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Measure Twice, Cut Once

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Suspension Installed!

Thanks to JRD for giving me access (again) to the machine shop.  A quick application of the lathe to my rear shock bushings allows the M12 bolt to fit properly.  Of course the fronts weren’t so easy.  The ackermans were mounted reversed when returned to me, but I never through to check.  Until after I connected the control arms and tie-rods.

“Why is the toe so fscked … oh CRAP!”

So I go to remove the LCAs and tie-rods twice.  Oh joy.  Could have been worse … they came off after a few attempts.

Shedding the Pounds: Part I

Monday, November 15th, 2010

As most folks know, initially the cheapest way improve the speed of a car is removing weight.  It gets incredibly expensive to reduce weight later on (ie, 18lb race shell ~$1k vs 9lb race shell ~$5k).  Luckily for me I can stand to lose 25lbs.  Perhaps I’ll ask my wife for $10k additional in car funds.

I purchased The Red Car because it was gutted and caged.  This was something that just could not happen to my first M3.  Too many have been cut up and I decided early on I wanted to race an E30 M3.  Passively searching for a year or so, ultimately arrived at a car I had spied two years earlier.  Even though the car was caged, it still had some things that needed to be removed.  As an example, the air conditioning system was fully intact.  (Great news, since I needed to install a/c into The White Car if I was going to use it as a daily during the Summer.)

After getting the car up on jack stands:

  • scraped sound deadening out of the cabin (PITA and currently INCOMPLETE)
  • removed all the a/c system that lived in front of the firewall
  • removed the aux and main fan
  • removed the cruise control system (still need to remove the separate computer and stalk)

Next steps:

  • remove dash in order to:
    • get access to more sound deadening
    • remove a/c bits in the cabin
  • remove sunroof, headliner, panel cards
  • contemplate scraping the underside of the car
  • remove fender liners
  • add a SPAL fan to replace the two fans I removed
  • remove tweeters, speaker wire, misc hardware

A New Beginning

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

Yes, I haven’t posted anything in nearly two years.  Figured I’ll use this to track stuff for me as I work on my two project cars.

At long last I decided to buy a second E30 M3 (aka The Red One) and build it into a dedicated track car.  Even more dedicated than my first E30 M3 (aka The White One).  After taking the BMW Club Racing School at NHMS … I feel compelled to build for BMW Club Racing.  Intending to built for the E30 M3-only M3T class, revised rules for the Stock classes are so compelling … and should have much larger fields … that I may arrive at a to-the-limit 2011 JS car.  This isn’t dismissal of SCCA ITR or NASA.  It appears the intersection of ITR/M3T is still a very fun car and it’ll take me a few seasons to drive anywhere near the potential provided by such a vehicle.

All projects have an ever growing list of todo items.  So I figured I would keep track of things here.  At the very least others can use links, photos, DIYs for reference.