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    Screw heads look fine, dash looks great, it's good to see how a car is put together.

    Funny how your dash setup is so similar to mine - Speedhut gauges, Momo wheel, four switch Vintageair controller. I promise I'm not ripping you off, it's just the best way to do things!

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      Originally posted by Mr Purple View Post
      Screw heads look fine, dash looks great, it's good to see how a car is put together.

      Funny how your dash setup is so similar to mine - Speedhut gauges, Momo wheel, four switch Vintageair controller. I promise I'm not ripping you off, it's just the best way to do things!
      Oh Nice, you should put a pic up of your dash

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        He's waiting for the old growth hardwood log to be milled from a 1000 year old tree do he can get the wafer thin veneer of timber to cover the dash panel with.

        To find the exact veneer is taking some time, half the Sumatran rainforests have been sacrificed so far, but still no match...

        Sent from my XT1635-02 using Tapatalk

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          PXL is right, it's currently off at the painters being hydrodipped to the correct shade of mahogany.

          Looked like this unfinished though!



          Though my Mini looks very similar to yours already, if not quite anywhere near as well done.



          Sorry for cluttering up your thread, yours is much neater and cooler!

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            Haha nice. looks pretty good so far

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              Got my weld on kit from Techno Toy Tuning in the mail, pretty happy with the kit itself however the instructions were extremely vague with many parts in the kit unexplained or not required as they were for a different set up etc. After a bit of head scratching and measuring it appears they sent me the wrong weld on perch. The ID was wrong and the sleeve almost had no seating face on the perch. (after a quick email to techno toy tuning) they confirmed they stuffed up and will send me another weld on perch that is the right size.

              I also questioned them about why one end of the sleeve has a notch out of it, they came back to me advising they use the same sleeve on a number of different kits and that is why it was there but not needed for my set up. It seems odd that they still recommend putting this down the bottom as the wall thickness is essentially halved. It seems much more logical to flip it over and put the thin side up the top where there is no load. They said I could do that and I think I will run it in this configuration.

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              This is it flipped over, seems to be a much nice edge to sit on the perch.

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              This was the original weld on perch they supplied.

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              At some point I will get it all over to Craig at Extreme Custom Engineering to weld it on for me, then I can play around with setting it up.

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                Just read this from start to finish awesome build mate full credit to yourself and your dad. I'm with some of the previous comments but please say a set of superlites or similar will be going on in the future?

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                  Originally posted by trb012 View Post
                  Just read this from start to finish awesome build mate full credit to yourself and your dad. I'm with some of the previous comments but please say a set of superlites or similar will be going on in the future?
                  Thanks for the kind words, the hardest part I've found with "classic" wheels is finding ones in the correct offset and size that will clear the big brakes. I don't mind how the steelies look on it for now. At some stage I may consider other rims for it, but there is so many other things to focus on that before I throw money at other wheels. I don't even know if Performance Wheels still make the Superlites, I think last time I looked they offered some various offsets and 15 inch options.

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                    Yeah I hear ya in regards to big brakes I've had to go 16 inch watanabes to clear the R32 gtr caliper 300mm disc combo I have on my datto. Performance wheels were brought our a while ago but they did offer up to 17 inch variants at the time. They also do a forged version as well so can make any size/offset you want wouldn't be cheap but I guess.

                    https://www.performancewheels.com.au...erlite-forged/

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                      What is the ID of the sleeve vs the OD of the strut tube? can't just cut some c-clip grooves on the strut? maybe weld a steel sleeve to the strut then machine to suit?

                      I found it much cheaper to use Bilstein parts from summit and get some custom top spring perches made, also let me get longer springs so no need for helpers or any of that stuff...

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                      Originally posted by ALLMTR
                      the theory is the fuel pump is one of the only things that can fuck out on a diesel

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                        They sent the wrong weld on perch, once I get the other ones it will be fine. The ones I need have an ID of 51.56mm just a little over 2 inches. Techno Toy Tuning advised it should be a nice fit with just a tiny amount of clearance over the strut casings. The threaded sleeves then fit over the strut casings with some thin O-Rings that were also supplied in their kit.

                        We haven't even pulled the struts out of the car as yet, just got the kit for now We will probably do this modification once the engine and gearbox come out.

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                          Proper watanabes have far more clearance than superlights for brakes. Less rear casting in the spokes. Also look a F load better
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                            lol I'm not changing wheels. Still need to build the engine, box, finish the interior, roll cage, wire the thing, tune it, register and mod plates.

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                              Not too much to report at this stage, getting a few things sorted and have been really busy making up glove boxes for other Celica people.

                              I did manage to score a set of NOS TA22 indicator lenses, way nicer than the thai eBay rubbish ones I had. Cost a lot, but worth it I think.

                              I have also been mulling over the intercooler on my set up, we ordered this chinesium one off eBay about 3 years ago. Its a tube and fin set up and the cooler is 400x300x60 in the core. As the build has progressed everything used has gotten better and better than I first expected and it is now the cheap part in that set up. It's just very frustrating when you don't have the room. More worrying is that I cannot seem to find this cooler ANYWHERE! its like this freak 1 off thing, so if anything ever happens to it I am stuffed.

                              PWR and PLAZMAMAN dont seem to be able to help at this stage either, as their cores are different dimensions. I guess its just hard with no extra space and having stuffed the 6 cylinder in with air con as well. I guess I just have to go with what I have and see what happens. It would be nice knowing its replaceable however

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                                Bit over everything on this car atm.
                                Thinking it over, trying to fit air con, a straight 6 and fmic into this tiny car has been a huge undertaking and is just so tight for space.
                                This is about as big a cooler as I can go, without removing the chin spoiler and grill. Without those the car would look awful though. So its now at a point where if this cooler cant support the power I want/need what is the point of upgrading everything else like head studs/main studs etc and other performance mods. I think I just need to step back from it for a while, all I do is throw money at this thing and I feel like it has so many restrictions. Heck the systems on it now might not even work.
                                Rant over.

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