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Category: AE86,Car Builds

I got my baby some new kicks today, c/o of Marcos Ruiz. He hooked it up, and they look SLAMMIN’ on the car. I snagged two 15×7″ Watanabe’s, and four Centerlines (2:15×7,2:15×8). Once I get tyres for the 15×8’s… I’ll prolly rawk the Centerlines all the way around – until I can find two more Watanabes… then they will be on there. Its amazing what offset can do for a car. I <3 it!!!rn
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rnI couldn’t stop staring at the car tonight. It totally changed the demeanor. She doesn’t look like an SR5 to me anymore… but one step closer to a GTS!rn
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rnNow… about that 20v…

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Category: BMW,Car Builds,E46

Imagine the European luxury that BMW delivers in a 2001 325Ci as a single piece of paper. Now imaging taking that paper… crumpling it up, and tossing it out the window at a buck twenty. :D It’s kind of old news… but I figured I’d post it up anyway. The e46 is one step closer to being a racecar over a street car. After purchasing an AutoPower rollcage (and it being a deathtrap), it was returned… and ol’ grrrl was taken up to Robinson Racing just north of Atlanta. The guys at MazCare recommended them to me and said they’d take care of me. They weren’t kidding!rn

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(bye-bye deadly cage…)

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(the Sparco owns the stock seat ;P)

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(custom seat bracket from Wedge Engineering)

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(pre-prepped for the cage fabrication)

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Robinson Racing did an amazing job with the cage. It’s very non-intrusive, I’m extremely far away from the bars, it’s so tight in places that you can’t squeeze a piece of paper between the bar and the interior panels. They welded an extra bar between the strut towers in the rear… eliminating the need for my rear strut-brace. They hooked it up! This being my first car with a full cage… I was very impressed at the drastic difference in rigidity. The car slides around like a little go-kart! I didn’t completely realize how much the body used to flex until I felt the flex gone. I love it! I would really love to know how the car would feel seam welded as well. More to come soon… :)

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The inevitable had to be done. After over a year of procrastination/exuses on my behalf… Hooman and I finally got our li’l eight-six one step closer to how we planned it. The car’s original 1986 panda red/black combo needed a refresher of sorts… and she finally got it! $65: 11 kans of krylon, two rolls of painters tape, one fine-grit sanding block, one sunday paper, and two 5-hr day’s work… and I present to you – Atlanta’s ONLY white/black panda eight-six!

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Step ..1: Wash her down & remove excess drrrt rn

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Step ..2: Wet sand any problematic areas (such as the Jesus fish a previous owner applied ;)).

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Step ..3: Rattle-can the wheels ultra-flat black.

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Step ..4: Begin masking off windows, tail lights, & trim with painter’s tape & newspaper.

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Step ..5: Bust out the Krylon.

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Step ..6 (not really illustrated): Mask & paint lower half of car & hood satin black.

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Step ..7: Leave her sit overnight & start the next day with a fresh head clear of Krylon dust.

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Step ..8: Tape & mask the black portions of the car to prepare for the white. Use the sunday paper to aid in covering the black portions you already sprayedrn

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Step ..9: Start the white paint application.

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Step ..10: With the white paint applied, give her some time to dry & cure.

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Step ..11: Take dorky picture of self with gas mask on. (BTW, I highly recommend one of these – especially if you’re doing this in a poorly ventilated locale.)rnrn

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Step ..12: Unwrap your work carefully and slowly… the paint still hasn’t completely cured, and you don’t want to destroy hours upon hours of workrn

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Step .. 13: Bask in the glory as the fruits of your labor are fully unveiled.

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Step ..14: Rawk out more post-completion poses.

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Step ..15: Bring her to the surface & back into the real world! 39.jpg

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Hooman and I are the biggest dorks on the planet, and we love every minute of it. We had to rawk it out Initial D style. :D This was a team effort for sure. I was primary masking technician, since I’m so damn picky about detail… and Hooman was primary paint batallion, since he’s the rattle-can master. We could not have rawked it out so hard individually. I thank him for putting up with my time-consuming mask techniques… I think it turned out RAD!

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