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Re: Chris' Clan - Heater mods with pics

Post by Lotus-e-Clan » Wed Nov 30, 2011 5:16 pm

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I don't know my way around the Irish boot area and it certainly looks very different to the Clan004 Crusader in there!

So I don't know which area I'm looking at in the second picture...and I don't understand which bit the blower is attached to.

And which blower and heater is fitted to the Irish Clan006 as std ...can't be the std Imp surely?


BTW My booster pump in the heater circuit does make a difference to flow through the heater BUT I don't run a std thermostat so the temp controller limits main pump speed during warm-up which means a VERY cold heater during warm-up ...hence my circuit set-up means a booster pump needed. The heater circuit output from the head is the std bypass stub (instead of the cambox stub) and the heater return is T'eed into the top hose. A plumbing 22 mm non-return valve is fitted in th top hose down stream of the return T to make sure the boosted heater circuit flow goes into the rear rad and doesn't back-flow into the head.

If you run a thermostat then circulation via the main pump through the heater circuit is pretty good until the stat is fully open and then most of the flow goes out through the top hose and a lot less through the heater with the stat fully open....but that depends on the speed of the pump...if it's flowing @ full 80L/min then quite a lot will still go through the heater circuit even with the stat fully open.
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Re: Chris' Clan - Heater mods with pics

Post by ChrisBenoy » Wed Nov 30, 2011 5:30 pm

Hi Peter, yes the irish bonnet area is a lot different from the crusader as it has two areas of wood that cover the headlight pop up opperation. My modifications leave the heater blower concealed basically under the headlight, which makes it look much tidyier.

The heater blower was an imp one when I bought the car, I assume it was originally. I've looked under the dash and its an imp heater there rather than the mini one you would find in a crusader. So all in a fair bit of difference.

To give you some idea what you are looking at this is how the area looked when I first got the car, there was an area for the blower to bolt into but it wasn't connected. This hole was later cut out to be part of my front rad opening.

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And this second picture shows it more recently but better shows the wooden segregated areas, my blower is bolted to a piece of wood inside on of these headlight areas that is parallel to the front of the car.

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Re: Chris' Clan - Heater mods with pics

Post by ChrisBenoy » Wed Nov 30, 2011 5:33 pm

The electric water pump that i've fitted as a booster for the heater circuit is actually perfectly capable of running the entire water system and i'd consider trying it in this role at some point. Might be interesting to compare it to the imp water pump setup. Although if I was going to do this i'd probably also fit a cheap second pump off ebay to run the heater circuit (the one in the car is one of the Johnson style pumps that flows rather a lot more water than the standard car aux water pumps you see on ebay)
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Re: Chris' Clan - Heater mods with pics

Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Wed Nov 30, 2011 5:37 pm

All looks rather good , The idea I suppose is to get the matrix as near as possible to the same temperature as the top hose
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Re: Chris' Clan - Heater mods with pics

Post by ChrisBenoy » Wed Nov 30, 2011 5:45 pm

I'd say thats the aim yeah. I am considering some lagging around to heater hoses where they run under the dashboard because they do actually get very hot now, to the point where you can only just hold them. Wouldn't want any passengers to accidently touch one. They are quite a long way out of reach but still.
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Re: Chris' Clan - Heater mods with pics

Post by Lotus-e-Clan » Wed Nov 30, 2011 7:36 pm

Thanks Chris all is much clearer with the latest pics.
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Re: Chris' Clan - End of year.

Post by ChrisBenoy » Sun Jan 01, 2012 4:33 pm

Well this year has been a pretty good one for me and the clan, over 10k miles completed without a breakdown. In this time it has also had the heater sorted, nice seats fitted and the suspension tuned to be both nice in competition and on the road.

It went to national

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And to wicked welsh

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Credit to Andy Smiths excellent website for these images.

It made it to washington for the Clan 40th which was a great event.

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It enjoyed itself at the national trackday (doing an hours running without fault)

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I only managed to take it to 5 autosolos this year but got some pretty good results.

April 17th 2011 - CSMA Bovingdon - Clan 'E' 875 ............. 5/35 1st in class award
May 2011 - Boscardo, silverstone - Clan 'E' 875 .............. 30/54 1st in class award
July 10th 2011 - FMDC summer solo - Clan 'E' 875 ........... 9/39
July 24th 2011 - North weald, sevenoaks - Clan 'E' 998. ..... 19/62
Oct 2nd 2011 - Bovingdon, CT solo - Clan 'E' 998 ............ 4/62 2nd in class Award


As for next year, it will continue to be my sole everyday car, while also being used for autosolos and a few trackdays. Modifications involve tidying up the front of the car (with the headlight pop up modifications finished.) I'm considering a full respray in a brighter shade of yellow, which may or may not happen as I dont want it too nice as it takes the odd knock in everyday use. Appart from that just small modifications to make it a nicer everyday car and a bit of an improvement to the interior is in order I think.
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Re: Chris' Clan - End of year.

Post by ImpManiac » Tue Jan 03, 2012 6:04 pm

Great write up, Chris. 8) A good year with the yellow peril, eh? Best wishes for an excellent 2012 with the Clan. :mrgreen:

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Re: Chris' Clan - End of year.

Post by ChrisBenoy » Tue Jan 03, 2012 6:13 pm

Thanks Paul, should be at the area centre meet later if your going to be there.

Hope you and the maniacimp make good progress next year.
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Re: Chris' Clan - End of year.

Post by Lotus-e-Clan » Tue Jan 03, 2012 7:05 pm

Chris

Remind me of you brake set-up.

IIRC you have fiesta fronts (which can take 13 AND 12 inch wheels?) but what about...

master cylinder size

servo?

Time has come to change my master cylinder (drip on foot pedal). I have a brand new 0.675 master cylinder which will replace the std Crusader item which I guess is a .7 as it used to have a servo as std.

I don't use a servo so have had to press the pedal hard to get the brakes to bite...I guess the smaller one will soften up the pedal a tad.

If you have no servo, is your pedal hard too? Clan004
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Re: Chris' Clan - End of year.

Post by ChrisBenoy » Tue Jan 03, 2012 11:12 pm

Hi Peter, you are correct that i've got Fiesta discs on the front that is the earlier kit that can run 12 or 13s. Rear drums I haven't done much with while i've had the car, i've checked the linings a couple of times, these are rivited ones and still have decent life left in them so thats not an issue.

I'm not running a servo, my thoughts are they are just another thing to go wrong and it doesn't seem to be necessary. Again i'm not sure on the master cylinder as it hasn't gone wrong so I haven't touched it, next time I have the tank out I might have a look because it would be nice to know what it is for refrence purposes. It does however give a nice pedal and good feel when braking. Now i've got softer springs on the front its much harder to lock the front brakes, used to be a bit iffy before.

Might consider one day fitting some fancier discs all round but right now it doesn't need it.
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Re: Chris' Clan - End of year.

Post by ChrisBenoy » Mon May 14, 2012 12:59 pm

The Clan passed its MOT today, no problems or advisories. Not a great surprise as I've done a lot of pre-emptive servicing this year on the brakes, suspension and steering.

I haven't had much to report recently as its been running pretty nicely, had to take the 998 out to sort a low oil pressure issue but I caught it before it did any significant damage so that is being sorted right now. I needed to test the engine I've built up for my sisters Californian anyway so that's in it at the moment, a nice fresh 875 sport that is perhaps the smoothest engine I've ever had in the car. Very nice to drive with.

When my tatty Lucas alternator began making some iffy noises I fitted a Delco model from a Vauxhall corsa that has been reconditioned and rewound for 105A which is far more than i'll ever need (Upgraded the wiring to cover all eventualities although I suspect if It ever drew 105 amps it would probably stall the engine!) Its not the lightest in the world and is slightly bigger than a Lucas alternator but its a solid looking thing that should last a very long time. Very simple wiring as well with just the battery wire and an excitation wire from the warning light so fits with the standard setup. The prototype bracketry is somewhat crude but now I know what shape it needs to be I can fabricate something nicer, although whats there holds it in place very solidly.

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So i've got most of the major jobs out the way I can start sorting the little details out. I'm currently designing a crankcase breathing solution that should work better than what I have and I'm going to be doing some engine baffle mods to my 998 before that goes back in. Also on the list is getting my popup headlights to operate which i'm at the advanced stage of doing at the moment with one side nearly fully operational with just some small adjustments needed. Hopefully I can recreate the same setup for the other side and that will be nice.
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Re: Chris' Clan - End of year.

Post by 19James » Mon May 14, 2012 2:32 pm

Good to hear chris :D
Cheers for the name change aswell.
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Re: Chris' Clan - MOT passed

Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Mon May 14, 2012 4:02 pm

Alternator looks like one of these , big old girls these units , , hope its a genuine one and not a " fake " , we get these fakes come in to work now and again
Oh dear is all i can say. Theres copy everything nowadays , most of which is utter pants
Nice mod BTW . :)

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Re: Chris' Clan - MOT passed

Post by ChrisBenoy » Mon May 14, 2012 4:46 pm

It does have all the right stampings and markings on it although I suspect the fake ones do as well. :lol: Is there an easy way to work out the fake ones from the proper ones externally or is it only obvious once you get inside? The company selling it seemed pretty respectable and a search of the internet didn't find any complaints about them so I'll hopefully be ok. I am aware that these days for any mass produced electrical item there will be a Chinese copy somewhere along the lines.

It has been running nicely so far and looks and sounds good so i'm happy enough at the moment. In fact i've even got a second one as a spare/ready for my imp 8)

James - No problem about the name change, although you'll have to remind me on your birthday every year :lol: Good to see you as a club member at last, can take full advantage of the members section now.
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Re: Chris' Clan - MOT passed

Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Mon May 14, 2012 5:04 pm

Difficult to tell if its a fake or not without breaking in for a look see , Stator windings on fakes look very poor and inferior although do often work somehow .
Cheap bearings they use wont last long nor do the slip rings or brushes . They even copy the boxes but often spell stuff wrongly or change the name slightly
ACDelco ones often have AZDelco instead .
Im sure yours is pucca by what you say , time will tell.
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Re: Chris' Clan - MOT passed

Post by ImpManiac » Tue May 15, 2012 10:17 pm

Well done on the MOT, Chris. :D The latest mods and repairs sound excellent too.

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Re: Chris' Clan

Post by ChrisBenoy » Sun Dec 09, 2012 11:33 am

Not much to report on the Clan really, its been running nicely for a while now, coped with the small amount of snow we got well.

Just been doing the basic service tasks like greasing kingpins and giving it the occasional oil change. Gradually moving through my list of intended modifications. When I had to replace my door handles after mine were vandalised I was only able to get ones that were blue, I painted these black at the time but these had started to chip and look a little nasty. I considered buying some chrome door handles for it but it wouldn't really suit my car which has very little chrome on it and is predominately a yellow and black colour scheme. So I made some little carbon fibre caps for them instead and glued them on. Fairly pointless as mods go but it improves the look of the car slightly.

Please excuse the rather bad photo, my camera is somewhere short of top notch. Still, you get the gist of it. Needs a polish already, i've never been much of a polisher :roll:

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Re: Chris' Clan

Post by ImpManiac » Sun Dec 09, 2012 9:24 pm

Sorry to hear about the valdalism, Chris. :x Glad to hear that the Clan is running well, though. :D The door handles look smart enough, IMHO. Nice work! :wink:

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Re: Chris' Clan

Post by ChrisBenoy » Sun Jan 26, 2014 5:17 pm

Just a test of some new forum photo settings with an old photo.
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Re: Chris' Clan - Heater mods with pics

Post by fcserei » Fri Jan 31, 2014 2:11 pm

ChrisBenoy wrote:To give you some idea what you are looking at this is how the area looked when I first got the car, there was an area for the blower to bolt into but it wasn't connected. This hole was later cut out to be part of my front rad opening.

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Hi,

I'm building a basket case Irish Clan in the US. What is the function of the bottle without the cap on this picture. I have the same bottle and I can't figure it out.
Also, could you make a picture about the front bonnet hinges.
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Re: Chris' Clan

Post by impmann » Fri Jan 31, 2014 2:36 pm

Screen washer bottle?
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Post by fcserei » Fri Jan 31, 2014 2:58 pm

But why without a cap? The bottle has almost no neck, and I can't imagine if a cap could fit at all.
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Post by ChrisBenoy » Fri Jan 31, 2014 5:15 pm

It is the screen wash bottle, that was the one that was fitted then I first got the car. A fairly old picture that one. It did have a cap but it was broken and kept coming off. I now have a ford washer bottle with integral pump which works much better, I'll try and get a photo but its right up the front near the radiator now.

Edit: It also has a front radiator.
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Re: Chris' Clan Autosolo win

Post by ChrisBenoy » Sun Jul 20, 2014 7:49 pm

Had a good day today, having spent the last few weeks tidying up the clan and trying to prepare it for national I took it out for an Autosolo organised by Club Triumph at Bovingdon airfield.

Having not driven the clan for several months and having not done an autosolo for 8 months I wasn't expecting too much. Felt very rusty on my early runs and was a little dismayed to find out I was a good 4 seconds a run behind the Austin Healey Sprite of Keith Petit that I had previously been quite close to before my break. At that point I decided to push on a bit and got my speed up without losing my usual consistency.

The sprite broke down with a blown headgasket (Imp gods intervening on my behalf? :lol: ) leaving me third behind two people driving a very highly modified Triumph Herald. I did the 6 afternoon runs without looking at the results and was pleasantly surprised at the end to find that I had gotten ahead of both of those to end up first overall. Club Triumph are very generous and allow non Triumphs to win their event, so I went home with the first place trophy.

It is a great event every year with an entirely classic line up of cars, I would strongly recommend it to any Impers who felt like having a go. If there is any interest then i'll look into getting the Imp Club invited for next year.

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Re: Chris' Clan

Post by ganderson888 » Sun Jul 20, 2014 8:00 pm

That's brilliant result, Chris - Well Done!

All that effort getting ready last week certainly paid off :wink:

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Re: Chris' Clan Autosolo win :)

Post by bks974c » Sun Jul 20, 2014 8:02 pm

Well done on the win.

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Re: Chris' Clan Autosolo win :)

Post by ImpManiac » Sun Jul 20, 2014 10:00 pm

Fantastic, Chris! :mrgreen: Well done! The car is looking very good.

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Re: Chris' Clan Autosolo win :)

Post by Lars Hagermark » Sun Jul 20, 2014 10:57 pm

Great result! Congratulations Chris. :)
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Post by Adrian » Tue Jul 22, 2014 11:55 am

Well done indeed great result!

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Re: Chris' Clan New dash

Post by ChrisBenoy » Sat Apr 25, 2015 3:46 pm

Just finished making a dash for the clan, possibly a bit of a marmite option but I like it :D I always thought the fiesta dash and gauges were awful so I've been looking to change the dash.

The Koso gauges are very nice, the one on the bottom right is a fuel gauge that can calibrate to any gauge so that seems good.

Still got a couple of warning lights to fit but it is nearly done.
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Re: Chris' Clan New dash

Post by ImpManiac » Sat Apr 25, 2015 5:52 pm

I like that, Chris! 8) Top job! I see what you did there... Marmite... Yellow and black... :lol:

I'd be interested to take a look at some point. The gauges look smart.

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Re: Chris' Clan New dash

Post by Lotus-e-Clan » Sat Apr 25, 2015 8:46 pm

I like it too Chris. 8)
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