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12 Jul 2019 05:30 #210932 by Lambert
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That's absolutely brilliant, so looking forward to seeing it in action so plenty of videos of it being cool on the next trip out please!

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12 Jul 2019 19:07 #210963 by Riccy
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Prep day.

Quick flit into town for some supplies for the weekend (red bull and butties :laugh: ). I took Ulysses so that I could get an idea for the driving.

On the way to town noticed a knocking noise from the front suspension. Turned out to be a loose nut on one of the anti-roll bar droplinks. Easy sorted. Next filled it up with petrol and found that the hose clamp onto the tank from the filler neck wasnt tight enough :blush: . Spilled about a tenners worth of petrol all around Carlisle before I noticed :laugh: . Tightened it up, but have been getting petrol smells all day in the garage, which is probably just what fell out over the chassis hopefully.

Stripped the winch, steering damper and airline socket from J999MNY and started fiddling about getting them onto Ulysses. All went on fairly easily and are working well. Bled the brakes again also as they were still a bit spongy.



Courier dropped of the all important final parcel with the CB and aerial in mid afternoon so had time to get that stuck on and working/tested. Aerial on the rear mud guard to keep the twanging noises down inside the cab!



then a bit of packing of spares, tools and sundries (loo roll) into the space avaliable. Amazing how much room there is behind the seats. Got all the tools, high lift jack, recovery gear, fridge and various clothing/boots behind the seats easily. Big box of random spares and a socket set in the load bed and strapped down as well. I had expected problems trying to pack all the gear in, but theres none of that. Room to spare in fact :-)



Finally, also I have had a tally up of the cost of the project. Suffice to say its about twice what I thought, and thats not accounting for any labour :ohmy:
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12 Jul 2019 19:18 #210964 by sniper
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Have a great weekend...

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12 Jul 2019 19:29 #210965 by Riccy
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There is a space on the Saturday, get yourself up there!

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12 Jul 2019 19:57 #210966 by Riccy
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Forgot to say...

I had fiddled about getting the tyres set to 19psi front and 16psi rear before setting off to town. This is to account for the drastic weight loss at the rear, combined with much bigger tyre footprint all round.

This has reduced the tyre noise a lot, as well as a bit of tweaking of the steering bars to suit. Loaded they would probably need more air and for green lanes they would be happy at around 12-14psi all round.

The net result is that it is a bit like a go-cart to drive. The steering is sharp and turn in good. Ride is very firm (superpro bushed throughout) with the trailmaster 'comfort' shocks/springs it is still a very firm ride. Grip far exceeds the power available, especially at higher speeds. 1st/2nd gear on roundabouts is a hoot! this makes me think :whistle: :whistle: .

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12 Jul 2019 20:35 #210967 by Lambert
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"A go cart" says you, "really?" says I. We shall have to put that to the test some time! :laugh:

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12 Jul 2019 20:48 - 12 Jul 2019 20:49 #210968 by jackonlyjack
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15 Jul 2019 10:02 #211086 by Riccy
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OK, requested pics and vids from the weekend's outing around the lakes.

Superb 2 day trip out. Excellent weather and scenery, cracking lanes and even better company ;-)

Ulysses managed everything happily enough. Except to loose the new CB aerial on the first lane :-( Couple of other minor battle scars on the roll cage & back arches from U5003 (tightest lane in the lakes, but I forgot to film that of course :laugh: ). The petrol tank is still leaking if totally filled and the exhaust back box decided to part company on the Sunday (mid section pipe corroded at the join to back box and snapped off). Whipped it off and into the pickup bed. Pipe strapped up with some wire. Not that noisy without a box surprisingly.

Dave no.2 (CamoJimny/Statey) lost the roof rack in fairly spectacular fashion on Mireside (the one I call gardening lane). I skipped that and Town Yeat out of preference for some paint on the car :laugh:

Dave no.1 (S200KYS) had a long wait for the AA, but I will let him tell that tale...
























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15 Jul 2019 10:04 #211087 by Riccy
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and all the videos... (not necessarily in the right order)

Saturday:

Barkerknott farm:


Breasthigh ford:


Breasthigh 1:


Breasthigh 2:


Breasthigh step:


Breasthigh 3:


Breasthigh 4:


Crossthwaite:


Dove house farm:


Eversley:


Garth row:


Hale:


Joels lane:


Lacys caves:


Lane 3:


Mill dam:


Milnthorpe:


Petteril green cotts 1:


Petteril green cotts 2:


Row:


The ashes:


Viol moor:



Sunday:

Track down to borrans hill:


Great blencow:


Greystoke:


Hall field:


Bumpy 1:


Bumpy 2:


Bumpy 3:


Bumpy 4:


Brett up Parkamoor 1st steps:


Parkamoor 1:


Parkamoor 2:


Parkamoor 3:

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15 Jul 2019 11:01 - 15 Jul 2019 11:01 #211088 by Reason2doubt
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Absolutely awesome! Great videos and pictures Riccy!
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15 Jul 2019 11:08 #211090 by sniper
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Great stuff, pity about the Damage and mechanical problems but it's all part of the "fun" I suppose.

Testament to your work Ric, there's not many folk who could build a car and do two days in the lakes, with no issue, as a shakedown run......

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15 Jul 2019 15:31 #211095 by Riccy
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Thanks guys!

Looking back on it, using the lakes weekender as a shakedown run was a bit silly. Ive done similar before a previous lakes outing when swapping gearboxes about on J999MNY. That went smooth as well thankfully.
Most of the gear on Ulysses is in a combination ive used before on J999MNY, so I knew it would work and what to expect. Wasnt expecting the go-cart handling, but maybe that is because im used to J999MNY's wallow?!

anyway,
scratches not that bad after a wash... couple of marks here and there on the cage and drivers wing mirror. Rest of it is fine :-)







Quick touch up with a small brush and stippling it a bit to get the bumpy finish back...





Front passenger arch has cracked at the bottom, but its fixable...



And found the reason for fuel leaking. The tank neck is holed and corroded :-( I have bodged it together for now with some body filler and self amalgamating tape with a view to a new tank at some point.



Quick tighten of a few nuts and bolts underneath as well to stop a couple of knocking noises. Im thankful I used locknuts everywhere :laugh:


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