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Slow_M Reader
11/24/21 10:39 a.m.

Thanks Scott. It moves a few pounds forward a little bit*, reduces the length of the lines to about 1/3, and changes the radiator’s function to oil cooler, from oil heater. It also reduces the likelihood of someone taking out the engine, in the case of a light tap in the back end. I also prefer the less cluttered look. 

It was only a few minutes work, so far. Thanksgiving should give me time to make headway, in terms of clearancing the back clamshell. Fabricating the NACA ducts is going to be the fussy part. 

*Weight distribution is not where this car shines. 

TVR Scott
TVR Scott SuperDork
11/24/21 2:39 p.m.

In reply to Slow_M :

There's actually a lot more advantage there, now that you elaborated.  I hadn't thought of the shorter lines and such.

Let me know if I can help on the NACA ducts or anything.  Like I could 3d print you a mold for making a fiberglass part.  That kind of thing is really easy for me to do.

Slow_M Reader
11/26/21 2:25 p.m.

In reply to TVR Scott :

Thank you for that incredibly generous offer! I’ve actually drawn the void shape in anticipation of buying a 3D printer, so that already exists, but I think I’ve come up with a simpler solution. Going to use the volume of the door and rear part of the front wheel arch to be the supply air duct, depressurizing the front wheel well. 

If that’s less efficient than I am hoping, I can always go back to NACA ducts. 

Slow_M Reader
12/2/21 3:34 a.m.

So, these arrived. 


So did the large box that this was in.  

Slow_M Reader
12/3/21 2:16 a.m.


Out with the old, and in with the new.

Slow_M Reader
12/4/21 5:50 p.m.




Need to come up with some perches for the tank, that potentially double as seat mounts and have a third use as tank strap anchors. 

I may have screwed up the spring rates, or maybe Ikon did. They feel a fair bit too beefy, when compared to the units they’re replacing. 

Slow_M Reader
1/17/22 5:03 p.m.

This weekend, I worked on placement of the fuel system components. I bought the fittings over the past couple of weeks, but it proved to be too much of a PITA to imagine the lightest and best way to mount everything, know where to penetrate the firewall, etc.  

Once I had a general idea, I started from the extant fitting in the engine bay, that I disconnected the fuel pump from (P.O. didn’t bother with a filter), and work my way toward the fuel cell. 

Sorry about the crap image quality. I’ll explain it away by pointing out that this project qualifies under the “operation midnight auto” reconstruction guidelines. As a result, I take the photos when I’m nostril deep in the work. Also, as a certified cheap bastard, I refuse to get rid of my phone until it breaks. (Will work for race car parts.)

Slow_M Reader
1/23/22 12:24 a.m.



Fuel system plumbing is done. So’s the entire fuel system. One item off my to do list. 

Actually, that’s the other exciting part.


Weld a bunch of new attachment points for shoulder harness, fuel cell perches, sway bar adjuster, oil cooler, and other things I’m forgetting. 

Install fire system. 

Make and install seat. 

Tidy up wiring. 

Buy HANS device, harness, Nomex, shoes, and gloves. 

Modify the body so my feet fit. I’m not willing to modify my feet. 

Slow_M Reader
2/23/22 1:09 a.m.

The Porky's Progress in This World, to That Racing Which Is to Come


Separating the few ounces of wheat from the several pounds of chaff. 


A couple more pounds gone. 


First trial fit. Held in place with bailing wire. 






Tons better, but it’s WHEY snug in the shoulders. I know it’s partly because of the height I lost by removing the upholstery foam, but I also want to place my own mass as low as I can. If nothing else, it’s a good tool, to gauge the seating position, lean back, width, etc., with. 

It may just make sense to build one from scratch.  Not sure, yet.  

Any old way, I think my plan of using the seat as the fuel cell retainer is going to work.

TurnerX19 UltraDork
2/23/22 10:03 a.m.

Pour a foam seat or bite the bullet and buy a bead seat kit from Pegasus. Way safer and you will drive faster supported better.

Slow_M Reader
2/25/22 10:35 a.m.

In reply to TurnerX19 :

Thanks, Bill, for chiming in with the voice of reason.

Been racking my brain about this since I read your reply. I was going to rivet sheet Aluminum to the steel frame, and there’s a large sheet of the right thickness material standing next to the car. On the other hand, if I work with the Creafoam kit, I’ll be relying on someone’s help (AKA give up some control). 

Slow_M Reader
5/15/22 9:19 p.m.








Rear fuel cell perches made. They’ll be riveted to the firewall. 

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