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  1. On 21/02/2018 at 4:55 PM, pmackellow said:

    Nice one mate, another red project to get your teeth into :thumbs:


    Not this time mate...


    Well, the C-101 is no more..

    As well as needing a bonnet, fender pan, carb, seat, starter motor, I found out that the main body tub was so rotten (most of it just pulled apart sort of rotten) that the poor C went from project to breaker for parts with the funds going towards the latest project..


    Sorry guy's, sometime you can't keep em all..


    Oh, if anyone needs any "C" parts that are not engine, trans or bodywork let me know :)


  2. On 13/06/2018 at 9:21 PM, Cub Cadet said:

    This is going to be a crazy build! Looking forward to it :omg: :hdance:


    Thanks mate, yep crazy it certainly will be :D



    On 13/06/2018 at 9:41 PM, C-101plowerpower said:

    dont think those front wheels will be on the ground alot:D absolute madness, i love it


    Hi Koen, it will be interesting to see what the front end does under power.. The brain says the front wheels should lift, but....   at least 75% of the weight will be at the front, so..... ???



    Let's start this small update with a video shall we? :D




    To keep Nigel happy, here's a pic of him actually driving the forklift as the engine was moved from a pallet to a four wheel'd trolly thingy.





    Though I think the forklift fumes may of gone to his head a bit :lol:





    With the pallet out the way we could plonk parts in more or less the right place..

    For the comedy value the wheels were put where they would be on a standard WH... A bit narrow me thinks :lol::D









    I like this view, with the wonky wheels and panels it kinda looks like a wacky cartoon :D





    I'm trying to be good and get MadTrax finished before I start on this build, but you just know I have to have a fiddle and make a start even if it's only getting everything in the right place so I can take some measurements..

    A lot to work out first before I can even think about making a chassis!



    And to finish this update, have another video.. Wheel-Vo part 2.



  3. On 06/06/2018 at 10:16 AM, nigel said:

    Your barmy mate, as mad as a box of frogs, absolute nutter 🙄🧐


    Thanks mate, good of you to notice :D:lol:



    On 06/06/2018 at 10:37 AM, pmackellow said:

    Madder than Mad Jack McMad, winner of last years Mr Mad competition! :D


    We like mad, go for it Ian ! :thumbs::omg:


    Hi Paul, mad it certainy will be :D



    On 06/06/2018 at 10:39 AM, Stormin said:


    No! Just inventive. Loopy but inventive. :rolleyes:


    Loopy and inventive... Sounds like the perfect combo to me :lol:



    It's been a very busy and heavy week, but when needs must..


    The Volvo engine bay now looks like this..





    Engine out..

    A big thank you to Rob (far right) who has put a lot of time in over the past 7+ days to help me get this stage done.

    A thank you to Matt (far left) who did the very careful forklift driving to pull the engine and trans out..

    And a thank you to Nigel (middle) for offering advice, getting in the way sometimes, and for sitting on the forklift to make it look like he did the driving :D:lol::P





    Back in the workshop with a few parts plonked in place..

    Only roughly plonked as the pallet is getting in the way and the engine is leaning to one side.... But you get the idea :D:thumbs:











    To make the engine run a few wires are needed....

    Quite a few as it happens.. I need the complete loom from the engine bay back to the front doors.. Which looked like this once the dash had come out..







    The fuse and relay box!     I won't be needing all of them thankfully!.





    Why so many wires?   Well, being a "modern"-ish car I need one of these brains to run the fuel injection system..





    And one of these which is engine management..   I've not opened it up yet to check, I have a feeling it's one of the ECU's that can be "chipped" to get the engine producing the power it should be rather than the "tamed back" from the factory as it is now..





    The loom out the car!   I won't need about 75% of this as I won't be running power window, rear screen heater, power sunroof or even the headlamp wash/wipers!

    I think I'm going to need a very good wiring diagram :D





    But I do plan to use as many of the guages as I can..





    The Volvo now looks like this and is ready for the "metal monkeys" (as I call them) to come and collect.





    Parts removed..


    Engine, trans, wiring loom...







    Four wheels to smoke the tyres/tires off of :lol:





    Rear axle..





    And a new bit of wall decoration :D



  4. Morning all, well Project Wheel-Vo has taken a big step forward this week as the new running gear has been found...


    You might say it's been safely kept in this big metal box :lol:





    A "can't quite get he's head around my thinking" Nigel gives the Volvo 940 2.3 SE Turbo a :thumbs:   :D





    That's quite a big 4 pot!

    A Volvo B230FK if your into engine numbers.







    Here's the important bit... The turbo B):D





    Size wise a manual gearbox would be smaller, but an auto does make life easier... Also I kinda like the idea of being able to keep both hands on the steering wheel during launch as well :lol::D





    I dug out the WH 312-8 bonnet/hood to have a look size wise......

    This pic makes me look totally nuts for even thinking of this project!  :blink::huh::o





    However, lift the bonnet/hood up and plonk the said WH item on and suddenly the engine does not look that big..

    A certain amount of errr... "Scaling up" is going to be needed on the WH panels but not as much as I had 1st thought as the actual auto box isn't as long as I had 1st thought.

    Of course I have to fit a radiator and intercooler under the hood as well.

    I will be using the Volvo rear axle, they are known to be strong and (quite handy for me) easy to narrow :)





    As of yesterday here's where I have got to..

    Just need to disconnect the shifter linkage, speedo cable (I think the speedo is driven from the 'box), unplug any electrical bits, unbolt the propshaft, unbolt the 'box crossmember and then the engine and trans can be removed as one..

    Glad I have the use of a forklift :D




    No idea why the forum software want to put this duplicate pic in at the end, but I can't seem to get rid of it!



  5. This was about four cars in front of me yesterday, as luck would have it the traffic lights changed just in time for me to jump out and get a quick snap..

    It's not everyday you see this sort of thing on the road :thumbs:





    A closer up..



  6. Cool photo's Norm, I was lucky enough to watch moorhens hatch a few years ago.. From hatching to in the water in under 10 mins!   Amazing to watch..


    On 14/05/2018 at 8:03 PM, pmackellow said:

    Love the last photo... thats chilled ! :D



    Very chilled :D


  7. The bearing holder was drilled and a tapped so the two bit's could be bolted together..

    A clean up on the lather later and the bearing was pressed in..

    I couldn't of been happier with the fit of the bearing :)







    Fitted.. Just out of view behind the holder is a couple of tack welds just to hold the holder in the right place.. and yes the spocket is free to move at the moment as I don't know quite how far up/down the shaft it needs to go.





    Now onto the fun part.. Getting the 90'd drive in the right place..

    Which is where the bit of angle that is bolted to the drive will come in handy.

    If you look behind the air filter you can just see 3 more bit's bolted to the drive case..





    The go up and get clamped to a couple of bit's of box.. This will hold things steady and give me enough adjustment to adjust it's postition.





    But before I square the drive up I need to make the last bit of the drive puzzle and fit a sprocket and bearing to the hollow shaft that's coming out of the drive..

    That should keep me busy tomorrow :D


  8. Where were we? Oh yes, making a bearing holder..

    Some more turning later and half of the bearing holder was just the right size, a nice tight fit that will need gentle press pressure to push it in.





    No idea why these photo's are being turned sideways when I upload them, but anyway here's half the bearing holder and a blank other half.





    Both sides done.





    The four holes in each half are there so the bearing can be punched back out the holder should needs be..





    Time to fit the bearing... Almost..

    As the holder will have to be taken on and off MadTrax many many times, and a bit of drilling and grinding going on, rather than fit the bearing and risk it getting full of nasty stuff I made....





    This fake bearing :D







    With a little bit of trimming to the inside half of the bearing holder a test fit was in order..





    It's rather tight on one of the engine mounts, but it fit's :thumbs:





    Looks like the sprockets can be made to line up :thumbs:





    Now the big one... Will the shaft from the transfer box to the front fit without hitting anything and how tight will the UJ angles be?


    It fit's and the UJ angles are well under 33'degrees, if I remember right the rear UJ angle is about 12'D and the front is a tad over 20.. Much better than it used to be :thumbs:





    It's tight but there is plenty of clearance :D




  9. On 24/01/2018 at 10:16 PM, C-101plowerpower said:

    ooh sounds like a nice mad project, so, would a volvo 850 drivetrain do? i might be able to get one of those cheap;)


    Sorry for the late reply Koen..


    The 850 engine I understand does bolt to a rear wheel drive gearbox, but the wiring would be a total nightmare!

  10. On 02/04/2018 at 11:32 PM, Wristpin said:

    Toro now owns Hayter so are "rationalising"  the parts bin.


    That's handy to know should I need to get new gearbox seals :thumbs:


    Nice work Chris, the speed your going your have the Raider finished in a month or so :thumbs:


  11. Morning all, a small update for ya..

    I have been mostly spending a lot of time at the lathe turning down this, boring out that, and trueing up the other.


    Not that many photo's but this was quite interesting to make out of two parts and a bit of welding.

    It's not quite finished in the photo, only a bit of tidying to do..





    A bored out sprocket is a nice tight fit on the shaft.





    Not the fun part, making the 90'd drive thingy fit in not much space..


    It's in there somewhere!







    This view might help to see what's going on.





    The plan was to fit this sprocket to the shaft that comes from the Honda gearbox..





    And put this bearing at the end to hold things steady..

    The trouble is, not enough space, the drive shaft to the front takes up a fair bit of space too!





    Soooo... The plan now is to mount this bigger bearing a lot closer to the gearbox case and fit the sprocket on the end only much more forward than it was..

    Of course I don't have a bearing holder for the bigger bearing!





    So a bit of thick steel slicing..





    Cut's well for a £10 power saw :thumbs:





    An almost flat plate.





    Flat and mostly bored out..





    And that's about as far as I've got at the moment, all this making "one of" parts does take it's time..


    But where would be the fun if I just bought everything and bolted it on? :lol::D



  12. Ok, maybe that wasn't such a short-ish break :lol:


    Back to the rear light box..Some of the welds down the sides needed a few extra blobs of weld to tidy them up..





    The front edges needed a bead of weld to fuse metal together..  To make life easier I clamped on a flat brass bar to weld against as welds will not stick to the brass..





    As you will of noticed on the above photo the longest which is also the top panel is a little on the wonky side..

    A big thank you to Rob for the square which came in handy for showing how wonky wonky is..





    As the metal is too stretched to hammer flat some extra straight strength needs to be added..

    Starting with a strip of double skinned steel.





    Most of one skin was cut away leaving only a small rolled edge sort of thing.





    A quick trip to the sheet metal folder which I should use more than I do!





    Plug welded inside.. The bit of black box section is only to make sure everything clamps down flat..





    Can you spot a slight problem here?

    Yep, the box is such a good tight fit it won't come back out again! :lol:





    The next step was to make some mounts for the rear light, but a parcel turned up containing these sprockets :thumbs:





    The rear light is going to have to wait, getting the drive train finally finished needs to come first..

    Soooooo, the first sprocket on the lathe being bored out to a larger ID..





    And that is this thread upto date again..


    Hope your all enjoying the build :thumbs:


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