Discussion in 'Member Rides' started by Matthead, Jan 8, 2016.
Hehe, hope so!!
I just found out geoff steel’s S54 powered e36 with a drenth sequential box was doing 2.01’s around snett. S54 had shrick cams, airbox etc so that’s something to aim for!
Wow 2.01 is mega!!!!!!!!!!!
.. and Kumho got into the 1:58’s on skinny slicks and H pattern gearboxes!
I heard this!! So fast. I was going to come down and watch but up to my eyes in moving house. Sad I missed it. I can’t even get my head around how you get round there so fast!
a composite roof panel will give you less protection if you find yourself off track in a clump of trees. Take localised stress poorly and pierce easier
If you are serious, please move post to the health and safety forum
Let us know what the rattle was Matt, I have £100 bet with someone
Will do matey, looking like vanos at the moment.
Been away for a while and missed this car. Car looks and spec sounds fantastic. Sorry to hear about the bad luck but just means time to upgrade.
Looking forward to some updates
Right, continuing on with the car, I’d had a bit of a break from the car while I worked out a plan of attack and to be honest I was a little out of love with the whole thing after smashing the bonnet, denting the roof and having some engine damage. I’ve since moved house and have a nice big double garage to work in and had a nice holiday to recharge the batteries and decide where to go.
The engine is out and with my mate who’s going to strip it down and rebuild it for me, new shells, gaskets, vanos overhaul etc which has left me some time to do other jobs, namely, full internal strip down and a full rewire, electric power steering conversion, heated front screen, new lexan windows, paint and bodywork to name a few.
First things first, screens. The front one was smashed from the bonnet flip and the rear was cracked and damaged. I’ve already got a tinted lexan rear ready to go in and I’m going to replace the front with a heated number. A quick call to a friend who’s a windscreen fitter and the screen was out,
The rear had been riveted in, bad idea. Any water runs down the inside of the screen and causes water marks which I can’t get in the back of the car due to the cage to clean so the new one will be bonded in! Anyhoo, some drill action to get the rivits out and the rear was done.
Ext up the engine bay was given a full degrease and clean up. It’s surprising how much muck and grime gets in there when it’s only used on track! Also, power steering leaks, and some oil leaks had left there mark with oily residue everywhere. One large tub of gunk and some hot soapy water got it cleaned up to a respectable level.
Doesn’t look fantastic but it’s much cleaner and a nicer environment to work in!
Next up bodywork,
First things first, doors off so I can get inside it to remove the dash, seat, wiring, basically a full strip out of the interior ready for eps and rewire.
Quick shot of the new workspace. Such a treat to be able to work on the car in the garage and not have to drag it outside and work on a shingle driveway!
Next job is bodywork, after getting some ridiculously high quotes to paint the kit I’ve decided to do it myself, I’ve done some spray painting before so I’m happy to give it a go! If I balls it up I’ll get the car wrapped . I also wanted to do some small modifications to the kit as if I’m totally honest I’m not a massive fan of how the kit looks so I might as well remove some of the details that annoy me!
First up, the front arches have indents in them to mount side indicators, I don’t have side indicators so I wanted these gone, I also didn’t like the way they looked on the kit.
Some hot dremel action to cut out the indent,
Now I has some fiberglass sheet kicking around so this was marked out to the right size and shape,
The same was done on the other wing and I was ready to fiberglass them into place,
Just need to wait for it to dry and the a skim of filler on the outside, sand and ready for primer and paint.
On to the rear,
I never liked the way the kit cut in around the fuel filler flap so I decided this had to go.
Same principle as the font, another piece of fiberglass sheet was cut to size and let in, fiberglassed from the rear. Again, once dry a skim of filler and a tidy up ready for paint.
I’ve ordered several pieces of fuel filler hose and a nice flush mount fuel filler cap like a motorbike tank affair to mount on the rear quarter once it’s all done.
I purchased this the other day,
So what you are looking at here is a Vauxhall Corsa ‘c’ electric power steering column. I’m sick of the leaky p.s so I’ve decided to go over to eps. I’ll remove the e36 steering column next week to get a side by side comparison and see what’s needed to make the corsa part fit a bmw, the mounting shouldn’t be to much of a problem but I’m not sure how I’ll tackle the connection from the column to the rack yet. I know bmw use a strange spline count on the rack so I’ll need to spend some time working it all out. I’ve got to buy a little controller to plug into it to fool the steering ecu as it requires a speed sensor to regulate the actual power going to the motor, slow speed more power (assist), high speed less power (assist) there are a few aftermarket controllers available on the market with a rotary dial to set up the assistance. More on this project later!
^ Have you got a non-power steering rack to replace the existing?
Nope, I’ll just put a loop through on the pipe connections and have done with it.
Good work, have to keep us update on how you get on with fitting eps. I've been thinking about doing it just to get rid of the leaks.
Made a start on the painting, I made a temporary paint booth in the garage and after giving the panels a rub down with grit paper to give the primer something to stick to I got stuck in,
After the first couple of light coats,
And after 3-4 coats of primer, basking in the sun to help with drying.
Side skirt after second guide coat,
That’s now had 4 coats and is drying. Tomorrow I’ll break out the wet and dry, flat them back and sort any imperfections and hit them with some color and see how good the color match is. This is the big test, if the color match is good, I’ll carry on, if not I may have to have a rethink!