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    1. Member Louie Bricants's Avatar
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      09-18-2012 10:22 AM #926
      Quote Originally Posted by IronTrap View Post
      I'm hoping to, I had some cooling issues after Cult Classic and kinda tucked it away in the garage for most of the summer as I've been focusing on other projects.. I recently built a custom aluminum radiator for it and reran new coolant hoses. From my quick tests tonight it seems to keep the coolant temps right around the halfway mark.. but need to go drive it around a bit and let it sit and idle and crap just to be 100% sure before I drive it down.. really hoping this and the V5 swallowtail can make it!




      Ha, I already have 2 friends from England coming over and I promised them they could drive my junk down/around H2O weekend!

      I'll take new pics of the current cooling system setup tomorrow when I finally pull it out of the garage and give her a good cleaning.
      That's cool Matt. Just throw me a # when you're ready to sell and I'll drive it down next year.

      Let's get up so I can take some photos for you.
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    2. Senior Member IronTrap's Avatar
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      10-03-2012 09:07 AM #927
      Great news- The cabby had a flawless trip to and from H2O and my new cooling system/radiator setup kept the car nice and cool.. very pleased with how it did!

      Bad News- Had a mishap when a friend was pulling the car into the WheelWhores GTG Thursday night and the fender caught the tire on a steep incline and bent the fender all up

      Luckily friends helped pop the dent out and I was able to live with it for the weekend. I already sourced an NOS OEM euro fender, just need a new wheel arch and I'll have them resprayed so the car is damage free for next summer.

      This recent event and the oilpan issue earlier this summer made me realize that I really need to put airride on the car if I want it to be as usable as I'd like... so this winter I plan to gather airride parts. The car is already setup to go quite low, and I think with air it could really sit nicely when air'ed out. I'm kinda over wrecking my cars driving them stupid low.. (especially ones with decent paint).. so I could care less if I'm "selling out" again.. just called getting old!

      I also finally found the steering wheel I've wanted for the car, I'll post it up once I have it in hand


      Some pics from my buddy Fraser this past weekend










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      10-03-2012 09:24 AM #928
      I was the guy who f'd up the fender...You can all line up and kick me in the sack.

      Driving all of Matt's cars was a great treat though. Both were very fun well built cars to drive and I only hope I can drive them again.

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      10-03-2012 10:51 AM #929
      pics really don't do your ea justice.
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      10-03-2012 01:52 PM #930
      Quote Originally Posted by rabbito View Post
      I was the guy who f'd up the fender...You can all line up and kick me in the sack.

      Driving all of Matt's cars was a great treat though. Both were very fun well built cars to drive and I only hope I can drive them again.
      Don't worry about it dude, **** happens.. my fault for making the car so undrivable!


      Quote Originally Posted by gtidaddy View Post
      pics really don't do your ea justice.
      Thanks man, I seem to feel the opposite.. looks better in pics than person haha.. but I guess I just know all the imperfections and such on it that they jump at me!

      An couple photos my friend Marc from Holland took




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      10-03-2012 03:35 PM #931
      Thanks man for share this project, awesome

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      10-03-2012 04:35 PM #932
      Holy cow...Thats clean and I'm jealous. Nice work man. real nice
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      10-03-2012 07:50 PM #933
      1) You look like the dude from the Big Bang Theory

      2) Lil upset I didn't get up with you this weekend.

      3) Very excited to see what your airride setup will consist of. I know it will be like no other.
      planetcaravan

    9. 10-04-2012 01:03 AM #934
      air! sounds incredible! then you can really go low and then air up the system when you are driving/cruizing

      hopefully you took some videos of this/VR5 on the weekend? punching it down the strip...

      trying to make up for a missed weekend

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      10-14-2012 09:38 PM #935
      finally got the steering wheel I've been chasing for ages for this car.. OG Recaro wheel, then my buddy Nick (rabbito) came over and helped me get some OG EA fabric fitted in the place of what was on the wheel. The wheel itself is a bit rough around the grip, but for now it'll do until I have it recovered.

      Some bad cell phone shots in my dark garage






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      10-14-2012 10:07 PM #936
      unf.
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      10-15-2012 12:06 AM #937
      That looks really cool! Great idea!
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    13. 11-13-2012 10:05 PM #938
      a recaro wheel


      i have never seen one of those wow

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      11-14-2012 02:55 AM #939
      Quote Originally Posted by IronTrap View Post
      finally got the steering wheel I've been chasing for ages for this car.. OG Recaro wheel, then my buddy Nick (rabbito) came over and helped me get some OG EA fabric fitted in the place of what was on the wheel. The wheel itself is a bit rough around the grip, but for now it'll do until I have it recovered.

      Some bad cell phone shots in my dark garage

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      02-13-2013 10:34 PM #940
      making some changes with the suspension..

      (don't mind the tire with low air)






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      02-13-2013 11:06 PM #941
      Just read through this all this build is awesome

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      02-14-2013 08:42 AM #942
      looks great, can wait to see how the management works.

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      02-16-2013 12:33 AM #943
      Simply incredible work! I pored over this thread and felt a touch of envy about how well this came together and your excellent work!
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      02-16-2013 01:26 AM #944
      Quote Originally Posted by IronTrap View Post
      i may bring it to madness again if i can get a friend to drive it again.. no waterfest for me. have fun
      I'd love to drive this to Madness
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      02-16-2013 09:03 AM #945
      Quote Originally Posted by Daeouse View Post
      Simply incredible work! I pored over this thread and felt a touch of envy about how well this came together and your excellent work!
      Thanks so much!


      Quote Originally Posted by Louie Bricants View Post
      I'd love to drive this to Madness

      Haha we'll see what happens this year, may need an extra driver to take it to the show!

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      02-16-2013 06:05 PM #946
      Since I've built this car I will admit that the trunk has been ignored and was messy and half-assed. I never had a battery box and the battery was temporarily strapped in place..

      So tonight I decided to clean out the trunk, remove the battery, and start prepping the trunk for the air ride parts. I decided to cover the trunk floor and spare tire well with Eastwood thermo-coustic to keep the sound down from the compressor. I need to order supplies to make a false floor. I plan to mount the majority of the air components hidden in the spare tire well under the false floor.

      Pic from tonight mounting thermo-coustic.


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      02-16-2013 08:06 PM #947
      Quote Originally Posted by IronTrap View Post
      Thanks so much!





      Haha we'll see what happens this year, may need an extra driver to take it to the show!
      That better than a No. I'll keep my fingers crossed
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      02-17-2013 06:44 PM #948
      By far the nicest cabby I've seen! I hope one day mine will look that good!! Thanks for the inspiration.. I was almost considering trading my cabby for an aircooled bus.

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      02-18-2013 08:11 PM #949
      Quote Originally Posted by wdvolks View Post
      By far the nicest cabby I've seen! I hope one day mine will look that good!! Thanks for the inspiration.. I was almost considering trading my cabby for an aircooled bus.
      Thanks!

      So for the past week I've been watching an auction for a nearly complete air ride kit for a honda.. why would I care about this? Well from my experiences most honda guys running air are using airlift chapman air struts. These are the same that are perfect to use on a mk1. Simply weld the bottom portion of a stock rear strut onto the bottom of the chapman strut and you have a super easy bolt-on rear air strut. Today my sniper bid got me a killer deal on a set of 4 of the chapman rear air struts, an air tank, and a pair of compressors. New, the chapman struts are $4-500 a pair... so I'm pumped to say the least. I'll save the other pair of struts for my scirocco project in my signature




      Tonight I cut a piece of plywood to make a false floor out of. I decided to just set up a temporarily battery and air tank to get an idea where I want everything to sit. The trunk will definitely be much less usable with that air tank in there.. hoping to hide the compressor under the false floor in the spare tire well and possibly the V2 manifold/ecu. I'll be covering the plywood with black carpet just to make it look a little cleaner.. even if I won't be opening the trunk..



      Hoping by the end of the month/early March I can have everything mounted and the car fully on air. Stay tuned.

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      02-18-2013 08:54 PM #950
      Are you putting everything on air now?
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