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 Post subject: Re: A30 Academy car
PostPosted: Wed Nov 09, 2016 10:54 pm 
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I really want to build one of these....

Look forward to seeing what you do!


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 Post subject: Re: A30 Academy car
PostPosted: Wed Nov 09, 2016 11:20 pm 
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Time to get dismantling.
(That's not me, that's my brother in the background.)
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One donor interior.
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One pile of un-needed body panels and trim.
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I can't quite believe how much sound deadening there was in the doors.
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Even the interior was smothered in a thick layer of heavy goo.
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With hindsight the wings weren't too bad, but because I knew I'd be replacing them with fibreglass versions I cut them off as the bolts wouldn't come undone... something that caused the rather uptight A35 community to bunch their panties into a wad and have a hissy fit.
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 Post subject: Re: A30 Academy car
PostPosted: Wed Nov 09, 2016 11:35 pm 
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With hindsight the wings weren't too bad, but because I knew I'd be replacing them with fibreglass versions I cut them off as the bolts wouldn't come undone... something that caused the rather uptight A35 community to bunch their panties into a wad and have a hissy fit.

You'd probably get the same reaction from mini guys if that had been an early mini!! Is their a lot of "discussion" about cutting up the A30 for racing? or is there still plenty left?


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 Post subject: Re: A30 Academy car
PostPosted: Thu Nov 10, 2016 9:06 am 
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I would have considered this example too good for cutting up...

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 Post subject: Re: A30 Academy car
PostPosted: Thu Nov 10, 2016 9:17 am 
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I would have considered this example too good for cutting up...

That's what people said about my historic racer Mk1. My argument was that if I crashed I wanted the VERY BEST shell I could find around me, not some patched up old shitter that had been made to look nice.

That really is an immense amount of sound deadening goo! Are / did you scrape it off or leave it?

Keep those pics coming.

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 Post subject: Re: A30 Academy car
PostPosted: Thu Nov 10, 2016 9:44 am 
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That does make a lot of sense Mark. Better safe than shiny.

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 Post subject: Re: A30 Academy car
PostPosted: Thu Nov 10, 2016 12:08 pm 
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Little bit of a shame the wing bolts weren't cut rather than the wings themselves... Steel wings are hard to come by for them!

I'm taking notes for when I build mine...!

How much are you going to buy new? I know that only some parts HAVE to be bought from Motobuild, but some you can source your own.

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 Post subject: Re: A30 Academy car
PostPosted: Thu Nov 10, 2016 3:00 pm 
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I bought pretty much everything new, or refurbished.
Nominally, all of the running gear in the kits has to be bought from Moto Build, though you can change a few bits if you choose to once you have them.

I didn't run the heavy standard alternator supplied, and manufactured my own bracketry and loom to run a tiny lightweight Honda Jazz one instead. The uprated dampers supplied can be changed for the adjustable ones from America (best budget well over a grand for them now the exchange rate has dived), and you can run an Aldon dizzy instead of the POC supplied. Pedal boxes can be fabricated to suit - I had to make one after the one supplied fell somewhat short in the quality stakes.

No two cars are built the same, but you can generally tell which will be competetive. Anything converted directly from a roadcar will be slow.

For anyone who wasn't at Revival and wants to skip to the end, have a look on https://www.racecarsdirect.com/Advert/Search?searchText=a30.


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 Post subject: Re: A30 Academy car
PostPosted: Thu Nov 10, 2016 3:09 pm 
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Pulling the engine out was interesting as I'd never removed anything but a Mini engine before so an inline gearbox was a novelty. Getting the clutch linkage undone was the hardest bit.
My Sykes Pickavant engine cradle worked a treat and we lowered it onto a trolley and wheeled it out from under the car.

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Although I've got an extensive collection of VL Churchill special tools, the tool for removing the front springs isn't one of them so I made a spring-pan realeasing tool instead.

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I don't mind admitting that it took quite a while to work out that the pedals were in two parts, with a Whitworth nut holding them together.

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What is this witchcraaaaaft ?

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 Post subject: Re: A30 Academy car
PostPosted: Thu Nov 10, 2016 4:16 pm 
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Does the normal A30 have hydraulic rear brakes? I seem to remember rod brakes on the back of one, but it could have been a van.


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