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Re: FFG 549 D restoration

Post by 617sqn » Sat Jan 26, 2013 5:31 pm

its supposed to be upside down as I've done that mod
Why is that, Scott ? :shock:

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Re: FFG 549 D restoration

Post by james » Sat Jan 26, 2013 5:43 pm

Presumably to move the brake pipe above the bearing housing, protecting it from all the things flying past under a rally car.
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Re: FFG 549 D restoration

Post by bks974c » Sat Jan 26, 2013 6:41 pm

james wrote:Presumably to move the brake pipe above the bearing housing, protecting it from all the things flying past under a rally car.
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Re: FFG 549 D restoration

Post by bks974c » Sat Jan 26, 2013 6:56 pm

moose wrote:back plates maybe on the wrong side been mocking everything up and trying side to side cannot remember where i left it, toggle switches are military spec under water proof covers plus protected by the aircraft covers you have to lift the cover and move the switch so if an insect or branch hits them it is only in the safe direction i was always surprised by people who use the covers for the ignition switch and do not reverse the operating position i.e they drive round with the cover lifted and the switch on so if the cover drops it turns things off????
Sorry Mike, me being stupid - off course they are in the off position in normal use I'm getting confused by the need to arm the fire extinguisher :oops:
the external ones are triggers.

Re ignition switch I had my fitted that way so it was easy to kill the engine with the merest brush off the cover imho I'd be more concerned with accidental trip switching the ign on.

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Re: FFG 549 D restoration

Post by moose » Sat Jan 26, 2013 6:57 pm

and the handbrake cable just need to pay attention to brake shoes leading and trailing edge but i have solved that!
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Re: FFG 549 D restoration

Post by bks974c » Sat Jan 26, 2013 8:14 pm

moose wrote:and the handbrake cable just need to pay attention to brake shoes leading and trailing edge but i have solved that!
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I made a slot for the handbrake lever on the opposite end of one of the shoes and then fitted them effectively upside down. Did you come up with a different solution :?:

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Re: FFG 549 D restoration

Post by moose » Sat Jan 26, 2013 8:30 pm

bks974c wrote:
moose wrote:and the handbrake cable just need to pay attention to brake shoes leading and trailing edge but i have solved that!
Mike

I made a slot for the handbrake lever on the opposite end of one of the shoes and then fitted them effectively upside down. Did you come up with a different solution :?:

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Post by moose » Sat Jan 26, 2013 8:35 pm

Re ignition switch I had my fitted that way so it was easy to kill the engine with the merest brush off the cover imho I'd be more concerned with accidental trip switching the ign on.

Scott[/quote]

mine is wired so that the master kills everything so an accidental ign on when parked up or left alone is no issue if you kill the master, last thing i want is a bump or clumsy co-driver map board knocking the ign off mid drift on a corner instant throttle off =oversteer = accident, master switch is also a latching switch so it locks on.
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Re: FFG 549 D restoration

Post by bks974c » Sat Jan 26, 2013 8:36 pm

Another patented modification :lol:

Other thought I had was having the linings moved which since you had shoes relined with a comp material would not be much of a problem but would have cost me money :cry:

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Re: FFG 549 D restoration

Post by moose » Sat Jan 26, 2013 8:41 pm

wish i could patent my mods then publishing on here would have made me a millionare just from what IM is pinching :lol: by the way owe you some money for the stolen headlight idea and Noddy for cutting the back of the bowls out but he only reads this every now and then so might get away with it :lol: oh yes back plates upside down and side to side stolen from Hartwell Jeff
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Re: FFG 549 D restoration

Post by moose » Sat Jan 26, 2013 8:42 pm

you would like to see the private file with all the mods that i am not willing to post.
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Post by bks974c » Sat Jan 26, 2013 8:58 pm

moose wrote:wish i could patent my mods then publishing on here would have made me a millionare just from what IM is pinching :lol: by the way owe you some money for the stolen headlight idea and Noddy for cutting the back of the bowls out but he only reads this every now and then so might get away with it :lol: oh yes back plates upside down and side to side stolen from Hartwell Jeff
Clear headlights and cut out bowls were in active use on my car well before they appeared on your posts so be careful about countersuits :wink: :lol:
Bowl cut out first used on Karens Twin headlight Sport over 10 years ago - nothing is truely new.
Yes I also owe Jeff for the back plate idea.

Don't worry about me stealing your ideas I'm trying to give up rallying and sell BKS just interested.

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Post by bks974c » Sat Jan 26, 2013 9:01 pm

moose wrote:Re ignition switch I had my fitted that way so it was easy to kill the engine with the merest brush off the cover imho I'd be more concerned with accidental trip switching the ign on.

Scott
mine is wired so that the master kills everything so an accidental ign on when parked up or left alone is no issue if you kill the master, last thing i want is a bump or clumsy co-driver map board knocking the ign off mid drift on a corner instant throttle off =oversteer = accident, master switch is also a latching switch so it locks on.[/quote]

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Know exactly where your coming from and yours is the right way to do it just in my case the master switch is the old fashioned type and slower to reach than the ignition switch. My concern with the ignition switch coming on relates to my car.

The only circuit on BKS not through the master switch is the Brantz trip and clock (not time of day) as they reset when power cut.

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Re: FFG 549 D restoration

Post by moose » Sun Jan 27, 2013 9:27 am

all in fun Scott if i wanted to keep anything secret would not post any pictures at all so was it you or noddy that did the headlight bowl cut out first? in fact i cannot think of anything that could go into a secret file :lol:
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Re: FFG 549 D restoration

Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Sun Jan 27, 2013 9:33 am

Chopped out my headlight bowls over 15 years ago but only recently did the " handed " one on the passengers side , Vusky has the same but its easy on twin headlights , just hack the back off :lol:
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Re: FFG 549 D restoration

Post by moose » Sun Jan 27, 2013 9:49 am

Sorry Mike, me being stupid - off course they are in the off position in normal use I'm getting confused by the need to arm the fire extinguisher
the external ones are triggers.


to arm the fire extinguisher the box of gubbins was taken to bits and mounted in co driver panel much neater and a 9 volt battery holder let into the panel as well i will take a pic to explain more
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Re: FFG 549 D restoration

Post by moose » Sun Jan 27, 2013 9:51 am

ok Scott is on 10 years Noddy on 15 so Scott copied Dave is Dave the inspiration master or is he going to confess to who he stole idea from :lol:
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Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Sun Jan 27, 2013 9:57 am

moose wrote:ok Scott is on 10 years Noddy on 15 so Scott copied Dave is Dave the inspiration master or is he going to confess to who he stole idea from :lol:
I seem to recall seeing this idea done on a non Imp in a scrapyard and thinking it was a good idea .
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Re: FFG 549 D restoration

Post by moose » Sun Jan 27, 2013 10:54 am

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Re: FFG 549 D restoration

Post by bks974c » Sun Jan 27, 2013 1:32 pm

Most neat dare I say sexy :D

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Re: FFG 549 D restoration

Post by cam94bus » Mon Jan 28, 2013 10:07 am

Fantastic thread, cana wait to read through this later on tonight :D
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Re: FFG 549 D restoration

Post by moose » Sat Feb 02, 2013 8:34 am

well its alive electrically ! next week should se the car off stands and rolling around so that leaves trimming and fitting seats and harnesses, that will be inside finished so doors to hang and build, engine to re-fresh and wait for the gearbox when the box is back re-fit engine and box car finished.
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Re: FFG 549 D restoration

Post by moose » Thu Feb 21, 2013 3:53 pm

well the driveshaft seals arrived thanks Malcolm for the as ever brilliant service, and i have had the billet rack mounts made and they arrived last night so just another 48 hrs of work to get out of the way and a trip to race retro inbetween and it will roll.
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Re: FFG 549 D restoration

Post by ImpManiac » Thu Feb 21, 2013 4:12 pm

Sounds good, Mike. :D :D

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Post by bks974c » Thu Feb 21, 2013 4:25 pm

So we'll see you at the Saltire then :wink:

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Re: FFG 549 D restoration

Post by moose » Thu Feb 21, 2013 6:44 pm

No i am working on the mid wales rally still pushing to have the car ready for the 3rd should do it bar the good gearbox,entries on the saltire filled up two weeks ago way to soon to put an entry in.
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Re: FFG 549 D restoration

Post by Mike Hanna » Sat Feb 23, 2013 12:46 am

Hi all. Just been reading this thread. Looks too good to rally! Regarding the rear brake backplate swap, I did that in 1979 after having a pipe ripped off a cylinder in a forest somewhere. Keeps the pipe and cable out of harms way and makes for easier shoe adjustment too. If I remember right I put tubes on the h/brake end of the cables to take up the slack. Regards. Mike
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Re: FFG 549 D restoration

Post by moose » Sun Feb 24, 2013 4:39 pm

Thanks mike for the kind words and letting me steal your idea for the brake back plates how did you get round the leading edge trailing edge issue with the shoes? here is a quick update the rack mounts arrived and will be fitted in the next hour!

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Re: FFG 549 D restoration

Post by 67cali » Sun Feb 24, 2013 6:51 pm

Where did you get those rack mounts from?
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Post by 617sqn » Sun Feb 24, 2013 7:56 pm

Billet I believe from the earlier post, MKP.

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Post by moose » Sun Feb 24, 2013 7:57 pm

i have had them made
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Post by Mike Hanna » Sun Feb 24, 2013 10:11 pm

Hi Mike. It's a long time ago. I think I fitted the shoes on as normal. they used to wear slightly oddly but seemed to work better (vg95's) so I just left them like that. I think I had Sunbeam calipers on the front and a home made pedal box using an alternator bearing. Fantastic brakes! Nice rack mounts. For sale? Price? Regards. Mike
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Post by HARTWELL MK1 » Sun Feb 24, 2013 10:17 pm

moose wrote:all in fun Scott if i wanted to keep anything secret would not post any pictures at all so was it you or noddy that did the headlight bowl cut out first? in fact i cannot think of anything that could go into a secret file :lol:
When brother jon bought 7742 KV in 1984, it had cut out headlamp bowls in it which the previous owner said he did in 197?
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Post by moose » Sun Feb 24, 2013 11:18 pm

rack mounts could be for sale but to make cost effective i need to produce them in big batches i have made a few sets all pre-sold to people who i know when they say they want them they will pay for them after previous attempts at batch making parts and trying to make enough profit to make my initial set free to me i.e. not much profit i probably will not bother making any more unles there is serious interest.
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Post by ImpManiac » Mon Feb 25, 2013 1:00 pm

I have seen the rack mounts and they are works of art. 8) The pictures really don't do the mounts justice!

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Post by IMPerative » Fri Mar 08, 2013 11:30 pm

Love this car. The practicality, the purposefulness(?), the engineering, the standard of workmanship. Simply stunning! Disappointed that I cannot see all the pics.
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Re: FFG 549 D restoration

Post by moose » Sat Mar 09, 2013 10:13 am

if i get time i am going to put a link on to an album showing start to finish pictures
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Re: FFG 549 D restoration

Post by moose » Fri Mar 15, 2013 9:54 pm

well not much to picture at the moment but the front rad pipes are in progress neat and tidy route being sorted will post a photo sometime next week, gear linkage is mid design having had another option shown to me. then carpets and roof lining in re-build engine and job done, but time if flying by carb work, engine builds, rally work, and the ful ltime job slowing me down at the moment.
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Post by ImpManiac » Sat Mar 16, 2013 6:47 pm

You're getting there, Mike. :wink: 8)

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