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Archive for March, 2010



15
Mar
10

Ultimate Dubs 14-03-10 Part #1

For me, UD pretty much kicks of the shows for 2010 and in quite some style.  Indoor shows are always nice at this time of year when the weather is as reliable as, um, an old Volkswagen and it’s certainly a gentle ease-in to the show scene after a winter of hibernation.  The organisers run a strict door policy: only the sickest and most high-end cars get in, so you are always sure to see some awesome motors and some fresh metal; usually with the paint still wet from a race to meet the deadline for this weekend!

I’ll kick off with pretty much my car of the show: G-Werks fresh, 9-day built MK4 R32:

Bently paint x Lambo wheels x Porsche brakes x Air ride

Ok, I’m not on commission so we’ll move on…

MK1 Perfection. TDi power.

I was so into this Beetle, especially the Porsche seats (in MK5 GTi trim) and cage; it just worked so well!

Stay tuned for more pics soon…

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14
Mar
10

Get On This: Retro Cars Track Evening – 25th May

It’s getting to that time of year when you should be dragging your retro out of hibernation and giving it some stick, and what better opportunity to do just that than getting out on track!  Retro Cars mag are running a track evening at Brands Hatch with Motorsport Vision on the 25th of May.  If you’re wheels are over 20years old, you’re in.  The format will be pretty laid back with a open pit lane meaning you can maximise your track time with the added bonus that you won’t be being chased down by million horsepower super cars or chavs!   Now that’s not far off, so get booked up peoples and hopefully I will see you there in the KP!

07
Mar
10

Project Roadster: A/C delete

So, while I had the Roadster up in the air, and in a in a reasonable state of disassembly, I decided to go for the A/C delete.  I’ve been hauling all that shit around with me for 2 1/2 years now, convinced that one day I would fix it (I even has the right belt waiting to go)…well today I fixed it good!

This is what I removed:

Under the dash I pulled out the evaporator and gutted the box.  I then sealed up the holes and replaced it to complete the heater circuit.  Note the wires hanging down: by joining them you can have the extra fan working on the A/C switch: RACE CAR TECH!

Cleaned up the ‘bay too.  I really need to re-paint the cam lid…

I’ve fixed up the bumper and replaced it using fresh bolts and zipties (read a couple of bolts, and loads of zipties), so I should be able to take it off in a few mins now (not 3 hours!!!).

Wait, there’s more:  I’m waiting for some new discs in the post and have a fresh set of Yokohamas to fit tomorrow.  Car should be dialled when it hits the deck!

07
Mar
10

S2OMG

06
Mar
10

Project Roadster: Box In

Shockingly, that went pretty well too.  A couple of hours (and a bit of a fight to lift it in solo) and everything came together nicely.

Wait, what?

Welded up the heat shield on the exhaust (one side done here)

As everything was going so well I decided to start on the A/C delete (I did consider fixing it, but that could end up costing mega bucks and take hours chasing leaks! Plus race cars don’t have A/C).  That’s pretty much where the fun stopped.  It took me 2 hours to get the bumper off.  Then it went dark.  That’ll be tomorrow’s project then.  That, and replacing all the fixings I had to cut off or sheared on the bumper!

05
Mar
10

BMW Z4 GT: I <3 RACECARS

05
Mar
10

Project Roadster: Box Out

I’ve been dreading having to do this.  You might remember the 5 day marathon that was the clutch change last Christmas: Temperate in negative figures, parts not showing up and every bolt was either seized or rounded when I tried to take it off.  It took 3 days just to get the box off.

Happily, with the temps well in the positives and the sun shining, this time it all came apart in a relaxed couple of hours!  What a difference air tools and having everything come apart like it should makes!

Tunnel vision? (you see what I did there…)

Tomorrow I’m going to fit the new box and tidy some stuff up underneath; the exhaust heatshiled is pretty smashed up and rattling, repaint on some of the underseal where the rails have been battered etc.

While I’ve got it in the air and the undertray all off, I think I’ll pull out all the A/C stuff….