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    1995 Caterham twincam live axle

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  1. I don't track milage that closely but probably in the high 3 digits. I like the idea of counting the number of outings.
  2. I measured my ride height according to Caterham and it is spot on. I have a blown front shock, plus I want to go to Avon tires which will cause a loss of clearance, so coilovers will be on the agenda along with the dry sump. That will give me proper ride height adjustment. I truly think I need a guard of some kind though -- even with a dry sump -- because I never even saw what destroyed my lovely fabricated sump; there's just too much crap thicker than 2-3/4" on the roads around here I guess. Thanks for the reply. I won't junk up the thread any more.
  3. Looking for an update and hopefully some pictures and maybe information on what hardware you used -- oil pump etc. I've just ruined my second wet sump and don't want to add 50 lbs. of skid plate, so I'm delving into dry sump on my twincam.
  4. Free bump with a request to see some pictures of the dry sump setup. I'm getting ready to do mine (after my second ruined wet sump) and could use ideas.
  5. I wonder if those center lock adapters could be swapped out for a 4-bolt arrangement...
  6. It has a 6-speed shift knob...! EDIT: just saw this. "Primary damage: ALL OVER" "Secondary damage: FRONT END"
  7. Dave's doing well! He and his wife did the heavy lifting for the run yesterday. He still had the Birkin as of a couple of years ago, not sure about now. In other news, my car has sprung a leak. I went out to the garage this morning and found about a quart of oil on the floor under the car. I hit something in the road yesterday so that could be the cause; I came around a sharp turn and whomp! Never even saw it. I'm lucky to have made it home.
  8. I went for a "before we put 'em away" drive with a bunch of (mostly) British cars yesterday. A bit nippy but fun. We did a tour of covered bridges in the area; managed to see 5 within about 90 minutes! 25F when I left home. I keep threatening to buy doors... Some of the other participants. The Italia is owned by the shop's manager, who also led the drive. Inside Ragtops & Roadsters, the restoration shop that hosted the event. The drive leader stopped several times while we were on the covered bridges, so he could take pictures and videos. We held up traffic a little bit, but it was all good fun and smiles all around. I took advantage of one of the stops to take a couple of shots. Apologies for the quality...
  9. Yep. The lever has a bend in it already, about 1-1/2 inches above the pivot ball; it's more easily seen in my Nov. 2 post. It could be bent more but I think you'd have to straighten it first and move the bend further up. In the second picture the lever is in first gear; when it is in second/fourth the lever is far enough back that it pulls the dust boot out of the aluminum panel, in spite of me using rubber lubricant where the lever passes through the boot. I gorilla taped it underneath to keep it in place! Bending it more, without first taking out the first bend, would make that worse. The lever that was in the car when I got it has more of a bend, and that's what they did; straighten it, then move the bend up. I considered using it as basis for the shortened version, but the bend covers a significant portion of the length and it looked to me as though I would have had to try threading a curved section. As it is I can still cut the shortened lever down to use with the extension assembly, and I still have the long one as a backup in case I make a hash of the thing.
  10. @Vinman1 you inspired me. It's quite a long reach, but a very short throw! I just came back from a shakedown run. It works just fine but will take a bit of getting used to.
  11. One of my concerns with the lever being under there is me mangling my hand when I reach in and out for the lever. Any issues with that? Also there is the spaghetti bowl of wires that hang perilously just above that area.
  12. I've decided not to cut the shift lever. I know, I'm wishy-washy. A flip-flopper. On both sides of the fence. So be it. But after sizing up what would need to be done and where the lever would end up being, namely entirely underneath the dashboard, I decided that was not what I wanted as a result. As things are the lever is long enough to poke out from under the dash, and that just makes more sense to me. For the time being at least. I revisited the remote shift mechanism that came with the car. I want to try to reinstall it. I can see where the piece holding the lever used to be mounted and it should still fit. I'd need to cut one of the levers down to a 4" - 5" stub so it fits under that cover, then drill it to accept the forward end of the remote mechanism. Seems straightforward. I also have an aluminum cover plate with shift boot which would fit over the whole works. The problem I'm having is figuring out what the other part does and where it goes. It has a shift-boot-sized hole in the plate, and two arms with nutserts at the ends of them. I'm assuming it has something to do with the shift assembly but no idea what that might be.
  13. Great writeup as always, thanks very much for sharing. When I was a kid my dad took me to the SCCA races being run on the perimeter road around Reading (Pennsylvania USA) Airport. It also was used during WWII for training pilots and crews. More up and down than Goodwood, with some 90 degree bends at intersections and so on, so I imagine the experience would have been quite different. The main straight ran down the main runway. I remember the sound of the V12 Jags too! I saw Bob Tullius' Group 44 cars race at Watkins Glen back in period. Quite a noise. I also recall the Matra V12 F1 cars, which were hands down the most glorious sounding engines I have ever heard.
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