Thursday, 27 December 2012

Cake or Death!

A lot has been happening in the background over the last few months and it's time to outline the plan for the next 12.

I remember thinking to myself  a couple of years ago that it's going to boil down to a choice between a racing car or a house, there is no way I'll be able to afford both. I was, and still am desperate to get on the track. Naturally I gave up on the house idea and concentrated on saving for the car but it got to the stage late last year where I finally began to realise it was marginally more sensible to spend the money on a house and start saving all over again for the car.

Last Friday Lou and I exchanged contracts on our first place, we're due to complete on the 9th of January and I can't wait. Unfortunately it only has a tiny single garage, wholly inadequate for the purposes of running a racing car. I say wholly inadequate, it's probably perfectly adequate but the fact of the matter is I just want to build myself a super-plush ultra-humongous double garage to base Rawkus Racing out of for the foreseeable future.

The house itself need loads of work so that's all the disposable monthly income taken care of, that means the garage is going to be paid for out of whatever I get from the sale of the Capri. Therefore I can't afford to pay someone else to build it so I'm going to have to do it myself (with more than a little help from my dad). But between the two of us and probably lots of guest appearances from my mates we're going to do everything from digging the footings to sloshing on that sweet looking red floor paint.

This is all going to be happening along side completely re-fitting the bathroom and the kitchen as well as recovering the roof and tarting up every other room in the house, all DIY.

So it turns out you can have your cake and eat it, you just need to be prepared to do a little baking....................and build the oven.

I'm going to blog as much as I can about building the garage as I'm sure this is something a lot of people have thought about doing and may find quite interesting. Plus when my dad's not helping me out down here, he's going to be busy on the Viva in north Wales with my bro. it's going to be a busy year for Rawkus Racing.

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Sub Focus

Well, Time for me (Mike) to take over from Dave for a post a two while I bring you all up to speed on what we've doing with the Viva since she arrived up here in North Wales...

Dad Got started by stripping out the interior and getting the rear axle off with the intention of sorting all the body and chassis, starting at the back. Most of the car is actually in very fair condition considering its age and how long its been stood, so it wasn't long before he had taken care of all the Little jobs in that area and had it all freshly undersealed. While the axle was off it all got cleaned and painted as well the rear suspension.

Tidy. He had the front subframe off and was getting started on the floors and sills when I turned up. The front subframe of a Viva is a great example of how cars should be built. Its completely self contained, dead simple, well designed and comes off easy. They are very popular with people building hotrods and dragsters for exactly these reasons. Ours was scruffy but basically sound.

Once disassembled each part needs to be de-rusted and painted.

The engine vents the oily crank vapours down the left hand side of the car (by law modern engines recirculate this stuff back into the inlet manifold) and as you can see this side of the subframe is much less rusty than than the other. The whole thing came to bits in a few hours, We had to cut through a few bolts, where they had seized into the sleeves on the inside of a couple of bushes. No bother, the bottom arms got poly bushed before they went back and after a couple of weeks, the whole thing looked much better!

We still need to refit the steering rack when some fresh gaiters turn up as well as refit the hubs and the brakes. then it goes back on and we put the car back on its wheels and push it into the garage to start all the proper body work. The new parts for the rear brakes got here the other day too so stay tuned....