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    #31
    It was a rainy day here in NorCal with a little bit of hail. But that didn’t stop us from getting the tank in! Fired right up. Haven’t test drive it yet but we will soon. I also replaced the pump like Kronus suggested.


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      #32
      "My dad, BIL and I talked with each other and it was decided we would all sign up for a track day on the 10th of February (today) at Thunderhill with On-Grid. First of all, I liked On-Grid and enjoyed their organization and will be running with them again."

      I've run with the Ongrid folks a few times, they are the most organized of the 4 run groups I've tracked with. I like how they have a shake down meeting after the first session, seems to make the drivers more respectful and aware. Rarely see another e30 at their events though...

      Great progress, good luck with the track car and hope to see you guys out there!

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        #33
        Originally posted by bradmer View Post
        "My dad, BIL and I talked with each other and it was decided we would all sign up for a track day on the 10th of February (today) at Thunderhill with On-Grid. First of all, I liked On-Grid and enjoyed their organization and will be running with them again."

        I've run with the Ongrid folks a few times, they are the most organized of the 4 run groups I've tracked with. I like how they have a shake down meeting after the first session, seems to make the drivers more respectful and aware. Rarely see another e30 at their events though...

        Great progress, good luck with the track car and hope to see you guys out there!

        Thanks buddy! Hope to see you also!


        Found a few pictures of the car during the short time it was actually on the track :rofl:











        We're back at it this Saturday (the 2nd) at Thunderhill with NCRC. Fingers crossed everything goes well!

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          #34
          this car needs a cowcatcher. a haggard one preferably lol
          Simon
          Current Cars:
          -1986 BMW 325e & 1968 Datsun Roadster 2000
          Previous Car Count : 21 ... and climbing...
          Originally posted by Melon
          Let it be known to all. Simon fucking keeps it real.

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            #35
            Update after the track!

            The day started very wet and rainy which was a learning experience for all of us. I've ran about 8 or so track days but never done one in the wet. I really thought I would hate it but it was actually a lot of fun and I recommend it. The track dried up in the afternoon so we each got about two wet sessions and three dry sessions. The car held together very well. Ran about 250 track miles over the course of the day and other than a couple of off-track excursions from my Dad and BIL (oops) it was largely uneventful.

            Car has decent power and handles extremely well but we're having a difficult time keeping up with higher horsepower cars (duh). I think we need a driver mod more than any power mods. My best time looking at videos was probably around the 2:20 mark which is about 12 seconds short of the spec E30 lap record (aka not fast :rofl:). I really wasn't pushing the car too much because of the condition of the track and I had to let off pretty much every lap to point someone by.

            The car held temperature even in back-to-back-to-back 20 minute track sessions, although it did consume/leak about a quart of oil during the day which I am totally cool with. Tried the car with BF Goodrich Rivals and also a set of used Bridgestone RE71R's which I picked up from Cabriolet (thanks dude!). Only ran the car in the rain with the Rivals but got dry laps with both. I think I prefer the RE71s but I don't like them as much as I like my Dunlop StarSpecs on my swap car. Oh well, maybe we'll try some StarSpecs when these tires are dead.

            Anyway here's some pictures! I'll post some video later on.

            Dad driving.


            BIL driving.


            Me driving.


            All loaded up and done. Lots of mud to clean out of the underside.

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              #36
              Here's a little GIF of my Dad losing it coming off of turn 13.


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                #37
                that's pretty much the least scary way to screw that corner up. all the other ones end up in the inside wall. good catch, nice stabilization on the recovery.
                cars beep boop

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                  #38
                  Originally posted by kronus View Post
                  that's pretty much the least scary way to screw that corner up. all the other ones end up in the inside wall. good catch, nice stabilization on the recovery.
                  Yeah I agree. He did a nice job, especially for his first ever spin out. It was a bit of a butt pucker-er from the passengerís seat though.

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                    #39
                    Got a little bit of work done disassembling the 2.7 engine we pulled out of the car.

                    This shit is nasty.



                    You can get an idea of how dirty this thing is here.



                    I don't think the previous owner cared much for maintenance.



                    Pistons and block look alright though.



                    Main bearings are very worn but don't appear to be anything out of the ordinary.





                    Rod bearings look worn but otherwise alright.



                    Block has some nastiness to it but I think it may come out with a hone. Need to get it to a machine shop and see what they think. I have an 885 head sitting around that I'm going to use with it. I think we'll end up going with John's (ForcedFirebird) method of 2.7 bottom end with 2.5i pistons and 2mm off the block. Seems to work well for him. Obviously that's contingent on what the machine show says when I eventually get it over to them.
                    Last edited by Danny; 03-18-2019, 11:10 PM.

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                      #40
                      The amount of dirt on that block is insane.

                      You will achieve weight reduction once you clean it lol

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                        #41
                        Originally posted by Jokester View Post
                        The amount of dirt on that block is insane.

                        You will achieve weight reduction once you clean it lol
                        Yeah no kidding huh?

                        Started sanding the car today to prep it for paint. Weíre divided on what color to paint this thing. Options currently are:

                        Some kind of British racing green
                        White
                        Teal
                        Paint over the red with red again

                        Iím open to ideas if any of you guys have any. Just looking for this thing to look good from 50 feet away at 50 mph.

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                          #42
                          Awesome job! Great dad video.

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                            #43
                            It was decided amongst ourselves that we didn't want the car to be red anymore. So I left it up to my dad and brother in law to do whatever they wanted to do to the vehicle. Our rule was it had to look good from 50 feet and 50 miles an hour (50/50 rule). This was never intended to be a Melon/Jordan level paint job since this is a track only car and we just wanted it to be a cool color. I am not a creative and have basically zero artistic talent besides spray painting trim pieces so full creative control was given to my dad and BIL.



                            BIL decided on a Datsun green which was pretty nice. I wanted to do a teal or turquoise color but those would have been more expensive since it is difficult to find in a factory color. Total cost for all the materials for a two stage paint job was less than 500 bucks.



                            We did a little body work. We aren't very good at it. The car was originally burgundrot and painted really cheaply at some spray and go joint to the crappy bright red that it was.






                            We got the car over to my place where we made booth in the garage.











                            We had inlet fans using household air filters and two outlet holes on the other side also using household air filters.






                            The boys got suited up and went to work.





                            Primed.








                            Color!






                            In the sun.




                            Bumpers tucked, trim painted and back on.






                            Overall, it was worth the time and money spent but it certainly doesn't look great. The paint is super orange peely and we're not super confident about trying to buff it out because we only have two coats of urethane clear on it. The color is cool though, its a lot lighter in sunlight than I thought it would be and sort of changes color when you walk around it.



                            It fits the 50/50 rule and that's good enough for me.

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                              #44
                              Love the homemade paintjob. Perfect fit for a track toy!

                              '87 BMW E30 325is (restomod)
                              '90 Mazda Miata NA
                              '04 Jeep TJ
                              '05 Yamaha R6 (trackbike)

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                                #45
                                Originally posted by Panici View Post
                                Love the homemade paintjob. Perfect fit for a track toy!

                                Thanks dude!


                                I'm going to try my hand at buffing it this weekend. Wish me luck!

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