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Thread: Project Phoenix - A barn find story

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    Woodsport Paul Woods's Avatar
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    That sounds pretty sweet, very well done that man.

    TB Quote of the month:"I split my ear open whilst masturbating" - Jasper Full story Here

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    Quick update.

    Completed:
    • Clutch and Brakes
    • Cooling System
    • Engine Management
    • Interior Carpets
    • Seats
    • Suspension and Steering
    • Paint and Bodywork


    TODO:
    • Driveshafts
    • Wheel Spacers








    Snagging List (those little things that are a bit annoying but don't need fixing to be on the road)
    • Parasitic battery drain somewhere
    • Wiring needs looming up a bit better
    • No speakers yet, got to put some in.
    • Needs Stickers!!

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    This is fucking awesome. I think I can help with the battery drain though! I had similar on the Rev1 we posted to the USA.

    Two methods I've used.

    1) disconnect one battery terminal, and connect in a 12v test bulb. The draw should be very low (ecu etc) but if its bright the draw is high. Pull fuses until the bulb is at its dimmest.

    2) disconnect one battery terminal, connect in a 12v test meter. It will tell you exactly what the draw is. Pull fuses to find which circuit etc.

    We did this and found it was the dome light inside the car! Last place we would have looked.

    And yeah, needs more stickers. :)



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    Just a quick update for everyone:

    November 2019. She was road worthy.



    Driveshafts were installed, wiring was done 'a bit' better,
    Lots of niggles were fixed, and it's first ever 4 corner alignment was done.

    Oh, and it passed its first MOT since 2001







    I had 2 months of worry free driving, but the short trips to work and back were hiding a BIG issue.

    Headgasket...

    I embarked on a long trip, only about 40 miles, and some Steam, a leak, and a recovery truck sent me home again.



    So over a month, I took the train to work and did what I should have done when I first got the engine. Took the head off and skimmed it.



    AND installed ARP bolts :D for Safe-T



    I also took this time to make my active exhaust valve system. Using a 12v input, a relay, and an arduino.



    I also took to a spot of Special Stage historic rallying with my Uncle, in a Mini we restored together.



    But now, we're back on the road!



    A few things are still left over
    • I've still got to revise the coolant plumbing. The way I had it running was not the best.
    • I still need some rear wheel spacers, or something to hide the massive arch gap!
    • My suspension is so harsh with the coilovers, and I would really like to go back to stock.
    • The interior trim needs a complete overhaul, but luckily I've bought a complete blue interior from a guy in Manchester.
    • Need to refurbish my seats.


    So still plenty happening! Hopefully it will be properly on the road for when i actually return to work, post lockdown!

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    I also made this. Skip to the end for some overtakes. Really want to take it on a track and get some decent videos of it.

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    Going to try and post my escapades more frequently.

    I prefer taking photos to making videos, and I managed to take a few today.

    I found an almost complete blue interior near Manchester, and after lockdown was eased I stole the Mrs' car and drove up their in the sunshine.

    This is what I came back with



    You'll remember the interior as it stands.
    My botched efforts to flock the dash.
    My vein attempt to carbon wrap the glovebox...
    And all the missing pieces from when it picked apart in the scrap yard.



    Well after a lot of scrubbing, and figuring out where a few things go... which I had never fitted before. One blue-ish interior.









    I've still got a bit to do in here before it's done.
    Next on the list is the center console piece, as I had to modify it a lot to get the mk3 shifter to fit.
    But now I know that with my current setup, the OEM cables and shifter will fit, I'm holding off installing that piece until I acquire a set.

    I've also got to find a few little piece of trim for the doors, and get the seats re-upholstered. But it's getting there!

    Until next time!

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