Last couple of weeks I’ve been trying to get prices on fibreglass front fenders, doors, boot lid & bonnet.
Before I made up my mind I wanted to see exactly what weight saving would be achieved by replacing with fibreglass.
Bear in mind I have cut a lot of weight already from the doors, bonnet and boot lid so these are the weights measured with that extra weight cut out.
So as you can see it would be around 47 KG’s saving if the above parts were replaced with fibreglass.
Is saving 47kg worth approx €1,000 – €1,100?????
For me, at the minute, it’s not. Maybe next year, I’ve better ways to spend that kinda money.
Picked up these camber arms from Kaber Performance yesterday.
They are serious quality at a great price.
I made pretty nice order with Driftworks on Friday, they had a 10% sale on so I took full advantage. Delivery should be here tomorrow.
The IDC Awards night was held on Saturday night, it was a great nights craic and as usual Dave and the crew pulled out all the stops and everything was as professional as ever.
Turns out I was nominated for “Underdog of the Year 2014″, along with Keith Clarke, Paul McCarthy & Nicky Hallihan.
I was just delighted to be nominated, never expected to actually win it!
The last two years have been crazy and I’m very lucky how things have worked out for me. Hopefully 2015 is another lucky year.
I order a new set of HSD Monopro track pack coilovers from Driftworks, the 10% sale and no vat really helped
Now I just need to figure out how to set them up right.
Just before Christmas I installed the HSD suspension and sorted the car out with a proper alignment and prepped for the JustJap Matsuri yesterday.
3 Morning sessions were class, even with the frosty track I felt I knew exactly what the car was doing and could feel the improvement on rear end grip. So much so that the clutch was struggling to hold in 4th.
Up front the car is now unreal responsive, any little flick and the car initiates exactly the way you want it to go.
On the last run in the morning session I initiated very aggressively into ford and I sheered the bolt on the engine mount beside the steering column, the mounting was sitting on against the steering column which meant I couldn’t steer right.
Went back to the pits and with the help of a few lads I got the engine lifted and wedged in a bit of timber and tied down the engine to the subframe and got back out for the open pit session for the afternoon.
I couldn’t push as hard in the afternoon session as I was afraid of the engine slipping and affecting my ability to steer, still had some serious craic and pulled off a few decent 100mph entries into ford.
Overall the day was serious craic and made a nice change from the pressure of competition.
Now time to really start getting sorted for IDC round 1.
Helmet footage of two laps aroundMondello park during the JustJap practice day on the 28/12/14
Clip starts coming down the straight along the pit while, first initiation is just under the foot bridge, 100+ mph
BMW E36 328i.
2015 build progress has been a bit slow but I’ve a good few things to do now over the next few weeks to get it finished and ready for round 1.
Stripped the car of all it’s panels, doors, bootlid, bonnet, all will be replaced.
Also got the grinder to the rear of the car.
Also installed a couple of gauges to keep a closer eye on the engine. Oil pressure & oil temperature gauge.
Made up a little console to hold everything in the dash. Happy enough with it now.
New rear overfenders, looking forward to getting these fitted.
Now I’m just waiting on parts to come so I can start putting this back together.
Finally got a chance to get back working on the car last week.
Right & left over fenders fitted 90%. Need to fit skirts and rear bumper to tie everything in and there will be a small bit of trimming to do.
Also got the boot pretty much sorted and straightened out. Happy enough with it, its no road car so it’ll do the job!
I’ve a new m20 sSachs clutch kit to go in along with some new engine mounts, should get them in this week
The last week has been pretty intense! Work was busy and getting the car finished was busier again.
We got the new clutch and engine mounts in the week before along with installing the new short shifter.
Then last Monday morning all the fibreglass arrived in Mallow, so Monday evening we drove down and collected everything.
Pretty much every panel on the car is fibreglass now: Front bumper, bonnet, front wings, doors, rear over fenders and boot lid. I decided to go this route than going for more power which would inevitably cost more and more money in the long run, and I really want to see what the little 328 is capable of
So Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday night Gary and myself go stuck into the car and fitted all the body work. Only for Gary’s help the car would still not be completed.
I also got my wheels sand blasted and painted, the old green wheels will not suit the new livery! They turned out great, delighted with them now.
I bought a wing off Gary a few weeks ago and after a bit of thinking I decided to go with it and try to make it work.
Delighted how it turned out, made the up stands from hardened 10mm pvc, Brian from Kaber made the brackets from stainless steel, 10mm bars heat wrapped to provide extra support then.
Lots of small bits tidied up on the car then which always take the longest but eventually on Saturday evening I got to take some photo’s of in its raw state before it for a full wrap this week.
Last Wednesday morning I dropped the car to Signs Express Mullingar for its full wrap. The lads had only two days to get it done so they were under pressure.
I collected it on Thursday evening, 95% finished. Front and back bumper need to be done.
Absolutely delighted how it turned out. Really freshened up the car.
After logging in Mondello Friday morning I finally got a chance to take some photo’s and announce my main sponsor for 2015:
“Zeetex have generously come on board to provide full support in association with Mileage Tyres Mullingar (Zeetex Ireland Tyre Wholesaler).
Without the support of Zeetex, competing in the Irish Drift Championship this year would not have been possible, so I am very grateful for their sponsorship.
ZEETEX product portfolio comprises of tyres, batteries & lubricants and offers over 500 different items for the automotive industry.
Thanks to Signs Express (Mullingar) for completing the wrap and signage on the car & also to Infamous Creations for the design work.”
This photo pretty much sums up how I felt after qualifying ended….
As I said on facebook:
“Competitive drifting is an emotional roller coaster at times.
Months & months of work come down to two 30 second qualification runs just to reach the top 32.
Bad days make the good days that much sweeter”
To contact Paul please follow the Facebook link below;
IDC 2015 Sponsors:
Mileage Tyres Mullingar https://www.facebook.com/mileage.tyres
Mick Luby Auto Electrics https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mick-Luby-Auto-Electrics/
McKeons Garage, Aughnacliffe, 043 6684164
Corrib Oil www.corriboil.com https://www.facebook.com/Corriboil