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dinanm3atl 08-05-2012 02:52 PM

Chump Car - John Allen Special USFail1 Race Team Build
 
I forgot to post this on here and we are one week away from racing. This build for ChumpCar started on 11/17/2011 and a couple BMWCCA members built it in one guy's basement and a garage. We had some help a long the way and are really excited!

Everything will be posted in a row so enjoy!


Fanpage - Bringing F1 to the USA!
https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Jo...01938023172698

The time has come for my friends and I to follow through with something we have been discussing for a few years. We want to run a ChumpCar race. We do a weekly "Wrench Night" under the shop name of Lost Souls Racing. We do track days, Auto-X and wrench. Our current team consist of track guys, mechanics, photographers, logistics manager, Grand-Am/IMSA GT3 mechanic and an IT Guy. Looking forward to the build and our fun theme. On top of the excite two Road Atlanta events are slated for 2012. Doubt we will make the first event in February but we can always hope!


Car - 1986 325/e
5sp Manual
Blue w/ Rust

Currently it has bent rear trailing arm, the driveshaft/csb/guibo is shot, the shifter hangs on the driveshaft while driving(you have to pick up the shifter to ****, it randomly will not start and leaves you stranded. It's rusting in spots. Interior is in rough condition. It needs a thermostat. It needs maintenance. It's rough to say the least but we cannot wait to work on it!

We are going to strip the vehicle and rebuild most of it for the sake of reliability. Obvious running 200,000 plus(unknown mileage) parts is not going to work. Want to make it safe and reliable. Timing Belt. Rebuild the cooling system. Brakes. Etc.

Theme - Our team name and theme is a play off a couple different F1 related teams. John Allen Special is a play off of John Player Special. A car everyone knows. The past owner's name is John Allen and we have always called this E30 "The Special". It is 'special' in ever sense of the word and somehow just will not completely break down. USFail1 is pretty obvious... so we will be black and gold. We plan to have a quick change front wing and working DRS(for passing of course!).


We will document the build here with either my photos, cell phone pictures and other potentially terrible photos! To get the ball rolling here is what we are starting with...


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John Allen Special BMW USFail 1 Reveal 1 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


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John Allen Special BMW USFail 1 Reveal 2 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


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John Allen Special BMW USFail 1 Reveal 3 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


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John Allen Special BMW USFail 1 Reveal 4 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


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John Allen Special BMW USFail 1 Reveal 5 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


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John Allen Special BMW USFail 1 Reveal 6 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


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John Allen Special BMW USFail 1 Reveal 7 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


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John Allen Special BMW USFail 1 Reveal 8 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


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John Allen Special BMW USFail 1 Reveal 9 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr

dinanm3atl 08-05-2012 02:53 PM

Build Day 1 - Cleaning, Parts List and some Fixes


So the time has come to get started. We are probably way early but we as a team decided it would be better to have the car done and ready to go early then try to wait it out. With that in mind we took the JAS out to the build location. One of our members is letting us use his basement garage which is the perfect location since the build will mostly happen during the winter!

The day started off nicely. Since part of the team was en route we decided to get out to the car and get it started. Dead... jump it with an E30... well that didn't really all that great. Battery is REALLY dead. Put it on my battery charger. No go... Finally 24V E30 arrives with a larger and more robust alternator and after a little coaxing it fires up! We are off! Good way to start...

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John Allen Special BMW USFail1 1st Work Day 1 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


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John Allen Special BMW USFail1 1st Work Day 2 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


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John Allen Special BMW USFail1 1st Work Day 3 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


Car was pulled in and we quickly got it up into the air. Some members got into the interior and others under the car. We figured out and confirmed the list of parts while the interior/trunk were removed. We also spent some time removing the remnants of a sound system.

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John Allen Special BMW USFail1 1st Work Day 4 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


Cleaning brought out some laughs. We found all kinds of fun stuff like the pre-delivery inspection paperwork from 1986. Various maintenance records some of which we could not read. Some google translator found out it appears to be a CSB, Diff Bushing, Labor and an oil change.

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John Allen Special BMW USFail1 1st Work Day 5 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


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John Allen Special BMW USFail1 1st Work Day 6 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


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John Allen Special BMW USFail1 1st Work Day 7 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr



Interior work was done...

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John Allen Special BMW USFail1 1st Work Day 8 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


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John Allen Special BMW USFail1 1st Work Day 9 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


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John Allen Special BMW USFail1 1st Work Day 10 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


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John Allen Special BMW USFail1 1st Work Day 11 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


Rich got to work on the first issue of a surging idle. The MAF was extremely gunked up. This cleaning plus some vacuum line replacement on the FPS fixed the issue.


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John Allen Special BMW USFail1 1st Work Day 14 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


Issues Resolved:

-Surging Idle
-Steering Wheel Looseness Resolved
-Power Steering Fixed - No more arm work!



Test Drive!


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John Allen Special BMW USFail1 1st Work Day 12 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


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John Allen Special BMW USFail1 1st Work Day 13 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr



More to come... Going to do some heavy maintenance on the front end. Replace rear end bushings. Engine will be removed to be cleaned and resealed. Trans will be serviced. New Clutch installed. Driveshaft Serviced. Diff Serviced. And more!

dinanm3atl 08-05-2012 02:53 PM

Back at it prepping for and building for our first race. We have some parts in process to rebuild the front end. Deposit for first event will be handled in the next two weeks. Coming along nicely and honestly based on our schedule we are ahead of schedule! A good thing to say the least.

Our local friend who goes to school in Texas was home and he wanted to do something and that was paint. Time to mold the car to look like the original design! First we sand and clean...


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John Allen Special Paint Cleaning 1 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


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John Allen Special Paint Cleaning 2 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


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John Allen Special Paint Masking 1 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


Then time to start laying down the paint... from a can of course! Like any decent ChumpCar team... I mean F1 team would do!


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John Allen Special Paint Masking 2 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


Everyone pick their panel... and note to the team. Alex is not allowed to paint anymore with spray paint. Just hold the button down and lay it on right Alex?


Check out JAS USFail1 mechanic Josh... double canning it!


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John Allen Special Paint Masking 3 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


Starting to look like it should!


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John Allen Special Black Paint 1 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


Time for gold accents!


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John Allen Special Gold Grills 1 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


Hang the parts on trees of course!


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John Allen Special Gold Paint 1 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


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John Allen Special Gold Paint 2 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


Prepping the grills!


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John Allen Special Gold Grills 2 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


All cars need gold wheels...


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John Allen Special Gold Wheels 1 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


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John Allen Special Gold Wheels 2 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


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John Allen Special Gold Wheels 3 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


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John Allen Special Gold Wheels 4 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


Touching up the paint as best we can.


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John Allen Special Hood Painting 1 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


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John Allen Special Black Paint 2 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


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John Allen Specials Black Paint 3 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


Group shot! Missing two members... lazy bums! Wasting some paint!


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John Allen Special Wasting Paint by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


Let's check out our work!


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John Allen Special Masking 4 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


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John Allen Specials Gold Grills 3 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr




And finished product... so far. Needs some stickers now to look proper! Looks like a ChumpCar to me... I mean a Formula1 car!


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John Allen Special Paint Scheme 1 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr






More to come soon!

dinanm3atl 08-05-2012 02:54 PM

Our 3rd true build date on the John Allen Special was today. A full house including all drivers, volunteers and special guests! Unfortunately due to one driver making final prep on his shop's 24 Hour of Daytona car we were down 1 person but we made due!


For ChumpCar we cannot do much and stay in the budget. Make safety and maintenance items are open to fix/repair/replace to make the car able to make it through a 24 Hour race and this is what we tackled today for the suspension. We had our sponsors Technica Motorsports and Consignment Shed setup our driveshaft with new parts and get it back together. We then pooled funding from the team to get the suspension. Missing a few parts that we ordered a little late so we'll finish up in a few weeks.


What we started with... who has seen fresh out of the box E30 replacement shocks that were not a performance version? lulz

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John Allen Special Chump Car BMW E30 Technica Motorsports 001 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


First myself and Rich tackled the rear end. You will see we did install some sport springs that none of us wanted on our own E30s. So we'll run them. Not very stiff and barely lower the car but I guess every little bit helps.


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John Allen Special Chump Car BMW E30 Technica Motorsports 002 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


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John Allen Special Chump Car BMW E30 Technica Motorsports 003 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


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John Allen Special Chump Car BMW E30 Technica Motorsports 004 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


Next Thomas, Rich, Chris and Trevor got to work on the front. Since we still need top mounts(more details on that in a second) we just took it all apart first. You'll see that we had to grind out one of the studs... someone has been in here and REALLY stripped out the stud. The torque on these is not very much guys... lulz


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John Allen Special Chump Car BMW E30 Technica Motorsports 005 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


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John Allen Special Chump Car BMW E30 Technica Motorsports 006 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


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John Allen Special Chump Car BMW E30 Technica Motorsports 007 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


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John Allen Special Chump Car BMW E30 Technica Motorsports 008 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


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John Allen Special Chump Car BMW E30 Technica Motorsports 009 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


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John Allen Special Chump Car BMW E30 Technica Motorsports 010 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


let's put this back together!


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John Allen Special Chump Car BMW E30 Technica Motorsports 011 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


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John Allen Special Chump Car BMW E30 Technica Motorsports 012 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


We sourced quite a few bumpers(still hunting for more) and decided to start painting. No paint boots or anything here. Just place them in a tree and bust out the spray paint!

Oh and Josh showed up... rolling in like a bauss in his Technica T-Shirt!


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John Allen Special Chump Car BMW E30 Technica Motorsports 013 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


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John Allen Special Chump Car BMW E30 Technica Motorsports 015 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


Come at me bro...


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John Allen Special Chump Car BMW E30 Technica Motorsports 014 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


Back to work. Get the rest of the front end installed to the point we could. Get bumpers mounted. Everyone jumped on the car at this point to tackle all at once. Removed the dashboard as well which was a fun process.


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John Allen Special Chump Car BMW E30 Technica Motorsports 021 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


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John Allen Special Chump Car BMW E30 Technica Motorsports 022 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


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John Allen Special Chump Car BMW E30 Technica Motorsports 023 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


All nice and fresh!


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John Allen Special Chump Car BMW E30 Technica Motorsports 024 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


Exciting here as we have our friend and MashUp Designworks stickerman show up! He is going to wake up the John Allen Special... He also came with some goodies! Check out the teasers!


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John Allen Special Chump Car BMW E30 Technica Motorsports 016 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


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John Allen Special Chump Car BMW E30 Technica Motorsports 017 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


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John Allen Special Chump Car BMW E30 Technica Motorsports 018 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


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John Allen Special Chump Car BMW E30 Technica Motorsports 019 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


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John Allen Special Chump Car BMW E30 Technica Motorsports 020 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


The crew we had today. Unfortunately all the 'extra' cars blocked all the E30s. From our experience with E30s I think we can make this thing last for 24 Hours!


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John Allen Special Chump Car BMW E30 Technica Motorsports 025 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr

djnekkon 08-05-2012 02:54 PM

Im in. Good luck!

dinanm3atl 08-05-2012 02:55 PM

We were back at it. We are working to get the car ready for a shakedown at a BMWCCA HPDE event. One of our drivers will be piloting it and I hope to be able to get it out for a single session. We'll see how that will work out. The car is coming along nicely and did get it back on the ground. Just need some livery and wings and we'll be set. Looking VERY good IMO.


Enjoy!



Goodies coming in!

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John Allen Special Build Day 4 Technica Motorsports 01 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


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John Allen Special Build Day 4 Technica Motorsports 02 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


Test Fit...


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John Allen Special Build Day 4 Technica Motorsports 05 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


Time to get the front end together...


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John Allen Special Build Day 4 Technica Motorsports 03 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


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John Allen Special Build Day 4 Technica Motorsports 04 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


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John Allen Special Build Day 4 Technica Motorsports 06 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


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John Allen Special Build Day 4 Technica Motorsports 08 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


Shifter parts installed and fitted. Driveshaft back in. Exhaust re-installed.


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John Allen Special Build Day 4 Technica Motorsports 07 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


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John Allen Special Build Day 4 Technica Motorsports 13 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


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John Allen Special Build Day 4 Technica Motorsports 09 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


Wheel Studs and install. Cleaned up the brakes to get it back on the ground(will be all replaced)


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John Allen Special Build Day 4 Technica Motorsports 10 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


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John Allen Special Build Day 4 Technica Motorsports 11 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


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John Allen Special Build Day 4 Technica Motorsports 12 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


Then when trying to re-fire the car we decided to really spend a little time to figure out why the car has trouble firing. Then once fired it runs terrible until it warms up. So we get out the multi meter and figure out what the issue is. Plenty of fuel smell and realize we have no spark. Have voltage to the oil and coming out of the coil. So let's check on the cap/rotor... Oh dear. This doesn't look too good... haha


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John Allen Special Build Day 4 Technica Motorsports 14 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


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John Allen Special Build Day 4 Technica Motorsports 15 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


So those parts are on order. Brakes on order. Livery in process. Looks pretty good just sitting there... you can see the beast wants to run!


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John Allen Special Build Day 4 Technica Motorsports 16 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


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John Allen Special Build Day 4 Technica Motorsports 17 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


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John Allen Special Build Day 4 Technica Motorsports 18 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


We'll be back soon! Comments and critique... fire away. Follow along on facebook as well!


https://www.facebook.com/pages/John-...01938023172698

dinanm3atl 08-05-2012 02:56 PM

Outside of the first build day this was the most exciting day for the team. We were almost at full capacity in terms of team members and even had some extra help from our crew! The first and most important item would be the intermittent no start. This no start had turned into a never start. For a week the team has been assisting via our forum to the owner of the house we work at. Try this. Try this. Try this. Nothing worked.

Today's first mission was the 100% find out why our ETA is not starting. So we got to work. Bentley in hand. Some good sensors. A DVOM and our endless e30 brain power we got to work. We pulled the old pulse reference sensors and they were outside the acceptable range. Replaced them. Crank. Nothing. ECU Swap. Nothing. We started harvesting parts from our running E30s... nothing. So we decided to install Chris' new wheels/tires on his e30. Technica hooked him up with the CR1 and Dunlop Star Specs... then we went back to work. Found out the C104 had been unplugged during our dash removal... Damnit Josh(87shark just FYI) he really tried to screw us there offering up lackluster volunteer work! hahahahahaha

So we were back up and running. Instant fire. The ETA IS ALIVE!



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John Allen Special Build Day 5 Technica Motorsports 01 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


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John Allen Special Build Day 5 Technica Motorsports 02 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


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John Allen Special Build Day 5 Technica Motorsports 04 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


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John Allen Special Build Day 5 Technica Motorsports 05 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr


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John Allen Special Build Day 5 Technica Motorsports 06 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr



Then some goodies arrived and John with MashedUpDesign showed up. I'll let the photos dot he talking. Needless to say while we worked on other things like installing all new ignition system on this engine he got to work!



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Another batch of parts arrived. This is for our M20B25 swap... stay tuned!


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And then it was time for brakes. There was a little meat left on those bones! Not sure we really needed to change them? We have some newer calipers we installed. New rotors all around. We are going with PFC06 pads and their new brake fluid. Should be great for endurance racing!



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And what we have all been waiting for! This is ~75% of the livery completed. Exactly the look we were going for!


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And the crew... kind of an E30 team I guess...


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dinanm3atl 08-05-2012 02:58 PM

Big Day for the team. All hands were on deck as we gave the car a nice little tune up and some basic maintenance. New plugs were now installed since the no start was fixed. We didn't want to foul out more plugs but all fixed so basic copper plugs went in. We have 2 events in 2 weeks and will be putting a lot of miles onto the car with 2 Auto-X drivers this weekend(Tomorrow) and then next weekend 2 of our drivers will be getting almost 8 hours of time at Road Atlanta between of them!


First up Blake(Our resident race car mechanic - you may have seen him on Speed during the 24 Hours working on a Porsche Team(boooo!) went to town and we checked torque on everything. Nut and Bolted the front and rear. All checked out!

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Next up was to drain, flush and fill the coolant. We are estimating the coolant is original from 1986... or at least it looked like it. The thermostat was stuck open and the car never got warm. All fixed! Then super fun bleeding of an M20... always a thrill. Got it on the first time. Tip - Get the front end way up in the air!


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We had some old R-Comps but since we are looking at potential rain next weekend we are going to some street tires. Both drivers preferred this setup and one has never tracked an E30 and while he does have track experience this seemed to be the best choice. Then we got our super scientific string out...


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Very important step... glue that gold 325e badge back on!


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And we went out for a test drive. Everyone drove it. Got some shots. Some video. Looks great rolling down the road! Enjoy the video!


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Check back tomorrow for Auto-X action pics and a report!

dinanm3atl 08-05-2012 02:58 PM

AutoX was a success! Car made it through 8 runs total with 2 drivers. Both drivers had a positive review of the car. It handles better than we though. It feels great. This is going to be fun!


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dinanm3atl 08-05-2012 02:59 PM

Auto-X


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We had two drivers scheduled to run the HPDE this weekend at Road Atlanta. We also had some instructors drive the car to give their feedback. We put 5 Saturday sessions(including instruction driving the snot out of it) and 7 Sunday sessions on the car. Each session was 25 minute so the time on track added up quick. The car ran without a single fault. We had zero issues. Was very stable. Brakes were great. We are able to be flat out in many sections since the ETA just does not have a lot of power. Both drivers commented they were more than impressed and again were surprised at how the car does feel... a nice little package.

We have two In-Car videos of Trevor driving in various sessions.


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dinanm3atl 08-05-2012 02:59 PM

Stripped most of car. Dash out. Dropped off seat. Cage will be installed soon. Getting down to the final stages with a few projects left. Then did a one wheel peel... for fun. Of course this was in Mexico on out closed testing course.

VIR 24 is a few months away! Getting excited!


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dinanm3atl 08-05-2012 03:00 PM

Car is getting cage, seat, safety, fire gear and such with Technica Motorsports. We are prepping so we are ready for delivery. We are weeks away from the race! Next on the list is getting our light setup. I have done a few Bi-Xenon swaps and get left with E36 H1 projectors... they are free so let's mount 4 of them into E30 Sealed Beam bowls! Bolt in quad projectors!

The issue is getting glass in front of them to protect them. The fix? Cut lexan to protect them... and it will look more like an E36 headlight than an E30! Sure that will make everyone happy!

Tires came in as well.

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dinanm3atl 08-05-2012 03:00 PM

Cell phone photos... sorry. Picked it up from sponsor with cage, safety gear and such. Race tires going on tomorrow with our 15s. Interior wiring and parts on Saturday!

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My office for about 4 hours next Saturday and Sunday!

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Headlights myself and co-captain are building. E36 DJ Auto Projectors in E30 bowls. Utilize factory adjusters. Lexan in front! Will have 4x 35W 4.5K HIDs in projectors.

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dinanm3atl 08-05-2012 03:00 PM

What a crazy two days. Lordy. I am BEAT! 10am to 10:30pm and Rich and Rob didn't finish wiring until 11pm. The weekend started off with working for a few hours with Rich(Co-Captain) on some basic items. We worked up what battery tie-down/box setup we were going to do. Mounted the strap setup for the homemade cool suit cooler. We made a list of items to be done. The biggest item was knocking out the headlights. We have quad projectors with 35W HIDs. Not sure more light is possible and keep it legal. Turns out the high beam bowl/mount was NOT designed to hold a projector. So how comes the metal tools. Let's make it fit!

Final result is very good. We have full use of the factory bowl/adjuster. End result will be lows/highs on separate relay circuits. Night time driving should be fun!


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So yes... we basically have E36 eBay style lights on our headlights. Only we have decent projectors. The Lexan should provide good protection and we can run the covers all day and pull off the film for the first night stint! Next up was addressing the brakes. PFC08 up front and PFC06 out back. Rotors are new outside of an auto-x. We have backup PFC06 and a full set of rotors. We also figured out that at an HPDE we melted the plastic hub rings for our basic race wheels. Luckily our sponsor Motorsport Hardware came through with metal hub rings. Combined with our sweet studs we are good to go! Our dry rain tires are on and ready! Star Specs on backup wheels are ready if it rains!


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Easy install actually... new wipers. Which provide "Reliable Performance". So rain should be no issue huh?


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Next up was interior install and clean-up. Cool suit and mounting. We have hoses run. Pump inside. This is run off a relay circuit with a switch on the dash. We are really proud of the end result here. The shirts were made homemade as well. Rich's mom sewed them up for our. We have total(6 shirts) kit in the 100-150 dollar ballpark.


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Next up was getting the dash back in. Then Thomas jumps in and starts to zip-tie everything. Which is how you fix E30s! Cage fit great with Technica Motorsports and only minor trimming and the dash was back in. AND it uses the factory mounting points so the dash is in fact bolted in. Worked out great! It doesn't move and now our cluster is back in and secure. Great work!


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This we are ummmm - Content with. Turned out better than we originally thought. We are not welders and do not have a welder. So straps, rivets and silicone will be out permanent sunroof replacement. It works and is very sturdy. Touched it up with some premium spray paint...


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Then the fun part. At this point most of the mechanical work is done. The list is less than an hour or two of work and this thing will be loaded onto a trailer and off we go! Rob is a trained low voltage electrician and he is also one of our sponsors with the Consignment Shed. He came over and spent a lot of time getting us setup with a switch panel(we broke many panels of plastic drilling) and he wired everything up. We need to clean up the install but all works. All is on relays and fused circuits. We could not have asked for more. We even have a little goodie wired up...


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Stay tuned for one more update. We will post before we roll out to VIR. Once there we will give a link to live timing! In less than one week I'll be waiting to take the green flag. Beyond excited! Do not forget to follow our facebook fan page. We will have a lot of mobile uploads going on during the race!

https://www.facebook.com/JohnAllenSpecial

jwm5 08-05-2012 04:53 PM

great project.... nice write up. love it.

djnekkon 08-05-2012 11:58 PM

hands down guys

xcar360 08-06-2012 01:16 AM

Wow, a great thread, crazy people, Love it very much

steve.k 08-06-2012 04:17 AM

This is so awesome!!!

N4NOOK 08-06-2012 05:33 AM

Fantastic!

dinanm3atl 08-06-2012 10:44 AM

Thanks guys :)


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