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I have to say I am quite proud of my son's self taught mechanical skills.
He can do just about anything he wants.  Electronics, welding, sheetmetal work, parts fab, painting,  Fuel systems, Eng computer work, suspension mods. PC based fuel curve tuning.
You name it!  I can't do half the stuf he can and boy does he like to rub it in!
 
Per request here are picutres of SOME of his projects!
 
1984 BMW 325e.  Chopped, dropped, canted, turboed, tubbed, painted....etc.
 
 
 
 
 
     He got tired of pulling the engine and tranny and fighting the front grill and radiator support structure so he modified the chassis.  4 bolts and 2 locator pins and the front of the chassis comes off and he can walk the engine staight in and out!
 
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Good show!!!! I loved doing things like that when I had time and no kids. I loved racing and building trucks. Now the most I will do to a car is lift a truck every now and then and maybe change the oil.
 
Grab us more pics bro.
 
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Should be a nice sleeper it looks like!  Tell him good work!
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 Locating and installing the intercooler for his turbo
 
He fabbed up custom ignition using 6 coils from Jeep Wrangler 4cyc for 10K rpm plus capability.
 
Fabbing up the cold air feed tube from intercooler to throttle body.
 
  Installing a CoilOver conversion to front suspension
 
          CoilOver conversion complete.
 
                                    Installing a turbo Oul Cooler
 
  Beefing up the rear suspension control swing arms with cross members.
 
                                                         Converting from 4 lug to 5 lug hubs
 
   Rear assemblr ready to install after hub and swingarm mods.  Now at or exceeds M3 level.
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Very nice work.... he should think of a custom fab shop in the future.
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 Yep.  MONEY to be made.
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Don't you wanna back him Bud?  you can be the money behind the man to get him started.
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I already am the money man behind him damn it!!!  Most of ethequipment is mine and I haven't been able to get into my own 30X40 polebarn for a couople of years now!!!! 
I didn't even have room enough to pull my zero turn mower in to air up last monday!! ARGH!
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Originally posted by Bigdaddy0381 Bigdaddy0381 wrote:

Good show!!!! I loved doing things like that when I had time and no kids. I loved racing and building trucks. Now the most I will do to a car is lift a truck every now and then and maybe change the oil.
 
Grab us more pics bro.
 
Brando I haven't even begun toi scratch teh  surface on all the pictures his got.
I copied them to my thumb this morning and it took 10 minutes!!!
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I can't wait to see the finished product!
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Originally posted by SVT_Tactical SVT_Tactical wrote:

I can't wait to see the finished product!
Well currently its back it the barn on jackstands waiting for the new fueal system.
 
He is building a hardtail chopper right now.  Once  thats finished he will go back to the BMW
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Yeah i remember you saying that so he can go on a trip.  I am sure you remembered those pictures of the motorcycle too didn't you!
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He stripped her to the bone to lighten her.  He also stripp all paint down to bare metal and totally repaionted entire car in Sliver which is very hard to keep matched because of eth amount of solids and metalflakes in the paint!  He removed almost every ounce of weight he could cause he wants to road Rally her!
 
Yet an other front end confguration trying to find his look.  I think he had 5 different front ends on her before deciding to go completely Euro.
 
 Cut out the Spare tire well in trunk.
 
 Welded in band strap clamps for a NOS botttle.
 
 
Dressing it up some more!
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Originally posted by SVT_Tactical SVT_Tactical wrote:

Yeah i remember you saying that so he can go on a trip.  I am sure you remembered those pictures of the motorcycle too didn't you!
That was his first bike from last year.  I have pictures of the road trip too.  This years bike is a new stretched frame hard tail.  he just got ehj frame back from powder coating this week.
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  This ones for Mark (Go  Gators)  Finally received the long backordered replacement carpet!
 
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  Installation time.
 
Look Ma new carpet.
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Wow, I'd also be proud.
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  Recover the back deck
 
       Back deck and rear seat re-installed
 
 
 He couldn't stand that old ratty look y Nos bottle making his pretty trunk look bad, so he bought a new one!
 
  Hand built ECU he ordered from Sweden and put together himself with my help.  Mounted in hte glovebox for easy access.  Serial interface to laptop for fuel curve tuning.
 
  here is the rear axle assembly freshly pulled for the Hub, swingarm and coilover mods.
 
Earl this is why that trick you sent me for good hung-ups don't work on Beamers.  Diff is limited slip.
 
She's out of the barn for a little testing!  About 2/3rds complete.
 
 A little stationary tuning and fuel mapping.
 
 Found this one of the beginning where he had just pulled the old engine the first time.
 
  Cleaning up the engine bay.  its amazing how much better it makes things look.  He also did away with  a ton of wiring and routed everything else hidden for a clean look.
 
Time to staert on the engine.  Hot dipped, Decked, honed, Cyclinders O-ringed (popular in Europe)  Block enhancements, crankscrapper Oil gally porting...etc.
 
  Block done now the head.  Ported and polished.  Re-enforcing brackets added across headbolts.  New OEM stretch Headbolts (bad Idea).  New cast rocker arms.
 
 Head done!   TURBO TIME! 
 
 
                                 The beast ready to make noice!
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               Oh yeah, when I said he stripped everything i meant everything!!
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Wait where does the green wire go again?   What green wire.... THERE ARE 30 OF THEM!
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Okay enough Beamer for a while!!!  
1st project bike, '73 Honda CB750 into a Cafe Racer.
 
Dustin does himself an injustice by not taking picutes of the untouched starting point.  Here he had already painted tank and lowered front 4".  Notice nasty flat red spraycan paint job?  Previous owner ppainted everything red including chromed fenders.
 
              What rear loked like before.  He has already lowered it to.
 
               Apart she comes!
 
Making fiberglass mold for seat pan.
 
Tore both wheels down and had hubs and rims powder coatred gloss black then re-assembled with new chrome spokes.  Man did that come out NICE!
 
 
CUSTOM HANDLE BARS AND TRIPLE TREE.  CUSTOM GUAGES.
 
This is the most complete picture I can find.  It still doesn't have the custom leather seat yet.  He re-jetted the carbs and chopped the exhaust then put about 2000 miles on her last summer.  Has since stripped her and parted her out and is now 2/3 way thru next build.
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You definitely have a very talented son there, Bud!  Very impressive!
 
He has some very marketable skills!  He could be the next Lingenfelter, Calloway, Saleen, etc.
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Bud, that was one of my first bikes, I only had a Yamaha TT500 an a BSA 500 before my 73' those were the days.  LOL!

BTW, I know how you feel! my 16 year old son is killin' me one quarter at a time.  LOL! 

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I wish I had his welding and sheetmetal talents!  I have multi[ple welders and plasma cutters.  130A Mig, 250A MIG/MAG, 200A AC/DC Tig and plasma cutters good to 3/4" plate steel.  Anybody want to buy a 250A Inverter based Mig/Mag?  I have 4 brand new ones for sale, $500 each!
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