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John B

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  1. @UlfarE Congrats! looks like a nice one. A compression would indicate if there is particle induced wear in the valves, rings, and cylinders from running without air filters. Keep an eye on oil consumption and oil pressure as well. Fingers crossed! Paul Hasselgren in Berkely built a Killer 2.45 Duratec/MZR/Cosworth for my '03 SV. If push comes to shove, that's a great option. My son moved out to the Bay area two years ago and goes to Alice's just about every Saturday, usually in his orange Elise or a Ducati motorcycle though. He's a total car guy and has been badly bitten by the Caterham bug. He's experiencing severe Caterham withdrawal though and would always be game for a drive or ride along. Drop him a line cburke996@gmail.com
  2. Sadly, it looks like I won't be able to make Saturday 10/9 after all. While street driving my Caterham it started picking up a misfire which progressively got worse. I suspect either a Throttle Position sensor or Crank Position sensor and will be diagnosing and replacing those until I sort it out. It seems unlikely I'll have it ready by Saturday am though. Secondly, the weather forecast is not looking spectacular anyways at this point with a 40% chance of rain.
  3. While trailering my ‘03 Caterham SV back from my race shop the day before the Se7ens meet at NJMP I noticed the right headlight started bobbing around. It turned out the spot welds connecting the shell and mounting “bubble” had all broken. I then just removed the headlights and continued on to the NJMP event. I ordered replacement lights from Caterham just assuming they were the same (I know… ass-u-me). Those turned out to be 5 1/4” as advertised, the lights on my car are larger 7”. I like the larger lights as they give the car an older retro look. Caterham doesn’t list 7” headlights. Does anyone know where to source these? In the meantime I will try to repair my bucket but I fear welding may discolor the chrome.
  4. Since I had so much fun at the National Se7ens event and my car still works, I'm tentatively planning to do the Saturday Oct 9 member day at NJMP Thunderbolt. New tires are on the way. I twisted @simon450arm and he said he's in. How about @Croc and @yellowss7 ? I believe each member can bring a guest, so if others are interested we can probably add a few guests. Best, JohnB
  5. Yeah, ragged tires aren't fast, but they sure can be entertaining Thanks for the award. It will take it's place proudly and prominently among its more pedestrian brethren.
  6. What a wonderful event that was! I made it by the skin of my teeth. I just got the car home late Saturday evening and didn’t have a chance to test it. I knew I really wasn’t ready, but set out early Sunday morning anyways, figuring I’d test it on the track. I spent the first two sessions with one eye on the oil pressure gauge and the other on the track. Thankfully, it was fine and ran great both days. The weather couldn’t have been better, and It was great seeing old friends again, and making a few new ones as well. Many thanks to @Croc and @yellowss7 for putting this all together.
  7. I look forward to seeing you all. I'll arrive early Sunday and participate Monday as well.
  8. Good news!!! Evaluation of my oil problem revealed that it just blew the seal out of the oil filter. I think I caught it in time. It only ran at idle for a few seconds without oil pressure. A mechanical gauge showed pressure climbing with rpm, but not stopping. It was making 120 psi at 3,000 and going higher. The pressure relief valve was likely stuck closed. Should be an easy fix and I'll probably still be coming Sunday am.
  9. Unfortunately I'm out for next weekend. I started my Caterham up this morning to put a few more easy miles on the new engine prior to next weekend. Pulling out of the garage I heard a funny rattle and saw zero oil pressure. I shut it down immediately. It left a big stripe of oil leaving my garage. Looks like the three stage oil pump for the dry sump failed somehow. There's oil all over it. I only had about 15 miles on the new engine so far. My crew chief is picking the car up Monday. I'm so very bummed
  10. We'll miss you Seb. We'll have a toast to you at dinner Sunday night.
  11. Traction has left the building
  12. Nice video! What is the Lap timer App you were using? Does it work off GPS or does it need a beacon?
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