Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Car & Restoration Show - Shepton Mallet

An excellent weekend at the last show of the year.  Friday afternoon Colin & I setup the WSCC Dorset Area stand while the Eleven was being photographed by Ian Stent for a Complete Kit Car end of 'running report' article.

Saturday and Sunday there were plenty of visitors and I bought some Lucas L448 rear lights and bonnet webbing tape, both to be more 'original' than those sold in the kit.

The Eleven is now going to be SORN'd and over the winter I'm planning to remove the differential to have it overhauled, fit the new bits, investigate the gear selection issue and a few other bits and pieces.

Friday, 19 October 2018

Newman Cams

After fitting the R1Rs I decided the Zetec could do with a little more zip and after discussing my options with other WSCC members I decided on fitting a set of Newman Stage 2 cams along with a set of Vernier pulleys.  Hopefully it will be straight forward, the Stage 2 cams don't need and additional changes like pocketed pistons but the Blacktop has solid tappets with shims so the clearances need to be checked and the shims possibly replaced.

After fitting the new cams I measured all the tappet clearances and 4 of the inlet valves were outside of tolerance.  Next step was to remove the inlet cam, remove and measure the suspect shims.  Once I had the current clearance and shim sizes I consulted the Ford parts catalogue and selected the closet shims to get the clearances in spec.  Luckily I was able to move 2 of the shims between tappet buckets so only 2 to buy.  Ford were able to get the shims to Yeovil the same day and once they'd arrived I fitted them, fitted the cam, checked the clearances and all was good.

Whilst refitting the alternator belt I found the main mounting bolt loose so tightened it up and it sheared off - b@@@@r.  Lucky I found it when I did because I didn't have anymore M10 x 120 bolts, I now have a couple of spares in my touring kit.

Friday, 13 July 2018

Le Mans Classic 2018

The decision to attend the Le Mans Classic in 2018 was taken last year and getting the Eleven ready to go within the two year window of the 1957 class win has been a big motivation.  We travelled over on the Poole - Cherbourg ferry then took the back roads (even with their new 50mph limit) down to the campsite at the le Mans/Arnage Airport.

After setting up camp and supper we headed off to Arnage to watch the drive byes.

This year We'd managed to get tickets for parade laps so I headed to the track early on the Friday and Saturday - nothing like the 40 mph Silverstone Classic laps this was 'stay behind the pace car' - I never saw the pace car on either day until the drive off at the end of each 3 lap session - had a few hairy moments but was well worth the £199 for the experience.

As ever a big part of the show is the Clubs and Robin (who'd helped me sort out the carburettor on the Eleven was there with 'Beano' and the Historic Lotus Register.

There was also an Eleven on the stand:
High spec'd Eleven with a Coventry Climax engine and De'dion back axle.

Saturday night was in Arnage again - Gendarmerie everywhere after a serious incident in a previous year - but still an enjoyable evening.

The Classic appears to have got bigger each year with the paddock now spread over a larger area and more add events like the Jaguars and Type Cs - as ever I focused on the Elevens

H602 repaired from 2014

The last night we stayed on the campsite as they had cheap beer/wine, a good band and it was also an opportunity to say thank you to Val and Alan who were eventually selling the business after 25+ years.

The drive home was enjoyable but uneventful with me arriving home at 11:30pm on the Monday evening.

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Shelsey Walsh

The WSCC Speed Series is 21 Years old and to celebrate the occasion they booked the Shelsey Walsh Hill Climb for a fun 'non-timed' day with camping over the weekend.  Tricia and I travelled up alone as I had to work until Friday lunchtime and the rest of the Dorset WSCCers were heading off at 10:30.  We avoided the M5 and had a very pleasant 3:30 hrs journey on the A37, A38 and then from Gloucester some B roads through the Malvern Hills to Shelsey. After a BBQ and few beers we walked the hill, 300 metres rises in 912 metres oxygen was required on the way up.

The main day was the Saturday and Tricia and I managed to complete around a dozen runs before deciding that the Le Mans Classic was too close and we were starting to speed up.  The day closed with an enjoyable 3 course meal, chatting over a few ciders before heading off to bed.

Sunday morning started with hot tea and a bacon roll before heading off back to Yeovil to meet up with  family who were over from South Africa.

Saturday, 2 June 2018

Cooling Improvements

After my cooling and oil temp/pressure concerns on the way home from Stoneleigh I took advice from other Eleven owners and fitted ducting and an oil cooler. 

Fan is still a pusher mounted to the Westfield bracket as I couldn’t see how I could fit a puller fan in the limited space behind the radiator. I’ll give this configuration a go and if I need to look at the puller fan at a later date. 

oil cooler is a Mocal kit for an MG Midget so the hoses aren’t a perfect fit but should be good enough to prove whether there’s a benefit in having one fitted.

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Stoneleigh 2018

First weekend away with the Eleven with over 300 miles in hot weather over the two days.

Particularly hot on the way home and whilst nothing was terminal the temperatures were not stable at cruising speeds and the oil was getting too hot and impacting oil pressures at idle when stuck in traffic so I've decided to add some ducting to the radiator and an oil cooler.

I'm still trying to work out the best way to fit the oil cooler.

I took advantage of the good weather and fibre glassed/gel coated the bonnet where the holes were drilled for the headlight pods.

Friday, 27 April 2018

Visit to Slark Race Engineering

Today was the visit to Slark Race Engineering to tune the engine and confirm the tracking.
As with the IVA the weather was truly awful so a good test of the tonneau which turned out to provide reasonable protection.
Neil confirmed the static timing and set about establishing some baseline runs and playing with the advance map.
When he was happy with the timing he then started playing with the mixture and determined that it needed more fuel mid-throttle but was slightly rich on full-throttle.
He removed the needle and trimmed the mid-range section and after a couple of goes was happy.  After a bit more adjustment the engine was putting out 84bhp with 80-90 lbs/ft of torque between 2.5k and 5.5k.  The more observant will notice that I've fitted the 1" extension to the rear shock absorbers, cut a hole in the ali panel to allow the diff to drop further and halved the lower trailing arm bolt heads to allow them to pass the chassis - the car seemed much better for it but it's early days and I still need to play with the shock absorber settings.
Next we setup the ride height, camber and toe-in all of which only needed a small amount of adjustment and finally we put the car on the scales to find out the overall weight.
Including 3/4 tank of fuel.
The weather on the drive home was no better than the journey there however, the engine was running very well and the car was noticeably more torquey and smooth.
I'd fitted the 1" extension to the rear shock absorbers, cut a hole in the ali panel to allow the diff to drop further and halved the lower trailing arm bolt heads to allow them to pass the chassis.