Clutch Problems

On the left the clutch plate delivered with our boxes of bits as a kit for an AMC AMX.  In practice doesn’t work with inadequate clearance.  On the right the clutch plate Alan at Questmead found for us.  Believe it or not but it turns out to be a Subaru one!  Been in the car for some time now but seems to work fine, uses a paddle type clutch but should be fine for the event

 

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PAINT!

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Ready to go to the paintshop
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Back from the paintshop, nervous unloading with soft paint
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Roof vent with stripes and new top lights
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Badges back, check out the quality of the painting
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rear cluster lustre
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Fan heater in
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Brake master cylinders rear and front
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Valve train in
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head built up and water pump on
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Official AMC colour isn’t quite the same as car body but best to keep it original
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Lengthened pick up for enlarged sump
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gasket and piston tops

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crank offered up

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Big end bearing shells in

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Channels ready to go
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Studs in
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Webs and journals obvious as crank built up
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Individual con rods and pistons were so far out from each other when weighed that a harmonic damper is used at the front of the engine, huge weight removed from the flywheel. The whole mass now rotates beautifully balanced, you can set a cup of tea down on the carb and it barely vibrates. Top work Howard.

Yummy body work

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Trial fit of driver and engine

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First fit for driver, pretty snug
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Going to have to work on my expressions
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Engine offered up to engine bay and transmission
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Note spirit level to get the carburettor float chambers level
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Engine will run slightly lower and further back in the car than original to help with balance and weight distribution
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Steering column work
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Steering box and column dummied up
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Engine view
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Mating for enlarged sump with rebuilt engine
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Engine to transmission checked
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Gearbox cross member

 

February 2015

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Front valence, bumper and wing on for fitting, car had taken a knock so getting the angles right was a pain
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Dash mock up for Robbie Durant the electrician to work with
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Drivers view dash
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Navigator dash
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Controls the width of the car
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Front suspension dummy assembly, planning for three shock absorbers
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New discs for Geen
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Parts on the bench prepped for spraying

Checking wheel clearance using original 14″ Magnums

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Front turrets

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Pedal box

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Mesh guard for radiator and to stiffen up the parallelagram of the front square section
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Triangular support carried over from original and battery trays left and right, we later deleted the second battery on the near side in favour of one big boy on the off side to save weight
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John don’t smoke the reefer, he smokes the pipe, pipe, pipe

The fabrication goes on and on

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Cyber men built into the project

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Works Visit June 2014

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Steve on the gas welding, Autosportif’s more usual stock in trade Subaru in background
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Engine bay with seam welding, strengthened inner wings and turrets
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Cabin floor
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rear turret tops and bracket for fuel tank mount. Shows roll cage tie ins to good effect
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Right way up
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Starting to look the part
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So much preperation, filing and inserting captive nuts

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Steve entitled to look tired

Autosportif works visit

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Hero driver showing the delicacy of his touch on the steering
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Inside boot floor
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Seat trial fit in cabin
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Great work on body floor
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Thinking ahead: cut out for exhaust and captive nuts for mudflaps
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Inner wings
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A frightening team, Chris Partington project consultant, Steve Wilson fabrications, Howard Dent, owner of Autosportif (and PI Magnum’s moustache) holding bent push rod
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Subaru seat in situ, small but effective
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cabin viewed through rear window
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Engine bores in pleasingly good and clean condition, can’t have done many miles, great news
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Crankshaft, cam and inlet manifolds all found in great condition
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crank webs looking substantial
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Chassis stamp
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Chassis plate