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BRINSKAN's CQ Build [knocking the dust off]

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Okay, so I was bored and did this (I posted this in another thread then it occurred to me it should be here... ) I know I should still be working on the suspension and not jumping ahead to motor stuff but I was attracted to the bling.



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My garage is in Astoria, Queens (hence the graffiti) on a rather deserted block so no one complains if I am up working all night.


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I started with 120 grit to remove the paint and cut the stainless (sorry took before pics on another camera). Then I moved up to 320 and then to 400 before I went to compound. The Dremel with the wire wheel and 120grit flapper came in handy in the tight spots.

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By no means is this a mirror finish, the fuel rail had some pits and streaks I didn't care to take out. But it still looks pretty shinny.

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And here it is mocked up on my MTM intake, which will eventuall turn wrinkle black ;).

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and the MTM Manifold, now wrinkled...

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ah crap, now I got to read all this to figure out what you're doing.

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I am happy you bumped this for me considering I am about to get get back to work on the car this weekend. Diff and subframes go back in and I need to sort out some brake woes and then she will be on the road rolling again.

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mmmmm MTM

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Intake manifold is beautiful, but may i suggest pollishing the lines and the MTM logo?? I think that would set it off against the other polished parts!!

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I've considered it, the right way to do it would be to have it machined. The interesting thing is the MTM logo is not just raised but comes to a point.

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The intake manifold looks awesome! Astoria is just a few minutes from me, I would love to check out your coupe sometime.

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brinskan wrote:
I've considered it, the right way to do it would be to have it machined. The interesting thing is the MTM logo is not just raised but comes to a point.


They pattern their logo font (and model designation font) after Audi's 1988+ font, hence the "point"...Stuff older than '88 wasn't chrome (silvery) and was flat with a different font.

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@cuatrokoop Yeah, I assumed that was where they got the font from. And I guess I should have said the surface was convex, or something... "point" wasn't the best way to explain it.

@belgarion Well, I work for a magazine company, so we are spoiled. I know.

@dom Sure, I may be by the garage this weekend if you want to stop by.

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Even some silver paint on the MTM would be neat, IMO, Brian! Maybe I'm just stuck on the silver/black thing, as my entire engine is silver/black....

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Cool, definitely let me know when and where.

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Next up: putting the V8 Torsen diff in. I had the casing powdercoated and bought all new seals, plus 034 milled some flanges for me.


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Oh, and I've been cleaning up a bit, moved the CQ to the other side of the garage. Once I get the diff back in and sort out my brakes, I should have the CQ on the road for the summer.


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Thats diff should work nicely. The goal is still 500 hp right? Best part is your going to be able to corner like nobodies business.

Thumbs up on the pink dollies, classic 80's :thumbsup:

You mentioned you are very tall and that the seating will need to be delt with. What is the plan for that?

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Those pink Go-Jacks are a life saver in my cramped work space. It's a two-car garage with a single car door.

Now as for fitting my 6'8" frame it's sort of a multiple stage plan.

Stage 1: I've installed a dished OMP wheel with Sparco quick release hub. The reason for this is to give myself more leg room. Problem with most cars is that my knees hit the steering wheel not allowing me to heel-toe properly, not mention also being rather uncomfortable. problem is the turn signals are like 8 inches away. gotta figure out a way to sort that out. I also have a set of OMP Grand Lasso reclinable seats. These are wider than most race seats. I am going to have custom mounts made so I can mount my sliders really close to the floor. Plus set them back a few inches to give me a bit more space.

Stage 2: I've been contemplating doing a Tilton pedal box. If I do it will require that I move the seat back even further. So I may extend the steering column and change the angle on it to bring it a lil lower. I am also going design a quick release set-up for removing the sliders and dropping a fix back in for track days.

Stage 3: Just spent a few days in Norway and I got a quick tutorial on how to weld in a non-sunroof roof. It's a bit of work, plus I would need a non-sunroof roof shipped here from europe. This extra inch or so will not only give me more head room,. let me hide my roll cage higher up but will also lower the CG. I've also considered just having a plate welded in place of where the roof was, but I know any body work would crack. The other option would be to make some kind of CF panel and rivet it in. But I want a car that still looks a bit like a street car.

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brinskan wrote:
The other option would be to make some kind of CF panel and rivet it in. But I want a car that still looks a bit like a street car.


I was just thinking about doing this today.

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Brian, not any and all body work would crack. if it's done right, it will last a long time. find an old skool metal hotrod shop with old metal workers... years of experience and they can do things that will absolutely blow you away.... and you'll think they just use a bunch of bondo to fill and smooth it out ;)

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Brian, beware of moving the seat too much to the back....while you are moving your steering wheel and extending your legs you are not moving your shifter back so once strapped in you may find it impossible to reach.

As for the sunroof, I went the cheap and easy way of simply attaching the stock panel back in place with some steel tabs from underneath. I then sealed it with clear silicone. You can't see it unless you come right next to the car and I've tested it even with a pressure washer.

And I'm with Derek, it can be welded right by a right person. Of course it would be easier to just rivet in a piece of aluminum or CF.

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Brian, not any and all body work would crack.


I worked in a hot-rod body shop for two years. I guess I just have become cynical cause we always had stuff coming back in where you could see weld marks come through. Granted they were not the best guys around, but still pretty good. All the show queens were fine, but any cars that got driven hard and would flex were a problem.

As for moving the seat back, I am only talking a few inches, I have 39 inch arms.. I think they will make the reach, if not, just one more reason to run a custom shifter. I really want high mount shifter. Saw one in Norway that keeps me up at night.

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I high mount shifter, like the S1 shifter or something different?

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I made custom brackets for my A4 that lowered the seat quite a bit, I am running non recline-able buckets. With the quick release hub the steering column was extended quite a bit. so much so that it I adjust the steering wheel all the way out it comes very close to my chest. You are on the right track, most people that get in my car cant see over the dash :-D but it is perfect for me. And I wouldnt worry about the shifter, with your reach the shifter will probably be more to your liking with a lower seat.

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