georgeramos wrote:This is one of the most exciting restos ive seen on here. You read so much abouy guy croft but to see a documented build is really a treat. Thank you for sharing and yes yes yes on the you tube video!
Many thanks for your comments but I think most of the praise should go to the professionals who did much of the work; Guy for the engine, Nige for prepping the engine bay and Lance for the exhaust. I could have done much of this myself but I didn't have the time and, to be honest, I couldn't have achieved anywhere near the very high standards of work that the professionals did. As someone once said, if you think experts are expensive you should try and amateurs!
I think this is a good place to suggest subscribing to Guy Croft's website. All of these blog sites cost something to run and indeed FiatSpider.com has to do much fund raising to enable us all to have free access. Guy is virtually a one-man outfit, so trying to raise funds for his website has become too time consuming for him. So Guy now charges a one-off fee and it is very difficult to put a price on the extremely high quality of professional advice he offers. In fact, if required he takes time out to personally answer the many requests he gets.
My car is actually at a rolling-road today, firstly to get a power check and also to sort out the carb jetting as it appears to be slightly awry.
The next issue is to sort out the under hood temperatures. One of the drawbacks of that beautiful exhaust manifold is that it acts like a huge radiator because its surface area is far greater than that of the original cast manifold. So consequently I'm looking to get an airbox for to get nice cool ambient air to feed carburettor. I suspect this may be why getting slight pinking (NOT detonation as I previously reported) under load because under the temperature is high, or it could simply be the jetting needs sorting.
Guy did warn me this may be an issue (another indication of his experience) and suggests that I may be at the limit of what power is available with the current under hood set up. I'm still waiting for an air box so I will report back if that resolves the pinking issue. Guy even talked about high-pressure areas under the hood causing problems of heat building up with nowhere to escape and thinks I may even need to consider some additional ducting on the inner wings. Again, once the rolling road results come back I'll have a clear idea if any of there issues remain.