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    Quote Originally Posted by Fruttolo View Post
    Such a good looking engine! The alternator belt mounts/tensioner are genius, may steal the concept for my vw haha
    Will the turbo oil feed not be hardline?
    No, I won’t do the oil line in straight copper like the water lines in case it fails and I figure if they’re not going to match, I may as well make them a LOT different. Maybe later I switch them all to Ni-Cop or something, but for now braided is fine.

    Quote Originally Posted by kimove View Post
    Finally an update

    Looks great

    what cnc router are you using?
    It’s a Kelling KL6090 (it’s a cheap Chinese one I bought off of Amazon years ago)

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    Ordered a new shirt for show season this upcoming year. Seems to fit my build well.


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    love it

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    Taking a break from engine stuff for a bit. Just working on a timing belt cover and then back on the interior.

    Started by drawing the pulley positions and belt routing in CAD first. I was going to put the grille hexagons in the cover, but it looked too busy.



    Then I cut the outside shape (flipped for front and back) out of MDF and sealed the MDF with BIN primer. Don’t know what’s in that stuff, but it dries fast and seals MDF quickly.



    I wanted some bumps where the pulleys are even though it doesn’t “need” them. The back plates are made out of HDPE cause resins don’t stick to it.



    Then I made an HDPE ring that will act as the step to make the two halves fit together. There’s clay in the corners as a fillet and the whole mold is sprayed with PVA mold release.




    I took some acrylic rod pieces, sharpened them and placed them where the bolt holes in the head are.



    I did two layers carbon and one layer of fiberglass with a middle layer of baltek mat in the back part to aid rigidity. Then vacuum bagged it.



    Pro tip: if you want the weave of loose carbon to hold it’s shape when you’re cutting a template spray it with Super77 3M spray glue lightly.



    Then demolding



    Two halves fit together




    Test fitting



    Now I just need to fill voids, paint and finalize.

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    Is there something you can't work with, man? :O

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    I’ve never cast anything out of metal. I’d like to try that one day.

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    Took some time on a brisk Seattle morning to let my buddy do some drone photos


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    Some in-progress stuff.



    Then I decided that instead of having a radio blank and a clock blank and rear defrost blank and fader blank, etc. that I’d just cover that part too. It’ll become a panel to relocate the idiot lights from the dash (more on that later) and put in digital boost gauge.



    Because the Amazon firewall is so close to the driver there’s not enough room to push the E30 cluster as far back as it is in an E30. What I’m going to do is pull the clear plastic face off the front, trim off the idiot light panel across the bottom, relocate those to the center stack, make individual bezels for the four dials (to look sort of aviation style) and have each bezel have it’s own acrylic face.



    Also won an auction for a used Nardi from Japan. Now I need to track down an adapter hub.


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    Dash looks sweet, I dig the driver orientated dashboards.
    Keen to see how the cluster updates
    Last edited by kevvy_dawg; 01-23-2019 at 03:39 AM.

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    love the hand-made dash, cant wait to see how the cluster turns out

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    Little further.



    I’d kind of like to add a green tint to the numbers. I don’t know if I’m gonna take it that far though.

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    Phone mount (also the head unit in HQ). Goes in the upper dash location



    The hinge probably looks a little funny, but like a suicide door hinge, in order to keep the gap tight I need the insert to hinge “out” rather than just pivot along the edge. All of the middle stack openings will have similar polished aluminum trim rings



    I used a generic push-lock-spring cabinet latch for positioning and motion.

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    Hot DMN it's always some good stuff in here. Your rapid prototyping (/ get it right in one try, haha) skills are really inspiring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buick40 View Post
    Hot DMN it's always some good stuff in here. Your rapid prototyping (/ get it right in one try, haha) skills are really inspiring.
    It’s the magic of the internet

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    Updates:
    Wrapped some of the dash components. Also found out I was sent the wrong color early on and used that color to wrap my door panels. Not a huge deal since I intended on re-doing to upper panels two tone anyway. Gauge panel trim is just sitting in there. Have some trimming to do in order to get things fitting better.



    I was contacted by Dgerry (on R3V) from G-Pop Shop in Arkansas who was interested in helping out with the build from a turbo standpoint. Since I had already bought the turbo I was going to use and don’t have to moneys to buy anything nice and new, he offered to do a little trade work with me. I sent him my new turbo to upgrade. He installed new journal bearings, new upgraded 360 thrust bearing, new seals (including a stepped gap version on the turbine side). He balanced it, leak checked it and changed to a billet GTX3076 compressor wheel. It’s on it’s way back to me and I couldn’t be more excited.



    I still need to iron out some dash details before I can wrap it. It’s tough when I get antsy to not just wrap it and put it in. Carpet kit will be coming soon and I have a pair of custom floor mats getting sewn up as I type.

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    Drone video shot by Andrew (@absonracing on IG)

    https://youtu.be/8CiRyXyqWSY

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    That dash is NUTS
    Is that your phone or you got one just for the car and you gonna leave it in there 24/7?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fruttolo View Post
    That dash is NUTS
    Is that your phone or you got one just for the car and you gonna leave it in there 24/7?
    It’s my phone. When you push on the face it springs out so you can slide the phone in/out.

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    Just as an FYI, not everything magically works out for me. I am not going to have funds, or time, to get my front seats upholstered before I’ve got stuff to do this coming spring so I decided to paint/dye the front seats. I had some custom color mixed up and prepped/sprayed the seats. I know it’s not a solid long term solution, but I figured I could get one season out of it. Well, after getting it all done it felt “dry”. Not like how it usually is. I stuffed my arm up in the seat to remove the hangers I used while spraying and everywhere the seat wrinkled the paint cracked. I drug a nail across it and it flakes right off. FML. Now I need to strip off all the paint, re-prep and spray again. I won’t be using custom mixed paint this time (I’m blaming that material), but instead an off-the-shelf rattle can color. This is gonna be a pain in the a$$.


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    Dude you are a living legend! This car is ...... can't even discribe it. "INSANE" is just not good enough. Keep up the good work!

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    Set up the workshop after doing a fair amount of shoveling. Came up with a pretty good rattle can combo that got the seat color pretty close. Test fit the Nardi. Slightly smaller, so it blocks even more of the gauges for me. That’s why I added LEDs on the lower inner gauge bolt locations. They’re turn signal repeaters. From my driving position the turn indicators are 100% blocked. Now I need to make a top half cluster bezel.



    The kids and I also took some storage bins I had and we built some snowball fighting forts.



    The 11 year old is tall for his age, and the three year old is short for his age, so we tried to stage the wall height so it could work for both


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    just read this whole thing form start to finish. excelente job my friend. so many skills, so well thought out. well done sir! cant wait to see more!

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    Quote Originally Posted by C2_mad View Post
    just read this whole thing form start to finish. excelente job my friend. so many skills, so well thought out. well done sir! cant wait to see more!
    Doing my best. Thank you!

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    seats look great, love the gold loopholes or whatever those are, reminds me of the pimped recaros in the Singer 911's

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miroteknik View Post
    seats look great, love the gold loopholes or whatever those are, reminds me of the pimped recaros in the Singer 911's
    Grommets. Yeah, Singer uses them, Ferrari does too. They’re sort of a nod to vintage race cars. They used LOTS of them to aid cooling for the drivers (they also didn’t really have foam on the seats).

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