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  • 20-05-2020, 17:37
    budetta
    Built a 998 for my sisters mini, 1100 block, 998 crank , flat top pistons, 997? cooper cam, brand new MG (was that 1100) head skimmed 60 thou. and a light flywheel on a 1100 gearbox in a mini, LCB and twin SU .Went ok but never got the needles right in SUs.
  • 20-05-2020, 15:11
    WB54
    Quote Originally Posted by budetta View Post
    Same way I always port heads from air cooled VW to the ones on my small block Mopar. All the engines I have built have made good HP.
    likewise, I cut my teeth building A-Series engine in Autograss, essentially stock 998cc engine but it turned into blueprinting and building the strongest and lightest engine within the rules. Got a bit silly though as you were effectively machining the max allowable off a part under the guise of "reconditioning". I was taking near 1.2mm off a head (a specific casting too) to raise compression, flywheels ground right down, rods ground and resized to lighten, cranks ground to max undersize to lighten, blocks decked to the max, blocks bored +60, weighing piston and ring packs on the counter at Minispares, buying 3-4 of the spec cam and measuring the lift and duration. We used old oil pumps to reduce parasitic loss, no alternator, old pressed rockers etc. Even used to measure the installed heights of a selection of heads to see which OEM casting variance would give the highest seat pressure without cutting the seat deeper. Got silly with too much effort when I could just go up a class, run a 1380cc with a 45DCOE and have fun.
  • 20-05-2020, 14:15
    budetta
    Same way I always port heads from air cooled VW to the ones on my small block Mopar. All the engines I have built have made good HP.
  • 20-05-2020, 13:30
    WB54
    Quote Originally Posted by blackpopracing View Post
    Why the extra bracings on the bottom of the struts?
    Its a mod used on Gp4 Escort to strengthen the leg, I won't be jumping tabletops but I will have 300lbs springs and a cast iron sbc so figured it wouldn't hurt.
  • 20-05-2020, 13:22
    WB54
    Quote Originally Posted by nobody View Post
    Would the porting work be noticeable on a street car
    I think it will yes. I followed a guide by David Vizard that sought to not make the Vortec heads worse because they're very good as stock. I blended the bowls into the seat, smoothed the guide, raised the exhaust port slightly and took out the ridges in the chamber caused by seat install. I stopped short of de-shrouding the valve as I didn't fancy cc'ing each chamber. The Vortec heads top out flowing any more beyond .500 lift but the porting methods he describes increases the head flow right across the rpm range not just peak, so it will invariably increase torque in the rpm range it's used.
  • 20-05-2020, 12:28
    blackpopracing
    Why the extra bracings on the bottom of the struts?
  • 20-05-2020, 12:11
    nobody
    Would the porting work be noticeable on a street car
  • 20-05-2020, 09:53
    WB54
    Then a little bit of welding

    both strut tops ****ed to cut out and repaired







    Strut top panel made for N/S, difficult bit to make this



    more rot in the chassis leg



    and footwell, had to cut the wing back to get to it



    inner sill plated



    PPE before it was "cool" :-)



    last bit of welding are being finished up but it's been a long old slog getting all that done

    I turn 41 on Saturday and to cheer myself up in this lockdown I'll be firing up the engine on the stand
  • 20-05-2020, 09:47
    WB54
    Skip to Jan converting struts to coilovers







    Used Buzzweld 2k aerosols for the paint, which is fantastic and saves gun cleaning and sheeting up the whole place



  • 20-05-2020, 09:44
    WB54
    Had a little trip to Vegas with the boys back in Nov, awesome week away

    the Strip at Vegas for the Street Car Shootout



    Big ****en steaks every night washed down with enough JD to kill a horse



    little trip out to Counts Kustoms, small but a welcome break from gambling





    Shooting automatic machine guns, possibly the best thing we did out there, highly recommended

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