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Carl Payne
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Re: E36 M42 Build
March 24, 2017 11:53PM
I'm seeing my name thrown around in here. We had a good rally. It's really a shame that SS14 was canceled. Two years in a row. I'm 2/2 with newbie drivers at 100 AW. I'm most definitely going to stay with RWD for now.
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Re: E36 M42 Build
March 26, 2017 03:29AM
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Da_Elderly
Me too, ha. The first time was my first EVER launch on gravel. That's why we went to shakedown, lol

Oh yeah, I knew that and most everyone else standing there did too. I gave a shortened synopsis of the story before you even started.



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Re: E36 M42 Build
March 27, 2017 09:20PM
Congrats Griffith! It was good to meet you out at 100 AW, Sadly Brian's first rally did not go so well with our tango with the tree on day two but he's just as hooked! Hope to see you out there again soon.

-Ryan
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Re: E36 M42 Build
March 28, 2017 12:11PM
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so all in all....I FINISHED! ha out of 54 cars that started, only 33 finished. I was one of those! I still cant believe I did 100aw rally with no racing/motorsport of any kind. I just had a feeling I knew I was capable of racing rally without actually racing lol.

Phat like a sumo.



Pete Remner
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1984 RX-7 (rallycross thing)
1978
Silence is golden, but duct tape is silver.



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Garrett Griffith
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Re: E36 M42 Build
August 30, 2017 08:21PM
*GASP* Phew! what a slumber! Its been march since i've seen daylight!

Although I might have forgot about this thread for a brief little while (cuz nobody talks on dis one), I assure I have not been taking it lightly.

So where to begin...I suppose I need to look at the last phot DOH! its been since 100aw?? wow! okay, hmm..

After 100aw I cleaned up....






and thats it! see you in 5 months!



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Garrett Griffith
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Re: E36 M42 Build
August 30, 2017 09:31PM
ha! I kid. mmk
lets C

During the rally (or the last two stages), Carl and I noticed a clanking sound. The car drove fine so we just kinda ignored it because the end was so near. Once those stages ended, I noticed on the transit back to parc ferme, that when I pressed the brake, the wheel would shake pretty badly. It wasnt until the car was trailered back to Texas and I started cleaning the car and doing a damage report that I found the control arm was coming loose. ha whoops. I should start putting some lock tight on crap now. Let the pictures begin!


I only found this thanks my pal Dash! Other than that issue, thats all that I found. Not too bad, but then again I didnt really push that hard.




Oh yeah, turns out I was stupid and didnt put the rear damper bushings on in the correct order and the bump stop thingy ended being eaten by the rubber bushing. I still want to see if the car handles any differently now that this is fixed.


And this was also an issue..
Again, sprouting from the same source, the dampers were like shooting out of the towers, ha smileys with beer When I lowered the car, it ended crushing some live wires and made a big spark, this is how I found this problem. I know it was staring me in the face but took a big spark to say hello.


Okay, now for mechanical talk. My engine is trash. I bought it this way. Just didnt know how trash until I actually pushed it. Yeah my stage times were just shy of national records, but Its because of my 350,000? mile engine with....get this... 15% compression loss and leak down percent on all 4 bangers. You go ahead and tell me how bad it is. ha.






so thats cool. Ill put a lower mileage m42 in during this winter before next 100aw. Oh yeah, I should say I am going to do Show-Me rally and Hallett rally sprint. (I guess on this weak engine).

Any who, I later did a rallycross in late may as a graduation gift to myself. It was a good mental break after senior year finals and project. Super cool setup. Around 2min course and head to head style. All in all, I won 2wd. not too many people came out, but hey a wins a win and I had fastest time of the day 2wd...with that engine. so yeah.






^ post champagne spray, ha. Now time for cleaning again. This thing really leaves a dirt trail whenever she gets back from an event.


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Okay now for the most time consuming thing I have been working on. Interior renovation. I through the car together last minute (literally) for 100aw. The car it sat was not how I envisioned it. My goals were to take everything out of the inside, paint it white, flock the dash, and wire crap up correctly. Here are some before, mid process, and after pics.





yes, I learned the hard way. I should have covered EVERYTHING because I later had to clay bar EVERY INCH of the outside to get over spray off.....








Had to fix the dust issue as well.




and den I got a wing! cuz race car! More over I have recently become fascinated with fluid dynamics.


And then rats struck....
THEY SUCK. a lot.
They tried to get inside the car through the firewall...where all the wires were.


This was a pain to fix.


Prime day was great! $30 tablet with some hackery to get google playstore on it so I can install rally apps. Pair that with the garmin GLO and boom! coolness.


Im pretty happy with the inside of the car now. Almost dont want to get it dirty....nahhhhhh grinning smiley

I picked up a LSD 4.45 diff as recommended. Look how it shipped.... like wtf!
Only damage I could find through the 1/4" oily dirt was two of the cooling fins broke during shipping.



ahhh. who ships a heavy car part by just putting it in a box and saying good to go. I hope once I clean the case I dont find any cracks. Also, whats the best way to clean something like this? royal purple?

and then last weekend I decided to get new tail lights (lights kept falling out) and headlights (old ones were too weathered). I forgot to take front pics, but here are the new rear lights. I had to re-wire them because you get what you pay for.





And here are my two beauties as of current. I call it, the wild vs. the tamed. But yeah, the wild one REALLY needs a fresher engine. Uhh so yeah.



next stop is show-me!



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Re: E36 M42 Build
August 31, 2017 12:13AM
You've been busy! The interior looks great!
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