work on front fender began
key issue is that unlike OEM, these new skirts must be molded to the body and can't be detachable
this means that I need to figure out how to install front fenders and go around the bottom mounting point
For some reason, the opening area for the fuel door was bigger than OEM, so I couldn't reuse my flat fuel door
so we decided to use the OEM opening mechanism and glue it to the new fuel door from the kit, I really hate plastic fuel doors but no other option was present
because non-rusted GC fuel necks with no valve are either rare or cost like an iron bridge (I am running JDM fuel tank with less emissions stuff), I am going to take a fresh looking GD neck, modify upper mounting points, cut it and lengthen it by using fuel resistance hose, welding it doesn't seem like an elegant option and more chances of leaks/smell from micro holes
So my OCD was giving me panic attacks, and I was very unhappy with how the door cards turned out
So I found a guy, who knows what he is doing (notice full CF car on the background, all done by him), and we redid my cards - molded the piece from GD donor cards, fined trimmed it, made the plastic control panels sit flush and even integrated stock GC door cards bolt access covers
now to wrap them with leather (temptation to CF wrap them was high, but I managed to stop myself from wasting more money
I need to think what to do about the extra buttons, how to get rid of them and make it look clean
After long consideration, I decided to relocate my coolant expansion tank (again)
It used to sit on the passenger strut tower, but I always hated how messy it was around turbo/intake area, way too many things going on there...
so I decided to mount on the "stock" location on the manifold, this allows me to get rid of the coolant pipe that sits around turbo, I will just run a new hose from the expansion tank drain nipple into the hardline that goes to the water pump
however it was sitting tilted the wrong way due to rotated manifold orientation
10 minutes of spacer fabbing and voila!
I also tried another tank that I have, it has different drain nipple orientation (facing forward the engine unlike the black one that points in between the runners)
however not sure if I like that the drain will essentially be pointing against natural G forces of the car moving forward, need to think about it
what do you guys think?