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Old 29 Sep 2019, 19:07 (Ref:3930928)   #2326
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MGDavid has a real shot at the championship!MGDavid has a real shot at the championship!MGDavid has a real shot at the championship!MGDavid has a real shot at the championship!MGDavid has a real shot at the championship!
Glad it all went as well as expected, or better. If any consolation Spa 6 hours was also very wet but the car I was looking after survived in one piece with a very creditable result for a father and son driver team (also self-preppers and run by amateurs.)
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Glad to hear that you finished a successful season. That's good considering what the two of you have been through.
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Old 30 Sep 2019, 09:50 (Ref:3931040)   #2328
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911thillclimber should be qualifying in the top 5 on the grid911thillclimber should be qualifying in the top 5 on the grid
Thanks for the kind wishes.
Cancer comes along and the bullet hit you or misses or simply wounds, but you have to carry on.
Mrs Hillclimber is a tough girl!
If she can miss the chemo then the treatment is simple and she's been there before..

The car looks a a real mess, so tomorrow is clean down (3 hours) and oil drain.
I fear that the oil will be metal contaminated with a main bearing shell and if so a full strip and rebuild will be one of the winter projects that I will start in late October while the days are warm.
It will be the chance to consider a simple refresh or to go far deeper and change this road engine to an 8K screamer, but that could be 500 v 4500....
Wonder if I have enough Brownie Points?

Such a big move would vastly improve the car to around 290 bhp but also to be able to stretch the car in second between various corners on the hills I do and avoid a gear change.
Good bit is these air cooled engines are in high demand, esp those in rude health and so are the magnesium cased gearboxes, so we can get the $$$$ back later.

Of course, all this talk says I'm keeping the car much as it is.
I'll be 70 in 3 years time, so that may be the sensible watershed to turn my helmet into a Hanging Basket.

During this Cancer time we have had a lot of warm wishes from those in the hill climb and racing friends we have met over the 30 years or so, we would be wrong to walk away.
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Old 4 Oct 2019, 21:47 (Ref:3931992)   #2329
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Good news today on the engine front.
Dropped the oil out after warming up the car and there is no showing of any metallic contamination of the copper type or steel, and after opening the filter the paper element is clean of anything.

Thus the engine will stay as it is for 2020.
I had planned to rebuild the engine if there was evidence of bearing metal and build the engine to run 8,000 rpm, which would be quite a task and not cheap, about 6K, but it is hard to justify this cost to gain very little.

The car will stay as it is but will have the tyres cut to 'intermediate' cut by Empire Racing Cars so I stand a good chance in the wet and little compromise in the dry either.
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