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Old 08-05-2012, 03:00 PM   #14
dinanm3atl
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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!



John Allen Special Technica Motorsports ChumpCar Chump Car BMW E30 325e 02 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr



John Allen Special Technica Motorsports ChumpCar Chump Car BMW E30 325e 01 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr



John Allen Special Technica Motorsports ChumpCar Chump Car BMW E30 325e 03 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr



John Allen Special Technica Motorsports ChumpCar Chump Car BMW E30 325e 04 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr




John Allen Special Technica Motorsports ChumpCar Chump Car BMW E30 325e 05 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr



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!



John Allen Special Technica Motorsports ChumpCar Chump Car BMW E30 325e 10 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr



John Allen Special Technica Motorsports ChumpCar Chump Car BMW E30 325e 08 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr


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



John Allen Special Technica Motorsports ChumpCar Chump Car BMW E30 325e 09 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr


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.



John Allen Special Technica Motorsports ChumpCar Chump Car BMW E30 325e 06 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr


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!



John Allen Special Technica Motorsports ChumpCar Chump Car BMW E30 325e 07 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr



John Allen Special Technica Motorsports ChumpCar Chump Car BMW E30 325e 12 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr



John Allen Special Technica Motorsports ChumpCar Chump Car BMW E30 325e 11 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr



John Allen Special Technica Motorsports ChumpCar Chump Car BMW E30 325e 16 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr


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...



John Allen Special Technica Motorsports ChumpCar Chump Car BMW E30 325e 18 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr


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...



John Allen Special Technica Motorsports ChumpCar Chump Car BMW E30 325e 15 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr



John Allen Special Technica Motorsports ChumpCar Chump Car BMW E30 325e 17 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr



John Allen Special Technica Motorsports ChumpCar Chump Car BMW E30 325e 19 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr



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
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