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Now that all has settled down some what after my little mishap with the FOD, it is time to get the throttle and HP Cock linkages sorted out. I did go to quite an expense to buy a throttle quadrant off a Black Hawk Helicopter from a chap in the USA, I thought it would be cool, but unfortunately it doesn't quite fit and would be a real pain to mount, so I have opted for a real basic, but simple lever assembly, knobs yet to be mounted.

I have opted to use push/ pull cables for the control linkage , fortunately there is a company only 35 miles away in Ellesmere Port that manufacture them. I paid them a visit and within a couple of days they had made me two cables to my specification.
Their web site address is http://www.rdb93.co.uk/
Control linkage mounted to the engine by a specially made aluminium bracket as there is no aircraft to bolt the cables to. Ball joints are used this end, clevis joints are at the cab end.
I have fitted a breather/ catch tank made for me by alumacraft to the fuel tank and bolted it to the HiJets bulkhead, , this will guarantee that no fuel can escape and as it has a filter on the input side can provide clean filtered breather air.
To make the pickup legal in the UK, the wheels are not aloud to protrude from the side of the vehicle. This means another trip to Derek at Alumacraft so that he can weld some 'wheel arch spat extensions' to the rear side panels - as shown.
Time to increase the Vipers power by adding a jet pipe. Originally I thought this would be as simple as buying an old jet pipe, cutting 2 meters out of the middle and welding the two ends together - simply not so. It seems that the 100 series viper jet pipe is actually held in place by the aircraft and consequently there is no retaining clamp on the engine, this means a flange has to be welded on to the end of the exhaust so that a matching flange welded to the jet pipe can be easily fitted.

Exhaust removed and a view through it that you normally don't see.

A stubby Viper left on the back of the pickup.
The turbine wheel disc is literally at the back when the exhaust is removed.

A close up of the turbine blades showing the 'christmas tree' type retaining fixing and the locking tabs that keep them in place.

This bit hurt. When cutting in to a beloved item, you always wonder if you are doing the correct thing. There is no need for the existing sealing ring as it no longer has any use as it is being replaced by a flange , so I have cut it off! As a benefit, it will help reduce the overall length of the engine.

I think it looks quite good like this, but all will change when the flanges get laser cut and welded on.
To improve the efficiency of the engine it is important to smooth the air flow in to the compressor. To help do this I have purchased a hovercraft guide duct from K&M Products. Its not quite the size I require, but it's the nearest I could find and should fit with some modification.
I pride myself on first class design and fabrication. As you can clearly see I am using a vitamin container with a pen sellotaped to it to mark out the final depth of the guide duct.

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