So envious, she looks stunning.
So envious, she looks stunning.
I'm sure you could fine fault.
Anyway, get your finger out.
MOT passed with an advisory on a split tyre, which I tried to have changed this morning, but the tyre shop ordered the wrong one. Two new Contis next week.
It was nice to drive it again, quite enlightening. First impressions;
The clutch is much lighter than I remembered, in fact, light that the GF's 320d!
Gearbox, very slick.
The steering, with E46M3 rack, is lighter than I remembered the stock rack to be but very direct being quicker than stock.
The brakes have a rock solid pedal, easy to modulate and powerful.
The overall lack of inertia in changing direction, even at modest speeds.
Jobs to do;
The engine needs mapping, very ropey! And quite NOISY
Wheel alignment, next week.
Tyres, Next week.
Find a way to stop the airbox rubbing on the bonnet! Any ideas, anyone?
A good polish and clean inside and out!!!
Hey Steve, glad to hear the car is alive again and a joy to drive even if it is not 100% yet.
The box issue on the bonnet. On my track car i removed some of the bonnet support, but i know you don't want to do that. Others use a foam padding. You could always lower the engine slightly, a realistic option i think.
Great write up Steve. I am currently beginning my restoration and your write up gives me inspiration. Great looking car, and superb work.
shes come a long way. Cheers
Long time no update...
I have been renovating a hew house, so the car has taken a back seat. On top of that I have been working away from home for the past 7months, so that got in the way too.
Had a couple of weeks off so after finishing the DIY I choose to give it a wash and take a look at the alarm non-arming issue which turned out to be the boot switch not fully depressing.
Had a wash...
And off to bed...
When I return in 8weeks or so I have a few jobs to get done.
1, Stop the airbox rubbing on the bonnet.
3, Alloy wheel refurb.
4, Wheel alignment
5, New brake pad abutment plates to allow the use of CP3215 pad shapes
6, Fit some kind of iPod compatible ICE (nothing to glitzy if possible)
7, A good detailing session
8, Drive the wheels off it:D
Great to see her finished Steve, Beautiful.
I have followed your work through the years, it is a stunning strive you gone through to get it 100%, but it is a special car that affects to the soul.
It is nice to see it is finalised, great work!
So, time for an update. I have been back from overseas for four weeks now and in between jobs on the home, I pushed on with the ToDo List.
I also went to a 315 front disc, from 330mm. This is more in line with my end state for the brakes. Saves 1kg!
Also fitted a thicker rear spring pad to even up the ride height.
By the end of tomorrow it will be road legal for the first time in 5 1/2 years!!
Great Job, Steve!
Enjoy point 8 on your list...
Wheel alignment done
Get the dreaded tax disc and I am legal!
I seem to have a charging issue though. 13.2v according to the ECU software. To be investigated tomorrow.
Off to the dyno Tues 16th Oct.
Probably blow up knowing my luck!!
29.5mm GpA head with 38.5/32.5mm valves
292/284 timed 102/106
11.9:1 compression Grp A rep pistons
Long runner CF airbox
550cc@3bar injector run with 3.5bar
50/55 header and twin 50mm two muffler exhaust
Motec M800 with COP, and Knock control.
What do you all think?
I will offer a prize (from my expansive spare parts collection) for the closest guess at corrected RWHP.
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