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In Topic: Joel's BRZ

20 August 2019 - 08:17 AM


Time to invest in a lathe? ;) ;) ;)

Too much snow boarding getting in the way of race car?




Lathes are not cheap and then obviously you have to learn how to use them.


Yes lots of snowboarding this time of year, I get a season pass each year and try to make the most of it. If I had what I needed to continue with the car I would still be getting a bit done but up until now I have not really had to rely on others for anything so it was a straight forward process.


To move forward now I am going to have to pay someone to turn up those pieces, the problem is I just booked and paid for my next big snowboarding Japan trip and I don't have and spare money right now. I don't even want to get some quotes until I have a bit of cash to spend.



In Topic: Joel's BRZ

19 August 2019 - 06:05 PM

Sorry guys it has been a while since I posted an update. I won't bore you with excuses as to why I have not been working on the car but don't worry the project will continue eventually.
Some small progress has been the toe arms which are now essentially done but I do have to run a weld around them at some point. 
I am just going to leave them un-welded for now as I am not sure if I should just center the adjustment or possibly skew it for lengthening to get the camber I want. It will be easy enough to figure out once everything is assembled and the welding is only a 20 minute job.
These were made from the factory arms and some old lateral links I had from my wrx. I had to get some lathe work done to make it all come together and since it was just a favor from a friend it ended up taking a very long time, plus the work ended up being fairly involved.
So my problem now is that I have used up all my favors on the lathe and I still need a whole bunch of uniball tapered adapters made up to complete the front control arms and upper rear arms.

In Topic: Joel's BRZ

16 June 2019 - 06:24 PM

I went snowboarding last weekend so missed my day on the car, got some work done today though, finished welding the A-pillar gussets into the car.
Stitch welded with the TIG.
and a coat of primer so it doesn't go rusty.
I'm very happy with how these turned out, it looks a lot more sleek than the typical dimple die gussets IMO.

In Topic: Joel's BRZ

02 June 2019 - 06:36 PM

Half a day to work on the car today so I kept going on the A-pillar gussets. I'm kind of stuck at the moment doing odd jobs because the person who usually does lathe work for me has gone on extended holiday in Europe. Without the lathe work I can't continue with the control arm fabrication.
Traced out my cardboard design onto some sheet metal.
Cut both sides out with the angle grinder then taped them together to drill holes in each corner.
Used my dremel to make the smaller cuts between the drilled holes.
Cleaned them up with a hand file.
They are now ready to be stitch welded but I ran out of time.
These were time consuming but I see them as a very noticeable feature when you look at the car from the outside so I wanted to take the time to get everything perfect.

In Topic: Joel's BRZ

29 May 2019 - 09:42 AM

Awesome looking trailer! What are they like to tow? Do they bounce around much without any suspension?

I can't fault it in any way, it tows beautifully, it feels like there is nothing there until you get to a big hill. The design uses the cars own suspension since you strap it down over each tyre it is free to move.