It's update time again Speedhunters and a lot of work has gone on since last time. When Paddy arrives we scurry around to get stuff out of the way and stuff in the way that we want included. He seems to have caught that moment quite well.
The Owen Development's turbo is becoming a more permanent part of the build and very shortly it will be bolted in place for the final time. The downpipe has been made with the intercooler piping currently being done. The oil and water lines are also nearly finished and we just got to fabricate the intake pipe and then it is complete.
Wiggens clamps will be used on both hot and cold sides of the intercooler and since Paddy was here the screamer pipe is done and attached to the Tial 60mm wastegate.
Speaking of the cold side, here it is and it will be completed very shortly.
The exhaust manifold has returned from Martelius Exhausts in Finland and it fits in without touching the steering column. Phew !
The interior has come along nicely and I have to give a plug to K&N as they hooked us up with air and oil filters on very short notice and we are very happy to be running the best filters in the world!
The racing dry cell battery has been mounted under the passenger seat for optimal weight distribution.
A lot going on in this picture, our carbon AE86 dash has been fitted and equipped with Defi gauges and controller. You can see we made a custom steering column and got rid of the ugly Toyota one. Pedals are now in, as are the fuel lines and the ASD e-brake has been positioned to my preference. I have decided to install the aluminium centre partition panels for testing, these were made as templates for the carbon fibre panels and will be replaced with carbon fibre at a later date.
Here you can see the tubular intercooler mount and i think this picture gives you a good idea of just how far back the engine has been positioned.
This gives you a better shot of the aluminium partition panels and fuel cell firewall. The fuel cell will be filled through the quarter window. The rear radiator is now bolted in place and the coolant pipes are also connected.
The pipes returned from Martelius in Finland, with their ceramic thermal barrier and dispersant coatings. One is a matt black finish and the other is gloss black which looks pretty cool. You can see the fuel cell filler mounted through the quarter window here also.
One change in the suspension is the custom lower control arms we are making. Because of the amount of steering angle we have, the wheel now hits the tension rod if placed in the normal ae86 position so we are making a custom "A" arm which will give us the clearance needed.
Next update will follow shortly and will give you guys a look at the awesome aero for this AE86.