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Marty's Stock Rod Build

Discussion in 'General Chit Chat' started by Martyh, Oct 27, 2017.

  1. Martyh

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    Starting this thread for those who may be interested and something a bit different.

    Having raced on the oval for quite a few years and gave up a few years back after racing Lightning Rods , Mondeo Rods and stock cars decided I missed the hobby so have decided to build myself a car I have built oval racing cars in the past.

    The formula I'm going into is Stock Rods these are a stripped out de-skinned hatch back vehicle running 1400cc Race engines.

    For those who don't know what stock rods are it's these



    So for that I'll need a vehicle and my choice is a Vauxhall Corsa C it's got to be fully stripped and caged ECT the engine that's show in the pictures below will be removed as it's no good for me at all. I had a few hours on the car tonight and the pics below will show where I'm upto and where I started.

    My boy is also getting involved in the build and once he has grown a bit more I'll build him a Junior Rod it's basically the same cage ECT apart from they only run a 1000cc none tuned engine.

    I hope you enjoy this log it will take a while to build as there is a lot to do [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

    These pictures will give you and idea what the cage is going to be like and the last picture will hopefully be my end goal all be it sign writing/sponsors will be different but will look basically the same.

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    Got on with the stock rod today and it was put on a diet !!! Made good progress the de-skinning is only rough cut and will all be tidied up so nice and neat here is a few pictures showing how the day went also got the fuel tank removed and a lot of the inside work continues tomorrow.......

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  3. Martyh

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    Another day on the stock rod started of like this

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    And by the end of today it was like this

    Engine removed as not running that

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    Finished of the stripping inside and removing sound denting some still left to do

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    The bonnet also needed to go on a diet so that got de-skinned still got the boot to do

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    All in all not a bad weekend on it and it's just about ready for me to start caging it after a few more bits are removed :)

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    Not much happened today but a few items have arrived for the build

    Sabelt 6 point harness [​IMG]

    Pop of steering wheel boss
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    Steering wheel
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    Starting and accessory pannel for main ignition , fan , fuel pump and guage illumination
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    New ignition system wiring to go from distributor to ignition module
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    Main kill switch for emergency use [​IMG]



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  5. doug_amanda

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    Interesting thread this,
    looking forward to following this build. Surprised at how roomy a corsa looks on the inside with the interior gone.
     
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    All the inner pannels have had there skins removed so will make it look bigger as well and looses some weight in the process

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    A few hours on the car after work tonight how the evening started

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    How the evening finished

    Front removed and wings

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    Tidied up round filler neck hole

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    Started removing one of the rear pannel skins to loose some more weight and makes it easier to straiten should I get a knock from behind
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    Removed some more of the floor bracings
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    Rear bumper removed
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    Not a bad few hours on the car :)

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    A couple of hours on the car tonight after work again and this how it was
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    This how it is now even less left the car is now nice and light still got a couple of bits to remove.

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  9. shady

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    A bit of "t-cut" and you'll be fine
     
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    Got the engine on the stand today

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    And removed the exhaust maunfold and rocker cover to expose camshaft and remove camshaft pully
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    Then undo head bolts 2 snapped in the block but machine shop soon sort that then remove cam carrier this exposes the rockers and lifters so remove all them as well
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    And then pull head off marked pistons so know there origional cylinder
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    Next was sump of to expose con rods and crank result the sump is already baffled

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    Undo all the conrod bolts and pop pistons out and remove oil pick up pipe
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    This left just the crank in place remove the crank caps and you left with this


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    Lift crankshaft out and remove bearings and you are left with a bare block
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    When removing the oil pick up this is exactly why you should not go shoving loads of sealer anywhere near oil ways or sump ECT!!![​IMG]

    That's just asking for oil starvation leading to engine failure !!


    Jobs that need doing

    Bores checked and honed

    Broken studs from block removed

    Block face machined

    Head face machined

    3 angled valve seats machined

    Cam carrier re-faced

    Crank polished as it has a few marks nothing majot

    New rings

    New camshaft and adjustable vernier

    Solid lifters

    New rocker arms

    New water pump

    New cambelt kit

    New ends and mains

    New high pressure oil pump

    Full gasket and seal set

    Good clean of all parts and a lick of paint

    And we should just about be there ......


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  11. doug_amanda

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    I've always said if your good at home repairs you'll save a fortune and if you can fix your car you'll save even more,
    I'm pretty good with the house things but a hopeless mechanic so hats off to you,,
    How much are you expecting it to cost when finished,, looks an expensive hobby .
     
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  12. Martyh

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    I should imagine ready to race around £2500 To buy one built and ready 5k ish so a big saving to build your own.

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    Had a few hours on the car today and managed to trim some more weight out of it !!!

    Cross bracings on floor removed and pillar bracings removed

    Pillar bracing in place
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    And with it removed

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    This all what was removed today

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    And gave the inside a good clean out ready for cage now that's next
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    All cuts still need cleaning up and made tidy but they can be done after the cage is all in its coming on now :)

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    Had a good session on the car and got arches and skirts fitted it's starting to take shape now :)

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    Coming along nicely, very neat welding :)
     
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    Thanks it all takes time I'm in no rush so will hopefully look well once done :)

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    Few hours on it tonight so time to fit the rear bumper and side supports


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    Next I have started to blend arches and skirt to the car looks better

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    Next was some more weight saving !! Now you probably thinking not possible but it was the passenger door has been skinned
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    Also there is no need for a door handle so I have removed that you will see the plate put over the hole in above picture and this is it finished after a bit of filler
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    So not a bad few hours on the car another step closer :)

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    Things are moving along well I have mounted the passenger door skin and have mounted the boot and front bumper

    Brackets in place that are drilled and tapped 6mm to take the bolts

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    And door skin bolted in place

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    Next is the front bumper plates added and front bumper secured
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    The top section of bumper / grill I'll pick up of bonnet posts I'll show that in another update when I come to that part

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    Had a good day on the car today and started to get the cage in its finally starting to look something :)

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    Assume you made the cage and it's not bought to fit that model of car?

    Looks plenty strong enough.
     
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