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PostPosted: January 30, 2020, 1:53 pm 
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ccrunner,
Thanks. I’m a lurker here mostly because I haven’t gotten to the point of getting serious about a Locost. But I do fit in the category of this part (non-traditional builds) of the site (sorta) and have a very active thread over on the MGExp site. If you have some time to kill and want to look at someone else’s build, you can see mine here: https://www.mgexp.com/forum/mga-forum.2 ... n.3898051/ . This thread is the restoring a ‘57 MGA and replacing the motor with a ‘99 Miata and transmission. I’m just starting the motor rebuild. Before that I did a ‘77 Spitfire, there is a journal format of that build here: https://www.mgexp.com/journal/Eric-O.36 ... son.18667/ . If you want to read that you have to step through it in time.

All the stuff I see here (especially in your builds) are very relevant.

Thanks for getting all your pictures back up, we sure appreciate it.

Now back to our regularly scheduled program...:D

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ccrunner,
Thanks. I’m a lurker here mostly because I haven’t gotten to the point of getting serious about a Locost. But I do fit in the category of this part (non-traditional builds) of the site (sorta) and have a very active thread over on the MGExp site. If you have some time to kill and want to look at someone else’s build, you can see mine here: https://www.mgexp.com/forum/mga-forum.2 ... n.3898051/ . This thread is the restoring a ‘57 MGA and replacing the motor with a ‘99 Miata and transmission. I’m just starting the motor rebuild. Before that I did a ‘77 Spitfire, there is a journal format of that build here: https://www.mgexp.com/journal/Eric-O.36 ... son.18667/ . If you want to read that you have to step through it in time.

All the stuff I see here (especially in your builds) are very relevant.

Thanks for getting all your pictures back up, we sure appreciate it.

Now back to our regularly scheduled program...:D

Regards,
Eric


You, sir, are not afraid of a little work :shock: ...Or a LBC for that matter :lol:

Wow... so very much work (and excellent documentation) of your projects... It will take some time, but I look forward to going through them to see what you've done...

I have a friend in Bakersfield that stuffed a Miata 1.6 into his early Sunbeam Alpine and he'll never look back.. it fits well, it's hammer reliable, decent power, and decent mpg... A bit of an oxymoron, but he's enjoying his RELIABLE LBC :wink:

I've always thought I'd own a Spit at some point- love the shape.. Love quite a bit of what the Brits were doing back in the day.. I've pirated an Austin Healey 100-4 lay-down windscreen (posts/hardware) to be used on Berkeley #2.. I'm also thinking about using a Jaguar E-type grille bar on that car...

It's a shame you have to store the toys in the off season (we're very spoiled here in CA), but cool your kid has some extra space 8)

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PostPosted: January 30, 2020, 3:19 pm 
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ccrunner wrote:
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You, sir, are not afraid of a little work :shock: ...Or a LBC for that matter :lol:

Wow... so very much work (and excellent documentation) of your projects... It will take some time, but I look forward to going through them to see what you've done...

I have a friend in Bakersfield that stuffed a Miata 1.6 into his early Sunbeam Alpine and he'll never look back.. it fits well, it's hammer reliable, decent power, and decent mpg... A bit of an oxymoron, but he's enjoying his RELIABLE LBC :wink:

I've always thought I'd own a Spit at some point- love the shape.. Love quite a bit of what the Brits were doing back in the day.. I've pirated an Austin Healey 100-4 lay-down windscreen (posts/hardware) to be used on Berkeley #2.. I'm also thinking about using a Jaguar E-type grille bar on that car...

It's a shame you have to store the toys in the off season (we're very spoiled here in CA), but cool your kid has some extra space 8)


Thanks! I definitely can say the same about you (...not afraid...) :D .

I know exactly who you are talking about ‘Toyanvil’ is his online name. I have followed his build on Miata.net, very cool. I have used some of his ideas, specifically the transmission tail stock mount. He was working about the same time on his build as another guy I’ve been copying (John Larsen) in Washington state who did a Miata into an MGA Coupe before me. I’m hoping for reliability too, but this car was basically in pieces waiting to be parted out when I got it, so I’m saving it too.

The Spitfire is a lot of fun, I had one over 25 years ago and it was one of my dream cars in high school among others ;). I think the ‘77 came out nice, basically had to replace the bottom 6” of the car, and all new/overhauled mechanicals.

Yes, we lived in SoCal up til ‘89, but no room or time for toys like this back then. I treat winter as building season, but would like to be able to use them year round like you guys do. I’m having fun with LBCs, always liked the Lotus 7 and the Jag E-type and maybe someday I’ll get to building one (a Locost only I’m sure). There is a ‘59 MGA waiting patiently (all stock, numbers matching exercise) that comes next, according to today’s plan.
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I think I found the ideal setup for this: an 80s Honda v65 magna 1100. Shaft drive, reverse rotation audi diff, comes with a hydraulic clutch, six speed. No need to turn it sideways so that opens up suspension and driveshaft alignment options. This guy put one in a midget by flipping the diff.

https://www.mgexp.com/journal/MG-Midget ... gine.4924/

Speaking of vintage car action... thank you Miatav8 for sending me down a 2-day rabbit hole on this v65 option :lol: ...

This guy did a great job stuffing a bike engine into his MG with relatively few issues.. as he stated, it almost fits like it was made for it.. I like the v65 engine/platform, but for me to swap to it I wouldn't gain much performance, and that left-side shaft exit would mean I'd have to go right hand drive.. not a deal killer, but a consideration.. still, a cool, plentiful little mill that might package well for many microcars(?).. A tape measure would tell for sure, but the unusual 'long' front-back nature of the motor could be just what someone would need for their project..

Thanks for the link.. cool to see what people are doing with this old bike/motor (love that there was a supercharger setup :shock: )..

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Although I understand that you are working on suspension now, I went back and was looking at the frame around the belly of the beast. I wonder if moving the upper rail outward toward the rim of the belly pan and installing some bracing might increase the rigidity a bit.

Fair warning, I am not a chassis engineer and didn't even stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night...


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Although I understand that you are working on suspension now, I went back and was looking at the frame around the belly of the beast. I wonder if moving the upper rail outward toward the rim of the belly pan and installing some bracing might increase the rigidity a bit.

Fair warning, I am not a chassis engineer and didn't even stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night...

We think a lot alike, you and me :wink:

It's hard to see in what I've posted so far, but the upper ring/rim of the frame is in fact offset to the outside, just as you suggest, in preparation for the triangulation/gusseting that will soon happen..

In short, your photoshop shows exactly where this is going :cheers:

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Just dipping in for a minor update on the build..

Work on both the Volvo and the Berk has come to a halt as of late as I've got some other tasks that need tackled first... While things are sitting idle, it's a good time to buy and ship stuff that I'll need once this gets going again..

In this case, I just got the shortened axles back from Dutchman Axles.. they look great- should fit fine (pic).. The driveshaft is currently at "Driveshaft Pro" in Garden Grove, CA.. I'm waiting to hear back, but they'll either lengthen mine +11 inches, or will build a new one to match my specs.. this will prove to be one of the more expensive bits on this project, but to have that thing spinning at 6K right next to me, I need it built right the first time.. Also, I'm collecting various rod ends and bearings as I will be fabbing up the suspension bell cranks once I resume building..

One of the non-car tasks is to prep and sell our old F250 this spring.. she's a pig, and doesn't serve us a commuter vehicle.. Also, we sold the trailer that used to allow us to come camp at the beach... Now that we live on the coast, with no trailer, we have no need for a big diesel truck... So a few minor mechanical fixes (she needed a new glow plug #5 in the pic), and some polish and wax (pic is the headlight pre-buffing), and I'll see what she'll fetch in a few weeks..

Another priority (that I did not know was a priority) is now that we live in a mild climate (our last location was very, very hot 1/2 of the year), we obviously need a hot tub.. As a husband of nearly 29 years, I'm always a little surprised when I don't know what I want, but I've been told I want/need a hot tub.. The last time this happened, I was informed that I wanted a built-in pool.. the result was years of debt, and me fulfilling 'pool boy' duties at my house.. It's gotten to the point where instead of me suggesting, say, where we go for dinner, I just wait to be told what I want.

So we found a nice local lady who happens to be moving to Arizona, where the hot in hot tub is a punch-line redundancy, and for not very much money, we unburdened her of her 7' x 8' boat anchor, which is now in my back yard..

My wife is thrilled, the Arizona-bound lady is thrilled, and I am again a 'pool boy' of sorts..

Maybe one day soon my wife will want for me to want to get back to my car builds :lol:


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Well, looks like the Berkley made it to the big time..... once


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Well, looks like the Berkley made it to the big time..... once

Thanks for linking that-- so cool!!! :cheers:

What a 'get' that must have been for Berkeley back in the day... for a small British manufacturer to get such exposure for their product on a popular American TV show... it's perfect for that tiny stage/set too :)

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Some parts have come in... The axles are ready for reassembly, and the now lengthened driveshaft is ready to be fitted.. (the modded driveshaft now weighs 15.2 lbs..)


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Installed the axles and driveshaft.. I was a bit worried that I had measured wrong, but all is good and these bits fit just fine..

A few of the pics show the rear end at full bump to make sure all of the angles work at the ends of their travel... The car will end up with 3 inches of travel total: 2" bump and 1" droop.. All angles/extremes seem to work fine... there's probably one more inch of total travel in there if I want it, but I don't want to be too greedy- I think 3" on this tiny car will be enough..

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These pics are just to show the clearances at the differential/axle drive flange for the electric reverse (sbc starter).. I'm still not sure if this is going to work, but it technically fits, if by ever so small a margin..

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Does your driveshaft just use a misalignment bushing?

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Does your driveshaft just use a misalignment bushing?

I'm not sure what you're asking(?)... at the rear end/diff pinion, I've got a 'CV' joint, and at the motor side there's a Guibo.. This driveshaft was sourced from a 2007-2009 Saturn Sky/ Pontiac Solstice, and was flipped 180 degrees for my use.. ..This one has also been stretched by +11," but it still retains it's GM OEM ends.. Guibo end is as dead-on straight as I could get it, and I can't recall for sure, but I think the CV end sees 5 degrees.. CV end affords me both slip and offset for my use..

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Bellcrank Pivots..

With almost every system in this tiny car, I struggle with building it strong enough, but not overbuilding it.. In this case, I'm fabbing bellcrank pivots.. From all I've read, depending on how they're mounted, they could see both radial and side loads, which makes things a bit tricky on which (affordable) bearings are best suited for the job...

I've chosen some relatively small tapered bearings for this task... Not very expensive, not very large, and not very heavy.. They should be up to the task of supporting this sub-900 lbs car.. Ideally the tapered design will allow for whatever minimal side loads that I might be forced to design in as this develops..

**I'll source up the part numbers later

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I ordered a plastic bucket seat that is as small as I thought I could get away with.. 14" for your butt, 17" wide total, and 23" tall from floor vertically.. I'm 6'2, 195, and I fit in it ok.. The seat is really designed with offroad buggies in mind, but with appropriate padding and cover, I think it will work well for this car..

Primary concern is the driver's side, and I can actually get it to fit down in the available space as-is, but when the time comes, I'm going to slightly mod my frame to allow it to move to the left by about 2"... the reality is I'm opening the space up in the event that the eventual buyer wants/needs a wider seat there will be built-in room available to just bolt it in with no body/frame mods..

The following are too many pics of a silly seat.. mostly just to show me what room I do (or do not) have to move/mod/shoehorn things in...

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