Megabusa Build Diary Megabusa Build Diary. en-us Tue, 16 Apr 2024 03:29:44 GMT Tue, 16 Apr 2024 03:29:44 GMT Carl Brighton Speed Trials Sat, 12 Sep 2009 12:00:00 GMT Crash Pics! Pictures of my car & Steve's car after this week's crashes Mon, 01 Dec 2008 12:00:00 GMT On Track At Rockingham Before the crash... Sat, 29 Nov 2008 12:00:00 GMT On the scales Showing 602kg, which includes a 75kg driver. Fully fuelled the car weighs 527. Wed, 26 Nov 2008 12:00:00 GMT Engine Rebuild again After the dodgy rolling road, 4 conrods needed refreshing Thu, 20 Nov 2008 12:00:00 GMT Panel underside & Gearbox mount Wed, 19 Nov 2008 12:00:00 GMT Brake Balance Bar Install Sun, 16 Nov 2008 12:00:00 GMT Rolling Road Problems It was all going well on the rolling road, we'd been mapping for over 3 and a half hours, got up to throttle site 11, when the pulley wheel for the dry sump system decided to fall on the floor. Paniccing we tried to kill the engine, but an earlier electrical 'botch' made to connect the alternator in had rendered the kill switch useless. Unfortunately the engine ran for an extra few seconds with no oil. We reconnected it, and started the engine back up again, and there appeared to be no problems. However, we can't be exactly sure when it stopped turning, so it may have run pretty fast with no oil. The guys said that often it would be 100% fine, but i would be best inspecting the big end and main bearings to make sure. We aborted all mapping for the evening - it had gone very well and the lion's share of the work had been done with the exception of the final throttle sites to check the ignition and fuel maps. The fuel map was very different to the base map, mine looking much flatter. Turns out the bolt was an 8.8 and needed to be a 12.9, and likely hadn't been torqued high enough. I couldn't use the original ford bolt because it had a massive washer fitted that could not be removed - i had gone and bought another bolt. I think i can do the inspecting of the bearings from the underside of the car without jacking it up. Pop off the sump pan, uncrack con rod #1 and #4 and the main cradle, and check everything looks good. If there are problems i will need to take the engine out, as the gearbox being connected to the crank means i can't get at the rear bearings. Wed, 12 Nov 2008 12:00:00 GMT A few last minute bits Got the engine running again, it runs like a beauty. Sorted the throttle linkage and cable. Rolling Road Tonight! Tue, 11 Nov 2008 12:00:00 GMT Success Its been a busy few days... Sorted out lots of odds & sods, the exhaust, gearbox mounting. Got the engine started, runs like a dream! Rolling road in 2 days... Sun, 09 Nov 2008 12:00:00 GMT Bits & bobs Here are a few pics of my car, and a few of SBD's westy Fri, 07 Nov 2008 12:00:00 GMT Trying to get finished... ried to get the duratec elite box into the chassis, and it was just problem after problem... 1. Prop too long! The westfield supplied prop was too long by around 15mm. My prop is exactly 85cm. I'll give them a call tomorrow to try and figure out what's going on! 2. Pace dry sump scavenge pipe doesn't fit. It clashes with the frontmost engine mount. 3. The steering arm clashes with the third exhaust header. 4. The gearbox mounting is way off, can't figure it out at all. To fit on the holes the engine would need to be 2" lower, which is impractical, and would mean the engine mounts would not fit. I now need to figure out a way of soft mounting the box somehow. 5. The clutch master cylinder clashes with exhaust header number four. Looks like i need a new cylinder. Sun, 02 Nov 2008 12:00:00 GMT Oil Tank Install Passenger footwell shortened, oil tank & battery installed. Fri, 24 Oct 2008 12:00:00 GMT A little more progress Little by little... Andy did some fibreglassing to fill holes, i marked up the passenger seat/extingisher/tank/battery and finished the fuel system in the back. Thu, 23 Oct 2008 12:00:00 GMT A bit more progress Engine is hovering, and i have been working on the fuel swirl pot Tue, 21 Oct 2008 12:00:00 GMT Engine Build Complete The engine is now full built. Today finished off the timing and put the side casings on. Now i'm waiting on dry sump, bellhousing and gearbox. Sun, 19 Oct 2008 12:00:00 GMT Engine Build Part One Lots of fun! Glass of wine helped with the lubrication. Head complete, crank in place. More tomorrow... Fri, 17 Oct 2008 12:00:00 GMT A bit more progress Slow progress on wiring, but should be fitting final panels, body, rollcage and engine build starting too - all that for this weekend. Wed, 15 Oct 2008 12:00:00 GMT Electrics Got the ECU and loom roughly installed and tested out the new dash. Sweet! Wed, 08 Oct 2008 12:00:00 GMT More Good Progress! Chassis coming along nicely. Tue, 07 Oct 2008 12:00:00 GMT Tue, 07 Oct 2008 12:00:00 GMT First day's work on the chassis Great progress today, got the chassis mostly panelled, although some of the westfield panels were missing. The old car is starting to look very sorry for itself! You really could not do this job without the air riveter, it has become my favorite tool. Sun, 05 Oct 2008 12:00:00 GMT It begins! I went to SBD to pick up the engine and performance components. I used their workshop to strip down the engine to leave them with the head and crank which will take a couple of weeks to upgrade. Meanwhile i've got all the new goodies! Off to pick up the new chassis from Westfield tomorrow... Fri, 03 Oct 2008 12:00:00 GMT Performance Power: 274.1bhp Torque: 179ft/lbs Weight: 527kgs BHP/Tonne: 512 0-60: Under 3 seconds Top Speed: Geared to 151mph Suspension Setup Camber Front Left : -2.0 Camber Front Right : -2.0 Camber Back Left : -1.5 Camber Back Right : -1.5 Front Toe : 20 mins out Rear Toe : 35 mins in The Car Westfield SEiW Megabusa Sports 2000 Race Chassis Westfield Front Wide Track Siltech Front Anti-Roll Bar Westfield Rear Anti-Roll bar CAGED Race Roll Cage Nitron Alloy Gas Shocks Compomotive CXR 13" Wheels, 7" front, 9" rear 1:3.6 Ford Viscous Limited Slip Differential Michelin Slick 23/57 Rear and 20/53 front Tyres Alloy Uprights and AP Racing Front Calipers Westfield Aeroscreen 4 point race harnesses Carbon Fibre Dashboard & Tunnel Carbon Mods Cycle wings