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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Fiberglassing a test flat sheet

Here is a step through of James and me playing around with a small flat section of fiberglass.

Waxing up the surface

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Vote for me - On Speedhunters

Absolutely blown away that I made it onto the list - Vote for me Please!!!!
Pass onto your friends to vote if you can as well

Link to page, scroll down and simply mark the checkbox and click on vote.


Sunday, December 18, 2011

Craft Square vs Standard Mirrors

Here is two photos showing the difference between the standard s14a power mirrors and the Craft Square ones.
Std Mirrors

Craft Square Mirrors

Picked up some second hand Craft Square mirrors a little while back and when i got them they needed a bit of work to make them look OK. 

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

New Gearbox - Arrived

Box arrived this afternoon and John organised to take it home with him so i could pick it up tonight, he has been great with the whole thing and here is a couple of photos below,

Saturday, December 3, 2011

V8 Supercars - Pit Lane

Some photos from the event, was a great race and nice company.

COTF - Car of the Future - Up Close and Personal

I was lucky enough to get up close and personal with the COTF which was on display at the Telstra 500 on the weekend. It was roped off to viewers but we were able to have a closer look and take a few happy snaps.

V8 Supercars - Armour All Show

Some photos from the Armour All show

 They were air brushing this chick

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

New Gearbox - Ordered

I bit the bullet and ordered a new gearbox through John @ Unique Autosport via Nissan Australia,

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Wakefield Park Shakedown

Ducked down to the HSV/SSCC drive day at Wakefield Park on Saturday to shakedown the car before i head off to Phillip Island next weekend and also check if we had fixed that pesky miss fire.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Turbo exhaust housing to dump pipe studs replaced

Dropped past Unique autosport this morning and Dave drilled out and extracted the broken studs, the studs look to be normal steel studs so might be different in quality which is potentially why they bent.
Drilled out ready for stud extractor

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Turbo out, gasket busted, studs bent and snapped

Turbo out

Miss fire - the conector

Miss Fire - traced to wiring loom

It looks like the wiring loom has an issue in particular the piece that goes from the split fire amplifer to the coils.

Ignition problems

Got home last night and unloaded everything this morning. Was keen to check out what had happened so pulled out the plugs as they were brand new ones.
Started pulling off the leads from the coil's and number 2 is the cause for running on 3 cyl and the miss fire, swapped over the coil and confirmed it is not the actual coil but something in the wiring, also swapped out the igniter and didn't make a difference.
Pulled out the coil and

Friday, October 28, 2011

Fucking miss fire

Seems the one higher in the rev range has been fixed but the one on part throttle is fucking anoying the shit out of me.
Have grabbed some new spark plugs.and changed the fuel filter this afternoon so hope it all runs better totomorrow and i can have some fun on the track.
Winton is a tough little track and hard to get some of the corners right, need to follow some other people around as today with the bald tires (not kidding they delamanated in the last session) i didn't go to bad

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Getting the most out of the tyres

Tried to get the most out of the tires as they are so expensive, still managed some quick times with the tires bald which was surprising.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Arrived at winton

Arrived at 2:30 and left bell vista at 7:30am with a detour via golburn to pick up Dave it was a pretty quick trip.

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Road trip - at hollbrook

Just had the tie down strap snap

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Ready to go

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

All packed and ready to go

Well nearly all packed.... Just have to throw in my clothes and bathroom stuff and then i am off tomorrow morning. Filled up the car and have 7jerry cans full as i borrowed two from Andrew but i think i over filled them as they are leaking.
Noticed a leak from the gear box and we didn't get a chance to test the car out so fingers crossed everything works on the shakedown at winton on Friday.

Feel relieved it is finished but also a little worried about how the car will go. 

Wish me luck :-)

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Monday, October 24, 2011

Rear diffuser manufacturer and design - part 3

Playing around with the rear stakes, you kind of get the picture with the cardboard in place.

Splitter mounted to frame

Lining it all up onto the frame to trace the mounting tab holes and then drill through the splitter.
Drilling through the splitter

Welding mounting tabs for splitter onto frame

Battery fitted in new location

With the wing on the back it will take a little bit of time to get to the battery so we moved it to just behind the passenger seat down nice and low.

Fitting Catch Can

Andrew welded up a mounting bracket and we fitted the catch can this afternoon after work.

New rear wheel bearing

The rear passenger side bearing was badly in need of replacing so Andrew swapped it over today. 

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Front splinter - low and getting lower

I really hope the spring rate we have chosen works as with the shorter springs we have no possibility of raising the car up further. Yes it is very low and lets hope there are no big bumps on the track. Special rub plates will be a must

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Front Splitter

I picked up the finished fiberglassed front splitter this afternoon and bought it back to Andrews workshop to get it prepared as quickly as possiable. I am running out of time to have everything done so i suspect a few late nights this week to try and get everything done.

This thing is really, really light!!! When i picked it up it felt like i was holding a piece of cardboard it was that light. Surprisingly it's also really strong and i find it hard that you might get it stronger in carbon fiber so hopefully we have found the right balance with resign to matting measurements.

This time we got it finished nice on both sides and it needed only a light sand before a primer coat, if i had more time i would want to high fill it all and get it super nice but i sanded it all back through a couple of grades of sandpaper and put a light coat of primer on tonight ready tomorrow to put a couple of coats of top coat on.

Also Andrew is not well ATM so he is doing his best to put a smile on for the camera,

Friday, October 21, 2011

Fixed up sump gasket

The last workshop that worked on the car left quiet a mess on the sump pan with a pile of gasket goo everywhere. I decided to change the oil and at the same time re-do the gasket as it was a shitty job done and had developed a slight weep as the pan was not 100% flat. Not sure if they didn't think to check it when they did it or they didn't care but all sorted now. 

Rear diffuser manufacturer and design - part 2

Rear diffuser progress coming along. Main sheet cut out and attached to get everything measured up, some air stakes to add and move a few things around. The exhaust needs some work to ensure it does not touch.
 Here you can see the exhaust touching although we can move this around a little and potentially cut the sheet back a little more.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

New 2ltr Catch Can + Sticker Pack

Picked up a catch can today from MX5 mania for $75, nice and neat and cheap.

Whilst i was there i picked up a CAMS sticker pack to use the tow stickers from, $15 it is easier then trying to cut them out yourself.

Front Splitter Frame - end pieces added

This is the end section where a bolt will screw into to lock it all in place and enable you to put it on and off quickly and easily. Will make sense once completed.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Rear diffuser manufacturer and design

First part of the design of the rear diffuser has been done. Andrew has cut it out and got it bent into shape, here we are trial fitting it and then planning on adding in stakes etc as well as mounting points.
We have made it shorter to start with as the exhaust is to low in front of the diff but have made some adjustments so we are able to continue it further all the way under the car at a latter stage.

Main aim with this one at the moment is to mitigate the large parachute of a rear bar i have and improve the airflow underneath.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Monday, October 17, 2011

Covered fiberglass inner gard with contact to protect from stone chips

A couple of photos of the covering of the inside of the gard with book contact film to protect it a little more from stone chips and rubber marks. Should have done this when i got everything fitted new but at least it will help protect the fiberglass after i have repaired it all. You have to get real close to even tell it is on there so pretty happy with how it turned out.

This one has not been trimed

 Thus one trimmed and screws put back in, need to paint the tops of those screws....

Wheels Trial Fitted

Exhaust modifications

Bent suspension shaft

Andrew was pulling the suspension apart to fit the springs in readiness for.the aero and found the front left suspension was bent. I am dropping it off to jono at heasmans tonight to fix up and hopefully won't be to expensive to fix

Wheels arrive

The wheels arrived today
Was an interesting conversation with the security guard trying to get them out the door though.