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bloody hell drew... your nuts, haha.
dont yank on it too hard, it might snap off :)

good carbon skills tho, you could probably work for a racing team, doing stuff like that.

have you had this wagon out on track yet ?
 

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If I need to do any handbrake turns I have the hydraulic :) though the first time I pulled on the carbon lever I did put on my heaviest leather welding glove, just in case..
Unfortunately I haven't had it on track since last year's shakedown at blyton.
 

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Cant really get a good picture of the handbrake but its fitted and works..





Untrimmed carbon parts for the oil cooler mount/duct



The weight of the aluminium...



versus carbon



The carbon parts are much stiffer.

Assembled and ready to be fitted back on the car




and fitted..







There's probably not much of a weight saving compared to how the oil coolers were mounted, even with the shorter hose runs, but the weight is lower down and the ducting should make the whole cooling package a little more efficient.
 

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Cracking build matey, might pick your brains at somepoint to help improve my race car and help reduce some weight out of mine within my regs.
 

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Crappy lock down and winter meen I havent been doing much except for some CAD drawings for parts I need making and cant do myself. More on those when I have physical parts!

What I have been doing the last few weeka is prepping the cam belt cover for carbonising, the standard design of clips and what not doesn't lend itself to replication so I'm using the standard back as the basis of a pattern and the front parts will be made from scratch. The standard set weighs a little over 700g, I should be able to half that...I think

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gelcoated

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First layer of glass on

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Mould finished

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Whilst I was waiting for the resin to cure I decided to lighten the damper reservoir brackets, no idea why..

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after

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6 grams total saving, for the pair. Now I think about it I probably have some aluminium screws laying around that could replace the steel ones and save another 6 grams.

Original, if slightly tatty and chopped about cover
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roughly trimmed rear, not a bad saving when you consider..
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That compared to the original it is 'full depth'...
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Retrieved my engine block over the weekend and continued trimming the back cover.



Here I set up a laser cross level that was parallel with the bottom of the block then used the vertical line to trim the front true, you can see the cut edge on the right of the image is green where the laser catches it on the way past.


As I left it, I'm now waiting for a delivery of pulleys and a water pump so I can finish trimming where the idlers fit and then start on the front parts of the cover.
 

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Amazing work as usual !

How much does it cost roughly to make your own carbon replacement parts?
 
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