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Old 03-07-2011, 12:47 PM   #1
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Hi All,

Having been a member here for a year now I thought it was about time I started a project thread and show you guys in the US what I'm up to over here in the UK.
 
First I have to say a big thanks to Nick (Moderator) for allowing me to post up my project thread on the forum.
 
The story begins.......
 
I had a friend over here in the UK who built race cars for a living and also competed in his own car that he built. I'd always been into modifying cars but up until that point it was mainly cosmetically with the odd air filter and exhaust system thrown in. The more I went to watch him race the more I got into the whole racing scene. Then for some strange reason I thought it would be a great idea to build my own race car. That was back in late 2008. Since March 2009 when I bought my shell and engine I have spent the last 2 years buying parts and getting ready to begin my build.
 
Whats funny is that when I started on this journey I didn't even know what an intercooler was, nor a piston, a manifold etc etc. To make things even funnier, to this date I still haven't driven anything faster than my current road car which is a Peugeot 206 GTI. Obviously its been a very steep learning curve and to be honest I had no idea what I was getting myself into. The cost, time, emotion and energy that goes into building one of these machines is unbelievable.
 
Luckily I have been fortunate enough to meet some very nice people along the way who have helped with advice and support and made the journey a lot more enjoyable and also a lot easier for a novice like me.
 
The base car I bought was a 1999 STI RA that was previously owned by a guy that turned it into a track car and competed in the UK Time Attack series. It came as a rolling shell with a fully welded in T45 cage, fully stripped out and seam welded. Now I'm the type of person that once embarked on a project/hobby, I like to do it to the best of my ability. While realistically I cannot actually afford a project like this, as you will see, I have really left no stone unturned and have gone full out on this project. If I was going to do it then I wanted to do it well, and if I was going to be building a race car, I wanted a race car that could be competetive. Thats just me.

Hope you enjoy my little project.

Here are some pictures of the shell and how it looked when I bought it. It belonged to a guy who use to compete in Time Attack UK.





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Old 03-07-2011, 03:41 PM   #2
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That looks like a customcages.co.ok cage, just to let you know.

Where/what series are you planning to run this in?
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Old 03-07-2011, 03:44 PM   #3
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So the plans for the shell include a full fibre glass 22B body kit, fibre glass doors, fibre glass boot, carbon siebon bonnet, carbon rear spoiler, rear diffuer, front spolier & carbon canards, carbon mirrors and ploycarbonate windows.

First job was removing all the decals the previous owner put on it. Not a nice job trust me.



Even after removing the decals the glue still remained so a quick wash down with petrol soon done the job.



Quick once over with some soap

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Old 03-07-2011, 03:48 PM   #4
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That looks like a customcages.co.ok cage, just to let you know.

Where/what series are you planning to run this in?
Indeed you are correct. Customcages creation. The plan is to do some 1/4 mile runs and handling circuits for fun and compete in something like Time Attack or LMA eurosaloons.
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Old 03-07-2011, 04:01 PM   #5
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what are the driveline/powertrain plans?

suspension and brakes? still shopping?
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Old 03-07-2011, 04:10 PM   #6
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what are the driveline/powertrain plans?

suspension and brakes? still shopping?
No more shopping. All parts now on board thankfully. Answers to your questions will be revealed soon but the drivetrain is a standard 6 speed dccd box.

Car is now with the builder and hope to have the whole shell sorted by March 28th all being well.

Couple more pics of it on its way to the builder.



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Old 03-13-2011, 05:24 PM   #7
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Stripped the dash & loom out. Will be having a new flocked dash and whole custom car loom made.



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Old 03-13-2011, 05:27 PM   #8
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22b fibre glass wings fitted.



Engine bay stripped

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Old 03-13-2011, 05:29 PM   #9
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Steel firewall removed and will be replaced with a lighter aluminium one

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Old 03-13-2011, 05:31 PM   #10
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Rear end stripped. Will have boot floor cut out and a new rear bumper/diffuser combo.

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Old 03-14-2011, 08:33 PM   #11
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looks good so far
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Old 03-18-2011, 07:31 PM   #12
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Had loads of sound deadening to remove from boot and various others places.



Didnt need to remove it all as I had plans for the boot



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Old 03-18-2011, 07:31 PM   #13
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Quick bash with the grinder and knibbler and the boot floor is no more



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Old 03-18-2011, 07:32 PM   #14
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Fibre glass door getting ready to be trial fitted





Had to make some aluminium brackets to support the doors



Fitted along with one of the rears

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Old 03-18-2011, 07:36 PM   #15
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Rear wing adjusted, again to allow for fitting of the 22b rear panels



Probably lost quite a bit of weight out of the car too with all the cutting thats been going on.
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Old 03-20-2011, 05:25 PM   #16
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With Carbon bonnet fitted. Will be aerocatched.



Drivers side coming along nicely



Mock up of how she'll look front end wise.

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nice can't wait to see the finished product
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who's fiberglass parts are you using?
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The 22b fibre glass kit is from a UK based company called ABW (Autobodyworks).
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looks freaking awesome!
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Old 03-22-2011, 01:50 PM   #21
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Thanks for the positive comments guys.

Put in the bias adjustable pedal box and seat rails in yesterday and got the drivers side 22b rear door skin and rear quater panel bonded & rivited on today, as well as the side skirts.

Will post pics soon.
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Subscribed from a fellow UK Subie fan (now living in the US)!
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Old 03-28-2011, 02:38 PM   #23
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Update on progress.

New 1.6mm ali firewall fitted





Pedal box installed

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Drivers side rear 22b quater panel fitted



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Passenger side all fitted



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