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  • SM S14: Hacking more of my car together

    Getting deep into the pre-season rush, since my first race is on the 22nd (Feb). Just thought I'd post some updates of what's going on in my garage.




    If you look closely, you'll notice how horribly deformed the radiator core support is. That would be because the car was backed into or rear ended a truck. Either way, it's not pretty. You can really tell how bad it is in the following pics:




    The core support for the Panda was marginally better, so while I had everything apart, I figured I'd splice the good in for the bad. The bad part is that the headlight and hood latch brackets were cut on the Panda to fit the radiator in per SCCA SM rules (can't cut more than 1lb off, so no bumper support notching). It ended up being a bit more work than necessary, but the end result is much better than when I bought the car:



    You can still tell where I spliced it in. I'll probably grind it down a bit more, but at the moment, I just need to get the car started.






    On the inside, I finally finished wiring in the E-Manage Ultimate. McMaster sells some nice woven wrap-around wire sleeving. I highly recommend. The downside is anything longer than 3ft. you have to use the meshy braided sleeving (which I think Carl has on his car).
    ID Bundle Dia. Range Wall Thick. 3-ft. Lengths Each
    3 / 16 ............ 1 / 16 to 3 / 16 ..................... 0.024 ........ 2649K41 . . . . $3.95
    5 / 16 ............ 3 / 16 to 5 / 16 ..................... 0.024 ........ 2649K42 . . . . 4.98
    1 / 2 ............ 5 / 16 to 1 / 2 ..................... 0.024 ........ 2649K43 . . . . 6.24
    3 / 4 ............1 / 2 to 3 / 4 .....................0.024 ........ 2649K44 . . . . 8.80
    1 ............ 3 / 4 to 1 ..................... 0.024 ........ 2649K45 . . . . 10.98
    1 1 / 2 ............1 to 1 3 / 4 ..................... 0.024 ........ 2649K46 . . . . 13.65

    Anyways, my new FMIC is getting chopped in half to fit with the stock core and bumper supports, making a 28x7x3" 10-row core. Hopefully I'll get it today and be able to start the car up this weekend! The rest of the engine setup should be plug and play:


    -PJ
    Last edited by AceInHole; 02-01-2008, 11:19 AM.

  • #2
    Originally posted by AceInHole View Post
    Getting deep into the pre-season rush, since my first race is on the 22nd (Feb).
    Lucky bastard! Let us know how it goes.

    Car looks like it's starting to shape up, though. Hopefully it can match the badass-ness of the old one.

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    • #3
      Finished off a bit more of the engine harness:



      I'm loving this woven loom crap. Definitely going to have to get more of it, although I think I should've run the spiral bundling wrap on the larger part of the harness.

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      • #4
        yesss ur back :P Looking forward to this hehe
        "hexa-dodecahedron-triple-threaded-super-eleventy-way-adjustment-spec" dampers. -Def

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        • #5
          More hacking, but on the other car. Getting ready to have it picked up by the junkyard





          It still had a full tank of gas since we hadn't made it all that far from home before we were hit last year.

          Just have to cut the roof off to splice into the new car in order to delete the fugly ass aftermarket sunroof. I'm still not sure why I bought the new car other than it was $800.

          Anyways, almost there... just some crazy fab work untill I can reap the benefits of having a racecar.

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          • #6
            YourNeighborsArePissed.com

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            • #7
              hey i dont mind if u mail me the s14 front spindles/wheelbearings/etc... lol.. i kind of want them hehe
              "hexa-dodecahedron-triple-threaded-super-eleventy-way-adjustment-spec" dampers. -Def

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              • #8
                Are you going to the National event in Cecil, GA? It'll be my first national event. Looks like your cutting it pretty close. Hope everything goes well.
                Addicted to Motorsports

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by 2Fass240us
                  YourNeighborsArePissed.com
                  As long as they're not throwing rocks at my cars.... so far everyone that's stopped by has been pretty cool. I've lived on this street all my life (except for the stint in an apartment before getting a full-time job), so I know most of the neighbors, and they're used to me building **** from when I was 5 :P

                  I've gotta find a condo/ townhouse with a big enough garage that I can hide projects like this

                  Originally posted by a_ahmed View Post
                  hey i dont mind if u mail me the s14 front spindles/wheelbearings/etc... lol.. i kind of want them hehe
                  The driver's side wheel bearing was toast, and fell apart when I took it off. I'm not sure if I can even salvage the spindle....

                  Originally posted by ckcadavona
                  Are you going to the National event in Cecil, GA? It'll be my first national event. Looks like your cutting it pretty close. Hope everything goes well.
                  Yup. We came in 1st/ 4th last year. Hoping to better that with a 1st/ 2nd this year. Another friend is going down with his Civic (a repeat National Championship trophy winner) so it should be interesting, as he has around 10 years of development in his car vs my car currently not even running :P

                  Hoping to have everything up and running by mid-week this week. I've got a lot of welding to do before starting it up, though.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by AceInHole View Post
                    Just have to cut the roof off to splice into the new car in order to delete the fugly ass aftermarket sunroof. I'm still not sure why I bought the new car other than it was $800.
                    Could you PLEASE take some pics as you do this. I too have a ****ty aftermarket sunroof and want to try to splice a new roof in at some point.

                    You would be my hero!

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                    • #11
                      My plan of attack for the sunroof delete is to splice in a stock roof panel cut from the other car, then glue/ weld in the frame peice (which i think is just to add material so the roof doesn't resonate).

                      I'm planning on making some flange peices so that I'll be able to keep the roof panel flush with the existing roof, then throw some tack welds in for added security. Everything will be bonded together (window weld most likely) to seal it from the elements, and then I'll fill the crack with epoxy and smooth it before adding paint and primer.



                      I'll try to remember to snag some pics at each step... but I'm focused more on getting it done so that I can tackle other projects that need to be done before heading out to GA.

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                      • #12
                        Hmmm interesting, I would have figured you would take the entire roof off the old car to put on the new car.

                        SUPPOSEDLY, its not that hard to do



                        Drill out a few spot welds and the roof pops off.

                        Here is a Honda roof re-skin.

                        http://www.performanceforum.com/wesv...roof/roof.html

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                        • #13
                          the edges of the roof are sealed into the window frames and pillars. It'd be cleaner to do the entire roof, but it would take too long for my current time constraints. down the road I might redo it with a new panel.... but I'm betting I'll have a new car by then.

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                          • #14
                            Interesting, I wonder if Ryan's diagram applies to the S13. The only guy I know who's done it successfully cut the skin off (not sure how much, but certainly not what Ryan posted), had it welded, etc.

                            My aluminum panel w/rivets and silicone looks like crap compared to the "right way."

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by 2Fass240us View Post
                              IMy aluminum panel w/rivets and silicone looks like crap compared to the "right way."
                              Post a pic of your setup Andy.

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