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Re: Matilda

Postby Plin » Thu Oct 04, 2018 10:10 pm

:D That's some interesting phone art trickery! Hope Matilda enjoys her little pampering!
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Re: Matilda

Postby Big Al » Tue Oct 09, 2018 10:42 pm

Matilda came home today after a few upgrades down at ESM.

She now has front disc brakes, a new set of rear springs, new exhaust and a few new bits and bobs in the engine bay.

Here she is just down the road from her weekend spa treatment:

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The ride is 100% better and she stops on a sixpence. All this bodes well for a little trip I have planned at the weekend which will test her new lease of life to the limit.

More about that at the weekend... ;)
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Re: Matilda

Postby MM » Thu Oct 11, 2018 2:06 pm

What was wrong with the original springs, other than the back end seems to sit a bit low in your previous pics, compared to the front?
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Re: Matilda

Postby Big Al » Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:32 pm

MM wrote:What was wrong with the original springs, other than the back end seems to sit a bit low in your previous pics, compared to the front?

The rear suspension had no travel/give to it, every bump in the road caused a sudden jolt when the bump stop was hitting. I tried improving with upgraded dampers which helped a little but it was doing my head in!

The difference now is amazing. The same pot holes and road defects around here have no effect on the ride. It's like a new car for comfort.
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Re: Matilda

Postby Plin » Thu Oct 11, 2018 4:26 pm

:D glad to hear Matilda is happy with her makeover! Enjoy your weekend travels!
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Re: Matilda

Postby MM » Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:48 pm

Where did you get the new springs, and did you consider having your originals re-tempered?

Mine have sagged a fair bit, not surprising on a 1970 car, but I quite like the lower look, although the ride is admittedly a bit crashy at times.
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Re: Matilda

Postby Big Al » Fri Oct 12, 2018 4:16 pm

Here’s why I wanted to have better springs...

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It’s an Eriba Puck and I’m taking it out for its first weekend with Matilda.

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A nice change from a tent when next at Pateley Bridge.

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Now I know I can stop I only need to think about a slight upgrade in the engine front... :lol:
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Re: Matilda

Postby ruairidh » Fri Oct 12, 2018 7:38 pm

Looks good. :D
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Re: Matilda

Postby MickEssex » Fri Oct 12, 2018 7:44 pm

So from now on at Pateley you will have to be in the bottom left corner of the field with Camp Eriba. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Matilda

Postby Big Al » Sun Oct 14, 2018 4:07 pm

MickEssex wrote:So from now on at Pateley you will have to be in the bottom left corner of the field with Camp Eriba. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Wash your mouth out!

If Matilda manages to pull the Puck all that way it can stay where it wants... :lol:
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Re: Matilda

Postby Big Al » Sun Oct 14, 2018 4:57 pm

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My first nights away with Matilda and Puck has been a success.

The biggest test was to get Matilda to pull the Puck up a local hill (Polhill) that is 1.4 miles long from bottom to top, that's 0.4 longer than the run out of Pateley Bridge. Just need to work out the height difference. Needed 3rd gear for the last 2/3rds of the hill.

I do need to think about ways to improve some of the power, either with the current engine or finding a 1275. Sensible suggestions welcomed.
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Re: Matilda

Postby Custard » Sun Oct 14, 2018 6:12 pm

Are you on the standard gearbox?

Sometimes an extra gear can make the power you have more useable especially for towing if it creates closer gears rather than an overdrive top. And the engine is the standard one so no issues with DVLA/MOT etc.

More power is always nice and normally I would say it is better to go larger than tune a small engine and possibly make it less reliable, but there are plenty of mild tweaks for the A series that are well proven. Advantage of 1275 and 5 speed would be that you always have the standard engine to revert to if you wanted.

Just have to think what you want most, will you tow that much, do you want the additional power there all the time.

Try and drive or be driven in some that have the mods you are considering.

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Re: Matilda

Postby Big Al » Sun Oct 14, 2018 6:26 pm

Custard wrote:Are you on the standard gearbox?

Sometimes an extra gear can make the power you have more useable especially for towing if it creates closer gears rather than an overdrive top. And the engine is the standard one so no issues with DVLA/MOT etc.

More power is always nice and normally I would say it is better to go larger than tune a small engine and possibly make it less reliable, but there are plenty of mild tweaks for the A series that are well proven. Advantage of 1275 and 5 speed would be that you always have the standard engine to revert to if you wanted.

Just have to think what you want most, will you tow that much, do you want the additional power there all the time.

Try and drive or be driven in some that have the mods you are considering.

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Sean thanks for your help, it is a standard box. I have started to adapt to the need to stay in gear longer but I must also learn that I shouldn't be trying to go at 30mph in 3rd too long. I've just worked out Matilda pulled the Puck up 190ft in a space of a mile. The road out of Pateley is a 223ft climb in the same distance. I just don't want to blow something near the top, again... :oops:

What options are there for gearbox changes onto the standard 1098?
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Re: Matilda

Postby ruairidh » Sun Oct 14, 2018 6:54 pm

type 9 5spd is the only one or midget.
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Re: Matilda

Postby woodywoodchipper » Mon Oct 15, 2018 1:26 pm

diff change for 948, will climb anything but top speed will suffer,
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