Monday, August 29, 2011

a weekend of car stuff

I'm not your average girl in the sense that I love when I know my weekend is going to be filled with car related activities! So I was happy when I found out that this past weekend was going to be one of those. On Saturday we cruised down to Hampton Downs to have a nosy at the Castrol Edge training day, where Driftcorp drivers Gaz Whiter, Fanga Dan, Justin Rood and Sam G spent the afternoon teaching rookie drivers their tricks of the trade out on the skid pan.









From there it was on to Pat's garage where exciting stuff always goes down! See previous posts here.



I spotted these stickers outside on Pat's friend Daniel's Civic.



My MX-5 is one of the many cars found inside - she has just had a wheel alignment and new fan belts put on. Last week I had a certifier look at her and to my frustration there are a few things that need to be changed before the car be certified and road legal. My Bride seats need new seat rails and I need to somehow get my factory seatbelts working properly. Unfortunately, the way my half cage bolts in actually prevents the seatbelts from retracting properly as they have to sort of be 'manouvered' around the cage which makes them pretty difficult to get on and off.



Enough about my own project; time for an update about my dear Irish friend and flatmate Patrick, who for the past few years has owned this '87 Mitsubishi Cyborg. The borg is still Pat's first car and since I've known him, he's always been disappearing on the weekends and coming home at the early hours of the morning from working on his car. A lot of time and love has gone into building the turbocharged 4G61 engine and it's surprisingly fast! The only thing left now is fixing her up in the looks department.



In the last couple of months some serious action has taken place and I have been eagerly watching as Patrick inches closer and closer to the completion of his beloved Borg...



Pat's recently finished installing his new Kinugawa turbo which replaced his old TD05, and has now purchased a set of SSR Longchamps. We watched him experiment with a set of spacers in an effort to decide what size he needed to fill up his guards.



The back tyres have already been rubbing quite a bit - the rear suspension set-ups on these old cars don't allow for camber adjustment so this is a result of this.



We finally all agreed on the spacers and Patrick is pretty happy with the finished result. In a couple of weeks the Cyborg will be heading down to GT Refinishers for a complete makeover, and we are all so excited to see what it turns out like! With years of hard work gone into it, I find it incredibly satisfying seeing Pat's baby come to life at last - and it will be great to finally see the exterior looking as clean as the engine bay!

2 comments:

  1. Hey Taryn I had the same problem when I installed my half cage. To fix it I used spacers so the seat belt triangle thing sits higher and it sorted out the tug of war I had with my seat belt.

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