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    Nice work Ray. Maybe new (ole) Webers aren't a bad idea after all! You know what I mean....

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    Hi "nauli",
    That is exactly what I was saying.

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    More Testing and Finishing !!

    Well this week has been quite full on with trying to complete my list of things to do on the Alpine.

    After the Webers I have fitted a brake proportioning valve, as the brakes all lock together in and emergency situation, and I do not want that to happen in the wet, even though Sam says it will not be driven in the wet, but you can always be caught out. It is the adjustable type and is fitted in the standard position on the back crossmember. A bit of plumbing and it was all in. When all was in place this morning, it was time to get some km in with a road test. So I went to have "mid-day tea" with the Hill People (Kalamunda). They have a very nice tea room restaurant there with the best apple pie. It also gave me a chance to test the new temp fan switch. The switch is a 90-80 and because of the distance from the rad to motor it turns on at 95C and off at 75C (little light on the dash), just perfect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by geckoeng View Post
    More Testing and Finishing !!

    Well this week has been quite full on with trying to complete my list of things to do on the Alpine.

    After the Webers I have fitted a brake proportioning valve, as the brakes all lock together in and emergency situation, and I do not want that to happen in the wet, even though Sam says it will not be driven in the wet, but you can always be caught out. It is the adjustable type and is fitted in the standard position on the back crossmember. A bit of plumbing and it was all in. When all was in place this morning, it was time to get some km in with a road test. So I went to have "mid-day tea" with the Hill People (Kalamunda). They have a very nice tea room restaurant there with the best apple pie. It also gave me a chance to test the new temp fan switch. The switch is a 90-80 and because of the distance from the rad to motor it turns on at 95C and off at 75C (little light on the dash), just perfect.

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    So there were 2 Alpines out and about yesterday!! I went the opposite way to you Ray....via Cottesloe. I parked up near the "Cove" to check out the surf and when I returned to the Alpine there was a chap and his 2 kids admiring it. It turned out that he was a Frenchman (and also a boy racer)...he knew of Mark Duder's A110 but was surprised to hear that there was a total of 5 A110's in Perth.

    So Ray...is Sam's finished? With Sam's permission I wouldn't mind somebody taking me for a drive in it...to see how it compares to Tom's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nauli View Post
    So there were 2 Alpines out and about yesterday!! I went the opposite way to you Ray....via Cottesloe. I parked up near the "Cove" to check out the surf and when I returned to the Alpine there was a chap and his 2 kids admiring it. It turned out that he was a Frenchman (and also a boy racer)...he knew of Mark Duder's A110 but was surprised to hear that there was a total of 5 A110's in Perth.

    So Ray...is Sam's finished? With Sam's permission I wouldn't mind somebody taking me for a drive in it...to see how it compares to Tom's.

    Nauli, this means that I need a ride in yours too also compare since I had a ride in Sam's
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shoji View Post
    Nauli, this means that I need a ride in yours too also compare since I had a ride in Sam's
    No problemo John....but you will be disappointed!
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    Hi Ray Great job on Sam's A110 - looks a treat. Like the wheels. Need perspex over the headlights??

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    Quote Originally Posted by bazzamac View Post
    Hi Ray Great job on Sam's A110 - looks a treat. Like the wheels. Need perspex over the headlights??
    It's covers now done.
    The covers are a slight bit out, as the body has had work. So I needed to make some small "cleats" in stainless to spread the load of the screw to hold them down nicely.

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    "nauli"
    In a sense it is finished, just sorting small things to make it right. Started a "spanner check" this morning and a bit of detailing on the underside. More spanners tomorrow and cleaning suspension and underbody.

    Thurs afternoon I will do a final setting of the motor with re-torque the head, set valves.

    I have some final pieces from France on their way, but they can be fitted later, just to tart it up.

    Fri is clean and polish the top. And Sam can have it ( and I will try and convince him he doesn't want it).

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    Sam, First Solo in New A110

    Sam cam around this afternoon to see how the gearbox was progressing, and test a modified seat we had done.

    So I took him for a drive, using the box a lot and giving it a good squirt when conditions were appropriate. He commented that I had mastered the gears well and I had no hang ups. Which in fact the box becomes easier to use every drive.

    When we returned I had him get in the drivers seat, set his seat position and belt tension. and pointed him to the open road. Took off fine and down the road the A110 went. Man it sounds nice !!! And then he turned into the road on the other side of the block and gave it a squirt, and the hair on the back of my neck went all tingly. Oohh just so great. 15 minutes later I heard the exhaust note coming from the block top side of the workshop and then the car came into site. Wow, so nice. Now I am pleased.

    He was happy, fluffed the gears a few times , but said he could feel them nicely and just needed to master the gate a bit more. We talked about altering the seating position, and tilt the seat back a bit, so you sit in the seat and not on it. He felt the steering was a bit heavy, and thinking on it, may be from lowering the suspension in the front a bit, but also the new off set of the 13" Alpine wheels, which change the scrub radius quite a bit, to the 15" Brahims he had on there with ordinary tyres, these are Toyos. But good positive feedback.

    Hand over has been organised for Saturday morning.

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    I would've liked to see your silly smile Ray. Gold. Well done champ and you got to the finish line
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    Great work Ray. Party time!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by geckoeng View Post
    Sam, First Solo in New A110

    Sam cam around this afternoon to see how the gearbox was progressing, and test a modified seat we had done.

    So I took him for a drive, using the box a lot and giving it a good squirt when conditions were appropriate. He commented that I had mastered the gears well and I had no hang ups. Which in fact the box becomes easier to use every drive.

    When we returned I had him get in the drivers seat, set his seat position and belt tension. and pointed him to the open road. Took off fine and down the road the A110 went. Man it sounds nice !!! And then he turned into the road on the other side of the block and gave it a squirt, and the hair on the back of my neck went all tingly. Oohh just so great. 15 minutes later I heard the exhaust note coming from the block top side of the workshop and then the car came into site. Wow, so nice. Now I am pleased.

    He was happy, fluffed the gears a few times , but said he could feel them nicely and just needed to master the gate a bit more. We talked about altering the seating position, and tilt the seat back a bit, so you sit in the seat and not on it. He felt the steering was a bit heavy, and thinking on it, may be from lowering the suspension in the front a bit, but also the new off set of the 13" Alpine wheels, which change the scrub radius quite a bit, to the 15" Brahims he had on there with ordinary tyres, these are Toyos. But good positive feedback.

    Hand over has been organised for Saturday morning.

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    Haha! I would have been very surprised if he didn't like it!!!
    I have the same seats as Sam's and had to tilt them back a bit to feel as though I wasn't falling out frontwards!
    I had similar issues with a few gear selections when I drove Tom's 5 speed. Maybe try one of these:
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    Quote Originally Posted by geckoeng View Post
    Sam, First Solo in New A110

    Sam cam around this afternoon to see how the gearbox was progressing, and test a modified seat we had done.

    So I took him for a drive, using the box a lot and giving it a good squirt when conditions were appropriate. He commented that I had mastered the gears well and I had no hang ups. Which in fact the box becomes easier to use every drive.

    When we returned I had him get in the drivers seat, set his seat position and belt tension. and pointed him to the open road. Took off fine and down the road the A110 went. Man it sounds nice !!! And then he turned into the road on the other side of the block and gave it a squirt, and the hair on the back of my neck went all tingly. Oohh just so great. 15 minutes later I heard the exhaust note coming from the block top side of the workshop and then the car came into site. Wow, so nice. Now I am pleased.

    He was happy, fluffed the gears a few times , but said he could feel them nicely and just needed to master the gate a bit more. We talked about altering the seating position, and tilt the seat back a bit, so you sit in the seat and not on it. He felt the steering was a bit heavy, and thinking on it, may be from lowering the suspension in the front a bit, but also the new off set of the 13" Alpine wheels, which change the scrub radius quite a bit, to the 15" Brahims he had on there with ordinary tyres, these are Toyos. But good positive feedback.

    Hand over has been organised for Saturday morning.

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    And the steering....mine is a bit heavy too, especially compared to Tom's A110...but Tom's car has 165 x 13 width "normal road tyres" whereas mine has 185 x 13 R-Specs on the front....and mine is lowered a bit. But saying that, lowering the car didn't make the steering noticeably heavier. He'll get used to it!
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    And Ray...you just need to come to terms with having to let it go...I'm sure there are counselling support sites out there if you need them!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by nauli View Post
    And Ray...you just need to come to terms with having to let it go...I'm sure there are counselling support sites out there if you need them!!!
    Nauli,
    I have my own "head reader" at home but he has given up, a while back. But I will get over it because the Dauph Proto will be even better and it will be in place by lunch on Saturday. But Sunday I need to do some needed maintenance on the Rodeo, so it can go to Albany.

    And then a 17 Special motor comes into play, and then a Alpine R5A motor ........

    See I am that kind of person, I have learned to "substitute" ..............

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    I would say I have mastered the gear change very well. I went for a ride to warm the motor up to get a plug colour reading. And in all the back roads never missed a gear once, and lots of coming down to second. It works well. OOohh and sounds so good when you "kick the headlamp out" (stand on it).

    And I have cantered the driver seat back 13mm, and it made a great change, so thanks to "nauli" and Mark Duder for the suggestions. I now seem to sit in the seat, not on top of it.

    Sweet Dreams .....
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    I thought it appropriate that the title of the thread should be changed to fit with what we have made. So Chris/Greenblood obliged Me.

    Well done Sam we have done it....

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    That's what I was talking about.
    Well done.

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    All handed over? Hope it went well. I had commitments or I'd have come over with champagne - sorry about that!!

    Sam's a lucky man. We look forward to seeing him and the car at events now!

    To repeat. A great effort. It will be a rare thing to see an A110 rebuilt so thoroughly. Congratulations.
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    Delivery Day !!!

    This morning Sam came to collect the Alpine. It had been cleaned and polished, tank filled. And spent the night in the workshop under its cover.

    "nauli" was there, and we all had a good discussion on cars we had had.

    And then it was driven off, just such a good sound !!!

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    The workshop is all changed around, with substitutes now ......

    Ray
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    well done ray and congratulations sam.magnificent car!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by geckoeng View Post
    Delivery Day !!!

    This morning Sam came to collect the Alpine. It had been cleaned and polished, tank filled. And spent the night in the workshop under its cover.

    "nauli" was there, and we all had a good discussion on cars we had had.

    And then it was driven off, just such a good sound !!!

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    The workshop is all changed around, with substitutes now ......

    Ray
    Such a gorgeous car....well done Ray.
    Sam was a happy man!
    Now for some engine building Ray.


    PS: thanks for the tips re the Koni's...they're all fitted now...rears a little fiddly (which may have something to do with a 6'2" bloke squeezing under the rear arches)....the fronts were a piece of cake!
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    "nauli"

    You are supposed to jack it up to get under it ..............

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