Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Academy Car Build - Day Twelve - Keeping Cool

Today was all about the cooling hoses, and trying to get the engine bay done (electrics etc)... Andy Morgan sent me this pic from the Facebook Academy group, that someone drew up a while back which is a very handy a pretty accurate schematic.
Cooling schematic for Sigma based Caterham Academy Car (2017)
I have to admit that even with the above schematic, AND plenty of calls to Derek Howlett I seemed to struggle with the hoses, on, off, measuring, cutting, then refitting, then finding the right jubilee clip - in actual fact I was pretty close to loosing my cool for most of the day!  After a fair few hours, bruised and cut knuckles, fingers later (my paper pusher hands are not cut out for engine work! :-)) The cooling hoses are pretty much done, but it seems like I've hardly made any progress.
Engine bay cooling and wiring pretty much complete
Engine bay cooling and wiring pretty much complete
In the meantime, Dave (Daytona Coachworx) has made great progress on the wheels... Edges rubbed down, masked, sprayed and lacquered!
Wheel rims rubbed down, masked, sprayed and lacquered
Wheel rims rubbed down, masked, sprayed and lacquered
Then a damask and polish and that's one set finished off - in Skoda Glitter black (centres) with Sulfur Yellow Rim bands - they should look (even more) ace when on the car...
Caterham Apollo Wheels with Skoda Glitter black centres and Painted Sulfur Yellow Rim bands
Caterham Apollo Wheels with Skoda Glitter black centres and Painted Sulfur Yellow Rim bands
Now it's time for a few well deserved 'beverages' this evening, and tomorrow will be a new day...  I'm going to try and really push on with the rear end, hoping to get the De-Dion in, A-Frame, rear shocks, brakes, and the rear wings on... And any other jobs if I get the time...

However... and facing reality, means I'm not going to get the car finished this week, and with plenty of  Xmas festivities lined up, finishing is going to be take much longer than anticipated which is a great shame.  Bah Humbug! 🎅

8 comments:

  1. Really enjoying reading this build diary. Im planning on entering the 2018 Academy, ill be coming down to as many races next year as i can. Not sure ill be able to find your car though ��

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    1. Cool - come and say hello if you can find me!

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  2. Keep pushing on rear ends and you'll be good.... Or is this something to do with Xmas festivities?

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  3. Should've pinged me about the cooing pipes Daniel, i can do those in my sleep now! ��������

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    1. next time Nigel, next time :-) if there is a next time... I mean who would EVER buy three Caterhams in their life? :-)

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    2. Indeed, they must be mad! And the person who buys and builds 6 Caterham's must have been doubly mad., ;) especially with the 7th on its way potentially! ;)

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    3. The 'seventh' Seven?!? It'd better be a super special one :-)

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