its been so long without updating this thread I don't know where to begin.
Great to hear from you Justin, hows the GTA?
As for the Sud, well, she's off the road, in the garage, and up off the floor. I need to do a bit more clearing out in there and then she can go up on the rotating spit for the beginnings of the overhaul and restoration.
so clearly that sounds like I've done naff all, but Chris is quite correct, I have been up and dow the country hovering up all sorts of bits n bob, so much so that I now have duplicates of most parts and don't know which way to go!!
I have the 16v engine sorted for it, and due to my current status as Wheel WHoar, I've been refurbishing and reselling loads of rims recently. and i'm totally addicted to the old skool brands and styles at the mo, and in fact, its a bloody good business with the current popularity of these wheels for the retro, dub and euro lads.
If you remember back, I've got fibreglass bodywork with the Trofeo kit grafted in, a'la Ted Perason's gorgeous green meanie, and got totally carried away with the fascination for "Filling" those wider arches to the point where I would be about 2" beyond those arches, front and back, left and right!
Carlos Fandango styleeeee! ha ha!
realising that the dream purchase of some 3 piece split rim Compomotive CX501's, 8j and 9j wide, is not going to work with an offset of -22 and -26, when the BLS built trofeo sud from years ago filled their arches perfectly with 8j width and an et of +30, so as much as I adore them, it looks like I will fully refurb them as I have been doing and sell them on to someone with a Mk1 Escort with forest arches or X pack or something, which is what I suspect they should ave been for originally now I have calculated the offsets. And yes that meant that the stud pattern was wrong too, 4 x 108 instead of 4 x 98, but I had that in hand with some cunning machining and fabrication.
However, they're not to be, but will sell very well once I've beautified them, and I have since landed upon some more exquisite big fat wheels, which were in fact my first choice but are simply so rare even a determined rim tart like me couldn't unearth them.
heres just a tiny hint at how they sit on Ti bodywork
that no spacers, and just 205 50 15 rubber, she's gonna be awesome dudes!!!!
more on that one later....
back to the other bits, errrm, well, undecided as to whether to go with the Dellorto 45's I bought way back from Bryan / BLS, which was my original plan to keep the Sud a carb car and a tiny bit more period, or do I go hell for leather and go with the dellorto Throttle Bodies and custom trumpets i'm currently working on, in conjunction with the MBE956 programmable ecu I've got from Adey (Rs Fruitbat) and stick mappable fuel injection on it?
i'm still leaning towards the carbs, despite excellent advice to contrary, and the MBE can go on the 33 instead eventually.
what do you guys think?