Sunday 25 November 2018

The Turbo TR1 - new manifold (part 3)

It's been a while, eh?

In short, problem solving takes time and trying to cram as much stuff as possible into the V of a V-twin and then put a big fuel tank on top of it isn't really going to make things a lot easier.

And here's the problem: Literally everything is fighting for the same bit of space between the cylinders. 

A cunning plan had to be formed. As cunning as a tube being cut into pie-like-slices and then welded into a three-dimensional double s. (As you might notice due to the different lighting: several hours have passed between the previous and the subsequent pictures...)

I always said that I won't do hipster-pie-cuts, as this isn't going to be a show-pony of sorts. Unfortunately (and that says a lot) this was the EASIEST way to solve the space issue.

Next step, you quickly make a hole for the third tube and ... THAT is why you buy quality holesaws. (I thought it would be easier to start off  with a fresh holesaw instead of one of my old and dull saws...)

After a bit of tweaking that bit of tube fitted...

... and this is the result.

Next mandatory step will be to clock the turbo, but the cast section appears to be well fused together, so that could become a bit of a challenge in its own right. Once that is done a connector to the turbo can be devised and everything linked up. Unfortunately I think the first snow of the season will be here quicker than I can get all those issues solved...

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