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  • #76
    Originally posted by B-racing View Post
    Why these big gaps? Have you modified your rear body for big turbo exhaust pipes?
    Yep, been playing with exhaust manifold, before that with hinges. So I end up with current gaps to take care and fix.


    • #77
      Originally posted by Vivo View Post

      Yep, been playing with exhaust manifold, before that with hinges. So I end up with current gaps to take care and fix.
      Ok, I understand. I think the problem will be just the middle hole. Rollbars covers are missing on the photo and it will solve the outer holes.

      I think there will be another beautiful K-1 car soon!


      • #78
        Finally I've entered the phase when I feel the car already at fingertips, almost done and soon I finally can enjoy the ride ))

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        Almost finished the paint job, I would say a good prep works solves all my mistakes with the body. All the gaps corrected, issues solved, paint done.

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        Now I'm moving to final stage of assembly, interior design and final engine tuning (need to get to target 450 hp, current 260 hp on flywheel due to faulty distributor).

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        So I expect in 2 month time start shooting video on the streets and some tasty photos.

        And I would say this stages are worth of almost 9 years of lazy build, skills increasing learning, rethinking of some technical design put in the car, countless friends comments like "why do you need it?" or "why are doing it? You can buy finished car on the market from big car manufacturers". You are sitting at home watching new photos of the finishing work done by professionals and thinking that you and your will to carry on finally born a new car, with exact vision of how you want it. So it's not about what you can buy, it's about what you can build and I like it...


        • #79
          Vivo looking awesome well done good see your nearly completed your build


          • #80
            Great stuff. Dive it over my way so you can show me that a lazy person like me can get this done. :-)


            • #81
              Going forward, step by step. Expecting in a month time major works to be finished and finally I can enjoy it )))

              Since last post went through 3 major steps forward:

              1. Finished paint jobs minor works, started and almost finished interior (small bits and buttons remain).
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              2. I finally got through registration and received license plate and road legal registration. It's a big jump for the project as locally it is hard to get in line with law when it is forbidden to have kit cars or highly modified cars.

              3. Fixed issues with lack of spark on high revs and boost. It appeared that Honda OEM distributor performs better on high end setups turbo the MSD or other aftermarket parts. Now I have 346 hp on wheels and 407 at the flywheel at 0,7 bar (10 PSI) boost. Some problem with solenoid remains that doesn't let smooth higher the 10 PSI, it jumps strait to 20 PSI. So fixing this will give desired 450 HP at the flywheel.

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              So we're almost rolling )))

              Issues still remains - viper arm that I want to go under the hood when not operating, it is not an engineering issue, it is and art search I would say.
              And the doors - I have linear actuators and button control for it, which I don't like, so going to have an electronic flight control for all the buttons, doors, hood, bonnet, glove box and etc... But during winter upgrade...

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              But still all the remaining issues would be done after I enjoy summer ride ))))


              • #82
                Wow, great progress! I'm a little surprised that you have such large holes cut in the dash for air vents though.


                • #83
                  Originally posted by dis1 View Post
                  Wow, great progress! I'm a little surprised that you have such large holes cut in the dash for air vents though.
                  Thanks! Dash holes are for standard Ford air vents which I like ))


                  • #84
                    Hi guys,

                    I've been out for some time but still checking on the updates, hope you progressing more then you post.
                    My build had some lazy moves forward and is almost finished. Here are some recent photos.
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                    Almost finished it means I have to win the battle with doors, add touch screen to replace the buttons was already installed and add some programmable control of all locks, actuators, lights, fan and ets.
                    This winter should take final works.


                    • #85
                      viva you done great job with interior beautifully done great quality work well done .


                      • #86
                        Some motivating photos

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                        • #87
                          Love the color and great choice on the steering wheel too!


                          • #88
                            simply stunning made my day seeing your car


                            • #89
                              Wow, great job!!!! This is motivating me to get a kit. Been in love with this car since day one, but I thought it was no longer being made... keep up the good work.


                              • #90
                                Hi guys, been busy working on to finish all that is left to be finished.

                                First of all my car been painted and music installed in a city that I left some time ago, so all I had some photos and occasional trips to see process going, so no details.
                                Had first major milestone is a rolling chasis - engine running, car stops. Second paintjob, third music and interior finish.

                                Having major things going on had a big portion of minor things to be finished like:
                                - final wiring diagram with all addons like security, doors with actuators, winshield wiper, fan control, lights etc.;
                                - door operating scheme - actuators, control system;
                                - wiper arm and motor - some headache;
                                - final clean up, logos, and small funny things I wanted since day one of build.

                                1st line is boring, made to each application specific, so not going to right about it. Just mention that came up with total rework of what hired electrical shop did couple of years before - adaptation of standard wiring harness, don't like it since more then half of wires doesn't required for the car.
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                                2nd one is a good one to work on, die on, resurrect and continue working.
                                I've written somewhere already that I don't like manual operation of designed setup, it wobbles and you need to target lock by hand from not a very comfortable position to close it.
                                So I came up with actuators to have a repeatable geometry and to be button operated. Oliver from UK did that trick before.

                                But having actuator at hand chinese one, I understood that it is something I don't want in my car, plastic gears, some very unreliable motor, so I ended up with progressive automation products, which are good and solid, however they weight I thing twice as much as chinese ones (all plastic I guess).
                                Actuators solved. How to attach them? We have not a simple one dimension operation, door is twisting around it's attach point. Also A wanted as much hidden design as possible which also gave headache in geometry. Attachment to the body is not a very complex question - there is to main frame tube going and plenty of space to play, main problem is a door attachement it twist and turnes ones it is being opened. Had like 4 try and fit steps to throw out different joints. Ended up with I hope final ball joint setup which is also adjustable. Will post pictures as soon as I get it to my hands to play with.
                                So hopefully mechanical part is solved. How to control it? First simple answer - buttons with reverse polarity, did that, works good.
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                                But I personally didn't like to sit and hold the button or standing by the car and holding button at the outer side of the door waiting to get in. It can be upgraded to have a remote, pressed, or even pressed ones and it openes, but second thing came to mind what would happen when opening or closing door would meet obstacle? Hand or leg for example. It would be painful twice, when hand or leg hurts, second when you find that fiberglass shell broken. That is where I continued to develop my electronics skills. And come up with arduiono based controll system that recieves comand to open door, openes it and measures electrical power, when meet obstacle stops operation, reports problem. Also it gathered all I wanted to be additionally controlled, lights, vent etc.
                                Electronics test are over, wating for all of the components to be assembled on the car to have a final test.
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