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Tarmac spec Stage rally car - fresh build

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After posting on the 350z page on Facebook, I have been asked to start a build thread.  I thought I’d say hello and let you into my latest project.
 

I am new to the world of Zeds but with the new 2020 Cat 3 regs being introduced but the MUK for rally cars with larger than 3.0 multi valve engines, I decided a return to rallying was in order. Always fancied a 350z ever since they were released and a tarmac rally one is even better. 
 

After a little hunt through a load of tatty rubbish I found a blue 2006 Revup about an hour from home and picked it up 2 weeks ago.

 

So far the entire interior is gone apart from the steering column, all the unwanted metal frame work for the subs etc has been cut out, wiring looms removed and being ‘thinned out’, front removed and all heater/AC kit removed, bonnet pins in and ext cut off/fire switches fitted. 
 

AST coilovers and a few other bits are waiting on the shelf.

 

Custom Cages T45 multi point weld in cage has been ordered and should be here in 3 weeks and a shopping list has been started. I already have a lot of motorsport parts on the shelf due to previous build and have ordered this week  a Coolerworx shifter (original gearbox has to be used) and a HEL Performance oil cooler kit. 

 

Cat 3 regs are quite strict so only a certain amount of modifications can be made. 

I’ll post a few photos etc as I go if anyone’s interested.

 

This is just the strip out stage and a few bits added, I will start to take some more detailed photos as we begin to build the car.

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Just a quick note, here is the pile of wiring already removed from the rear and central loom section. The look running through the dash is next, the eng8ne loom will be left alone currently. 
 

fingers crossed once a lot of items are removed from the ECU map it will start again with this thinning down lol 

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Following this thread having seen your Facebook post. Quite reassuring to see a 15 year old shell containing solid metal :thumbs:

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Good evening everyone,

 

Today saw myself, brother and 2 great mates really get stuck into the internal metal work today. 
 

The final parts of the rear metal work have been removed and cleaned up, all seat box sections had the spot welds drilled out and removed (thanks guys you know who you are), almost all the sound deadening removed and cleaned up. At which point I finally I gave the whole area a good run over with the grinder wire bush. 
For the eagle eyed, I haven’t quite finished the driver footwell because we still have to cut out the section of transmission tunnels that randomly juts out to ensure the seats can be set low enough. 
Interior space is almost ready for the weld in cage which hopefully will be inbound in about 2 weeks. 
 

Going to start the reinstall and modifications to the radiator area tomorrow, Hel Performance oil cooler kit has been ordered and I will post up the details when it arrives next week plus today we figured out which cooler I am going to us for the PAS. 

 

Also waiting for the Coolerworx shifter to arrive, got to have a few nice bits to look at while you plough through the mundane clean and prep work. I have received some great service from the guys at Coolerworx so far and look forward to installing the shifter. 
 

Great to see the metal work is in superb condition under everything. 
 

The wiring has continued its thin out process and once completed, I put up some photos of how far we got, cheers Jk. 
 

Hopefully in a few weeks there will be some more interesting bits to talk through lol

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Just a few photos from today. 
 

The interior is now ready for a paint dusting pre weld in cage.

 

Managed to get the rear rear spoiler off, what a mission that was in readiness for the v1 spoiler, also cut away a fair amount of the under metal from the boot lid.

 

Quick test fit of the dash top only to see what can be chopped off, already cut away the lower section of the centre console tower. You can see the intercom held in place to see what it’s like, carbon fibre sheet ordered to make the switch panels. 
 

Removed all the front wheel arch liners, nice to see no actual rot still, smothered everything in WD40 in readiness for the suspension strip and replace. 
 

Measured and planned out the lower radiator mount and Sump guard mounting bar, coming soon once the metal arrives.

 

Wire looms are getting smaller lol, the rear one in holy taped back up and it tiny now, mid one is in progress and the it’s the dash one. 

 

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Do you expect there still to be significant weight savings over the Zeds's OEM weight once the roll cage/sumpguard/lights and other necessary add-ons for rallying are in place?  Do the Regs require you to keep all the metal body panels, or can any be replaced with lightweight panels? 

Just curious, knowing that the Zeds major achilles heel that affects its performance is its weight.

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There is a power to weight regulation  that requires an air restriction if you go above a certain level based in the manufacturers declared wight. I think even with the cage in there will be a slight weight saving. As for the panels, some can be changed and that may come later but for now it’s about getting it stage ready and then develop certain Areas later. 
These cars tend to be 1400kgs in stage trim as an average, that’s not a huge weight when you consider a stage Mk2 escort is around 1200kgs, e36 M3 is around 1400kgs etc
Not many cars offer 300bhp RWD for such a good price these days.

Once it is built I will get it on the scales and see where we are

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After a week of getting a few boxes in the post, it was time today for some trial fitting and starting to map out the interior locations.

 

Firstly the Coolerworx short shifter arrived and what a lovely piece of kit, well made and a great company to deal with, thanks to the crew at Coolerworx. 
The throw is so close it was quite unbelievable, a flick of the wrist is all that you require to  snick through the gate. 
 

The NRG boss arrived and so the Sparco wheel was put on to check the feel of the driver controls in relation to each and settle on a final location for the hydraulic handbrake - tandem cylinder style one is on order. 
 

Mocal  cooler collected from the guys at Matt Lewis Racing #mattlewisracing - cheers Matt. It nice good to meet you the other day. This cooler will be used to replace the OEM power steering cooler.

 

First on the carbon sheets were cut and brackets fabricated to locate the intercom, electric fire extinguisher button and cut off (lost the cut off button! Yep, on order lol), tomorrow I will hopefully get the upper panel first fixed ready for the aux switch/circuit breakers. Once it’s all complete the dash will come out during the cage installed and be flocked apart from the Carbon panel faces. 
 

Fingers crossed the cage will be with us in a few weeks and we can get that installed to really get things moving. Most locations can’t be set until that is positioned. 
 

 

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16 hours ago, Ebized said:

Hydraulic handbrake?

Yep, waiting for a new tandem cylinder one to arrive.

 

After sitting in position with eyes closed and feeling for a natural position, I have decided it will be fitted in the space  between the gear stick and steering wheel.

 

We had a great weekend on the car, I will put the updates up tomorrow. 

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16 hours ago, Moynesey said:

Yep, waiting for a new tandem cylinder one to arrive.

 

After sitting in position with eyes closed and feeling for a natural position, I have decided it will be fitted in the space  between the gear stick and steering wheel.

 

We had a great weekend on the car, I will put the updates up tomorrow. 

Are you using it with the separate OEM handbrake assembly or adapting the rear discs to accommodate a new handbrake system, given the OEM system is not exactly that efficient for road use, let alone for rallying I would have thought?

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On 14/09/2020 at 17:19, Ebized said:

Are you using it with the separate OEM handbrake assembly or adapting the rear discs to accommodate a new handbrake system, given the OEM system is not exactly that efficient for road use, let alone for rallying I would have thought?

At the moment the rules don’t allow for any changes to the base braking system so it will be standard for now and I’ll see where we get to once i get to that part lol 

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A lot of bits have been done the last few days, in summary...

 

* Test fit of thinned out loom, a few niggles but within a few hours everything was sorted and fully working.

 

* Front panel has been cut down to allow more airflow and ease of removal.

 

* Due to the above, a new radiator mount was fabricated from scratch, old rad used and will be replaced.


* New central bar for mounting the oil coolers

 

* HEL Performance oil cooler kit installed, thanks to the guys at HEL, great product. 
 

* Uprated power steering cooler and lines installed 

 

* Front bumper mounts modified to allow the entire front to come away in minutes. 
 

* Reassemble to check all is ok with everything installed.

 

* Mud flaps fitted As per MSUK regs.

 

Looking forward to the cage arriving to get things really moving. 

 

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On 14/09/2020 at 17:19, Ebized said:

Are you using it with the separate OEM handbrake assembly or adapting the rear discs to accommodate a new handbrake system, given the OEM system is not exactly that efficient for road use, let alone for rallying I would have thought?

Just realised what I said, been a long day. 
 

The original handbrake must stay for MOT and scrutineering, the hydro handbrake will break into the rear brake lines and operate the rear calipers, it’s has nothing to do with the hand brake shoes. 

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11 hours ago, Moynesey said:

Just realised what I said, been a long day. 
 

The original handbrake must stay for MOT and scrutineering, the hydro handbrake will break into the rear brake lines and operate the rear calipers, it’s has nothing to do with the hand brake shoes. 

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