At my work they are showcasing projects of employees who build/ make things this week, and I have participated by showing the build process of my Firebird. I've made 6 or so presentation boards with highlights of my project over the past few years, and I was asked to bring the car in to supplement the presentation. To do this I needed to borrow some wheels and figure a way to get the car and back. I was fortunate to receive help from my neighbor on both tasks. Thanks, Brett!! We put the car on wheels on Sat, and it sat like, well, like a Mustang! ha ha So we quickly lowered it and got it to a more respectable stance. The spacing/ offset is still narrow for my car, and measuring this will help me dial in the rim sizes I will ultimately need to buy. I also need to get new springs for my shocks, as the ones that came in the DSE kit won't work for the stance I want.
Small updates this weekend. I got the headlight wiring finished up, and I installed the AC cover panels, even though they will need to come back off again for me to install the rubber pads, and later adjust the headlights, but it looks nice seeing them on there. I also have part of my RC catch can installed. I need to figure out where a few of the hoses still go- their instructions are not clear on a complete installation of this. I also had to make an extension for their optional air breather as it didn't clear the coils, and rebuild their bracket as it didn't fit my car. I pressed the extension on and then brazed it with some aluminum brazing rod I picked up at Pomona to seal it up. Cool stuff, especially since I don't have the tools to weld aluminum. All it took was a propane torch...
Part of installing that catch can assy included blocking off the pass valve cover tube, and I had to pull the valve cover to get a nut that dropped down while doing that, so I took a pic of the shiny rocker arms. I can't wait to hear this engine run
I finally got the headlights mounted in my car. What a job this was. I went through two full sets of these aftermarket BMW lights. Absolutely ruined every extra light in one way or another. Two sets of Firebird mounting brackets, and one Firebird headlight bucket (technically still usable, just lightweight now, ha ha)
I've included two pics of the before/ after of the plastic frame modification, as well as the modified mounting bracket in case anyone else is interested in trying this type of modification or just curious to see what it took. Tomorrow I'll work on wiring this and taking better pics of the car without the silly washer fluid bucket and blanket on the engine..
If anyone is curious- installing the projectors on the inside would have required rebuilding the bumper mounting brackets, at least with these lights. Also, keeping them on the outside retains the original lighting sequence.