So the black car sold instantly...... I’ve also spent the last 2 weekends fixing it
Still need to replace the manifold and it needs a new exhaust pretty desperately, as the previous owner has chopped one of the 2 rear boxes out - thus making it sound like a trumpet.
I’ve fitted some new j hook goodspeeds on mine in the hope of curing vibrations under breaking, ahead of Blyton at the weekend with the boys.
Also invested in some actual fit for purpose safety gear too...
I’ve only sat in the car with it on, but it certainly feels odd! Looking forward to trying it on track.
Another project I’ve got lined up, is hacking apart another light to try and get some more air to the V6 box. Some of you may of seem on Facebook I did a small duct for my mate. Little bit of a size difference...
Not too bothered about the beam/beam pattern. These can be my U.K. only lights
Earlier this week, I also created a website for my printing that I’ve been doing: www.duct3D.co.uk
Discount code ‘trackbaguettes’ if anyone wants to do some purchasing.
Decision day tomorrow as to whether the trip to the ring will be happening at the end of the month now. Hopefully the German Government let us travel
So I never really updated this. Few bits have changed on the car since last time. I've switched over to the Godspeed J hook front discs, finally replaced the brake fluid (easily been in the car for 2 years now), and did the gearbox oil in the hope that it would quieten down a bit.
Good news is that the brakes are sorted now. Not a single vibration all day at Blyton, and I was really leaning on them hard.
Bad news is the gearbox is definitely going to have to come out sooner or later.... tis making a right chattering noise. I suspect the issue is bearing related. It's had it's fair share of abuse, but it's only been in around 18 months since it was 'refreshed'.
Many of you would of seen from our Instagram that the Blue car broke 20 minutes into our trackday. Starter motor wasn't turning any of the belts over, so Ben was taking that as he'd munched the belt (which is less than 2 years old)
We did a bit of investigation in the pits, and found that the engine could be turned over by the pulley whilst the car was in gear....
Concluded that there must be an issue with the flywheel. Strip down confirmed it......
Fortunately there was no damage to the belt/timing. Think the engine has survived the ordeal.
Tis' an odd one though. It's certainly not the first one i've seen with this issue either. The rear main seal was replaced on it around 2 years ago. The flywheel was fitted with new genuine Renault bolts.
You can tell from the distinct lack of markings on the crank and flywheel that it's been an instant fail, as opposed to the bolts backing out. Need to try and find some ARP upgrades for it!
So that's the ramp occupied for a little while whilst he rebuilds his box. Mines next to get ripped apart to sort the worn internals out.... would be a shame not to put a diff in there at the same time i guess.
So I’ve always been a firm believer in dropping the subframe to do the gearbox.
Not no more. Lower balljoint and swivel pins out to remove the shafts. Radiator support removed and rad cable tied up…. Box comes straight out.
This is why I’m not a mechanic!
@Lawton438 is sprinkling his magic gearbox skills and doing me a refresh and chucking a Gripper in at the same time.
Nick at Pure Motorsport has sorted me and the Baguettes out with a wicked price on them.