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Old 07-24-2011, 02:14 AM   #226
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Finally got a free day which I could direct some time towards the 2002. Started to hack away at the rear fenders so the arch won't create an addition tread pattern in my tires. After a quick romp with the dremel tool verified that I would be there for ages cutting this thick metal, I dug out a cutoff wheel and fired up the grinder. THREE layers later of metal, and I could see the inside of the car... no wonder these cars rust out with all that junk that was in between. Besides the goop, sound deadening, dust/dirt/crap that finds its way in there after 40 some odd years... yeah, one of those times overkill become a bit umm... detrimental to a car in a northern climate. Anywho... a bit of choppy choppy later, and I had a few bits on the ground:



After a bit of hammering around, and raising the slots a bit higher... and more hammering, I got the metal into a shape I think would provide enough clearance. Afterall.. I only plan to run a 225... considering you can fit 225s under near-stock fenders... this is already overkill.



It was a bit difficult to weld, mostly because of the goo from the glue and sound deadening crap that would catch on fire and/or contaminate the weld. For the most part, it is strong enough, and I will just seam sealer the holes from the inside so there won't be any issues.



All done!



The sides blend in somewhat okay to my liking. At least there isn't any sharp bits!





Hopefully I can finish the other side tomorrow without getting sidetracked too much.
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Old 07-25-2011, 11:46 PM   #227
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Like I said before, and I'll say it again... I am pretty confident I can make this paint look good. Maybe not perfect, but definitely good enough for a car that will get most of its use at the racetrack.

Yeah don't mind the windex bottle... my phone sucks for pics. But you can see how much the texture changed, all within a 5 min span (quick wetsand w/random sandpaper and hit it quick with a cutting compound), and all by hand. Imagine how that will look when I cut it with a proper polisher!

Before: (fridge-like as John put it lol)



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Getting there! Unfortunately in other spots, I am starting to get lazy with the bodywork prep just so I can hopefully finish it before this years track season ends. I am also pondering what to do for a hood, as both hoods I have for this car are quite rusty...
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Old 07-26-2011, 10:57 PM   #228
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You know...I might just have to try this roller paint thing! Nice job!
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Old 07-27-2011, 07:16 PM   #229
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^ Thanks! Its definitely worth a try. What I am eager to find out is how durable the paint will be. Hopefully it won't just chip that easy or I'll be mighty disappointed.

Got home a bit early today and decided to try and retest fit the Oldschools for the fun of it. Mmmmmmmm.... and that is only with a 16mm spacer. I am shooting for a 20mm.. and cramming a 225 onto that rim instead of that 205. Should look and hopefully fit well!



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Old 07-28-2011, 04:57 PM   #230
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Looks great! Are you keeping the flares white as well?
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Old 07-28-2011, 09:19 PM   #231
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Yup! For now anyways...
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Old 07-28-2011, 09:22 PM   #232
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You're getting there Rudy. You do plan on licensing this for the street I hope?
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Old 07-28-2011, 09:31 PM   #233
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You're getting there Rudy. You do plan on licensing this for the street I hope?
Maybe. I'll have to talk to Richard on that one and see if he can help me out with that But for this season, I don't think I'll have time for it.
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Old 07-29-2011, 09:23 AM   #234
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niiiiiice....looking slick Rudy! Flares are awesome!!!
Keep on going dude.
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Old 07-29-2011, 01:51 PM   #235
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holy cow nice!

I had no idea you had the skills!

awesome project keep it up
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Old 07-30-2011, 12:10 PM   #236
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Thanks guys!

I finally got another fuel pump relay and an ignition unit. Sweet! I'll maybe look at some wiring this weekend, get my mind off sanding...
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Old 08-01-2011, 12:34 AM   #237
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More progress this weekend! Got a shifter installed... interestingly with pretty much all OEM BMW parts, but nothing really majorly 2002 lol. Not sure what the base is from, but it was only a hair too short. Easily dealt with that problem by spacing the base out from the trans. The base holders I found already had delrin inserts pressed in from a previous life, so that worked out perfect. I chopped up an E30 Rad support rubber to insulate the rear of the base to the body. No solid shift bases for me!! I'd like to make a DSSR soon, but this will do for now.



Today, I took another look at my fuel lines I had fabbed up a few weeks back. After a few weeks of letting that solution simmer, I felt that it wasn't good enough, so I took another crack at it and made them fit up against the body much tighter than they were previous. I still need to weld a few more studs into the body to hold the clips on.



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Old 08-02-2011, 09:24 PM   #238
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Fuel line goodness

I like it. Nice and clean.
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Old 08-02-2011, 09:36 PM   #239
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Not that it's likely but if your driveshaft were ever to fail (u-joint or support bearing) I can see the potential for one or both of those lines to get damaged and potentially leak and if the exhaust is running down the middle that could be a bad combination.

Again, very highly unlikely as you won't have driveshaft shattering power in this car and you can hear the u-joint and bearing going bad long before they'll explode but it did cross my mind when I looked at those pictures.

Looks good though, nice fitment
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