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PVX build thread: one view from the slope

All of us that ride the slippery slope arrive at different destinations. In return for all the inspiration Iíve gotten from this board Iíd like to share my current ride. Five years on the slide and getting close to hitting bottom.

A huge thanks to everyone at WEVO for making it possible. It's been great fun!
First a snapshot of where the car is at now:

And a quick clip with sound!
So thatís where itís going, but of course the funís in the journey. That journey in pictures follows.

I realize now that despite all the photos more details than I can remember are not captured here. Structural reinforcement members run inside the factory panels, extra welding to stiffen the structure, LED lights, changes to the wheelbase... The list goes on. And Iíve still got too many photos! Enjoy,
-Pete


This was before Hayden and the crew at WEVO were involved, so I did some FEA for chassis stiffness in the cage design.


Making room, relocation:


Custom fenders due to the wheel relocation:


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Weight for the carbon panels:

Motivation- a 0 hour 2006 GT3 cup motor, spare from a race team:

Yes it fits nicely:


Paint, more paint:





Hoping the color turns out as I'd imagined:
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Yea, looks pretty good so far:





2x adjustable JRZs off of my old car:



Custom ratio G50 6 speed:

Guard LSD:
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Custom pedal box:

I did the hats for the PCCBs with some help- didn't screw them up too badly:





Managed to fit them under 17" wheels:


Cooling system. Yes, we now have water in a '69...

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Working on the dash:


Hard lines for the forward oil tank:


Electrical:

LED lights for the rear and turn signals:


Rear seat area:


Video link:
It's Alive!


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Shakedown, not quite done yet, but ready for a spin:



Doesn't look too scary:
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Awesome Car!

What exactly did you do to the wheelbase?

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Having a little shake-down fun in the rain:
Video: Revs quick.

That's it so far- just got it out and about in time for the weather to turn. Looking forwards to playing next year Thanks again to all involved!

-Pete


Link- Still sounds nice

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Awesome Car!

What exactly did you do to the wheelbase?

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Thanks! We moved the rear wheels back a little- you can see where the trailing arm and sway-bar pickups are both further back than normal. This has a pretty big impact on weight distribution, which helps as the motor's pretty heavy. I'm not sure it's easy to tell by looking, which was the point.
We also moved the engine and trans forward a bit, which also helps.
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Great build! I like it very much.

Where did you get the front bumper?
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Thanks for sharing these fantastic pics Pete, you've done an amazing job with the team at WEVO.

I don't experience speechlessness very often, but that car knocked me out the day I saw it. I can't wait to come back and soak up the finished article.

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Wow. Just wow. I've been scheming a way to move to the bay area, and you just gave me yet another reason! To see this car in person. It's over the top. Spec-tac-u-lar!

Tell me, and I'll kick myself for not knowing, but what are the two items that project up from under the fuel cell and end near the strut tops? They have red fittings it appears. At first I thought they were related to the dampers, but I see those cans are there, lower and in front. Curious...
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Thanks again guys. John- it's come a fair way since you saw it. Coming together nicely
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Tell me, and I'll kick myself for not knowing, but what are the two items that project up from under the fuel cell and end near the strut tops? They have red fittings it appears. At first I thought they were related to the dampers, but I see those cans are there, lower and in front. Curious...
Those are for chassis stiffness- the come down to tie the forward A arm pickup to the cage. Anodized aluminum, removable for access.
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I think he means the radiator overflow tanks, or maybe not.
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All of us that ride the slippery slope arrive at different destinations. In return for all the inspiration Iíve gotten from this board Iíd like to share my current ride. Five years on the slide and getting close to hitting bottom.
Some people have way too much time on their hands + too much talent for their own good. Shouldn't you be doing something constructive like building Space Shuttles or nuclear fission reactors?
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Those are for chassis stiffness- the come down to tie the forward A arm pickup to the cage. Anodized aluminum, removable for access.

ahhhhh, yes, I wondered if they had anything to do with the front of the A arm....very cool. (I'm actually NOT kicking myself!)

The more I look, the more I like. I really admire the restraint you used in the overall appearance, (the front bumper is a great example) yet the nuclear approach you've taken elsewhere. Is this an ultimate R-Gruppe style car, or what?
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I think he means the radiator overflow tanks, or maybe not.
I don't see those either...at least up front. I do see an oil tank, and the brake and clutch reserviors (front and rear fro brakes, balance via shaft on the pedal assembly, I think), and i thought I saw the rad expansion tank over the engine, drivers side. But i could be wrong on that.

Which brings up another interesting point, Pete. As the pictures of your build progressed, I saw the alum tubes on each side and thought, "Wow, those are some serious oil lines, but cool idea running the return on the opposite side". THEN I saw the GT3 motor and the bulb went off, ...water cooled. But, I don't see an oil cooler. Is it not needed....at all? Or is it near the new back seat area, and I just didn't ID it?
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I believe that the oil cooler is behind the front bumper. He has holes cut out of the bumper and the oil lines in the passenger footwell.

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