Team Manfoot 2012 - Project Reliable Part Deux

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  1. Chuck_g

    Chuck_g Na = Waheeeyyyyyyy

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    Hello Everyone,


    Decided to start a new Project Thread as next years M3 will be pretty much a whole new car. The car in 2011 was nothing short of Epic and bar a few little problems was the best car ive ever drifted to date. Besides the Exhaust, few trick bits with the Suspension and the cage etc, she was a completely Standard car, Standard Engine, Standard Clutch, Standard Bushes etc........

    Here is 2011's Project - http://www.driftworks.com/forum/drift-car-projects-builds/137289-project-reliable-m3.html


    2012's car, will be a lot Different, with Slight Engine Mods, Clutch, Bushes, Weight Saving, Strengthening and a few other bits. Will also look a lot better and not be painted with a brush :) I also have plans to try keep it legalish for some road driving too, although highly doubtful. Anyway, enough chat, below is how 2011's car will end and how 2012's car will begin. :) Will update as i go along, should be a little more entertaining than last years "Project" :)


    Thanks for looking :wink:


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    Im toying with the Idea of N-Power, but the head needs ALOT of work :D


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    nice shell engine looks abit weak though :thumbs:
     
  3. Momanatorz

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    Cool dude will be watchin this
     
  4. Chuck_g

    Chuck_g Na = Waheeeyyyyyyy

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    Time for an Update.......

    Moved into our new and first shed on thursday and got cracking on the housmate, Niall's m3. Just stripped interior etc. Friday evening we started at my 2011's car, stripping panels etc and getting engine and axle ready to be dropped out today. Niall went mad with the grinder and got the cage out and keith got down and dirty under the car. We also drank copious amounts of tea :) Tomorrow we will finish stripping few small bits out and the shell goes to the scrapper. Will start prep work on the new shell this week.

    The bushes and mounts on the car were in a bad bad way, the front subframe had actually given way from the engine mount. Also the rear bushes were all fucked.
    The exhaust was also cracked at the downpipe back, so alot of unknown work to be done.

    Huge thanks to Niall Mac and Keith N for their help(Doing most the work) all weekend, pot noodles on me :p Few Pics below, will update during the week.

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    The Boys Behind it All...........

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  5. Chuck_g

    Chuck_g Na = Waheeeyyyyyyy

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    Time for an Update i Guess.....

    Well over the last month we have put down some serious days and evenings and got a good bit done, still seems like it will never be finished tho. Keith has been unleashed on the wiring, man has the patience of a saint, never seen so many wires in my life. Engine bay is ready for some seam welding and some paint. Removed the abs pump so going to do up some new lines this week and will be ordering my new clutch and flywheel this week too. Gave the Coilovers a clean tonight.....wasted an hour or so anyway :)

    Once i fix the front subframe, which has fallen apart at the engine mounts, il be throwing on some solid mounts and the engine and box will be back in. Rear subframe and arms will be getting some new bushes and a lick of paint too. Also been gutting the doors, bonnet and boot and will be cutting some polycarbonate windows very soon. All going well the car should be fairly complete by our deadline, the 26th of feb :) Anyway, enough talk, have a few shite pics of progress......thanks for looking

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    A Before Pic of the Rear Subframe and Arms......


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    Chuck_g Na = Waheeeyyyyyyy

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    A big update as its been a while.

    Been another few late nights, early mornings and finally we are on the putting back together road. Have my new act 6 puck clutch & lightened flywheel on the way, big thanks to SC Autoparts for that. Have a long list of parts for Mick Barry in Barrys Motorsport to give me so money permitting the car will be finished in less than a month.......fingers crossed.

    Welded some new plates onto the front subframe as one had broken away where the engine mounts sit, very surprised at my welds, weren't bad for a lad out of fas 9 years. In saying that they aint unreal. Doing solid rear subframe and diff mounts tomorrow so all going well will have subframes painted and mounted by the weekend. Did a lot of gutting, doors, quarters, boot floor etc, boot floor weighed a lot more than i thought. Got some seam welding done on the from tubs, thanks Maurice, nice crack and cut out the tubs for some room on lock. So the bay is ready for paint also, should be done and ready for M power by the weekend. Anyway, enough chat, few pics below......thanks for looking

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    Last Years Clutch: :/

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    Here is the engine bay, tubs cut, seam welded and primed. The engine was meant to go in this weekend, but the crane(forklift), was locked away. So will be done asap.

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    Then gave it a shot of Matte Black

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    Drilled and lined up my new solid engine mounts before paint

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    The old engine mount....this was actually the better one...!

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    Decided to paint the front & rear subframe and arb's red, to match the cage etc and also to piss Niall off :)

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    This is how the interior sits now, not much done, just the steering column in etc, will get the dash and switch panel in as soon as the engine is in.

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    When we dropped the engine out we discovered the flange at the downpipe to exhaust had cracked off and there was no flexi pipe on the other pipe, so tacked one in place and once matched up, gave it a weld.

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    My new act clutch came a while back from Sc Autoparts, seems like a good bit of kit but i guess i wont know until its abused :) Also done away with the horrible dual mass flywheel. Now replaced with a single and lightweight one :)

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    Also got some powerflex bushes for the rear trailing arms and front wishbones. Also some nice 5w30 oil, lovely stuff :) Got some spherical rosejoints for the rear hubs during the week and some oem gearbox bushes.

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    Good progress!
    When you've done the lines after removing the ABS pump, can you help me out on it?
    I've been trying to find out if the pump actually has any proportioning valve in it or not. So didn't want to risk taking it out and being stuck.

    Be careful from the tub cutting, might weaken the front end a bit, but if you're caging the front end, sa'll good
     
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    looking well lads cant wait to see the finished article!!
     
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    Cheers mate. Well i deleted my abs pump and just put in a 3 connection joiner and a 2 connection one. Ive been told by the local lads who build m3's that this is fine and will work fine but i guess only time will tell. She will be hiting the track sunday week id hope so will report back after.

    Quick update from today

    Anyway, got the engine in today......actually did a little dance that it went in so easy and well. Then rolled over my phone with the forklift so cried a little :) So engine, gearbox and prop in, tomorrows work, rear subframe, diff, arms etc........gonna be a busy week.

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    Engine in......wired it up after, so will try turn her asap but ud prob get more of a start off a council worker....!

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    stacky Family 4door drifter

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    Nice bit of work there lad! :thumbs:

    Looks like you were just taking photo's while the boys were doing all the work.... Just messing!:euge:

    Well wear and brest of luck for the 2012 season!:thumbs:
     
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    Thanks buddy, you coming home this year at all? Remember our last spin around mondello ha...:)
     
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    stacky Family 4door drifter

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    good times! im back in bandon actually on 2nd/3rd of March. Coming home to pick up a Silvia i bought and bring it back to the UK. Might pop in and have a look see if your around?

    You think your gona have her built in time to make the 2012 season?
     
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    Chuck_g Na = Waheeeyyyyyyy

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    She will be finished by sunday week :) Maybe not 100% finished but running and sliding :) Ya, give me a call, you can call to the shed for tae. i must show you a certain recording i found on my laptop too :) Ha....
     
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    Sounds interesting! Will do..... pm me your mobile number coz ive gone through about 10 phones since i was last over and have lost everyones numbers....
     
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    Chuck_g Na = Waheeeyyyyyyy

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    Finished...............But not Finished........!

    Made the deadline of yesterday but still so much to do :) Will update fully tomorrow

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    Update Time...!

    Well i made my deadline of the 26th, for a drift practice day :) Got there, drifted but its FAR from finished. Firstly i want to thank everyone who got me there and helped get me on track, Niall Mc, Keith N, Pat Mc, Mick Barry, Eoin H, Steve Coakley, Colum "4 dot" buckley, John Hickey, Nicky & Willie, Anto & Paul and anyone else ive forgotten.

    The last few days before the 26th were very late and hard and even in the last few hours with nipples breaking off calipers etc, was an emotional experience :) To say the least.

    We loaded the car at 4.30am the morning before the drift day, no brakes bled, no clutch bled, no wipers, unfinished and looking tatty.....

    We got to the track at half 8 and after a few hours of bleeding, rolling arches etc, she finally made the track and worked Well, it didn't fall apart anyway and gripped and steered unreal...For a car that was tracked by eye :) So, im happy with it yes, but still loads more to finish, wiring, cage, tidy, paint and more stupid bits.........will update again soon, thanks for reading.

    Heres a few pics of progress since the last update!

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