Sleepers Zetec Sleeper

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Re: Sleepers Zetec Sleeper

Postby Sleeper » Mon Jun 03, 2019 4:52 pm

Thanks to Shaun ( Custard ) for confirming my thoughts , picked up a rear anti-roll bar today ( from a modern mini ) and started to put into practice what has been on my mind for a while...
The ends set to 90 degrees,shortened to approx 40" and am in the process of knocking up fittings to attach it to my radius arms..

Just checking the shed for bits of box section and tube...

photos to follow...

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Re: Sleepers Zetec Sleeper

Postby Sleeper » Fri Jun 07, 2019 8:36 am

Anti-roll bar completed , fitted and a short test 1.5 miles and all is well . seems a lot better but need more time/miles to evaluate fully...

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Re: Sleepers Zetec Sleeper

Postby jonathon H » Sat Jun 08, 2019 2:55 pm

what is the bar between the tramp bars. Think you will be upgrading the rear dampers soon if you drive enthusiastically :)
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Re: Sleepers Zetec Sleeper

Postby Sleeper » Sat Jun 08, 2019 5:27 pm

" picked up a rear anti-roll bar today ( from a modern mini ) and started to put into practice what has been on my mind for a while...
The ends set to 90 degrees,shortened to approx 40" and am in the process of knocking up fittings to attach it to my radius arms.."

Jonathon

Rear anti-roll bar......have cut down my bump stops to give a bit more clearance and am in the process of "knocking up" some longer shackles .

John ;)

From another forum

"Bmcecosse

The answer is to get suspension movement - so don't lower, and do cut the bump stops. Actually - AEON rear stops would be much better but I don't know if anyone makes them for a Minor - Mini ones would be too small. Colin Chapman's theory always was - long travel soft suspension with excellent damping."
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Re: Sleepers Zetec Sleeper

Postby Sleeper » Tue Jul 02, 2019 3:27 pm

Wired-up this flip-top ashtray ages ago but just had to alter it to provide a led to show power on so thought I'd take some photos...

The Ashtray...
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Ideal for the laptop tuning the Megasquirt , the white lead is the serial port to the pc.

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Re: Sleepers Zetec Sleeper

Postby Sleeper » Mon Jul 08, 2019 2:02 pm

Still tinkering , was a tad high at the rear , nothing a 3/8 drill wouldn't fix..

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Re: Sleepers Zetec Sleeper

Postby Sleeper » Thu Jul 11, 2019 12:06 pm

...more time on my hands , this time thinking about the fuel gauge , sometimes it sticks , sometimes it doesn't work but what bugged me most of all was it's inaccuracy...
Having enlarged my fuel tank ( 6.5 galls to 8.5 galls ) , and working on my fuel mixture ( last tank gave 37mpg ) , and the recent posting about fuel gauges got me thinking....trawling Fleabay came up trumps , well almost , and after a few hours tinkering came up with a prototype...

Yootoobe video...

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P.S. Sorry , yootoob edited link..
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Re: Sleepers Zetec Sleeper

Postby Sleeper » Sun Jul 28, 2019 3:47 pm

Thought I'd post it here also , wifey whinging again...vanity mirror..
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Re: Sleepers Zetec Sleeper

Postby Sleeper » Thu Aug 01, 2019 10:46 am

As I had a little time on my hands , decided to create a spare tank from the original...
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Note the CO2 fire extinguisher , not in case of fire but to purge any fumes from the tank

fittings gleaned from the scrapper,
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filter in much better condition than the modded donor
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finished spare small capacity tank
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Re: Sleepers Zetec Sleeper

Postby Sleeper » Sun Oct 27, 2019 11:59 am

Speedometer calibration...
at last success , just returned from Huddersfield auto-jumble ( cold as a witches tit in there...) , with no diversions or two hour waits on the M62 , and can report back , AA route-planner predicts 70.5 miles , odometer registers 69.9 miles , so works out at approx 0.85 percent under-reading , and that's good enough for me...
Speedometer checked against satnav is within 2mph , ditto above.

John ;-)

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Re: Sleepers Zetec Sleeper

Postby Sleeper » Wed Nov 13, 2019 10:22 am

Well,winters approaching , and with the extra load on the alternator the belt has started making itself known , and as I had no automatic tensioner the only option was to tighten it a bit more with the "top-slider"

"I like your Idler pulley solution - I was thinking along those lines but yours is much simpler - very good!
Why have you changed the alternator - and why not use the std belt tensioner? - Can you post a picky of your tensioner?
Cheers
Martin"

So plans are afoot to add a spring to tension the belt , pictures to be posted as and when completed...

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Re: Sleepers Zetec Sleeper

Postby Sleeper » Thu Nov 14, 2019 12:49 pm

Job done...

The top fixing arm has been changed to a guide and the bottom fixing is now the pivot ,

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a "top-hat" boss has been JBWelded to the block and acts as a guide for a cut-down valve spring ,

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not yet run but the only change I may make in the near future is to shorten the spring to bring the top run of the belt a little higher...

Any problems and I'll let you know.

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Re: Sleepers Zetec Sleeper

Postby Panky » Thu Nov 14, 2019 1:35 pm

That's a little bit of genious 8)
I don't comment much but follow your progress with great interest
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Re: Sleepers Zetec Sleeper

Postby Sleeper » Thu Nov 14, 2019 3:16 pm

Thank you

My next door neighbour , a Mr W Heath Robinson helps at times , other times I awake in the early hours and find problems/solutions whizzing around in my head...

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