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Re: Step by Silky Step

Postby Jamie N » Tue 06.11.2018, 18:47

RonR wrote:Another small update:

May '18:
Fitted new Battery connection, Fuses and relays under the hood stowage area for seat heaters and seat back electric operation.
Porsche seats fitted after making 3-part rear brackets, finally resolving the gas strut clearance problem. Had to add a couple of washers to the outside seat brackets tilting the seats inward ever so slightly to stop the hood frame from rubbing on the seat back.
Still need to fit the seat heater switches somewhere, possibly in the centre console cubby box?
Porsche seats installed.jpg


Aug:
My wheel centres were looking a bit tired, so it was time for a refurb. Decided I like the look of black badges, so ordered up some domed ally ones from Epay to try. Removed the old badges and the outer lip from the original S2 wheel centres, the new badges (56.5mm) just overlapped the old centres but still fitted in the wheel recesses, so I Sikaflexed them on and now they're looking a whole lot better IMHO. Well worth £10.28 for 4!
Black wheel centre.jpg


Cheers,
Ron


The more I look at that interior the more I am thinking that's probably as nice as any I have seen, really liking the all black
look, (and the header / A pillar seal nicely matching the ebony suaveness :D) , lots of red in my own car which I have become a
bit bored with, I think I may have to take some clues from Silky if you don't mind Ron!. Now where was it I saw a 996 breaking ;-) .
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Re: Step by Silky Step

Postby RonR » Mon 12.11.2018, 11:50

Wow, coming from you Jamie that's praise indeed.

Just thought I'd let you know that for the last 4 weeks my car's been sitting outside in all weathers including torrential rain and thunder storms - and not a drop got past your seals, so not only do they look good, they work! :bowdown: :cheers:

I'll try to get some photos of the modified rear seat brackets today if it stops raining.
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Re: Step by Silky Step

Postby RonR » Mon 12.11.2018, 15:21

Rear Seat Brackets - modification to clear Gas struts:
Rear Seat Bracket.jpg


The bottom 6mm bar was bolted to the top 10mm thick bracket, the centre section was then removed, leaving enough of a gap for the gas strut to miss the bracket with the seat at it's lowest setting.

Here's the initial design viewed from the front:
Bracket Design Overview.jpg


The crystals on the carpet mean that my moisture absorber is leaking!
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Re: Step by Silky Step

Postby RonR » Sun 26.05.2019, 19:13

May '19
Just as I arrived at the Leeds Castle "Motors at the Moat" show I saw a puff of steam from under the bonnet. For the 3rd time in a year a hose had sprung a leak.
I decided it was time to fit the Samco hose set and Coolex radiator which were ordered after the previous episode, especially with the trip to Castle Combe looming.
A fairly straight-forward job but time consuming as the renovation of the towing bracket, radiator support frame and fan cowls took 4 days alone.

old-radiator.jpg
Old radiator wasn't working at top efficiency!

ready-to-fit.jpg
Refurbed and new parts ready to fit

in-progress.jpg
Work in progress - Can you spot the deliberate mistake?

Finished the job on Thursday evening, ready for Friday drive to CC.
Long story short - Made it to CC, 3 Parade Laps and home again without losing a drop!
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Re: Step by Silky Step

Postby NewLogik » Mon 27.05.2019, 03:35

RonR wrote:Rear Seat Brackets - modification to clear Gas struts:
Rear Seat Bracket.jpg


The bottom 6mm bar was bolted to the top 10mm thick bracket, the centre section was then removed, leaving enough of a gap for the gas strut to miss the bracket with the seat at it's lowest setting.

Here's the initial design viewed from the front:
Bracket Design Overview.jpg


The crystals on the carpet mean that my moisture absorber is leaking!



Looking good !
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Re: Step by Silky Step

Postby RonR » Thu 19.11.2020, 17:28

November '20

Finally got around to replacing my twisted wishbone.
Both arms are dead straight and there aren't any impact or jacking marks but it's nicely skewed:
IMG_20201119_161504-sm2.jpg

Makes me think the car might have been airborne in a previous life!

While refitting the caliper I managed to break the Banjo bolt. Ordered 2 from SJs with MOT looming next week.
Also took the opportunity to install my rebuilt 2/15 prop valves with the new O-rings, so we'll see if I got the O-ring dimensions correct!
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Re: Step by Silky Step

Postby esprit888 » Thu 19.11.2020, 21:15

Wondering if the car was ever on the back of a flatbed tow truck? I had a similar situation as these look a lot beefier than they are, and tow truck drivers think it's a perfect spot to ratchet down the car !
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Re: Step by Silky Step

Postby RonR » Thu 19.11.2020, 23:24

Good call Esprit,

It hasn't been on a flatbed in my ownership, but your ratchet strap theory is much more likely seeing as the rearmost arm is accessible from the back of the car, and that's the one that's been pulled downwards.
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Re: Step by Silky Step

Postby RonR » Mon 23.11.2020, 21:18

Had to cancel the MOT today.

Events of the last few days:

Replaced rear wishbone and prop valves - all OK.
Bled brakes - noticed LF wheel bearing is shot - wouldn't pass an MOT.
Removed hub carrier - noticed outer CV joint has excessive play.
Just for fun inspected intermediate shaft bearing - needs replacing.

Let the fun & games begin!
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