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98cc's Resurrection Of The "Smith Spider" 2 stroke race car--Now with SOUND


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Crank seals / leaky crank case issues can be hard to diagnose too. Apparently it can make an engine appear to be running rich (and sound like it's 4 stroking), when actually it's leaning out. 

2 strokes can definitely be challenging little things! But we definitely need to see more of them out there :D . 

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23 hours ago, Vintage Grumble said:

330kgs!?!?!? 

Yep all of the tiny weight savings Dennis did seemed to of added up.  The body alone only weighs 30kgs. 

On 12/02/2019 at 22:20, Truenotch said:

Crank seals / leaky crank case issues can be hard to diagnose too. Apparently it can make an engine appear to be running rich (and sound like it's 4 stroking), when actually it's leaning out. 

2 strokes can definitely be challenging little things! But we definitely need to see more of them out there :D . 

For sure, it did fell like it was a lean issue. Will pull the motor out and chuck a new set in. 

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After you told me about this thread when we met in Blighty 2 weeks ago, I've finally sat down and read it. I wish I'd found it earlier. So cool. Top work on the sympathetic rebuild. It looks great. 

Also-So neat that Dennis went along to leadfoot with you. I could picture him having a great old time. Presuming he's still able to drive it is there any plan to find a location where he can do so? 

Fuck I love small cars, especially sports cars that handle well. This car is all that. Thanks for sharing. 

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Cheers Mate, yeah was bloody good to meet up. Dennis had an amazing time at Leadfoot, it was the first proper car event he'd been to in over 15 years and he yarned to heaps of people about the Spider which was really neat. He does still drive so it would be awesome to get him back in it, will hopefully be able to sort something out. 

Really looking forward to getting into this when i get back home, pulling the engine out and replacing the seals should be pretty straight forward and then it will be time to have a third driving session! 

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