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    Micks Red Nova

    Things are coming along nicely - a few more things sorted (or started). I discovered that the lights I sourced for the back-end can also be used on the front as the pods fit the slope of the front undertray.
    The lights from a Fiat Coupe were originally indicator / reversing but I intend to use them as LED indicator repeater / side light:







    Not sure if they may be too low and not conform to some regulation - can always take the lamps out and use the pods as air intakes to cool the front discs

    Also decided to fill the gap at the side of the headlamp area - first one done.



    And am considering cutting the bonnet (at the blue line) and glassing the top section in permanently, and then making the front section front hinged.



    As the space under this area is unusable for anything significant and will allow me to open the bonnet with the roof open (which otherwise you can't do if it's front hinged).





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    Mick,
    The lights fit really neatly on the front under sil. If they don't like them for front parking lights then stick some round fog lights in them!!.

    I think I'll also fill in the head light area but thats a job for post MOT,

    Keep at it

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    Hi Mick - yes, those lights look good in the front tray. And yes, they fail to conform to Construction & Use regulations (indicators and sidelights too low, can't remember the actual height requirement, and if you are using reversing lamps that's a 21W lamp instead of the regulation 6W limit), but this would only be a consideration if you went through SVA. For a normal MoT, which isn't bound by C&U regs, its down to the discretion of the tester; if he feels that visibility of the lights is impaired by their positioning then he could fail the car - its entirely subjective, and you do have the right of appeal, but that's the way it works.

    I like the idea of a front hinged bonnet. I tried to work out the geometry of a two-stage pantograph hinge that would lift the front edge up and forwards, then allow the whole bonnet to tilt forwards while missing the open canopy. It wasn't easy, but I abandoned the idea eventually mainly on the grounds of extra weight rather than complexity. Plus, I can't store ANYTHING under my bonnet, so it stays closed most of the time.

    Keep at it!

    Lauren
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spacenut
    if you are using reversing lamps that's a 21W lamp instead of the regulation 6W limit), but this would only be a consideration if you went through SVA
    Lauren - thought of that. I intend to put a LED repeater (bought for the side of the Nova but didn't look right) inside the indicator lens part and replace the bulb mount behind the clear lens with one of the my spare 5w/21w fittings that will allow me to use it as a 5w side-light; and I could wire the 21w up to a 'hidden' switch to use as running lights.

    These lights will be in addition to the indicator in the 'normal' position next to the headlamp (and side repeater) and the sidelight built into the square cibie unit - so I'm hoping the MOT man won't be too bothered.

    Note to self - must stop adding lights now or I'll have to swap to an alternator.

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    I feel like I'm on the home stretch now - more money spent are more things done over the last couple of weeks.

    1. Reversing light switch bought and installed in gearbox - don't have any reversing lights yet but the wiring is in and ready for them.

    2. Fuel tank outlet tubing (stainless braided) and filter fitted so the old Suffolk Colt lawnmower tank fitted for Stones is redundant - but I may end up using it as the header tank for my water-jacket heating system

    3. Pair of horns wired and fitted.

    4. New chrome spring plate covers fitted.

    5. Windscreen washers fitted.

    6. Replacement front dampers fitted to replace old leaky ones.

    7. Replaced wheel bolts with M14 x 1.5 x 80mm studs so that I can fit the 1 inch wheel spacers to fill the arches.

    However that last point has given me a bit of a self imposed problem. My wheels are old style Compomotive Mag Alloys that use a wheelbolt similar to Wolfrace (M14 x 1.5 sleeved 5/8" Flat mag fitting). Unfortunately you can't seem to get nuts to fit M14 studs in sleeve sizes other than 3/4" or 11/16" (which are too big to fit into the wheel bolt holes) because a 5/8" sleeve would leave too little metal with an M14 thread
    So it looks like I will have to get all 16 holes machined out to fit the wider wheel-nuts --- Bu%%$r
    Now I need to find a good machine shop in my local area that are willing to drill out the wheels (preferably without removing the tyres) and are competent so I don't end up with wheels fit for the scrap heap.

    Damn - It was all going so well.


    Anyway, to cheer myself up I thought I would draw up a list of the few tasks that still need doing - so I created an Excel spreadsheet and started listing things.


    Damn - 87 things still left to buy/fit/repair or replace.

    And I'm sure there are things I missed.

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    ...But as you say, you are on the home straight. I remember I had that many things on my "fix list" even after I got the car on the road... and it hasn't got much shorter since!

    I like the idea of the 21W running lights. Kids these days seem to enjoy using their front fogs for extra illumination at night, which is illegal (if its not foggy), but would be very handy for Nova night driving. The reflectors and lenses in reversing lights are less efficient than an equivalent foglight (and the bulb is lower wattage), so a set-up like you are proposing would provide some useful near-field illumination without attracting complaint from other road users (or Mr Plod ).

    A bit like the "cruise lights" you can get, with 20W Halogens that are legal for road use.

    So you are using LED indicators in the front are you? Good idea - my LED arrays are built up and ready to fit too (orange hyperbright LED's were available in the early 70's, its just that the lighting regs required lamps built to a specific British Standard which was written for a filament bulb).

    Don't lose heart Mick - you are closer to the road than many of us!

    Lauren
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    Mick I will post a pic of a wheel nut that was quoted for me to fit my wolfrace slot mags when I enquired about stud conversion.
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    company is http://www.speedshack.co.uk/Wheelnuts.htm person to speak to is Steve
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    Thanks Jim

    Already been in touch with SpeedShack - below is their response:

    Hi Mick,
    M14 is an awkward one in 5/8" shank or 11/16" shank.
    It IS available in 3/4" shank / sleeve.
    See piccy attached of the type of nut. Cost is £1.95 each inc VAT. Postage on a full set to UK is £7.95 inc VAT 1st class Recorded delivery.

    Regards

    Steve
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    which is why I need to look at alternatives. The picture you posted is probably an M12 size (that is available in 5/8") unfortunately my wheelstuds are M14.

    I am due to take a wheel to a local precision engineer/machine shop tomorrow to see if it will fit on any of their machines to get the holes milled out to fit the 11/16 shank (a size that is commonly available). I'll let you know how it goes.

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    Try "Machine 7" at http://www.machine7.com

    They do studs/nuts for old US mags and others as well as conversions

    http://www.machine7.com/section.php?xSec=529

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    Quote Originally Posted by ovanova
    Try "Machine 7" at http://www.machine7.com

    They do studs/nuts for old US mags and others as well as conversions

    http://www.machine7.com/section.php?xSec=529
    Bin there - Done that - same answer

    Thanks anyway.

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