That certainly is a "money" shot of my friend Sam's Schnitzer motor in his Gruppe 5 2oo2 from this past weekend at the Rolex Motorsports Reunion in Monterey, California. Unfortunately, the motor didn't run particularly well - appeared to be electrical/ignition issues, with some sorting I am sure it will be running at peak performance in the near future.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
From my visit yesterday. Definitely some progress, still a ways to go. There are very subtle body lines in the both the front and rear flares that basically wrap the entire perimeter of the car and tie into the body line on both doors, you can see it but less noticeable because of the various primer colors and plastic filler. My best guess is that primer/filler will go on in a couple of weeks - within a couple of months - final paint. Probably not too many more body updates until primer goes on (otherwise it looks like I am posting up the same pics from different angles over and over....). The final product is going to be stunning.
Thursday, August 11, 2016
Currently listed in an Ebay auction - the wheels initially attracted my attention (thought they were early Schnitzer CS/CSL magnesium racing wheels....they are not), they almost look like some of the early Mercedes AMG stuff. What caught my eye was the rubber mounted on the wheels. Period Dunlop Racing slick tyres. The 305/575-15's are the same size used on my AlpinA when it rand in the day on the 13 x 15" wheels in the rear. I am sure the rubber is no good now (although honestly from the pictures, they still look pretty good and the tyres appear to no have been run....). The smaller ones are 235/575-15's - a little smaller than what my car ran (265/575-15 on a 11 x 15" wheel).
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Sunday, July 31, 2016
Sunday, July 24, 2016
Not complete yet, but this is one of those jobs I could have done 10 years ago. I know why I put it off. What a PIA it is doing axle/CV joints. And dirty/messy. I have six (6) CV's, one pair borrowed from a standard 2oo2. Nothing special about these in terms of being an AlpinA part or something stronger (as far as I know). When I thought I was still bringing the car to Monterey a few weeks back I was really rushing through this project, took everything apart, cleaned and then started putting everything back together. I had put two of the CV's back together, for whatever reason I decided to take one back apart that was assembled.....I was just about to re-re-assemble and was giving everything one last clean and noticed a crack all the way through the star gear (see top image). Honestly that made me really re-evaluate what I was doing and how I was rushing through things just to try and get the car (semi) finished. Had I put everything back this would have certainly been a problem at some point ( a potentially serious problem for both car and driver). I have a couple of shots of the axles - now those are special to the car. The shorter AlpinA's are 314mm +/- (12.36") and the standard axle (also pictured) is 397mm +/- (15.62"). It was necessary to have this shorter axle as the rear end is tubbed and the pick-up points for the rear suspension are brought inwards (in order to be able to fit a 13" wide wheel within the bodywork.
Monday, July 18, 2016
So as you can see, things are moving along - obviously the car will NOT be making the BMW Centennial celebration in Monterey next month. Very disappointing, but as I have told others, it is my own fault, I have pretty good sense about how long things take and this being one of the most important has taken longer than expected. There is no point in trying to rush it. You can't do this much work without sacrificing quality. The end product will be worth the wait. Very disappointing to miss the Monterey event this year (though, I will still be there), still looking forward to seeing an incredible array of cars.