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    the big astra pulled the best to get the car home



    the car itself is as follows

    1991

    Eunos Roadster

    1.6 16v

    LSD

    solid throughout

    90k ish

    since then i have done the following:

    removed air con radiator
    removed air con compressor
    removed air con mounting bracket
    removed air con plumbing
    removed all sound deadening
    Oil & Filter change using Millers oil
    OMP deep dish wheel replacing stock momo unit
    bigger battery with modified mounting brackets in boot
    rear pads
    gear oil
    diff oil
    timing belt
    water pump
    aux belts (one shorter as no AC)
    plugs and leads
    fuel filter
    taxed
    insured
    coolant
    alignment
    de-cat

    some of the sound deadening



    some of the undertray with ac pully etc



    inside all minted up with new omp wheel



    some surface rust sorted


    boot full of parts


    vinyl front plate


    help from a mate to do pump and belt as i wasn't confident enough


    radiator, airbox, rocker cover removed to give lots of room to work


    check list getting a hammering




    cat out


    waiting the by-pass


    by-pass successful (really helps low down)


    we then visited kirkistown one day to help me clear a hangover, TAZ wasn't happy


    have still a bit to do to the car, it's getting the MSA spec half cage made at present and then it's getting the Kaaz 1.5way LSD fitted before a good buff and graphics applied...

    Thanks to:
    Usedcars ni (helped buy the car)
    Moto glass (provided all service parts)
    The motor gym (providing storage and ramp time as well as mechanical help)
    Blackwater graphics (putting the livery on the car)
    Street racer (provided the de-cat)
    Wishart motorsport fabrications (doing a good deal on the half cage)
    Track skills (helped buy the kaaz lsd)
    Snj performance (fitting the kaaz lsd)

    will keep you's updated on the build
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    Got the interior stripped this morning.

    I tried a hoop I had made for another car and found something interesting. 70's Porsche 911 and MX5 have very similar internal dimensions.




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    Cage Complete














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    Cage roughly primed with paint on stuff, pure dung and think it is water based so it will be left to dry before going to Marky Stewarts on Monday for a proper job in the oven with high fill primer then some Matte Black




    Stephen Wishart also made me a handbrake from scratch, all brackets are welded to the tunnel and overall a lot less spaced used over an off the shelf bolt in unit, cylinder will be here for it tomorrow (huge thanks to Fred Crawford Engineering for helping me with next day delivery) and then hopefully the lads at the motor gym will have the brakes re-plumbed on Sunday for this to operate.



    Whilst picking the car up from Wishart, I went up the road and collected these little beauties, Comp MO's 15" for road and hill climb use, they too will be getting deep fill primer and matte black on Monday



    More soon...

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    This arrived today, it's the .625 piston for the hydraulic stick to operate the rear brakes. The brakes need plumbed now to allow this to happen which the lads at The Motor Gym are doing tomorrow.



    Today saw the firewall fitted, seat belt clickers fitted, all carpets trimmed to fit neatly round the cage

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    before



    primed



    after pictures tomorrow

    The comp mo's are getting front and rear's painted, the stock wheels just the fronts done neatly as you can hardly see through the spokes so no real need to waste money and paint...

    Cage will get rubbed down and the car into oven to get masked up and the cage painted in the morning, I have gone off the idea of satin black also so watch this space...

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    Cage rubbed down and ready for paint



    Due to the angles and shape a good primer was apllied via rattle can



    And the same with the hydraulic stick lever



    I came home for an hour and arrived back to see the first coat in gloss black



    Applying the second coat



    Just before baking



    And back at the motor gym with the roof fitted (yes it does go up and down ok with the cage)



    On the handbrake front, it was decided that to do it right we need a separate reservoir pot for the piston, this will be ordered in the morning along with a fitting and FINGERS CROSSED be fitted on Friday night all going to plan.

    Wheels are now all gloss white and will be lifted on Thursday to get the 14" tyres back on for the weekend and then 15's on before the next outing all going to plan.

    Tomorrow sees the livery getting applied

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    Nearly there!

    Belfast Tyre Company fitted my 14's with some part worns I have and didn't even mark the soft paint (yes i put a finger print in them haha).

    wheels look so good in white i think personally, the lads at the motor gym done a big shift after hours tonight to help get more done to the car while i finished off some of the livery.

    Kaaz diff is now fitted thanks to raymond mason at rally hire and back into the car (proper tight)

    tomorrow will see the hydraulic plumbed in finally, interior all built up and all carpets back in again and a good drive on the road to bed the new diff bearings in and get the heat built up in it to bed the whole lot in





    more tomorrow...

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    Well after a manic week to get the car finished off and all ready for it's first event we finished it off at around 5pm yesterday (friday).

    soon after i took the car a good drive on twisty roads to bed the diff in, followed by driving tight figure of 8's in a large car park and then some more driving on country roads.

    the diff is rather tight indeed and driving slowish 3rd gear bends it clunks and creaks

    this morning i picked up the mechanic (who i asked to do a dual entry with me as a thank you for his efforts) and we set off to the auto test at North Down Grains.

    30 mins or so to get there, roof down on arrival and got the test diagrams at sign on, MY GOD i wasn't expecting a "charity event" and the first of the season to be so damn difficult.

    we started on test 2 which was the largest and toughest with 3 sections to it, i was ok on the first 2 areas but the last area was so complicated i failed twice in a row for going the wrong way.

    onto test one we went and it was much more open and more simple, we got 3 runs at it, i failed the first and then had two cracking runs (even with no handbrake as the lever broke on us) and the clutch starting slipping a little also but beat the mechanic.

    then back to test 2 for the 3rd run on it and i nailed it by getting it right which made my day as it was so complex but the mechanic beat me on this one lol

    Before:





    3c3ne points yo!!! not many scene cars with brake lines running inside



    team ginge for the win



    After: She likes it sideways AND dirty lol



    Until next time...


    Just saw the results

    2nd in class
    21st overall (out of 26)

    so overall I am pleased with my first event

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    Livery now fully complete thanks to the lads at Blackwatergraphics in Comber...





























    Thanks to:
    TheMotorGym
    UsedCarsNI
    BlackWaterGraphics
    Street Racer
    Track Skills
    Rally Hire
    MotoGlass Car Parts
    Wishart Motorsport Fabrication & Roll Cages
    Belfast Tyre Company
    Paintworx Body Shop

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    Images from the Cars Second event at Millisle airfield...

















    "Left, then right.. No, right, then left, and left again... No..."


    "Which ****in' way is left anyway again..."










    "Cooper is an AMATEUR!!!"

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    Images from the first event at North Down Grains...



    More: Used Cars NI MX5 at North Down Grain Auto Test - a set on Flickr


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    Well with my first hill climb on Saturday, I started into getting the wing fitted etc today...

    Tools required


    Some self tapping screws


    Some rivets


    wing in place


    bracket for the timing beam, splitter


    and the splitter fitted (huge thanks to Barry Griffin in Holywood for making this up at seriously short notice and within an hour delivered lol


    Also of great use today was gaffa tape to keep the broken wing mirror in place, hoover to get rid of the hedge inside the car, matt black paint to get the beam breaker the right colour and also gave the carpet a wee spruce up with the matt black

    Tomorrows plans:

    - sticker up wing
    - fit door number (# 4 for the event)
    - yellow tape the battery earth
    - cut and shut the B pillar plastics round the cage
    - ign off arrow on the steering column
    - let 20psi out of the rear wheels as 50psi won't be much use on the road
    - loosen rear brake pads as they are too tight for anything but auto testing
    - wash the thing a little
    - get the race suit dusted off and get an early night
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    Well today saw the car finished off...

    - battery earth wrapped yellow
    - ignition off sticker done
    - battery in boot sticker done
    - door number applied
    - Wishart Motorsport livery applied to cage
    - wing re stickered (Thanks to Andy at www,blackwatergraphics.com)
    - few learning plasters applied to the rash area's from my "off"
    - hand held extinguisher fitted (Thanks to Street Racer, Bangor for the loan of it)
    - fire proof gloves borrowed (Thanks to Pete at www.themotorgym.com)
    - tyre pressures sorted at 32 all round, 55 in the rear for testing isn't great on the roads
    - speed sender put back into gear box
    - in car camera borrowed and mounted (Thanks to Big J at PaceNotes for letting me steal it from his rally car)
    - B pillar plastics angle ground and butchered to fit in round the cage

    All in all, a very busy day to get her ready for scrutiny in the morning, but will be worth it...

    Andrew sizing up for the stickers


    plasters in place


    door number fitted


    safety stickers on dash


    extinguisher fitted (self tappers are a god send


    some stickers on cage as well as camera mount


    and a close up of the mount


    More tomorrow after the event...

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    Well today went great, was some craic and a little opposite lock lol

    Clutch was slipping like mad all day sadly but got 2nd in class just over 1 second behind the winner so overall I was a happy man

    Practice Run #2



    Thanks to the TSCC, marshals, rescue and all those who made the event possible, great fun...



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