Posts Tagged ‘exhaust


Project KP30: No More White Rap

The KP has finally dried out from the Speedhunters excursion so I figured I should catch up with some of the work it needs.  Firstly, the manifold was cracked so I welded it up and smoothed out all the joins.  I decided to run without the wrap this time; it looks like crap and inevitably changes colour and unwraps itself.  So, at the risk of higher underbonnet temps in traffic or something, I high-temp painted the steel bananas and re-fited them.

On the basis that it took me 3 weeks to get round to this I might get the other bits done by Christmas…ahh, I need more time to play!


Project Roadster 2: Visit to the Ministry

First fresh ticket of the year down.  2 to go.


Project Roadster 2: Clockwork.

The Roadster has been all over with me the last few months and not skipped a beat; I love this car, but it’ll have to go soon as the E28 is nearly ready to rock (not that I’ve done any updates on it…but it is, honest).  I’m in two minds whether to strip off all the swanky bits and build my “Ultimate Roadster” and sell it as standard, or if I should just move on as I’ve had over 4 years of Roadster driving now and maybe I’m missing something…Mmm descisions!


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


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..


Project E30: Roll on

This car just keeps rolling, seriously, it makes the Roadster look high maintenance.  I put petrol in one end and motorway disappears out of the other.  Amazing.  That was until last Friday when when the exhaust rear box snapped; I was kinda expecting it though as it was a bit rusty when I last poked it at Christmas and replaced the front section.

Now it has a complete new system from the manifold back with an OEM slash-cut tail pipe

Super clean underside…

Despite the stack of paperwork it was about 10k away from needing the cam belt doing, so I thought I’d get in early and make the change

This is the easiest car I have ever worked on…ever.  It has roughly three moving parts.  Swapping out the belt took a couple of hours max!

New belt and tensioners

Good thing I changed it when I did..It looks like, despite having 2 new belts in its life, none of the pulleys and tensioners had ever been changed.  Check out the state of this:

Bullet dodged.

Still, despite all this hard work I’ve left it parked under a cover safe and sound.  I just can’t stop driving the ’68 Herald.  Maybe it’s the weather and all the Bank Holiday but currently there is nowhere I’d rather be than cruising around in it: 9 days on the road and over 600 miles covered!


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!