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    1. Kit: Tamiya/Scale-Master, by (VIP/Sponsor) ScaleMaster is offline
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      Model Scale: 1/12 Rating:  (1 votes - 5.00 average) Thanks: 2
      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 ¼ 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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    The front suspension is assembled and it works. 99% of the hardware is installed too; I'll add the fittings to the upper ball joints later.

    I was going to use the rubber-like bellows for the tie rods, but one split when I installed it. So I machined a new pair of them.

    I installed the floor mats and added the little metal anchors to keep them in place.

    The Jabroc strips have been installed to the tub too.



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    The Corvette master cylinder (with J56 proportioning valve) has been installed and all the hard lines for the front and some of the rear have been connected.
    I put off making the bleeders on the master when I made it, so those were done today as well.
    The oil coolers have been reinstalled and plumbed Lola T-70 Mk III .





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    Very nice! Where did you find the spring around the brake line? Are the ball joints home made?
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    Thanks!
    I've been winding my own lines for the wire looms, but I found some guitar strings that were just right for the brake lines.
    The ball joints are button head screws I filled in part of the Phillips head and reshaped. Once the fittings are installed they should look correct. But I'm going to wait on that detail in case I need to take it apart for some reason.


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    I 3D printed the vent screen masters for the Webers when I grew the other carb parts, but I didn't make the mold to cast them then. I used a platinum RTV Lola T-70 Mk III mold against glass to cast these in resin Lola T-70 Mk III .

    I made the four bleeders for each caliper and installed them before mounting the rotors and calipers to the spindles. The soft brake lines and hardware have been installed too. I also made the Willwood decals.





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    The intake manifold has now been final installed, (with gaskets), and the fuel lines are temporarily attached until the upper carb gaskets are added and the distributor is installed. (The valve covers are not finished yet, but they make the engine look better than just the raw heads. And because… magnets!)




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    The intake manifold has now been final installed, (with gaskets), and the fuel lines are temporarily attached until the upper carb gaskets are added and the distributor is installed. (The valve covers are not finished yet, but they make the engine look better than just the raw heads. And because… magnets!)




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    After the first round of paint for the interior it was time for another test fitting of some of the body panels to the tub.




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    Nice paint!
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    Thank you!


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    The distributor, as well as its hold down clamp, is installed, the signal wires are routed and vacuum advance hose plugged into the canister. The ignition wires come later…



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    I made the water temperature probe/sender and the bellhousing bolts & washers. I also made decals for the "fan" belts and fuel lines.

    I made the worm type hose clamps for the radiator hoses that connect to the engine. I also made decals for the hoses. The lower (water pump) hose is actually an upper hose for a small block C3 Corvette, and the upper is a big block C3 hose. That's just the way they fit in this application. (The lettering is intentionally distressed as the printing on the real ones is often that way.)



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    Distressed is good!
    -craftsmanship is a lifelong project of
    self-construction and self determination
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    Rear corners ready to install.




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    The valve cover hold-down bolts and breathers were machined from aluminum. Both are patterned from the same line of Eddie Motorsports parts.

    Yes, there is a little grime around some areas…



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