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Re: Johnny's Carlton rides
« Reply #50 on: November 28, 2010, 11:10:25 PM »
I didn't think it would matter
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Re: Johnny's Carlton rides
« Reply #51 on: November 28, 2010, 11:29:30 PM »
Sod's law said I'd fit them wrong, that's why I phoned them and asked.

I didn't ask them why - Perhaps I should have.
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Johnny A

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Re: Johnny's Carlton rides
« Reply #52 on: November 28, 2010, 11:30:19 PM »
Either way the engine is rock hard in the bay
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Re: Johnny's Carlton rides
« Reply #53 on: December 05, 2010, 09:06:52 PM »
This weekend was a bit mixed, Saturday saw me running about doing chores and in the afternoon I did a little work to mum's XE calibra only to find its sprung another water leak - cock

After a spirting drifting/joyriding session on a very big open car park covered in a sheet of ice it took its toll on the rear silencer (it was all rusty inside and it crumbled and collapsed). It was causing a loud reverberating noise at low rpm deceleration and a lot of popping and cracking. So using old exhaust parts I cooked up a new backbox and tailpipe:




After about 2 hours of construction I started her up only to find the noise is still there... only about 50% quieter and still pops and crackles on deceleration as loud as before.

But I can live with it for now!
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Re: Johnny's Carlton rides
« Reply #54 on: December 27, 2010, 06:54:15 PM »
Little update:
Not done much recently thanks to the snow but today for the first time in 3 weeks I managed to get down there!!

BUT I have just completed 800 miles on my apparently dangerous modified steel rear wheels, showing no signs of cracking which I knew they wouldn't.

Anyways today I wanted to finish off the coilovers as they didn't have a drop link bracket or a bracket for securing the brake line/wiring. Took a while to sort out as I changed and tweeked a few things.



General setup is:
Calibra/Cavalier shocker casings heavily cut down with 2.5" coilover conversion tubes welded on
Factory Calibra/Cavalier shock absorber inserts
Carlton shocker parts added to shocker casing (main carrier bracket, modified drop link bracket, brake line bracket)
Calibra/Cavalier bearings
Tweaked Carlton top bushing
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Re: Johnny's Carlton rides
« Reply #55 on: January 01, 2011, 08:04:58 PM »
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Re: Johnny's Carlton rides
« Reply #56 on: January 01, 2011, 08:19:24 PM »
What size tyres are the veccy wheels running ???

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Re: Johnny's Carlton rides
« Reply #57 on: January 01, 2011, 08:20:15 PM »
205/45/16s chap
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Re: Johnny's Carlton rides
« Reply #58 on: January 04, 2011, 07:47:15 PM »
nice and low is that ;)

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Re: Johnny's Carlton rides
« Reply #59 on: January 04, 2011, 08:48:00 PM »
Thats what i call low. Any more & snails will become road kill! :D


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Re: Johnny's Carlton rides
« Reply #60 on: January 04, 2011, 09:58:49 PM »
The exhaust hangs too low! I was ground out going down a road with a slight 'bow' in it!!!
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Re: Johnny's Carlton rides
« Reply #61 on: January 07, 2011, 05:41:58 PM »
time to remake the exhaust then :P
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Re: Johnny's Carlton rides
« Reply #62 on: January 07, 2011, 08:29:12 PM »
I have no choice mate, thing is hanging lower now!
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Re: Johnny's Carlton rides
« Reply #63 on: January 09, 2011, 01:04:42 AM »
Update, despite feeling a little crappy I pushed through it and got a fair amount of work done.

First job was to find a solution to the exhaust bottoming out on speedbumps, rocks, twigs, raised tarmac or cats eyes. A large section consisting of the downpipe up to the cat hangs about 2 inches below the chassis line, first thought was going to require cutting and welding this section higher. In the end I had a brainwave and decided to space out the N/S/F engine mount with very large washers, this did the trick and the exhaust section only hangs down about 1/2 inch now :)

Other jobs I did today were fitting the rear 1/4 trims (these aren't 100% perfect but certainly an improvement), de-badging the tailgate and a pretty controversial modification was to paint the text on the tyres with white tyre paint.





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Re: Johnny's Carlton rides
« Reply #64 on: January 09, 2011, 12:02:08 PM »
looks the dogs dangly bits
driving rusty old fillered sheds since 1994 !!

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Re: Johnny's Carlton rides
« Reply #65 on: January 09, 2011, 04:31:44 PM »
f'n love the white paint job!! where did you get it from? not tipex??? lol
I got BFG's on the rear of the senny which would f'n look awesome with a white paint jobby, only Federals on the front tho, but would still proberly look good ;)
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Re: Johnny's Carlton rides
« Reply #66 on: January 09, 2011, 05:20:52 PM »
Its a tyre pen, get them off egay. I only think it works because the wheels are matt black though, just been out at a VW local car meet and we all know how picky and snobby the VW boys can be... yet they all loved the car lol
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Re: Johnny's Carlton rides
« Reply #67 on: January 09, 2011, 05:35:10 PM »
lol
driving rusty old fillered sheds since 1994 !!

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Re: Johnny's Carlton rides
« Reply #68 on: January 13, 2011, 03:25:31 PM »
looking awesome. Dont forget to update RR :)
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Re: Johnny's Carlton rides
« Reply #69 on: January 20, 2011, 08:13:15 PM »
Looking nice and low  ;D Love how the reverse rims make it wide and mean, how about spacering the fronts to even the width up a bit?

What spring rates did you go for on the coilovers? Im ordering up the bits to do mine but im really unsure what poundage to get.

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Re: Johnny's Carlton rides
« Reply #70 on: February 11, 2011, 10:04:22 PM »
Well guys, been spending and spending and many new shiny bits have arrived.

I finished off the super-short shift and while under the car noticed the fuel lines were badly corroded, so I went mad and ordered:
New plastic fuel lines (HA lets see these corrode!)
3 meters of high pressure rubber fuel line
Motorsport fuel pump (rated at 650bhp on a turbo application)
New rubber pump mounts
Big bag 'o' fuel clamps
Some brass connectors and 'Y' pieces (running 2x Vauxhall fuel filters)

I have also ordered:
New vented Omega rear discs (drilled to match fronts)
Silicone hoses for the engine bay (coolant and boost in orange lol)
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Re: Johnny's Carlton rides
« Reply #71 on: February 14, 2011, 09:43:22 PM »
Got plenty done today, solved a few issues along the way. Sorry for no picture, I bought a 32gb mem card for my phone... turned out to be a cheap chinese copy and I lost todays pic as the card died.

First off I went to Thames Valley Hydraulics and had a chat with the guys down there about mating up an Astra-G clutch master cylinder with an Omega(-B) slave cylinder, I was hoping to use the Omega's flexi line with some sort of cooked up adapter. But thank to GM using weird connectors it wasn't meant to be, instead he making a one-piece braided line that runs directly from one cylinder to the other :) He is also making up shorter braided lines to come into the car half way along the transmission tunnel for the use of an in-car rear brake bias valve.

After that I got the unit and started having fun pulling the gearbox off (so I could remove the GM flexi-line), whilst the box was out I decided to connect all the new quickshift kit I made last week. As mentioned its the shortest shift I had ever done by quite a margin, from neutral to going into gear is about 1 to 1.5 inch distance!

The shifter holder and bitties were pretty rusty so I stripped it all down and painted it (Hammerite is your friend), I went bonkers and stripped the prop down and painted that too.

Then went to work on the fuel lines, the ones the run on the floorpan are scrap. The ones in the O/S inner wheel arch weren't too bad so with the powerdrill clamped the vice with a wire brush attachment (and a ziptie holding the trigger down) and got all the crap off the lines and painted them up. MINTY!
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Re: Johnny's Carlton rides
« Reply #72 on: February 15, 2011, 08:17:45 PM »
Running around again this morning! After a swift visit to the university I borrowed the use of a press and removed the bush from the estates wishbone, then travelled south to deliver the new and old bush for the prototypes. Can't wait for them!!

Got a fair bit done today, again mostly de-rusting, painting and waxoiling.
Fitted the painted inner arch fuel pipes, lines to the fuel rail and the plastic floorpan lines up to the rear subframe:


Fancy red lol

The painting has gone well, got a bit high though as I couldn't have the unit doors open (pouring rain)



Started work on the finer things in the bay too, I tackled the PAS pipes, the rubber sections were hovering directly over the turbo!! Using a blow torch I heated up the metal sections to change the angles and also moved the reservoir to the corner behind the N/S turret.
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Re: Johnny's Carlton rides
« Reply #73 on: February 16, 2011, 11:15:01 PM »
More painting, ended up walking round like Captain Jack Sparrow:


Paint:


Reinforced sump and relocated drain plug... then painted:



The components for the shifter were all dry so I bolted all that together:



The super short shift was causing some stretching issues, nothing a lot of grease and zipties couldn't handle


I measured the shift throw too:

From neutral into a gear:
Factory throw - 3 inches
Previous short shift - 2 inches
Super short shift - 1.2 inches  :o

Today I also made a new stainless fuel pump cradle, pics tomorrow!!
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Re: Johnny's Carlton rides
« Reply #74 on: February 16, 2011, 11:17:49 PM »
Almost forgot, fancy rear Omega vented discs!
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