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76  General / Open Forum / Re: My Garage Build - The Airboxer Garage on: January 25, 2016, 06:30:15 PM
Here is a little update:

Cut out some of the bad sections on the left side rocker section.

Making and fitting in a new piece.

Here is it welded in and cleaned up. I also had to cut out a small section of the fender mount section.

Next, I want to reuse the door post, since it was in good shape. Cleaning up and the crap from the backside.

As well the metal from the rear quarter panel.

Cleaned and blasted to be fitted back in.

I also cleaned up all the crap under the quarter panel.

Here is the mess that came off.

The old and new Rocker support. The old one looks like somebody beat the $hit out of it.

For the front I had to make a new piece, based on a picture I found on the net.

Now things coming back together, just for fitting for now.

Rocker is on as well the inner. All with sheet metal screws for now.

Fitting the new section of the quarter panel, and found that it's a bit short at the bottom, so I have to add a piece.

I also had some issues at the top. So I had to slot it and fit. The other side was better, anyway, still better then making it from scratch.

Once I got it all aligned, it was tiome to take it all back apart and start welding in the bottom piece of the door post I made.

Next is the inner rocker to weld in.

Then the Jack support.

The new rocker support is next.

Looks like I'm ready now for the outer rocker.

The outer rocker is welded in now.

Now I can go and extend the bottom piece of the quarter panel section.

As well the top section I had to slot and fit.

Getting there, the piece is almost done.

Done, next some more details to do.

77  General / Open Forum / Redbull F1 in the snow on: January 23, 2016, 09:30:55 AM
Max Verstappen drives his F1 car up the Kitzbuhel ski slopes

Fits to the current weather

78  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: Hit a deer in the Miata at 50-60mph on: January 19, 2016, 06:43:54 PM
This looks very good.

I usually load the spray gun with reducer and spray a mist of it all over what I have painted. That cleans out the gun, and it makes a smooth surface, and leaves no orange peal and no need for sanding and polishing.

But that's just an old German guy does it.


79  General / Open Forum / Re: My Garage Build - The Airboxer Garage on: January 07, 2016, 05:03:35 PM
It's time for an update:

Prepped the rocker support for welding at the right side.

Here is it welded in.

Next mounting the fender and the door to make sure the outer rocker fits, and to fit the door post.

Looks like there is something missing.

I found some pictures to see what the piece looks like.

So I made that piece and welded it in.

Test fit for all the pieces.

Got the outer rocker welded in.

After the rocker is welded I fitted the piece of the quarter panel section.

And here is the piece complete welded it and cleaned up.

Now it's time to turn that car and move to the left side.

The outer rocker came after the few tack welds are ground off.

After I did the right side this didn't surprise me.

All these great designed pieces are history now.

After all the bad pieces are removed, it didn't look that bad on the inside.

More to come.

80  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: Hit a deer in the Miata at 50-60mph on: January 03, 2016, 11:12:10 AM
Nice setup you got there. I like when people plan ahead, like the double door to move the car into the clean room.

Looks good, what are you going to put on that blank sheet of white paper ? It's already screaming for some stripes. LOL

Happy New Year
81  General / Open Forum / Re: Mechanic for Hire? Valve Adjustment e46 M3 on: December 28, 2015, 06:40:24 PM
I'm not a BMW (Bring Mein Werkzeug) guy , however, why do you need valve adjustment ? Do those cars don't have hydraulic lifters ?

Or about what type of valve you want to adjust on that Bring Mein Werkzeug car ?

If the car runs just keep driving.


82  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: Hit a deer in the Miata at 50-60mph on: December 28, 2015, 06:31:10 PM
Nice job on the sheet metal replacement.

I should have mentioned that I let the citristrip sit for 3 or more days, and yes, it smells great.

83  General / Open Forum / Re: My Garage Build - The Airboxer Garage on: December 19, 2015, 03:56:40 PM
OK, I made some progress.

Here is a picture of the new sheet metal piece.

I cut out a piece which will be replaced anyway, to see what's under it.

A lot of caulking in there. Also there was some rust in the area of the jack support.

Once I had removed the caulking where the rockers are welded, or should I say "where they supposed to be welded on". It looks like they were put on for decoration.

OK, lets cut out some pieces, and make it right.

Once the rocker was off, it dind't look that bad.

The same thing with the inner rocker panel.

After removing the inner rocker panel, I found that the heat tube was a bit damaged, but not bad. they must have cut in a bit when the old sheet metal was removed. And then fixed it wit good old duck tape. :bang:

It's just amazing what you can find. This little mouse must have moved it years ago and could not found any food, and died.

So here are the removed pieces. I will clean them up and reuse.

After all it doesn't look that bad.

Now I have to attack the areas which need some metal replaced.

Cutting out the bad.

I'm glad I also ordered new rocket support pieces.

After cutting out the supports which were welded in like the rockers, I found some morerust under it. OK, more to cut out and weld.

Prepped for the new fabricated piece.

I put everywhere I could POR15.

Now welding in the new piece I made.

There it is welded and cleaned up.

Now the inner rocker panel.

Also replacing the section for the jack support.

here the support section.

And here all cleaned up.

I pained the comlete blank section with POR15, and next will be the rocker support and panel.

I will continue this weekend.

84  General / Open Forum / Re: Gave someone a car for Christmas on: December 19, 2015, 10:53:22 AM
That's funny.

Looks like she ready to go. LOL.

85  General / Open Forum / Re: My Garage Build - The Airboxer Garage on: December 04, 2015, 05:41:05 PM
OK, here a little update.

I got the 2 pieces for the front of the rear quarter panels, and the rocker support pieces. In the meantime I did a few small things.

Since I removed some body filler at the right side of the quarter panel is welded by the engine compartment, I thought it would be good to see how the rear lid fits.

Not too bad at the left

And here at the right.

Still, need some fine tuning.

Next I attacked the section in the trosion bar hole. I decided not to cut out the sleeve, since it's pretty solid.

I made some pieces to weld in.

And here it is after welding and cleaning up a bit.

Now I moved to some smaller projects, the heater flaps were asking for an overhaul.

I disassembled them and cleaned and blasted them.

And powder coated them

And here they are assembled, just need to find new springs, either plated or SS.

The coming weekend I plan to attack the rear quarter panels and fit the new pieces in. Hope for not too many surprises.

86  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: Hit a deer in the Miata at 50-60mph on: November 29, 2015, 06:29:50 PM
Looks good. Love those PC parts.

For stripping paint I found that Citristrip works nice to remove paint. Available at Homedepot.

I took off a thick layer of paint of some Fuchs wheels.

Next you need to put a set of these LED headlights in that Miata.

87  General Category / Announcements / Re: 2016 PAX/RTP on: November 22, 2015, 04:47:26 PM
I should be able to run in ST, right ?

In STP, P = Porsche ??

88  General / Open Forum / Re: My Garage Build - The Airboxer Garage on: November 19, 2015, 05:31:27 PM
I made some progress.

Started on the welds of the front suspension pan. Where the new pan connects to the old piece it was overlapped about 2.5" and welded on both sides.

I started careful to grind of the bottom layer. It already had some surface rust in between.

I was able to clean it up and re-weld as needed.

From the inside, and more welds to grind, re-weld and grind.

Here partial done.

And here after I got it all cleaned up, and a coat of POR15. Next some primer and seal sealer, and after that the Chip Guard, or goes the chip guard first and then the primer ??

Moving to the Rockers. I was not sure what's under the lead filler, so I decided to remove it.
Another find I didn't like to see.

Basically the same thing on the other side. The door posts were replaced and the overlap from the quarter panel is very thin and has some holes. Also it is dented in at the rocker section.

At the left side some repairs were done to rocker support. It must have being pounded in with a hammer or so.

I'm thinking to get a new section for the left and right side for the quarter panel. there is a 6" section available, and once open, I can also replace the rocker support.

So now I move to the rear end of the car, and see what damage I can do. The back section of the right quarter panel was replace replaced. And I being told that that was done, when the original owner picked up the car new in Stuttgart, and had an accident.

The section is already pulled in a bit, and I will need some lead to fill it, but I also re-welded and cleaned it up a bit.

More good news. I started to poke around at the left section where the quarter panel meets the back section, and found quite some body filler.

After getting rid of all the body filler, I was surprised that it was in good shape, no rust, just ugly. But if don't remove the filler, you don't know what's under it.

The other side looks pretty good.

So now I will get those pieces, before I start cutting.

I'm now a bit more behind as I wish, I was hoping to get soon to the point for Painting, but now this may will not happen before the end of this year.

89  Pictures and Media / Pictures and Media from Events / Re: VMP Autocross 11/01/15 on: November 05, 2015, 06:54:05 PM
here a few more photos from the AX # 9.

This was a fun course, we should try to the same setup in spring, and hope that all could run it in the dry.

90  General / Open Forum / Re: media blasting in central va. on: October 30, 2015, 03:50:27 PM
Here you go

Just keep sanding. Use a good wet sanding sheet, not the cheap stuff.

91  General / Classifieds / Re: Wanted 17" Tires Used on: October 25, 2015, 10:02:15 AM
Still Looking for some 255 to 275/35 or 40.

I got two 255's from Justin, however, they are almost slicks. So if anybody got a pair of 2 each 255 to 275/35 or 40, that would be great. If I don't find anything better I will just use what I have so far.

92  General / Open Forum / Re: media blasting in central va. on: October 25, 2015, 09:57:28 AM
Bill, what exactly do want to blast ?
93  Events / Autocross / Re: VMP Schedule on: October 22, 2015, 07:16:54 PM
First Car off usually 12PM, basically one hour later as RIR

The OD may correct if needed

94  Events / Autocross / Re: OctoberCross 10 and 11 Oct. on: October 08, 2015, 10:59:33 AM
Hello Gene, James said he could help with Tech on Sunday.

95  General / Classifieds / Re: Wanted 17" Tires Used on: October 07, 2015, 06:57:16 PM

Looks like there are some around for the front. Some even have Ear Bars. Let's talk at the next AX about this. I still looking for some for the rear.

96  Events / Autocross / OctoberCross 10 and 11 Oct. on: October 03, 2015, 08:08:20 AM
Registration is open, and just in case you cannot find the  registration for the 10th

Click and scroll down

97  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: Yet another CAM based class. on: October 01, 2015, 05:02:33 PM
I don't know, but since all (except Prepared and Modified) run on street tyres, what's the point to have Street Prepared, Street touring, and Street Mod. Why not put them all in a street Über class. Either you are Stock on "street tyres", or on Street (Prepared) Über on "street tyres". Why make it so complicated. On the end we will have more classes then cars. LOL

Just my 2 cent

98  General / Classifieds / Re: Wanted 17" Tires Used on: September 30, 2015, 10:06:50 AM
I have a set of 17" wheels and looking for used tires to put on the wheels. This is for the green car when I take the Hoosier's of. So I can drive it.

I'm just looking for some street tires good enough to drive on the street. The 15" wheels with tires I had for the green car I going to put on the 944, and use them up.

I thought it's the time when people get new tires and pay disposal fee to get rid of the old ones.

James what brand are the 215/45/17 ? Not what I'm looking for the green car, but I may have use for them.

99  General / Classifieds / Wanted 17" Tires Used on: September 29, 2015, 02:34:59 PM
I'm looking for some 17" tires, used but still some thread so they would pass inspection.

2 each 225 to 245/40 or 45
2 each 255 to 275/35 or 40

something like that.

If you have them still mounted I can revove them from the wheels.

Let me know

100  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: Hit a deer in the Miata at 50-60mph on: September 26, 2015, 03:32:27 PM
Wow, that's too bad. However, you are lucky, it could have be a bigger one and make it up to the wind shield.

What do you do, cut of the section from a spare care and fit it to this one ?

Good luck with the repair.

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