Monday, September 28, 2009

Group 4 brakes again

Now back to the car prep.

I removed the front hubs off the convertible to place the group 4 hub/disc assemblies and ensure everything looked OK.

Well, here's a couple of pictures of the difference between standard TR7 brakes and the rally group 4 ones - massive isn't an understatement!

I also found some rather disturbing things whilst I was about all this though - see the pic of the nearside strut etc of the convertible.
The inner wheel bearing stayed on the stub axle but of more concern is the split gaiter on the strut and the bump stop which isn't so much u/s as crumbling away in front of my eyes! Given that the standard discs are pretty weedy and the discs looked well worn this is leading me to a new plan.

1. Get the group 4 brakes machined so that they can be fitted to BRP.

2. Plumb them in and make sure all is well.

3. Replace the struts on the convertible with a pair of built up refurbished struts I have (thanks Martin Knapp).

4. Fit the vented discs and 4 pot calipers that come off BRP to the convertible.

5. Plumb them in and make sure they work in time for it's MOT in May and a holiday I am planning in the Alps for my 50th birthday.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

A new modelling career!

Inspired by the TR7 launch material I thought maybe I could have a new career as a model.

After all, I look pretty good in a similar setting to the original.

Well, OK, my carport in Barnoldswick isn't Spain and I may not be as young as the lady in the original and my TR7 is a soft top and 27 years old instead of brand new but, apart from that pretty good I think you'll agree!

Dead chuffed!

Dead chuffed - that's what I am with my new carport.

A bit of painting and general tidying up and then on with the group 4 brakes project.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Extension - more "under the carport"

Here's pictures of the extension to my car port under construction.

I will be much happier with the convertible under cover over winter. There will also be that bit more cover for BRP too so I can then work on that in a bit more comfort.