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    It's very cab-forward though, the Pinto engine...

    It's very cab-forward though, the Pinto engine puts the seats further forward than the Nova, your nose would be pressed against the windscreen!

    But yes, the Midtec came out shortly after the Noble...
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    All too true - a mid engine chassis is a labour...

    All too true - a mid engine chassis is a labour of love, and the amount of time and effort that goes into its development will never be appreciated by the casual observer. Which is very irritating at...
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    I can't claim to be a professor of anything, but...

    I can't claim to be a professor of anything, but this is absolutely true :D

    In the Red9 thru-rod suspension the coil springs act directly on the trailing arm, with no mechanical advantage, so can...
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    Hello 5TT - I have used a Dakota Digital SGI-5...

    Hello 5TT - I have used a Dakota Digital SGI-5 signal interface to couple my single speed sensor into two types of speedometer - a Dakota Digital Odyssey speedometer/odometer and a Rover SD1 trip...
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    I thought there was something odd about the...

    I thought there was something odd about the profile of the roof...
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    I agree - there isn't any room under there for a...

    I agree - there isn't any room under there for a Macpherson strut, although it may be possible to use the original lower radius arms/TCA and uprights with fabricated upper wishbones and pushrods. A...
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    I agree, the storage you have built in makes...

    I agree, the storage you have built in makes great use of this underutilised space, and you would have to give it all up to go mid-engined. My Alfa boxer engine is more compact than the Scooby and...
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    It's not so bad - my wishbones/A-arms came from a...

    It's not so bad - my wishbones/A-arms came from a Noble 23, a car that has been out of production now for some 30-odd years, but the jigs have been passed on through various suppliers and can still...
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    Yes, the Green Machine was my favourite too,...

    Yes, the Green Machine was my favourite too, although it was nice to see a Droop Snoot after all these years. As you say, the Magnum Sportshatch was just a standard Magnum estate with the aero nose...
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    Autumn Motorsport Day at Brooklands

    Another popular event at Brooklands, organised by the man behind Auto Italia (as is the Supercar day I attended earlier in the year). Unfortunately the weather gods were not good to us again, which...
  11. I would echo what Dave has said - the rear view...

    I would echo what Dave has said - the rear view mirror severely obstructs forward vision for tall drivers. Also, if it is a reversing camera, i.e. one that comes on when engaging reverse gear, as...
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    Hi PP2 - yes, I posted the circuit diagram on my...

    Hi PP2 - yes, I posted the circuit diagram on my Dashboard Blues thread... let's see if I can make this work...
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    If I find one I will post it on the board....

    If I find one I will post it on the board. Nothing so far...

    All I have done at the back is dial in the same rebound setting I had on the SPAX dampers (4 clicks). Seems to control the bounce OK,...
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    Same rationale as the back really, although I am...

    Same rationale as the back really, although I am still experimenting with settings. The extra adjustment isn't a major contributor to the overall cost, so I thought I might as well...
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    VC10 Open Day at Dunsfold

    I heard about this event through my Brooklands membership. The Vickers VC10, often seen skulking in the background as supercars and celebrities run around the Top Gear track, would be open to...
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    I agree - and the SE5a is the one to have, with...

    I agree - and the SE5a is the one to have, with the best combination of engine and overdrive gearbox. I like to think that the moulded dash on the Green Machine has something of the Scimitar about it...
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    A Day Out at Brooklands

    It seems like a lifetime has passed, but a mere 4 weeks ago we were still basking in the last of the warm late Summer sunshine. So I decided to take a day off work and go to Brooklands, just for the...
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    Great that you have the chassis plate - it's an...

    Great that you have the chassis plate - it's an Elam Mk1, just like mine, it even has the same mahoosive glass sunroof. Unfortunately the chassis plate was removed from my car sometime in its past so...
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    Absolutely spot-on Steve - apart from the 50:50...

    Absolutely spot-on Steve - apart from the 50:50 bit :laugh:

    The VW Beetle in stock trim has something like a 40:60 weight distribution, but does have more weight transfer under braking than the...
  20. Thread: Nova AKA806J

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    Hmm - how about a widened FV chassis under the...

    Hmm - how about a widened FV chassis under the Nova? Maybe a Vo-Po 914 engine, or even a 916 2 litre for a bit of poke!

    Or would it make it impossible to get through CT?

    Looking at your...
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    Alfasud engine is iron block with alloy heads....

    Alfasud engine is iron block with alloy heads. According to my notes it weighs 108 kg, vs. 91 kg for a VW boxer. Twice the power mind you! Then there is the weight of the coolant of course - for...
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    That's very helpful, as I had to infer the weight...

    That's very helpful, as I had to infer the weight distribution of Giles' car and assumed 40:60. Looks like 325 lb springs on the back will work a charm then!

    I take it the corner weights were...
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    I've just found the analysis I did for Giles...

    I've just found the analysis I did for Giles Briggs Nova (Nova F4), which uses a similar rear suspension set-up to you, albeit IRS instead of swing axle. Fortunately the difference in rear lever arm...
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    Ah I see, no torsion bars at all, just the...

    Ah I see, no torsion bars at all, just the coilovers. I agree, 275 lb would be too sort in this case. I am using 325 lb springs on the back of the Green Machine, obviously completely different...
  25. Sounds like the same solution I used on my Ford...

    Sounds like the same solution I used on my Ford Cortina rack, only I used a pair of Jubilee clips around the rack which prevent the steering from going to full lock by hitting the body. The clips sit...
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