I'm doing a bit of work on my 172 Cup to make it track-ready, so will post updates here as and when I've done anything. Won't be anything special compared with other cars like Chrispy's, but it'll keep everything in one place as reference for me...
Here's a thread I made when I first got the car a couple of weeks ago:
Since then I've ripped a load of stuff out and saved approx 25kg, added a Skoda front splitter (will make a 'flat' carbon one when time allows) and had a go at making some door cards... Photos below!
1) Scarily big bit of carbon cloth, don't wanna feck this up!
2. Laid up, ready to cure. Took about 2 hours...
3. Bit of weight, and left for 36 hours... Possibly not enough as some of the resin pulled away with I released it
4. However, came out pretty well for a first go, reasonably happy. This is straight off the mould, no polishing.
5. Trimmed down.
6. Test fitted.
7. Checking fit.
8. Checking fit again.
9. New handle made on my lathe. Wanted to do away with the 'looks like your mums made it on her sewing machine' (nothing wrong with that mind!) pull cord and bin off the original door catches, so had to come up with something that would do both jobs...
10. Bicycle brake cable is exactly the same as the cable pull for the catch, fits into the new handle like so...
11. Other end - normally has a small bit of plastic to shim out the nipple, so had to come up with something to replace it since I would be cutting the OE cable and just using the outer from it.
12. New cable clamp with grub screw (filed a flat section to make it easier to start the cross drilled hole).
13. How it looks/fits in the catch.
14. Boss to fit the handle onto, bolts straight into the existing fixture for the OE handle.
15. Test fit, turn clockwise to open the door, pull to close it
16. All done!
Reasonably happy with it, not perfect by any means, but learned a lot for the next one and should be much quicker now I know what I'm doing. Don't think I'd bother making a pair again, the materials cost about £60 so a pair at £115 (performance trim) and not spending ~4 hours each making them is pretry good price! Anyone got any close up photos of the PT ones btw?
Any questions just ask!
Next job: Fit roll cage. Should be here this week if all goes well...