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  1. Looks like he hasn't been on here for over a year so can't really ask him. From his build thread it looks like he had 7J front and 8J rear so my 8J/9J combo may be ambitious.
  2. I know, and that was kinda my plan to give the diff a chance, but they are nice though aren't they?
  3. Found some cool looking wheels at a decent price and in 16" so loads more / better tyre choice. But they're 8j front and 9j rear (both ET10) Will they be too wide for the Eclat? Minimum tyre width suggested for the rim width are 215 front 235 rear, but ideally 225/245.
  4. Silver Hammerite by the looks. There is surface rust but I'm really pleased how solid it is
  5. Chassis now dragged from underneath and seems nice and solid. No sign of any previous repairs and doesn't look to need any Looks like it's been removed before and given a coat of Hammerite which has probably saved it. My mate has a sand blasting firm so it'll be off there to be cleaned up once I've made the engine / gearbox mounts. Body has to be higher than expected to roll the chassis out!!
  6. Would make a pretty cool monster truck
  7. Found them!! One either side of fuel tank into suspension turret. Bloody seatbelt mounts!! Through body into chassis, never thought of them Body now successfully lifted clear of chassis
  8. Found them!! One either side of fuel tank into suspension turret. Bloody seatbelt mounts!! Through body into chassis, never thought of them Body now successfully lifted clear of chassis
  9. I'm about to try lifting the body off and want to make sure I've removed all the bolts first. So I've removed- 2 at front on chassis extensions. 2 on front inner wings 4 (or 6?) along spine of chassis from underneath 2 under rear seat 2 through boot floor Is that it, or have I missed any?
  10. I'm about to try lifting the body off and want to make sure I've removed all the bolts first. So I've removed- 2 at front on chassis extensions. 2 on front inner wings 4 (or 6?) along spine of chassis from underneath 2 under rear seat 2 through boot floor Is that it, or have I missed any?
  11. Bit of progress- Picked up an M20 gearbox locally last and collected the V8 this week, it's a big un!! Both seem to fit into their respective spaces individually, just need to separate chassis, bolt them together and see how they fit then......
  12. The adapter plate from Poland does fit this gearbox apparently as one of the options is the M20 engine bolt pattern
  13. Just had a bit of a revelation today regarding my gearing issue. A mate asked if I'd looked at the earlier E30 bmw 5spd gearbox. I hadn't even considered it tbh but turns out it's very similar size wise to the later 5spd but does have an overdrive 5th at 0.81 which looks ideal for what I need. So i can at least give the Salisbury diff a chance to start with but I'd still prefer a 3.7 rather than the 4.1 i have, if anyone has one they want to sell or swap?
  14. Cheers. So if the driveshafts and UJs are the weakpoint then there doesn't seem much point in going the Atlas route then. Is this the case or do the diffs fail with big power / torque? The Excel chassis route sounds very expensive once you factor in all the extra parts, like toyota gearbox and diff. These can be £1K each from what I've seen!!
  15. A quick measure up suggests that it is going to be very tight to fit the longer 6 speed BMW box and if it does fit it is going to push the engine forward meaning the crossmember will need to be cut. So, using the shorter 5spd box is looking like a better option. However, this means that I will need to change the diff ratio. I see that JB engineering do a 3.08 cwp which would be the easiest option https://jb-engineering.co.uk/?page_id=80 but I'd still have the inherently weak Salisbury axle. I see some have shortened an Atlas axle with the same ratio to fit, but I can't seem to find any info on here. Can anyone point me in the right direction please?
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