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1400 rally car shenanigans

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I had the same, and ended up re-wiring the fuel pump by-passing the relay all together.
That was my first thought, however I bridged the relay at the rally and it still wouldn't start until 20 minutes or so had passed so unsure if that would make a difference.
If I can't find anything today I will just make a new fused circuit for the fuel pump

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Rad only comes on when hot, so doubt it's the coolant sensor. How would the sensor affect running anyway? Never understood how that fault could cause poor running, but I know it has before for other.

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Soooo been a while since I've updated... Car has had running issues for a while, had a couple of very annoying DNF's at past couple of rallies but due to being at uni I've struggled for time and money (as well as sober weekends) to fix it!

However, I'm now on my placement year (working for Jenvey Throttle Bodies!) so have more time and money, thus its time to start rebuilding the rally car, tidying up every issue and making the little b###ch run nicely again!

First job is to replace the front
X-member (big crack in it from landing a jump hose heavy!) , will be reinforcing the new one as well as the sump gaurd mounts there.

Also need new bonnet pins as these have worn and gone ####ty, plus going to replace all the fuel hosing as its starter to weep (obviously not good quality piping!)

Will add pictures as and when

Alex out xox

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This is about where I am with my K11s as your friend is with the Polos, amalgamating the best bits of 2 shells into 1.

Cool to be in at Jenvey. Maybe you can help me later in the year with a turbo plenum 😊

I've been trying to buy one from them for months. I keep leaving my number but I've yet to be contacted back. I've given up for the moment while I work on other things but I still want one with a special manifold mounted fuel rail...
 

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Glad to see the car Alex even if it’s in a bit of a state. Good luck at Jenvey. That sounds like an excellent opportunity!
 
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This is about where I am with my K11s as your friend is with the Polos, amalgamating the best bits of 2 shells into 1.

Cool to be in at Jenvey. Maybe you can help me later in the year with a turbo plenum

I've been trying to buy one from them for months. I keep leaving my number but I've yet to be contacted back. I've given up for the moment while I work on other things but I still want one with a special manifold mounted fuel rail...
Sorry to hear that!

It depends who you are contacting, most are pretty prompt! Give me a message on here or fb (Alex Stewart Mill) when you come back to it and I'll sort you out :)

@MaxK11C nothing good has happened recently with the car so not felt like posting.... Hopeffuly it sort the thing out now and get motivated with it all again!

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Managed to pull the front cross member off, got a lovely ebay x-member made of China metal so figured I'd tack on some metal scrap I had lying around.... Doubt it'll make much difference but why not.

Hard to weld such thin metal nicely, couldn't run a seam with my welder without starting to melt everything

Also shot blasted the old radiator support brackets up, and welded up a crack in one of them.
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Only issue with that is if it needs replacing again. The metal it's riveted to (in most places) is only thin sheet that supports body panels etc.

I'll rivet most of it, and spot weld where it mounts to the chassis legs.

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I can't get the cross member to line up with the engine brace (metal bay running lengthways under the engine which has two mounts on).

Any tips? I've tried using ratchets to line it up with no joy

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Jack under the engine to lift it abit and see if you can get it to line up then. It can be a nasty job to get it to line up well.
 
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Quick update, been a while.... Car raced at the last rally/race to be held at Rockingham and behaved beautifully with no issues! Can't remember class result, but did well considering I've barely driven over these past few years of uni!

Clutch started slipping badly on event so bit the bullet and got a proper helix paddle clutch to fit now along with a new (2nd hand standard) box to go as mine had a few crunches.

Dragged it out of the garage for the first time in 6 months, I've got a few weeks of uni and work now so should tidy the old girl back up and get it ready to go again!

Throwback to the last photo I took of it, at a rally / race car show :)
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Quick update, been a while.... Car raced at the last rally/race to be held at Rockingham and behaved beautifully with no issues! Can't remember class result, but did well considering I've barely driven over these past few years of uni!

Clutch started slipping badly on event so bit the bullet and got a proper helix paddle clutch to fit now along with a new (2nd hand standard) box to go as mine had a few crunches.

Dragged it out of the garage for the first time in 6 months, I've got a few weeks of uni and work now so should tidy the old girl back up and get it ready to go again!

Throwback to the last photo I took of it, at a rally / race car show :) View attachment 64834

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Can't believe this blog started in 2012 and you've had the car through 7 years of rallying! Still going strong! Good luck with it all.
 
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Sooo got the car back up and running!

New clutch from Helix / Questmead arrived and after a few mistakes by them, I finally got one delivered that was machined correctly and fitted... Pretty bad initially, butttt they've been quick to answer the phone and problems were solved relatively quickly.

Next up theres been some little changes inside (no photos oops) and I'll get booked into a trackday to test it all out!
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