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Old 11-11-2017, 12:05 PM   #11
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Looks like this is gonna be a thread to watch.
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Old 11-11-2017, 12:05 PM   #12
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Looking forward to seeing this take shape. My initial feeling is that this...



will impact seriously on this...

...but after two years' thinking about it you've clearly done your homework Watching with interest
The regs are strict on sharp edges. No external seams, outward punched louvers that kind of thing. Body shape is less important. There needs to be a "crumple zone" ahead of the front wheels. The steering column needed some thought too.
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And yes, I've been researching the regs for ages now. In fact it's driven me a bit mad! I can't help looking at current custom cars and think "oh that won't pass, look at the state of that!" Etc.
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Old 11-11-2017, 12:27 PM   #14
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The one area that has caused more sleepless afternoons than any has been the engine choice. At first I figured that there was no rush, I can decide at the end. However that is not the case as I need to build in the rear engine mounts and I also need to ensure the bodywork won't foul the engine.
So my choices:
It must me a flat four (flat 6 is nice but too heavy )

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Subaru was discounted because it's too modern for the look I'm after.

For about one year I was convinced I wanted an alfa. High revving, sweet sounding over 100 bhp from stock. So I bought one. It was a 1.7 with twin carbs. Problem was it was in Devon and I'm in Telford. The moment I won it on eBay the conversation with my good lady went like this:
"How do you fancy me whisking you off for a couple of days somewhere, Devon maybe?"
"Oo that would be nice"
"Great it'll be so romantic..."

I mentioned popping over to pick up an engine as we passed Taunton services.......
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Old 11-11-2017, 12:36 PM   #15
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As it turned out the engine had been stripped of some of the parts. I found another ( 1.5 this time) in a pheasant rearing barn about 5 miles from my house. I got the engine and a gearbox for 20.

I got the engine running and started looking at the gearbox. I figured that if I could flip the diff over inside I could use it in my chassis. 5 speed, correct ratios for the alfa engine, sounds perfect.
I took the sump off the gearbox and realised that the diff could be flipped with a little work. I'd loose the speedo drive but that didn't matter. What did matter was that the sump was full of teeth and 4 broken sycro rings! This box had had a hard life.
When I looked into it, I discovered that the alfa box is quite weak. Most racing Alfas use vw boxes.
So I scrubbed that idea.
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The more I thought about it, the more I started being drawn back to vw power. Not having to use an adaptor plate made the build feel more "proper" and not bodged. I know the use of adaptor plates is fine (Remember my tdi engine conversion beetle?) but I felt it wasn't right in this build.
A quick chat with my friend Mario at MV Engineering confirmed it. A 1.9 wbx would be perfect. Enough power for my light weight special and, being aluminium, a damn sight lighter than the cast iron alfa.
Mario has lent me a case and heads so I can mock up the rear mounts.

I feel happier now it's all vw
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Waterboxer.

Mmmmmm....

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Sounds like an interesting project. Looking forward to seeing your progress

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Sounds like a great project for your skills.

Excellent engine choice
You will find the stock 1.9 a bit lacking in performance at 85hp but it's perfectly suited to a turbo upgrade in the future.
Just adding a set of twin carbs with 1.25 rockers and T1 style exhaust really improves performance.
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Sounds like a great project for your skills.

Excellent engine choice
You will find the stock 1.9 a bit lacking in performance at 85hp but it's perfectly suited to a turbo upgrade in the future.
Just adding a set of twin carbs with 1.25 rockers and T1 style exhaust really improves performance.
I have a set of 36's and a set of 40's to choose from. Remember that the car is going to be very light, so massive power would upset the cars ballence. But, yes, more power options are one of the reasons I like this engine option.
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