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    Re: Craig's XE track Nova

    Done.

    A good bit of progress today. Met Adam down the unit at around 1pm, ready to fully weld the cage for me. All went quite well, despite having to use my 150amp hobby welder and he got done just on time.

    (Secret photo)



    5 hours, and it was done.



    A lot better than i could have done myself. Very happy with it,







    Then got home to a nice heavy package. Which was a used, but great condition Helix paddle clutch, Cover and Paul Exon flywheel.

    Im in 2 minds wether to use the cover or not, as despite being a Helix item it is from the "12-4626" range, which they quote as standard, but its my own fault for not checking, as it was simply sold to me as a Helix cover, no Mention of heavy Duty (60-4626).

    Helix do say a standard cover can handle a 15% increase in torque, which i dont expect to gain any more than, so it's one to think about, but if truth be known i will most likely go to QED for a new one.

    (Thanks again Gordon, am genuinely pleased with the package)


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    Re: Craig's XE track Nova

    Looking good. Torque is the main issuse with a clutch so you should be with the pressure you've got. I only had a standard LUK clutch on mine and I gave it loads of abuse and it was fine.
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    Re: Craig's XE track Nova

    Ha ha sneaky stealth photo there mate! Shame the welder was so turd but tbh it did the job (just) there not really designed for continuous full power use so no wonder it kept dying on us, shame I couldn't of got the van and brought mine from work but hey ho

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    That cage is awesome!!

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    Re: Craig's XE track Nova

    great work, all the cage angles look factory.
    its not easy either, heres mine, the one on the left took ages to profile



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    Re: Craig's XE track Nova

    Cheers RC, i Took ages over the first few joints, but must admit i got a bit rough towards the end. Those joints are between me and Adam though.

    Did a bit on the car the other day. I gave the cage a quick coat of zinc primer to stop it rusting, & manged to pick up a new steering columb from the breakers last weekend, which was an adjustable non airbag style from a Cavalier.



    Someone gave me the idea that i could alter the rake, which i quite liked, so i threw away the Nova one and welded up some mounts for this one.





    With that in a position i was happy with i decided to give the cage another coat of zinc, which actually gave me a bit more motivation as its brightened up the interior a little.





    Next job is to make a raised plate in the drivers footwell to mount the pedal box, then fit the gearbox and sort out the shifter position.

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    Re: Craig's XE track Nova

    Good work.



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    Looks well nice Craig
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    Re: Craig's XE track Nova

    Thanks, It will be getting fully gusseted down the A and B pillars, But im not sure wether to buy the ready punched sheets or buy a selection of tools and do them myself

    They are bloody expensive!

    Was thinking i might be able to make some....... what are they? like 60 each? Ideally i would need 3 different sizes due to the odd line between the pillar and the cage.

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    Got a machining shop to cook up some for you, you can have little smilie faces and stuff cut into them lol
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    Re: Craig's XE track Nova

    Once again, well done. I searced for ages for those the other week!

    Tempted by the set of 10. but just ordered a pair of main hoop pre swaged plates, so will see how i get on with those first.

    Thanks again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Craig-S View Post
    Once again, well done. I searced for ages for those the other week!

    Tempted by the set of 10. but just ordered a pair of main hoop pre swaged plates, so will see how i get on with those first.

    Thanks again.
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    Re: Craig's XE track Nova

    Quote Originally Posted by Craig-S View Post
    Im in 2 minds wether to use the cover or not, as despite being a Helix item it is from the "12-4626" range, which they quote as standard, but its my own fault for not checking, as it was simply sold to me as a Helix cover, no Mention of heavy Duty (60-4626).

    Helix do say a standard cover can handle a 15% increase in torque, which i dont expect to gain any more than, so it's one to think about, but if truth be known i will most likely go to QED for a new one.
    Craig, I'm running a standard OE flat lightened flywheel just shy of 5kg, Helix 4 paddle clutch and standard GM (LUK) cover plate. Never had any issues on my TBed XE running 220bhp and just shy of 170ibft. This makes the clutch nice and light and traffic friendly, but still able to take a beating out on track.

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    Re: Craig's XE track Nova

    Should have used column from a MK4 astra craig, they go in/out too

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    Re: Craig's XE track Nova

    Quote Originally Posted by Harvey View Post
    Craig, I'm running a standard OE flat lightened flywheel just shy of 5kg, Helix 4 paddle clutch and standard GM (LUK) cover plate. Never had any issues on my TBed XE running 220bhp and just shy of 170ibft. This makes the clutch nice and light and traffic friendly, but still able to take a beating out on track.
    Thats good to know. Your Astra will be a bit heavier than my car too.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mieran View Post
    Should have used column from a MK4 astra craig, they go in/out too
    Another good idea, Dont really want to be doing it a 3rd time though.

    I looked at a few columb's, The Omega one was too bulkey and anything with an airbag originally fitted just looked messy in my opinion. Il have a look at a mk4 one next time i get the chance. It might even mount up to what i have done already. They dont cost a lot, and in my line of work are mega easy to find, so make's sense to explore the possibilitys before going any further.

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    Re: Craig's XE track Nova

    good idea with the adjustable colloum. I might do simular as my seats with be on the floor. Ive got a vectra outside ready to scrap i might havea look at that, although im planning epas so might not be feasable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rc View Post
    although im planning epas so might not be feasable.
    Fitted EPAS from a Corsa C in my Astra mk2 last year, best mod I've ever done as the manual quick rack was just a little too heavy. The column is the exact same length as the Astra/Cavalier so straight forward fit for me.


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    Re: Craig's XE track Nova

    Decided after a comment Lee made and a little research, to pick up the area behind the steering rack mount into the main roll cage this week.

    Only really been chipping away at it an hour at a time when i have been free, but got it finished and in primer tonight.

    I looked at a few ideas, one being the current Bmw Mini WRC car, but all i could see was running through the footwells to the front legs, which without a bend was going to be a problem with the pedal box.

    Decided in the end to come down from the dash bar, then back up to the suspension turrets like so. Please ignore the slight continuity errors throughout the photo's, i wasnt really taking any until towards the end.





    Managed to re-use the o/s blanking plate hole, so just required a little CAD to cover the big hole,



    Then did the same for the other side, nearly managed to re-use the brake servo hole over here, just needed to elongate it a little. Had trouble with the welder on this side so it's a bit messy (maybe the bloke on the end of it)



    And all in zinc primer.







    My OCD doesn't like the fact that the steering rack isn't quite in the middle, but function over form and all that, hopefully its not too noticable.





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    Re: Craig's XE track Nova

    Fairplay, was the unit a bit warmer today then?
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    Re: Craig's XE track Nova

    Shoulda gone a bit closer with the can of primer....

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    Re: Craig's XE track Nova

    Love the rack bracing. As you've remove the bolt over cover from the rear of the brake pedal, wanna sell me it?



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    Re: Craig's XE track Nova

    Quote Originally Posted by corsadonk View Post
    Fairplay, was the unit a bit warmer today then?
    Yeah it wasnt so cold, Plus i was in a slightly better mood today

    Quote Originally Posted by Corsamitch View Post
    Shoulda gone a bit closer with the can of primer....
    That Zinc182 is a nightmare. Its thin as fu*k, but still manages to clog up the nozzle. I got to the point where i didnt care so just blasted it everywhere.

    Quote Originally Posted by Benn View Post
    Love the rack bracing. As you've remove the bolt over cover from the rear of the brake pedal, wanna sell me it?
    Im not sure if i still have it, i have a feeling i may have cut it up to make a bracket out of, il have a look.

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