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    I managed to post up the wrong photo of my modified front drive flanges, here's the correct ones;





    And one of the most useful bits of workshop equipment, I treated myself and can thoroughly recommend SGS products;

    There is only one way to contact me - E-MAIL ME AT colinesmith@aol.com.

    Literally thousands of Nova (plus other Vauxhall and motorsport parts) are available from me. But only if you send me an e-mail.........

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    I bought 2 years ago titan grade 5 for the hubs, and have no time to make it.

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    All looking good. The pins are such a neat solution for the boot

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    Updates due on front brake changes plus the planned Coil on Plug conversion. And a carbon dash binnacle too.

    In the meantime, as this is also a Project Binky update thread, Episode 22 is out now.

    Also Retropower Episode 12 on the Gordon Murray Escort has been released.
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    Got hold of some of the Audi coilpacks and here they are trial fitted on my engine;





    Classic Ebay mis-description as I bought 8 of these coilpacks which were advertised as being genuine Bosch parts (which I wanted as they are slightly shorter than other manufcturer's coils). However, when they arrived there were just 2 Bosch coils, and the other 6 were cheap Chinese copies.

    So I'm still looking for 2 genuine Bosch ones, and I need to get the wiring harness sorted.

    I'm having a complete re-think on the front brakes as well, having experimented with 4mm thick front discs from a single seater race car, and 4-pot calipers from a WSB motorcycle, I'm looking to go back to something more substantial.

    My favoured solution currently is this;



    The discs are 260mm x 10mm thick and mounted on an alloy bell (they came off the rear of a Saxo circuit race car I bought), and the calipers are Wilwood Powerlite 4-pots, which I got from a Peugeot 106 hillclimb car. By lucky chance the calipers fit the disc perfectly. The bell will need to be slightly modified to suit my 101.6mm PCD, and I will need some brackets made, I've been talking to Godspeed Motorsport about doing those for me.

    I also have some Compbrake 4-pot calipers that Toymex (Jezz) very kindly sent my way, but they're designed to use a larger 278mm diameter disc, and they're spaced to suit a 25mm vented disc, so the spacer would need machining down to suit a solid disc. There's absolutely no point in using vented discs on a hillclimb car as they're heavy and don't get hot enough to be justified.

    I've also done some re-working on the dashboard area, and have now installed this;





    Yes, it's a little extra weight, but it looks the part, and allows me to group all the controls around the steering column again. The carbon dashboard came from a friend of mine who owns a Ford RS200 (and yes, I do mean 200!!), he bought the dash as it came with a lovely Cosworth Electronics membrane switch panel, which he's keeping for himself.

    Finally I've gone a bit retro, with some Manta 400-style vents to the tailgate, and the same will be happening at the front;





    Very useful aluminium template for cutting the vents, I have more of these for sale on Ebay if anyone's interested.
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    Wow the carbon panels are something else Colin, awesome work.

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    Do you really need 4 pot brakes? could you not go to a 2 pot?

    Also i think its yaris, but the japanese coilpacks are shorter which would enable a better mount to be made if the Audi ones are sitting high out of the head
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    Fantastic work Colin.

    Can i ask where did you get the filler cap? I've been looking for something like this for ages..




    Will the hubs be strong enough with all the metal removed?
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