So I'm mindful that I haven't really been keeping on top of this, so I'll try and summarise recent changes I've made over the last year or so along with what I've got to do.
I fitted a gearbox with a LSD.. Had a few issues with driveshafts but only one true "failure" - as mentioned above. The others have been driver error, giving it full throttle on full lock. Can't get away with that anymore!
The above mentioned gearbox was one of the 085 boxes with a 3.7:1 F/D ratio. The grip difference was huge, but so was the difference in the gearing. It was awful. We never got out of 3rd, even going down the straight at cadwell park at 98mph with plenty left to go.
Following this event, gearbox was removed from the car for a rebuild with different ratios. Happy to say after 3-400 competition miles there was no wear at all on the diff or the synchros etc. so didn't replace any of these.
Rebuilt gearbox is now back in and ready to test
In terms of what's next.
Fit another handheld extinguisher
Roll rear arches properly.
Get both sides & front bumper painted.
New n/s wing.
Service - Oil, spark plugs, fuel filter, wash air filter etc.
A general overall clean
New doorcards to go in - neaten the inside up a bit more
MOT (Being done next week)
Fit Silver Project Top mounts
Fabricate solid engine & gearbox mounts.
Overall the car has been really reliable with only one retirement due to my error with the coolant cap, so I'm hoping to keep it that way. Potentially look at building a new engine this year, but for now it's fun & reliable so why change a good thing.
However, I started the car up on stands the other night to run through all the gears and check they engage as they should. And they did. But I noticed a bit of smoke in the garage. Seems the cause of this is from the crankcase breather. In my case this doesn't go back into the intake, just vented into a bottle. But the smoke is unusual and I haven't noticed this before. However the car has been sat for just over 3 months with the front end up in the air without being ran so I'm wondering if it's just because of that. I'll take it for a proper drive soon and see what happens, hopefully it clears up. If not I suspect the rings probably need changing. But we will see.
The smoke isn't particularly thick or of any distinct white/blue colour mind...