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West Coast chat / Re: From the composit shop.
« Last post by Furrari on Today at 11:44:59 AM »
Fan arrived and ducting made ( no pics, 'cos it’s not pretty).  I decided to wire the fan into the pump switch.  What I learnt from this is that unplugging the soldering iron does not isolate the pump.  That made me jump, but it’s not the first time I’ve joined myself to the mains.  Will I never learn.
I’ve checked the oil in the pump and there is no signs of burning, the oil is still clear and the oil mist doesn’t smell of burnt oil so I can only assume it’s oil vapour not not burnt oil.  If my fan arrangement doesn’t solve the mist problem I’ll have to build a catch tank to filter the exhausting oil mist.  Not a big job and won’t require me to work with mains electric so I’ll be safe.

Anyway the test piece looks very good now that I can hold a decent vacuum, but I’m still not 100% happy with it on the vertical face, but the horizontal surfaces are really impressive.  After the show at Chetwynd Park this weekend I’ll try putting a 45 degree bevel on the vertical face and re-skin it.  I’m optimistic that I can achieve the overall finish I’m looking for.  It’s a long slow job, and a steep learning curve, but with the warmer weather it should reduce curing times from 2-3 days down to 1.
3Sixty Chat / Door cards and front lens
« Last post by tlara on April 19, 2019, 03:07:14 AM »
Ho there
I just purchased a 360 and still has the MR2 door cards . Where can I get some door cards and interior rear panels  that are similar to the actual Ferrari 360. Also the front passenger headlight lens is cracked and need to purchase a replacement.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.

From California
Meets and Events / Re: Doncaster 2019
« Last post by MADMAN on April 17, 2019, 06:21:07 PM »
I may not be back in time from Greece depending on return flight, I will make it if possible even for last hour
Meets and Events / Re: Doncaster 2019
« Last post by Furrari on April 17, 2019, 05:59:56 PM »
I’ll bring entry forms with me to Stoneleigh for Doncaster so we can book a stand.  We’ve usually had good weather for this show.  It did rain one morning and I have a unique photo.  Madman’s car with its roof up.  Oh no, that was the show I lent him my big umbrella to cover his seat.
Meets and Events / Re: Stoneleigh 2019 Sun 5th / Bank Hol Mon 6th May Hotels
« Last post by Furrari on April 17, 2019, 05:55:40 PM »
JJ.  Good to hear your well enough to come to the show.  See you on the Monday.  Will you be bringing any of the mice I’ve been hearing about.

Look after yourself

Meets and Events / Re: Stoneleigh 2019 Sun 5th / Bank Hol Mon 6th May Hotels
« Last post by johnjames on April 17, 2019, 03:03:24 PM »
Hi guys as some of you might know in the last year and a half I've been fighting the big C.
Hoping to be at the show sometime Sunday and stayed in the hotel the Sunday night and might be there Monday morning depending on how I feel looking forward to seeing you all again John James
West Coast chat / Re: From the composit shop.
« Last post by Furrari on April 17, 2019, 12:53:02 PM »
More from the Composite Shop.

I’ve got one ore two ideas I want to put on the car, but I want to experiment first.  How to do these things are not on YouTube.

First the former.  I will be using ABS to give me the shape I want, but it’s only 2mm thick, so how do I join it together.  Tried super glue.  Total failure.  Tried acetone.  Almost total failure.  So I made up a slurry of scrap ABS and acetone and used that.  Almost worked and with a bit of triangle shape as reinforcement, success.  I think having it as a slurry it fills in any small voids from the sanding, giving more surface to bond.

Then to vacuum bagging.  Due to its shape it has to be vacuum bagged but following all the rules on how to do this has given me mixed results, and I’ve never been able to draw more than 60% vacuum which is not enough for this application.  Instead of using the approved bonding stuff (a bit like window seal stuff) I held the bagging down with the engineers go-to.  Gaffa tape.  Well what a difference.  90% vacuum and the bag pulled straight down, only a small leak from the vacuum pipe and I think I know how to fix this next time.

So it’s all sorted.  Err, no.  After running for about an hour the pump is to hot too touch and there’s smoke coming out of the exhaust port.  The CF forum shows this is not unusual with Chineseum pumps, but industrial units are between four and five times the price.
I’ve ordered a fan and I’ve got lots of foam board to I’ll make up some ducting to blow cold air onto the pump.

I’m reasonably happy with the product I got out but I think I can improve on it if I can run the pump longer.  The sample will be on test this weekend at Chetwind Park so we'll see how it performs before we go for the full scale bits.
« Last post by tenpin on April 14, 2019, 11:34:15 AM »
I have just bought a West coast and want to upgrade it
I need to buy a big/Carbon brake set for the front and rear
Also there are no headlights so I need some West coast or genuine California ones
Any info or leads to find these would be gratefully appreciated

What bits of the headlights are missing? How about posting some pics of the headlights / car etc as it might help.
The complete headlight units contain the dip/main beam unit, DRL / LED side lights and LED indicators and their control electronics. Then there's the HID bulbs and associated ballasts.

 - tenpin
« Last post by Furrari on April 13, 2019, 11:20:05 PM »
Nubodi. I’ll be on the DNAOC pitch.  YELLOW ( the proper colour for a Furrari) West Coast.
Build Threads / Re: New 360 build
« Last post by MADMAN on April 13, 2019, 10:53:28 PM »
Shame Mark, hope to see you there anyway
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