I bought my Chrome Orange S1 #467 from Marten who started a kind of restoration/de-trackify project but decided to part with it.
It was acquired by him via exiges.com in 2014 from user Gulfb. The car has seen heavy track usage in its early life and needs some work.
I'm glad that the car is still with its VHPD engine.
I finished the front compartment where the heater, brake, clutch, etc. live. As a former AC car many things needed to be changed.
After cleaning up the old mess I
- overhauled the pedal box with new igus bushes (much cheaper when ordered directly from their site)
- fitted new clutch and brake master cylinder
- fitted the new heater housing which is a LHD version and so I fitted it to the left hand side
- added a Odyssey 680 battery and strap-fixed to some airline rails which were a left over of a camper trailer project
- fitted a main battery switch
- installed the new wiring loom
- exchanged the radiator against a good used one made of aluminium. I hope this one will last longer than the last one fitted to my Elise which cracked after 3 or 4 years.
- installed new driving lights and a set of dual tone horns
On AC-cars there is a vacuum controlled heater valve in the engine compartment that shuts the heater circuit off when no heating is needed.
With the new heater-only cable controls the heater would have been always 'on' and only a hot/cold air flap would have been used to set the temperature.
I first thought to still use the vacuum valve but decided then to just add a simple cable controlled water valve installed close to the heater.
The plan is to control the heater flow with an additional cable operated pull knob mounted under the dashboard. I hope that will help to keep the car a little bit cooler inside with no (additional) hot water circulating through the sills and the front.
The valve is an early VW Golf part (7.50€) and the cable is taken from the original Mini (15€).