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Blog posts of '2011' 'April'

Sorry for the lack of updates over the last 2 weeks..............- 24 April 2011
........so here is a snapshot off what has been going on at 1320.


The Sprintex kit looks even better on the engine, it seems such a shame to put a radiator in front of it.

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The Sprintex belt tensioner is a work of art in itself

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Scott managed to get our new Competition Clutch Super Single fitted on the engine, we're hoping this will be a softer hit than the old twin plate clutch. We're hoping for no more snapped / twisted driveshafts  

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We've been trying to do some R&D for quite a while, In the end we had to book it in the diary as a job. As you can see by Scott "Dash" Barnes that he had to work twice as fast to make up for Thomas "One Hand" Barnes.............the end result was, 1 car 3 blokes 4 cams tested.

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Its always nice when parcels turn up, but its even nicer when they're actually for one of cars 

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The contents made our shelving look even more spectaculator

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Sometimes there really is no room at the MINI Inn

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I'm sure you'll agree Scotty did a wonderful job making a mount for the aquamist gauge in one of the vent pods........ BUT

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.......the first attempt at making a mount ended up with Thomas at Addenbrook's Hospital on the operation table. Thomas now has a 15 stich battle scar on his index finger. I'm sure he'll give you more details when you see him, if you really want to know. He can still tune a MINI with one hand though ...........

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That looks a lot neater and tidier

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Scotty completed his Motorsport NVQ
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Old Rattler Sunday Pic- 10 April 2011
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Sunny Warm Saturdays- 10 April 2011
What loverly weather it was today, Sat / Sun is about the only time I get to play in the workshop and thankfully the boyz hadn't locked there toolboxes...so it was an ideal time to do some jobs / adjustment to the "Old Rattler" our R56.

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First job on the agenda was to adjust the camber to the max that the Cross camber plates would let us.

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Obviously this makes the tracking out of wack so out come the trusty 70s Dunlop tracking guages

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As you can see the 16 x 8 Rota Slipstreams and 205 40 16 Neutons look the part....but due to the smaller height of the Neuton tyre over the toyo 215 45 17 our bumper clearance is now minimal...........a lot of scrapeage can be heard going along Moor Road.

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As you can see there's not much clearance between ture and arch in the rear either

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So a nice chilled out succesfull day, I didn't rip the bumper or sump off on the way home either........but 4 teenagers in a slammed old skool Golf gave us the thumbs up so it must look right...well in there eyes :)
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This weeks snippets- 06 April 2011
Saf from www.nappyhead.co.uk left his car with Scott for his regular oil service and new door handles , cooper petrol cap and asked for the front to be dropped another 5mm, everytime Saf comes here there's another set of wheels on the car, he's got it down to owning only 4 sets now lol.
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Meanwhile in between jobs, Thomas has been sorting out the wiring on the Power Ranger, basically ripping out the previous wiring add ons, Race Techolog supplied us with a serial lead that plugs into the 1320 stand alone ECU and Race Technology Dash, thus saving time & stress rewiring all the engine sensors for the data logger and freeing up channels for other sensors. 

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