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  1. Thanks dude, I’ve found if you go slow u can work through just about any problem just have to stay a few steps ahead of the metal.
  2. Back to rust/sheet metal repairs today. The upper section of the windshield frame had a couple small rust holes...I guess I could have patched them but I decided to replace the entire upper section. First, I ordered a piece of 20 gauge that was 48” long so I could make it in one piece. Next, I put it on a four foot brake to form the angle for the flange. Then it was time to form the compound curves with a shrinker/stretcher. Once all that was done I drilled off all the spot welds and cut the frame out just under the bend that forms the upper body contour. I carefully trimmed my patch piece to ensure I had an equal (tight) gap and then slowly welded it in place. A little metal finishing and voila a new upper windshield frame.
  3. Okay, Ive been issued a challenge. I want a #ZStory exhaust for my S30 RB25 build. I guess if I was going to run an OEM boost level I could use Sean Dezart's 2.5" system and be very happy. Problem is, I'm going to turn the boost up a little so I'd really prefer to get my gases flowing through a 3" system. Sean suggest I go with one of the systems thats already available from other S30 specialist, problem is every time I see his system I start drooling uncontrollably whereas every time I look at one of those "brand X" systems I nearly loose my lunch. There is literally no comparison between these art versus farts! I continued to press Sean and he says the market fo a 3" system is too small but I disagree since I believe this is the perfect system for high-boost RB builds as well as LS builds and god knows there are lots of these builds and many more being documented here as well as on the forums. Sean challenged me to convince him there was a lager market so here is my start to do so. How many of my fellow S30 retromod fanatics would be interested in seeing Sean and Zstory create some artwork for the underside of our beasts? I'm #1 on the list...let get a group buy together to convince him to undertake our challenge. John Bontrager, I hope you don't mind if I share your post here since you have put up such awesome photos of Sean's work. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2144201412325896&set=pcb.1030458513821437&type=3&theater
  4. Okay, Ive been issued a challenge. I want a #ZStory exhaust for my S30 RB25 build. I guess if I was going to run an OEM boost level I could use Sean Dezart's 2.5" system and be very happy. Problem is, I'm going to turn the boost up a little so I'd really prefer to get my gases flowing through a 3" system. Sean suggest I go with one of the systems thats already available from other S30 specialist, problem is every time I see his system I start drooling uncontrollably whereas every time I look at one of those "brand X" systems I nearly loose my lunch. There is literally no comparison between these art versus farts! I continued to press Sean and he says the market fo a 3" system is too small but I disagree since I believe this is the perfect system for high-boost RB builds as well as LS builds and god knows there are lots of these builds and many more being documented here as well as on the forums. Sean challenged me to convince him there was a lager market so here is my start to do so. How many of my fellow S30 retromod fanatics would be interested in seeing Sean and Zstory create some artwork for the underside of our beasts? I'm #1 on the list...let get a group buy together to convince him to undertake our challenge. John Bontrager, I hope you don't mind if I share your post here since you have put up such awesome photos of Sean's work. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2144201412325896&set=pcb.1030458513821437&type=3&theater
  5. Okay, Ive been issued a challenge. I want a #ZStory exhaust for my S30 RB25 build. I guess if I was going to run an OEM boost level I could use Sean Dezart's 2.5" system and be very happy. Problem is, I'm going to turn the boost up a little so I'd really prefer to get my gases flowing through a 3" system. Sean suggest I go with one of the systems thats already available from other S30 specialist, problem is every time I see his system I start drooling uncontrollably whereas every time I look at one of those "brand X" systems I nearly loose my lunch. There is literally no comparison between these art versus farts! I continued to press Sean and he says the market fo a 3" system is too small but I disagree since I believe this is the perfect system for high-boost RB builds as well as LS builds and god knows there are lots of these builds and many more being documented here as well as on the forums. Sean challenged me to convince him there was a lager market so here is my start to do so. How many of my fellow S30 retromod fanatics would be interested in seeing Sean and Zstory create some artwork for the underside of our beasts? I'm #1 on the list...let get a group buy together to convince him to undertake our challenge. John Bontrager, I hope you don't mind if I share your post here since you have put up such awesome photos of Sean's work. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2144201412325896&set=pcb.1030458513821437&type=3&theater
  6. Okay, the project for today was to finish mocking up the front suspension. First, I removed the OEM crossmember and installed an Apex Engineered crossmember with tension rod stiffeners/braces. I can’t say enough good about this component assembly, it fits and looks good doing so. Next, I cut the top of my strut towers and welded in my T3 camber plates. The T3 camber plates are not “out of the box” compatible with my BC Coilovers and the hardware T3 supplies to allow the use of their camber plates with the BC stuff is good but I wanted to use the BC hardware so it had to be modified. I put the strut nuts and upper locator bushing on the lathe and turned them down so they would fit in the T3 camber plate (BC was 17.91mm and inner diameter of the T3 camber plate bearing is 15.84mm) once the nut sleeve and sleeve on the upper bushing was turned down to 15.75 they fit snug. Then I reassembled and reinstalled the BC Coilovers and did a rough alignment to ensure I was able to get specs...I have plenty of adjustability and I’m sure once this stuff finally gets installed permanently and put on an alignment machine we will get well within specs. I’m still waiting on Apex to supply my custom outer tie rods, then I will remove the rack (again) and clean it up, repair as necessary, paint and install new inner tie rods, boots and the new Apex out tie rods.
  7. Thanks! Trying to stay on track. Its a long road to go but the shiny bits help me stay motivated!
  8. Today’s project was to build up my axles. After waiting a good length of time T3 got me the correct axles and CV boots for my differential conversion. I dismantled everything about two months ago. I painted all the parts yesterday...I also took the stub shafts out to the airport today to deal with the hammer damage from the hacks that removed the axles prior to my purchase. I put the stub shafts on the lathe and turned down the ends where the hack hammered them into submission. Then I returned home and assembled them.
  9. Haven’t weighed anthing yet bet the Carbon hatch is probably 15-20lbs lighter than the steel hatch. I’m guessing a total weight savings of 50lbs
  10. Yesterday the boxes from Retro-Spec Carbon started to arrive. The first box contained my rear hatch. I unboxed it and was happy to find it undamaged. The quality of the construction is very nice with on two very small areas noticeable in the weave where the cloth overlapped. Today’s delivery included the balance (hopefully) of my parts: hood, fenders, headlight buckets, front and rear BRE spoilers and wiper cowl. I’ll unbox on Friday when I return from work trip. I also received photos of my new calipers that are being color-match painted.
  11. Thanks amigo! You should, it’s only getting more valuable!
  12. This morning’s project was the last bit of sheet metal work on the left side of the car. There was an area of damage/rust on the driver’s floor board. The area measured 11”x7” it it was right in the middle of the contoured pressed into the original floor board. This meant if I wanted to match the existing structure I would have to recreate these. I bought a bead roller from Jegs but since I’ve never used one before there was a bit of a learning curve. All in all I pleased with the results...
  13. The windage tray I attached to the previous post from yesterday is a completely new fabricated part. The louvers are reversed from the original to compensate for the pan/sump being reversed. I’m gonna try to be a little more active with my post cuz I think it helps keep me motivated! Thanks for following my thread!
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