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    1. Kit: Tamiya/Scale-Master, by (VIP/Sponsor) ScaleMaster is offline
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      Started: 06-02-19 Build Revisions: Never  
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      I pulled this kit from my stash on May 5, 2019; the night we got home from the GSL.

      1997 reissue of the 1970 Tamiya Lola T-70 Mk III kit. It's been patiently waiting for 22 years in my stash to be built.
      I've been researching, planning and figuring all month. (Actually I was scheming a couple days before in case I didn't find a dream deal on another Caterham kit during the show/trip.)
      It will be built as a street car T-70 replica with some modern upgrades.


      I started by cleaning up the tub and main body panels.
      Lots of filling and sanding Lola T-70 Mk III to remove the twenty inch diameter ejection pin marks in the tub alone and general parting lines. But still a nicely molded kit considering its age.


      The insides of the body also needed to be addressed for the same issues.




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  1. ScaleMaster's Avatar VIP/Sponsor
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    Thanks! Some of these parts are partially finished.

    Spring tension adjusters/lock rings. The taller ones fit inside the springs.



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    Tops of the shocks with the piston shafts.



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    All press-fitted machined aluminum with the kit provided springs (also friction fit).
    I'll paint the springs later. At least now I can continue engineering and building other pieces of the car…
    Yes, there are rubber bushings for the eyelets.



    Lola T-70 Mk III
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    Front shocks installed…




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    Rear shocks installed…
    I also turned an aluminum pulley to drive the alternator and it's mounted to the half-shaft.



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    Finally, and for the first time it is up on its wheels so I can get an idea of where the ride height is.





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    Back to working on the alternator; because it has become relevant to the suspension.
    More fabrication…




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    Alternator bracket. I designed it in SolidWorks and grew it.

    Alternator drive pulley.



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    Assembled alternator bolted to the bracket. I machined the hardware.
    (The fan spins too.) Still some detail painting to do…





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    I had to make an offset pulley for the alternator to clear the transmission mounts. The ratio comes out to the alternator turning about 3000 RPM at 100MPH.

    Alternator assembly loosely fitted to the car.



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    Interesting set-up for the alternator!
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    It's actually pretty common on these.


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    I had never heard of that kind of set up until it was mentioned about one of the C-6 Pratt and Miller built Corvettes at LeMans during a broadcast of the race. Once can see how it would help to simplify the front face of the engine so if something like a water pump needed replacing, it would be a quick in an out. In the Lola's case, fewer items on the front face are necessary for elbow room in the cockpit and because there is no way to service anything on the front in a longitudinal mid engine layout. You produce such great pieces!
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    Railroad cabooses ran generators that way.
    Scorpio - Builds models the way the prototype should have been built.
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    Thanks!!

    I drew up the base of the intake manifold and did a test print.



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    Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... - Mark D. Jones
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