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    The ole girl was fastest Street Mod + 15th fastest RAW out of a field of 75 this weekend.
    Had a blast!










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    I never imagined that an e30 rear wheel bearing replacement was this much of a sore arse ordeal. What a job.

    I thought my pullers was all I needed, but I had to go MacGyver on it.

    No bueno


    $25


    Mucho success


    Horrible effort.

    With what energy I had left I decided to try see if the intercooler I had would fit behind the front panel. It isn't apples to apples, as the US pre-facelift panel is very shallow & short, but if it'd fit with that version it'd fit the '90+ panel easily.
    Seems like a good fit! The facelift front end doesn't have the 2 x tow loops, so I should be able to tuck the IC further up. With 2 x 90deg couplers it should line up nicely without impacting the ABS and A/C items.






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    The guy that is fabricating my engine/trans mounts is a little slow, but things are getting there.



    So as to not delay things any more than they have been, I decided to go ahead and make some moves on getting the 6 speed box to at least fit in the hole.
    I bought a little dolly to make moving it around a little easier, which was a back saver.



    This is a far as it'll fit up into the standard tunnel.




    Interference on both sides




    After about 200 slaps of the mallet, it was time to grab a porta power from work and get serious.




    I was careful to not overdo it and hamper the important things like room around the throttle pedal and seat rails/seat belt sockets.

    With that, it went right up into place


    I knew the shifter position was going to end up much further back, which it obviously did.
    (this is just a mock up)


    I then heated the 350z shifter and bent it, which moved the gearknob about 2" closer to home. Forgot to take a photo.
    It is a really comfortable position, just a pity the trim pieces are now redundant.

    There is an alternative, which involves opening up and access hatch on top of the CD009 trans, then making up something that allows the shifter to sit in the correct e30 location.
    Unfortunately only 1 person makes these shifters and they're seemingly a massive flake, taking $500 from people and having them wait upwards of 5months with zero contact.

    The decision is to risk going that route for the sake of making the interior look great, or strip the interior and go racecar.

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    Maybe you could get something made of metal or fiberglass that fits correctly, then cover it with a thin foam and fabric to match the OEM interior?

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    Some progress in the last week.

    Managed to load up the sc300 and weigh it in for scrap. $99.90 in the pocket!
    I don't know myself with the room it has created.





    Of course loading it on the trailer was a little painful, especially when the drain plug snagged as I was winching it up, thus spewing lovely black oil all over the driveway.

    My engine & trans mounts finally arrived, which allowed me to get things closer to the home position.
    I'll need to grind a sliver off of one engine mount to accommodate the HKS wastegate, but otherwise it seems to all line up well.



    I'm hoping to be able to cheat things back another 2" once I make an adjustment to the trans mount.



    One solution to the shifter position is this setup, but the chap that makes them is notorious for taking people's money and keeping them waiting for up to 6MO.



    After chatting with a guy in the Auto-X club (the chap with the spaceframed Ford Ranger pictured earlier in the thread), he reckons a very tidy job could be done to make up a center console to suit the alternate shifter position. things may need to go that route.

    I'm home next weekend for 3 days, so I've been getting a few bits together to bring back to the US with me. I was on the hunt for some iS sideskirts, but I was so out of touch I had no idea that e30 parts are going for crazy money at home. I found a pair but the exchange rate made them uneconomical. Yesterday I was sitting in the garage wondering how I'm ever going to move ALL of the parts I've amassed, when my forgotten pair of Audi S4 skirts caught my eye. Just like everything else I'm hoarding, I'll NEVER do anything with them, so I decided to see how they lined up on the e30 - just for the craic.

    Literally half an hour later I had one trimmed/shaped/painted and mocked up on the car. At the risk of being a chav I'm not planning on using them at this point, it was more so an experiment.

    It actually lined up pretty well, especially they way I made it fit beneath the door and rest on the inner sill/door jamb. The underside rests right against the sill of the e30, so they'll clamp right up + the jacking points are spot on.
    I may trim some more along the rear quarter and make them sit more flush like I did the fronts wings, but wanted to have a little front to back taper to start with.

    The paint was the remnants of an old rattle can I had, so I could see the lines.











    Not bad for costing $0. May make some automotive velcro mounts and see how I like them.

    I was also doing a little driving this weekend. Of the 5 runs I had 4 passengers wanting to jump in and experience the sideways Irish flavor, which can only add time when you factor in the average weight of an American. On the last run I had to say no and go solo.

    Here was my first run with a passenger.


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    I actually quite like the side skirts, go for it!

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