I shall be watching this closely and have stolen the info on page 1 regarding helping the wee engine get along better! Loving the Gold btw, really stuck on what colour to do mine... I think we have the same wheels lol
What colour is yours? Have you got a reader's rides thread for it?
Just finished reading this from start to finish. Nice work mate! The HB is such a beautiful shape and it looks lush with those wheels and those seats. I am going to be borrowing your design of the adjustable top trailing arms when I fit a new axle to my HC, that is such a sweet idea. Thanks.
Yep if the number on the chassis matches the V5 there's nothing illegal about it. The Scimitar has a separate body and chassis so you can fit whatever body you like to the chassis without getting into any trouble with the DVLA as long as the chassis hasn't been cut or modified. It's the chassis that the registration belongs to not the body so a later body can be fitted to an older chassis quite legally. Looks like a nice car. If I had the space I'd think about buying it.
Cheers I am getting better, I should be able to start work again next week hopefully and start welding the viva soon. Patterns of your carpet would be great, I found a couple but they are both around the £150 mark so I have thought about doing my own. How are you going to do the type 9? Will you use your current gearbox bellhousing and an adaptor plate to bolt it to the type 9? Are you planning to go for a hydraulic release bearing?
I think the Daimler engine is going to fit better than the Jag engine as from what I can find out it seems smaller all round but I'm not totally sure which of the two I will use until I get them both in the garage and see what goes better. Since I can get a Jag engine and gearbox for next to nothing I'm going to buy one anyway and if it doesn't go in the Viva it will go in something else I am planning. It's hard to see which will fit best until I can drop them into the engine bay on the crane so don't worry it may still happen :-). My gut feeling is that the jag engine will be much more tricky though as I think it will be bigger and especially a lot wider across the heads since it is quad cam so exhaust headers could be awkward, but I will see which fits best and go from there. Either way it doesn't really make much of a difference to what needs to be done to the car in the short term, all the rest of the work has to be done anyway. If I fit a jag engine I will need to use a Scimitar rear axle, weld brackets onto it and make up the top arms, if I use the Daimler I can use a Magnum rear axle and the shorter top arms so that is easier and all the geometry is proven. There are quite a few reasons why the Daimler is going to be the easier choice, another is that I can just use its standard carbs, whereas with the Jag engine I need to fit bike carbs or fuel injection.
I've just read this whole thread. I can't believe I hadn't gone through it before. I'm taking my hat off to you mate. You don't give up do you? Your Firenza is looking really good and you're not far away from finishing now. Chin up and I hope work is coming your way soon.
Nothing to report yet apart from I built a car port for it and it's back at my house now so welding should commence soon. I had some bad luck recently following a knee operation I had and ended up in hospital for a bit but I got home two days ago so I can get on with it once I'm able to do a bit more physically in a couple of weeks. Luckily I'm on the mend and have no permanent health problems so we should see some progress soon and I will post pictures. I have a pretty complete plan of what I will do now (the benefit of some time lying around thinking) and it goes like this:
Weld up the floor and sort out the odd bubbles of surface rust here and there. Replace all the rubber seals around the glass. Swap out the rear axle and swingarms for a Magnum 1800/2300 unit. Fit bigger front discs. Fit a Daimler 250 V8 and Ford Type 9 gearbox along with associated hydraulic clutch and (probably remote) hydraulic clutch master cylinder and custom propshaft. Weigh each corner and fit coilovers. Fit replacement carpet.
That lot should keep me out of trouble for a while ;-)
mactat2 That looks very smart with the new wheels. Good-looking car mate :-)
I think mine will always be a work in progress :-) there is a fair bit more rust that will need doing but won't fail the MOT yet.
I read a post here which describes the 907 as "a dog quite honestly" but also says that a 107 cam would make it a nice engine. I have also read it is easier to fit than a 912 which is a nicer engine, but either one is going to cost well north of £1k so if I can get the Jag v6 to fit I would rather do that. It would be a bit heavier than the lotus engines but they are really cheap and reliable and sound lovely. Not a decision I need to make in a hurry anyway :-)
grizz Cheers for this. Looks like it was a hell of a squeeze to get the v8 in there. Interesting discussion of the modify vs restore to original condition debate too.
mactat2 Thanks, the one in your avatar pic is sweet looking too :-) I had the wheels off today to check the brakes out and got this photo. They are 13x7J ET-7
Also got a photo of the bit of rust that failed the MOT because it was near the seatbelt anchor. I need to cut this out and make a patch to weld in. I will post pictures :-)
And a nice shot of it because I want one for my desktop
More pics to come over the rest of this week as I will be working on it tomorrow as well. I have fixed the brake light today, loose connection, and brought the wiper blades home so I can get replacements. I spent a few minutes underneath it having a good look around for rust and measuring the engine bay and gearbox tunnel to see what options there are. Either a Jag 3l V6 and Getrag 221 5 speed box or if that won't fit Lotus 907 and W58 5 speed box are my favoured engine/gearbox options. If I can get the Jag engine and box in there I will swap the rear axle for a Volvo disc braked one, if I go for the Lotus engine and box I will use Magnum rear end with bigger drums than I have now. Either option will mean uprating the front discs too. Or I might just leave the 1256cc lump in there and enjoy 38mpg round town :-) I will have plenty of time to decide as once it has an MOT I will drive it about for a while before I replace the sills, after that I will make an engine choice.