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#1001 Caboobaroo

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Posted 28 April 2011 - 03:32 PM

So you said you're unemployed... Does this mean you got more time to get this car finished before WCSS13?


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I'd hope to see it there in the next couple years because this thing has turned out phenomenal!

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Posted 28 April 2011 - 06:53 PM

These should better illustrate some of the problems:

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Posted 28 April 2011 - 06:55 PM

So you said you're unemployed... Does this mean you got more time to get this car finished before WCSS13?

I have more time to work on it yes, but most of the things I need right now cost money... (door moldings, engine work, etc.)

I'm trying to do as much of the stuff that doesn't cost money as I can.

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Posted 28 April 2011 - 08:03 PM

I have more time to work on it yes, but most of the things I need right now cost money... (door moldings, engine work, etc.)

I'm trying to do as much of the stuff that doesn't cost money as I can.


You should take up a collection! I am so entertained watching this thread, I would gladly donate a few bucks! If everyone here chipped in a few bucks, you would be on your way in no time!

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Posted 28 April 2011 - 08:49 PM

I'm not to that point yet.

Although I'd take donations in the form of manual labor any time :lol:

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Posted 28 April 2011 - 10:23 PM

can you take the 1400 bell housing and have the mounting surfaced planed down to the same level as the shallower rib that looks like it matches the 1100 housing pattern?

:) or just take a belt sander to it carefully, and use some good RTV when installing it :)

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Posted 28 April 2011 - 11:38 PM

can you take the 1400 bell housing and have the mounting surfaced planed down to the same level as the shallower rib that looks like it matches the 1100 housing pattern?

Thats backwards actually. I'm using that dry-sleeve brand new 1400 block.

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Posted 29 April 2011 - 02:19 AM

I'm not to that point yet.

Although I'd take donations in the form of manual labor any time :lol:


If i lived close to you id gladely help you with what i could. i really enjoy seeing this. ive been watching from near the beggining and love seeing all the progress.

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Posted 30 April 2011 - 09:09 PM

I can't tell if the transmission I built has reverse gear working. Is there any way of testing it when the transmission is off the car, or checking to make sure its working?

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Posted 01 May 2011 - 03:55 AM

I can't tell if the transmission I built has reverse gear working. Is there any way of testing it when the transmission is off the car, or checking to make sure its working?


Shift it into what you think is reverse and spin the input shaft. Once the diff turns you'll know where reverse is.

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Posted 02 May 2011 - 01:15 AM

That must mean reverse isn't working for sure then, since I can't shift it into any gear that causes anything to rotate backwards (diff or main shaft)

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Posted 02 May 2011 - 02:50 PM

I'm not sure on how the FF1 gearbox works but I do know on some older imported cars (not sure if the FF1 is going to be one of them), you have to push down and then slide it into reverse.

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Posted 02 May 2011 - 05:24 PM

I figured it out. I had the rear housing assembled slightly incorrectly. A spring was in the wrong spot for the little pop-up thing that controls pressure to reverse gear, and a ball bearing in a spot that it shouldn't have been in. This caused the shifter to be not able to reach reverse at all.

However, upon fixing that, I discovered it wasn't going 100% into reverse. But I did manage to get it going in reverse with some effort, I think with a proper oil level and the transmission actually in the car, it will get into reverse just fine now.

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Posted 09 May 2011 - 02:38 PM

Good news!

Just ordered a custom clutch plate :)

I'm working on assembling the front brakes now along with misc bits attached to the transmission. Next up after finishing that, having the head work done and swapping the camshaft and then assembling the drivetrain and installing it :)

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Posted 10 May 2011 - 07:09 PM

The clutch I'm getting is going to have to be a solid-disc clutch (IE not sprung), anyone thing thats going to be a huge issue?

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Posted 10 May 2011 - 08:31 PM

The clutch I'm getting is going to have to be a solid-disc clutch (IE not sprung), anyone thing thats going to be a huge issue?


it's probably going to chatter and shudder a bit when you're engaging and disengaging. It's an old car. I doubt anybody will notice.

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Posted 11 May 2011 - 07:03 PM

Crap, can't find one of my front drum spring cap thingies that hold down the brake shoes, and nobody seems to have any this small... Can I retrofit to a newer style with a wider cap/spring?

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Posted 11 May 2011 - 09:29 PM

This is what I'm talking about with the brake springs. I have a "new" one installed from a late model car on one side, and the original one on the other. The "new" one fits pretty well minus the fact its kind of close to the shoe. The spring pin is the same width so the plates fit just fine over it:

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Couple photo's of the assembled transmission and the axles that are also assembled:

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The axles I put later 70's model boots on the hub side, and they are a little short and don't seem to rotate as well as the originals. I saved the originals in case these don't work...

Also, the red hoses are there cause the e-brake lines had some black crummy hoses that disintegrated, they were basically just there for protecting the lines so I used some red silicone hoses instead :)

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Posted 12 May 2011 - 12:36 AM

That gearbox would look great with a set disc hanging off them
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Posted 12 May 2011 - 01:52 AM

I agree Thierry... But finding a set would be like, you know hens teeth or the holy grail... Or a set of rear RX coupe discs :slobber:.

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Posted 12 May 2011 - 04:58 AM

I know of two sets one is still fitted to the car and the second is in the boot of a spare car, but trying to get a set is the holy grail. But if there was a bit of money a system can be made, even better than factory
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Posted 12 May 2011 - 07:42 AM

Where did they mount? Would love to see them. Did they also make any for the otherwise front drum 1970's cars? Here that means up to the Stage I 1400's - say around 1974 or so - after the ff-1 series.

I've got to guess that those early factory or semi-factory rally teams had them.

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Posted 12 May 2011 - 02:15 PM

This is the best photo I have that shows how the Sports model front discs mounted on the FF-1's:

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I'm not concerned now about the brakes, other than the brake lines (which I probably need help with) I just want to get the car running this summer.

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Posted 12 May 2011 - 05:04 PM

As Kosta's photo shows the brakes are unique to the ff1 and only fitted to the sports model and i think there was a 4 door luxury sports that came out. As i said in the earlier post about making a set, 1st a alloy hat with a internal spline to fit on the shaft out of the gearbox, a 11-12inch disc vented to fit on the hat, then a backing plate that uses the 4 bolts on the gearbox that has a pair of 4 spot calipers
Food for though
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Posted 12 May 2011 - 06:28 PM

It also has to have an E-brake mechanism attached to it.

But ya, it wouldn't be cheap to make something like that...




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