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      08-11-2017, 03:46 PM   #89
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As in, it's for an air jacks. I want air jacks. It's frowned upon on a daily driver though, damn it !
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As in, it's for an air jacks. I want air jacks. It's frowned upon on a daily driver though, damn it !
I wish. An air jack system is incredible and perhaps one day. But this is just to provide a jack point in the middle of the car instead of having to lift at the weird OE points near the wheel wells. Should now be able to lift from the middle of the car and be able to access/remove both wheels on one side at once.
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      08-11-2017, 11:43 PM   #91
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Eric at eFab just sent me over this pic tonight. D/S door bars are getting done. Basing the design off of the ones used in Porsche GT3 Cup cars.



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This is literally porn now
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      08-12-2017, 05:21 PM   #93
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One more quick photo and the drivers side bars are pretty much done. Added the vertical bar towards the front of the car for added rollover protection

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      08-12-2017, 05:45 PM   #94
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One more quick photo and the drivers side bars are pretty much done. Added the vertical bar towards the front of the car for added rollover protection

Keep the photos coming. Looks awesome !
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Outstanding work!! Makes me want to pick up an n54 project!!
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      08-14-2017, 11:36 PM   #96
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Keep the photos coming. Looks awesome !
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Outstanding work!! Makes me want to pick up an n54 project!!
Thanks guys!
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Paid another visit to the shop today. Seeing the way tubing is bent to fit... it's artwork. There are a number of spots in the car where the tubing runs directly along the structure of the car, that allowed us to weld the cage directly to the body of the car; increasing rigidity while avoiding the need to add weight from gussets. Seriously impressive work.

The plan is to have the cage done done in the next few days, then paint it, then install all wiring. From there, it'll be a few days to install the widebody, and another week (??) installing MCS suspension, CSF radiator and a bunch of other miscellaneous odds and ends (fire suppression, door pulls, new serp belt/pulleys, mounting new buttons/kill switches, mounting race seats, etc.) I'll say right now that I've never been a part of a build that is this extensive. It gives you a massive amount of appreciation for the level of skill and time required to undertake this project. Couldn't be more excited to watch this come together.

Here's a dump of photos I shot tonight... let me know if you guys have any questions.







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Look at the bracing in the roof. Serious roll protection.



Drivers side






Rear Passenger

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This is sick, any idea how much the car weigh before the cage?
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This box arrived today... what could it be???

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And rear bracing complete. This is going to be one stiff mofo. All that's left for the cage are the passenger side bars

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This box arrived today... what could it be???
CF sun roof plug?
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      08-17-2017, 11:32 AM   #102
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CF sun roof plug?
Good guess but that already came installed in the car.

What was in the box? HARDmotorsport Leichtbau widebody


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What a beautiful car! Subbing, as I did your last thread!
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      08-17-2017, 03:02 PM   #104
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This is gonna be fun. FYI we think that we could hypothetically fit a 305 up front and a 325 out rear



This is with a 10.5 wide rear and ET27 offset. Plan to run a spacer for the time being until we get some custom offset wheels



Widebody next to 1M fender
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Nice progress, body kit looks great. Can't wait to see it all on properly!

Check forgeline wheels.. they are a bit pricey I think but can do proper width and offset!
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can't wait to see this out on the track.
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Nice progress, body kit looks great. Can't wait to see it all on properly!

Check forgeline wheels.. they are a bit pricey I think but can do proper width and offset!
Appreciate the recommendation It seems that any competition spec/custom racing wheel setup is stupid pricey. We've been thinking about going with a custom BBS setup as well which runs in the same ballpark as the Forgelines.

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The mad scientist welding up the drivers side door gussets...



When I say that there are 29947362527 random 'little things' that need to get done, this is a perfect case in point... the custom fabbed sheet metal dash surround that looks amazing. since we're running dash-less, to save on weight, this should provide some excellent functionality for securing the stock gauge bezel and prevent glare.




Now we're trying to figure out which color to paint the interior. We are absolutely going to continue with the old Lotus 79 "John Player Special" black/gold livery on the outside, like this...





So we're tossing around interior paint colors. The most common race car interior colors are either white or a lighter silver/gray. We tried white and its out, too much contrast with the black exterior. So, I was either thinking silver or gray, OR a much rarer option... GOLD . Its definitely not a color you expect to see in a race car, but it could compliment the Lotus 77/John Player look we are staying with. Below are samples of how each looked. Choices, choices...

The three samples below...


Gray





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More fabrication work underway, this time on a custom steering wheel column mount.





Installed!

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