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keith hamer
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 29, 2016 9:53 am    Post subject: Olympic phase 1 WFV 812 Reply with quote

The recomissioning of my Olympic phase 1 WFV 812 has now started to gain a little momentum so I thought it may be time to write something about it on the forum.

As some of you may be aware I restored this car some 35 years ago and used it as everyday transport until 2000 when a minor gearbox problem and pressure of customer work laid it up for some time in the back of my workshop.

During the original restoration the front sub frame was replaced, at the time no replacements were available so I went along the route of fitting a Vauxhall Magnum/Vive front sub frame complete with suspension, brakes etc. The car has run with this set up ever since and has proved very successful. The other major thing I did during this initial restoration is to cut a rear hatch the same as the phase 2 which made the car into an extremely usable one.

Now the recomissioning has made some progress in the form of a new engine and gearbox set up. Originally I had used a very breathed on 1380cc 'A' series engine and 4 speed gearbox, which whilst realy good fun was very peaky and took some driving to keep on cam. I have now decided to fit a 'B' series engine and gearbox, which hopefully will be a little easier to cruse with, and to this end I have built a late 5 bearing MGB engine for the car. More on that later.

The work to date has revolved around getting this engine to fit the Vauxhall set up and making the necessary mountings for the engine and gearbox. These items are now finished and have been test fitted with the engine and gearbox in the car. Having done the 'mock up' the engine/gearbox have been removed and I have started preparing the engine bay for painting in body colour. At the same time I have made up the heater box, ducts, etc. to demist the windscreen and give some cabin heating, the cabin heating I have never really found essential.

As I get on I intend to post a little about the car including some pictures, you never know it may prove to be of interest and perhaps even inspire other restorations.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 2016 9:58 am    Post subject: WFV 812 Reply with quote

Last weekend I finally managed to get the engine bay on my phase 1 painted, but before we could finish off the preparation of said engine bay it was necessary to remove the engine and gearbox from the car.

As discussed earlier the car was fitted with a Vauxhall front suspension set in the 1980's, this has made the removal and subsequent re fitting of the engine/gearbox much easier than the standard phase 1, as can be seen from the picture below.



With the engine out I was able to prepare the bay to a reasonable standard to accept a couple of coats of 2K Ford signal yellow paint, the rest of the car will get a freshen up once we have it running properly on its new engine setup.



The pictures clearly show the work done on the original restoration which enabled me to use the Vauxhall sub frame and running gear. All the inner panel work at the front of the bay has been added to allow for this conversion. The right hand picture shows the new heater box which feeds the screen vents and passenger compartment with fresh hot air, the ducting from the blower motor fitted in the nose of the car is yet to be fitted.

The left hand picture shows the hole in the drivers foot well top which takes the modified Mini peddle assembly which Stan Hanks kindly made for me in the early 1980's. This modified peddle box uses girling horizontal master cylinders of 0.625" for the clutch and 0.7" for the brakes, the peddle ratio was also altered to give the brakes a nice feel without having to resort to a brake servo.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 10, 2016 11:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good stuff Keith, thanks for posting.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2016 2:57 pm    Post subject: Re: WFV 812 Reply with quote

Looking great Keith. I should start taking some pictures too now that the weather is picking up and the restoration is progressing.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 10, 2016 7:06 pm    Post subject: door hinges Reply with quote

Spent a couple of weeks (part time) working on re furbishing the drivers door hinge boxes, prior to refitting the hinges to the doors and making new top hat hinge pins, as a bit of an experiment I have made the new hinge top hats from phosphor bronze, with a little luck they will be strong enough for the job and won't suffer from the perennial problem associated with steel pins in aluminium hinges.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 16, 2016 8:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very interesting and informative Keith.
Many thanks for posting this; I could read this sort of stuff all day.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 22, 2016 9:01 am    Post subject: Doors Reply with quote

Had a couple of hours working on the car recently. The doors are now hung in place properly and I have been sorting out the windows.

This car was originally re-built with wind up window but since it has been languishing at the bottom of the workshop the door window regulators have gone walkabout, quite possibly ended up being donated to one of our restorations at some time. This meant that I have no regulators for my car, the solution was staring me in the face every day in the form of Fiat Cinquecento ones. Although they needed some modification they have proved to be 'just the thing'.

I am now looking at the possibility of fitting the windows without frames, I guess time will tell whether this is possible but it looks promising.



Whilst working on another restoration I discovered that Suzuki Swift steering column u/j's have the same spline as the old Riley rack many phase 1's use, and they have a nice bit of collapsible steering column to boot. Anyone looking to replace the Renault bottom bit of the Olympic column could do worse than look at this as an alternative.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2016 8:53 am    Post subject: Frameless Reply with quote

Over the weekend (between customer visits) I managed to finish off the frameless door window set up on my old phase 1.



It's looking like it may work, certainly the signs are good that it will. I quite like the look of the finished window, and feel that it makes the profile of the car look lighter in some way.

I have already been asked if I am going to do a 'how to' article for this modification. I will have a look into it but realistically I have lots to do already and have to make the choice whether to work on the car or write about it. Watch this space.
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PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2016 10:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for your continuing efforts on the club's behalf Keith, looks to be a really interesting restoration, I'm sure we'll all be looking forward to the next instalment - your time permitting obviously.
Best of luck with it.
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