Chassis

Interesting dual 7″ brake servo stuff

Some interesting developments for all Sportster owners and builders. Mike and GOO have been experimenting with a dual 7″ brake servo instead “stock” metro servo setup. If anyone is getting that horrible, arg I hope it stops feel when in traffic with modern over servo assisted tin tops then this is a winner.

For more info and group buy have a look here on mad about kit cars

dual 7 servo

Maintenance

MOT pass

Yesterday the Sportster passed it’s MOT. Testers were ready and waiting as they heard it coming!

Advisory on near side lower balls joint so I’ll be replacing that. He said there’s only a tiny amount of play but they’re relatively cheep parts which are easy to whip out with the airgun!

Brightwork

Number plate LED upgrade

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It was time for an upgrade after spending a year on and off cleaning contacts and still having the number plate lights blink sometime. Using the original housings the standard bulbs have been switched for LED blocks from CBS. These are the same as the type used for the interior lighting. Not tried them in the dark yet as it’s a really nice day today!

Site News

Friendly URLs

Server upgrade is done and after much cursing friendly URL’s appear to be working now! If you spot anything let me know via a comment or the contact above 🙂

Site News

Gallery Upgrade

The site is now running a new gallery plugged right into WordPress. All the major ASP files now redirect to shiny new PHP files. Still to come a server move from Windows to Linux which will bring mod_rewrite and friendly URL’s.

Site News

WordPress upgrade

As this site is 6 years old and the underlying tech hasn’t really changed in that time it seemed like a good idea to do some upgrades. Right now the site is half old tech half new so things might not quite hang together 100% until everything is sorted out.

Maintenance

MOT Pass

MOT Pass – bar a slightly dodgy light on the rear number plate everything is fine

Might get some LED’s for the number plate lights and solder them in. The plastic ones I have are of very poor quality

Maintenance

MOT Time is just around the corner

Got my MOT reminder this week, time to stick the Sportster up on the ramps and see how its doing this year

Have noticed a few rust spots that need sorting on the chassis underneath the doors – this is a bit of a water trap. Rest of the chassis usually needs a tiny bit of surface rust cleaning up and painting.

Only other problems in times past has been the handbrake cables – the attachment to the level broken on one side last year, and the previous side the year before. Both are now welded so hopefully that will be fine this year

Only other issue that needs looking at is a sticky idle control valve, that’ll hopefully just need a blast with carb cleaners

Features

Complete Kit Car September 2010

Complete Kit Car September 2010

Look out for us in Complete Kit Car this month!

The Latest Issue

The September issue of CKC is full of news, features, show previews and reviews plus our great technical section… BUILD DRIVE ENJOY

TIFF. Tiff Needell really is one of us!

DNA 5CUDA. Wilkins sees DNA’s latest Cougar-based Ferrari replica.

OUT AND ABOUT. Goodwood festival of Speed, London To Brighton and the Le Mans Classic.

READER’S CARS. The final part of our look at Patrick Short’s Beemer-based Marlin and Elliott Hopkins has built a unique Westfield.

SYLVA RIOT SPECIAL. One of the sweetest one-offs I’ve seen for a while, and built in Switzerland.

SHOW PREVIEW. Goodwood Revival. All you need to know about this action based event.

FIRST DRIVE. RTR tR1ke and Atomic. RTR’s amazing three-wheeler and crazy Atomic.

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