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Re: BE 646
« Reply #300 on: September 21, 2018, 08:46:07 »
The new engine / gearbox combination is much longer than the 289 with the toploader transmission.



but it is so slim



What should I do with all the space in the engine bay I got now?






Of course, new problems arise. The type 9 gearbox hits with its mounting point exact the cross strut. This must be modified. And the position of the gear lever is much too far rear. This must also be modified and I have to make a complete new transmission tunnel  >:(




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Re: BE 646
« Reply #301 on: September 24, 2018, 12:28:18 »
.....and if you start producing a small batch of gearbox tunnels, please remeber to do one for me an my AC engined Ace  ;D 8)

And be happy about your tube in tube solution! 2.6 Aceca's should have a thicker tube wall I think. So well done  ;)

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Re: BE 646
« Reply #302 on: September 25, 2018, 15:21:14 »
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What should I do with all the space in the engine bay I got now?

Install 100D 762 and a BWCR 12 ?

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Re: BE 646
« Reply #303 on: February 11, 2019, 14:36:51 »
I am still alive and sometimes I am working on this project. The new gearbox doesn't need so much space as the Ford Toploader so it's time to close the bulge in the footbox:


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Finally, I got the right rubbers for the front side windows:

The top rear end of the doors hides some wood:

this is the look without the aluminium skin:




I removed the wood and made a new piece out of aluminium:




The result can be covered by the aluminium skin:






Since the new gear box is smaller the foot panels need different sizes. So, making new food panels:

This time I used the right aluminium: AW1050. Normally, I use AW5754 which you can buy at every corner. The problem is that only AW1050 can be formed with hand and hammer. The difference between the old solution:

and the new one is clear.


Fired by this success I decided to make the side panels of the boot again. The last time they were made of 1.0 mm AW5754, this time 1.2 mm AW1050.





The fitting in the curves is much better.
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Re: BE 646
« Reply #304 on: February 18, 2019, 13:18:37 »
The old and the new rear inner wings:

and mounted


and the other side



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Re: BE 646
« Reply #305 on: March 08, 2019, 07:56:40 »
The old inner fender for the front wheels:




and the new ones

The old mesh will be replaced by a panel

Mounted in the front wheel arch





The old spare wheel cover




was hold together only by the carpet

The new cover is made of aluminium and it's not heavier










Maybe you noticed the hinges are the old ones. So, not everything is new  :)

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Re: BE 646
« Reply #306 on: March 25, 2019, 18:48:31 »
Ford Zephyr conrods (NOS) before

and after

shot-peening. I can't see the big difference but I hope it made the conrods a little bit stronger. Maybe it is like homoeeopathy:  you have to believe ...
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Re: BE 646
« Reply #307 on: August 27, 2019, 13:01:52 »
I have two valve trains and I try to find the best looking parts to make one which is ok:



After I received the engine back from the work shop I painted it black:



Time to install the missing parts. The mechanical fuel pump will be replaced by an electric version, the adapter allows to use modern oil filters.


Overhauled waterpump with new connection pipe and time chain cover:


Normally, the oil pump is screwed by two bolts to the engine block.

Something to feed my paranoia: the lock wire should prevent the bolts from releasing.



The poor condition of the valve train is normal for the Zephyr engines due to a bad oil supply.


A new construction using fittings from Earl should improve the oil supply.







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Re: BE 646
« Reply #308 on: September 13, 2019, 18:40:10 »
Together with the Zephyr MK iii engine I got a set of SU HD6 with electic choke.

I sent them to Burlen for a complete overhauling. Not cheap but the result is quite impressive:




Mounted on the old engine to check space in the car:



Oh, the first carburettor looks out. I have to check this with the bonnet  on the car.

Not much space but should be ok. And enough space for the accelerator pedal.



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Re: BE 646
« Reply #309 on: September 17, 2019, 12:38:06 »
I decided to use a relative modern transmission: a Ford type 9 from a Sierra. It's a 5 speed transmission, strong enough for the Ford Zephyr engine and the best: Quaife has a lot of parts to make it bullet prove just in case that it might not strong enough.
This transmission has the big advantage that the bolt pattern is nearly identical to the orginal transmission used in the Zephyr. Instead of 5 bolts only 4 are used and the yoke of the transmission case where it meets the bell housing is a little bit bigger. No problem if you have access to a modern CNC milling machine.
One speciality of the Type 9 transmission is that the selector shaft looks out of the transmission case  at the front. Thus the Sierra bell housing has a closely notch to take the selector shaft. It's not a problem to make a little piece of metall to use it as this notch but it is a problem to weld this to the bell housing since it is cast iron. Since there are no big forces working on this part it can be glued.
Here is the result:









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Re: BE 646
« Reply #310 on: September 24, 2019, 20:51:44 »
Keep going! It's always a pleasure to see these updates.

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Re: BE 646
« Reply #311 on: September 29, 2019, 13:56:31 »
Martin, the distributor doctor (http://www.distributordoctor.com/) overhauled my Lucas distributor


and converted it to electronic ignition from Pertronix:

Together with a lot of small parts the ignition system is nearly finished.