Over the last few weeks I haven’t got much done on the car due to working away although I have had chance to do a few little jobs.
First off was fitting the rear air jacks. As I have the intention of building the car primarily for competition drifting this is a big deal. On a day of drifting I’ll change the rear tyres more than ten times and it gets very boring getting on your knees in a race suit (especially if it’s raining) and jacking the rear end up every time, so I’m hoping fitting the air jacks will eliminate this! Also, sometimes between drift battles you only get five minutes to repair/change tyres so this should speed things up.
The jacks have only been only mounted at the moment as I’m not 100% certain which way I want to plumb them in just yet; it’s not a nice feeling, cutting holes in the floor of your 2010 BMW shell but it needed to be done. Some people fit them inside the rear quarter panels but there just wasn’t the room, so I have tied them to the rear floor box of the cage for strength. They have a good lift of about 300mm so it should be enough to get the rear off the ground. I also strengthened under the floor with a goodsized plate.
I’ve been concentrating on getting the inside of the car done for sometime now so that I can get the underfloor painted. I’m glad I waited it out and didn’t paint anything as every time I think I’m somewhere near to being able to get painting, I think of another thing that needs welding or bolting down.
My seats arrived from Poland last week, the same ones that I had in my E30, and for the price they are a great option for a FIA seat and look cool, too. I started to test fit them and this time I wanted them on sliders so I could change my seating position (I had a fixed, low seat in the E30) and so that other people could drive the car as well, really. Yet again, like most things on my build, these had to be modified to fit the BMW’s stock bolt positions; we needed to make the runners long and we also wanted to strengthen them up while we were at it.
The dash has been fitted but it will be coming back out to get flocked as soon as everything is in place. My short-shifter base is now welded in and it looks awesome in anodised black, for the stealth look, with the stock centre console which will also be flocked. My hydro handbrake base is tacked in place and I’m waiting on my anodised black handle to arrive. This is in the place where the stock ashtray was so now I am going to have to make a custom panel to fit in its place, which will also hold my electrical cut-off switch along with my fire extinguisher pull cords.
The firewall has now been made and is being fitted this week. A local company has helped me out with this one due to the limited time I have to work on the car and once this is fitted I can start to get the wiring loom back in place, my swirl pot mounted and all the fuel system mounted in the boot, plus the battery box.
I’m basically building the car twice, so I’m at the stage now were I’m starting to build it back up unpainted. I may even get the car running without body panels, then take it all back apart for paint. Doing it this way ensures that when it’s built back up the second time there isn’t anything Hydraulic handbrake now in place with black anodised handle on the way else that needs grinding, repainting etc and the paintwork will stay perfect.
I’m going to keep chipping away on the huge list of things that are left to do. Everyone keeps telling me it will come together quickly once these smaller jobs are done and dusted, so fingers crossed this is the case. Hopefully I’ll have loads more updates this time next month as I have boxes of parts ready to be fitted.
FIA-approved Bimarco seats look smart and didn’t break the bank.
Once properly mounted in position, air jacks will make changing rear tyres at drift events a breeze.
Hydraulic handbrake now in place with black anodised handle on the way.