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TVR Scott
TVR Scott SuperDork
8/19/21 9:12 a.m.

Any chance I could get that handy excel sheet from you?

ViperT4
ViperT4 New Reader
8/19/21 5:57 p.m.
CoolHandMoss said:

Keepitcleanwiring has some appealing options. You'd lose some originality with the lack of the fuse blocks and different connectors but such an easy solution. Wiring had me so stressed out until I just resolved to scrap all the original wiring and spring for one of those. 

 

 

I did look at them when I was figuring out what I wanted to do about the wiring but in the end I just couldn't justify paying something like 3x the cost for a harness that I would still have to tailer a bit for my application. I ordered almost everything I need for about $400 and it will just take my time in organizing everything. But that's part of the fun isn't it!

ViperT4
ViperT4 New Reader
8/19/21 8:31 p.m.
TVR Scott said:

Any chance I could get that handy excel sheet from you?

'Course. Email sent. Let me know if it doesn't come through.

oppositelocksmith
oppositelocksmith New Reader
8/20/21 4:59 p.m.

Viper, for your valve train, buy this retaining screw from TRF. Loss of the stock screw results in an oil pressure loss to the valvetrain and partial loss to the engine. 

This screw can be drilled for safety wire like I did here. It's a must IMO.

 

ViperT4
ViperT4 New Reader
8/20/21 6:13 p.m.

In reply to oppositelocksmith :

Thanks, I'll definitely look into that!

ViperT4
ViperT4 New Reader
8/26/21 7:41 a.m.

In reply to oppositelocksmith :

Follow up question: Are these the stock retaining screws I found in the oil pan?

oppositelocksmith
oppositelocksmith New Reader
8/26/21 8:52 a.m.

In reply to ViperT4 :

Sure enough! And you have 2 of them there! Only one needed per stock.

 

TVR Scott
TVR Scott SuperDork
8/26/21 9:38 a.m.

YIKES!

TurnerX19
TurnerX19 UltraDork
8/26/21 1:28 p.m.

"Crap, where did the rocker shaft lock screw go?" "Hey Bill, here is another one, don't worry about it.".....Is there one in the shaft now????

ViperT4
ViperT4 New Reader
8/31/21 10:09 a.m.
TurnerX19 said:

"Crap, where did the rocker shaft lock screw go?" "Hey Bill, here is another one, don't worry about it.".....Is there one in the shaft now????

Yup, probably what happened. There was still not one as I tore it down. Now I've ordered a new shaft and rockers.

It looks like the rockers were welding themselves to the shafts as it ran. You can see where material was pulled out of the rocker and corresponding raised sections on the shaft.

ViperT4
ViperT4 New Reader
8/31/21 10:13 a.m.

In an older Shelby vs Ferrari documentary I've seen an old Ferrari employee talks about Enzo keeping a room with all of the failed parts from racing cars and calling it the "Museum of Horrors" to inspire the engineers about what not to do. I may have to start my own collection with old parts from this car!

MuSTANK
MuSTANK New Reader
8/31/21 11:02 a.m.

In reply to ViperT4 :

We have a "Wall of Shame" where all of the trashed components are nicely mounted and labeled. It's getting pretty full . . . 

ViperT4
ViperT4 New Reader
9/9/21 8:48 p.m.

Not too much doing yet with the engine. Reconditioning the head with guides/seats is complete but the milling has yet to be done. The block is getting new .030" over pistons (County), which are in the shop's possession so they should be able to do the finish honing soon. I bought a press and installed new wrist pin bushings in the con rod little ends. They're also at the shop waiting to be reamed for clearance.

In the mean time I finished reassembling the new rocker assembly. I reused the pedestals but everything else is new. I also completely rebuilt the carbs. I blocked off the temperature compensator but kept the bypass valve functional.

 

Hopefully will have the engine back from the machine shop and ready for final assembly before the end of the month but who knows. This weekend I'm going to the vintage races at Watkins Glen so I'll be getting plenty of inspiration! Out of the Woodwork, the North American TVR meet is in Watkins Glen this weekend so hopefully I'll get to check out some of those events as well.

oppositelocksmith
oppositelocksmith New Reader
9/9/21 9:49 p.m.

Have fun at that TVR event.

i had a time getting my block done last summer. Drove 8 hours one way to get to a shop that could do it 2 months later. 

Measure your head before paying! Twice now I’ve had shops charge for thicknessing the head, but they truly only skimmed it each time. Two different shops, years apart. Gave both very clear specs.

ViperT4
ViperT4 New Reader
9/23/21 10:32 a.m.

Lots of stuff in the works here but not much to post about yet. I did get to play mad scientist this week. For some reason my sandblaster wasn't touching the rust on the exhaust manifold so I decided to try out removing it through electrolysis. I used about a tablespoon of baking soda per gallon of water and hooked up jumper cable with the positive lead from a car battery to the sacrificial piece of ferrous metal I had and the negative lead from the negative battery terminal to the manifold. I also put my battery charger on the battery.

Before:

Cooking away. That cloudiness isn't a reflection, those are bubbles coming off the pieces:

After:

I'd say it took 99% of the rust off in about 20 hours. Once I pulled it I primed it right away so it didn't flash rust and I'll be painting it with POR15 cast iron manifold gray.

Stu Lasswell
Stu Lasswell Reader
9/23/21 4:06 p.m.

Wow! That electrolysis  dip really seemed to do the trick. I'll have to remember that. Any pictures to post from Woodwork? I wanted to go, but will probably wait until I can drive my TVR there. Maybe next year? Eh, probably 2023!

ViperT4
ViperT4 New Reader
9/23/21 5:32 p.m.

In reply to Stu Lasswell :

Schedules didn't really align unfortunately. I only went on Sunday and I think all of the Woodwork activities were Saturday. Definitely would like to go with the finished car next year! 

ViperT4
ViperT4 New Reader
9/30/21 12:52 p.m.

Dropping this here for myself and anyone else that wants to use this idea. Seller on BAT restored a TVR and used this to turn the wheel while sanding to the desird finish. Pretty ingenius!

 

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