Stuff done again, surprisingly.

Niki took back his vl125 and the kawa’s getting a paint job

With Sean’s help got the tca’s out of the escorts legs, pleasantly surprised that there actually quite light the weight seems to be all in the legs/hubs, I can replace the hubs with alloy ones to get even less unsprung weight. Going with all steel suspension, no rubber!

Found this jago:

It’s uncanny!

jago/escort front suspension

Feeling quite slow today, not getting good sleep, swmbo has a chest infection.

got most of the front suspension apart, the crossmember is toast, one side the hole for the tca is oblong from someone not tightening up the bolt and the other side I’ve practically destroyed trying to get the tce bolt out (it’s still stuck there). Steering rack is good as is the ball joints, it’s a 4.5 turn rack, should be okay. Now I’m trying to figure out what to do with the front end, all steel or standard rubber bushs? all steel means I can extend the wheelbase by 3.5″ but then everything has to be changed, dampers, coilover kit, top mounts, compression struts, spherical joint tca’s, and there would be no anti-rollbar so the spring poundage would have to go up making a hard metal ride even harsher. Rubber means keeping the anti-rollbar which limits the heelbase to 78″, I don’t like vague suspension and I said I’d not be too stingy with this car so probably steel, I’ll see how I feel when I figure out how much and when my head clears abit.

Seriously low jago

Sorted the steel for the tuk tuk and the jago, stored it under the starlet, it’s a piece of steel so i didn’t take a pic. 😛

Now you see it!

Now you don’t! oh wait no it’s in the corner, damn.

Super low, should have done a pic with me in it wear a silly hat or something.

harsh sun slowed me down, but you can make out the slit i cut in the stuck leftovers of the rollcage (rollcage my ass!) so that waste is off now.

Slipped on the shortened roll bar and sat in, seems a bit tight will have to sort the seating position first before welding in the cage.

I wish.

Loads to do with the front end, are those legs really long or what?

think this has been in the back of the garage for about 5 years, apart from the crap power coating coming off the frame it’s looking quite presentable.

More busa cleaning and more bloody cruisers.

Started today by going out and getting the welder back from sarges garage, the tuk tuk will have to wait until we get the metal.

Finally did the rear brake pads, and then while I was at it I fixed the tank protector on properly and clean the right hand side of the bike (didn’t wanna get too over worked)

then went on to niki’s bike, plug was blown from running to rich, so the choke cable was unstuck and..

the air filter cleaned. took a fair bit of head scratching to figure it all out but we wanted to make sure that the blown plug wasn’t from over tight tappets or any thing. engine smokes a bit now but then it does have 57000km on the clock.

Ass of the jago is off the ground, it’s really tall. crazy chassis mods needed?

Rescued these from behind the garage, the gsxf is mine now.

Then i went home just as it started raining my my (half) clean busa 🙁

Post crash analysis

Apart from the cat scaring the shit outta me on a dark night, causing me to jerk my back into spasm and stopping my breathing again, I’ve been fine!

Christmas has come and gone and we’re now getting back to normal, haven’t done much too much ice and cold out there, went up to the garage to-day, 2″ thick sheet ice all up the road, The runner is light so at a crawl speed i made it fine.

Got my claim form sent off, the other guy has admitted liability so all that stands in my way of money is the efficiency of allianze. Almost positive that i want a gsxr1100w (watercooled 93-98). the clipons are above the top yoke so easily turned into a mile muncher, if i need the seat a little lower a gsxr750 tail piece and seat ought to fit (much nicer look too) 155bhp is probably way over the top, but hey throttle works both ways and I’ll still probably have the cbr6. Which is getting a fresh start with a bright red frame and a gunmetal grey engine and body work.

Managed to get the rear shocks on the jago, too damn frozen to do any more.

The whole point of going up to the garage today was to check if i had any delivery, and i did, yay!  Still waiting for the ebay seller to get back to me about that servo saver, mailed him again today. Would have the meccano RC going now but for the saver saver.

Jago axle

Got the axle off the jeep to weld up that tiny crack.


Struggled with the welder for a hour, trip blows if I turn it up to max (4) so at 3 I did the weld and it wasn’t pretty but it should do the job


Axle back in, lads at pointed out that a few vans didn’t have the spring pads either, there only there for comfort, so I chucked em. Not much comfort when you don’t have roof doors or a windscreen.


bout -1 this morning so after i knocked off the ice I used an old fourstar shirt to keep my arse from shattering, stayed in place great tucked under the strap, finally a use for seat straps!

ebay seller classicandmoderncarparts got back to me about the wheel cylinders, the sliding clips that hold the cylinder are no longer made, now i gotta find out if all 8″ drums use the same style cylinder or should i upgrade to a 9″ drum set.


The clips in question.

More english axle woes

Even I’m sick of it now.


Took for ever to wind on those nuts, but i didn’t want to chop the bolts until i have seen the ride height.


That piece on the bottom is meant to go above the spring and below the axle, it’s too thick meant for a multi leaf spring and I’m skipping the leaf mount pads anyway, hope the spring don’t crack. If it does it’s 5-link time! also in the pic you can see the ominous bit of oil on the axle….



Man wheels! hairy chested too!


Matt black rustoleum not so chip resistant as a gloss.


Couldn’t find an axle location pin (perhaps because i kept searching for a location bolt) it matters not since im not bothering with the leaf pads. the bolts edges would tear up the rubber.


It’s cracked, you can’t quite see it in the pic, it’s a hairline, and i would never has seen it except for when the axle was on it’s end in the garage getting painted, it leaked a tiny bit showing it up. (sorry bout the crap pic).

saw an atlas axle in Donegal for €220, maybe i should just redo the spring mount on that and slip it in, how hard can it be?

Oh fired off and email to an ebay seller about anglia wheel cylinders, if he has what i need i’ll just fit anglia bits, or maybe i really should get that atlas.


No pics this time, dead phone again, mostly did measuring today anyway.
quite accurate:

1034mm outer width of spring mounts(includeing 6mm jago frame)

88mm leaf bush width

934mm leaf/spring sadle center

485mm leaf eye to axle

m12 front bolts

quite dodgy:

1346mm wide axle (53″)

1220mm back plate to back plate (48″)

This stuff is from a guy named boswell, who is looking for axle info for his datsun.

the standard 120y axle is 51.5 inches (1308mm) [114.3 pcd]

MGB axle is 52 inches (1320mm) [114.3 pcd]

Ford Capri Atlas is 58 inches (1473mm) [108pcd]

Ford escort English axle is 54 inches (1371mm) [108pcd]

Ford Anglia van std axle is 50 inches (1270mm) [108pcd]

Reliant Scimitar is 53 inches (1346mm) [114.3pcd]

Axle was doing my head in until i saw his info, it must be an escort axle, with an anglia 4.44:1 diff, the brakes however are still annoying me,

Are all 8″ drums the same? I don’t like the single piston sliding thing, but if it were just that i’d live with it, it’s the imperial vs metric thats tripping me up now, are they anglia drums (imperial) or escort (metric)?

English Axle

I’m working my way through getting the rear end up off the ground, degreased the axle three times and finally painted it the other day (dead phone so no pics)


Now I’m trying to sort the brakes, staying with the 8″ drums because there the lightest, but I need to find out where the axle came from to sort what kinda wheel cylinders I need. 4.44:1 ratio indicates an anglia van axle and pictures on the net of anglia wheel cylinders bear this out, that makes it an imperial set-up? also the anglia cylinders are weird having a sort of one piston sliding set-up that doesn’t look like a good idea, sierra’s also use 8″ drums, but I haven’t found out if there backing plates will fit or not, keeping the eyes peeled for escort back plates on ebay.


The brother going raceing again and has taken out the cr250, looks quite well since it’s been stood for 5 years now, started and all with no special work needed.


This is what interested me, one day I’ll 4 or 5 or 6 link the rear of the jago and in the bargain add 16.8 inchs to the wheelbase (up to the 94.8 escort length) second hand motocross shocks are cheap and fully rebuild able mounted a little way up on the link arms should give the right travel, roll centers are bothering me now, low is best but then the shocks are going to be mounted high on the the upper links, would be better on the lower ones, think I’ll four link the axle and make the top ones into a A frame of sorts to control lateral movement. decisions decisions decisions.

15×9 weller wheel

Been busy away from garage and abit sick, so nothing done really.


Just gave it a quick coat of paint, will paint the others with the old tyres on, so that when the new ones are on the jobs done. 195/50 tyres are going on should suit the jago with a little suspension drop.


C90 racer, I would of went for the super charger but now the race team is full and there’s no room for my idea’s.

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