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« Reply #60 on: June 12, 2013, 08:01:45 PM »

Congrats Mark, you must be very pleased.

Well done chap!!


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Understeer is when you hit the wall with the front of the car. Oversteer is when you hit the wall with the back of the car. Horsepower is how fast you hit the wall and torque is how far you send the wall across the field once youve hit it.
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« Reply #61 on: June 18, 2013, 06:47:51 PM »

Mark

Great news and a fantastic car back on the road.

I look forward to seeing it.

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« Reply #62 on: June 20, 2013, 07:13:16 PM »

Ah, "On the road again" - yes that sounds very appealing - shame I have not seen or driven her since she passed her MOT, as the sludge in the tank has been removed to reveal a leaking tank, so she is still in bits at the garage!

Literally broke down on their way to put some petrol in for me to collect it.

Bills mounting, but no real surprise after so long in hibernation.

Here's hoping its soon- hoping to get someone to seal the tank, or I will have to go and get it, seal it and take it back - I am sure the guys at the garage want her out of the way too- they have been very good putting her inside every night with another car parked beneath the ramp for added security. Not that it needs it- you would need to remove about 8 cars to get near her.

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« Reply #63 on: July 01, 2013, 11:47:06 AM »

Update- tank is back on after repairs at local racing tank specialist ( strange who you find locally when you look)- off for road test  so....hopefully......................

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« Reply #64 on: July 01, 2013, 12:15:59 PM »

Update- tank is back on after repairs at local racing tank specialist ( strange who you find locally when you look)- off for road test  so....hopefully......................

Mark

Hi Mark

What did they do in the end?

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« Reply #65 on: July 01, 2013, 12:44:53 PM »

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I am yet to find out fully - they are someone that the garage guys knew from racing a Caterham. They have certainly cleaned it out and done some welding, but for the price I don't think they can have done any lining . Might try the POR 15 kit if not.

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« Reply #66 on: July 01, 2013, 10:09:51 PM »

Back home safe after my first drive of a beta coupe- Rather eventful as she broke down only 2 miles into the 25 mile trip. So limped back to the garage for carb stripping ( learnt a lot there) before setting off again. Had forgotten quite how much fun a sick car in modern peak traffic is!

She's still rather lumpy, but it is clear that the timing is varying - I assume the distributor internals must be sticking.

Loved the drive in the end , but the seats! My back is killing me - too old for this game (and several others).

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« Reply #67 on: July 13, 2013, 01:41:43 PM »

Just to prove that she does run, albeit not perfectly yet, a video should appear via the link:-

https://www.dropbox.com/s/rzh6x4kgwosmjq8/IMG_0178.MOV

Following this run out, have sent the distributor to H & H for re-furb, so I can hopefully reduce the issue to a single variable - carburation

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« Reply #68 on: July 13, 2013, 03:04:34 PM »

Looks and sounds great! I am very jealous and it is in such great 70s colours too
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« Reply #69 on: August 01, 2013, 08:56:49 PM »

After a bit of a wait I know have the refurbed and contactless distributor back and on the car. Idle is nice and steady now but test drive still showing it to be holding back somewhat.

Nice spin round on a warm evening though and as a special treat for me the rev counter has decided to start working again!

Getting there.

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« Reply #70 on: August 17, 2013, 08:50:22 AM »

Spoke too soon on the rev counter- sulking again- but have bought a timing tight with a tacho, so have made a better attempt at setting idle and timing- much better.

Also fitted the NOS steering damper I got from Holland via Ebay. I thought mine might be ok given the limited use the car has had, but it was like a trombone when I got it off. Really does make a difference to the steering and refinement as felt from the drivers seat.

Will give it a bit of a sparkle( got muddy last night due to flash flood residue) ready for tomorrow at Prescott.

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« Reply #71 on: May 05, 2014, 06:51:04 PM »

Nice run out in the Beta today combined with a bit of National Trusting.Still running a little rich I think, but pretty good overall and attracted some attention when parked up.

Came back to attempt a few small jobs, including the drivers window mechanism. I bought a NOS regulator over the winter from the states - only to find its for the wrong door- despite clarifying in advance which side was which.

Don't seem to have much luck with long distance parts - the throttle pedal pivot I bought from South Africa was broken in exactly the same place as the one I was trying to replace.

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« Reply #72 on: May 05, 2014, 09:21:40 PM »

Are you regulators electric or manual? I think I might have a new early style regulator somewhere that I might be able to spare if I can find it no idea which side it is without looking though.....will try to check next week end
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« Reply #73 on: May 05, 2014, 09:42:27 PM »

Mine are good old manual ones.

If you can help out that would be great.

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« Reply #74 on: May 05, 2014, 09:57:24 PM »

Only got electric ones I think and only one early one
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« Reply #75 on: May 05, 2014, 09:59:21 PM »

Are you regulators electric or manual? I think I might have a new early style regulator somewhere that I might be able to spare if I can find it no idea which side it is without looking though.....will try to check next week end

I think we'll need those pivots mode in aluminium soon - they all seem to break eventually. Particularly if you're a bit enthusiastic with the throttle!
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« Reply #76 on: June 09, 2014, 12:32:58 PM »

Just heard that the MOT has gone though again, with no work from me other than re-connecting a main beam wire I had somehow knocked off when putting the rubber seal/cap on.

Only downside was cloudburst conditions after I dropped it off- sunny now though so must be an omen.

Off to discuss with mechanic whether he suffered the mystery steering 'hum' while off to the testers.

Result!
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« Reply #77 on: July 10, 2014, 01:20:11 PM »

Some may know the link between my car and Dickie Attwood, of Le Mans fame.

Anyway, I sent him a few picks and a letter, expecting nothing, when this letter arrived this morning.

What a gent.


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« Reply #78 on: June 06, 2015, 01:07:58 PM »

Car passed MOT this morning with no advisories - which my modern cars seem to be unable to do, given the state of the roads and resultant suspension distress.

That hurdle done, the fuel tank comes off Tuesday night to get to bottom of crud in fuel issue.

Then its all clear for Betameeta hopefully.

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« Reply #79 on: June 12, 2015, 07:32:28 AM »

Tank back on and a 70 mile shakedown tonight across North Staffordshire. No issues with fuelling, only the exhaust blowing - again, the day after it was re-welded.

Oh well, you pay peanuts and get monkeys. They are are going to be pretty fed up of me by the time they get it gas tight.

All set for Betameeta 15- bring on the sunshine.
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