It has not moved for quite a while as I've been busy with my other SIMCA projects. The trackdays I've done recently I've used my tiny FIAT 133 which has the 1294 SIMCA engine and box that came out of the Honda engined 1000. That really goes with a Rallye 3 cam and a set of Honda CBR600 bike carbs. I must get back to the Honda engine 1000. I've fitted a '2 wire' Honda distributor from one of the last Civics with carbs as the adapted SIMCA 1100 dizzy used to work loose. It's still running on the twin Dellorto DHLA carbe from an Alfa and runs well retaining the Alfa jetting. The manifold I'm using is a SIMCA 1000 'Tapie' one with a thick alloy sandwich plate to adapt it to fit the Honda engine. My brother has used a manifold from a ford CVH on his Honda-SIMCA conversion. In the next month or two I'm going to work on 'resurrecting' the Honda powered 1000. I'll post on here what I do with it. There's also a thread on this car on Retro-Rides and, in French on Simca-competition.com Mick
I will look through my photos. I must have more photos of the early part of the build up. As for the clutch, I use a 180mm centre plate as fitted to the 1294 SIMCA 1000s inside a Honda Civic cover assembly. The CRX assembly I'm using is a bit larger diameter than the SIMsCA plate but it works..!!! As I'm using the Civic bellhousing, I use the Honda clutch Slave cylinder which uses normal brake pipe fittings instead of that plastic pipe that SIMCA uses. I've piped it from the mater cylinder using a 'banjo' and bolt from a disc brake calliper on to a brake flexible hose with copper brake pipe through the car and a fexible on to the Honda slave cylinder. I edit SIMCa cLUB uk'S MAGAZINE l'Aronde. I did a series of articles on the build up of this car. I'm sure I've got them saved in PDF. Email me on email@example.com Mick
One thing I forgot to mention was how well the Honda engine cools in the SIMCA 1000. It uses the original Rallye 2 & 3/1200S water pipes under the car to the original Rallye 2 type radiator and it cools much better than the SIMCA 1294 engine ever did. Being a track car has meant I've been able to cut all the extra holes to get cold air in and hot air out but I can only think that the water circulation in Honda's block is much better than the SIMCA engine. Mick
Have just sold my track Honda powered SIMCA 1000 to a member who wants to return it to SIMCA power. Here are some photos of the engine & box coming out. I've also sold the 1000 fitted with a CRX SiR Vtec engine that I bought in an unfinished state. Why are they going???.... to make way for something really special in track SIMCA 1000s that is on its way here.