July 5, 2003

Build manual

Caterham Midlands have kindly sent me through a build manual, so there's a chance to do some more reading and preparation before the kit arrives.

I've added some pictures of Goodwood to the June 30th entry.

Posted by charles at 6:05 PM

July 13, 2003

Site changes

I've changed the look of the site - you've probably noticed! Still a few teething troubles to work on.

Posted by charles at 7:40 PM

July 14, 2003

Build Tools

For those of you that are really bored, I've put the spreadsheet that contains all the things I've bought to build my Caterham with online. As you can see, I've gone totally over the top and bought loads of stuff that I'll probably never use and spent an absolute fortune. But it looks impressive in my garage. There's still a few things to buy as well. Sorry, but for the time being it's in MS Excel format.

Posted by charles at 7:04 PM


Just fired an email off to Caterham to try and get a build and delivery date. I know a couple of other people waiting have been given their dates well in advance so hopefully there should be no problem getting mine. Maybe I'll even be pleasantly surprised at how early it is.

Posted by charles at 7:10 PM

July 15, 2003

No firm date yet...

Unfortunately I couldn't get a firm date - nothing more definite than 'the middle of September'.

Posted by charles at 8:33 PM

July 17, 2003

Cycle Wing Fixing

The build manual way of attaching the cycle wings is by bolting them to the wingstays. This has a couple of problems - with all the vibration, stress cracks can form, and if you are unluckly enough to have an accident, the force can be transmitted to the wingstays causing more bent things than absolutely necessary.

One way of avoiding some of the problems is to use nylon nuts/bolts, but these can be difficult to get hold of. Alternatively, glueing them on (as done by Caterham Midlands I believe) stops the cracking problem and reduces the chance of damage spread, but makes them very difficult to remove if you want to for some reason.

Probably the ultimate way of fixing them is to use "Bigheads fasteners" and cable ties.

You get the 'non-drilled' look, plus the advantage of being able to remove the wings very easily if necessary. Andy Brookman (lotusandy) has kindly produced some detailed instructions on this method which you can download here (PDF).

Posted by charles at 7:21 PM

July 19, 2003

August evo article

The third in the series of articles in evo is here. Click on the thumbnail for a larger image.

Posted by charles at 6:53 PM

July 29, 2003

Caterham launch two new models and more (!) tools

Caterham have launched two new models, the Tracksport and SV30. With the former, the emphasis seems to be on track days, whilst the latter is aimed at people who want to relive the golden age of motoring.

My tools list has been updated. Pretty much there now!

Posted by charles at 7:27 PM