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    I should point out that Giles' Nova uses the...

    I should point out that Giles' Nova uses the iron-block engine from the Alfa 33, and my calculations also had to account for the rear mounted water radiator. So probably approaching the mass of the...
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    You are using struts I think Mike? I made up a...

    You are using struts I think Mike? I made up a spreadsheet to calculate spring rates using the formulas in Allan Staniforth's Race and Rally Sourcebook, which I guess you must have seen before. My...
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    My, you have been busy! Excellent work. I...

    My, you have been busy! Excellent work.

    I think the "outside" message is just to stop tyre fitters getting it wrong, as long as you respect the direction of normal rotation it shouldn't make a...
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    Yes, it's the ratios that make all the difference...

    Yes, it's the ratios that make all the difference - the turbo Nova in the video suffers from the same problem that almost all VW transaxles have - an enormous gulf between 2nd and 3rd gear. Rev out...
  5. Thread: Nova Badge II

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    Great looking font. I have it on my steering...

    Great looking font. I have it on my steering wheel boss, where the old Rover script used to be. Although the strobe font used by the Elams looks very similar, I think the lower case font looks...
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    That looks like the bunch that did the Vintage...

    That looks like the bunch that did the Vintage Voltage programme that aired on Quest recently. I watched some of the episodes with interest as they were responsible for a Ferrari 308 conversion that...
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    Man, that is fast - I remember Nova Nigel took...

    Man, that is fast - I remember Nova Nigel took his car to Bug Jam one year and managed a 17 second quarter mile. His car had a 914 engine, albeit in standard tune.

    But getting into the 13s......
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    I noticed that too. Number plate style really...

    I noticed that too. Number plate style really helps to date the car, something I am very proud of. Why should I want to pretend my car was made last year?

    Its funny how most people seem to think...
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    Oh yes - I just looked them up. Retro Classic....

    Oh yes - I just looked them up. Retro Classic. Tread pattern looks like a contemporary Michelin XAS (great looking tyre, still available today but hideously expensive).

    They appear to be made by...
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    Oh yes! You went for the JDM style wing mirrors!...

    Oh yes! You went for the JDM style wing mirrors! I think they will work very well and they certainly look the part.

    Alfasud instrument pod is certainly close to that Miura binnacle style....
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    TKC Magazine, July/August Issue

    Hi everyone - my friend Graham tells me that the July/August issue has an article on the Nova, could be worth checking out...

    The article doesn't appear on the cover, so may have been a last...
  12. Thread: Badbug's Nova

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    I wish my garage floor was that big :D

    I wish my garage floor was that big :D
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    Hi Giles - it sounds like you have got some sort...

    Hi Giles - it sounds like you have got some sort of breather valve, although there are many types to choose from. My original device (also anodised red) was a roll-over valve which simply stopped the...
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    That will be interesting to see. Some years ago I...

    That will be interesting to see. Some years ago I managed to contact Phil through his business, I noticed that he had a picture of the Nova amongst other examples of his artwork. He was clearly still...
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    Hi Giles - good to hear from you again. As you...

    Hi Giles - good to hear from you again.

    As you know the Green Machine is kept in my garage which is built into the house, and for a while I was plagued by the smell of fuel vapour venting from the...
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    VERY '70s sci-fi :D I instantly recognised the...

    VERY '70s sci-fi :D

    I instantly recognised the Stratos font - and did I also spot a Lamborghini "Spinto" badge on the rear transom panel???

    (That's the lightning "S" badge, originally used to...
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    JDM wing mirrors would work very well I think....

    JDM wing mirrors would work very well I think. Not seen them tried on a Nova before, but probably quite readily available to you in Singapore.

    Not many electric variants I suspect, but you never...
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    I like your style! Why not use them to switch...

    I like your style! Why not use them to switch relays for heavy current applications?
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    It appeared on Top Gear a few years back, when...

    It appeared on Top Gear a few years back, when James May was driving the Sumo wrestlers around in the Japanese fake Rolls Royce thing. Quite swoopy, but with some rather unique Oriental styling...
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    Thanks Jim, that was blast from the past. What a...

    Thanks Jim, that was blast from the past. What a wet day! I do miss the old Breakfast Club events, but I guess all good things come to an end. At least the Green Machine is a bit more watertight now....
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    You recognise the centre boss of the steering...

    You recognise the centre boss of the steering wheel then :D

    I got the steering column out of a 2600 SD1, and as you say, that long, thin rectangular box was inspirational.
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    I like to log the readings from the Nav computer,...

    I like to log the readings from the Nav computer, even on short journeys. On an average run of just under 12 miles round trip I am getting 32mpg, and averaging a speed of 30mph in a total driving...
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    It's been a while since I last posted on this...

    It's been a while since I last posted on this thread, for obvious reasons, but the Green Machine is still running well. I checked all the fluids and levels the other day and snapped a few pictures....
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    I knew you would :D

    I knew you would :D
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    Hi Mike - no, it was a more random graphic than...

    Hi Mike - no, it was a more random graphic than that. Your picture us typical of paint schemes used on Sterlings in the US, although I am aware of at least one Nova from the late '70s with this...
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