and so to the whole point of the thread really, which was to explain what and why i had been out spending money like water!
as many of you will recall, i totally fell in love with Kev's VJM Sud, totally beautiful, and although i would have done in a heartbeat, it would have been wrong of me to buy it, as the whole VJM story would not have come to the fantastic conclusion it did, which as we all agree, is just wonderful, but it was largely responsible for my obsession for a Sud sometime soon,
and then there came Ted Pearsons race sud, and another fantastic story which has many many chapters to come yet, and this was the car that sealed the deal in my mind, as to what direction i had to go with a Sud once i'd got one.
i don't mean to build a race car, but certainly a modified Sud, that will externally resemble the race cars of the 80's, and Ted's beauty, but with a full everyday interior, and with a modern twist to things mecanically.
So, firstly, the 16v motor i have already put to one side, will get a rebuild and a thorough smarten up, and as some of you will know from the other threads, i plan to run it on carbs, not the injection system, to be in keeping with the feel and drive of an 82 Sud, but also in the hope that i can gain a bit more oomph from this mod too
i already have a 16v crossmember, thanks to Colin, sudboy, so that bit was taken care of a while back, and Colin is also the gent responsible for organising a group buy of the all importnat carb manifiolds for a 16v motor,
well done that man!
As many will know, to install a 16v isn't quite straight forward, and as i wish to run some big modified brakes too, it was an easy decision to make that, seeing that i will need the running gear from a 33 to get the forward arms, outboard hubs, and driveshafts, to simply buy another 33 to get a fully matched set up, as the shafts and hubs can have varying spline arrangements if bought seperately, so i set about finding a suitable donor car.
what i found was this very very late M reg car at AandC Salvage yard in Bolton
its not a perfect candidate, in that being a very late Cat car, it has the 3 bolt front struts, and the 4 bolt pattern that the Sud requires, but not an issue as i have some spare 4 bolt sturts already from my own QV, but the bonus comes in that it is a perfectly good running 1712cc IE 8 valve motor, and i'm promised (untested) that the gearbox is good too, both of which will be up for sale to help fund the Sud project.
another bonus is that it had a 145 cloth interior cobbled into it, which is great because i am not going to be keeping the Recaro's in either, so i would have needed to source at least some front seats for the time being anyway, fab!
other parts like a crossover manifold, axles parts, etc etc will be for sale from it too, holla if you need anything?
But how is my little old sud ever going to look like Teds and other race cars?
well, whilst in Bolton at the breakers, literally five minutes from Liam and his race Sud and array of parts, i went round to buy the fibreglass wings, splitter, and full rear quarters, all with the Trofeo arches built in, that he has lovingly removed from his race car! awesome!!!
Calos Fandango, eat your heart out!!
its going to take a brave moment when it comes to chopping the steel out to make way for the fibreglass stuff, but it will give me the chance to sort out and eliminate all past, present, and future rust issues, give me the look ive been after for so long, and get even my fully furnished road car down to under 800kg, which with a healthy dollop of 16v power, should make for a pretty tasty Sud!
what you may have also spotted in amongst the arches, is a small collection of ebay wins and finds that will also be used on the build, but worty of mention solely from their bargain perspective!
a set of Dellorto DRLA 40's, sweet feeling carbs but will be fully serviced before use anyway, turned out to be right on my doorstep being sold by an Autograss racer right here in Newark, won for just £73, collected that night for about £1.52! ha ha!
a brand new 16v clutch kit, apparently with an uprated pressure plate, and 3 brand new track rod ends, all bought from the same guy in Stockport, for under £60, and collected on route to collect the 33,
brilliant bargain hunting!
so things are coming together in as far as sourcing the parts i need to make a superb Sud, and there will be plenty of good parts for sale along the way too to help fund the project,
including, i think, the BLS motor and 1.2 gearbox currently in the car, the 33 1712cc motor and gearbox plus spares and much much i'm sure!
now i'm afraid it might be a while before i can start a Sud Build thread, because i have Julians GT Junior to complete, and then my own 33 to finish, and a complete Mini to rebuild, before i can gain the space needed to do a really thorough on the spit job (hopefully, thank you Kev!)
but having spoke to Chris, Supercharged earlier today, he wasn't prepared to wait to see what i was being cagey about, and instructed to post it up immediately, and under this title,
so never let it be said that i don't do as i'm told! ha ha!