Project London Bridge

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biznatch
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Re: Project London Bridge

Post by biznatch » Tue Apr 12, 2016 10:58 am

The engine was put together using two rotor housings in excellent condition, sourced through RX motors as the originals were too badly damaged (flakes chrome). Primary intake ports are a "Street port" and secondary intakes are "Bridge port" with "Race" exhaust porting, all using the racing beat porting templates.

I used the aluminium filled carbon apex seals for the build as the engine is being built with some trackday use in mind. These should seal nicely at high revs and be gentle on the rotor housings.

The stock flywheel was replaced with a lightweight aluminium number courtesy of a member of the forum. The oil pump is an uprated 17mm pump and the pressure regulator has been modified to increase oil pressure. An FC oil cooler is mounted to the tube in front of the radiator, with new oil lines made up to suit.

I decided to start the engine using the stock Nikki carburettor before fitting my modified Nikki carburetor. The main goal at the moment is to have the engine bed in nicely and build good compression, power gains can come later once any other gremlins are dealt with.

I had a few teething troubles, mainly a couple of leaking oil hoses fittings - these have now been sorted but not before leaking oil all over the garage floor. I made the hoses up myself so I only have myself to blame :oops: but no harm done.

Anyway, after much smoke and anxiety the car now runs but needs a few adjustments before it will idle happily. Compression is increasing with every start but it needs the ignition timing and idle speed re-adjusted yet. I will hopefully take it for an MOT before summer comes around.

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Re: Project London Bridge

Post by TOOL » Tue Apr 12, 2016 12:11 pm

Like a boss. Good work fella.
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Re: Project London Bridge

Post by KiwiDave » Tue Apr 12, 2016 11:43 pm

Good stuff. I'm looking forward to your results with the modified nikki 8-)
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biznatch
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Re: Project London Bridge

Post by biznatch » Sat Jul 14, 2018 4:08 pm

A few pics of progress since my last update.
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Re: Project London Bridge

Post by biznatch » Sat Jul 14, 2018 4:14 pm

The open diff was swapped out with a rebuilt LSD clutch type unit. I fitted this about a year ago Tool sourced, revuilt and installed the LSD into my carrier.
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biznatch
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Re: Project London Bridge

Post by biznatch » Sat Jul 14, 2018 4:37 pm

Between house renovations and the arrival if my son progress has been at a snail's pace over the last couple of years but I managed to install an MSD ignition box, changed the leading ignition to direct fire (bypassing the cap and rotor). Also, I replaced the rear brake discs with slotted Stoptech ones sourced from Rockauto.
And lastly I fitted an FC fuse box after i made a bracket from aluminium angle to attach it in a convenient place in the engine bay.
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biznatch
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Re: Project London Bridge

Post by biznatch » Sat Jul 14, 2018 5:07 pm

Also, I had this exciting arrival!
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13B turbo engine, FC subframe, control arms, hubs, steering rack and column and an FC propshaft.

This is the direction I eventually want to go with the car after ive had a chance to enjoy a couple of years with the current setup. This will be a big project for me and is a long term goal so I've been reading a lot of "FC subframe swap" build threads first.

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A7RXY
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Re: Project London Bridge

Post by A7RXY » Sat Jul 14, 2018 8:08 pm

Looking good Glen .... I don't surpose last week had anything to do with your update..... :D
Dibs

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Re: Project London Bridge

Post by biznatch » Sat Jul 14, 2018 9:13 pm

Last week's event definitely added some motivation to update my build thread and move things forward again. I would have liked to have had my FB back on the road in time for the event but it wasn't to be. It was great to go along, see some fantastic cars and meet some of the regular members here :D

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Re: Project London Bridge

Post by A7RXY » Sat Jul 14, 2018 9:48 pm

biznatch wrote:
Sat Jul 14, 2018 9:13 pm
Last week's event definitely added some motivation to update my build thread and move things forward again. I would have liked to have had my FB back on the road in time for the event but it wasn't to be. It was great to go along, see some fantastic cars and meet some of the regular members here :D
Likewise, good luck.... Dibs

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