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    Hi,

    I've been building an e21 for about 8 or so years now. I should've just finished it before starting my minitruck project this year, but if i applied logic to the things i do to cars/trucks, id probably not do any of it. so anyway, now I've got two projects on the go!

    Anyway, part of the reason its taken so long to build is that I change my mind on what i want ever year or two. Lately i've been yearning to get this...



    onto these...



    and getting it reeeally low, so theres been a bit of this...



    and am in the process of installing these...



    and these...



    on the inside i was going to go with these...





    but have now decided to just have front race seats and a cage, so i can do more of this, but at much higher speeds...



    the engine bay looked like this...



    but now im stealing that motor for my minitruck and will be replacing it with a motor with more go and less show.

    the exhaust comes out the side of the car like this...



    and sounds like this...



    here's where i got to last year...





    and ive got plenty more to cut out still before i start welding new stuff back in...

    ok hopefully thats enough to start my build thread for the little old e21. i do have a full build thread over on e21.net/forum but i think that site is locked for non-registered people so am going to post updates on here and there from here on out.

    as i said at the top, its a slow build and im not in a rush to finish it, so dont expect frequent or periodic updates


    nick

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    The got the 340i at Portlands Pacific Motor Sports... Tis one blows it out of the water...I think I wanna fuck it...

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    Lmao! ^^^

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    haha thanks... i think

    did a bit of trimming today, to make some clearance for the front tyres. byebye to this bit of the guard...



    (im gonna be running flares)
    Last edited by 340i; 04-12-2011 at 01:28 AM.

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    What box you running with that? You could always supercharge it, its dirt cheap considering the power gains.

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    its got a W58 (i think? might be a W57, i bought it years ago lol), so not really strong enough to last very long with blown power. its already making 193rwkw though (at a lazy 5200rpm haha), so has enough power for now anyway. i did have plans to turbo it, but have shelved that idea since my other project is taking up most of my time and money. the main goal at the moment is to get the suspension right, modify the body to suit it, then stuff like a 2 way LSD will come before power gains (its currenly running a viscous Nissan R200 out of a GTS-25T skyline)

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    What is that motor out of? It's going to be pretty nice when done.

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    thanks. its a front sump 1uz-fe (four litre quad cam v8), out of a Lexus LS400 / Toyota Celsior

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    You are officially my hero.
    Christof Goulart
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    Holy fuck

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    haha thanks guys.

    for a bit of background info on the suspension, here's my coilover thread from when i was working on it last year. ive got a few more plans for the front, like custom arms and a few other custom bits. im not sure if it will need a custom subframe too, but hopefully i can get away with not needing one for what i want to achieve.

    http://www.stanceworks.com/forums/showthread.php?t=7082

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    o.o......I just watched that little vid of the drifting...and was like...wtf..Props to you man. That little thing flies haha.

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    cheers mate, and yeah haha its pretty quick

    ok so a little side-build, which i hope you guys don't mind me posting...

    as i mentioned above, im changing it to a two seater, so no longer need the recaros. i also need some more seating for my flatmates birthday party this weekend, and i also wanted to practice my welding skills, sooooo.....

    i knocked this together....


    got myself a length (8m) of 40x40x2mm square section tube, cut it up and slapped it together


    my welding is getting a bit better, but still needs a bit of work, so its good to practice on things like this that don't need to be super perfect haha




    i drilled mounting holes on one side of the main cross beams, and holesawed the opposite sides so that the screws that secure the seat are hidden


    another random weld picture. bear with me, this is going somewhere...


    then a little bit of rattlecan primer...




    ta-daaaa...


    im quite happy with how i designed the legs. from most angles, they're not visible, so the seats sort of appear to hover




    what do you guys reckon? i think it needs drink holders? im not sure if i should call it the 'recarouch' or the 'recoucharo'

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    Definitely needs some drink holders, or fab up a bracket that holds a cooler underneath the seats to keep the brews nice and cold.

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    you mean a chilli bin?

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    ok time for an update. since im going two seater with this, i figured i may as well do a little trimming to the sheetmetal in the back of the car so that i can raise the subframe and enable good suspension geometry and good stance. im starting with the back end and then will do the front once all this is done.

    i had the rear subframe modified a few years back to fit a nissan R200 diff (and custom hubs, custom axles, big brakes, etc), but to raise it up what ive done so far is to bin the oem front mounts and weld in plates that will make it solid-mounted (it will be harsher, but idgaf lol). the rear pickup will be custom made.

    onto the pics...

    heres the oem mount, when i was going to have it 'flipped' and spaced. normally it is the other way up and there is no spacer.


    here is where im at now, spacer and mount gone, replaced by a triangle piece of steel with hole in it, welded in. i havent measured it, but think it might raise the subframe like 2-3" or so.



    to secure it, im using a crush tube and the original washer and nut (ill get a beefier one made up once the design is finalised, plus theres a bottom plate that goes on too)


    raising it this much helps reduce the rear camber a little, but needs a bit of trimming to make it fit (im going to weld stuff back in to strengthen it all up eventually)



    now to test fit with my wheel adaptors (5x120-5x114) and bits from my wheels im going to build





    the rear flares will be extended so there is less poke.

    and with the m5 replicas i was going to run (17x8)



    from here i found that i havent even nearly raised the subframe enough to solve the problem i wanted to fix. look at this filthy semi trailing arm angle!

    and the camber...


    so where im at now is i dropped the wheel down until the camber is how i want it, then measured the difference, and that will be how much extra i have to raise the subframe (another 3"... haha)


    from there, the axles will also be reasonably level and the diff has more ground clearance, which are bonuses.

    and thats it for today. comments and questions welcome

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    WOW! Impressive!

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    NOW I understand why thread subscriptions exist.... you do awesome work, love the minitruck too.

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    thanks guys

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    awesome bro, I didn't realize that so much was being done on the beemer while the minitruck was in the build as well... aaawesome!

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    So cool. Love to see more work.
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    Awesome

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    i did never realize you were the same guy behind this awesome minitruck i followed the story on Youtube and behind this crazy E21!
    Definitely great projectS but please, finish one of them! lol!
    Keep up the good work!

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