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Old 29 Jan 2017, 09:12 (Ref:3706796)   #16
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delta should be qualifying in the top 5 on the griddelta should be qualifying in the top 5 on the griddelta should be qualifying in the top 5 on the grid
Latest news from NZ . They were racing at Taupo this weekend . Colin had four good races finishing all of them . Richard I see from face book had engine problems with his Autosport , not heard from Duncan so no news is good I hope .
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Old 29 Jan 2017, 09:24 (Ref:3706800)   #17
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Indeed. Glad things are going well. It would be a shame if after traveling that far there were major problems. Also the other competitors sound like a good bunch.
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Old 3 Feb 2017, 10:39 (Ref:3708988)   #18
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Week 3 in NZ, now on South Island. 5.1 wobbles in Kaikoura yesterday and a white knuckle middle of the night drive to get there... 2 hours to do 80km and only saw 2 other cars. Lots of earthquake damage still apparent. I Saw a bad truck crash as well which was a bit of a downer, driver won't have walked away from that one. Installed at Ruapuna under the Christchurch airport approach, hopefully they stop flying through the night otherwise no chance of kip. Worse than Donny! Dismal qualifying, no clutch (slave cylinder leaking) and starter not engaging so Mrs M getting good workout. Some people would pay a gym lots of money for that! My stock of 4 seal kits only produced 1 seal (previously robbed) and that leaks too so off in search of new cylinder tomorrow (MG Midget?) or might try to hone existing one as original seal looked ok. Starter is more of a problem, probably the flywheel at fault. Like Taupo, track is very twisty and has the weirdest left hander at the end of the start straight, sort of wanders off indecisively but flat in top then quickly tightens into a 2nd gear jobby. Rest of it pretty straightforward. Need to shave 4secs for a respectable (FEFJ) time, should be do-able.
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Old 3 Feb 2017, 15:56 (Ref:3709063)   #19
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OK, time to give Colin his own thread away from all our inane ramblings.
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OK, time to give Colin his own thread away from all our inane ramblings.
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Hope you get the clutch hydraulics sorted, Colin. Starter maybe easier to live without- but don't stall during the race!

All this spannering you're doing will look good on your CV on return......
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Old 4 Feb 2017, 10:21 (Ref:3709324)   #21
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2 races today, some with clutch, some without. Started from pit lane in race two 2 as clutch sorted (?) at very last minute, a feature of my racing here. Helps with the red mist but frustrating as had clawed my way up to a heady 18th on the grid. Pit lane marshalls forgot I was there so started half a lap behind but still made 14th out of 22ish. Awards dinner this eve, interesting as still a day's racing to do tomorrow! They don't bother with 1, 2 and 3's, no-one's terribly interested in who won just who tried hardest. Lesson to be learnt there I think! Debate. Still no pics, sorry, have to wait till I return to Northern Hemisphere, uphill internet seems to defeat cheapie NZ phone, or at least my grasp of global technology.

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Old 6 Feb 2017, 07:45 (Ref:3710393)   #22
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Sunday's races, 30 degrees or so, both exciting for me but probably not for the pitcrew (Mrs M) who had to watch me out dragged to the flag 3 times in a row by a little BMC (manufacturer, not engine in this case although might apply to both. I will l check). Rear engine & discs I think so not sure what he's doing out with us but hey ho. Had to take to grass avoiding spinning Stanguellini (again) which allowed him to catch up. Clutch cured using original slave, having scoured Christchurch & found a new one on a bank holiday. FJ community at work again! At least got a spare now. Starter still 50/50, but only another 14 or so push starts for the crew. I'm not sure she'll ever be able to thank me enough!!
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Old 6 Feb 2017, 12:51 (Ref:3710473)   #23
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Brief clip of the FJ's in this video from Hampton Downs from the NZ Festival of Motor Racing weekend. Looks to be some better grids than when I was there for the equivalent event a few years ago, nice little circuit, very welcoming and good spectator access.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWauK9f9OaE
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Old 6 Feb 2017, 13:16 (Ref:3710486)   #24
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Nice vid - many thanks for posting
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Old 8 Feb 2017, 10:00 (Ref:3710921)   #25
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Woah . . . just seen this, I took all the gunge, glue and crap off the sump and welded it up!!! I'll double skin the sump for the new engine

Glad that part of its going ok Colin, sounds like an eventful trip so far!
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Old 8 Feb 2017, 20:26 (Ref:3711026)   #26
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Woah . . . just seen this, I took all the gunge, glue and crap off the sump and welded it up!!! I'll double skin the sump for the new engine

Glad that part of its going ok Colin, sounds like an eventful trip so far!
A bit of explanation required... Zef was going to build me a proper engine using some of the bits from the original US (as in "of America" but could be taken either way) spec one, but the Hanjing collapse overtook us and they brought the loading date for the container forward so he had to put it back together with what was available. Not much power and I'm not revving it past 6500 just to be safe hence unremarkable results, but at least we're here and still going!
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Old 9 Feb 2017, 07:36 (Ref:3711144)   #27
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It's working Colin, hopefully better than before. It's a bog standard Anglia bottom end!

New engine is well under way.
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Old 9 Feb 2017, 08:46 (Ref:3711158)   #28
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Maybe 6500 is over stretching it then!
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Old 9 Feb 2017, 09:23 (Ref:3711164)   #29
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few photos on page 38 - post 755 http://www.theroaringseason.com/show...tts-Collection
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Old 9 Feb 2017, 11:16 (Ref:3711187)   #30
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6500 is fine, 7000 should be if you're brave it does at least had HD rod bolts and half decent pistons in it. the crank stroke is so short it looks more like a cam
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