Not a lot to report at the moment. Car is taking a bit longer than anticipated for the charge piping. Long story short, the main UK distributor for Vibrant Performance components went into administration the same week the car was dropped off, so we've been waiting for the new legal entity to be formed so that we can put in an order for parts we need to finish the job off. Sod's law saw that our timing there was impeccable
I started to get bored and, given we've got another nice weather snap, I decided to order in some carbon fibre sheet and a small selection of permagrit tools, so I could get on a make myself up a nice dash mount for the ECU CAL switches.
Given that this is a race car and I have zero plans to run a cabin heater, I decided to re-purpose the ports. My SuperS center console is not available since it's in the car, so I used my later facelift dash as a working model. Fits perfectly and will enable easy changes to the traction control and map tunes as required plus, there's a spare for anything else I decide to use in the future. Labels will go in the bottom section once I've got some vinyl letting in
Not much to report on the charge piping side of things. Vibrant are now shipping hardware to the newly formed Evoke Performance (formerly known as BTN Performance), so my order has left the USA at least. Hopefully it won't be long before some fabrication can get underway and I can finally get on with the build.
While waiting, I decided to get some gear in to treat the SuperS shell to some corrosion protection. It's a solid shell and I want to keep it that way for as long as possible, but there are a few areas that could do with a once over. So, I had some discussion with the guys at Bilthamber and put in an order for a selection of various gloop. Picking up the tin of Electrox is funny being that it's basically a lump of zinc in a tin
Just a quick heads up to say, the car's being collected next Saturday.
The astute members among us will immediately realise that's JAE weekend but, I have far too much on at the moment to be able to attend and it's the last chance in a good few months that I'll get to collect it.
Engine bay pics of the completed work to be expected
Finally got the car back yesterday. It took way way longer than anticipated and has set me back a long way for this year's plans. However, it's back and I have a hoard of parts to get stuck into. For now, the car needs a good wash and a vacuum inside before I can get make some much needed progress towards it being mechanically complete.
For all those who were waiting patiently for some engine bay shots, here's one I took as it rolled into the garage
And another showing a bit more detail into the much improved charge pipe routing and construction. Zero chance of blowing a hose off this time around!
Powder coating back and loosely assembled to see what it looks like. Needs some decent bolts on the slam panel and intercooler to make it 100%.
Turbo oil feed is going back to a banjo affair, otherwise it will clash with the Aspect bonnet vent.
Turbine housing needs to be sent off to Zircotec to be coated. I've got a full loom, dash and some bits to collect from Matt Humphris, so I'll drop that off since they're only a stone's throw away from his workshop.
Can anyone spot the saw thumb? Yup, that blue lower rad hose just HAS to go. Yes, and the nasty top clamp on the top rad hose too
To finish, there's some more parts worming their way over from Japan. The March plastic headlights currently on the car are honestly a bit long in the tooth. One of the grille mounts has snapped and they are a bit yellow, so I snagged a much nicer set on Yahoo Auctions as well as a brand new 'old stock' grille from a March G#