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Old 28-11-2011, 11:32 PM   #1
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Hi all and welcome to one of my project bugs: BEEFCAKE! yes that IS its name! ha ha

I'm saving this >>>>> SPOT HERE <<<<< (well below now as photobucket gone pop)for the day I get my first pic of it on the road MOT's since 1998!

Here is my 'log' and some old how to's I did etc................

EDIT......It's got a bloody MOT! few teething probs and bits to sort but nothing wouldn't expect. Only took 20 years.... YAY!
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Old 28-11-2011, 11:34 PM   #2
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EDITED 071213

I just wanted to add this HUGE thanks to my father (in pictures below, look how I've made him age over the years! ). I've writen all what you are about to read below from my persective and I've done the work myself, but most with the help, guidance and hands on of my father who is an absolute mechanical genious! Without his help since getting my first bug in 94 none of this would have been possible and there is no way I'd be building something to pull wheelies in now. I can cut, weld and mech on bugs all day but there is noone that can fab, measure and undoo tricky rusted up bolts quite as well as you do, well not after the 3rd attempt and 2 missing knuckles! ha ha ;D If your reading this your awsome! Big thankyou for everything!

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All started like this when I bought her in 94 when I was 18, my first car.
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By 98 had been transformed into something a little lower, shower and quicker:
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Home built 1776cc, JMR machine work etc. Still running in my daily bug today7 years later........now in 2018 nearly 21 years old and going in another of my projects soon. Lol
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Old 28-11-2011, 11:36 PM   #3
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Unfortunately I managed to write her off and got bugger all from insurance as was only 3rd party. So the rebuild was on. Everything you can see that is white was chopped from a Donar car I had bought for my on my birthday. This was then grafted into the original car. Mst of the damage was to bodywork, though the shocker top had been bent by about a foot. This was chopped off at the bottom tortion tube and the whole section also grafted on. Gearbox smashed in half so a CR HD box has been fitted.

SAY ''HI'' DAD
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Old 28-11-2011, 11:38 PM   #4
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23/09/05:

New valance and long bonnet, decromed as is the rest of the car, trim holes welded up.

Built some 3" wider rear wings, full metal to go over the 8.5'' wolfrace.

Primer blow over with hplv kit........going to take a lot of rubing back! Lol
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This is the point at which the project took a HUGE U-turn. Though its not easy to see from this log there has been a couple of year gap in the progress and pictures are quite sparse, during this time the original hypo 1776 although never actually run on the road, was removed and sold (to 'y baja (just like Craigs) 70).

I then bought and fitted a Subaru 2.2i 130bhp watercooled engine. This stayed in for about a year, again never actually got it fired up and changed direction again. Why do all this work for 130bhp when I could have 300bhp plus!!??
So the 2.2i came out and was exchanged for my final choice of engine, but also meant a total upgrade to the suspension, braking, and gearbox. I've added a couple of pics below fomr this time period but unfortunately I didn't keeep much of a log and gets a bit confusing!!??
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Old 28-11-2011, 11:40 PM   #6
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Gearbox out and sold, engine out and sold:
Sti on 091 bus box, berg bug nose, rjes bellhouse.
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Just spent the last few weekends polishing my wolfies. Think they look spot on now
Getting some metal slots to run during the winter months tho, I later found steel slots didn't come close to clearing the brake caliper upgrades.
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Well the bugs been off to Botch's (tell him I sent you 07760 443 923) for a full 6 point roll cage building. Here it is back in the garage:


The rear of the cage had to be modified as was built for a bug motor and box but my change of motor and box screwed that a but. Botch very kindly made some new down bars from templates we sent him and then came to sheffield and welded them in.
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I've had a new CR gearbox built by Bears in Birmingham (0121 742 2200, again tell him I sent you )

He's pioneered something for me which is a little different, 091 gearbox, using Berg carrier etc

Berg nose and LSD in the rear

I then fitted a rjes bellhousing.

Update.....Since this I had some issues as had left the box unused for so long! Hell this update is 3 years later ha ha. The box got stripped and took the oportunity to use a rjes subaru first motion shaft allowing use of stock scoob clutch. Don't talk to me about clutches....Maybe see below.

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Botch also welded in the new IRS setup. I've gone for early Porsche 944 IRS as has a narrower track than the post 86 models and steel A arms. Obviously I'll retain the 944 rear disc brake setup also tho this may require upgrading the master cylinder to cope with increased pot sizes. I'm currently working out how the 5x130 stud pattern can be converted back to 4x130, not a straight forward task but essential if want to use the wolfrace! Using the 944 swing arms also makes the ear suspension heigh adjustable.
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