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  1. Thread: Dauphine 5 Speed

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    Dauphine 5 Speed

    I was hosting a group of Japanese friends for a couple of days (these are the ones that bought my Dauphine race car).

    One of the group is involved with the McLaren Trust in Japan and asked me to...
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    As promised here is a report on the first event I...

    As promised here is a report on the first event I did with the 106.

    The event is the Kemp Rd hillclimb, its a road used by a couple of clubs in the area and I have done it quite a few times in the...
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    So doing a bit of testing and noticed something...

    So doing a bit of testing and noticed something wrong with the front suspension.

    So out with the front struts and this is what I found!

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    Turns out its was running a Koni...
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    New tyres arrived last week. The car came with...

    New tyres arrived last week. The car came with 205/50/15's on 6" rims but they just looked way too big and there had been signs of quite a bit of tyre rub.

    I decided to go with Nankang AR1's in...
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    Hi Brett A couple of things you probably have...

    Hi Brett
    A couple of things you probably have already thought of.
    1. Being a wide narrow tank you will need lots of baffling inside (or explo-safe foam) to avoid the fuel sloshing around
    2. I...
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    Another piece in the puzzle arrived the other...

    Another piece in the puzzle arrived the other day. I managed to find a second hand ITG air filter for $100 on Trademe.

    I had to modify the back plate slightly but getting the filter element on...
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    Still making progress. Engine is in and all...

    Still making progress.
    Engine is in and all hooked up.

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    Next on the list was a oil catch can. Fits nicely above the gearbox mount where the battery used to be.

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    Then a new...
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    I had race seats in my R8 for about a week. Fine...

    I had race seats in my R8 for about a week. Fine for a race car but horrible in a daily driver IMHO.

    I changed back to the original seats (vinyl sprayed black) and have never regretted it. So...
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    Thanks Bowie, interesting reading. I think...

    Thanks Bowie, interesting reading.

    I think after reading that thread my system should work well. The plenum size is very small ( I will try and measure the cc's) and the pipe work to the plenum...
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    Hi Bowie, no I had not considered that at all. ...

    Hi Bowie, no I had not considered that at all. The internal volume of the distribution block is very small so I assumed the vacuum would be the same as before. If anyone else has some information...
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    Another area I wasn't too happy with was the...

    Another area I wasn't too happy with was the vacuum plumbing. There are 4 nipples at the base of each throttle body and 2 of these were connected to the MAP sensor and the other 2 to the brake...
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    Engine out again and made a simple stand which...

    Engine out again and made a simple stand which will made future engine in's and out's simple.

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    Then a quick clean up and a can of high heat paint.

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    And all the...
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    I have been busy finishing off the interior. ...

    I have been busy finishing off the interior.

    When the car was converted to a race car the air con pump and radiator were removed. However the air con unit under the dash was never removed. This...
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    After much cutting, modifying, discussion and...

    After much cutting, modifying, discussion and research I have decided to ditch the cold air box idea for now.
    The reasons are:
    1. Room - with the itb's being so long there is not enough room to get...
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    Hi Chris No I didn't consider a rose joint, I...

    Hi Chris

    No I didn't consider a rose joint, I figured if the old one lasted 21 years and the new one was under a $100 that would do me. However you are right a rose joint would be the best...
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    Up till now most of the work has been around the...

    Up till now most of the work has been around the cosmetics. However there are a couple of modifications I want to make that will hopefully be useful performance improvements or add to reliability.
    ...
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    Next on the list was the pedal box/brake booster...

    Next on the list was the pedal box/brake booster mounting bracket which had to go in first to allow the steering rack to go back in place.

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    Then the power steering pump (electric on the...
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    More bright shiny stuff. I picked up the zinc...

    More bright shiny stuff.

    I picked up the zinc plating yesterday and I finished off all the 2k black the other day.

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    So let the reassembly commence.

    First on the list was the...
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    I started pulling the driveshafts apart today as...

    I started pulling the driveshafts apart today as I have just received all new CV boots from ebay.

    I was a bit surprised to find two different types of CV joints on the outer ends of each shaft.
    ...
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    All the nuts and bolts etc ready for zinc plating...

    All the nuts and bolts etc ready for zinc plating

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    And all the engine bay brackets sand blasted and ready for painting

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    And the first new part bolted on. This is part of the...
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    And now all bright and shiny ...

    And now all bright and shiny

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    As I said earlier I suspected that something was...

    As I said earlier I suspected that something was not quite right with the cooling system, lots of brown staining around. So I sent the radiator off to my trusted radiator repair shop and sure enough...
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    Thanks Peter. I thought I had heard that some...

    Thanks Peter. I thought I had heard that some time ago so I was planning to ditch them and build a cold air box fed from the front of the car somewhere. I will keep you posted.
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    Thanks guys. Once the engine was out I could...

    Thanks guys.

    Once the engine was out I could get a good look at the throttle bodies. They are made by Jenvey and IMHO these things are a work of art.
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    The butterflies are...
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    So the next job was the engine bay This photo...

    So the next job was the engine bay

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    There is a number of things I would like to do including:
    - coating the headers
    - painting the rocker covers
    -...
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