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Old 01-05-2019, 01:45 AM   #676
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Old 01-08-2019, 06:13 PM   #677
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Ordered a new shirt for show season this upcoming year. Seems to fit my build well.

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Old 01-09-2019, 08:05 PM   #678
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I like those heater tubes, mine will have to be something similar. The nipple behind the head on my car is behind the firewall, didn't have time to tackle that during the install.
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Old 01-09-2019, 09:36 PM   #679
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I like those heater tubes, mine will have to be something similar. The nipple behind the head on my car is behind the firewall, didn't have time to tackle that during the install.
I went to Pick n Pull and just started pulling hard heater lines off random cars. Toyotas are stainless and have some decent long radius and short radius bends in them. They are a little short though, so you’d need a few.
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Old 01-11-2019, 11:05 PM   #680
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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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Old 01-12-2019, 02:35 AM   #681
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Killer, bummer the right cam gear cover didn’t line up as well as the other side damn it.
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Old 01-12-2019, 09:51 AM   #682
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Paint will solve that.
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Old 01-12-2019, 11:33 AM   #683
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Yeah, I’m just gonna paint this thing black probably.
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Old 01-12-2019, 04:40 PM   #684
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What if you exposed the gears by cutting out the centers and paint them the same color as the block? I love the CF.
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Old 01-13-2019, 10:06 AM   #686
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What if you exposed the gears by cutting out the centers and paint them the same color as the block? I love the CF.
They aren’t really “gears”. Just two flat plates since dual VVT.
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Old 01-13-2019, 10:34 AM   #687
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They aren’t really “gears”. Just two flat plates since dual VVT.
Could dress them up though
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Old 01-13-2019, 05:25 PM   #688
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Took some time on a brisk Seattle morning to let my buddy do some drone photos

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Old 01-13-2019, 11:39 PM   #689
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Let’s see those drone pics! There’s more of your buddy than your beautiful wagon...
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Old 01-14-2019, 12:55 AM   #690
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Let’s see those drone pics! There’s more of your buddy than your beautiful wagon...
Gotta wait for him to edit everything and put a video together.
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Old 01-14-2019, 01:37 AM   #691
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You’re such a tease.
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Old 01-14-2019, 07:16 PM   #692
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Nice! I love the covers, the CF works well against the rest of the engine.
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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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Website says you need Hub kit: 4302.14.5313
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