[quote Think I have earthed everything as everything seems to be working... except the bloody alternator.[/quote]
The generator is controlled by the PCM, if all the connections are good it might be worth checking for stored 'P' codes (OBDII scan). Generator faults do not illuminate the MIL as they are not emission related.
Current build - US AZ 'Old' Sonic 7 kit - 2003 Focus SVT donor. Other recent builds - Furore F1, Arizona Replicar, UK Exocet, UK Sonic 7
Must have done 30-40hrs on the car in the last 10 days yet seems like very little to show, must admit that I am getting sick of the sight of loom tape and conduit and I didn't even spend time cutting out anything significant.
Probably gone over the top by running everything in spiral conduit but I just feel better knowing that there's not going to be any chaffing of wires once its all hidden away.
Got all cables pretty much run where I want it and temporarily clipped up, going to fabricate an aluminium tray under the dash to tidy up some more.
Jobs actually completed (while I wasn't doing wiring runs):-
All bulkhead and foot panels in place. Just to make life more complicated I mounted the passenger bulkhead panel on the engine bay side so that it mirrored the factory welded drivers side. Templates made for trimming the transmission tunnel, would have cut it today but cracked the hose connection on my air shears by overtightening which meant spending 1hr doing repairs instead of building.
Fitted coolant tank on the bulkhead, not the most sophisticated installation but decided to use a shelving bracket that I had left over in the garage since it was perfect length to suit the standard MX5 expansion tank.
Now that the tank is on the opposite side compared to the MX5 I needed a longer bit of pipe to join to the radiator, had a bit of spare bit of low pressure fuel pipe which I assume will be OK for IVA as the existing pipe is much lighter construction. Used a large p-clip to help make the 180 U-turn for the new pipe.
At the height the coolant tank is mounted the radiator is fully topped off at mid point in the expansion tank.
Brakes, all bled and working, handbrake adjusted and operational. Had to be creative again to stop the cable balancer rubbing on the transmission tunnel. Not sure if its just the new cable I got or because I deliberately mounted the handbrake quite low.
Anyway, reused an old furniture castor (something else that my wife would have called useless junk) Cut a groove in the plastic wheel to make sure that the cable stays put and since it rotates no rubbing on the cable.
All going to be completely covered with a panel and then trimmed so not worried about the appearance, more the reliable operation.
Missing/lost the handbrake switch so looks like another visit ebay.
Power steering reservoir relocated (yes I am keeping P/S). I realise that the car weight probably means that its not needed, but with the style I am going for will probably mean some wide, low profile wheels and it will be purely for leisure and not track racing so happy to put up with the extra kilos. Had to shorten the hoses by an inch or two but happy with location.
Used my exhaust clamp method again to save drilling holes in the chassis rails. Not easy to see but the reservoir is rubber mounted to reduce any vibrations.
Steering column bulkhead seal modified and fitted. Spent some time checking alignment before bolting up with a generous bead of tiger seal, so its now weatherproof, but also probably not coming back off.
Cheap induction kit bought, trial fitted to see if I could avoid everything else in the engine bay. Planning to swap over my Typhoon system when the build is complete, but need something short term that fits so that I can run the engine and eventually drive it in and out the garage. I also wanted to get this before I fitted the coolant tank to ensure clearance.
Only noticed once I put it all together that the new cap states DOT3. I know we need a DOT 4 sticker for IVA, but should I get a new cap also or just buff off the 3 on the raised text ? If I had spotted earlier I would have drilled this one for the easibleed and kept the original.
Mine passed IVA with a DOT 3 sticker as my cap also said DOT 3.
'94 1.8/ABS/PS + FFS Coldside SC, Water Injection, Megasquirt, Gaz Pro shocks. Oxford Blue Replicar with Rollbar.
What a weekend. Left Portland in Oregon on Friday, flew 19hrs to Glasgow, grabbed a few hours sleep, drove 5hrs to Stoneleigh, grabbed a few more hours sleep, spent Monday at the show and drove 5hrs back home.
On the positive side managed to get some more shiny bits at the show, also bought some more tools that I probably didn't need but you can never be too careful
Met with Protech and will get order placed tomorrow after discussing spring rates with them and Stuart today.
The best thing about being in USA is that I picked up a new lightweight flywheel and clutch for £160. Being in Oregon was extra bonus as they have no Sales Tax. Went in the suitcase so qualified as souvenir and therefore no import tax in UK either.
Flywheel is 4.9kg, Cover 4.6kg so significant drop on standard set-up and wanted to changed the clutch anyway.
Would be very interested to hear what you order from ProTech. I spoke to them at Stoneleigh and although friendly they were not that helpful. Once I mentioned that I knew the owners of Blink Motorsport there suggestion was to speak to them. I was hoping to give them an order so bit disappointing. On the positive I know Blink will sort me out. Would be interesting to see what Blink recommend compared to ProTech and Stuart.
I might be seeing Fraser from Blink on Thursday in which case I will see what he suggests for setup. He is very knowledgeable with MX5 setups and is a kit car builder and owner. He will want to have the car for setup at some point but he will have knowledge on where to start with spring rates. Slightly confusing at the ProTech stand they told me they had two setups for the MX5 but their website only lists one per variant and i didn't see any info relating to ride heights. I have already agreed with Blink that they will have the car for Geo setup and to check the car for crabbing which their kit can do, they are also happy to change the suspension and they have ProTech shocks in stock if that is the best solution. If Fraser turns up I will post his suggestions, he is a busy chap and doesn't always turn up.
Got the new flywheel and clutch installed on Sunday and everything back together. Kind of glad I did this now at this stage as it flagged up some modifications needed to the footwell/bulkhead panels and transmission tunnel if you want to take the gearbox out without removing the engine.
Loving how the revs pick instantaneously from idle, revs like a proper race engine. Mileage limited to about 20 feet at the moment but happy it moves and I have at least 1st gear.