8th-9th February 2003, Action!
Fitted a new rev counter into Doris on Saturday because the
normal 3 clock Mini one seemed to read twice as high as it should with the V8 in
Also bought a gearbox for the pievan
15th-16th February 2003, Driving - Yes, Actually Driving !
Over the weekend we spent a few hours out and about in Doris, and having clocked up a couple of hundred miles the V8Mini conclusion is..
DON'T DO IT !!!
The first real problem after driving the V8 is walking around
with a permanent idiot grin, so that people think you have had a coat hanger
surgically implanted in your mouth.
Idling along at 900RPM in first all seems pretty happy, then
sticking the accelerator to the floor causes the revs to climb (quite quickly),
at about 2500 the tyres admit defeat and start slipping and snaking about - This
continues up to 6000RPM where one grabs 2nd gear, on the releasing the clutch
and applying the loud pedal the tyres still do not really want to grip very
often all the way to 6k again, only stopping their evil smelling shrieking
when 3rd is selected and sensible levels of throttle are employed. I am too
scardey to play wheelspins in 3rd, but only coz I think that it's sensible to
have some sort of harmony between wheel & roadspeed over 60mph ;-)
In all I am very pleased with the performance, now the hard work of adding some 'finesse' begins (unless a major fix is needed due to something exploding!!).
Also managed to sneak in a bit of work on the Pievan back axle.
22nd - 23rd February, A bit more driving.
On Saturday I checked Doris over, and all seems to be ok apart from a bit of an oil leak - seems that old chestnut is back to haunt me again. I guess I will have to actually make some gaskets in the next rebuild instead of relying on orange goop ;-)
Just to keep my public happy, we went out for a quite run on Sunday morning and shot a few more driveby vids. Everything seemed to go pretty well, but the oil light popped on so we had to abort early and limp home on impulse engines. I hope there was enough oil kicking around to keep the bearings happy, but may pick up a spare set of mains and bigs just in case !!
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