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    #76
    I plan on taking it to Phillip island on the 11th, so I have 6 days.. May as well do the Supersprint round on Sunday. The Beavis gave me a hand to tidy up the wiring a bit, it's mostly in place. I might just throw the car back together so it's useable, so the carbon fibre doors are coming back off. Too many hours to get them finished.
    NA8B 89KW- P.I. 1:50.1, WNTN1:38.0, SDWN 1:27.6, WKFLD 1:10.4
    NB8B 181KW- P.I 1:43.8, WNTN 1:32.9, SDWN 1:22.0, BDFD 1:05.3
    VP 293KW- P.I 1:43.8 WNTN 1:33.5

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      #77
      Im also doing that round in my Skyline. I'll see you there. 6 days, plenty of time[emoji106]

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        #78
        Looking good Lightyear
        Ban low performance drivers not high performance cars

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          #79
          This looks awesome! Let me know when you're bored with it, or one of your other track MX5s and i'll buy it from you

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            #80
            Not selling any, I need them all.

            I finished the wiring, connected the battery and made sure it still works. It fired up and ran fine. Such a big relief when you cut plenty of plugs off the loom. Still sounds like a fart in a Milo tin.
            I put the factory doors, guards, bumpers and bonnet back on. And a fibreglass fastback and boot. Made some brackets to hold what is left of the dash, put in the seat, harness and steering wheel with quick release. I also put new Beavis Motorsport rubber boots on the shifter. I will take it off the trailers so I can put the Hawk pads in and bleed the brakes.
            I booked it in for a wheel alignment and corner weight on Friday. Should be ready for Sunday I would think. Not sure if I should bother putting some aero in it, or just drive it as is. If I have time I will throw a splitter and wing on it.

            NA8B 89KW- P.I. 1:50.1, WNTN1:38.0, SDWN 1:27.6, WKFLD 1:10.4
            NB8B 181KW- P.I 1:43.8, WNTN 1:32.9, SDWN 1:22.0, BDFD 1:05.3
            VP 293KW- P.I 1:43.8 WNTN 1:33.5

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              #81
              I managed to spend a few hours on the car again today. Bonded in the windscreen, bolted the roof on, brake pads are on and brakes are bled, etc, etc. There are still a few minor jobs to do. I can't find one of the end links for the front swaybar, so that's annoying.
              Pic before I unloaded it to do the brakes this morning. I should be able to take it for a drive tomorrow.
              NA8B 89KW- P.I. 1:50.1, WNTN1:38.0, SDWN 1:27.6, WKFLD 1:10.4
              NB8B 181KW- P.I 1:43.8, WNTN 1:32.9, SDWN 1:22.0, BDFD 1:05.3
              VP 293KW- P.I 1:43.8 WNTN 1:33.5

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                #82
                Took it for a test drive and it broke down. Something seized in the driveline, and I was on Napean hwy. It's not the best place to break down. I thought it might be the gearbox, maybe I didn't put oil in it. So went back with a jack, some tools and the trailer. Disconnected the tailshaft, tailshaft spins free. So it's the diff. The wheels will spin opposite to each other, they just won't rotate the same way. This is a diff I bought a year ago, but have never driven the car with it. Only did about 1km. Now I need to pull it out and see what I can use. I have a spare diff here, and hopefully I can reuse the diff gears and the Torsen. It's completely locked, I had to put the trolley jack under the rear and winch the car on with the back wheels in the air. And since the front tow hook is on the side, it pulls the car around, so kept falling off the jack. Nobody would stop to lend a hand, that died out years ago.
                Plus it happens to be a 37 degree day, so it was more than a little uncomfortable laying on the hot bitumen.
                NA8B 89KW- P.I. 1:50.1, WNTN1:38.0, SDWN 1:27.6, WKFLD 1:10.4
                NB8B 181KW- P.I 1:43.8, WNTN 1:32.9, SDWN 1:22.0, BDFD 1:05.3
                VP 293KW- P.I 1:43.8 WNTN 1:33.5

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                  #83
                  It turns out I should have remembered to check the diff oil. It's been a year since putting the diff in the car, and the car hasn't been driven since.
                  I have just destroyed a very rare set of 4.44 diff gears. Now I have to rape the black car to get the 4.1 diff and throw it in this car. It needed to come out of the black car anyway as its getting 3.6 gears to suit the turbo powers.. I took the broken diff and the 3.6 open diff down to my mechanic, and we figure the best thing we can do is use the Torsen LSD from the broken diff and put it into the 3.6 diff.
                  NA8B 89KW- P.I. 1:50.1, WNTN1:38.0, SDWN 1:27.6, WKFLD 1:10.4
                  NB8B 181KW- P.I 1:43.8, WNTN 1:32.9, SDWN 1:22.0, BDFD 1:05.3
                  VP 293KW- P.I 1:43.8 WNTN 1:33.5

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                    #84
                    Take 2. A few smaller issues, but it's working. I need some ventilation, the cabin is completely sealed and its 31 degrees tonight. I was driving with the door open to let some air in when there where no cars next to me. Might have been smart to connect the switch for the windows. I need to do a few more minor jobs and to make it more useable. Pity it's all going to come apart again to paint it and put the carbon fibre panels on. But there is no rush for that.
                    NA8B 89KW- P.I. 1:50.1, WNTN1:38.0, SDWN 1:27.6, WKFLD 1:10.4
                    NB8B 181KW- P.I 1:43.8, WNTN 1:32.9, SDWN 1:22.0, BDFD 1:05.3
                    VP 293KW- P.I 1:43.8 WNTN 1:33.5

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                      #85
                      Damm that looks good.

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                        #86
                        Originally posted by irsa76 View Post
                        Damm that looks good.
                        The fastback?
                        NA8B 89KW- P.I. 1:50.1, WNTN1:38.0, SDWN 1:27.6, WKFLD 1:10.4
                        NB8B 181KW- P.I 1:43.8, WNTN 1:32.9, SDWN 1:22.0, BDFD 1:05.3
                        VP 293KW- P.I 1:43.8 WNTN 1:33.5

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                          #87
                          Originally posted by lightyear View Post
                          The fastback?
                          Yep. And the cage.

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                            #88
                            re diff: rough go mate
                            www.holditflat.com

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                              #89
                              Bugger about the diff, suppose it's hard to keep track of what's been done to a car when you keep buying, selling and modifying so many similar cars.
                              2015 Skoda Octavia RS162TSI
                              2004 MX5 SE Turbo
                              2016 Toyota 86 GTS (No Pics)

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                                #90
                                I was stupid not to check it. I planned on checking the box and diff, but I was in such a rush to get it driveable, I simply forgot. I did so many minor things like brace the bottom edge of the rear bumper so it didn't flop.
                                I didn't do much to it yesterday, I spent half the day at the fibreglass shop. But I did zip tie an R/C battery on the drivers door so I can wind the window up and down without doing any wiring. And I put a 3rd brake light in the back window. Oh, and a rear boot spoiler, figured it needed something to balance the front spoiler.
                                It's going down to get a track set up this morning. Only thing left after that is to mount the camera and data gear.
                                I also need some kind of console, there is nowhere to put my phone or keys.
                                NA8B 89KW- P.I. 1:50.1, WNTN1:38.0, SDWN 1:27.6, WKFLD 1:10.4
                                NB8B 181KW- P.I 1:43.8, WNTN 1:32.9, SDWN 1:22.0, BDFD 1:05.3
                                VP 293KW- P.I 1:43.8 WNTN 1:33.5

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