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Get rid of the huge steering universals and donut, change it to something like a flaming river design and you'll have heaps of room.

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Get rid of the huge steering universals and donut, change it to something like a flaming river design and you'll have heaps of room.

Good idea. Cheers man

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Quick update...

New 17x8.5 wheels with Falken ZE912's..will get a decent pic of them all on when it comes out of the garage next.

Caved and bought a b25 so have been busy stripping, cleaning, and putting that back together. It was out of a Motronic 1.0 car which wasn't going to work (easily) with my facelift shell and my gearbox was also lacking the required mounting points for the crank sensors so I've put all my 1.3 bits on and bought a 173 computer to use in the mean time until the turbo goes on. Supposedly the 1.3 sensor will work fine with a megasquirt - bonus.
Replaced the water pump, belts, thermostat, gaskets etc while it was all off.
Almost there now and looks pretty good I think. Just have to get some new injector seals and hook the loom back up.

Also got some M22 to AN adapters so I can hook up my Fenix oil cooler to the factory connections with some sweet shiny braided line because it looks cool.

What else.....Cleaned and painted my intake manifold and rocker cover with some excellent high temp paint. Came up amazing and has a very hard finish. Couldn't get the metal emblem on the top to look any good though so eventually I got sick of looking at it and dremelled it out. It now has the steering wheel emblem from the donor car embedded in it. Looks amazing but will be interesting to see how long it lasts.

Apologies for the crap photos. Most were taken in the garage around dusk and the lighting was ^&%#.


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Progress...

Seats, carpet etc all stripped.
Mocking up seat rails:
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Dash out, seat base/rails all ready for paint. Test fitting front laterals here. Cage is a standard 6 point kit from Racecraft in Christchurch. To say the fitment is great is an understatement.

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Measuring up main hoop for trimming etc.

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And pic of the front laterals and main hoop notched and ready to be dropped and welded. Since taking these pics the windscreen bar's been welded in as well so will hopefully be mostly done by the end of the week. Still have to install floor plates and lugs for harnesses and then it'll be back in my garage for the long awaited heart transplant. Good times.

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Cage is complete, harness and seat are in and car is back home. Finally time to pull the poor old M40 out. 14550679_719591478192787_1315142637_o.jpg

 

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Quick update. Haven't done a whole lot lately as I've been busy with work and my other vices.
The M40 and all automatic related bits are now gone. Also had some pretty bad rust at the base of the A pillars that I wanted to get sorted before progressing any further so got that and the bumpers colour matched at the same time. So stoked with the result.

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Got around to taking the front subframe out and had everything media blasted. Then the same mate who did my cage welded the garagistic sway bar and engine mount reinforcement kit on -lad. Gave it a fresh coat of black and fitted up the e36 rack, 20mm sway bar with powerflex bushes, new links and ball joints all round, and finally put those offset Revshift CAB's on.
The hybrid steering linkage was a bit of a mission but it works great and has given me a heap more room for the exhaust.

Also bolted the manual pedal box in and made a start on stripping back some of the unnecessary wiring.

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Been busy so this thing's been on the back burner for a while but there's been a bit of progress. I'll finish it eventually 😂

Put the engine and gbox in so we could get some idea of where everything will go. The clutch hardline I had was from a pfl which are apparently slightly different, and as this car was originally auto, there was no bracket where the hard line attaches to the soft line so that was a minor pain to sort out.

The manifold, FMIC and piping, downpipe, wastegate plumbing, and exhaust have all been done now.

Chris Wratt from CWC Engineering has done all of the fab work on this.

Hopefully get back into it over Christmas and start making the loom and get the dash flocked and fitted. We'll see.

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