Got the car back from the garage after 5PM on a bank holiday weekend!
They made new brake pipes and then when they swapped the calipers over because some idiot had firtted them to the wrong side they were able to bleed the brakes.
I have only managed 12 miles but they certainly work but the pedal doesn't feel any different. Obviously they need to bed in but the real proof of the pudding is if I can brake hard repeatedly without any brake fade.
There's also alot more brake fluid to be displaced in the calipers now so I would probably nreed to change the master cylinder too - not something I want to do in a hurry.
Saturday, May 21, 2005
Monday, May 16, 2005
Competed in an autotest yesterday - came nowhere but thoroughly enjoyed it. As this was a Production Car Autotest it was a team game - the driver and co-driver needed to work well together and we didn't! I could have been quicker if I hadn't enjoyed sliding the car around so much too! Car looks great tho! The sunroof is the only thing that spoils the looks of the car really but that will be gone next year.
An addition to the sumpguard and extremely cheap. Following on from advice on a TR7 forum I thought I would kill two birds with one stone. By using a section cut from an old blue barrel I have closed off an area below and to the front of the radiator. This should duct air into the radiator so helping cooling and also fills a gap between the sumpguard and front valence to give added protection to the rad.
Saturday, May 07, 2005
This is the steel girder I have cut out of the rear bumper - now the car only has the steel ends either side with the plastic cover in the centre. Another bit of weight taken out of the car. No money yet for raising the power output so the power/weight ratio is being improved by removing weight where it's possible
Grounding out - why I needed to raise the ground clearance. It's not that easy to see but the nut on the right has been ground down flat to the exhaust clamp and was only about 1mm thick! The new suspension, raising the exhaust as far as I can and turning the new clamp so that it doesn't "hang down" should stop this recurring - I hope. having an exhaust fall off is not something I want to encourage!