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G1.21 Karl's Ultra-slow Project - Trackday Toy - 30th January 2018, 12:17 PM

I'll start where I left off before Photobucket killed the Internet.

So - I had a car that worked, but kinda didn't work sometimes, but would have been quite easy to fix so that it did work...
The obvious thing to do was to strip it completely to a shell and moan about it for 3 years...

I stripped it back to a shell with glass in, and got as much of the seam sealer and tar pad things off it as I could -





Chopped the boot floor out and bonded in a piece of aluminium honeycomb cored composite.
Got hold of a T45 LRS rear cage in a terrible colour for a decent price (I'm at least the 4th owner that I know of!).

Offset the decent price by buying a MIG plant so I could weld some plates in the car for it...



Refurbished rear subframe with tubular rose jointed control arms that I made, and my own design spherical bearing trailing arm mounts.
R56 trailing arms treated with Alocrom 1000 chromate surface converion (yeah yeah...), R56 hubs, lower eccentric adjuster deleted,
Whiteline 20mm ARB with Superpro bushes -





I bought some awesome new wheels for it - over paid slightly at 30 - but they are so awesome I just couldn't say no.
The fitment is perfect too. Just the right amount of arch gap -



Popped it on a trailer -



Had a bit of paint thrown at it (and a new windscreen) -







And got it back to its garage -





Doesn't look too bad! The finish is a bit gritty inside where there were loose bits hiding in crevices that came out while painting,
but the majority of it is smooth and its all glossy. All comes down to cost at the end of the day...

Here is the main cabin loom while I was working my way through it. Not taken loads of stuff out, but have shed a good few kilograms,
and I've re-taped it to make it look presentable -

  
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Default 30th January 2018, 03:56 PM

Brill, a lot of hard work is going into that. Looking forward to seeing the end result.


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Default Karl's Ultra-slow Project - Trackday Toy - 30th January 2018, 04:58 PM

Thanks for the update, really admire your work


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Default 2nd February 2018, 07:16 AM

Thanks! It's taken absolutely forever to get this far. Shameful really.
Having the GP to play with has made this project feel a little less urgent.

I've g lots of bits built up ready to bolt on now, so progress should pick up speed a little.
  
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Default 3rd February 2018, 10:44 AM

I would love to do this only if I had the time! Hows your nice GP? Ive never seen a 1st or 2nd gen GP on the road and they are super rare.


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Default Karl's Ultra-slow Project - Trackday Toy - 3rd February 2018, 10:54 AM

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I would love to do this only if I had the time! Hows your nice GP? Ive never seen a 1st or 2nd gen GP on the road and they are super rare.
If I had the money I'd be doing it very differently. Would have had it acid dipped instead for a start. Wizzing bits off with a wire knot wheel on an angle grinder isn't fun.

GP is ok - I've only ever seen one other out in the wild since owning it, and hadn't seen another for a good while before either. Oddly I do see a lot of GP2 about.

It's my daily, so it's slowly getting ruined, but nothing that can't be restored. Once I get a new house and garage sorted I'm going to drop all the underside out of it, refurb the subframes etc. Interior is getting a bit creaky too, so that'll all have to come out at some point and reassembled with anti vibration tape etc. There's always stuff to do, never enough time.

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Default Karl's Ultra-slow Project - Trackday Toy - 9th February 2018, 09:30 AM

Got some powder coating done -



If I keep doing all the little bits I want to do straight away I'll never get the car finished.
I have 80% designed some fully adjustable tubular front wishbones with new rear mounts etc, but I just haven't got the time or money to get them finished at the moment.
As a stop gap I have bought a pair of Alta PSRS to use. Made new stainless sleeves (that actually fit tightly onto the hex), and welded them on -



Test fit onto subfame to see where my drop links will attach to the wishbones -



Borrowed my girlfriends toothbrush and cleaned the rubber door and boot seals -



Also made some adjustable control arms for my friends TT track car -



...which he was very happy with!

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Default 11th February 2018, 03:57 PM

Wow, looks like you are doing a really thorough job.
  
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