Sunday, 27 November 2016

Academy Car Build - Day Ten - The BIG BIT

Today was all about the big bit... And the Abu-Dhabi F1 of course...  With the f1 out of the way, work on the academy car got underway around 3pm, with Derek and Graham there to lend a hand...  Which was much appreciated too!  

Yesterday I trimmed and fitted the rear water hose (below).
Rear water hose trimmed to size and fitted
Rear water hose trimmed to size and fitted
Derek and Ciaran came over yesterday to help get the engine in, but after scouring all the boxes quite a few times, it became apparent the engine earth lead wasn't there, so we decided to leave it until today...

I popped down to Halfrauds this morning, and bought an engine earth lead...  Instructions were triple checked, and then the engine was removed from the crate and the three of us, went about jostling it in (it can be fitted with one person I'm sure, but first time you do this, it's worth having at least one or two extra pairs of eyes and hands)...  There were a few things we found that really needed to be removed to make things easier... 
  • Remove the throttle body
  • Remove the engine mount struts 
  • also remove the left hand pulley wheel (when looking from the front of the engine to rear)
1.6l Ford Sigma engine and gearbox going into Caterham Academy car
1.6l Ford Sigma engine and gearbox going into Caterham Academy car
Worth advising too, is it's handy to use a jack on the underside of the gearbox to help lift it in... Some serious jostling, and a fair amount of time later (about three hours!) everything was in... The parts removed (above) were refitted, and then the gearbox was torqued up... The only reason I've not torqued the engine mounts, is I really need to get a 9mm? hex bit - will get that first thing tomorrow...  Anyway, today's 'job' is done 😁:-
Well happy that the engine and gearbox are in!
Well happy that the engine and gearbox are in!
Not too sure what I'm going to do tomorrow right now, but it'll probably be the finishing off the front end (horns, brake lines, anti roll bar, radiator), and then perhaps work on the middle of the car moving back, so the handbrake, prop, diff and if I'm doing well for time I'll try and get the de-dion and rear suspension in...

P.S.  Anyone want to buy a 'hardly used' engine crane? 😉

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