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Wed Jan 23, 2019 7:43 pm PostPost subject:
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Ooof indeed Sad

its all repaired now, its not going to be super pretty due to this now but its going to be a function over form part i think!



Will polish it up and get the wax built up on it next time home!

Throttle body next!



going from the standard 55mm body to a 68mm body should be a nice gain in its self!

Back to calum haynes and he chopped the old TB plate off and welded on a nice new one for me! ( i make it sound so much easier that it is haha!)
















And on the back of that i got the Throttle pedal wired up and working fine! so just the throttle body to do now! Need to wire in the Syvecs H Bridge as well so will need to have a little look at how that plugs into the ECU and talks!

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Thu Jan 24, 2019 12:26 pm PostPost subject:
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Awesome work as always. The quality of that welding is superb!!
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Thu Jan 24, 2019 11:08 pm PostPost subject:
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Thanks, Yeh have you ever tried welding alloy? Its an art in its self!
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Fri Jan 25, 2019 10:33 am PostPost subject:
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Jackstrath wrote:
Thanks, Yeh have you ever tried welding alloy? Its an art in its self!


I have decided that I won't even try welding. I can hardly draw a straight line with a pencil so an arc welder will not result in any better an outcome! Laughing

However i know who i'll be tapping up if I ever find myself in need of a nice line of alloy weld for something that will be visible! Wink
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Mon Feb 18, 2019 3:27 pm PostPost subject:
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Well another 2 weeks at home has flown by! and tbh, i thought id have more to update!
I have mainly been spending time cleaning the bmw, getting it tidy'd up for selling so thats swallowed most of my time!

Have been doing bits and bobs on the focus, first was to get the injectors cleaned, no issues just i had them out and thought it was worth while doing! £90 later all cleaned and tip top!

Installed the intake manifold and new throttle body, also gave the intake a little polish up as it was looking kinda grim!

wired up the pedal and tb and gave caibrating it a shot in syvecs, iv got them talking to the ecu but i cant get it to work, its over my head so il be getting matty at MB to have a look for me!
Also Tidyed up the wiering in the engine bay, it looks slighty better but i really want to do the whole lot again !

But i cant do that as im currnetly waiting on my new rad coming, standard one wasnt any issues but it was 15 years old so prob only a matter of time before it went pop!

current engine bay photo!




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Wed Feb 20, 2019 12:25 pm PostPost subject:
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So with the lack off updates yesterday afternoon i decided to see if the mould was going to work or not for the airbox!

Iv came to the conclusion that iv made the mold in such a way that it locks, its a bit of a bummer but as i knew thats what was happning i went thin on the layers, 2 CF for the top half and 2 Fiberglass for the bottom half (really didnt think the bottom half was going to release so didnt see the point in wasting carbon here)

Didnt take any photos of it in the mould but it did lock in as i thought it would! royal pain to come out but i got both bits out and trimmed up

Im happy enought with the results, needs some final trimming and some fit and finish (some dry patches , think i really need a pump tbh) But its a airbox, should protect the filter from heat soak. I will probably give it a go end of summer again with lessons learnt and see if i can improve!







PS - thats my mock filter before anyone gets upset lol
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Fri Feb 22, 2019 2:29 pm PostPost subject:
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AWSOME car mate.... excellent workmanship
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Sat Feb 23, 2019 4:53 pm PostPost subject:
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Thanks Smile i try! haha
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Thu Mar 21, 2019 1:44 am PostPost subject:
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So, as im sure everyone knows this car has been around a good while now, it actually just passed 10 years in my ownership back on the 13th of march there. Alot has changed since then haha!

but 1 thing that hadnt changed was the coolant rad, belive it or not it was still leak tight and doing its job! I think it and the starter motor are the only 2 things i havnt replaced in the engine bay haha!

So for the cars 10 year in my ownership birthday i treated it to a new custom made rad, specs are nearly physically the same size bar its a bit thicker, up from 25mm to 40mm, nothing huge but then i hadnt been suffering coolant issues as of yet so with space at a premium it made sence to keep it sensible. still = about 50% larger by volume, and a propper motorsport core so it should out perform the standard rad.

Untitled by Jack Strathdee, on Flickr

Untitled by Jack Strathdee, on Flickr

Untitled by Jack Strathdee, on Flickr


I have some ducting to do to both intercooler and rad to try help push the air though both the rad's.
I was chasing my tail for a few days, changing over from a blow to a suck Spal fan now, i must of shorted something out as i couldnt get the fan to work, good few hours later and working logically through it all and i had it up and running again but it was a bit of a head fry!

Hopefully get the DBW mapped in next time home and might mange to make cadwell park yet for time attack! although as per im fast running out of time! Sad
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