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RobinJI last won the day on October 18 2016

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  1. The 1.8t's are a rat's nest of pipework and wiring aren't they? My cage is coming along well. I've welded up all the roof level stuff, raised the cage back up into place and done the front strut-tower bracing on one side. Dropped down to weld round the top: All welded up: And the farward bracing: Once the front bracing's done it's time for door bars, then welding the feet into place, then the main hoop cross, then the rear legs, then gussets on the crosses and door bars.
  2. Elise seats do seem popular, but I don't think they're enough of a true bucket for what I'm after, plus I'm going to be using 6 point harnesses, which I don't think any of them work with. I fitted a set of sprints to someone's mini a while back and they were nice seats, but I want something composite really, and I remember them suiting the mini well, which means they're probably a bit upright for the 924. In quite liking the look of some of the cobras, but I'm not sure how well they'd suit being laid back. The Imola looks like it might work, but it's hard to tell from photos alone, and I'm not sure about width for me (although in a pretty average sized guy.)
  3. I can't say I'd noticed the price, that is a bit steep! How much smaller is the thread on the lower section? You may be able to helicoil it down to the right thread to suit the lower portion of the stick if it's close. My cage is coming along, I've got the main hoop, front legs and windscreen bar tacked into their final place, dropped the roof X bracing off to be bent, and cut and marked up the door bars and a-pillar supports ready to drop them off for bending. Once the roof bracing's back from bending (it should be done tomorrow) I can drop the cage through the holes in the floor and fully weld all the joints at roof-level. The tape's to work out the tube position/routing. I also realised I need to find a new seat, the one I've got's designed to be sat more upright than I can get away with (if I want any headroom), so when I lean it back enough my knees get kicked up too high. I don't suppose any of you MX5 guys have any experience with seats that suit a low roof line?
  4. You could buy one of these mike, or do you not want a short shift? (mx5's aren't exactly crying out for one unless you extend the stick) If you don't mind the fact it'd be pretty permenant, filling the knobs thread with epoxy would be strong enough to take a new thread, especially if you used an epoxy with some structural fillers (like chemical metal).
  5. Glad to see an update on binky. They are moving at a snail's pace, but I enjoy the process as much as the finished result, so I still like watching it. There's a thread on retrorides about a mazda RX3 restoration that's similar, endless tangents, crazy home made tools and amazing skills, but very little progress with the car. It's still a good read even if they guy's years away from finishing it. The last couple of evenings I've finished off my tube notcher: Got the cages a-pillar bars fitting nicely: And I did a few practice welds with different techniques: Getting there.
  6. Haha! 'experts' like that can be hilarious sometimes. The car's looking good Tom! I finished welding up the last of the rust in the 924 a week or 2 ago, so I finally pulled my finger out and got the tubes for the cage ordered, then got the guy in the next unit to stick some bends in them for me. I'm really happy with the fit so far: I've got a couple of bits in the post to finish a tube notcher I'm making, then I can get really stuck in putting a whole lot more tube in there!
  7. I can't see the IVA thing being too big of a deal, any hint of those 3 letters has always got all the hot rod guys throwing toys and making huge assumptions left right and centre. My guess is it'll carry on pretty much as is, but if your car's modified you won't get MOT exemption, and if you lie and say it's not, you'll get in deep shit. Which seems fair enough. Personally I'd rather they just left it as it is, as the more segregated as a 'historic vehicle' our old cars become, the easier it will be when they eventually decide to restrict their use like they do in some parts of Europe. I'd rather pay tax, go through an MOT and know I can jump in my car anytime I like, than get some free stuff but be told where and when I can drive. I can't help think the government have got some bigger fires of their own causing to worry about rather than dicking around changing needless regulations about a handful of old cars.
  8. This is basically what I was badly describing. All the black circles are the existing pivots that you probably don't want to mess around with moving. If you get the inner track rod as close to this position as possible, all's good. I know you say you're not arsed about performance, but the the car being on air may exaggerate any issues, because you're using more travel more often than most people will. If you can't achieve this width with a rack you can get your hands on, then it being too short is better than it being too long. Like Adam says, parallel to the lower arm's likely to be close, as most cars have the steering arms quite low, putting the track rod end not far off in line with the lower arm.
  9. @Tom Booth It depends what height the rack's mounted at, and what type of suspension it's got. If it's a double wishbone like I think most of those yank tanks were, then you want the inner track rod end on a line drawn through the 2 wishbones inner pivots. Height wise you want the inner and outer track rod ends the same distance between the wishbone pivots. So if the steering arm puts the outer TRE 1/3rd of the way between the top and bottom ball joints, the inner TRE wants to be 1/3rd of the way between the wishbones inner pivots, on a line drawn between them. Hopefully that makes some sense! Oh yeah, nearly forgot that as the steering arm will be offset from the line of the top/bottom ball joints, (to give ackerman), the inner TRE will need offsetting from the position I described by the same amount.
  10. It was a great car. Really nice to drive in a quiet, comfortable way, and a nice mix of being modern enough to feel comfortable, smooth and effortless, but old enough to be mostly mechanical enough to fix at home and keep going for years if you wanted. (not that anything really went wrong with it in my ownership) I only sold it because it was immaculate, and I was finding myself wanting something I didn't have to worry about so much. Plus I wanted something that was less of a barge in the narrow back roads around here, and preferably a bit kinder on the wallet to run. A £600 diesel e36 fitted that bill nicely.
  11. Yeah, it seems very intuitive in how it handles, it never feels intimidating to throw into a corner. The big side-walls probably help that too. This is my first e36. I had an e61 525d before it, which was great, but very much just a mode of transport. You might be thinking of Boumsong who also has a Scirocco, and I seem to remember having a 328i after it.
  12. Sadly is just a 318tds, so very unexciting in a straight line but bloody cheap to trundle around in. It sticks surprisingly well in the corners though, which makes it hilariously point and shoot to drive, and really satisfying to throw down a twisty road.
  13. I know this was a while ago, but I'm not sure you went to the same show as me!? I really enjoyed it and thought there was a really cool varied turnout. Speed hunters just put up a good write up too: I'm a little biased though, as it always doubles as a chance to catch up with some great friends I've made through retro rides. For the record, I didn't take my e36 and add to the handful that were there, I jumped in the orange Datsun's passenger seat. I hadn't seen your post saying you were going or it would be been cool to say hello. Also, I cleaned the daily wagon earlier, and realised it was the first time since I'd fitted the suspension, so I may as well chuck a picture up. Although compared to the M3 above it's definitely at the crappy end of the e36 spectrum!
  14. A quick photo dump from an evening last week since I just got the film back:
  15. I've also seen labels printed on paper then placed under clear, adhesive heatshrink, which seems an easier DIY to a similar result, although you'd want to print on something flexible ideally I guess.