Repair Work

Ginetta have been fantastic to work with.

Simon has taken photos of the work as it was ongoing so I can see how things are progressing.

I had a number of other small jobs done while the car was at the factory including replacing one of the rear break callipers, bringing the fire extinguisher back in date and swapping out some of the bonnet looms for a new one.

The last job that Ginnetta completed for me was some fixes to the bonnet that had a bit of stress cracking and damage from being raced by the previous owner.





Getting the Ginetta fixed

After many email and phone calls to the insurance company I convinced everybody that it would be best to send the car back to Ginetta to get it fixed.  when I dropped that car of at the factory Simon gave me a tour of the factor witch was great.

The G57 looks fantastic, Ginetta have brought there carbon fiber production in house and have a large auto clave.

Carts are used to collets bits and bobs from stock for assembly in to the finished cars.

While I was at the factory I learnt that my car is the second G40 ever built. if I remember correctly above you can see chassis 160 in the jig for welding and 150 something being assembled on the rotisserie. 2 cars are in build at a time. I wish I had taken a couple of other photos of the G40 in build.

There is a G4 and G12 in reception. The G4 is the first Ginetta I ever saw as an ex work colleague used to race an original round tube cassis car it is because of this car that I now have the G40.

Bad Day

Back in February some one ran in to the back of me when I had slowed down for a cyclist.

Apparently they where looking at a bird in the hedge and missed the bright orange car. on the up side its far better that that hit the back of my car and not the cyclist.


Ginetta G40R

About two years ago I realised that with my current role, I did not have the time to progress the Cyana build in the way I wanted. So I made the decision to continue the build at a much slower rate (update coming shortly) and also have some time for friends and family.  Shortly after this decision I saw a G40R for sale on pistionheads and decided that as I could not see my self driving the Cyana any time soon the Ginetta would make a good stepping stone to get me back driving some thing interesting.

I traveled down to Bristol to look at the car where I met Rob the seller who was looking to upgrade to the G40 GT5 track only car. If I’m honest with my self I knew as soon as I saw the car that I really wanted it.  Rob took me out for a drive, taking it steady and I was intimidated by the car. It had been two and a half years since I had driven the 7 alike and while the 0 to 30 performance dose not feel as immediate as I remembered, this could just be because with a screen and roof its a little more civilised. Everything else is so much better, more grip, better handling and much more confidence inspiring as a whole package.




Brass engraved business card sample

Its been a long while since an update to the blog. I have been up to bits and bobs but not writing it up. I have made a small amount of progress on the Cyana but a lot of my time has been spent making carbon fiber panels for a Ginetta G40 for a mate.

This evening I had ago at a completely different project for a friend. I was asked to come up with a concept for a business card that stands out from the crowd for a consultancy company that they are starting. I think the inspiration was the business card scene from American psycho.


I started off by cutting out some bits of brass to the size if and ATM card to use as a blank.


Then I moved on to hand filling a radius on each of the corners. on this card each corner is different so that I can see how they feel in the hand, because its not made from a flexible stock this is surprisingly important.

Some 320 grit left too the shine off everything and softened all the edges nicely.

I think the side that has a slight belly out and larger radius feels best, but I will ask what some other people think befor committing to the shape.


I forgot to take any photos setting up the resist on the card. But after that it was hooked up to a car battery charger and left for 25 minuets in salt water to etch.


I have things a bit of agitation with an old tooth brush during the process witch I’m fairly sure was a bad idea as I dislodged some of the resist about 20 minuets in to the process.



The end result after a wipe down with a rag and a drop of oil. I will have an experiment with adding some patina befor a final polish of the raised sections for a bit of variety on some of the other samples.

I will be intreated to see what other finishes and patina can be achieved with a bit of vinegar or Liver of Sulphur.


Its a bit rough round the edges but as a proof of concept, I’m happy with the final result.

The next step to make do a small batch is to draw the final shape in CAD and pack a bunch on to a single sheet of brass so that they can be laser cut leaving small tabs so all the cards are held in place in the sheet. Masks from vinyl can then be applied and a number of cards etched at once.


New tools and wiring

Another brief absence from car building is as an end. However having been in the work shop for a couple of hours this evening, I might take some more time off its cold. I dont think I have felt that cold since I helped a friend do an engine swap out side in February in Dollar.

Following the final clear out of bits from work I have acquired a pillar drill. The plan is to put a plug on it and see how it runs like most of the other bits and bobs it baerly seams to have been used.

I made up a number of power leads using cable and crimps from eBay and a bit of heat shrink to keep it all looking good. The photos showing everything run in don’t look all that good so I will have to come back and tidy up.

One of the reasons I have been out of the work shop so long is I have been weighting for the fuel pile and fittings to arrive, they where ordered in mid December and arrived last week. So its time to push on.





More Alternator belt shinanigens

So after two more trips back to euro car parts to pick up the wrong  I belt. I came home with  6PK 1310 which fits and would probably fit with an oversized water pump under drive pulley as well.

I have also been on a bit of an eBay spending spree, silicon hoses, -6 fitting fuel hoses, -6 fittings and fuel pump and filter mount should be turning up over the next couple of days so I can get on with some car building between Christmas and the new year.

The list of stuff that needs doing before the engine can be started is getting shorter. It’s getting very tempting to set a first start deadline.



Alternator belts

So I learnt something new about belts today the 6PK1352 belt showen below has 6 ribs and is 1352mm in length. Unfortunately even with all that knowledge the belt is still the wrong size.

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Back to euro car parts tomorrow to see if that have either a 6PK1250 or 6PK1300 in stock.

New tools and water rail finishing

The company I work for has decided to move a small machine shop to the other end of the building. In the move a number of tools where going to end up in the skip so early christmas for me. I have gained a load of good bits and bobs, including a full set of files. Some of the spanners are very large 45mm to 50mm I can’t see me using them any time soon but who knows.

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There where a number of files so I finally finished of  cleaning up the water rail. Using a center punch to clear the ‘e’ then a needle file to tidy the rest of the details. Finishing up with some 600 grit wet and dry to give it a nice mat finish.

last job of the day was to plan the water hose route and order some silicon hoses from ebay.