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Old 04-19-2012, 01:02 AM   #481
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Front suspension is complete sans wheel hubs! Brakes are mocked up, just need to finish grinding, drill a few holes and tap the bracket... then attention will be moved onto the exhaust! Friday, I'll have to find some time to run to the city, pick up some much needed hardware, and my rear brake lines... hopefully this second supplier won't managed to loose them like the first did (how convenient in a time of need...)



Front suspension all beefed up, painted, lubed up and back in place. Brake caliper mockup was attempt #1. It would take one more try to get the caliper in a position that would work without clashing into anything.



Nice fancy tie rod finally installed. Some of these parts are a carry-over from Rusty, aka the donor car that some might remember me mentioning waaaayy back in this thread. And yes, those extremely long bolts were shortened!



The E30 disc mounted on the 2002 hub. Looks good! Gotta press the wheel studs in and put it back on!

Fingers crossed I'll have enough time to get everything together for Saturday!! (and hopefully the weather cheers up a bit too by then!)
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Old 04-19-2012, 11:22 AM   #482
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looking good Rudy! You're almost there man.
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Old 04-19-2012, 11:20 PM   #483
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Wow

I haven't been here in a while, lots of nice detail work Rudy. Those tie rods are the bomb.
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Old 04-20-2012, 11:06 AM   #484
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^^ Yeeeaaaaa buddy!

Yesterday afternoon was productive. Managed to punch the wheel studs into the front hubs, grease and install the hubs, and bolt on the front brake calipers. Unfortunately, I will need a minimum of 10~mm of spacer in the front to clear the coilovers with the bigger 8" wheels. The temporary 16mm will be fine. Once the car was back on its wheels, I took some pics before rolling it to the other side of the shop to get cracking on the exhaust.



I was impressed with how tight the steering felt now with the solid tie rods... The entire front end is super solid on that note (I dented the hood by accident trying to push on the car lol). I just need to pick up some upgraded hardware this afternoon to replace some bolts I used just as a mockup for the front brakes. I don't think I'd like to experiment with lesser grade bolts for brake system parts

The exhaust is nearly completed, just needs to be fully welded and painted. Crossing my fingers the brake lines show up today and all should be well (I hope)!!

The plan is to be at the DDT tomorrow all day with it, so anyone is welcome to stop by and check it out! I probably won't drive it in the morning as I'll be busy with exercises on the skidpad, but in the afternoon hopefully I can put in a lap or two without wheels falling off or the car burning down
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Old 04-20-2012, 12:47 PM   #485
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Old 04-20-2012, 01:22 PM   #486
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If it burns down, take pics! Good luck on saturday!
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Old 04-22-2012, 11:12 PM   #487
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Well... it's the day after, and the car is still alive... no wheels fell off and nothing caught on fire!

Friday evening was hectic to say the least... Finally got to drive it for the first time at 11.30pm! Clutch and brakes were spot on right from the get-go. Drove it around the parking lot a bit... Noticed a sharp clunking sound in the rear end which turned out to be the subframe mounts being completely loose! Doh! Back on the hoist to finish it up... Do a nut and bolt check, a quick eyeball alignment, pitched that garbage Fram oil filter and drained the oil. At this point its about Midnight, and knowing the car drove without any major issue, I wasn't going to give up making it to the track in the morning so a quick phone call later, I had Richard and Don drive up to the shop to give me a hand with finishing the car. They helped with all the little things like the seatbelt, trunk latches, and other odds and ends while I focused on changing my brake system hardware I bought earlier in the day, getting the the hubs tightened to the correct values, etc etc. Ended up staying up until 3am to finish it!

When I finally got to drive it Saturday morning, I drove it up and down the length of the skidpad a few times, to test the brakes out and feel the car out. I noticed a few of the brake line fittings (mostly the T connections) seeping a bit, so I gave them a snug and all was well. I finally got enough confidence after lunch to take it on track. That lasted about a lap and a half before it started to sputter and eventually die (on track to make matters worse). Turns out it ran out of gas. So much for that full tank of fuel that was in it before winter! Back in the paddock I filled it up to the brim and waited for the next session. With the car running okay for 2 laps I started to rev it higher and go a bit faster, when within half a lap something started to get loud like a gear noise... so I figured something in the driveline was seizing up so I parked it immediately and waited for the session to finish so I could drive it off slowly.

So all in all, a few teething problems, but overall I'd say it was successful. Not sure what the gear noise problem is yet, especially since it only is making the noise when at speed... sounds fine at parking lot speeds. It should be easier to pinpoint when I drain the oils out of the driveline components and take a look on the hoist.

Thanks to Richard and Don for coming by to help me cobble the car together the night before, also to my buddy Desmond for letting me borrow his X5 on such short notice (BTW, that 4.6IS is badass ) and obviously I can't forget my Dad who helped so much the few days before to get this car rolling for Saturday!





Totally forgot to take pics from Friday/Saturday at the track, so here's two pics from when I got home after the DDT. Still in one piece, and able to move under it's own power
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Old 04-23-2012, 12:14 AM   #488
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The project isn't over of course, but I think this is a good juncture to say CONGRATULATIONS! Great to hear it is up and lapping!
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Old 04-23-2012, 12:56 PM   #489
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Looks badass man! Can't wait to see it out there!
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Old 04-23-2012, 01:08 PM   #490
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Awesome job!

What colour white are you gonna paint it?
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Old 04-23-2012, 02:36 PM   #491
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That sounds like a milestone, sounds great, looking forward to seeing it out.

Are you going to be at the ADS this weekend?
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Old 04-23-2012, 04:04 PM   #492
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Rudy, utmost congratulations. Update us on the driveline issues but it doesn't look like it'll slow you down too much!
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Old 04-23-2012, 08:10 PM   #493
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Gonna finish off my Tremclad White job I started. The hood, trunk, and top part of the door I've decided will be vinyl... probably a dark red. I think bright red on this car would look cheap.

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Are you going to be at the ADS this weekend?
I should be there Friday helping out the guys with the Targa M3... Not sure if I'll be attending the rest of the weekend though. Plus I don't have a car to drive either at the moment
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Old 04-23-2012, 11:30 PM   #494
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Good job

Rudy,
Good to see you made it to the track, wish I could have been there to hear it run. Hopefully the gear noise is something simple, like oil level in the gear box or diff. Anyway, happy for you man.
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Old 04-25-2012, 08:06 AM   #495
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Congratulations Rudy. Your persistence has paid off!
Glad you're not painting that trunk lid and going vinyl.
That's a piece of history right there.
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