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Postby Adrian Furniss

As requests for pictures come up from time to time, in support of queries on the message board, I ([i:9988776655]Adrian Furniss[/i:9988776655]) wonder if an album for [i:9988776655]ad hoc[/i:9988776655] pictures might be of some help.

I will start it off with some of my own snaps, and look forward to seeing everybody else's toys.

Postby Adrian Furniss » Wed Mar 19, 2003 20:31

Ever had a problem finding the door lock in the dark? This is a great little key-ring torch with a long life, low-consumption LED bulb. Send me a Private Message if you would like to know where I bought it.
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Postby Adrian Furniss » Wed Mar 19, 2003 20:38

Fed up with having to fish out the strap from behind the roof panels? I found a cheap child's ruck sack at a jumble sale, with a click-lock buckle matching that of the Cappo's boot strap, and made a convenient parking place for it.
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Postby Adrian Furniss » Wed Mar 19, 2003 20:40

Boot strap detail.
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Postby Adrian Furniss » Sat Apr 19, 2003 19:46

Could this be the perfect gadget if you've lost your door mirror cover?
The new Suzuki Twin's are very similar. Time will tell whether they fit or not.
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Postby Ian Linden » Tue Apr 29, 2003 21:36

[u:9988776655]Brian Murphy's instructions for Making a Windbreaker:[/u:9988776655]

I thought initially that something solid would be easy to fashion and toyed with cardboard but it would cut-out rear vision. Then Perspex came to mind. However, my wife was against this material as she had experience of the shards produced by broken Perspex. So something stronger. I contacted a plastics company (DIY Plastics) and asked their advice and they suggested using a polycarbonate sheeting which was available in various thickness (3mm, 4mm and 6mm) and was the same material used for riot shields and helmet visors. Although a lot more expensive (£37.65 delivered) than ordinary plastics it filled the criterion. Before proceeding further, a cardboard template was made of the proposed screen and proved invaluable.
I purchased a 36"x24", 3mm thick sheet which arrived within a few days.
Cutting the shape was easy using an electric fret saw, and using a surform and file finished the task. To finish the job all the edges were trimmed with black plastic edging, as used on door edges to stop chipping when opening the doors, available from motor accessory shops, in a roll. As it is some half inch wide it is too thick to go around the radius corners. I cut a strip to the required length to go around the sheet and trimmed it down to roughly half its width (1/4") which made it easier to manage.To mould it around the radius corners I heated the area, on the strip, in a bowl of hot water. It may save you some time. Secure the strip with a little household glue.
In my case the finished article needed to be removable. Now came the task of fitting it and after various experiments it looked as though the simplest and most effective method would be to make two straps, to loop around the headrest posts. The windbreaker could he fixed permanently, but this would make entry to the rear shelf almost impossible when the roof was in situ.
Now to see if it worked. Although the plastic thickness I had chosen seemed to bend a little too much at speed, it did stop the draught and just needed a bit more fine tuning. It was bending too much in the wind; so to cure this another fixing point was made at the junction with the U shaped bracket that carries the seat belts. One detachable fixing on both sides cured this problem and it was also found that the using the thinner plastic
sheeting had paid dividends for it allowed the windbreak to bend and shape better to the backs of the seats. Using a thicker plastic may have other benefits, but its debatable.
Fitting a windbreak has certainly improved the comfort factor when the roof is off, as there is no cold wind lashing around between the seat backs. A worthwhile task and simple to make. (If I can do it, anyone can).
D.I.Y. Plastics (UK) Ltd., Regal Way, Faringdon, Oxfordshire, SN7 7XD)
email: sales@diyplastics.co.uk Tel:0870 444 2622

There y'go, and thanks Brian, for sharing it :D

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Postby Adrian Furniss » Fri Mar 12, 2004 00:46

Seats
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Postby Murray Betts » Thu Mar 18, 2004 23:23

An alternative intercooler has been developed to provide improved cooling for road use. The design was conceived as a direct replacement for the standard item, requiring minimal work to fit, and no modification to the car is required. As such it does not interfere with the cooling pack in any way (aircon performance etc).

For a car running at 1Bar boost (standard = 0.85Bar typical) it reduces inlet manifold air temperature by up to about 12degC compared to the standard cooler.

For a full description of the development , see here;

http://www.suzuki-cappuccino.com/phpbb2/viewalbum.php?a=57

Anyone interested, see the special promotions forum.
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Postby Adrian Furniss » Thu Mar 25, 2004 10:30

Carbon effect in Cappuccino Limited Version 3
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Postby Ian Linden » Tue Mar 30, 2004 22:59

Brian Murphy's Windbreak
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Postby Ian Linden » Tue Mar 30, 2004 23:00

Neat 8)
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Postby Ian Linden » Tue Mar 30, 2004 23:05

NOW you can see :D
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Postby Adrian Furniss » Sat Apr 03, 2004 21:19

Look! I've just fitted my new spoiler. Well second-hand actually.
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Postby Adrian Furniss » Sat Apr 03, 2004 21:20

Drilling the holes in the boot lid was a bit nerve-wracking.
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Postby Ian Linden » Sun Apr 11, 2004 21:39

Trafficator Annunciator:

All parts from [url]www.maplin.co.uk[/url]

Relay - AR32

Diodes 1N4004 - QL76H

Sounder - BZ54J - I used BZ54J, and it's extremely loud. You might want to try BZ55K or BZ56L

Switch - N00AR - I did not use this switch, as I already had a suitable one in my "come-in-handy" box, but this should do the trick.

I mounted the relay and sounder behind the plastic trim behind the driver's seat. The switch is located as preferred; I can nudge mine with my right shoulder, but this is a very individual preference :D

You can dispense with the relay, and just wire the switch and sounder between the diodes and ground, but you will not then get the louder click from the relay when the switch is off, which I find helpful when the roof is on.
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Postby Adrian Furniss » Wed May 19, 2004 23:23

Home made rear tonneau fastening bracket.
Press-stud yet to be attached.
Currently fitted left-right inverted. Need to swap over.
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Postby Adrian Furniss » Wed May 19, 2004 23:25

Tonneau hold-down strap.
Red half is home made.
Click-lock buckle bought locally.
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Postby Ian Linden » Tue Jun 15, 2004 21:51

Got my Wind Deflector done at last!
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Postby Ian Linden » Tue Jun 15, 2004 21:54

Its made from Polycarbonate sheet, and edged with a product made for motorbike windscreens.
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Postby Ian Linden » Tue Jun 15, 2004 21:56

It works really well; reduces wind noise as well as the draught.
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Postby Ian Linden » Tue Jun 15, 2004 21:58

The "trim" over the central console is that foam tube plumbers use to insulate pipes - it's a silvery grey colour, so I think I'll just leave it "au naturel"
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