I like the way a special mount has been adapted to fit the simca engine into an xu ready engine bay. You know.. when I get a closer look at a solara I might see how easy it would be to fit an xud turbo into a solara. I got a couple of xud turbos sitting around.. thing is though I'd have to uprate the shocks and torsion bars as it's a heavier engine it will be nose diving . i don't know much about torsion bar suspension.
Alpines and Solaras could have normal or Heavy duty suspension, there is no rule of thumb but GLS and SX models should have it, it was at 9 series (1978/79) that it mattered with the introduction of the automatic gearbox and factory fitted cassette roof. Look at a normal torsion bar and rear springs then look at a heavy duty set and the difference is easy to tell.
The auto box is very heavy so a Diesel engine and BE box probably aren't much difference to the Simca engine and Auto box, the AC manual gearbox is pretty heavy too. The diesel is wet linered so there is a weight saving too not sure if all the blocks were cast iron or later they became alloy? Other than needing bespoke driveshafts, the rear engine mount needing to be moved as the diesel has a torque reaction link (unless you can find a Horizon which bolts straight up) the main draw back is the possibility of the brake master cylinder contacting the top of the engine but I've never measured it. Look forward to seeing a diesel RHD Alpine or Solara though
I don't think there is an opening time as such, as many visitors will already be camping on site. The club will have a kiosk on the gate to our field to check in new arrivals, I'm sure this will be manned from 09:00 onwards. If I get further info I'll update here.
Those little yellow plugs - Ziebart Rust Proofing - the elixir of a long Simca life!
Alpine Rapier has gained a fresh MOT and is nearly ready for the 550 mile drive south. A few little jobs to do to it yet along with a good clean. Load all the camping gear and ready for the off on Thursday. If all goes to plan should arrive early Friday afternoon.
Should be there for the Friday morning but without my own car (reason described in Editorial of latest L'Aronde). I'll have to beg a lift down there with Kev & Lesley in their SIMCA 1204. The 1100 pickup and the 1200S still need a lot of work to complete and the Rallye 2 has not been fully repaired yet after its argument with a wall.
Hello Guys ! Just back at home with "Mandarine" ! I will thank again everybody for this superb event ! everything was simply..Perfect ! The location, the organisation, the activities... even the weather was nicely planed ! It's amazing to see so many "like new" Simca/talbot in UK and how friendly you treat French invaders... Régis
What a brilliant event. Sincere thanks to all the organisers who put in so much effort to ensure we had a great three days. An excellent turnout of cars from across the UK and Europe and the best weather possible. Covered 1300 miles in the Alpine and all trouble free. Grant