with provision for skew gear driven distributor arrived.
23rd September 2004
Ordered a set of
wheel arch extensions and front bumper spoiler
18th September 2004
Repairs to the
body will be commencing any day now. A friend is going
to help me. Thankfully the extent of the rust isn't
as great as it could have been.
For a while I had been worrying
about my distributor drive system. Montecarlos as standard
have a distributor driven from the inlet cam, by a skew
gear. My cams I hope to use have this gear but the FIAT
type of gear isn't compatible. I have the correct gear
to fit to the distributor, but this would mean the distributor
would be working backwards, meaning the advance mechanism
wouldn't work properly.
The solution was to obtain a
US specification Lancia Beta exhaust cam box as some
of the US cars had a skew gear gunning of the exhaust
cam. Because the distributor is being driven from the
other side of the cam, it will turn in the correct orientation.
I still plan to replace the points
with an Optronic system of some type, and ultimately
will go for a distributorless system, but have to save
Other things - I now have a new
pair of GRP front wings ready to fit,
I also found a cartoon version
of a 037 on Ebay.
5th September 2004
Two Lancias racing, the D24 sports-racer
and the D50 Formula 1 car. Both driven by Jochen Mass.
4th September 2004
Lancia Track Day
at Castle Combe
Took the Omicron Lancia Fulvia
Sport racer. I think its performance surprised a few
16th August 2004
Collected the car
from the shotblasters. All the paint has been removed,
inside and out, top and bottom, although they had trouble
with some of the underseal! Apologies for the pictures
- they were taken on my mobile phone!
BEFORE AND AFTER!
15th August 2004
Spent all morning
with a wire wheel cleaning up the front and rear hubs.
The bearings were OK. All four hubs have now been cleaned,
primed and painted. The rear wishbones have also been
beadblasted, primed and painted.
9th August 2004
The car has been
sent for shotblasting
The suspension is completely
in pieces, various sections are being cleaned and painted.
Thankfully most of the bushes are in good condition,
although some will need to be replaced.
20th May 2004
Have found a "Pininfarina"
Also had the clutch disc refurbished.
Thats another thing done...
10th May 2004
Bought another FlyGB Slot Car, this time
in Lancia's pre-Martini swirly livery.
11th May 2004
Got a nice photo of the Monte turbo.
Now my PC background...
10th May 2004
Found a 1980 copy of Car and Car Conversions
magazine with a track test of the Group 5 Beta Montecarlo
8th May 2004
My car is now balanced
on a bodywork dolly and is about 3' off the ground.
The car will be securely fastened to this and then taken
to the local shotblasting firm to remove all the paint
and moth-eaten metal. Then the repairs will start.
9th April 2004
Removed rear section
of roll cage.
Removed all four GRP wings. Can
see that car has probably had a mild rear offside shunt,
as the rear wing was cracked and previously repaired
and some of the metalwork underneath was slightly twisted.
However, this damage is effectively minor and of little
1st April 2004
flywheel, clutch cover and crank pulley from being balanced.