The road to competition in my top mount turbo'd s14a

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  1. dandadude

    dandadude Active Member

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    Time for a bit of an update!

    Went to the last ever Rockingham infield and Meihan replica drift day, stayed over at a nearby hotel the night before, luckily the car and trailer was still there when I came out in the morning :thumbs:

    30989248687_d62f4d084c_b. IMG_20181111_082406 by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    The que into the venu was slow and I had to wait for the second briefing but I didn't miss out too badly on track as it was wet in the morning and the tracks took until midday to rubber in nicely, before that I spun out multiple times due to both infield tracks being very slippery!

    This pic is when we stopped for lunch.

    45878582902_033420a38a_b. IMG_20181111_115512 by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    I sold one set of my skid wheels a few weeks ago and bought some rota's instead, they fit very snug on the back with my spacers biggrin.

    Got a few video's, my misses did a good job filming me on the meihan track, this is soo much fun, 3rd gear flicking it in towards the wall then getting as sideways as you can into the big corner. It was my first time trying this layout, wish I had done it more and gone in faster but hey ho I had a go.



    Also met @Bu11et from this forum, take a look at his build thread his car is setup well and he is a good driver!

    We had a good few runs out together :thumbs:

    45878581302_6775d20d61_b. FB_IMG_1542224770688 by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    45015784145_1cf8089d7f_b. FB_IMG_1542224296465 by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    More to come....
     
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    Bu11et Well-Known Member

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    Was good to meet you dude! Driftworks build thread buddies hahaha
     
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    dandadude Active Member

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    Ye nice to meet you mate, ha ha that reminded me of the inbetweeners, car friendss....

    Hopefully see you at a few tracks next year :thumbs:
     
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    Near the end of the last meihan/infield Rockingham day I noticed a bit of an exhaust blow, thought didn't sound too bad will look when i'm home. Checked when I was back a couple days later and could see it had been blowing slightly from the wastegate to manifold gasket, not too bad I will just get another gasket.

    45991314181_29fa05147f_b. IMG_20181117_121052 by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    Bought gasket and went to remove wastegate, undone 1 bolt and the wastegate nearly fell off, realised the head of the second bolt had done a brexit and that's why the gasket had blown like it had.

    45991314671_341a2194a8_b. IMG_20181120_204401 by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    32120347948_bae73e12bd_b. IMG_20181120_204302 by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    Luckily was just a case of removing and replacing the broken head bolt as it wasn't too tight in the manifold.

    Forgot to take a photo but also been looking at trying different suspension pre-load and damping settings, previously I had been running a small amount of preload all around, main reason on the front was to try and stop the tyres rubbing on the arches when hard on lock and coming off a cambered corner or going over a bump (like dropping from the bank/oval at rockingham to the flat or the first corner at teeside) Rear was set up to try and generally stiffen up the rear but haven't really messed with the settings for a year or more.

    I am going to adjust one axle at a time so i have unwound the rears until they had no preload but enough to just hold the spring (previously had about 5-10mm preload) will see what difference that makes if any this weekend but hoping for more grip/bite when intitiating, difficult to compare as going to a completely different track, Rockingham is a lot grippier than the small day I will be going to next weekend but still any seat time/testing is good, plus I can check the wastegate stays on. Will then play with the damping a bit more so I know exactly what is helping the most.

    Also started making up the bends for my rear bumper bar, only got the 2 top pieces welded on so far but that should be a good start in supporting the top of the bumper below the rear quarters. Welded an extra bracket near the bottom to make it solid as it now has 3 attachment points, both sides in the chassis rails and the bottom of the floor, ideal.

    45991319071_13561a7e7d_b. IMG_20181117_115327 by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    45991317771_e1d8284e58_b. IMG_20181117_111529 by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    32120346318_e57cef5273_b. IMG_20181117_111806 by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    32120348238_bfc24b4c71_b. IMG_20181117_120836 by Daniel Collins, on Flickr
     
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    Went to a local drift day last weekend, good to check the wastegate was working ok again and see what dropping the preload down on the back done to the car.

    Unfortunately it was a very very wet day! Had a good time though, always a chilled atmosphere as you have a run order so no rushing to que up every 5 mins.

    The car felt really good, only time it didn't do as I expected was when the front of the car would hit a patch of standing water and this slowed the front of the car down causing the odd spin. Otherwise it drove very well and I had a really good time! Looking forward to trying it again at the next dry drift day.

    Here's a video after I had already lost my bumper, think a friend has a video of me actually crashing/loosing the bumper so will upload when I get it.

    Here's half a run video'd by a friends misses (well worth bringing them along :p)

     
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    dandadude Active Member

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    Here's a few pic's of the car from last weekend, as you can see it looks like I had been rallying ha ha:

    45209325535_6628e223e7_b. IMG_20181124_155056 by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    46070825892_f37dbdeaac_b. IMG_20181124_155115 by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    And my broken bumper :cry:

    46070824632_467a73a778_b. IMG_20181124_101618 by Daniel Collins, on Flickr
     
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    Had a bit of time today and mocked up the rear overfenders I had left over from my spare shell. Had to do a bit of fettling to get them fitted how I wanted but not far off. Only got the passenger side actually screwed on as it started pissing it down with rain when I went to the drivers side!

    I still need to mark,cut back and weld the rear arches but you can see how it is going to look now, the rear wheels will still need spacing about 30/35mm wider than before even though I currently run the rear tyres nearly touching the flared/rolled arches :wack:

    45526760784_5d4f786628_b. Over fenders part 1 by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    32378287978_5be1106921_b. Over fenders part 1 by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    46250568481_8edd8af16d_b. Over fenders part 1 by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    46250569191_ae6de6bf6f_b. Over fenders part 1 by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    32378287678_810ca0e83d_b. Over fenders part 1 by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    I also had another go at the rear bumper with some duct tape to try and get it sitting nicer. Funny how in the pics the camera makes it look as if I am running no front camber like on the rear but actually it's about 3.5degrees on the front and 0.5 on the rear.

    Will update again soon!
     
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    Had some time last weekend and got the other over fender fitted, then started to mark up and cut/tub the n/s/r arch. Looking forward to doing the other side and then getting some bigger spacers fitted so the wheels fill the rear arches better :thumbs:

    39704216343_fb4300c4a7_b. Overfender fitting by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    45754154935_f9245b3d59_b. Overfender fitting by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    46616591782_59afb94007_b. Overfender fitting by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    39704216223_8b4c2014df_b. Overfender fitting by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    Will get some pics of the tubs when i've done both sides!
     
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    Finally got some time to carry on chopping up my arches:

    45916394895_4818f5ef6e_b. IMG_20190105_105439 by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    45916394055_21b1f0a19f_b. IMG_20190105_121946 by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    32955564768_8f25e8b88b_b. IMG_20190105_132811 by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    45916391675_b9f3ffffe0_b. IMG_20190105_145429 by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    45916392635_ea6f2b67e1_b. IMG_20190105_145402 by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    All sealed up, this should be enough clearance!

    46831236351_9fb73d67de_b. IMG_20190114_172513 by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    Marked up the other side

    46831234761_28dbde4107_b. IMG_20190117_172113 by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    You can also see I replaced my rear 1/4 windows with plexi, if i'm honest not worth the hassle but at-least they can't shatter if it takes a hit. Need to try and finish them off a bit nicer as the original window trim wouldn't bond very well so pulled it off for the minute.

    This pretty much brings me up to date, hoping to finish the other arch this weekend.
     
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    Good job on the arches dude, look clean!
     
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    Managed to get the other side all done today so next thing is to prep the over-fenders and fix the bumper ready for paint.

    39920610083_330e151fe3_b. Tubbed arch by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    45970850315_bb93445430_b. Tubbed arch by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    39920610193_5ff7c6b360_b. Tubbed arch by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    Car really needs a wash :p
     
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    Started rubbing down and repairing my bumper over the past week, pieced it back together by using a couple metal brackets and cable ties to hold it in place whilst i fibre-glassed the back of it, then cut the brackets off and done the same to the front.

    47012145002_fc0db6245c_b. Bumper repair by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    40099539903_79813f2a33_b. Bumper repair by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    32122670687_6a8b0bc4fe_b. Bumper repair by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    33189326058_f99574e1bf_b. Bumper repair by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    46150776255_d69de74f1e_b. Bumper repair by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    46150775995_66e419cfe6_b. Bumper repair by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    More to come soon, have a few small jobs to do and possibly a couple of local drift days :D
     
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    Should be having a new windscreen fitted this week, mines had a crack in it since I fitted my cage and been getting bigger and bigger. Gave me a good excuse to do a job i've not got around to for years, spray the bloody wiper stalks that have been slowly getting more and more silver lol.

    33200649218_613dc093a1_b. Wiper stalks by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    47075640991_c1102cc492_b. Wiper stalks by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    Hopefully by the end of the week will have a new screen and maybe the week after have the rear bumper and over-fenders sprayed!
     
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    Them wipers <3
     
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    Only just seen this mate! Nice to catch up earlier, good luck with your bumper :thumbs: ye the wiper arms annoyed me for ages but never got around to doing them until now.

    Test fitted the bumper before I done any more fibreglass repairs to the top, also in the process of finding some more wheel spacers so the rear wheels fill the arches:

    46235698245_7b2bf4934c_b. S14a rear bumper and overfenders by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    Then had my new windscreen fitted, whoop. Could then re-fit my nice black wiper arms:

    32208336987_f75466de3e_b. New screen by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    46426863964_953043da4a_b. New screen by Daniel Collins, on Flickr
     
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    Spent most of the day yesterday rubbing down/prepping the bodywork for primer, just before that though I wanted to make sure the fuel cap worked properly as it bugs me not having it on.

    First I made up some spacers to bring it out flush, then cut and extended the latch so it clips over and unlocks/opens out when the cable is worked inside.

    47148736872_4e699c6e24_b. Fuel cap and spacers by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    33325080168_7f28889045_b. Fuel cap and spacers by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    46477019184_1260626d0e_b. Fuel cap and spacers by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    33325079028_b6f63e4285_b. Fuel cap and spacers by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    I had also swapped out my old spacers for some slightly bigger ones. Might need more though...

    32258348337_1792d6879d_b. Fuel cap and spacers by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    47148734742_9cfb89660c_b. Fuel cap and spacers by Daniel Collins, on Flickr
     
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    Done a bit of a deal with the apprentice in the bodyshop, going to sort out some mechanical bits on his car if he paints my kit. Not expecting anything special but as long as it's close enough, I will be happy.

    So now it's all in primer:

    32340169037_48549770b4_b. In primer by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    Spent a bit of time on the truck as its also my daily, new rear prop bearing, alignment and a wash!

    40296694123_d3392946a7_b. Landcruiser U/J by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    32319536787_59572bba0f_b. Landcruiser U/J by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    33385608108_1d515e8bec_b. Landcruiser U/J by Daniel Collins, on Flickr
     
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    Bit of routine maintenance this weekend, oil and filter, check levels and did a nut and bolt check! Normally I have to use the 4 post ramp as I can't get the car on a 2 post lift wit the kit on as it catches the legs so was good timing with my kit being painted.

    33463644828_9268184d62_b. IMG_20190309_113948 by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    40374427273_71d168d236_b. IMG_20190309_114153 by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    40374910923_d2da105ffc_b. 2019-03-10_05-54-30 by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    You can see my oil cooler sandwich plate and my cusco engine mounts in this pic above, the sandwich plate does make it slightly more fiddly to undo/remove the filter but no major headache.

    40374430243_fc2b55c867_b. IMG_20190305_180131 by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    All done and ready to go, my kit is painted now too but due to it all being fibreglass we didn't want to bake it so had to leave it to air dry and hoping to fit it all this week.

    40374427293_fec0aeaf10_b. IMG_20190309_145355 by Daniel Collins, on Flickr
     
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    Whilst I couldn't fit the kit over the weekend I thought why not have a play in my friends yard! Was fun clipping the cones although was a bit rusty on my first few laps, very slippery/dusty so had to feather the throttle a fair bit as you can hear. Love the turbo flutter and external wastegate noises!



    Also bought a ticket for Driftcup 2019 whoop! I will be going to Three Sisters, never been there so hoping for a practice day before. Unfortunately all the tracks in Driftcup are minimum 5+ hours away from me so haven't been to any of them other than Teeside. I will have to be on it!
     
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    The car is all one colour again, sooo happy. I know it will only take a couple drift days and it will be scuffed up again but it's good to see it back in one piece!

    33521253798_5abeb132e0_b. Painted kit by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    33521253688_e8c772d91e_b. Painted kit by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    33521278888_1025de8340_b. 2019-03-16_08-40-50 by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    Less than a month until driftcup round 1 at three sisters now too, got a few small jobs I want to do plus the car runs out of MOT this month so sure there will be a couple little bits that crop up.
     
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