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Posts Tagged ‘Coilovers



20
Dec
11

Project Roadster 2: Convertible sports cars in winter; The thinking man’s choice.

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20
Dec
11

Project Roadster 2: How not to not build a Silver Escape Pod

Right.  It’s been over 4 months.  Let’s blow the dust of this thing.  

And what better way to start than with an update on the daily driver situation.  I say situation because I sold the 924 and had nothing to replace it with.  The Herald took up the slack for a week until, handily, Kay (long-term friend of car show origins and 3am Taboo enthusiast) got in touch about selling her Roadster.  I’ve know the car since she got it and it was a good one; rust free and with the right crank.  So, I threw some money at her in the dark and drove “Minky” back.  While she was awesome and really good mechanically, she’d suffered a little cosmetically and obviously was not noisy enough or close enough to the ground.  I was going to live with it for winter…

The following is made up largely of terrible, grainy mobile phone pics; mainly because my garage cam finally bought it  after a fall and I hadn’t planned on really going as far as I have with this car so I’ve cobbled together what I could find…

 

The usual Service work was carried out with all the oils and filters and being changed

 

I then ordered in some Gaz coilies.  Accidentally I upgraded to gold pros which, compared to the GHAs I had on the blue Roadster (which I thought were great), are a massive leap forward on all fronts.  These were duly wound down, with locking collars removed and bump-stops slashed.  I also replaced the track rod ends and a ripped steering boot while I was at it…you see how this is getting out of hand?  I also replaced a load of interior trim: Doorcards, gear knob, gaiter, ash tray and fitted a stereo and new aerial.

 

Sump Guard:

In a bid to reign it in a bit I took the freshly powder coated Fondmetal meshies out of my storage facility (the Folk’s garage)  that had come off my E30 and fitted some skinny rubber.  By fluke more than judgement the fitment it pretty tight; I’m running no spacers and still had to roll the arches.  15s make life easier on the undercarriage too…I’m not saying I’m sold out yet, but you know…

 

Wait, there’s more.  B6s are non-interference.  And I believe this, I just didn’t want to find out for myself so I fitted a new cam belt, tensioners and water pump.  This was just a further excuse to clean the engine bay (which turned out to be a massive job), paint some stuff and delete the AC/ Header tank/ Washer bottle/ Carbon Can.  Looks good and won’t explode, what more could you want?

 

Well, being a tart there was:  A good second hand front bumper and splitter went on (yeah, about that splitter…not quite the OEM splitter I was told it was when I paid, but for now it’s better than nothing).

 

The final flourish was a new exhaust and de-cat.  I loved the sound from the system I put on the blue Roadster, so just bought another one and made up another tail pipe.

 I’ll throw some pics up of the completed car soon…well I say completed, despite the fact it’s got a new hood on it I still want a hard top (I’ve already put the fitting kit on it) so not quite there yet..

11
Aug
11

Project 924: Like a BOSS

Pics by RSVP

07
Aug
11

Project 924: The Archive of a Life Less Ordinary

Another busy weekend means still no proper shoot of the 924; I did however stop off for 5 mins at the industrial estate where the KP was shot for Retro Cars Magazine.  Unfortunately James Lipman wasn’t on hand this time, so you’ll have to live with these:

I’ve de-wipered it now too.

When I bought the car it came with all the original books and a huge folder of history.  Inside was every receipt for every bit of work the car has had, every tax disc, concourse entries and all sorts of press clippings from the ’80s to now on the 924.  I love going through this stuff and will be adding to it where I can.

03
Aug
11

Project 924: Pass Me Another Prawn Cocktail – Coilovers and Rims

With the car only just home and cooling on the drive I put in the order for my coilovers.  Despite a lot of big talk of me “going sensible” I already knew the 924 didn’t stand a chance.   Next on the list was wheels.  I spent what felt like forever trawling the ‘net, phoning people, calling in favours and keeping my fingers crossed; it paid off. Big time.

I booked a few days off work and took this:

and made it look like this:

The front was an easy swap: Struts to coilovers and max out the camber (which is adjustable from the factory):

Gaz units installed (have you seen the arches…that’s not me, that’s how it came!  Actual concourse car)

The rear was more tricky;  Being a torsion bar set up the whole beam needed removing, stripping and re-indexing.  I’ve not got too many pics of this as I was fighting it, but here’s the set up I used to measure the drop I wanted with the beam off the car:

I read a lot of how-to guides on the internet and they pretty much either blew my mind with trigonometry or were just plain unclear.  I figured I’d stick to basics and work it out by measuring.  The alloy strip was measured to represent the radius arm and I used a fixed point on the cantilever as a reference.  I wanted to drop it 70mm at the rear (pre-measured on the car) so re-indexed the bars to give me that drop.  Sounds easy.  It wasn’t.

I then lifted the beam back into the car and fitted my rear Gaz shortened dampers.

In between all this I collected and worked on my wheels.  This is how I collected them complete with monster drag tyres.  They’d come off a wide-arched 924 GTS replica.

I had the tyres removed and did a test-fit (notice the horrific mud-flaps?  Yeah, I replaced them with Turbo spats pretty quick!  You’ll also probably notice this isn’t strictly chronological, but I’ll get to the good bit soon, hang in there….)

I spent the best part of three nights hand polishing them. This was not the most fun I’ve ever had, but it worked out pretty well.

I agonised over tyre profiles for a while on this one; I wanted to fight the low-pro route as everyone is doing it and, well, it’s not strictly retro or in keeping with the car.  So I settled on 195/60 and 185/65s. This gave the rear 9″ a nice stretch to help get them under the arches.

I’m really pleased with how it came out and even think the tyre profile deal came off.  The car sits about 70mm lower at the back and 75-80mm lower at the front.  It drives sweet with no rubbing or issues at all.  And I know it’s not cool, but it actually has some ground clearance!  All in it took three days to do by the time I had fixed a few little bits and cleaned stuff up underneath.  These are the first few pics so the height will get tweaked more as it settles.  I’ll do a full shoot as soon as I get chance, but for now, I’ve got my red braces on and I’m hitting the city for another prawn cocktail.

26
Jul
11

Project 924: The Jet-Set Life is Going To Kill You

Hey, you remember when I had that blog I used to update all the time?  Yeah, about that…

OK, so stuff’s happened…mainly the E30 Sold, just when I’d decided to keep it.  So, on the rebound, I bought this:

I’m an ’80s baby and this has been brewing for a while. In fact Pre-E30.  OK, let’s get it over with: It’s not a proper Porsche and it has a van engine. DEAL WITH IT.

It’s a 1980 2.0 N/A and has been a concourse car since ’88 then spent the last 6 years in a garage.   Belive me when I say it’s clean.  I’m going to Hell for dailying this one.

I’ve already done a load of service stuff (boring), removed the wost mud flaps I’ve ever seen and replaced them with Turbo model spats.  I’ve also changed the interior and I have rims and coilovers sat here waiting to go on…I’ll save them for another post though, let’s not peak too soon after 6 weeks off!

16
Mar
11

Project E30: RSVP Rollers

Self indulgent I know, but here’s a few rollers of the E30 shot by my wing-man Rog.

Thanks to Rog for coming out to play and Rach for manning the camera car (and the subsequent steak dinner!).  I really can’t wait to get out over summer and play cameras more!