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Daily Scraped #573

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Megaspeed 2014

This was our first visit to a Megaspeed/Performance World show.  I felt it was a good kickoff to show season.  Though the chilly weather outside did nothing to agree. I did see some facebook statuses at the smaller show size this year.  However for new visitors like us, we did not notice such.  What we did notice was the nice mix of hot rods, muscle cars, drag cars, imports and tuner cars.

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Love me some Toyota VTEC.

The stance on this 300C was spot on.  And KJohn’s MazdaSpeed3 looked great with the flares and Boso exhaust.

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I heard Dreamworks’ Turbo movie was based on this car.
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Something tells me @hoowybrow won’t be needing that wax any time soon.  Natural patina at it finest.

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If you don’t have time for a natural patina, just paint it on. It was however very well done.

 

Impressive V8 Debut

The Clipsal 500 at Adelaide is a formidable race to make a series debut at.  The old guns of Holden and Ford are up for any challengers.  NIssan and Mercedes were easily dispelled in their first season last year.  I had figured Volvo S60 would be in the same boat this year, but after Race 2 at Adelaide the pecking order in V8 Supercars needs a shakeup.  Volvo has jumped to a podium finish.  Scott McLaughlin, the 20 yr old 2013 rookie of the year, had an epic fight with THE V8 Supercar hot shoe, Jamie Whincup and won out.  Is there a better looking touring car currently turning laps?  I don’t think so.

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Race 2 Highlights

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Race 2 Lap 1

Doing the Splits

I’ve decided to run a front splitter on the B34TER.  And I managed to convince Mauncho to do the same on his E36.  It was easy, it took one text.   Now that that decision is made, we need to figure out how to actually building them.

We’ve chosen to go with the popular grassroots option of plywood.   Before you consider that to be ghetto fab or doing it wrong.  I assure you, any track day or time attack event will have a multitude of amateur and semi-professionally prepared vehicles sporting plywood splitters.

This Evo for example sports a great wood splitter.  DIY thread link.

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Birch wood provides the right combination of flexibility, rigidity, and strength.  It is also very cost effective as it can be purchased at any Home Depot or Lowe’s.  If money is no object, you have the options to use carbon fiber, alumilite or Tegris (NASCAR splitters).  Slightly cheaper options include ABS plastic. For our purpose, of providing mostly aesthetics and the possibility of some track time, the use of plywood made sense.  Moreover, the addition of a splitter could improve your mileage.  Hence I’ve dumped the idea of canards attached to the bumper.  Instead I will have canards/winglets on the splitter near the sides to direct the air around the car. Repeated layers of urethane and sanding and a couple of coats of paint, will yield a finish on the plywood that will be very close if not identical to painted plastic.  Considering the cheap cost of plywood and urethane, I was slightly surprised by the cost of splitter supports.  The shock type supports seem to have extremely huge markups on ebay.  $60-80 a pair? No thanks.  I think a look through a McMaster-Carr catalogue will yield alternative solutions. I’ve also seen the use of steel cable and fittings used. We might have to resort to this if cheaper supports are not found. Since the e36 and e34 have relatively square bumpers.  I’m fairly certain both cars will have identically shaped splitters. Supports and bolt location will undoubtedly change however the templete used to cut out the splitter will hopefully be applied to both.  Allowing us to easily build a replacement splitter once they wear down.  And wear down, they undoubtedly will. Amir’s red E36 posted by Stanceworks has a great splitter design.  And it is one we will lend cues from.  It does not appear to be made of plywood but I digress.

Stanceworks Source.

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Subaru X Volkswagen X MDMVisuals

Mike’s taken his time to do things right.  It looks like his Subaru powered Ghia is really close to ticking over for the first time.  Fingers crossed.


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Can’t Fuchs with Pfaff.

This 964 is not an extensive build like their previous red one.  But since its a Turbo and its on Fuchs, its such a better exanple of why 964s are internet darlings at the moment.  Upgrades include Hybrid K27 turbo with a fuel enrichment controller, headers and BB muffler. K&N filter intake system and JIC suspension.

Photos by in house Pfaff photographer, OG Scraped.Crusaders. Matt Berenz aka Deathlens

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