RB26 S13 – Prepping for Colour

With the tune finished and the deadline for matsuri coming up real fast, I only had a couple days to pull everything apart and prep for paint.

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Almost immediately after getting back from the tuners, I started pulling things apart. Everything on the car had to come out so it could get painted inside and out.

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First pieces to come out was everything in the engine bay. Coolers were pulled off, radiator out, all lines sealed up and moved out of the way.

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Taking this out was a bit of a pain in the ass because of how little room I had on either side.

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Came out with after a bit of playtime and yelling.

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Sat it on a trolley so I could do a couple final things while the car was away getting painted.

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20 hours after unloading it off the trailer, I was left with this.

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Almost a completely bare shell.

I still had to finish a couple bits before it was ready to go to off for paint though. Modify and mount the handbrake base to the tunnel, cover up all the wiring, patch a few holes and clean the interior. Might not sound like much but all the little things always take up a heap of time.

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Thought it might be a good idea to stop and finally have some food.

Side note: When you are building a car to an insane deadline, you get to the point of becoming nocturnal. Dinner becomes a 3am-4am occurrence, breakfast rarely happens and lunch ends up being somewhere between 11am-5pm depending on what you are doing.

For me, breakfast was sometimes an apple and some water, lunch might be a sandwich at 5pm and dinner was a either a pizza or some other terrible choice depending on what was open at the time. Going through this entire thing was ridiculous, but I wanted to get the car done more than anything, so eating at normal times wasn’t much of an option!

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After getting all the other things out of the way, I had a quick check over on the engine. Nothing had melted and it hadn’t leaked any oil which was a good sign everything was going to work at matsuri.

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I threw the bash bar on and pulled out the final few pieces, then grabbed a quick sleep for a couple hours.

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Woke up just after midday, threw some wheels on and pushed it out into the sunlight!

It was the 25th of September at this point, less than 2 weeks before I needed to be in Queensland with a finished car. You can imagine I was a little bit stressed about making it.

I packed up the aero, put the car on the trailer and headed out to the painters.

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The next day I helped the guys prep it and pull everything apart ready for some primer and colours.

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Over the next couple days, it changed completely. It went from being an ugly mess to something I was incredibly happy with.

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