| Well it's been a week or so since passing SVA, so how does the
2B handle?. I'm not an expert on car handling and as you know I have
the sliding pillar front suspension. However I am quite pleased and
have had lot's of fun so far.
The first few runs nearly rattled my teeth out until I lowered
the tyres pressures to 20 psi, (they were at 35). Next I wound up
the RHE coli-overs at the back, which got rid of any rear end 'softness'.
The tracking was setup at the local garage and I have to say the
2B seem sto handle quite well, albeit with a little under steer.
The acceleration is very good , it now feels very much like being
back on my bike but with 4 wheels and no helmet. Apart from the
fuel pump problem nothing else has gone wrong. The injection engine
provides a nice progressive and wide powerband and economy is also
I need to fix some kind of lining inside the rear wheel arches
as stones have 'dinted' the inside of the wheel arch, (too much
welly on gravel roads). The next job is to purchase and fit a Hood,
then build a new dashboard.
I found it a right PITA to get the silicon for SVA removed, it
had stuck very very well to the stainless. The latest purchase is
a flasher buzzer from a motorcycle shop so I can hear the indicators!.
Yes it is very noisy and most people mistake my arrival for a powerful
Using the 2B on the road has highlighted another problem. I have
a habit of leaving the indicators flashing as sometimes the indicators
don't self cancel,(depends on how tight the corner is). As the sun
is always shining on the dashboard I don't notice the flasher warning
lights and the RHE 4 into 1 certainly doesn't let me hear them !.
So I have made up a Flasher warning Buzzer, total cost £3.60
including P&P, all the parts are available from Maplins. The
buzzer is located behind the dash and is quite audible, even above
the exhaust noise.
Clocked up 350 miles now, which isn't too bad considering the weather
we have had. So far no problems at all, nothing has vibrated loose
or fell off, no breakdowns and the engine runs very sweet.
I have now shortened the gear stick, all I did was cut of the threaded
bit, then cut off 2" and welded the thread back on again, the
bottom of the knob is now up to the rubber anti-vibration bit.
I did not look seeing the pluming for the electric motor under
the back so I made up a cover from some left over stainless. Looks
a lot neater now.
Fitted the Boot Rack from RHE, it doesn't look too bad actually
and does help to secure the odd bit of luggage, (rucksack etc).
It was quite simple to make and fit despite no instructions and
the wrong size of wood for the side pieces.
I have had to leave a couple of inches towards the rear of the
boot to allow for the Hood rails, (I intend to fit a Hood soon).