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WRX Turbo Notch gone balls deep with the Porsche bits again
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 1:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

New rims


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 1:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

After 6 years I've finally made the radiator top



Still requires some adjusting I n places but overall
I'm very pleased with it.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 12, 2017 9:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, couple of months on since my last up date I've still not done much.

So back in June or July I sold the tyres from my cups 1's to my mate. The car was on axles stands for a couple of weeks waiting for the new wheels to go on not as simple as it would sound.

New rims are 16x9 and 16x7 or 8, can't remember. Anyway offsets were never going to fit under the arches. Out came the ..... jigsaw of all things. I read online it was the best tool for trimming the wheel arches back. I wanted to do this properly so out came the shocks and up went the new wheels correctly mounted and I removed all the metal in the way of the up traveling wheel. A daunting task but I'm more then happy with the results. I took two days off last week to finalise everything so all arches are chopped and over arch extension things are rivnutted on. Metal work is bent back at a right angle to retain some of the strength within the wing but the extensions provide a lot of support also. Extensions have a rubber u channel trim between the body and extension and then used countersunk machine washers and bolts. Well happy.

Marking the cut



Cut



Wheel poke



Tool for forming the bend


Front cut


Arch fitted


Front finished

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 12, 2017 10:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

[quote=Kai post_id=61845 time=1510523642 user_id=905]
Side view with of cuts



Rear cut


Front spacers


Finished arcticle








Wants a 15mm spacer on the rear.


Overall I'm well happy. Just because it's rolling again and driveable..... just at the end of the season haha.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 10, 2017 11:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Small up date,

Managed to finish off my tiny rust patch. I got bored of grinding the welds done so just painted over what I had done. Apart from the paint you wouldnt notice the repair. I did forget to get a picture when the wheel was off so just a terrible one to show.







The inner part of the air vent area was particularly pleasent to finish either. Access is very difficult so it looks terrible but should hopefully lay another 40 odd years now. Certainly has enough paint brushes into the areas.






So having finished my rust repair, on the one side, I’m very much keen to the idea of doing smaller jobs to the car. Basically trying to keep it as a rolling project rather then tackling huge jobs which take me weeks. This was supposed to become my daily driver back in June which never happened. Anyhow so I finished the repair. Went to move the car and it’s bugged me ever since I had fitted them. The illumation on my gauges just wasn’t cutting it. The blue LED’s for the temp and fuel gauges never worked properly and I had fitted old bulbs just to get them working, the Rev counter bulbs worked but would flicker and the speedometer illumination on the new gauge is terrible and uses one bulb. Out comes the LED rope lights.





Took me perhaps a couple of hours to do all three gauges but the results are impressive. They look purple in the picture but it’s actually blue.



I’m now getting alot of glare on the windscreen so will make some caps for the gauges in the future.

Saturday morning I wanted to go out figured I would take the Notch. It was very cold, as I had washed the car the day before, with the cold weather the only lock that should work on the car was totally frozen and I couldn’t get in. How nostalgic I thought. Not had a frozen door lock in over a decade and I’m thinking how my kids will probably never know about car door locks freezing keeping you out of them lol.




Went to the local Bums and Queers looking for Christmas lights for the house. Failed to get the lights and door locks had decided to freeze again. Hammered the key into the lock which got me back into the car.







Sunday I ended up at Bird world for the Santa’s grotto, was a good little adventure as I had no intention of going in the Notch but had an uneventful drive up there. It’s satisfyingly quick to drive.


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 17, 2017 5:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Where did you get the LED strips ?
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 17, 2017 2:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

panel wrote:
Where did you get the LED strips ?


I’ve used cheap LED rope and cut it to length. You know the LED rope that comes on a reel.

That’s all.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 19, 2017 8:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey Kai, any hints on how to fit the LED rope? From memory most of the Porsche gauges are sealed at the back, did you take the needles and front faces off?

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 19, 2017 10:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ricola wrote:
Hey Kai, any hints on how to fit the LED rope? From memory most of the Porsche gauges are sealed at the back, did you take the needles and front faces off?

Rich


Hi Rich, Merry Christmas to you!!

TBH I’ve had mine apart a number of times. Firstly to to replace the pointed glass for the flat glass.

Secondly to upgrade the gauge lighting.

Both times I have used a small slim flat bladed screw driver to prise the lip open on the black trim ring. Obviously this is done from the back edge and you need to lift about 3/4 of the ring to get them off.

Did you ever get the smiths speedometer and tachometer?

This technique works for both VDO/Porsche and Smiths gauges.

Obviously the new lights are essentially connected to the old bulb connections.

The instrument cluster gets interesting as I’ve connected the LED’s to the circuit board rather then the bulb holder connections. Again sticking them to the board, be mindful, the rope I bought allowed me to cut lengths perhaps 40mm long. I couldn’t cut it any shorter without them failing. This made it intersting attaching them to the circuit board as they were placed in a position that would foul against the metal gauge housing. Also I had to chase out a cable route through the gauge bulb divider thingy. The bit with all the different warning lights: high beam/oil/brake/fuel reserve. If you decide to stick them to the housing make sure you get them I’m the correct position as the divider and circuit board have dedicated positions.

All my gauges are complete units inside a housing. No need to remove the needles just the screws visible from the back of the gauge.


To put them back together i’d recommend using a set of grips/pliers with some rubber wrapped around the jaws to protect the trims. I used cardboard and it’s left the odd mark in places. You don’t need a lot of effort to bend the trim back into its securing position.

That’s about it.

An interesting concept for you to try.....

The old LED replacement bulbs I had fitted where non dimming. So to stop this I bought an early entry trim non dimming beetle headlight switch. I’m happy with them on full power.

I’m unsure if the LED rope I bought is the dimmable type. I know you can buy it, never thought of it when I was buying mine. So yeah something to think about if you decide to up grade your gauges.

My smiths speedometer originally only has one bulb in it and the visibility was poor. Also with the smiths gauge I had to kind of spiral the rope to allow the gauge to go back into the housing then push the rope down using The Force to manipulate it all together. It’s a bugger but worth the results. Took me about an hour to do all three gauges, oh and I had to use double sided tape as the sticky tape that came on the LED’s was rubbish and wouldn’t stick. Might have been too cold in the garage.

Hope that gives you an insight into what’s involved.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2017 7:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cheers, I just fancy upgrading mine to match my Stack boost/oil pressure gauges which are bright!

I didn't go for those gauges in the end as it was getting expensive to do the pair and specials to have them without the Smiths logo which i really didn't want. All that for spinny needles and a better calibrated speedo. I just don't use the car enough I guess to justify the ££

I bought an LED dimmer for the Stack gauges but it didn't work Sad I've had my gauges apart many times but only to put in the flat 'glass'

Good pointers, may have a go over the holidays!
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