Where exactly did the summer go? It’s September already? I have a ton of stuff to share in this post, probably best to get right down to it and let the pictures do the talking.
The custom shifter, parking brake and quick release wheel have been fitted giving us the chance to see how everything is for ergonomics. Getting in and out is going to be a challenge, but the good news is that once you’re in everything is in the correct position.
In this shot on the engine side of the firewall, you can see the coolant in/out with bleed valve, to the left is the fuel pressure regulator.
In addition to the reverse lockout switch on the shifter, a trigger has also been added to the clutch pedal lever to lockout the ability to start the car while it’s in gear.
The sound system is also getting roughed in to the cockpit – these are Pioneer 3X10 2-way speakers that will be mounted directly behind the passenger and driver in the side pillars of the hatch area. 3.5 inch round 2-ways will reside in the doors as well.
Speaker boxes were added to make the speaker more flush with the interior space.
The throttle pedal has now been connected to the MSD EFI unit by way of a lever and cable system. The idea here (much like the setup in our track BMW) was to make the throttle progressive, the linkage can be modified to provide more or less travel at a given point in the throttle position.
Here’s a short video on the custom linkage and shifter:
The lockout on the shifter will prevent movement to reverse unless engaged, it will also activate the rear view camera and integrated LCD…..more on that later.
Accessories, Cooling and Oil:
The accessories are now installed with a manually adjustable tensioner setup from March Performance. The good news here is that the pulleys all align and most importantly, the crank pulley does not interfere with the chassis.
Here you can see the remote oil filter setup with billet parts from Hedman Performance. This is mounted on the drivers side foot box. The screw in adaptor fits in the stock oil filter location, we will have to add heat shielding to make sure the lines and adaptor don’t get too hot near those new headers.
Modification also had to be done to the cooling shroud to accommodate our upgraded fan. This fan moves way more CFM through the radiator and AC condenser mounted in the nose. The fan will be controlled by a Derale PWM 16795 and will give us variable fan speeds based on temp and cooling requirements.
We had many discussions about how to make the exhaust. The larger foot boxes and modified engine position meant that we were looking at a custom exhaust setup of some description. Weighing all of the options we landed on these JBA 1650S headers, mounted backwards. It seems strange, but it allows for us to clear the foot boxes and still manage to exit the side of the car. More on the exhaust system later – it promises to be unique.
Here (along with my foot), you can see the primary electrical center of the car. This is located in the top of the passengers foot box and houses all of the relays and terminal connections as well as routing for the MSD EFI ECU, Derale fan controller and MSD Ignition.
Mounted to the front of the foot box you can see what will be the sealed fuse boxes, vacuum canister for the HVAC system controls and the MSD coil.
Body back on:
Getting the body back on was really quite difficult. With the added customization it becomes a real trick to be able to clear the fuel tank and set the windshield end of the body down. The great news is that it fits! Now we can really start to see the machine taking shape.
As usual – thanks for following along, I’ll have another update soon!