Project Roadster: Total Sell-Out: The Pipe and Light Chronicles

OK, fine. I admit it.  I’m a sell out.  I finally gave in and bought (not built ~ shame on me), a quieter pipe for the Roadster.   Now I am aware this is a slippery slope, so bare with me while I try to convince you I’ve not lost the plot.

Old centre pipe Vs new side exit

You see,  I have been toying with getting a ‘sensible’ daily driver.  You know, something Diesel, probably an estate; comfy, economical and quiet.   I have to drive 100 miles a day commuting to work on the motorway, so an open piped Roadster is not really the weapon of choice.  As my eBay watch list filled with dull euro boxes I grew more depressed at the thought of a ‘sensible’ car.  So…I decided to just keep the Roadster and make it a bit more every day friendly.  Plus I’m moving house and I don’t want to piss off the neighbours everyday leaving for work at 6.20am!

So where was I…Oh yeah:  I chose that particular system as the tail pipe was removable.  This meant I could make my own and change it at my leisure.  It came with this stupid 37″ bore bean can:

This swiftly went in the bin, and I began building a new one.  I started with a Seat Leon Cupra Down-pie to mid section – a snip at £9.

I know what you’re thinking…Go BOSO?

Maybe not. Second WIP: up-sweep round the bumper…

No.  Don’t like it.  So I set about welding up the perfect angle

and hit it with some high-temp black

I’m really pleased with how it turned out and it sounds really nice; very quiet at low revs/ low load, but give it a boot full and it has a really nice rasp that makes you want to keep your foot nailed.

Except, now I had a problem.

Namely, the big melted cut-out in the bumper where the centre pipe ran. That and I didn’t have a fog light any more…

Luckily, race cars have all the answers:  I made up a bracket and fitted a nice, subtle 50 LED FIA rain light; no rubbish looking low hanging fog light here!

As you can see it’s nice and subtle until you turn it on!

So that’s the latest.  I’m pretty happy with where the car is now so I can focus on the KP and then the house move!  Oh yes, I’m about 6 weeks away from having my own garage!

To top the sunny weekend off nicely, I took the chance to bin-off the hard top and go and burn some £1.18 a litre juice just for fun.

Next post: raising it up….NOT A CHANCE!

8 Responses to “Project Roadster: Total Sell-Out: The Pipe and Light Chronicles”

  1. April 10, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    Great car, love the angle on the pipe, and love the LED fog light too. Where did you buy it?

  2. 2 tom
    April 10, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    sterling work on the pipe sir! would’ve loved to been cruising about in this on the day we’ve had today

  3. 3 racer86
    April 10, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    I got it from Merlin Motorsport based at Castle Combe circuit. Glad you guys like it!

  4. April 11, 2010 at 1:11 am

    I was skeptical till I saw how you did it. I fucking love it. Really pulls it off, slight bozo look, but quintessentially British sensibility. Tiny sensibility, not too sensible. Really dig the Fog light too!

    Your cars are coming along sooo nicely and with so much character. Props.

  5. 5 balang47
    April 11, 2010 at 2:19 am

    that fog light is a beauty!! Everything came out really well..

  6. 6 Itsa328
    April 12, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    Nice work on the rear rain light. I’d been considering mounting one to my Mazda Roadster too. Any chance you could post up/email a photo of how you mounted it? Keep up the excellent work!


  7. 8 Mr Borohachi
    April 15, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    I have a pair of speedlines 4×100 with the center cap for sale

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