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Let the Journey Begin 
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are the fun of owning a kit car with all the different parts
I have taken the indicator column switch apart it was ok just had a ball bearing and spring to look out for

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Tue Jun 16, 2020 8:23 am
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Got a NOS off Fleecebay last night, after this comes & I've put the door back on I might get to drive it. Although I'm sure I'll get frustrated with the gear change. I can't go to 1.8 this year but I'm considering putting a PG1 box on the 1.4 so I get cable change.


Tue Jun 16, 2020 8:46 am
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Posh new stalk arrived today, this one had the fibre optic link to light up the control, same part number, guess what that didn't work at all, I got even less functions. That one is on it's way back & another has been ordered, he's hoping.


Thu Jun 18, 2020 4:45 pm
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Took the K3 for a quick spin up the road on Monday & noticed how twitchy it was on the front end, looking at it parked up it has positive camber. Does anyone make adjustable arms like they do for the A series, to push the bottom of the wheel out to get some negative.


Wed Jun 24, 2020 9:46 am
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Before you go to a lot of work and expense. You might want to experiment with the tire pressure on the front wheels.
A long time ago I owned a Hillman imp. I put all the tyres at 36psi and the drive was worse than frightening. It was twitchy in a straight line and if you tried to turn at any speed over a slow walk it was like driving on ice. A neighbour who was involved with building the cars spotted the problem. I had no manual or anything for the car as it was old when I got it. He let the front tyres down to about 14psi, doing this from memory it might have been a bit more, the car was brilliant after the change. It was like driving a go cart, straight line was perfect and any corner at any speed was a possibility. I don't think I spun or oversteered again.
Research showed that the car had almost no weight at the front and that the tyres would not flex properly when pushed. At the low pressure the tyre didn't look soft but had enough give to perform better all round.
It is a cheap and easy check to see if you have a similar issue. Let the front tyres down a few pounds at a time and see what the handling is like. As I have said the old Hillman was almost undrivable, then became one of the most planted cars I have driven.


Wed Jun 24, 2020 1:19 pm
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techead wrote:
Before you go to a lot of work and expense. You might want to experiment with the tire pressure on the front wheels.
A long time ago I owned a Hillman imp. I put all the tyres at 36psi and the drive was worse than frightening. It was twitchy in a straight line and if you tried to turn at any speed over a slow walk it was like driving on ice. A neighbour who was involved with building the cars spotted the problem. I had no manual or anything for the car as it was old when I got it. He let the front tyres down to about 14psi, doing this from memory it might have been a bit more, the car was brilliant after the change. It was like driving a go cart, straight line was perfect and any corner at any speed was a possibility. I don't think I spun or oversteered again.
Research showed that the car had almost no weight at the front and that the tyres would not flex properly when pushed. At the low pressure the tyre didn't look soft but had enough give to perform better all round.
It is a cheap and easy check to see if you have a similar issue. Let the front tyres down a few pounds at a time and see what the handling is like. As I have said the old Hillman was almost undrivable, then became one of the most planted cars I have driven.

Thank you, if you look at my avatar that was my last kit, mid-engined 1.8 K series in a 475Kg frame, I used to run 18 psi rear & 12 psi front, but even with that it needed 1 degree of negative camber to get front grip, on standard Mini arms it was 2 degrees positive & a handful, but I do take your point on Imps having had a Stiletto.

I was sort of hoping somebody had found another bottom balljoint that was a bit longer in the bracket to throw the bottom out a bit, or swapping the bottom arms out for MGF ones or something simple of that nature.


Wed Jun 24, 2020 2:25 pm
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Post Re: Let the Journey Begin
mgf lower arms may help as the lower balljoints are offset and handed i think this was done to increase castor angle but i do not know if they will change the camber but a change to mgf geometry should be better than metro as mgf set up is closer to yours than metro


Wed Jun 24, 2020 10:57 pm
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The K3 came with the standard Metro seats so I have been looking around for some different one, came to take off the hardtop the other day to try a replacement set & the rear screen decided it didn't want to be attached anymore. It appears to have a piece of rubber around the top of the glass & then nothing but some form of silicon or some such holding it in place. I was expecting some form of clip at the bottom to stop it falling down, how are other peoples held in?

I also have a soft top but no idea how that even fits, it has multiple bars but not sure where they are supposed to be attached

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Sun Jul 19, 2020 11:56 am
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Had another look at the soft top which once I had a proper look fitted quite easily, but it looks like I should have a press stud somewhere or do I have a piece missing?

It's the same both sids

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Sun Jul 19, 2020 6:19 pm
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Hi thats funy i have 2 bottom press studs and one top part

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Sun Jul 19, 2020 8:49 pm
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Thanks for that, you appear to have some weather strip on the metal bars as well.


Mon Jul 20, 2020 7:06 am
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Its a piece of aluminium with some
door seal on it.
So when the window is up it seal's agents
The window

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