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#161 JDWhiteWRX

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Posted 28 August 2018 - 08:46 AM

Good, yeah still have that nugget its my daily now, have a XV and now a 2017 STI that will take delivery this week. Having a look for some stock rims for it thats why I'm here but MSR was able to hook me up. Bought it to flip but not sure if I will keep it. I actually was looking for a STI Levorg.

 

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Kid carrier, $10k from auctions and I modded it of course.

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Wondering where the rexnet remnants wound up. 

 

Still have that Cartigan Volvo tractor? Guess you still have your stormtrooper. Going to Subynats?

 

Yeah still got the Volvo, that's my daily! and yes still got the wrx too, hopefully I will drive it more next year.

 

I plan on being at Subinats Saturday from about 12pm, are you going too?


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Posted 28 August 2018 - 09:07 AM

Oh cool, CUVs/SUV makes for great dailies in the shiity roads here. 

 

I will try to make there with the new STI later on in the arvo if I get everything done on it, have a few things I need to get out of the way first. 



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Posted 02 September 2018 - 06:26 PM

Today I got the passenger side rear stay welded in place and removed the welding jig. I would have got more done but I crushed one of my fingers removing the jig, nothing too serious but I'll probably lose the fingernail.
 
The tricky part was the notch on this joint.
 
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Here is a close up of it. My tube notcher is no use on joints like this so you have to do it by hand. I used some of my son's play-dough to get the rough shape and then just kept trimming small amounts off with a flap disc until it fit properly.
 
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and here it is with the welding jig removed.
 
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Posted 02 September 2018 - 09:51 PM

Just joined the forum, and working my way through this thread. Wow, amazing.

 

 

 

The next problem I had was getting a hex tool onto the bolts at the front of the diff, there is not much space there. I ended up fabricating my own tool by simply cutting a small piece off my hex tool and then plug welding it onto some flat bar.
 
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Plus, you're making your own tools - impressive. I was jealous after seeing your build, but even more so now - the rest of us have to buy these things (Anex slim offset hex key):

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Posted 03 September 2018 - 11:51 AM

You must be stoked looking at that frame finally fitted into place!

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Posted 03 September 2018 - 06:39 PM

You must be stoked looking at that frame finally fitted into place!

Cheers

Bennie

 

Squishing my finger kind of took the shine of the occasion. I'm looking forward to finishing the welds I couldn't get to with the jig in place and giving it a coat of primer.


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Posted 15 September 2018 - 08:20 PM

Some more progress today. Started by cutting the OEM frame rails and wheel tubs out as they are no longer required. This also allows me to complete a few welds on each side that I could not get access to.
 
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Next I will cut and box the OEM frame rails just behind the main hoop so I can join the lower parts of the cradle to the boxed frame rails. Under the rules I am not allowed to remove any metal forward of the rear wheel arches so that is why they are getting boxed in there.

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Posted 16 September 2018 - 04:58 PM

Looking decent!


 


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Posted 30 September 2018 - 06:47 PM

Snow season is over now so more time for working on this project. 
 
Today I finished all those welds I could not reach with the factory chassis rails and wheel tubs in the way. 
 
Gave all the welds the wire brush treatment and then the whole lot got a good clean and a couple of coats of cold gal to stop any surface rust appearing.
 
I'll be working on boxing the chassis rails next, cutting the metal back to where I want them boxed will be the hard part.
 
Here are some of the unfinished welds
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Some photos after paint.
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Posted 01 October 2018 - 05:31 PM

Farque. This is getting there. Obvs you'll be spectating at WTAC in 2 weeks?


 


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Posted 01 October 2018 - 08:06 PM

Farque. This is getting there. Obvs you'll be spectating at WTAC in 2 weeks?

 

Thanks mate, yes I'll be there for sure!

 

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Posted 06 October 2018 - 08:35 AM

It looks like you're shoving a square plug in a round hole there!

So what of the original body will actually remain once you're done - nothing really structural or heavy I'm guessing.

And the most important question - what's the final colour of the cage going to be?

Keep up the good work once again Joel!

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Posted 06 October 2018 - 02:35 PM

It looks like you're shoving a square plug in a round hole there!

So what of the original body will actually remain once you're done - nothing really structural or heavy I'm guessing.

And the most important question - what's the final colour of the cage going to be?

Keep up the good work once again Joel!

Cheers

Bennie

 

Thanks Bennie,

 

Suspension loads now all go through my new rear cradle which is tied into the roll cage and the boxed off chassis rails which under the rules can be cut no further forward than the front of the rear wheel arches. With this in mind all sheet metal behind this point is now no longer structural and can be replaced with composite.

 

Not sure about the colour yet. Originally it was WRB but feels weird doing that with a Honda engine in it.

 

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Posted 07 October 2018 - 07:41 PM

I got started one the chassis rails today, just one side as I will probably need to move the car away from the wall to get proper access to the other side.
 
I put a fair bit of thought into how I was going to cut them, I wanted to keep it reasonably neat but still remove as much sheet metal as possible under the WTAC rules.
 
So this is what they looked like before I started.
 
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I only had a couple of angle grinders and a reciprocating saw to work with. I guess a plasma cutter would be handy but I don't know as I've never used one. So I cut a straight line behind the base plate of the main roll cage hoop being careful not to cut into the outer wheel arch.
 
It came out pretty good after I used a flap disc to even out some of the cuts.
 
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I then decided to remove that lower pair of captive nuts and extra bracing on the bottom edge to shave a little extra weight. There was about 6 spot welds to drill out.
 
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After some cardboard aided design (CAD) I had a plate cut out ready to box off the rail.
 
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I TIG welded the top edge where it buts up to the base plate of the roll cage and then converted my multi-process welder over to MIG to do the rest. My MIG skills are still pretty average but welding to the chassis with TIG is almost impossible because you can't get it clean enough.
 
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This is the job finished, I'm very happy with how neat it turned out. 
 
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Next job I'll cut and notch some tube to join the suspension cradle to the chassis rail and then repeat it all on the other side.
 
Next weekend I'm going to WTAC so probably won't be able to work on the car. Looking forward to checking out some time attack machines though, especially the HKS TRB-03.

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Posted 08 October 2018 - 12:54 PM

Insane next level shit Joel, look forward to seeing this done.



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Posted 08 October 2018 - 06:00 PM

Insane next level shit Joel, look forward to seeing this done.

 

Cheers mate, I hope you're patient  :D


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Posted 08 October 2018 - 10:07 PM

Only reason i come to look at this forum these days

Have you put any more thought into squeezing some more power out of the engine. Like strapping on one of those intake fans


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Posted 09 October 2018 - 10:02 AM

 

Cheers mate, I hope you're patient  :D

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Posted 13 October 2018 - 07:38 PM

I sacrificed my day to work on the car this weekend and attended World Time Attack Challenge instead.
 
Had a great day and got to check out some of my favorite cars up close. Here are just a few of the photos I took.
 
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The winning car!
 
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Posted 14 October 2018 - 08:25 PM

Nice photos. Would have loved to come out and give it a look.

Weird how a lot of the big hitters choose the 86 platform.


 





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