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Introducing the car…

Tiger Super Six with a 2.0L Zetec

I bought my Tiger at the end of August 2019. The car didn’t come with a wealth of history because it had a build blog on PistonHeads.com. I haven’t yet been able to find this blog (I hope I do!) but I will share what I discover about the car as I go.

Here’s the basics. The car was first registered in 2003 and initially had a pinto engine. The pinto let go at a track (the best ending for an engine) and a 2.0L Ford Zetec engine was added as a replacement. The Zetec has had twin Weber carburettors and a modified sump has been fitted. This was done three or four years ago. Since then the car has only done 1,300 miles. I suspect that there is an upgraded head and something has been done with the cams as well but I’m not sure. Best estimation of horsepower is 150 – 155 bhp.

The car look like it has been setup as a track toy. It has an aeroscreen rather than a windshield and no attempt to add comfort items such as a heater (not needed with engine so close to your feet!).

There’s a five speed gear box with a really nice short-shift action, racing/sports clutch and fancy racing cluster (RX-2N).

Block: 2.0L Zetec – Engine Code EDDC (Standard 135PS @6000, 180Nm @4000), Phase 3, Manufactured 1998-2004 for Focus 2.0L, Raceline baffled sump.

Intake: Twin Weber 45DCOE Carburettor

Fuel pump: Inline Facet electronic fuel pump

Cooling: Was a copper radiator with a leak (!), now custom made aluminium radiator by Custom made Rads

Brakes (Front): Was: VW Golf Mk2 – ATE 48mm (?) diameter single piston discs, now replaced with Tiger branded Hi-Spec four piston, fixed brake callipers with EPC green stuff brake pads.

Suspension (Front): Double wishbone with Protech 400 series shock absorbers and 8”, 2.25” ID – 275lb springs

Suspension (Rear): Protech with 8”, 2.25” ID – 180lb springs

Abingdon Autosolo…

So I managed to get the car to another autosolo a few weekends ago.

The solo was held at Abingdon Airfield and organised by Farnborough District Motorclub (FDMC). The section of the runway we were using clearly hadn’t been used by anything for quite a while as between the tarmac slabs that make up the surface there were loads of weeds… some almost 2 feet tall! Not so much of a problem except that as the day when on we tore up the weeds and mud which combined with the drizzle and a bit of oil to create and ‘interesting’ surface. Really good fun though and I had a hoot despite the fact that with no windscreen I got very muddy!

I drove much better at this event than in the last. Whilst I cut down on the mistakes frustratingly on second test I had two wrong tests which resulted in me carrying a penalty into the leaderboard putting me in the bottom half. I need to cut the mistakes out! I think I also should have had the award for the most embarrassing wrong test. On the first run I just had a brain burp and missed out a third of the circuit!

Eleven of the twelve runs are captured in this footage including all of the silly mistakes:

My last run was the fastest and, in typical fashion, the memory card was full so I didn’t capture it! I was only about 2 seconds of the pace and pushing quite hard. No wrong tests after lunch either. Lot’s of positives.

A couple called Ash and Emma had their first solo at Abingdon. They’ve captured a blog style video and I make a cameo appearance at 14:03:

At the end of both solos I’ve developed a hesitation in the throttle which feels like something to do with the fuel system. I can feel a carburetor service coming up!

We’re off to caffine and machine for breakfast… I’ll grab a few pictures and put another post up soon.

Autosolo…

So yesterday was my first foray in to ‘competitive’ motorsport (not that I was very competitive!). In case people are not aware of it, Autosolo is a relatively new discipline and takes place on a 200m x 200m tarmac area and you race against the clock through a slalom set up with cones. The cones are set up in different configurations (called a test) and each test is raced 3 times (with the best two times counting). Each cone hit is a 5 second penalty and if you go the wrong way then this is called a wrong test and is a maximum penalty (fastest time plus 20 seconds I think). Cars race in 6 classes with mine being in the fastest ‘F’ class.

Passed scrutineering… should look happier!

I can’t tell you how quickly the cones come up and how confusing it all looked to start! The first test I got two wrong test penalties, the next two test one wrong test and the final test none. The first test effectively put me to the bottom of the leaderboard because I carried a maximum penalty as one of my two fastest times. It did start to slow down though as I got a hang of where I was going, and how to remember the many turns, my times came down. I developed more confident in the car as well as the tests progressed.

Queuing up for the first run.

Good times were in the 60 – 65 second. I started in the mid-80s for the first test which dropped to high then low 70s in second two and then the last test was 60s with my last run being the fastest at 66 seconds. A few of the corners were so tight that I didn’t have enough steering lock to get round and not enough bravery to throw the back end out… next time! I think I would need to play with the setup to loosen the back end next time. We started in the wet and it dried out towards the end.

An action shot.

The car was great and didn’t overheat once. Picked up a small fuel flow issue (I think) on the way home that I’m sure won’t take long to fix. I couldn’t run my GoPro as it was a ministry of Defence site but someone did grab a few pictures of me in ‘action’. The amount I’m aching this morning is an indication of how much fun I has yesterday!

A very dirty car!

A few firsts…

So, I’ve been out and about a bit in the car which has involved a few firsts. I attended my first kit car club meet. I’m a member of the North West Kit Car Owners Group (NWKCOG), the Tiger’s Owners Club and now Farnborough District Motor Club (FDMC). This kit car meet was a little bit of a liquorice allsorts as it was made up from members of a few different clubs getting together, in a socially distant way, near Aylesbury.

We then headed in convoy to a national forest where there’s a decent cafe where we were joined by a few other cars.

As you can see the weather brightened up considerable throughout the day. This was fortunate and I’m still running Toyo R888s which I feel need a little heat in them to work properly. It was certainly a bit sketchy on the hours drive up to Aylesbury! We broke up into smaller groups and headed out for some spirited country lane driving. I forget to pack my camera so I don’t have any footage.

I mentioned that I’d joined FDMC, top group of people so far and I’ve been encouraged to sign up for my first motorsport event. An autosolo at the end of July. Autosolo consists of racing a very tight course of cones in an area no bigger than 200m by 200m. I’ll likley be hopeless but I’m sure I’ll have fun. I have some stuff to do to the car to get it ready and compliance with the regs. I’ll add a page on this sometime in the next few days and share how supportive FDMC have been.

Tiger tunnel…

I was out this weekend stretching mine and the Tiger’s legs (in a socially distancing compliant way). I found a tunnel… couldn’t resist taking this video 🙂

I noticed as well that the race tracks are starting to open back up again. Hopefully not too long before I can post my first track day video!

First (USB) Port of Call…

Spent some time today installing a new USB port to replace the 12v cigarette lighter. This will let me charge my phone to keep googlemaps charged up when we can finally get out and about. Did quite a bit of wiring which wasn’t needed because I could reuse the connectors from the existing 12v socket. At least I got to practice my soldering and learned that I need a battery powered soldering iron rather than a gas burner (I have the blisters to show!).

Getting desperate…

My kit car is kept in a rented garage just over a mile from where I live. It wouldn’t be responsible to be spending much, if any, time there under the current lockdown. I’m certainly getting withdrawal from working on/driving it! So much so, I spent just over five hours yesterday detailing the ‘daily’:

At least I’m not embarrassed when I look out the window now!

I heard the fabric to remake the gear level boot had been posted on Friday so fingers crossed that arrives soon.

Stay safe.

Lockdown jobs…

It’s the smallest of frustrations to have to put up with not being able to drive the car because of the lockdown. So many others have it so much worse and my thoughts are with them.

I have been trying to keep busy whilst not visiting the car much. It is kept at a garage about a mile away from where I live. About every three weeks I’m calling in to turn the engine over as I take my exercise. I can’t shift anything big between my house and the garage because I don’t want to drive. Here’s what I’ve been up to.

I’ve turned some old pallets into shelving for my garage:

I’m making a grill ornament out of aluminium sheet which will look something like this when I’m done:

Progress on this job is paused at the moment whilst I wait for thinner aluminium sheet. The 2mm sheet I bought is perfect for making the brackets for the bottom of the radiator (to be extra sure I don’t get any rubbing on the chassis) but I’m chewing through Dremmel bits at an alarming rate!! I have some 1mm on the way.

I’ve also started to tackle the gear lever boot which was in a very sorry state. However, when I pulled it off I was impressed with the dedication of the original builder. The car has a black and which theme which suites me well! I’m not really that flashy (honest!). Whoever built the car sourced a black and white boot (which is actually RS branded). It was a mess though and certainly showing it’s age:

Most of the boot is actually folded down because the gear lever is a short shift. I did pull it off and try and recondition it but it ended up looking like Frankenstein!

It was full of holes and generally looking tatty so I unpicked all of the stitching and will use the old pieces as a template to make a replica.

Who’d have thought that sewing was going to be an essential kit car skill! I have the material on order and will probable start a job page for when it arrives.

Stay safe!

Sunday Spin…

The weather was nice so I decided to take the car out for a bit of a spin yesterday. I bought a cheap Lavalier microphone to see I could improve the sound quality. It isn’t great but it’s much better. I was only recording to voice memos on my iPhone and clearly when it gets really noisy I’m getting distortion. The microphone was clipped to my T-shirt under my hoodie. I’ll try locating it below the aeroscreen next time to reduce wind noise further.