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 Posted: May 16, 2018 12:42PM
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45 years on the layshaft out of the 1098 is obviously worn with pronounced ridges on the sides on the black bands...have competition shaft to replace.

 Posted: May 12, 2018 07:45PM
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Whew...had been bedeviled by the forward mainshaft nut that would NOT yield to conventional technique - knock back locktab, brace box, use 1 1/2" socket on big breaker bar.  Not only did it not yield, I broke laygear & gear teeth.  Suspected locktite, so put the nut through 3 heat cycles and big breaker bar would still not budge the nut.

Contacted an Aussie expert & on this board, Kevin G. said yes some might use locktite, he once had to cut a nut off.

Today, 25 minutes with the propane torch with 1/4 gears locked, hit it with the rattle gun...20 seconds & the nut spun off!

On to the rest of the disassembly, inspection etc.

 Posted: May 8, 2018 04:30AM
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Thanks, I did a little looking and the Mini Sport smooth a ride trumpets do have a smaller contact area than their std Hi Lo s. They also use a different set of rubber cones. I just don't want to end up with sinking suspension. Steve (CTR)

 Posted: May 5, 2018 02:16PM
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Hi Andrew,

Graham is fine man.  He was a very hospitable host in 2011 & in agreeing to help me with the OEM 12G295 head and related items 12 months ago.

I certainly hope that the build will be true to GR's ideas and prove a successful engine in an uprated power unit.

The serious build related effort is about to get underway.

Cheers!

Rick 

 Posted: May 5, 2018 02:09PM
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Steve,

Got sidetracked by pruning some bushes for wife in the hot sun...but did get the parts washer cleaned out before engine & tranny build.

Cones - standard front aluminum cones have a maximum seating width with a diameter of some 2 7/8".  Cheapo hi-los have a seat 3" in max, diameter but a 90 deg. (vs. rolled) edge.

Standard aluminum rear cones & Mini Sport cones have a maximum seating width of 3.25", both with a rolled lip, which equals some +40% more seating area than the cheapo hi-los.

Rick

 Posted: May 5, 2018 10:01AM
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Following this thread with great interest.  A couple of weeks ago, while in Australia for "Mokin' Jervis Bay", I took the opportunity to visit Russell Engineering  (since my family name is Russell, and I am an engineer, and I once had a consulting business named "Russell Engineering", it was kind of a mandatory visit, no?).  Had a very nice visit with Graham at his shop and got to talk a bit about 1098 motors.  In a couple of years, after other projects out of the way, I may follow in your footsteps with upgrading the 1098 in my '73 Moke. 

 Posted: May 5, 2018 04:38AM
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Steve, I will photograph & measure several 'cones' today & post for you.  Rick

 Posted: May 5, 2018 03:42AM
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In regards the larger pin knuckles, I believe they are Mini Sport items as I have run into them before. Could you post a picture of the Hi Lo s that go with them. I have a set that came with a Mini Sport smooth a ride kit. The kit comes with their own shape and formula rubber springs. My concern it the small contact area between cone and spring. I install a lot of springs and Hi Los and they all settle over time. The factory trumpets have a much larger lip. I would expect the size of lip will change spring rate. When vintage racing I considered machining my own hi Lo s with different size spring seats which could be changed to alter spring rate. I hope I never stop thinking about crazy stuff to do. Steve (CTR)

 Posted: May 3, 2018 03:05PM
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After getting antsy earlier today about the wiper motor parts one month after posting from Australia...GUESS what was in the post box this afternoon...(no contest)...the wiper motor parts!

SS reluctor ring & contacts.  Total packaged weight 0.073 kg. or just over 6 oz.

NO Goods & Services Tax (5%), NO Provincial Sales Tax (7%) and NO Canada Post handling fee $9.95.  I guess the envelope looked enough like a letter to finally get right through

Have told Tony in Qld. so he can relax too.

 Posted: May 3, 2018 12:37PM
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Hard to believe 60 days have gone by...power unit work after all cleaning, machining etc. yet to start.  However have beavered away on lots of bits.

Some changes to plan...I had used another prepped subframe after the new RH steering rack went in.  ROO's original front subbie & upper arms will go back in.  Subbie blasted, modified with gussets, stitch welds, lower forward engine steady bracket & captive nuts for front apron & sump guard and into paint.  Upper arms went into molasses/water bath, paint & got new pivot pins/bearings.  And switching out the Mouton Smooth-a-rides for Red Dot Road/Rally with GAZ on car adjustable dampers all round.

Will be using TR7/8 seats and seat mounts have been fabricated.  After the rally these seats will be rebuilt & used in the Woody build.

Lots & lots of other bits (some for the Woody) sand or bead blasted epoxy primed & painted.  Radiator recored for increased efficiency. Will still use an aux rad & oil cooler given the sump guard.

Ordered & received a spread of 5 SU needles in swinging configuration (4 recommended profiles for the engine build were fixed).  Needles recommended by Ken Nelson of Mini Automotive in Ipswich, Qld.  Problem...Burlen forgot about my order for an HIF44 and nows says 12 weeks until they will have another batch.  Darn good thing I have a rebuilt HIF44 on the parts shelf...and another sealed unit from the turbo bits.

Also awaiting wiper motor parts from Australia...SS reluctor ring and 3 finger contacts for 2-speed wiper from Auto Electrics on Wheels in Jimboomba, Qld.  Mailed a month ago.  AusPost says 10+ business days delivery internationally...must be held up in Canada Customs.

Have a 123 dizzy for pre-A plus on order from Canadian distributor...must prod him.

Still need to borrow 2 x 12" alloys for the Yokie 539s & build a suitable addition to my roof racks to carry up to 3 x 10 litre extra fuel cans.  Rally recommends that entrants have a range out to 300 miles.  12.5 Imp. Gallons total should address that.

I think all the outside issues are addressed... 

On the ALCAN Rally all vehicles are required to have a VHF transceiver capable for rally communications.  Have acquired a Kenwood VHF transceiver & roof mount (magnetic) aerial to include reception of the 151.625 rally traffic.  Looking into a Delorme/Garmin InReach GPS with SOS.  Must be at least one Delorme/Garmin unit in each Buddy group on the rally.  We will likely get one anyway as it will allow 2-way communication via internet where cell coverage does not exist, e.g. MacMillan Pass on the Yukon/NWT border at North Canol Camp.

ONE item of unhappiness...

When the engine went in for cleaning, overboring, balancing of bits etc.,  I also took in diff output covers & pot joints with new bushes for install & ream/honing.  These were for the Woody's 1293 power unit...the last items.  Well the shop did not align hone the bearings and one pot joint bound up in the bearing on assembly.  Rather that b...h, I have had another machinist address the problem.  He built a jig for the purpose something the big shop obviously did not do.  Will align hone to 1.5 thou clearance.  Was 1 thou running clearance not enough for the ream/hone error.

ONE puzzle...

Why would MOSS package up 2 SuperPro bushings with 2 non-SuperPro items...all of which are one piece...and then advise me to cut them in half??  The SuperPro items have lubricant and are to be pressed in as SP has advised.  The unrelated part of the puzzle is...I have no idea where the sealed package came from.

Hope no other surprises show up!

My Co-Driver Micke & spouse Eva are flying into Vancouver on August 5th for a week of touristy things before Eva must return to Sweden.  Then it is full on to get set to head south for the Rally start.  Our hope is to finish without drama in Fairbanks with ROO proving once again to be a great little work horse.

Will post again at month-end when we should be closer to the finish & testing. 

 Posted: Mar 5, 2018 07:43PM
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FedEx arrived today with parcel from the UK with set of two adj. trumpets for shick shaft knuckles & 4 spare knuckles.  Not certain if Diddy Dave's experiences travelling across Canada & into Alaska affected the design but the trumpets take a knuckle with 0.55" dia. shaft vs. 0.5" standard.  Diddy broke a lot of knuckles with his heavily modified & heavy Mini Van, including one when we frolicked down Hwy. 1 on the California Coast while heading to Arizona & MMW 2012.

Also got the drive axles apart, degreased & into molasses/water bath.  Polished the outer CVs before the bath.  Outer CVs will go to the Woody, rotors will go to parts after skim, drive shafts for both ROO & Woody in the swim.  Yokes go back to ROO.

Orange diaphragm on its way from Avonbar.  MED crank damper & tranny bearings/locktabs coming from our local supplier Hunter Classic Sports Cars.  Once diaphragm & crank damper are in hand the rotating bits can be balanced.

Took a closer look at the old Metro drive flanges, happy I took new ones off the shelf.  Imminent failure on the bearing race face.

Pitter patter....

 Posted: Mar 4, 2018 01:12PM
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Update...turned out finding an Orange diaphragm was difficult, NA almost everywhere.  Found 1 at Avonbar, which had 5 in stock, now 4.  On its way across the Atlantic tomorrow.

Engine balancing next up when diaphragm & crank damper are here.

(I have a used orange damper on the shelf...had been behind the 1380 in the sedan & saw 7 years service often with the trailer in tow) 

 Posted: Feb 22, 2018 08:15PM
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Work continues to get ROO built up for the ALCAN 5000 Summer Rally in August.

Centre main cap being machined for strap before align hone.  Race quality bearings in hand. New oil pump.  Rally clutch spring/diaphragm on its way to go with AP rally plate. All new bearing set for the transmission...don't know about the synchros yet.  Quality crank damper on its way as are other misc. bits.

Was sick for 2 weeks, getting back in stride.

Have new steering rack, modified front subframe installed with Red dot cones, thick shaft (0.55") hi-los, refreshed HD adj lower arms & tie-rods both with new bushes, new upper arms, new hubs, ball joints & outer CVs.

Even the fabbed bumper (to save the Clubbie original) has turned out OK. 

2 sacks of smaller bits blasted & into epoxy primer...the dance goes on.  

 Posted: Jan 26, 2018 08:09PM
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Who can hide with what under canvas in a Mini van?  Man with cutting wheel would be the correct answer...specifically John G.

Purpose to gain access to the void behind the RH driver's seat to relocate the battery (a new battery with side posts) so the driver's seat can be moved back a little.

Presto...done.  Steel cut out flanged with spot welded tabs to be dropped right back into the hole!

 Posted: Jan 26, 2018 01:06PM
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Remember the old days when we used to be able to lift the front end of a Mini out of a ditch?
I haven't had heart surgery (yet) but have 2 cardiologists and a GP eyeing me suspiciously. Had cancer treatment a couple of years back - chemo caused muscle damage, leaving muscles prone to easy straining. I can lift but need to expect sore muscles for the next few days. Sometimes I have to say to myself "Noooo....".

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 Posted: Jan 26, 2018 08:29AM
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OK Tamer...same address, same phone, same email...though ROO will likely be 8 miles away at my son's garage.

Dan, that was John G in the engine bay and my 'partner in crime' does not know our late friend.  Robin would have liked the attached photo (and may have seen it)...post-heart surgery, over 70 years old, still can lift a little.

 Posted: Jan 26, 2018 05:08AM
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Nice progress, Rick. You missed a chance to pose waving from the engine bay, in tribute to Zippythepinhead, AKA our old friend Robin. (You came close, though.)

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 Posted: Jan 25, 2018 09:55PM
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Hey Rick,
I may be in your neck of the woods for a couple days in about 2 weeks.
If time permits, I would like see it in person  

check out the official website for updates!!!!!  //www.minimeetnorth.com

 

 Posted: Jan 25, 2018 08:07PM
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Better day in the garage - ROO has colour over high build primer...suspension bits I did yesterday look good.

Will lower front end tomorrow and get to work on locating a new battery under the load deck...about a foot back, so the driver's seat can also be located further back.

Then only install of new steering rack, fresh front sub frame with refreshed & new bits to get 4 wheels on the ground.

Pitter, patter.... 

 Posted: Jan 24, 2018 07:35PM
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Good day in the garage...engine bay & wheel wells prepped for epoxy primer, later gravel guard on the lower portion & wheel wells.

Blasted HD/Adj lower arms & tie-rods and wiggly pins...got them into epoxy primer & paint.  And the fabricated bumper!

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