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Red tme "race" car build thread

Discussion in 'Members Cars' started by Tom2741, Jan 5, 2014.

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  1. Tom2741

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    Hi all,

    Been meaning to do this for the past few weeks but keep getting side tracked. I want to get a big 1st post written up before it becomes too big and I forgot more stuff than what I already have.

    Ok so here goes.

    In 2012 I was deployed over seas with work, I had all good intentions of buying a nice a6 or 5 series with my savings. However, I had a real hankering to try an Evo as a daily driver for a bit.

    Whilst I was away I kept looking at various 8's, until 1 day a red tme came up for sale. Seeing the price it was at I promptly sent the mrs and father in law round to check it out. Everything checked out as genuine, mint and completely standard. Seen as pretty much the only Evo seming to be in high demand at the time so I wouldn't lose money on it I transferred the monies and the mrs picked it up.

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    A month later I came home and fell in love. The car was awesome to drive straight out of the box and felt much tighter and more planted than our 4.

    I promptly got a track day booked and loved it even more.

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    This did throw up 1 immediate problem , in that the standard brembos were far from upto the task of anything other than fast road. Luckily at the same time Ryan! Was selling his k sports.

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    On the next track day these were a massive improvement. Now all the car needed was a tad more power and some suspension. The tein monofelx and edfc suspension was proptly stollen from out 4 and I decided to do something that I had just spent 7 months away with work reading about. Learning to geek map.

    Firstly I installed an aem wideband and made some det cans. Almost as soon as I started I noticed the fueling couldn't get as rich as I wanted so thinking not a lot of it I got a walbro 225. All was well, I installed a 3 port and seemed to be making some good gains whilst remaining very safe with my map.

    I then drove to jae and back and the problems started. Having some fun on the way home my cel light flashed. I immediately checked the wideband and noticed it was very lean. I then spent a month or 2 checking everything I could for obstructions, vac leaks, you name it I checked it (this included going back to standard.....but completely forgetting my standard pump had been struggling in the 1st place!!!!)

    Finally I remembered and bought a brand new walbro from Rossport. Having fitted it I went out to do a log. Hallelujah!!!! It was rich as hell lol. I pulled over to put a proper map on it but as I pulled away again a built a bit of boost in 2nd....pop tap tap tap. I pulled over to see if it was something daft. I noticed straight away the vac that goes to the fuel pump solenoid had popped off but nothing else. Feeling sick and expecting the worst I limped the few 100m home.

    I thought a bearing had gone to start with so checked them. They were fine. Top end was all in order. A few days later I decided to give it a compression test. It was down on cyl 2!!!! I then pulled the hear off expecting to find a valve damaged or cracked piston.....nope. So out came the pistons and I found this.

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    Spot the odd 1 out

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    This meant an engine rebuild. At first I was going to do a drop in, so I sent the head away to start with so I know that was all tip top and slimed etc.

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    This lasted about half hr of laying on my back getting the exhaust etc off I decided the engine would come out lol.

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    I then then stripped it all down to go away and be machined to 85.5 and decked if needed.

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    Here you can see where the bent rod was hitting the cyl wall!

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    Before I sent it away I thought I'd delete the balancer shafts. What a pita!!!

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    Whilst all this was going on, i had assembled quite a nice collection of parts from Rossport.

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    Hopefully I'll get the block back this week as the assembly will start.

    Now the whole "race car" business will start in the next post as I think I've ran on enough in this 1!!!!!

    Tom
     
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    Thanks Ryan. The rods are bridgway, recommended by Ross. They are good for around 600 so plenty for me.

    Now before I start the next bit I really must thank a few people who have helped. First is Simon Norton. He has the paitiance of a saint and must have spent hours on the phone talking me through stuff and checking logs etc. secondly is Ross W for advising me on parts and also helping me out with the building of the car. I must also thank starkers for getting me up and running with the whole geek mapping thing, a whole day on Skype was emotional but got there in the end. And lastly all of my immediate friends for lending a hand here and there and of course the wife for letting me spend hours tinkering!!!

    Now, here's where things get interesting. I must apologise to the purists amongst you, you may want to stop reading. I know it's a tme and I know it's red. But the fact of the matter, despite toying with the idea of selling it, I don't need to or want to so I'll keep it, use it and abuse it lol.

    I've been wanting to get into a form of competitive Motorsport for years now. I've tried so many times to get into the mlrss but work always dictates that I'm busy etc.

    However, I have very recently discovered that work have their own race series !!!! Can not believe I didn't find out earlier bit hay ho.

    I will be competing with the BAMA and RAFMSA in their various races in the coming year hopefully. Thankfully it's heavily subsidised which makes it accessible to mear mortals like myself.

    The main thing I really have to do is get my car upto MSA safety regs. Here's where Ross has stepped in again with this little lot lady night!!!

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    Today I've been hard at work getting the interior stripped and ready for the mock up of the cage.

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    Also took out a few unwanted bits like rear wiper and sound detening.

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    After all this was finished I still had some energy so thought I'd get another job that I fancied having a go at and that's porting my manifold.

    I started off by laying over the gasket and the etching around it. Can't believe how much metal you have to trim out!!!

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    I completely forgot to take pictures of the finished article but I doesn't look too bad. I'm sure there will be a gain in doing it but it was a proper tedious job! I'd want paying to do it again let me tell you!

    So yeah, that's where I'm at , at the mo. I'm hoping to get it back to a rolling shell tomorrow as I don't think the garage is wide enough to fit the rear of the cage in for mock up !!!

    Tom
     
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    While I'm on here I may as well do a quick update if today's progress.

    First thing I did was get all the old tar stuff off from removing the sound proofing. Mucky old job but someone's gota do it.

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    I then thought id tidy up my manifold with a finer bit.....the bit I was using to space out the chuck in my die grinder broke.....

    Thought I'd do something that can't really go wrong and put all the standard interior in the loft. Also weighed it all on the way up totalling just under 85kg!!! Combined with the rear wiper assembly and air con bits and bobs that should be around 100kg shed from the car. All well and good considering 50 or so kg of cage is going in it!

    I then thought about fitting the cage. In preparation for a few spot welds before a steel fabricator friend does the proper welds I thought I'd have a bit of practice.....the welder wouldn't turn on!!!

    A few hours later and a faulty on off switch by passed, ghetto style, I got it grafting.

    A few mates then turned up so I thought I'd use them to get the cage in. This required 1 door to come off but it eventually went in ready for mock up.

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    By the time I'd finished faffing about fixing tools etc it was dinner time so I didn't even get chance to tack it in! But at least it's in and all the paint around the feet is off so it's good to go!

    Oh, and a word of warning, if you're guna be climbing around the in side of a car for most if the day, wear knee pads!

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    Tom
     
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    Nice Thread Tom! look's good mate! i had a rod just like that lol!
     
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    Yeah simon said you had something similar. Just pleased it didn't snap! Did you forge after I take it?
     
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  6. B6lee

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    as already said great thread tom but please... no more pictures of legs, some people might think of it as a come on lol :shock: :shock:
     
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    yes Tom Fully forge fast road job now mate
     
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  8. Billy MR

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    Excellent work, as you know I will help were and when I can :)
     
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    You bloody love it Lee!!
     
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    Billy, you're always welcome to come round and make the tea haha!
     
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    Billy MR Well-Known Member

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    I'd prefer to bring the monster cans, if you need anything I know a fair few people that may help
     
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    Ok thanks mate. Know anyone that does flocking?

    Trying to think of what else I've got to do.

    Got to;
    Finish welding in cage
    Ideally flock dash but it not maybe at a later date
    Fit gauges so they're visible
    Fit cut off switches etc
    Get a few more bits-fire extinguishers, switches, pull cords, harnesses and stickers
    Strip undernieth, rust proof n underseal
    Build engine and refit
    Relocate battery

    Think that's about it for now. 5 weeks until it's gota be ready!!!

    The other bits I want to do, I.e do sd conversion etc
     
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  13. B6lee

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    Flocking, I know just the man for the job :)
     
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  14. B6lee

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    Lee will be along shortly :)
     
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  15. Tom2741

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    Needs to be local n cheapish I cba to send stuff away or pay out a fortune for something that doesn't really do a lot other than look cool lol.
     
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  16. B6lee

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    Lee is in north bristol mate and he isn't expensive but does a first class job ! :)
     
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  17. Billy MR

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    I keep looking at your roll cage :shock:


    Think the mr would look good with one :)
     
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  18. B6lee

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    Yea I fancy one as well :) maybe later in the year :)
     
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    I'm thinking

    Coilovers
    Big brakes
    Roll cage
    Strip it ....


    Track it...BREAK IT! :)
     
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    I'll have a look at how much it'll be mate.

    The budget flew straight out the window a few days ago anyway lol.
     
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