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General Discussion / Re: Seeking Advice on Hoods and Hardtops for the 3000
« Last post by jon3000 on December 06, 2020, 09:21:31 PM »
Here are some photos of the soft top.

I still have to fit the of the Tenax fixings, but I am holding off until I am sure they are in the right place.  At some point I want to change the front hoop to have a larger radius to raise up the centre more, but its is a perfectly usable top and I can now use the car in bad weather.

Thanks everyone for your help
General Discussion / Re: 3000 Pinto Exhaust Manifold
« Last post by jon3000 on December 04, 2020, 07:45:14 PM »
Thanks Nigel,

I know the name but don't know much about them, I just had a look at their website, they do have manifolds for Capri and Sierra, they are pipes rather than the casting.  I wonder if they can be adapted to fit.

You may recall I got the car part built from Pilgrim, it was abandoned project for them, or perhaps they got it like that from Haldane, so whilst I finished the car I did not build it from scratch. I need to look at the build manual carefully because it possibly my car is the one in the build manual . Where the manual stopped is probably where I had to start from.

My existing exhaust came with the car, it get close to the body and after running the engine and seeing how hot the body was getting worried it would catch fire! I constructed a heat shield from Aluminium.  So my concern with the exhaust is that its a tight fit in places
General Discussion / Re: 3000 Pinto Exhaust Manifold
« Last post by Nigel Haldane on December 04, 2020, 07:01:39 PM »
As the engines are still in use for racing and stuff, I would think pinto manifolds are still around. You could drop Burton power a mail I think they are Ford people they may help.
General Discussion / 3000 Pinto Exhaust Manifold
« Last post by jon3000 on December 04, 2020, 06:19:55 PM »
On my 3000, I have a Pinto 2.0 engine with a custom Pilgrim Exhaust Manifold. I noticed it needs a bit of welding as it has a few cracks.
I plan to get it welded, but I wonder about longer term options.

Being made of welded pipe I imagine it is not as robust as the usual thick castings. The Pinto had many different Exhaust Manifolds, I am wondering if any of the original manifolds could be pursuaded to fit the 3000, obviously the rest of the exhaust is custom but I wonder what others have.

Does anyone know if a 1.6 and a 2 litre Pinto Exhaust manifold have the same fitment? Attached is a photo of a 1.6  Manifold that looks like it might fit within the 3000 engine bay as an example.
General Discussion / Re: ETB Speedometer seems to have stopped working
« Last post by jon3000 on December 04, 2020, 05:21:44 PM »
I can confirm that the speedometer issues are humidity.It appears  to be design flaw with this rev 2 speedo .When I checked the speedo today I could see Odometer was blank again, repeating a heat treatment solved the issue again. At some point  I plan to conformal coat the electronics as a longer term fix.

General Discussion / Re: Seeking Advice on Hoods and Hardtops for the 3000
« Last post by jon3000 on December 04, 2020, 03:57:09 PM »
I have completed my frame, its not perfect, but it looks good enough to use, I had planned on giving it its first outing today at a second attempt for an MOT. However, bad weather and last minute troubles postponed my trip for the MOT.

I had a run of bad luck last night, I got the car back together last night and ran the car for the first time in a few weeks. It sounded rough and did not want to keep going, the also choke cable would not stay out, and HT cable broke when I went to check the plugs! I spotted some leaks in my exhaust manifold. Turns out the fuel gauge was lying and I was out of fuel! With fuel in it ran pretty good. So snow and the rain with a rash of last minute minor problems no MOT today.

I will post a photo when I get a chance, a bit difficult to get a worthwhile photo without daylight with the weather as it is.
General Discussion / Re: Seeking Advice on Hoods and Hardtops for the 3000
« Last post by jon3000 on November 28, 2020, 09:07:20 PM »
Well, I feel I have now made a breakthrough. I have decided at least initially to go for a fixed frame that does not fold down, I now have proper mounting fixed to some hardwood blocks that are screwed in from the wheel arch, and fibre glassed in place. I made tweaks to my prototype rear aluminium hoop which is brazed together and is now an excellent fit.

I still have work to do on the front hoop but I feel I am over the most difficult part. I Will let you know when the job is completed.

General Discussion / Re: Pilgrim Sumo mk 2 new hood free for collection
« Last post by jerzy1duck on November 20, 2020, 08:29:24 PM »
Hi Rick, is this still available please.
General Discussion / Re: Seeking Advice on Hoods and Hardtops for the 3000
« Last post by jon3000 on November 19, 2020, 08:15:41 PM »
Well progress has been slow, and a bit expensive having to order bits based on vague drawings online only to find that they don't quite fit.

I have now removed the boot and the roll bar whilst I work.

As I got closer I get the cover to the final fit I can see that the rear bar I bought for the BN7 is too much curve for the pilgrim cover. So I bought another one, this time for a frogeye which is a better match, it has a long straight section,  It's not a perfect fit (it could do with being a bit longer), but its a better match to the 3000 and it will have to do!

The front strip which is again frogeye is a good fit, it again could be longer, but seem to work well.

I fashioned a wooden pipe bender, a radius of about a foot seems best for the rear hoop. I have made a rear hoop from separate 5 pieces (with the next size up overlapping the join) so as to be able to adjust each section. At the moment each part is held with tape, I plan to braze this ( special aluminium rod)
to give me a good prototype.

I have made a protoype front hoop but now I need to do it again.

Hopefully this weekend will be more productive than the last!
General Discussion / Re: Seeking Advice on Hoods and Hardtops for the 3000
« Last post by jon3000 on November 08, 2020, 08:40:26 PM »
Thanks for the help on and off the forum. Progress is slow. Borrowing from Rogers design I have started with the assumption that the rear hoop is the primary with secondary hoop coming forward. My initial thought was to switch it like many of the Healey frames but for the moment I am going the same way as Roger.  The initial radius with the pipe bender is too tight to fit the cover well so I made the radius with the largest of the 25mm pipe dies, and placing the 16mm tube inside a  larger plastic tube (with cuts in it). It seems a reasonable fit although the radius could probably benefit from being even larger.
I am thinking to fit the turnbuckles in their spot right by the door to fix these points, they are the fixings least open to interpretation and will allow me to get some tension in the cover.

Developing a 3D frame without a reference is very tricky it will take a while.##

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