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Old 07-11-2016, 03:31 PM
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I'm glad you're happy with the results! Twenty-five (25) hours is a little quicker than I do them, but that comes down to me taking a bit more of the car apart, to give me more access for prep & painting.

As you say, the prize is in the driving, not the looks, because hardly anyone will ever peek under its skirt!
The diff, exhausts and associated areas are off and on more frequently than usual, so I can see some time being saved there.

I feel that as values are increasing investing in such areas would be repaid during ownership. I have passed on a handful of Coupes with cracks and creaky drives. Much the same as the E46 M3 buyers pay more for repaired or replaced boot floors.
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Old 07-11-2016, 07:39 PM
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Any issues with diff temps when losing the vanes?
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Old 07-11-2016, 07:46 PM
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Any issues with diff temps when losing the vanes?
At the moment I have no means of measuring any differences. A future plan though.
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Old 07-11-2016, 09:07 PM
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Any issues with diff temps when losing the vanes?
That's not likely to be an issue, even with light duty track use (assuming 20 minute sessions under less than all out competition use); a couple of guys I know, Ron Stygar and Daniel McRobb did some temperature logging with thermocouples in the differential and even with DWM "flogging" it on the Tail of the Dragon (318 turns in 11 miles, so LOTS of differential action) he could barely attain 200*F. Interstate Hwy @ 80-90 MPH would yield temps around 180*F.

But there's always this option: http://www.rogueengineering.com/Rogu...over_p_75.html
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Old 08-11-2016, 08:42 AM
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That cover would look nice and retain the M Coupe's rear look! Re temps, it might only be a concern in longer track sessions (I have seen diffs that look like they've been baked but it might just be the oil's been in there too long - I'd just increase oil change intervals).
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Old 17-06-2017, 04:52 PM
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Default Why you can't just reweld it...

The car I'm currently working on, a 1999 M Rdstr (US S-52 engine) was previously repaired by some partial seam welding, and the addition of some scrap metal welded in. To say it's complicating an effective repair is an understatement of great magnitude, not to mention a complete failure, as a few of the following pictures show.



















Bottom Line: These are still great cars, and the passage of time will continue to prove how special they really are; please show some compassion and give them the care they deserve. IF your car develops problems with the spotwelds fracturing and you can't immediately have it repaired/reinforced, then it is far better__and cheaper in the long run__to DO NOTHING in the interim, than to do a hack repair. I'm only guesstimating at this point, but the owner of this car would've probably saved up to twenty (<20) hours of my labor if I only had to repair the original damage, than to be forced to cut out "the fix" done by a previous owner.**





** SO BUYER BEWARE, if the seller of a potential purchase tells you "yes, it has been repaired and reinforced!" If you're not in a position to do a thorough inspection yourself, then get a TRUSTED & KNOWLEDGEABLE 3rd Party to perform a pre-purchase inspection.

Only WE can put an end to these sad stories
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Old 17-06-2017, 05:23 PM
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Sound advice.
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OMG!!

That has got to be the worst I have ever seen.
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OMG!!

That has got to be the worst I have ever seen.

Thought the same thing .
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Old 25-09-2017, 07:10 PM
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OMG!!

That has got to be the worst I have ever seen.
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Thought the same thing .
So did I!

I actually had another car with equal, if not more damage, but it was easier/faster to fix by nature of not having to cut out the hack-job first.
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