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Post by geofftl1000r » Mon Oct 12, 2020 12:18 am

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Post by Nanotrox » Wed Oct 14, 2020 2:35 pm

Not started her for a good 4 days and it was not good, struggled to get her going and when she did spin sat at 300rpm with a bit of juddering and vibrating up and down to 1k then jumped up to 2,500ish drove normally, hot start went much better but still took a few cranks, looks like the new starter really helped with hot start (not perfect but okayish) but cold starting is very bad now.

Emailed Rotary Revs to see about getting a compression check / get them to look at the issue. Anyone know how long it usually takes for them to reply? or would it be better to phone them?

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Post by warpc0il » Wed Oct 14, 2020 3:07 pm

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Not started her for a good 4 days and it was not good, struggled to get her going and when she did spin sat at 300rpm with a bit of juddering and vibrating up and down to 1k then jumped up to 2,500ish drove normally, hot start went much better but still took a few cranks, looks like the new starter really helped with hot start (not perfect but okayish) but cold starting is very bad now.
The new starter will be taking quite a bit more current, which puts more load on the battery and makes good battery and earth connections even more critical.

It would be worth removing, cleaning and tightening the battery connections, plus the main body earth.
Also check that the battery is fully charged and the electrolyte level is over the plates, in all cells.

Note that these are what makes the most difference on a cold start, as a hot start is easier on the battery.
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Post by Nanotrox » Wed Oct 14, 2020 3:20 pm

warpc0il wrote:
Wed Oct 14, 2020 3:07 pm
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Wed Oct 14, 2020 2:35 pm
Not started her for a good 4 days and it was not good, struggled to get her going and when she did spin sat at 300rpm with a bit of juddering and vibrating up and down to 1k then jumped up to 2,500ish drove normally, hot start went much better but still took a few cranks, looks like the new starter really helped with hot start (not perfect but okayish) but cold starting is very bad now.
The new starter will be taking quite a bit more current, which puts more load on the battery and makes good battery and earth connections even more critical.

It would be worth removing, cleaning and tightening the battery connections, plus the main body earth.
Also check that the battery is fully charged and the electrolyte level is over the plates, in all cells.

Note that these are what makes the most difference on a cold start, as a hot start is easier on the battery.
Cheers for the advice Warp! I've done all of them bar cleaning the earth where abouts is the earth located? battery is in really good nick even got the new one tested at halfords and the report came back good, I've even changed the battery connectors as they were quiet worn. However now you've mentioned it my battery within a day seems to go down to 12.4v sometimes as low as 12.1 - 12.2 withing a couple to a few days but never goes below that, I have tested for a dark current / parasitic draw with a multimeter and pulling fuses and nothing.

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Post by warpc0il » Wed Oct 14, 2020 5:14 pm

Follow the thick cable down from the battery -ve to the earth connection.

Try switching the internal alarm sensor off, using the 4th button on the fob, just after locking the car. This reduces battery drain.

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Post by untakenname » Thu Oct 15, 2020 11:43 pm

Booked the afternoon off work and was going to change my fluids and fit Autumn tyres but due to the enhanced Covid lockdown in London means there's no in household mixing after Saturday (even though the borough I live Bromley is lower than the UK average) so had to sort out my mates suspension today instead.

I recommend him JOM's earlier in the year which unfortunately weren't up to the job so got some Bilstien B12's instead.


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Post by warpc0il » Thu Oct 15, 2020 11:57 pm

untakenname wrote:
Thu Oct 15, 2020 11:43 pm
Using the timelapse function on the doorbell to record.
Sneaky and effective, I like that :thumleft:

Should post it here too
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Post by New Duke » Fri Oct 16, 2020 1:26 am

Did the 6 hour return drive back to Krown Rustproofing for a touch up. Posted details here:
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Post by Honkytonk » Fri Oct 16, 2020 7:56 am

God every time I drive through Brum I feel like it exists just so other places like Scotland or Wales can have nice views. Just focus all the drearyness in one place and it takes it away from other ones.

Good on you for enjoying yourself.
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Post by PaulAV » Fri Oct 16, 2020 12:45 pm

Honkytonk, the best thing about Brum is the road out of it. At least that's what we say in Coventry. Amazingly Birmingham had only been a city for just over 150 years where as Coventry had been a city for adding 750 years, something happened to Birmingham very quickly, but unfortunately it didn't receive massive remodeling in the mid 20th century unlike Coventry
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Post by Nanotrox » Fri Oct 16, 2020 12:47 pm

Checked battery grounds today and still no let up on the issues at hand.

Phoned Rotary Revs and she's booked in for the 60 point health check up and a compression test on the 7th, I live 130 mile away so it's worth killing two birds with one stone.

Just saying RR were really good on the phone so can't wait to get down their and hopefully find some answers.

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Post by Honkytonk » Fri Oct 16, 2020 2:02 pm

PaulAV wrote:
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Honkytonk, the best thing about Brum is the road out of it. At least that's what we say in Coventry. Amazingly Birmingham had only been a city for just over 150 years where as Coventry had been a city for adding 750 years, something happened to Birmingham very quickly, but unfortunately it didn't receive massive remodeling in the mid 20th century unlike Coventry
That's the 'civic planners' of the Luftwaffe for you.
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Written about Coventry not Birmingham
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Post by chriskirkham » Sun Oct 18, 2020 5:39 am

Dropped her off at The Performance Shop, sills being replaced, undersealed, tyres, new engine mounts, service & MoT on the cards.

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Post by Pippypip » Sun Oct 18, 2020 6:16 pm

Started working on a 3D model for a gauge pod holder based on the racing beat design

Someone has already made a design for something else using the same panel which has made it nice and easy Image
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Post by mrspiller » Sun Oct 18, 2020 6:20 pm

Pippypip wrote:Started working on a 3D model for a gauge pod holder based on the racing beat design

Someone has already made a design for something else using the same panel which has made it nice and easy Image
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Could you do a gauge pod for the centre of the dashboard ?
I have one RB ashtray one in my garage if you want to copy it


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Post by Rafael » Sun Oct 18, 2020 6:33 pm

Pippypip wrote:
Sun Oct 18, 2020 6:16 pm
Started working on a 3D model for a gauge pod holder based on the racing beat design

Someone has already made a design for something else using the same panel which has made it nice and easy Image
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Phil, I've got FEED center dash one if you would like to take some measurements for design. I think its best one on the market but price tag of £280 its insane. That will be great idea to try make one like that.
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Post by mrspiller » Sun Oct 18, 2020 6:35 pm

Rafael wrote:
Pippypip wrote:
Sun Oct 18, 2020 6:16 pm
Started working on a 3D model for a gauge pod holder based on the racing beat design

Someone has already made a design for something else using the same panel which has made it nice and easy Image
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Phil, I've got FEED center dash one if you would like to take some measurements for design. I think its best one on the market but price tag of £280 its insane. That will be great idea to try make one like that.
That’s neat


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Post by Pippypip » Sun Oct 18, 2020 6:36 pm

Rafael wrote:
Pippypip wrote:
Sun Oct 18, 2020 6:16 pm
Started working on a 3D model for a gauge pod holder based on the racing beat design

Someone has already made a design for something else using the same panel which has made it nice and easy Image
Image

Phil, I've got FEED center dash one if you would like to take some measurements for design. I think its best one on the market but price tag of £280 its insane. That will be great idea to try make one like that.
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I would have made myself one for the centre but I have an android tablet installed in my sat Oe sat Mac holder that I like too much to get rid of.

I can have a look at making one later but right now I can only use either the racing bear style or one that pops into the drivers vent above the cluster.

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Post by mrspiller » Sun Oct 18, 2020 6:39 pm

Pippypip wrote:
Rafael wrote:
Pippypip wrote:
Sun Oct 18, 2020 6:16 pm
Started working on a 3D model for a gauge pod holder based on the racing beat design

Someone has already made a design for something else using the same panel which has made it nice and easy Image
Image

Phil, I've got FEED center dash one if you would like to take some measurements for design. I think its best one on the market but price tag of £280 its insane. That will be great idea to try make one like that.
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I would have made myself one for the centre but I have an android tablet installed in my sat Oe sat Mac holder that I like too much to get rid of.

I can have a look at making one later but right now I can only use either the racing bear style or one that pops into the drivers vent above the cluster.
No worries
As said , I have one you can copy if your stuck
I was just thinking a neat 3 gauge holder that would stick on centre of dash and follow and the contour of the dash . Not a rough cut one like I currently have
It’s only a track car so it’s no big deal


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Post by Yorindesarin » Sun Oct 18, 2020 6:56 pm

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