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Andy R's Sidewinder

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this user is offline AndyRobinson

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on: February 23, 2013, 06:49:04 PM
Ok so having had the GP for a number of years, I fancied a bit of a change, something a bit more street fun. I could have just rebuilt the GP but decided that it would make more sense to sell it and buy a nice buggy already done (or close to it). So found this sidewinder advertised as a classified ad on ebay around March 2011. Headed over to Malden in Essex. Checked it out and seemed all Ok and was a good price. Meanwhile did a bit of research online and tracked its history a bit more...

Built in 2007 by Lee (Big Buggy Lee?? from the old site) with the help from Darren Hills. Shortly after building it Lee sold to some folks in Bournemouth or then sold it on to the guy I bought off. Had a few changes etc during those times, including various engines.

Here are a selection of photos I found on the net by previous owners.





And here are some of mine.



Old Dash





But nice as though it looked, I wanted to adjust a few things. Move the petrol tank, sort out the wiring on the dash board as there were a few issues. In fact there a were a few minor issues on a few things, so thought I would address them over the winter. Well drove down to the SDBC picnic that June, had a great trip there. But on the Sunday it rained and rained and rained. Being stuck practically in Brighton with no roof or wipers was not ideal. Set off home, shortly having left I soon realised that not only could I see little through the screen but the brakes failed. I had No brakes - in fact all I could do to slow down was change down through the gears and use the handbrake  - so not great. It was a long tough journey home. Fortunately I had some friends in the car in front and we just stuck to the motorways at 50mph with them leaving a nice gap for me. 

Well am afraid that was the last time I drove her (she was named Priscillia - by a housemate as she is purple and sparkly - well blue really but in the light...). After the brakes were shot I decided it was time to do the rebuild. But I had to wait a year longer than planned for the funds to come through for the various parts and budget for the external work to be done. Finally, in the next week or so, it will be all completed and back on the road. OK so I missed last year, but with the weather we had, I don't think I missed a huge amount! (though may be I should have kept and rebuilt the GP after all!)

So watch this space for details on the re-build.
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Reply #1 on: February 23, 2013, 06:56:06 PM
Am looking forward to the day I see this roll up again.

It all sounds brilliant Andrew and hopefully will come together shortly :)
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Reply #2 on: February 23, 2013, 06:56:38 PM
nice to see its nearly ready to go back on the road mate :)
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Reply #3 on: February 23, 2013, 06:58:44 PM
 :) :)Thanks guys.... am practically counting the hours now...

Though somehow I think I will still be seen as the chap in the hairdressers car!
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Reply #4 on: February 23, 2013, 08:01:25 PM
Any pics of rebuild  ;)
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Reply #5 on: February 23, 2013, 08:04:35 PM
Finally, in the next week or so, it will be all completed and back on the road.

Famous last words!  ;)
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Reply #6 on: February 23, 2013, 08:07:42 PM
I like your old 4 into 1 exhaust! Personally I'm not a fan of canons, don't think I ever will be. Looking back at the pics it's like spot the difference? 3 different types of seats, which are the most comfortable?
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Reply #7 on: February 23, 2013, 08:13:07 PM
Looking forward to trying to keep up with ya this year....

Well spotted on all the seats :) :)

Did you get any work done today on it Andy...a bit cold???


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Reply #8 on: February 23, 2013, 08:49:29 PM
Sadly no work done today. Workshop closed, Spike busy plus was busy with camera club. We will be busy in the workshop though next week that's for sure.

I know what you mean Hazel  :-X

But can't comment on the different seats and exhausts as before my time with them. But the seats I have (see my photos) are just fine. And hopefully better now since they are now on runners and might fit wedges for a better angle.
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Reply #9 on: February 23, 2013, 09:41:28 PM
i will keep up with him ,you will see his wig fly off as i blast past him (in his merc lol)..it will be a orange flash ha ha ..like fire and yes hazel looks far better with the four into one ...get on the phone to mike robinson .... :P


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Reply #10 on: February 23, 2013, 09:44:43 PM
gonna beef mine up robinson and squash the bully lol  :P :-* :-* :-* :-*


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Reply #11 on: February 23, 2013, 09:47:31 PM
Sadly no work done today. Workshop closed, Spike busy plus was busy with camera club. We will be busy in the workshop though next week that's for sure.

I know what you mean Hazel  :-X

But can't comment on the different seats and exhausts as before my time with them. But the seats I have (see my photos) are just fine. And hopefully better now since they are now on runners and might fit wedges for a better angle.

Sorry I forgot those pics were from previous owners... I like the seats you currently have  :)
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Reply #12 on: February 23, 2013, 09:48:48 PM
i will keep up with him ,you will see his wig fly off as i blast past him (in his merc lol)..it will be a orange flash ha ha ..like fire and yes hazel looks far better with the four into one ...get on the phone to mike robinson .... :P

Maybe in the future......
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Reply #13 on: February 23, 2013, 09:58:18 PM
all he will hear is the woosh of the turbo ...... :P


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Reply #14 on: February 23, 2013, 09:59:36 PM
next year that is ..when its finished lol  :P