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Re: New owner with unbuilt Thunder Ranch

Postby EEricson » Wed Sep 25, 2019 2:54 pm

Yeah it was pretty painless, though running the big cable away from the exhaust is gonna be a little tricky since I flipped the trans bracket system 180 degrees.
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Re: New owner with unbuilt Thunder Ranch

Postby EEricson » Thu Oct 03, 2019 3:25 am

Close to coming in for a landing. I called the insurance company the other day and they want pics of the car so I dusted it off and pushed it outside. I figure I'm 6 hours' work from having something I can take to the state for inspection.

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Re: New owner with unbuilt Thunder Ranch

Postby EEricson » Sun Oct 06, 2019 5:38 pm

New blog post on the project:
https://alongcameaspyder.wordpress.com/2019/10/07/interior-trim-and-trouble/

Trimming out the interior. Not as good at this as some others are on this board.
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Re: New owner with unbuilt Thunder Ranch

Postby EEricson » Sun Oct 20, 2019 2:54 pm

The Spyder is aligned and the ride height is set.

https://alongcameaspyder.wordpress.com/2019/10/20/alignment-success-hydraulic-trouble/

The exhaust is all done.

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Having trouble with the clutch system though. I keep adjusting it and it seems to pull the arm fine but I can't get "clutch" enough to put the car in gear while running. Anyone with a CNC hydraulic clutch have any tips?
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Re: New owner with unbuilt Thunder Ranch

Postby sjgharib » Mon Oct 21, 2019 10:42 am

If I recall correctly you can put quite a lot of pre-tension on it - in other words when the clutch is released the arm is not slack, as there's a lot of movement in the arm before the plates disengage...
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Re: New owner with unbuilt Thunder Ranch

Postby EEricson » Tue Oct 22, 2019 12:53 pm

Thanks. I've got it about 30 degrees now before it seems to bump into something I can't push with my finger. I put a thin aluminum pipe over the clutch arm this am to see if I could engage the clutch with it that way and the pipe split... gonna get something a bit stouter after dinner.

The slave seems to be bled out but it still only pulls maybe a half or 5/8 of an inch. And I have to use a shim to get it to that spot on the clutch arm where it seems to "engage." So it all seems wrong.
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Re: New owner with unbuilt Thunder Ranch

Postby sjgharib » Thu Oct 24, 2019 8:20 am

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hopefully this is helpful to see how much "preload" you can put there statically

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Re: New owner with unbuilt Thunder Ranch

Postby EEricson » Fri Oct 25, 2019 2:22 pm

Thanks, that's very helpful.

I actually figured out the problem yesterday. Wrong pressure plate. I ordered one of those clip on ring things you need to put on the fingers of the later clutch to make it act like the earlier clutch and allow the TOB to reach it. Drive train is coming out tomorrow.
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Re: New owner with unbuilt Thunder Ranch

Postby EEricson » Sat Oct 26, 2019 5:22 pm

Engine is back out. Part is ordered.

https://alongcameaspyder.wordpress.com/ ... -back-out/

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Which might be the only dang automotive part I have ever thrown away.
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Re: New owner with unbuilt Thunder Ranch

Postby EEricson » Sun Nov 03, 2019 7:29 am

Clutch is back together (blog here: https://alongcameaspyder.wordpress.com/2019/11/03/interior-trim-also-clutch-rr/)

I also finished the door top upholstery and some other interior bits.
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Re: New owner with unbuilt Thunder Ranch

Postby EEricson » Mon Nov 11, 2019 5:32 pm

Put the engine back in today.

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Re: New owner with unbuilt Thunder Ranch

Postby EEricson » Sun Nov 17, 2019 5:48 pm

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Re: New owner with unbuilt Thunder Ranch

Postby Devin » Tue Nov 19, 2019 3:27 pm

Really excited to see the completed project, must be feeling good to be so close!

Lots of pics.
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Re: New owner with unbuilt Thunder Ranch

Postby DannyP » Fri Nov 22, 2019 3:35 am

Finished? When are they ever finished?

Ed, looking great.
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Re: New owner with unbuilt Thunder Ranch

Postby EEricson » Sat Nov 23, 2019 5:52 pm

Thanks man! Almost there.
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