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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2008 4:07 pm    Post subject: Pro3 Build, Day 18 Reply with quote

See previous posts in this saga:
http://www.unofficialbmw.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=31240

Sunday the 20th, in the morning I'll get the car back. in the afternoon I have a friend coming
over to help install the vinyl on the car. I picked up my number pads and class letters yesterday
and the car will start to look more like a real race car when those are in place.

Todo:
- install seat
- install belts
- install quick-removal adapter and new steering wheel
- remove steering column lock mechanism
- install new front brake calipers/lines/rotors/pads
- bypass the ABS system
- install exhaust, either header or factory cat-back for now
- install front/rear swaybars
- add aftermarket chip
- install battery cutoff switch
- install fire suppression system
- install AMB transponder
- add numbers and class letters
- install mirror class to drivers side mirror housing
- take it out for a test drive to see if it runs decently! Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2008 9:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Check out this detailed metal work that Russ is doing, very cool stuff:

The right side of the cage will have an X that pushes out into the door a couple of inches. That's why this metal work has the X in the middle and goes into the door.

http://www.racetechmotorsports.com/product_info.php?products_id=1390













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PostPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2008 12:09 am    Post subject: Great looking cage work! Reply with quote

Hi Dale,

I got a chance to look at your car today at RaceTech. The car looks great and I'm excited because my car is next! After looking around I'm glad I found Russ's shop. His work is better than most and prices are great! I can't wait till my car gets done.

I hope all goes well with the rest of your car. Are you racing the first race coming up in Pro3 with this car?

See you on the track!

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2008 10:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice looking metal work!
If only I'm in Seattle, I can visit Russ's shop to let him check and fix the floor pan rust holes of my car
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2008 3:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey Calvin, I'm sure Russ will do a great job on your car as well.
Did I pickup some parts from you over a year ago in the Montlake area?

Just got back from picking up my car. It turned out great but I've got a lot of work ahead of me. I'll post pictures later tonight, hopefully will have vinyl on it by then for numbers/letters.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 2:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wazzu came by this evening and helped out by pulling unused levers off of the steering column, no need for turn signals or cruise control at the race track!! Also got the steering lock-pin out, can't have the steering wheel locking up on the track.
He also installed my new wheel and quick-disconnect setup, nice.

Ken and Wes came by and installed my vinyl numbers and the big pads for the numbers. It is really looking like a race car now!

I scraped rust and prepped the new cage for paint.
Started painting it with Por15 in black. Got a good part of the front done, we'll see what it looks like tomorrow.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2008 5:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Updated pics on this page:

http://www.unofficialbmw.com/89_red_325i/

A couple here:













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PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2008 9:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That puppy is looking great Dale. The metalwork he did for the cage is amazing, especially that passenger door the way it fits to the cage.

The Vinyl Makes It Look Ready!!!

Congrats!!!
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2008 11:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is some cage! You're going to corner like a giant go cart.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2008 7:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks guys, I'm really looking forward to getting this car on the track.

This morning I finished the install of my power cut-off switch.
I learned how to splice a AWG#0 cable yesterday, it is easier if you have a vice!
I cut the main battery cable about 6" before the power block under the hood.
Put a new 3/8" end on it, connected to once side of the cut-off switch
mounted by the window, in the cowl vent.
Put another end on the remaining 6" piece of cable, then ran an short extension piece between the switch and the old piece.
This way I get to keep the factory power distribution block with all stock connections. Makes for easier troubleshooting down the road if I have trouble.
My Longacre 4pole cut-off switch has the 2 large poles for the battery cable, and two small poles to kill the motor.
I cut the NEG wire to the coil and jumpered in 2 extensions, 1 to each side of the cut. Ran these the 2.5ft back to the cut-off switch.
Now when the switch is thrown, the coil can't get grounded, so no spark.
If you don't do something like this the alternator keeps sending power to everything under the hood and your engine won't stop running when you hit the kill switch (aka cut-off switch).

Also plugged up the holes in my floor with fender washer sandwich, held in place by a 3/8" bolt and nylock locking nut. No open holes in the floor pan allowed.

You can see one of the holes here between the two bundles of wire on the floor:



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2008 12:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wazzu came by again tonight, we rebuilt some front brake calipers, installed them, new race pads, new StopTech stainless steel brake lines on the front axle. Bled the brakes all the way around with ATE Blue.
Got the front swaybar installed.
Installed the windshield.

The list is getting shorter...
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2008 1:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Car is really coming along nicely! It is starting to look and feel more like a complete car rather than a roller.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2008 3:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tonight I fabricated a battery hold-down, the factory setup isn't up
to racing standards, we need heavy duty all metal.

Installed the rear view mirror, I don't think what I have now will work
so I'll have to work on it more tomorrow.

Changed oil/filter, pretty old dirty oil in there, Napa filter.
Used a Mahle OE filter. Put in Castrol Syntec as I want an oil with
detergent in it for now, I may switch to a race synthetic later on.

Swapped out the oil filler cap and the gas cap for new factory ones.
These are surprisingly cheap, and they make a big difference for me when
working on these to have the newer, easy to grip style.

As I was filling with oil, I took a close look in my valve cover at the head
bolts. Ugh! Another surprise with this car, hex-head head bolts!
Well, they have lasted 180k and 19 years, they should last another week
until I can swap them out.

Changed the oil in the trans to Redline MTL. When I drained the old oil,
I was surprised (again!) at how fast the drain was done, then I looked in
the pan, less then a pint of oil! Another Ugh, no wonder there were
so many metal shavings on the drain plug.

Installed Vorshlag wheel studs, very nice hardware.

Friday:
- add sponsor decals:
* Toyo Tires
* CarQuest Auto Parts
* Griot's Garage
- setup video camera mount
- fix exhaust
- install fire surpression system
- load trailer and get ready for the weekend
- may do a tune-up with new plugs, cap, rotor, they only have 60k miles on them!
- drive to Portland at 8pm
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2008 9:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds like Portland will still be on then?

Good work getting all that stuff buttoned up in a short time.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2008 4:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good luck you guys!

Dale, win one for the Gipper!

Oh, and Dale... take a can of Red Bull with you for the race... It's got Wings!!!
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