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Old 11 Jan 2009, 15:17 (Ref:2369413)   #1
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Recent interest in and talk about Rochdale Olympics racing has prompted me to start this new tread, I have both a Rochdale Olympic lightweight and a Unipower GT both of which we have been trying to work on for several years now, I have ben very interested in the detailed problems accociated with fitting roll protection in the Rochdale, I can see similar problems being accociated with the Unipower.

I have had to effectively build a new chassis for my Unipower, using information from several sources including Earnest Unger, and a very helpfull chap from the USA, finaly the arceology of the several buckets of rust removed from my car which was the remains of the cars chassis. I have reproduced drawings and the space frame using new tubes and as much as possible from the original car. This realisticaly being only the dashboard top tube and part of the rear engine framework.

My car has no signs of any roll over protection, my question is did the works cars have roll bars etc, if not do any of the ones racing today have them, and finaly (although I have ideas of how to fit roll over protection) any advice from RAC / FIA scrutineers / championship co ordinators etc would be most welcome.
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Old 11 Jan 2009, 16:40 (Ref:2369441)   #2
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There was a guy who used to live round the corner from me in Horsham, Sussex during the 80's called Gerry Hulford or something very similar who was into Unipowers. He had the ex Le Mans car and I last saw him and the car at the 2006 Classic Le Mans. It was there as a static display. I'm sure he would be able to point you in the right direction regards mounting roll bars etc. and all other info. Unfortunately I don't have any contact info. but either other posters may, or if his name comes up on any Unipower related searches, try that route.

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Old 12 Jan 2009, 15:03 (Ref:2369968)   #3
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Claude Houle, from Trois Rivieres, Quebec, Canada and Jeff Lumbard from Lakeville Minnesota both race Unipowers, they may be able to help
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Old 14 Jan 2009, 09:25 (Ref:2371201)   #4
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Many thanks guys, we have done some extensive research on these cars, as a result I have chassis details which we used to re-manufacture my chassis, some invaluble pictures of an original chassis from all angles, which were taken just prior to the chassis being sent off for powder coating. Unfortunately apart from a small picture taken through the rear window I have no detail of roll protection.

I am about to go for a big push on the car with the intention of having a rolling chassis by the summer, followed shortly by bodywork.

Engine and gearbox spec is not yet decided and will depend on the class we race the car in, no point getting ahead of ourselves. One thing we think has been decided is to use the original size wheels and tyres, I.E. 10".
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Old 14 Jan 2009, 21:19 (Ref:2371618)   #5
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: The original blurb said that it had "built in roll over protection" :
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Old 16 Jan 2009, 08:52 (Ref:2372527)   #6
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??? Gordon, do you meen the original blurb from Unipower??
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Old 16 Jan 2009, 13:13 (Ref:2372674)   #7
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I remember the original blurb from Unipower in the "motoring mags" at the time did mention it, but I don't think it appeared in any of the handbooks/paperwork from Unipower themselves.
However I have just seen that Wikipedia mention it http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unipower
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Old 27 Feb 2009, 10:04 (Ref:2405255)   #9
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Work on the chassis is progressing at a pace now, one of the questions that has come up recently is regarding the rear gearbox mounting on this car. It looks like a top damper body mounting but we don't know from what car it was originaly sourced.

I have spoken to the designer Ernie Unger but as he rightly said it was all a long time ago and he cant remember that kind of detail. We can substitute a suitable item without much trouble but the pedantist in me feels that the right thing should be used.

I know its a big ask but has anyone out there any idea of where this part could be from?
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Old 27 Feb 2009, 15:00 (Ref:2405457)   #10
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A photo might help.
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Old 5 Apr 2009, 11:42 (Ref:2434020)   #11
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The picture below is the car as we bought it, unfortunately when we removed it from the trailer it fell into 3 pieces which is why we have had to re-manufacture the chassis, and why we have very little detail regarding parts.

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Old 5 Apr 2009, 12:07 (Ref:2434066)   #12
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Old 6 Apr 2009, 08:25 (Ref:2434851)   #13
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Gordon, a very polite response. You could have milked it for all its worth!
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On a more serious note, that's a hell of a project but they were super little cars. I seem to remember one (in yellow?) being pedalled pretty rapidly at Silverstone, years ago.
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