Sylva Mojo

Hi, my name is Trevor, and here you can follow my build of a "Sylva Mojo" kit car. Please remember the oldest news is at the bottom of this page, so if you have not visited for a while, please read from the bottom up.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Mojo kit overview

In a quiet moment this afternoon, I took the opportunity to cast my eye over the finer points of the Mojo kit. The mojo is a rear engined two seater sports car, which uses an F1 style inboard front suspension set up with rocker arms.

To make life more comfortable I will be using a hydraulic clutch specially made for the mojo, (as per the last photo,) which comes with the master cylinder and slave cylinder for the gearbox end, a new gearbox release arm for use with this kit and a special plate for the slave cylinder to mount onto, that bolts straight onto the gearbox.

The chassis has been made with a narrower tunnel to allow more width inside the passengers and drivers area, and has been powder coated too.

I also have bought a fuel tank and a full exhaust system too, both designed for the mojo.

On the bodyshell side, I have asked for the older style smaller nose cone version for my kit, just personal preference.
In the top two photos’ you can see the main chassis tub and the nose cone, other GRP pieces include the two rear wings, two front wings and the rear engine cover.
Note the GRP is uncoloured, I will get it sprayed, but haven't decieded what colour looks best yet!

The third and fourth photos show the old Capri uprights compared to them after they had been modified and powder coated, what a difference! (The spindle is cover in thick tape so no powder coating got on it.) Most of the components are now gone, most notably the HUGE shock absorber and spring section. That now houses a ball joint for connection to the rocker arm later. A nice little feature of this, is the factory have welded the wing stays directly onto the upright, what an excellent and simple idea!

Friday, December 08, 2006

Mojo Kit collected!

Today I collected the Mojo kit from Sylva Autokits, who are based in Ripley, Derbyshire.

Once there, I was met by Matt, who had all my parts ready for me to load up into the van.

I got Matt to explain where each of the components, (especially the suspension and engine mount ones) goes, then photographed them placed up to the chassis one by one - this way there should be no confusion throughout the build, that’s the idea anyway!

The unit where they are based looks great, today they had two mojo’s fully built, (on the left in the third photo,) and the car on the ramp to the upper right is a Riot, a track based car that can go on the road too. They also had three other chassis onsite, in varying degrees of build.

The morning spent there was a joy, nothing was too much trouble for Matt. It made for a very relaxing kit collection, and I'm pleased to report that everything made it back to mine with no damage or breakages.

I can’t wait to start building now, but ironically I am busy for next few weekends upto Christmas, then I fully expect the weather to get cold and nasty for January and February. Keep checking back here for updates anyway, because when any work gets done, it will be reported here.

The day that “Project Mojo” really got started…………

Bring on the warmer weather and lighter evenings!