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Money Gang Steve – Early in the Build

Go big or go home.   In somewhat contrast to our last article, Getting lost in the Build, we take our first look at Stephen Van Sleuwen’s extensive E46 drift build.  The difference with Steve, is that we know he’s well within his capabilities, and he’ll have a complete car for this summer.  If not, the E30 still drives.   This 4 door E46 will be the chassis for his foray into the USDrift circuit, having previously campaigned his E30 in CSCS drifting competitions, he’s taking a big dive into semi-pro drifting..  When Steve decides to do something he really gets into it.  We originally thought drifitng the showcar E30 was just a cool weekend warrior venture.  It’s quickly turned into a full fledged deal with a trailer, truck (Yukon xl),  some sponsors and a part time crew of Danny, Kristoff, Mike and Nick.

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The project is only a few weeks old.  It’s just passed the strip down stage.  A LOOOT of metal and glass has been jettisoned for tube front and rear end and lexan.  Doors, hood and rear trunk now consist of just their metal skins.  As its a totally new chassis only a few part were able to swap over from the E30, this include the carbon fiber Megan Racing wing and the eBay special universal flares.   Filling those flares will be Cosmis Racing wheels, who’ve come aboard for the drift season.

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If you’re going semi-pro, you’ve got to look the part.  Therefore proprietary skirts are currently in development.  Note these are v0.1 mockup skirts.  More info on these will be made available in the near future.  As of now I can say plans for E46 skirts for the sedan and coupe are in full swing with E30 and E36 versions in the pipeline.

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It’s not a drift car without the doors shaved and lanyard door pulls.

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Drifitng is all about function over form.  Gone are the BMW gauges in with the VDO replacements.

 

The car sat at Steve’s shop on some jack stands.  Thus we were not able to move it around.  We will we try to get some more pics within the next few weeks to show the development of this ride.  The only things i can reveal so far is that he is currently looking for more sponsors and the BMW lump is out, will it make way for something else? JDM, German, domestic?  Italian?? Or will it go back in with some upgrades?

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Much to the chagrin of this guy, the old E30 risers were ditched for these more sweptback uprights.  They were a hit on instagram, so we know the angle is right.

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To offset the CF wing, you also need CF mirrors of course.   This was our first look at the Money Gang Drift Team’s E46.  We will have a few more updates through the winter to show the cars development.  Also more info on the side skirts and engine choice will be available soon.  If you want to get involved in this team as a sponsor or in some other capacity.  Please feel free to contact Stephen at stephen.vansleuwen@gmail.com or on instagram at @moneygangsteve.

SWANG BANG MONEY GANG.  //

 

 

Scraped.Crusaders. at TOPP Drift by Geoff

Despite the fact that it snowed in the GTA on Tuesday, we had a blast on Sunday at Shannonville; my farmer’s tan is just starting to even out.

Steve’s car first; we’ve seen this car through so many stages and this one certainly doesn’t fail to impress:

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These cars take a thrashing, that being said I now want something RWD to sling around the track :)

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My favorite sequence of the day, RB26 powered 240:

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Scraped.Crusaders’ B34TER Pt.1

The Legacy will be replaced. We had originally thought of keeping this purchase under wraps through the winter.   But then realized what’s the point in that.  Aren’t we here to share our builds and experiences with our readers?  Damn right we are.

First I need to send off the Lesbowagon.  All in all ,she’s been a great car.  While I do hate her now, it was a mutual split.

What I do know for sure is,  I would not have the great friends I have today if it weren’t for this car. The Scraped.Crusaders simply would not exist.   I showed up to the weekly VW meet in Pickering in my stock 1998 Subaru Legacy Brighton Wagon, after Dave invited me out.  Honestly, at the time I thought car meets were for losers. “You just stand outside in a lot with your car?”. My mind was changed very quickly.  It was much more than that.  Good times and good people, I was hooked.  Coils were already ordered and I was scouring Kijiji (our craigslist) for wheels.  The first year was a learning process. I had zero experience modifying cars and thus, ended up with terrible fitment. While it was okay, it was no where near where I wanted it to be.  We still made it work, with some nice photos.

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Over that winter I had decidde to get a set of widened steelies.  I’ve always liked that look and wanted to be different in the Subie scene.  At 16×8 they were a step up from the previous year.  Things were going well and the dhow season was about to begin. I was pumped, not even an accident could stop me.  I took the punches and just rolled with it.  Attended both Stretch and Poke and Eurokracy with mashed up doors.  Fortunately the doors would be fixed and a set of 16 inch RSs would be fitted before H20i. The green beebs didn’t last long but people sure did remember them.

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While I loved the RSs, i felt the 16s were too small.  The hunt for 17s was really short as it was just a text to Geoff.  We traded wheels plus cash on my end because I had smashed one of the lips. That year also brought on a rear hatch wing, an outback front bumper and Hella lights.

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This year turned out to be the most trying of them all.  NUMEROUS repairs, nagging issues.  We were both growing tired of each other. The RSIIs weren’t helping. A hairline crack would sometimes leak and on other occasions hold air perfectly.  As the issue was intermittent, I was not prepared to drive the car to H20i.  That was the low point.  I hated the Lesbowagon so much that I did not want to take her to Maryland. That changed when I found a set of BBS RSs with similar specs to the RSIIs.  A quick remounting of tires, side skirts, plastidipping the real valence and adding a front lip.  I was able to save face for H20i.  Unfortunately around this time my transmission started acting up, fourth gear was on its way out ( I had to physically hold the lever in 4th or it would pop out). I decided to just man up and drive down,  I was just desperate to get to OCMD.  Luckily it worked out.  To my surprise I have been able to take the Subaru to H20 for 4 years with 4 different wheels and looks.

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I had put on over 160000kms in four years of ownership.  I should really move closer to work  :(. Over 120000 of those kms were spent dumped.  So considering that,  I can’t be too angry that it was in the shop often for maintenance issues.  Steering u-joints, ball joints, axles, hubs, snapped shifter linkage.  She’ll be relegated to winter duty.  And possibly ice racing next year?

-Edit.  I had started the above paragraph months ago.  Since then 4th gear has shit the bed completely.  Thus ice racing is not in the cards.  Instead….junkyard.

She’ll be missed,  on to the next one.  Continued…

 

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Does this car ever get old?  We’ll stop if it does.  The 2 owners of the 2 coolest BMWs in Toronto in one car.  We’ll post more of Kristoff’s soon. Pic my DaveM.

Scraped does Eurokracy

The first roadtrip of the year is complete.  There were a few hiccups on the way though.  My Subaru decided to wearout a wheelbearing in the most inconvienent time so she was MIA.  NBD, I got to ride shotgun in Steve’s E30, which later won Best BMW at the show. :)  Kristoff chewed through a oil pan on the way.  Spare pan in the form of JB Weld was used.  Weather was AWESOME, cars were AWESOME, the women were French=AWESOME.  EuroKracy seems to have grown 4-5 fold since the first event last year.  This seems optimistic when I say this but I can see it growing into Canada’s H20.  More coverage in a bit.

Spring Fling Vids

How we leave Spring Fling.  Also how we like to goon with two-step.

Scraped Crusaders: White on Red

We had initially wanted to take photos outdoors.  Cold weather put a close on that pretty fast.  Since the e30 isn’t on insurance, we chose the shop.  White on red is a tried and tested colour combo.  And once again, it’s works on both of these cars.  The e30 with the salad shooters (for sale) and the MK2 Jetta on widened steelies and winter rubber.  Winter beaters don’t get much nicer than this VW.  The Scraped Crusaders should be on summer wheels in a little over a month.  Expect more original content soon enough.  Sorry, guys winter in Toronto sucks.   Photos by. Deathlens.