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Figured I post this to show off. I'm done this year with the upgrades, as money ran out. Next year will be custom seat covers in alcantara/napa leather, custom 8" fiberglass/mdf sub enclosure (will be made by [email protected], aka cartmann32), finish off power upgrades (pipes from DDM, Trifecta tune), BBK from ZZP, replace some weather stripping (some of which I already have on hand), new tires and wheels (probably Momo RF-5C 19s) and that should hold me for the next three years while I save up to do a mallet swap.

Here's the initial teardown:

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Going thru the interior upgrades:

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Recovered the entire interior in napa leather and alcantara (the real stuff from Italy).

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Measuring the hide for the dash

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More pics, this is the rearview camera being installed

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Replaced a ton of rusted nuts and screws while the interior was in pieces
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New gauge cluster face
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OPT-7 interior LED lighting
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lighting inside the glovebox
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Doing mechanical work
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New FMIC, new radiator, new power steering pump and lines, new water pump and hoses, new belts and tensioners, new evap canister, new bolts, screws, etc, new thermostat, new radiator cap and related items like seals/gaskets/etc were replaced with new OE/ACDelco parts.

Transmission flush, engine flush, obv coolant system, differential flush all performed at the same time. Shop took a full 8 days to do all the work. Well worth it.

Some bling
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New plugs and solenoids:

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Still waiting on pipes severely backordered from DDM.

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Installing load resistors. All exterior bulbs now LED.

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Door handles replaced with paint to match

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Complete for now. Still missing the dashcam and radar detector and paint correction. Will attempt those in the fall (already got all the supplies).

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The frame covers were also done in leather with french seams in red.
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Leather ebrake handle cover. Seats will be done 2022
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Rebuilt cup holder because you need to
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Extra storage you absolutely must have to
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Lemme know what y'all think

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I think I love what you've done so far. That center console with the cup holders looks great. The red sticking on everything is fantastic.

How many hours are you in on the project? Is everything DIY so far, or have parts been outsourced?

Kick ass build journal.

I'm in the planning stage of mapping out my build. I know I'm doing the Stage 3 RPM kit, and I've narrowed down my wheels to 4 sets I like but haven't decided on.
 

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I think I love what you've done so far. That center console with the cup holders looks great. The red sticking on everything is fantastic.

How many hours are you in on the project? Is everything DIY so far, or have parts been outsourced?

Kick ass build journal.

I'm in the planning stage of mapping out my build. I know I'm doing the Stage 3 RPM kit, and I've narrowed down my wheels to 4 sets I like but haven't decided on.
Thanks Matt, appreciate it. I had the leather work done by a local upholsterer and the heavy mechanical work (water pump/PS pump/flushes/etc) by my mechanic shop. I purchased the leather and alcantara myself after scouring the web for about a month. The CF work including the steering wheel was done by socal garage works.

The rest was all me. I would say I have about 6 months between weekends and the occasional monday/friday when I didnt feel like going to work and wrenching. I am finish off the stage 3 next week hopefully.
 

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That's a nice build. Although I'm glad you went with black instead of full on red. That car is DRENNCHED in red.

I don't really have an inspiration for the direction I'm going in. Just kind of this vision in my head. I had a 3 series years ago (before kids) that I was building to be a streetable drift car.

While I've calmed down a bit in terms of craziness, I'm still aiming for a car that is fun for track days but I can daily drive in the summer.
 

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Great work! I always like custom car work and then when I start to do something myself, I always find I like OEM appearances and options more for some reason. So I usually remove the mods and revert mostly back to stock looks.

With that said, I really like the dash and the paint matched door handles.
 

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I think you could have shown the things you DID NOT change instead, would had been a shorter post. :p

Seriously, it looks amazing specially all work in the engine. I personally don't care that much for interiors and have done nothing in my GT except replacing the old radio by an android one. Would like to replace the mirror too, but can't find a compatible one with integrated lights.
 

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Wow, beautiful job. Interior quality is really my only complaint about my experience owning my Sky, and you definitely addressed that.
 

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A better copycat is the Breckland Beira....not as ostentatious but definitely better all around look.
While I like the tail lights of the Beira, and the wheels are also very nice, mine looks better. They didnt do the door panels and basically did what I did on the dash, just flipped materials over whereas they did suede on top.

I still like the OE hood opening better instead of the traditional hood opening they went with
 

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While I like the tail lights of the Beira, and the wheels are also very nice, mine looks better. They didnt do the door panels and basically did what I did on the dash, just flipped materials over whereas they did suede on top.

I still like the OE hood opening better instead of the traditional hood opening they went with
You cannot compare the Beira to our car...just amazing including the interior/seats. They built a better mouse trap


 
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