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Old 01-28-2017, 08:38 PM   #91 (permalink)
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Old 01-29-2017, 12:25 AM   #92 (permalink)
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Old 02-04-2017, 01:33 AM   #93 (permalink)
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Painting Doors
The doors on this car were hand me downers, very rough and I'd previously painted them with rattle cans in a mismatched white.
Since I'd gone to the effort of painting the roof, it didn't seem like much more work to get the doors painted too.
Well, that was until I got a little closer to them.


One door in particular was really battered up, dents and wrinkles and layers of paint that just made me cry. I sanded away the old flaked and poorly adhered paint and prepped them for a fresh coat.


My el-cheapo paint gun I bought for under $100. Actually worked alright for a super budget job. (and ghetto paint booth behind)


After filling the bad bits, the doors got a couple of coats of primer and the odd bit of filler again to neaten up the areas that needed more attention.... then, some paint went down.

The colour came out nicer than it did on the fastback, I think I've gotten better with the painting method and working with the settings on the paint gun.


This is a bit of a 'money shot'. I think this shot perhaps flatters my success with the paint more I deserve. But it does look nice and shiny here. Oooooohhh
You can see the beginnings of a run in the corner of the door handle.
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Not bad!

I'd love to have a fresh coat of white. The old 90s white, chips so easy, then keeps spreading if I don't touch it up
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I'm pretty pleased with the quality of the job and the paint seems hardy enough for my needs. Its not a street car and far from a show car so this result should do fine.
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Old 02-10-2017, 11:50 PM   #96 (permalink)
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Oh I should mention, I took some video of a friends car recently. A turbo NA6 with a collection of both interesting and unusual mods.
First time I've done a more artsy video like this really... so apologies in advance for my lack of video making skill, I tried to polish a turd (the turd being my poor recording skills) by doing the best I could via post processing in Adobe Premiere.

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Nicely done video, although I would have liked to hear it getting hammered on.
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Old 02-14-2017, 12:03 AM   #98 (permalink)
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dammit that fastback looks gewd..
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Thanks Gents.
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Soo... onto some of the other things that I had managed to finish (or in some cases, half finish) before the MX-5 Fan Fest event I mentioned a few posts ago.....

Oil Cooler
First up, the oil cooler has been moved to a better spot, plenty of airflow here - although it's clearly not yet plumbed in.
On the pondering list is, exactly what sort of lines I will run, and where/how I till run them. Need to prepare the wallet first, hose fittings aren't cheap.


Rad Duct
And with the oil cooler in place, I needed to work out the front duct work between the bumper and the radiator(s).
This is a reasonably simple aluminium box which bolts to the front of the car and is almost a perfect seal around the radiator, and also seals on the bumper opening.


This angle kinda helps to visualize the airflow.... in the front, through the heat exchangers, out the vented hood.


Brake Duct
Aluminium brake duct mockup version 1. I'm not sure if these will stay as is, and whether I will leave them as aluminium. Still pondering that one.
I guess you can liken them to home made singular motorsport items. On the to do list is to run a hose of some form to them, and make an inlet in the front ductwork.


Front bumper
Lastly, the front bumper has been cleaned up and painted... The difference between the before and after is quite satisfying.
Here it is looking very sad for itself after I separated it away from the old splitter.


It got a good share of body filler and sanding around the front.



And after a good clean, removing a lot of old glue and some fresh paint, this was the much less crap bumper. Ah and I 3Dprinted myself a new front badge.
This angle also shows how critical some front wheel spats/canards are to clear air from the front wheels.
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Old 02-20-2017, 06:43 PM   #101 (permalink)
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Looks mean! Envying your progress
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I like the fact you kept it looking like a car
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Old 02-27-2017, 04:16 AM   #103 (permalink)
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I like the fact you kept it looking like a car
Haha well that was probably because I don't have the capability to make it look any less car-like.
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Ahh so I am pleased to say I have a new episode out on my YouTube channel with some updates on the car
This video details how I made up the aluminium sheet radiator ducting.
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Thanks for posting the video cleared up some of the 'how did he do that' questions. Keep up the great work!
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Haha well that was probably because I don't have the capability to make it look any less car-like.
For clarification, it still looks like a Miata since you retained the front bumper instead of hacking it in half and adding an air dam like a lot of the more competitive racers on CR. I know the air dam is more aerodynamic, but I feel like it ruins the look of the car.
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Old 02-28-2017, 02:39 AM   #107 (permalink)
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For clarification, it still looks like a Miata since you retained the front bumper instead of hacking it in half and adding an air dam like a lot of the more competitive racers on CR. I know the air dam is more aerodynamic, but I feel like it ruins the look of the car.
Ahh yeah, I see what you mean.
I do understand the 'air dam' idea that people go for, but I agree with you. I feel it loses the cars fundamental lines at the front, and makes it look ugly.
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Old 03-19-2017, 06:29 AM   #108 (permalink)
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So not a lot has been happening with the Track car lately, in fact it's literally just sat in the corner for the last month and a half. But I've started back on the car this week hopefully it will be in good running form within a few weeks with the last of the mechanical pieces buttoned up.

In the meantime, I've fettled with the NA a little which excitedly includes taking it to Broadford for a track day with the Local Nissan Skyline Car Club.

Had a blast running around on the track, it's been way too long. And while the car had some random chinese hard tyres and generic brake pads, it was till great fun.
A track day on a 'street' car is sure to find the weak links in the chain... in this case, the generic spark plugs suffered under the stress, the stock upper radiator hose got all fat and ballooned, and the supercharger belt was stretched and rubbing itself away, there was a buildup of rubber gunk under the bonnet as a result.
So, some new plugs, belt and hose and the car is good as new.

I actually entered to get my brother to come along for his first on track event. He managed to work down from a 1:22 to eventually a best time of a 1:17 in a completely stock Toyota 86. I had a go for a session and did a 1:15 in his car so we have a bit of a benchmark.
A short clip of my brother with me in the passenger seat giving some instruction.


And a couple of laps in my car while it was still healthy, plenty of fun tassling with the likes of a Porsche Cayman GT4 and a Nissan GTR. The porsche was running what appeared to be slicks :-O
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Old 05-11-2017, 02:31 AM   #109 (permalink)
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So it has been a long time between updates (as usual really).
Progress on the Track car has been slow, sometimes it seems like it is the lowest on the priority list after all the other things in life.
But with that said. lots of things have been happening.

I've spent some time fiddling with the idea of a water sprayer for the intercooler, and have made up a little Alu reservoir bottle which supports the factory windscreen washer bottle pump. A good opportunity to put my welding skills to the test as this was very thin aluminium.


And for an experiment, here's the new battery that's going in the car. I bought two for redundancy purposes, but I'm crossing my fingers that just the one will suffice.
They are LifePo4 batteries, and as such are considered to be safer than typical RC LiPo's but still offer many of the power output and weight benefits. They were about $60ea I think so pretty good value if they hold up, or an expensive paper weight if I blow them up.


The car used to run a strut tower brace - in my opinion they don't do a whole lot. But the reason I ran it was for the big bolt I used as a brake master cyl stopper.
So, I designed up my own brake master cyl stopper which is with the laser cutter at the moment which will allow me to leave the strut brace off completely. This is a pic of a 3dprint prototype to confirm my dimensions and I was pleased to find it all lined up mostly perfect. Next step is to make the steel version.


Onto the supercharged NA, as I mentioned in the previous post, the car got a new upper radiator hose which was a generic silicone job off ebay. A new SC belt - they are super easy to find as the part numbers are generic, I think this new belt is off a Mazda CX-5. And some fresh spark plugs.


Another thing which got me a little bit excited, installed some of these side skirts on the car. Big fan of the look, I think they really make the car look lower and more agressive.



We've got ANOTHER car in the garage... This rather sad looking NA6 has arrived for some much needed TLC. I've already got to work on it and made a lot of progress as you can see from the pictures below.
It needed all new glass, a variety of mechanical attention, a whole lot of cleaning, and some mild panel beating among other things.
More details on what I did, and what the plans are for the car are yet to come, but rest assured it will get the same treatment as all the BEAVIS cars - that being lots of love but thrashed at the track!



And, lastly, a litte bit of a plug... super excited because I've gotten some new PVC stickers made! I designed them up myself using my limited Photoshop skills.
These things are perfect for bumpers/windows/external use, and if you are keen for one (please buy one and support me!), please visit my web store: http://www.beavismotorsport.com
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Old 05-16-2017, 08:07 AM   #110 (permalink)
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In case you missed it, here's the video of the install of the side skirts I mentioned in the previous update.

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Old 05-19-2017, 04:58 AM   #111 (permalink)
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Thought I might post up my latest video on the track car - working on the new fastback roof:
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