But I have some serious issues with the lowering. My insurance company, unlike the man from Del Monte, they say NO.
They wont accept the mod. So now I need to find out the implications of cancelling the policy, and get a new, more expensive policy found. None of which swmbo is going to like, or accept in any way. So its pretty much game over for me on the lowering front.
head for adrian flux mate they will insure you for any modification reasonable cheap aswell i was suprised when i had to get my v6 astra insured, i was quoted near 2k for it, so i rang flux and got insured for £600 all mods declaired TPFT, plus if anything gets nicked i.e my engine they will replace it, worth a call to them,
plus you need a low profile on those tyres and dropping right down
so I rang flux and got insured for £600 all mods declaired TPFT, plus if anything gets nicked I.e my engine they will replace it, worth a call to them,
I rang adrian flux too, they quoted me £225 fully comp on the Sierra with everything declared inc welded diff and I stated that to bulid another car to the same spec would cost £2000 which they were fine with!
HOWEVER I've heard some horror stories about flux not paying out like for like when thing get nicked, they are mega cheap and seem to offer a really comprehensive cover.
I'm a stuck I pay £290 for TPFT at the mo and the flux quote is really, really tempting but have been put off by a fair bit of bad press.
I'm probably beign stupid as all insurance companies are out to screw you at the end of the day But yeah shop around!
I have finally got round to sorting out some centres for the slots.
I decided I would vacuum form some plastic caps, as I wanted the centers to be black to match the wheels anyway and the High Impact Polystrene sheet we use for forming comes in a nice gloss one side matt the other finish, just right for the wheels.
So first step was to make a former. I layered up some discs laser cut from 4mm MDF, this was much quicker than turning down a block.
This had a slight draught angle sanded on in a lathe and the top corner radiused.
So then it was on with the forming,
Repeat x4 and trim neatly,
The lower disc on the former was sized so that the outside of the plastic forming was a nice tight fit on the bore of the wheels.
Another small step forward completed. They do look a little bit like I've just used spray can caps but never mind.
I might stick a sticker of some sort on the centers, maybe an eight ball or rising sun, but I'll probably just keep it simple and leave as they are.[/
..and inspiration cause I'm actually after one of these at the minute. Autotrader is full of sold ones from people that say "sorry mate sold that" then its still there 2 weeks later.. I meant wtf is that about? </rant>
ANYWAY. Yeah, love the use of slotmags on the Micra, very unusual choice, and works exceptionally well.
I've been playing with Knobs. Its just something that I like. I had an idea a while ago that a dinky 150ml pop can would make a fun gear knob. I had an idea that I would open from the base, empty out the contents and fill with fiberglassing epoxy resin. My first go was not brilliantly sussesful.
I mixed the incorect ratios, I also think that the filler powder may have worked as a catalyst and set the reaction off quicker, because the second time I tried with simmilar ratios of resin/hardener but no filler it was fine.
Part of the can was left open as a shoud round the gearleaver shaft, and to set the height of the can down slightly. The hardened resin was drilled and tapped to suit my gearleaver shaft.
There it is in position, the Bitter Lemon was chosen to go with the girly turquoise car.
I also turned and polished an aluminium knob last week.
The can isn't particuarly comfortable so after the novelty has worn off I'll probably use the ally one.
Ooops, I seem to have just bought a pair of ridiculously wide wheels.
I'm going to work with our technician on getting them drilled to 4x100 (ex-toolmaker - he knows a thing or two about accuracy) Then its a case of seeing if they will fit under the rear arches.
I have a suspision that the rear fitment will be great, and that the fronts will need a little spacing to bring them out to the same level relitive to the arch lip. There's unlikely to be any rubbing issues because she's still sky high.
The wheels arrived yesterday, but I was out all day with some kids at a competition, so first thing this morning I got on with some measuring. They have a 101mm backspacing, exactly the same as the current wheels, which is a shame, I had hoped that they had a bigger back space to move them in a bit, this equates to an offset of -13, the current 6x13s are +13.
The fronts are going to need a little spacing, just to even the poke up a bit. They are pictured here with the 5th 6x13 with the backs/mounting faces level. I currently need to own some 7x13s!
A Bit of research has shown that 175/60 is probably the size to run,
The re-drilling is underway, I'll get some pics up but basically it has involved the manufacture of a jig to show the stud hole positions, which has been centered on the wheel and used to center drill a pilot for the stud holes, which are then drilled out using larger and larger bits, with a final 25mm bit used to form the taper. I hoping to get a wheel completed before the end of the day today to trial fit a wheel.
First two stud holes drilled.
Well who could resist a little trial fit after the drilling was completed?
Shonkey ass photos, taken in a hurry as the kids arrived this morning!