June 29, 2013 8:19 p.m.

Some days... the Tubing Gods smile upon me and all the joints fit up nice. Today was such a day. The driver's side door bars are all ready for welding. I ran out of 1.75" hole saws at 8PM or the passenger side might have been done too. Time for a Troegs Pils.

fasted58 PowerDork
June 29, 2013 8:23 p.m.

nice

mad_machine MegaDork
June 29, 2013 9:36 p.m.

looks very nice. M3?

JoeyM MegaDork
June 29, 2013 9:54 p.m.
Giant Purple Snorklewacker wrote:

That's really nice.....I wish all my clearances were nice and tight like that when I made stuff.

June 29, 2013 9:57 p.m.
mad_machine wrote: looks very nice. M3?

It's a build to compete in BMWCCA's I-Sport (IS) class. So, E36, with M3 powertrain & brakes, 3.64 gears, open suspension (no sphericals though :( ). The motor has to be stock and no aero is allowed. THere is a minimum weight too so leaving working side glass was not really a penalty (good for resale to DE guys too).

It also is a side play for the new BMWCCA endurance series - a mostly stock car will be reliable and sip fuel, go easy on the rubber (or so goes my theory anyway). It makes a lot if sense when compared to my C Mod E30 (which is hell on consumables with the S54 in it).

nicksta43 Dork
June 29, 2013 10:45 p.m.

There is zero reasons why this shouldn't be in the Build Projects forum.

June 29, 2013 11:10 p.m.
nicksta43 wrote: There is zero reasons why this shouldn't be in the Build Projects forum.

I'm too lazy to put up more than 3 pics since February?

ransom UltraDork
June 30, 2013 1:42 a.m.

Beautiful! Looking forward to updates (or race reports, if you skip to that...)

JoeyM MegaDork
June 30, 2013 1:48 a.m.
Giant Purple Snorklewacker wrote:
nicksta43 wrote: There is zero reasons why this shouldn't be in the Build Projects forum.

I'm too lazy to put up more than 3 pics since February?

I'll move it if you want. Just let me know.

nicksta43 Dork
June 30, 2013 9:10 a.m.
Giant Purple Snorklewacker wrote:
nicksta43 wrote: There is zero reasons why this shouldn't be in the Build Projects forum.

I'm too lazy to put up more than 3 pics since February?

And what I meant by that is we all want to know every little detail about this transformation with tons of pictures

shadetree30 Reader
June 30, 2013 10:36 a.m.

Beautiful job, GPS

June 30, 2013 10:46 a.m.
shadetree30 wrote: Beautiful job, GPS

Heh, don't say that until I finish the other side! I just threw away 46" (read: $15) of tubing with an overzealous notch. Today is not going as smoothly as yesterday at all. Thats what I get for gloating before the job is done.

LanEvo New Reader
June 30, 2013 11:03 a.m.

Great job!

It's hard to tell from the pics, but are the seat mounts tied into the cage? Looks like they may be.

Streetwiseguy UltraDork
June 30, 2013 11:10 a.m.
Giant Purple Snorklewacker wrote:
shadetree30 wrote: Beautiful job, GPS

Heh, don't say that until I finish the other side! I just threw away 46" (read: $15) of tubing with an overzealous notch. Today is not going as smoothly as yesterday at all. Thats what I get for gloating before the job is done.

Wrong attitude. You just precut a 44" piece for the next job.

June 30, 2013 12:14 p.m.
LanEvo wrote: Great job! It's hard to tell from the pics, but are the seat mounts tied into the cage? Looks like they may be.

No - they aren't done yet at all. The seat is on a square tube mount at the factory floor bolts just to make sure it will fit back in and to ensure the door tubing isn't getting in the driver's way. I've driven other people's cars with tight door bars that whack you in the elbow when working the wheel hard. Can't have that.

Once I finish the mandatory cage and safety (nets, fire system, cutoff wiring) and get a pass from tech I'll do all the niceties like subframe/swaybar reinforcement and seat rails, roll center/bump steer correction and so on. It might be someone else's car by then so I also don't want to do permanent work that limits the audience. I'm only racing this one until someone buys it (unless I sell off the other one).

Slippery Reader
June 30, 2013 12:47 p.m.

The cage is looking great!

Where did you tie it out back? To the shock mount?

Appleseed UltimaDork
June 30, 2013 1:47 p.m.

Did you have to use your AK?

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