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SuperS Forged Turbo Build

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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 :LOL:

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 :)

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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 :LOL:

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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 :)
 
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In preparation of the SuperS coming back to me this weekend, it's time to start stripping the old shell down further.

Brakes off, which thankfully didn't require me to break out the impact wrench 😋

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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 :)

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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!

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Slam panel / intercooler bracket and charge piping dropped off for powder coating.

It's a good feeling to be making some much needed progress!
 
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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%.

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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 :p

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# :)

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Not much of an update. I cleaned out the intercooler and charge pipes post fabrication to flush out any grime. Fitted a fresh set of JDM March plastic headlights, as the other set had sadly yellowed too much and were covered in micro cracks which, if I ever bother to MOT this thing, would be an instant fail.

The original loom has been ripped out, as it's sadly suffered from old age and isn't viable to repair. So, this is as clean as the engine bay will ever look.

It's getting a full coilpack loom transplant as I'll be using the later coilpack dash and speedo binnacle. It won't please the SuperS purists but I like the later dash for switch placements and this build is about pure function.

I landed a new job a few weeks ago, so as a present to myself, I replaced all the OEM carbon steel fasteners for the rocker cover, wings, headlights. slam panel and intercooler for a bunch of Ti fasteners from RSR.

Next, it's over to the inside of the car to finish gutting the loom and removing the dash, center console etc before swapping everything over. The later coilpack car is donating a fair bit of gear that's done less miles. Namely the steering column, so I can use a decent set of non sun faded stalks, wiper mechanism so I don't have to put up with wipers that squeal continually.

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A black bolero dash be lovely in that if ur into the facelift set up
It’s way nicer
I know what you mean. I've got just a bone stock grey dash going in for the moment, as anything fancy in that area is extremely low on the list.

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I know what you mean. I've got just a bone stock grey dash going in for the moment, as anything fancy in that area is extremely low on the list.

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A yea I fully understand you it’s not a major thing on list at the moment, but would look cool,

Personally I don’t like the flocked dash or parts thing
Looks tacky in my opinion

Shiny plastic is always a win
 
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A yea I fully understand you it’s not a major thing on list at the moment, but would look cool,

Personally I don’t like the flocked dash or parts thing
Looks tacky in my opinion

Shiny plastic is always a win
True but my motivation is to avoid any screen reflections, so flock or some Milano faux suede will be where I'll eventually go with it.
 
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