getting some longer strap this week.

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    That's interesting Paul as mine are the short ones also.They are certainly short...needed a lot of effort to fit up without any weight on the axles! I bought them from Meca.Will be keen to hear how your longer ones work out. Brian

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    Galvanised chains are sometimes used. If you cut them a bit long, that allows them to be adjustable, and if you insert them in some old bicycle tubing, they won't rattle. Don't forget to cut/drill a couple of small holes in the tubing, at the lowest point, for water to drain out.

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    I bought some industrial belting offcuts from a place in seven hills and made my own.
    Looks very much the original Gordini ones I've been told - about twice as wide as the R1130/1132 ones.

    I have no idea what the genuine ones look like though.
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    Likewise I used some conveyor belt material cut to 50mm wide. I based mine on the Mecapart lengths.

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    Yep, same stuff. Mine might be a little more Orange in colour than yours, or it could just be your flash.
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    All looking very nice!

    Does anyone know, to raise an old chestnut, why the weights on the trailing arms are bolted on where they are bolted on? I'd always assumed it was to kill a resonance, noticed and fixed about a week before the car was on sale.
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    Yeah John,I am in the process of restoring mine and have been careful not to alter the position of the weights for the same reason..not really knowing if it matters!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brianbcs View Post
    That's interesting Paul as mine are the short ones also.They are certainly short...needed a lot of effort to fit up without any weight on the axles! I bought them from Meca.Will be keen to hear how your longer ones work out. Brian
    Hi Brian,
    I also got mine through Meca. They only had the shorter Alpine ones which I fitted and one broke at the bolt hole.
    The Alpine straps are 335mm long and the R8 Gordini, R8 and R10 are 395mm, quite a difference.
    The straps supplied by meca are made from transmission belt and I couldn't get any locally, so I went to our local hydraulic hose business and bought a 5m roll of Conveyor belt the same dimensions for $10.00 and made 2 new ones as in the photo. From what I have been told the conveyor belt is stronger than transmission belt. Got plenty left over if I break any more.

    I also painted the black conveyor belt with beige vinyl paint to match.


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    Thanks Paul, I know I can get conveyor belt locally so will give it a go. Whilst I think of it and on a different topic, does anyone know if the fuel sender unit as fitted to the front tank of an 8G is the same as an R4 unit?

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    The tank itself is an R4 tank, my guess would be yes.
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    12 Volts !!!!!!

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    12 volts..good point Ray!

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    Voltage won't matter.

    The sender unit is a variable resistor so just varies the voltage passed with fuel level.

    The gauge unit is the voltage dependent part.

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    Ok, thanks for clarifying that ! It would seem the senders are easy enough to obtain o'seas.

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