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Postby TJM » 15 Aug 2006, 20:04

Hell to everyone, thought I would introduce my latest Chevette build.
Started life as a basic 1256, it has now been totally stripped to a bare shell, front inner and outer panels removed, managed to get a new inner one off ebay and can reuse outer one without the lower section below the indicators.

Parts already made for fitment:

Front radiator cross member gussets.

Front remote engine mount kit (will remove turrets from main crossmember and chassis mount the engine).

Suspension turrets - spare set to double skin then half moons for extra strengthening.

Group 4 ZF gearbox tunnel (bilkhead section).

Group 4 Ford Escort Gearbox tunnel adapted to suit.

Works spec transmission and diff tunnel with built in exhaust tunnel.

Works spec (long link arms) 4 link boxes and cross braces.

Works spec rear suspension turrets and cross braces.

Rear tubs for 15" rear wheels.

All bracketry for works spec plastics.

Works spec (HSR) fuel filler assembly with internal boxing.

Panhard rod tower strengthening kit. (may convert to Watts Linkage)

Fibreglass bonnet / tailgate and Group 4 Rally Kit

Polycarbonate Window Kit with Sliders

Rosejointed front suspension top arms (new fabrication not converted old ones)

Heavy duty lower suspension wishbones with poly inner bushes and spherical bearing outer with EN24 Pin to replace balljoint.

AP racing 4 Pot brake kit for 15" Compomotive Wheels.

Aluminium radiator for XE engine install.

Works spec fuel tank (alloy instead of bag tank) - to come soon.

16V XE Engine (std except ARP Rod bolts) and throttle bodies with Emerald ECU.

Brake Bias pedal Box - In development

Quickrack and HD Steering knuckle to be adapted to Corsa Electric Power Steering Column.

Rosejointed rear links for 4 link axle.

Rosejointed panhard rod or Watts Linkage (undecided at the mo)

Manta B Axle going to my axle supplier to develop new HD two piece shafts (any length), new CWP and new LSDs - This is a long term development though and might include heavy duty road and motorsport axle along with full works spec fully floating.

CDS Weld in cage

This is just the start of it. I have a couple of months work on the shell alone to get it upto spec and will try to get some pictures to show progress.

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Re: TJ Motorsport - Group 4 Chevette

Postby Harry Flatters » 15 Aug 2006, 22:04

TJM wrote:Hell to everyone...


Well that's charming. Hell to you too.
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Postby TJM » 16 Aug 2006, 08:12

I really should spell check before posting.

Hellooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo to everyone.

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Postby Doive » 16 Aug 2006, 08:35

Sounds like a good spec Tim - got any photos?

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Postby Shoveitpusher » 16 Aug 2006, 10:33

sounds good Tim
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Postby TJM » 17 Aug 2006, 18:27

Have managed to get some pics today:

Suspension turrets double skinning and bracing.

http://www.tjmotorsport.co.uk/prodimages/chevettebuild/suspension-turret-1.jpg
http://www.tjmotorsport.co.uk/prodimages/chevettebuild/suspension-turret-2.jpg

Repaired inner wing section around headlamp and front panel.

http://www.tjmotorsport.co.uk/prodimages/chevettebuild/inner-wing-1.jpg

More to come tomorrow.
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Postby opel_charlie » 17 Aug 2006, 19:35

Cant wait to see the finished result, any estimate on finish date
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Postby TJM » 17 Aug 2006, 19:47

I am hoping to have the shell at least finished ready for paint within a month but don't hold your breath.

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Postby TJM » 18 Aug 2006, 16:58

Today I manufactured and replaced the wing mounting rail for N/S and front inner panel section on O/S.

http://www.tjmotorsport.co.uk/prodimages/chevettebuild/os-wing-mounting-rail1.jpg
http://www.tjmotorsport.co.uk/prodimages/chevettebuild/os-wing-mounting-rail.jpg

http://www.tjmotorsport.co.uk/prodimages/chevettebuild/front-panel-mount.jpg
http://www.tjmotorsport.co.uk/prodimages/chevettebuild/front-panel-mount-1.jpg
http://www.tjmotorsport.co.uk/prodimages/chevettebuild/front-panel-mount-2.jpg

Started to manufacture bellhousing tunnel and gearbox tunnel as I plan to move the centre section of the bulkhead back by about 2-3 inches giving a lot more room for the XE installation and better for weight distribution. Will get some more pics when done.

http://www.tjmotorsport.co.uk/prodimages/chevettebuild/bellhousing-tunnel.jpg
http://www.tjmotorsport.co.uk/prodimages/chevettebuild/gearbox-tunnel.jpg

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Postby TJM » 24 Aug 2006, 20:30

Just a quick update on the project.

Have managed to install most of the transmission/exhaust tunnel, gearbox tunnel and started to install the raised diff tunnel.

Have also started to manufacture full rosejointed (new not cut and shut) front suspension top mounts.

Modified lower front wishbones which consists of skidding/bracing lower sections, and changing std balljoint for heavy duty spherical bearing / housing and heavy duty pin. Poly bushes with stainless steel sleeves to replace std bushes.

Also have HSR 4 up 2 down alloy lamp brackets made (exact copies from a Works Safety Devices Shell). Will be looking to get these ready for resale soon along with 2 up 2 down works style lamp brackets.

Pics to follow.
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Postby TJM » 05 Sep 2006, 18:22

More info:

Repaired the n/s front inner wing, removed o/s lower wishbone rear suspension mount and manufactured a new one with fitment for works type sumpguard.

Hopefully finish both sides tomorrow and start puuting in new radiator crossmember, front inner panel and outer panel, that should be the front end completed.

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Postby TJM » 08 Sep 2006, 10:25

Hi,

Alloy radiator for XE install c/w temp sender and push style SPAL fan. Just need to get into car and rebuild front end with mounting brackets for rad.

http://www.tjmotorsport.co.uk/prodimages/chevettebuild/alloy-radiator.jpg
http://www.tjmotorsport.co.uk/prodimages/chevettebuild/alloy-radiator-fan.jpg

More to come soon.

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Postby rallyevo3 » 15 Sep 2006, 22:06

Tim
Can you still buy the front suspension turrets to double skin?
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Postby TJM » 16 Sep 2006, 13:30

Cannot seem to find them anywhere these days. I just took some out of a scrap car.

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Postby rallyevo3 » 16 Sep 2006, 14:19

I thought you'd say that!!

Do they really need it for special stages or will seam welding the existing ones suffice?

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Postby TJM » 16 Sep 2006, 18:35

I would fit half moon strengthening plates like in pictures supplied and seam weld them also.

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Postby Raver » 16 Sep 2006, 19:24

do you supply those alloy rads and if so how much???
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Postby rallyevo3 » 16 Sep 2006, 20:11

Tim
Do you have the dimensions for a works type sumpguard?
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Postby TJM » 17 Sep 2006, 09:10

Hi,

I can indeed supply the radiators, price is as follows:

£249.10 for the standard radiator
£10 extra to have boss fitted for temp sender.
£15 for temp sender
£65.00 for push style fan
£25 for fan mountings
£19.50 for Stant competition radiator cap (lever type of plain)
£11.75 for P&P.

More than likely you will have to fit an expansion tank also.

Delivery time approx 21 working days at the moment.

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At the moment I do not have specs or sizes for works style sumpguard but will have in the near future.

These are mounted on the lower wishbone rear body mount via a newly manufactured suspension pickup/sumpguard mount. Will be able to show pics and supply parts soon.

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Postby Shellysowner » 18 Sep 2006, 21:50

rallyevo3 wrote:Tim
Can you still buy the front suspension turrets to double skin?
Ian


It's only one but this might be some help.
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Postby rallyevo3 » 18 Sep 2006, 22:03

Brilliant.. put my name on that
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Postby shuvit-tim » 18 Sep 2006, 22:56

I can remember asking you a year or so back Tim if you'd ever own a chevette and you always said no - good to see you in the fold :D

Whats the plan for this wee beastie? Sell her, keep her as a marketing tool, drive her, rally her? Build lots once the prototype is complete?!

Sounds like a cracking piece of kit!

*Wonders if TJM has designs on becoming next byldenstein as grp4 chevettes start to roll off the production line* :lol:
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Postby TJM » 18 Sep 2006, 23:17

Plans, rally the thing, probably crash it on the first corner, make templates of everything, manufacture them, sell them build shells. I think there is a market for Group 4 Chevettes as Escorts are getting a bit to expensive for most pockets.

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Postby Harry Flatters » 18 Sep 2006, 23:29

TJM wrote: I think there is a market for Group 4 Chevettes as Escorts are getting a bit to expensive for most pockets.


The sad thing is it seems to mean the unnecessary death of a lot of genuine HS road cars.
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Postby TJM » 19 Sep 2006, 07:26

Not really as we can use std shells (I wouldn't use a HS one myself) and Bedford CF Van engines. I can make all the parts to convert these to Group 4 Chevettes (except engines which customers etc would have to source).

I really like Chevettes and wouldn't want to be the cause of loosing genuine HS/HSR's.

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