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Old 22nd May 2017, 09:14
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Ha yeah!

Any more progress on yours yet?
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Old 22nd May 2017, 09:23
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Hi Paul, No, my Mum's dementia is much worse now so I can't leave her on her own for any length of time. Luckily, I have been able to get her in to one of the local care homes from a Saturday morning until a Monday morning so I get a chance to recover as I get very little sleep when staying at my Mum's. Still, I get the odd opportunity for a sanity break during the week and just pop out to the shed and fiddle with one of my old motorbikes.
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Old 24th May 2017, 00:03
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Oh dear - so sorry
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Old 5th July 2017, 17:13
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Ok so latest updates .....

so I tried to have a new spring made specifically to the weight of the car to try and reduce the negative camber / increase the ride height and still retain the softness of ride.

found a company who said they would help me - except a few weeks down the line and several emails later they seemed to be backing away from the project as if they didn't want to do it.

so, I decided to go back to the company who extended my spring length to try and solve the camber before. I asked then to reprofile the spring so that it has more 'curve' to it. Then the hope was that this extra curve would translate into a higher ride height and so less negative camber. this cost me £60 - plus £40 for my mechanic to refit the spring etc. so £100 in total. Midland road springs were the company that re=profiled this.

so here's the new re-profiled spring (above the original leaves that were replaced with the extended ones - to show the curve difference between before and after)
[IMG]2spring by paul ward, on Flickr[/IMG]

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Old 5th July 2017, 17:17
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although it didn't totally fix the issue - the ride height is now about 3cm higher than it was (which means the exhaust doesn't scrape the floor anymore)
and the negative camber is slightly reduced - which looks a bit better aesthetically.

so all in all - it's not ideal, but it was a cheaper option that has partly worked - and I can live with that at the moment.
2rear by paul ward, on Flickr
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Old 5th July 2017, 17:17
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2-rear2 by paul ward, on Flickr
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Old 5th July 2017, 17:18
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Definitely looks a bit better than the rear camber did before -
2-front by paul ward, on Flickr
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Old 5th July 2017, 17:24
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However!!!

I'm still having issues with the wheelarches - I took the car to the Lichfield ' cars in the park' show last sunday - and it got alot of positive interest which was good.

what was bad was that I noticed another crack in a weld on the wheelarch support brackets .... I really hoped we had solved this issue, but, alas, no.

so next week I have the car booked into my mechanic friend again to try and maybe look at attaching the arches to the body / chassis - rather than to the wheels as they are now.

it's going to raise the arches higher and will look quite different, but I don't see any other way of getting around this issue.
I'm starting to wonder if any of the other Fiorano owners in the past had any of these issues - and if so, maybe that's why they are no longer Fiorano owners!!

I truly believe that this is a beautiful looking car - and peoples reactions at shows have confirmed that to me .... however I can imagine alot of people who built these in the past possibly having issues like this along the way and so deciding to take the easy option and sell up instead of resolving the issues.

... I wonder?

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Old 5th July 2017, 20:08
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Hi Paul, Glad to see you are still working away on the Fiorano. It looks a lot better with the latest rear spring and if you look at a photo of the Ferrari T166 you'll see that it has quite a lot of clearance between tyre and arch. Keep up the good work.
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Old 5th July 2017, 20:16
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Hi Paul, Glad to see you are still working away on the Fiorano. It looks a lot better with the latest rear spring and if you look at a photo of the Ferrari T166 you'll see that it has quite a lot of clearance between tyre and arch. Keep up the good work.
cheers, yeah I'm hoping this might finally sort it.
hope you're ok - fingers crossed that you'll be in a position to restart on yours soon too.
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Old 5th July 2017, 20:20
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I'm fine, Mum is in hospital as she had a few small strokes in her brain but with some luck, she should be home in a week or so.
Cheers,
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Old 5th July 2017, 20:37
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Car Photographer – Sorry I can’t offer any technical advice regarding the arches or rear spring.

But the car definitely looks better “after”.

Old Jock – My best wishes to you and your mum.

Take care, Paul.
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Old 9th July 2017, 18:14
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Car Photographer – Sorry I can’t offer any technical advice regarding the arches or rear spring.

But the car definitely looks better “after”.

Old Jock – My best wishes to you and your mum.

Take care, Paul.
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Old 15th July 2017, 14:25
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Ok, so more updates .... sfter getting another broken arch support I'd decided to try and mount the arches to the chassis / body to try and reduce the vibration on them when driving - after trying with some flat bar we decided to go for steel tube instead - it's 21 / 22 mm diameter tube with a 2mm thick wall.

we have done the front so far and it seems to be pretty sturdy (havent attached the actual arches yet though) - so on monday we satrt work on the back arches
here's how it looks so far -
[IMG]1-archsupportsw by paul ward, on Flickr[/IMG]
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here;s how it looks with the arch placed in position -
1-arche2w by paul ward, on Flickr
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Old 15th July 2017, 14:30
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The arch will sit higher than before to allow for suspension travel - but after looking at lots of true vintage racers like delages' talbot lagos' and rileys etc it looks like most have the arches supported like this and not 'from the wheel' as the fiorano was originally.
I quite like the look, - it's also going to increase the turning circle of the car which has been a bit of a nightmare to deal with - so that's an added bonus.
All in all if it makes the car more drivable in terms of not having something go wrong every time I take it out - it has to be an improvement!

1-arch1w by paul ward, on Flickr

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That looks good. Hope it is the resolution!
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Old 16th July 2017, 16:11
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That looks good. Hope it is the resolution!
thanks - yeah, fingers crossed
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Old 16th July 2017, 20:24
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A major step forward. I like how they look too and must be satisfying if they fix the original issue

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