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PostPosted: Thu Nov 09, 2017 11:58 am 
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Hi Joe,

Good to see you making better progress with the kit than I did and I will be watching your journey.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 4:30 pm 
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I'm dying to hear about the "cheap" part of the thread label :roll:

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 5:43 pm 
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1071 S wrote:
I'm dying to hear about the "cheap" part of the thread label :roll:

Cheers, Ian



me too to be honest

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 8:44 pm 
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Little bit more progress this week. Following Matt's instruction booklet I did a fit up of the cam plate to make sure I knew what I had to do before drilling and tapping. So much thought has gone into the kit and Matt really couldn't make it much easier for his customers to ensure they can build themselves a good quality product. For example, matt supplies two alloy bungs which fit into the cam shaft ends to ensure when drilling dowel holes that the plate is perfectly centered over the cams. Just little details like that to ensure that every important step almost can't be stuffed up. The simplicity is admirable - especially when dealing with an all up rather complex build.

Anyways lets see some pictures because thats what everyone is here for!

You can see one of the dowel holes in focus here. I haven't installed any dowels just yet. Just a test fit.
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Took to the cover with my new Ryobi 18v grinder. Like a hot knife through butter and cutting through the magnesium based material made for a cool light show. *insert dads comment about PPE*
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A bit of a polish on the bench grinder and the cam plate looks a little bit more speccy. Might as well make everything look the part while I have the time. I'm glad I'm in no rush and can just enjoy it.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 6:30 am 
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drmini in aust wrote:
Centre strap is only really useful on race motors, the cap can break on overrun if you overrev the engine to a zillion RPM during downshifts.
As for cap flexing, on all except (maybe) S blocks it is grey cast iron. Doesn't flex, it cracks instead.
It would rather break than bend.
I put a strap on this stroker but have not used one since.


Second this. Not necessary. In fact the issue is resolved by removal of the lower half of the thrust washer, brazing up the end of the face on the cap so you only run half of a thrust washer. Alternatively machine down the lower half of the thrust washer 10thou so no side load can be put onto the cap from the crank. The sideways flex of the cap by forces put upon it from the crank are what makes it crack. Adding a strap over the cap has the disadvantage of using longer bolts. Longer bolts, more flex.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 17, 2017 3:49 pm 
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Back to the subject topic!

In this photo you can see my entire yearly earnings sprawled out on the floor of my garage.

As you can see I am currently making the most of having no dependents and or responsibilities and it is absolutely fantastic!

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 18, 2017 7:37 am 
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Neat! Love the Mamba's 8)

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 20, 2017 5:13 am 
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That’s not fair. Why does your garage get to look so clean and tidy...

Always cool to see another twinky project! I’ve got the engine, I’ve just got to get the head and kit, then I’ll be doing mine next year. Same idea basically, less the toilet paper. Just need to get my mini on the road first, then it’s not taking up space on the shelves and I can fill them with new parts...

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 24, 2017 10:41 pm 
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jpodge wrote:
Little bit more progress this week. Following Matt's instruction booklet I did a fit up of the cam plate to make sure I knew what I had to do before drilling and tapping. So much thought has gone into the kit and Matt really couldn't make it much easier for his customers to ensure they can build themselves a good quality product. For example, matt supplies two alloy bungs which fit into the cam shaft ends to ensure when drilling dowel holes that the plate is perfectly centered over the cams. Just little details like that to ensure that every important step almost can't be stuffed up. The simplicity is admirable - especially when dealing with an all up rather complex build.

Anyways lets see some pictures because thats what everyone is here for!

You can see one of the dowel holes in focus here. I haven't installed any dowels just yet. Just a test fit.
Image

Took to the cover with my new Ryobi 18v grinder. Like a hot knife through butter and cutting through the magnesium based material made for a cool light show. *insert dads comment about PPE*
Image

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A bit of a polish on the bench grinder and the cam plate looks a little bit more speccy. Might as well make everything look the part while I have the time. I'm glad I'm in no rush and can just enjoy it.
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A couple of little tips:
1. Put "Speedy Sleeves" over the cam wheel bosses (if Matt hasn't done it) so the cam seals don't cut into the alloy boss and cause a leak.
2. Make a gasket for between the head plate and head.
3. Put thread seal on the 17mm bolts that hold the cam wheels on. (oil will leak out)

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