Filler tasks 

Exhaust studs. The factory stud length is 30mm and I’m planning to use aftermarket headers. There is some forum discussion about insufficient length with some headers but not enough detail for solid decision making. 

Found “premium” studs left over from the e36 that are 42mm. 

For solid data, the header source was consulted about this and learned the factory studs will be long enough but just barely. 

That cemented the plan forward: use the longer studs to ensure safety margin. It took awhile to remove the old studs and the new will likely be as fun to install. 

Filled more of the day with brake line research.  BMWs use a bubble flare on their brake lines which I needed to know.  The original hardlines did not survive and replacements are needed but new lines are not pre-bent.  In case of error bending the lines, I may need to make different lengths and will require flaring the ends.  This post at rtsauto.com was helpful. 

Cage progress

While the pile of parts is building, progress on the cage is moving forward….

 

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Accumulating pretty parts

While waiting for the cage, my pile of parts is growing. 

Some parts are too pretty to sit in a corner…

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Cooling fan

New parts are arriving. Rather than the standard Spal fan used by many club racing peers, we are going to try a new system by DeltaPAG. 

It is brushless, lighter and draws much less power while moving more air than the Spal. 

Bonus, fancy box. 

Garage shuffle

Mixed feelings – kinda nice to have the old car back in the garage and prepping for a race which is the point of all this … driving & racing.

Was concerned about moving the car on dollies down the driveway, into the street, and up into the trailer.  However, our neighbors lent hands to help and it went very smoothly.

 

Final work on the shell

Wrapped the last bits on the shell.  Trimmed edges in the trunk – we removed it in a hurry and the jagged edges were a hazard waiting.  Removed rust from the inner fender wells and trimmed the inner most sheet of metal then attacked the last bracket … it won but it’s not pretty.

 

Bare chassis – the end is in sight

 

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The EZcarlift has been very useful!

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Man down!IMG_3977

Top coat of tar attacked with heat.IMG_3981

The ‘easy’ tar.IMG_3983 IMG_3984

Blasting should clear off the tar and gunk.  Used heat and scrapper to remove top layers.IMG_3985

Transmission tunnel brace with the sharp corners – gone.IMG_3986

More, bigger holes than planned.IMG_3987

Last of the seat brackets, out.IMG_3988

Starting to plan for electrical requirements ….IMG_3989