Monday, 1 November 2010

Problem Found

Well after a day of taking the Spitfire apart, I can say one thing.


Its the Clutch plate. Bought from a supplier 2 years ago, I see this as a premature failure, I will be contacting the supplier tomorrow, I hope they see it as I do.

Pics attached.

Monday, 4 October 2010


Well the RBRR was an interesting experience.

I arrived with the car which was running great at Steve’s in Bury / Bolton area at 9:15am where we fitted the relay for the driving lamps before setting off to meet up with Neil McDonnell and his brother at Lymm services on the M6. A good but wet run to the Plough to find very low oil pressure on the M25.

On getting to the Plough we checked the engine to find a rocker cover gasket was askew that fixed and new oil in the engine Oil pressure back to 60-70psi.

A good meal and we started the run waved off by everyone and the girls from the charity Mind. We had not long got going and I think we had just caught up Jason and Dave in the Courier when I noticed low oil pressure again. Pulling over at a petrol station we checked the engine only to find a hole in a oil take off for the oil cooler. Pulling the sandwich plate off the cooler we removed the problem and re filled the car with Castrol GTX (only oil available at the garage) as we had used all the classic oil I had come on the run with.

With great oil pressure we pushed onto Blythe and then Edinburgh airport. All was going well and on the next leg I decided to get some sleep so I would be fresh for the Skiah to John O’Groats leg.

A few miles above Pitlockery on the A9 heading for Skiah Services, I was asleep (well sort of) and the car was burbling rather well at about 65mph. Steve said he was trying to overtake a wagon as he pulled out beside the wagon he said the car just jumped out of gear. The car rolled to a halt with Steve making attempts to select a gear. In Steve's words we had a box full of neutrals.

Team Shorts were no more as it was blood freezing so the long trousers and fleeces were put on. A big thanks to the two guys in the V8 Herald who pulled over and gave us a hand with the car.

Well we waited for about an hour for the recovery service before a relay home to Manchester some many hours later. Me and Steve did discuss continuing on in his GT6 but we were not sure about if this would upset the MSA or the club so it was decided to call it a day. Steve said he was going to the Lancaster stop to cheer on the rest of the entrants but I said I did not have it in me. To say Gutted would not come close, especially after last years exit from the 10CR. It seems I have got my name back Bobby Broken Spit!

Well after a pint at home and some hot food I decided I was being a big girls blouse and phoned Steve at about a quarter to eight and asked him if it was too late to come to Lancaster, Steve being the great guy that he is said no problem and picked me up and we attended Lancaster to say hello to the rest. I was again really gutted to see everyone continue on without us in tow.

The car is in the garage until I can take a “be arsed” pill. To say I don’t want to look at it would be a fair comment but I will wait until Neil is back and speak to him about getting my engine lift to whip the engine and gearbox out and take a look at the box. I guess a full strip and inspection before I know what went wrong.

The Megasquirt will have to wait until the gearbox is sorted.

I just hope not all the people want their sponsorship money back.

Signing off.


Saturday, 21 August 2010

RBRR fundraising starts

Ok this is a brief update. RBRR is less than 43 days away, I have started a fundraising site with Virgin money giving.

The link to my personal fundraising page is

I am asking for people to donate what ever they can, however small. I have linked this through my Facebook page to try and generate interest and donations.

The car has been fully prepared for the run, passing the MOT last week, I just need to replace the rear differential with the 3.27 ratio one to give me better long distance capabilities.

Good luck to all co-entrants and lets hope we raise a good amount for this years charity.

All the best

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

A bit of wood work.

I have been meaning to make a gauge set for the centre console where the radio is currently.

I bought a wallnut dash but the colour of the wallnut did not match my main dash. So selling the old dash and make my own.
A mate gave me some off cut of wood and 20 mins with a jigsaw and a hole saw I have a centre dash.

With a little leather I covered the plywood and I have fitted three clocks, (the clock on the left is coming out for a water temp clock. Not bad if I say so myself.

Wednesday, 12 May 2010


Didn't I do well? I managed to get a set of 4 injectors for a 1.4-1.6L for less than £20.

They even came with the fuel rail. They have very little use as the car was barley run in when I got them.

The fabrication of the inlet manifold has taken a step further as I have ordered the laser cut inlet manifold blanks out of 12mm stainless steel. More on that on a later post.

Saturday, 27 March 2010

Putting it all back together

Well I have spent the day putting the Spitfire back together after last weeks gearbox and engine out. I have fitted a new Fuse box and re wired the reverse light as it grounded out on the 10CR causing the loom to burn through. Everything sorted and the bonnet back on I have put the battery on charge to enable me to give her a run tomorrow.

Some bad news, In June/July last year someone reversed into the rear of my Spit dinting the rear bumper. I took it off today and tried to knock the dint out. No luck the Chrome has cracked so the bumper is staying off until I can get a replacement or get this one repaired and re-chromed.

I am going to wash the car tomorrow and I am off to the Lake District on Monday.

I hopefully will have the car sorted for good Friday when I hope to take her to the P&P meeting.

Fingers crossed with no gearbox leaks.

Tuesday, 23 March 2010


Well after finishing my Exam and having a little more time on my hands I managed to do a little on the Megasquirt assembly. Well to say a little would be an understatement.

I finished the board a couple of days after my exam which was on the 9th March, and after plugging it into the stimulator, I heard a little click and the computer refused to communicate with the Daughter-board (main chip). After removing the Daughter-board I checked the voltages on the mount finding 2.5volts where 5volts should have been!

Well after panicking and fearing I had burnt the whole lot out, I followed the trouble shooting instructions on the Megasquirt main site, I checked all the build steps one by one and found nothing. So I went onto the Megasquirt Forum, where it is clear I am a novice at this, The fella I bought the kit from asked if Diode D19 (Capacitor 0.1µF 50V 10% CER RADIAL - X7R) was getting hot! Sure enough it was.

His suggestion was check all the board for bridged solder joints and replace Diode D19.

On checking the board out with a magnifying glass I found I had bridged the 12volt and the 5volt lines on Q1 which a (field effect transistors, used to drive the injectors) It was only a very very small bridge but this had burnt out D19 which regulates and protects the 5v circuit.

Now the tricky bit, get hold of a (Capacitor 0.1µF 50V 10% CER RADIAL - X7R) Maplins did not stock this item; other sites sold them but only in the 1000's. But as always I turned to EBay and found them in a shop in Japan. £2.99 for 50. They were only available in 50's so at three quid I placed the order.

Well I am pleased to say the Capacitors arrived today and I fitted the 1 needed and hey presto a fully working Megasquirt.

I have tested it on the Laptop with the Stimulator and all seems fine, I have loaded a basic Map and injection table to test the board and all seems superb.

What a relief!


Saturday, 6 March 2010

Megasquirt/ Mega Stimulator

Ok After frying my brains with revision for what seems like forever I have taken a few hours break to clear my head. The Exam is on Tuesday and I can then concentrate on getting the Megasquirt built.

However I have managed to build the Mega Stim (used to check the Megasquirt as I build it) this was built the other night with a beer. (after 9 hours revision I needed a break) I was genuinely surprised with the quality of my soldering (much better than my previous work on the megajolt).
One thing I have noticed from the outset is the superb quality of the Megasquirt kit. It has clear labels on all parts and the quality of the board itself and the instructions are outstanding.

I have started to build the board and have completed steps 1 to 22, I have stopped whilst I figure out what IAC (idle air control) valve I will use and where to place this in my set up.

The IAC helps smooth out the start up sequence.

Pictures attached and as usual any questions or comments appreciated.


Wednesday, 24 February 2010


Well after a lot of thought and reading up on the Hows and What if's I have decided to inject the Spit.
This will not be an overnight operation as I am planning to fabricate my own inlet and Plenum chamber as well as building the Megasquirt engine management unit myself.

The kit came today and it looks a superb quality piece of kit. More on this soon.

I have been busy with revision for an upcoming exam, however I am not holding my breath as I have been ultra busy at work and the last thing I have been wanting to do after a 18 hour day is revise. Well with the next few weeks off I plan to cram and cram. Fingers Crossed eh.

I have done a little on the car, the bonnet is off again waiting for the engine to come out for a bit of work on the gearbox seals again. I have also bought a new engine crane as the previous lift belonged to Bob King and I was going over and above the friendship barrier as I have had his lift more than he has over the last 12 months.

Well any Question please drop me a mail.


Tuesday, 26 January 2010

P&P Not the Xmas meal.

On the first Friday of 2010 the usual suspects + some very welcome guests visited the local meet for what is known as 'Not the xmas meal' Where good food and lots of drink were consumed. Gluggg.

Steve Thompson won the P&P trophy this year as he had attended every meet in his Triumph as well as earned a few well earned bonus points.

I was refered to as Bobybroken Spit ,LOL.

I hope to have the car back on the road fully fit for the La Carrera Cannonball or its replacement event which I am really looking forward to after last years FlusterMuc of an event. BRING IT ON.