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Old 12-31-2017, 01:06 AM   #226
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Curious as to what you used to cut up the console? Doing some interior plastic changes on a OT project.
Regular cutoff wheel. You loose an eighth or so to kerf, but it’s easy to make straight cuts and when rejoining pieces, as long as you comp for the kerf it winds up ok.
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Old 12-31-2017, 09:08 AM   #227
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Slower going because of the smaller wheel - but I've used a very thin cutoff wheel on a Dremel before to minimize that 'kerf'....
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Old 01-02-2018, 02:29 PM   #228
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Slower going because of the smaller wheel - but I've used a very thin cutoff wheel on a Dremel before to minimize that 'kerf'....
I used one (Dremel) on my GM dash piece and no matter how I tried (speed) it seemed to melt back together.
Hacksaw blade worked well.
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Old 01-02-2018, 05:22 PM   #229
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I used one (Dremel) on my GM dash piece and no matter how I tried (speed) it seemed to melt back together.
Hacksaw blade worked well.
The trick is clearing out the material while it’s hot (or not getting it hot) which in my experience means big cutoff wheel (4”+) so that the plastic is relatively cool by the time it comes back around, or large teeth w/slow speed (like wood cutting jig saw blade on the lowest speed the saw will run), large cut sweep. The cutoff wheel usually makes straighter cuts, but the saw needs less cleanup.
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Old 01-02-2018, 05:31 PM   #230
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Out with the old...



Boring, I know. I’ve just got several things at 80% completion and I need to wrap stuff up. I want to focus on getting the engine bay wrapped up which means finishing sheet metal work, which means relocating the battery, oh and while I have the ECU out, I may as well do the Motronic 1.0 to 1.3 swap.

I think I’m going to paint the bay to match the cardinal interior. Might only be temporary, but for now at least. Like this....

(except not bright red)

Funnily enough, I was looking through an old photo album my parents had and turns out my dad had his “project car” parked in the same place mine is and they were kind of similar colors.

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Old 01-07-2018, 11:07 PM   #231
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No pics of this weekend’s work. More boring stuff.
-Converted from 1.0 to 1.3 (that was actually more complicated than I thought)
-Relocated battery to hatch (Haven’t bolted it down just yet. Need to verify location)
-Converted to late model headlight switch (only for availability purposes)
-Thinned out the front harness and put Amazon ends on stuff so I can get the front lighting working.
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Old 01-08-2018, 09:38 PM   #232
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I know all this doesn’t mean much to you guys, but what it means is that my car has a 9.7:1 compression M20B25 w/6500 redline and 174hp stock. I’m pretty sure that’s the highest HP E30 engine that wasn’t a homologation car (don’t quote me though)

It also means someone got rowdy with the RTV at some point. lol
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Old 01-08-2018, 10:22 PM   #233
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Since I was on a fact finding mission. Open diff 3.64 ratio:
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Old 01-09-2018, 11:39 AM   #234
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It also means someone got rowdy with the RTV at some point. lol
If a little is good...
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Old 01-15-2018, 10:12 AM   #235
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Times like these when it’s tough to have a project car and no garage. Ugh.
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Old 01-15-2018, 03:25 PM   #236
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Because Seattle.
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Old 01-16-2018, 12:22 AM   #237
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Because Seattle.
because winter, rains 7 months of the year, and short breaks of sunshine.
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Old 01-16-2018, 01:51 AM   #238
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Better than -27, which I had to deal with today
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Old 01-16-2018, 10:43 AM   #239
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Well, yeah. I don’t like the constant grey most of the year, but in the PNW when it IS nice out, it sure is beautiful. I just set up the pop up tent and try to get something accomplished each day.
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Old 01-16-2018, 05:38 PM   #240
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Unlike the sky for much of the year out your way, it is CRYSTAL CLEAR that you continue to excel in the accomplishment area. ;)
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Old 01-19-2018, 11:45 AM   #241
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Old 01-20-2018, 08:43 PM   #242
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Setup my heater and got some stuff done today. There’s always one thing leads to another with this project. Had to make a new fuse box mount. Got the drivers side of the bay painted (it’s not dry yet cause of the temps....brrrrrrrr, so I didn’t take final pics).



I also decided to cut new grille plates. Just finished deburring them. Need to bend the tops and paint them black. I wanted something just a bit different than stock.

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Old 01-20-2018, 09:19 PM   #243
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That is cool, and likely marketable.
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Old 01-21-2018, 12:45 AM   #244
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Yeah...I'd expect some requests soon. Can't wait to see it after you paint it black.
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Old 01-21-2018, 01:47 AM   #245
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Well, you’d still need 62-64 grilles. This just replaces the rectangular “mesh” that was stock.
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Old 01-21-2018, 03:10 AM   #246
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I love the process of how you create things pics.
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Old 01-21-2018, 06:58 PM   #247
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Well, that wasn’t the weather issue I expected to have. It was just too windy to get anything done. I had to take the “workshop” down so it wouldn’t blow away or tear. All I could get done was get the driver’s side put back together. I’m leaving the fender unbolted for now cause I’ll need to pull them to finish the cowl sheet metal.

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Old 01-21-2018, 07:45 PM   #248
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What a difference, engine bay looks so good!
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Old 01-21-2018, 08:32 PM   #249
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What a difference, engine bay looks so good!
It’s a a good 10 footer. I just wanna get the car on the road. Then I can buzz it to my buddy’s shop one weekend, drop the subframe drivetrain and all, and smooth/final paint the bay. Then I can clean up the ancillary stuff too (booster, rack, etc).
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Somewhere in the next batch of stuff, I wanna sort out a better radiator situation. This has a weird small radiator that the latemodel E30s don’t have.
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