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    While we're waiting on a few parts to arrive, the owner of the car and I had a couple beers at the shop last night and started playing with welding rods and a roll of painter's tape.
    The result was a visual mock up of the rear fender flares I have in mind for this car -


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    Been back at it with this project and got a bunch of work in the nose done, so we were able to put the nose back on.
    Before it went on I snapped this funny pic of the splitter another customer's car in front of the N1000RR, Frank was super excited about the possibilities!



    Got the Tilton pedals mounted and the ATL fuel cell -



    Then we fabricated a pair of internal gussets where the structure got stitched back together and clamped the nose.
    Using the fenders we realigned the nose and tacked it back in place -



    Once tacked, we bolted the hood to verify that everything lines up well.
    Was as good as stock so a few more tacks and we're good to weld it Monday morning.
    You can also how far we stretched the wheel base -



    We need to fab new fenders anyway so it doesn't really make a difference.. :wink:
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    Moti's version of Renault R5 turbo but better!
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    I honestly can't wait to drive this car, it should be absolutely hilarious, as in sideways on demand and maybe even popping wheelies hilarious.

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    Tell the owner that there are guys like me who would love to help him recover some costs and pay to be allowed to do some laps in the "Motimonster."
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    More progress shots.
    The nose is getting full now that we stuck a radiator in it too (Mishimoto aluminum rad for Civic).
    We tilted it forward at the top with the anticipation of adding extraction ducting in the future.
    Also note both rad and fuel cell are moved to the passenger side to offset the driver's weight -



    View from the inside before the new firewall is going in -



    Moving the wheels so far outboard allowed us to cut the wheel wells quite a bit and creates a far more spacious pedal box with the pedals moved left to set them much closer to being centered with the driver.
    The way the car was set up from the factory had the pedals way off center to the right.

    We also cut the front fenders to clear the MUCH bigger tires all the way lock to lock at full compression.
    Car looks angry!


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    Center seat the driver. Safer too.
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    Car is decidedly a two seater.
    It's a hoon-mobile, meant to have a passenger sharing the fun.. Don't forget that it's street legal

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    I'll jump in, finally. I'm the owner.

    Last night we progressed with the mockup for fenders and aero. Moti did more of his wizardry with wire and tape. There was beer. Good times, and we can see the shape evolving as we continue with the mechanical progress.


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    Finally
    Welcome!

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    We got curious today and put the car on the scales.
    See if you can guess how much the car weighs as it sits currently -
    Complete drivetrain minus axles, dry radiator and fuel cell, full cage, no glass, most exterior sheet metal minus cut fenders and doors, wheels, tires, pedals, brake rotors w/o calipers, full suspension.

    3, 2, 1, GO!


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    1600 lbs.
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    985lbs
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    1200 lbs

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    Almost spot on, Carl!
    My guess before we put it on the scales was 1000 Lbs.
    We weighed in at 989 Lbs.
    Weight dist. is a great 42.5% Fr / 57.5% Rr and side to side is nearly even, we're going to stuff everything into the passenger side to make sure it almost evens out with just a driver in the car (battery, fire bottle, header routed to the right etc..).
    Our original projections for the car were 1250 total weight w/o driver and a weight dist of 40-45% Fr / 60-55% Rr, looks like we're right on target!


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    Hmm, looks like the only metal in this car is the one that Moti added
    But why omitting Frank from the car when weighing it
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    Frank has negative weight, if you added him in the car will become lighter.

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    Great to see this thing coming alive.. I remember seeing this thing about a year ago at your shop when you guys put a cage into the silver C6Z. Will there be vids of it hooning around when complete?

    You ever end up coming up with any aero bolt-ons for the C6 Corvette body/chassis btw?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcm View Post
    Will there be vids of it hooning around when complete?
    Does a bear **** in the woods?
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    You ever end up coming up with any aero bolt-ons for the C6 Corvette body/chassis btw?
    Every now and again I get an itch to make an adjustable spoiler for the C6, but haven't had a chance to go after it yet.
    It you're interested, I can use a car to take measurements from / mock up.

    BTW, I know I saw the mcm username before and you've obviously been to the shop, but I can't connect it with a person right now.. so..


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    Steering column is fabbed and in place. Got to sit in it and make "zoom zoom" noised.
    Pedals and wheel are close to centered with the seat; really going to be fun to drive.

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