|Thank you for the feedback, gents. I know youíre pretty hot in the field of electronics, Bob, so Iíll heed your advice and get a new fan relay ordered. I suppose it wonít hurt to toss the other relay into my box of ďjust in caseĒ spares that I carry around?
I know a lot of folk like to fit fan override switches to their V8ís, but I couldnít bring myself to drill a hole into the dash when itís survived unmodified for 37 years and is one of the few cars that still have an almost flawless factory applied crackle finish? Whilst Iím not a concourse guy either, the modifications I have carried out in the past have been done in such a way that they are fully reversible back to stock specifications with basic hand tools when I eventually decide Iíve finished trying to make the car look like a reject from 70ís ďKustom CarĒ magazine and want to tone it back down a little bit.
Whilst Iím aware etiquette suggests itís bad form to big up your own car on a forum, in all seriousness my rubber bumper model runs just as cool as all the chrome V8ís Iíve owned so Iím pretty anxious not to upset things mechanically. I once proved this to myself with a laser thermometer after Nicola and I had been out for a run in the pair of V8ís. Surprisingly the RB car was running a couple of degrees cooler than the Chrome nosed car after the same journey?
Iíve got a real Ďbee in my bonnetí (if youíll pardon the pun) over the popular opinion that RB cars are prone to overheating. These cars were designed to run in countries much hotter than the UK so I passionately believe that if the cooling system is properly maintained and in fine fettle they should be fine in the UK? Certainly, I feel the experiences Iíve had with the car serve to reinforce that opinion?
You do make an interesting point about the temp of the float bowls, though, Bob. This problem has been negated on my car to a degree by the fitment of a ĎWebberbrockí 500 carb & Edelbrock performer inlet. (The air filter/bonnet modification Iíve got in mind may well end up swinging the issue the other way by inducing carb icing but weíll see what happens) However, I can relate to your thoughts on K+Nís. When I first bought my car it too had K&Nís fitted. I then switched back to a full factory inlet system and noted the car had a bit more pep, yet had a more muted inlet roar. I accept that may well be a moot point as I do not believe the previous owner had the carbs re-jetted to suit the K+Nís?
A pal of mine built a little device for his log burning fire using some steel ducting and a fan cannibalised from an old computer. Imagine a ďUĒ shaped length of steel conduit with a computer fan on one end going under the grate, turning through two 90 degree bends and then the other end of the conduit pointing back into the room. The fan draws air from the room into the pipe which is heated by the fire above and warm air gets blown back into the room. A variation on the same theme could be to use a computer fan and some ducting running from either the grille area or from down the side of the gearbox to the back of the engine bay to provide a source of cool air to chill the float bowls down when youíre touring abroad?
As an aside, you might consider re-fitting the original air cans again as recently there was a note on the website stating that there was now a K+N filter element suitable for fitment inside the lobster pots, although I failed to track it down on a brief search of the archive?
The only other issue I can think of with a C bonnet on a rubber bumper car is going to be the absence of the little blister on the nose of the bonnet compared with the stock B item. To get the lip of the bonnet to marry up completely with the bumper centre section Iím hoping to re-create the bulge by making a couple of careful cuts in the bonnet skin with a dremel and to weld in a couple of in-fill pieces to tidy it up.
I digress a little, but If it all goes to plan Iím hoping itíll at least raise a few smiles on the first of July at the retro show @ Santapod drag strip. There was a pretty good turn out from the MG Car Club last year Ė there was 10 cars in the little show and shine area from T types to midgets to MGAís plus we had 4 x factory v8ís, 1 x v8 conversion, 2 x v8 roadsters and 1 x genuine Costello GTV8 on the track. Iím hoping for a turn out of 10+ V8ís this year, not to mention that this year, former competitors from the now long defunct Rover V8 challenge will be using our little pit area for their first reunion - there should hopefully be a couple of the old race cars on display too, fingers crossed!