Goodbye THQ Studio and Oz

Well my employer THQ Studio Oz has shutdown and I'm planning to head off overseas. Where to? Maybe Montreal, San Fransisco, Austin, the UK... WHO KNOWS?

Articles here
Postmortem here

Cursive Es

I've been trying out a tip I read online recently to trace little cursive E's when pulling a weld puddle - works pretty well for MIG.

Rebuilt driveshafts

Rebuilt the rear CVs and driveshafts after getting sick of looking at worn boots every time I got under the gearbox. I got some tricky Stage 8 locking bolts for them as they have a nasty habit of coming loose under vibration.

Torn down, rust converted, prime and painted with chassis black:

Rebuild kits:

Car schwag

Got my pipes back from being being ceramic coated at Competition Coatings and they look awesome. New clutch gear arrived as well so it should be a big weekend.

Rear suspension rebuild

What started as a "I'll fix that rust spot on the right rear trailing arm while the suspension is dropped" turned into a complete pull apart and rebuild with the upgrade of some bilstein HDs.

Progress pics after the jump.

After some hours of wire wheeling

After degreasing

The first and last time I'll be in a fashion magazine

June edition of MAP magazine. It's a magazine about people who buy a porsche then spend all their time working on it instead of driving it.

Throwout bearing failure

So I finally got around to pulling the 924 apart to check out the condition of the throwout bearing. Turns out it totally failed after throwing all it's grease out into the bellhousing. My theory is that the clearance between the throwout and clutch release levers was eliminated as the friction plate wore in so the bearing was spinning in concert with the pressure plate 100% of the time.

Although apparantly they should be able to do that. So it's back to the drawing board.

Sim racing cockpit

Knocked this up over the last few weekends in readyness for THE GREATEST CAR GAME OF ALL TIME, Gran Turismo 5.

Started life as a bunch of offcuts from the bin:

Pedal and wheel position is adjustable - working out the closest and furthest extent here:

Locking mechanism for the height adjustment:

Wheel mount plans:

I made a welding trolley. With Flames.

Yup. It's got flames.

Off road device design progress

I mirrored the off road device design for the first time... looks like TOO much triangulation. Will have to work out how much the bare frame is going to weigh next. It *looks* safe.