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10.29.2015

E36 Race Car
E36 Race Car

Do you have mushrooms under your hood?


E36 BMW

We have the opportunity to do some work on Randy Hassett’s race car.  He currently races his E36 BMW in the BMWCCA IS class and in NASA GTS 2.  The first project we are doing is reinforcing the front strut mounts.  Some mushrooming has begun as can be seen in this photo.

Two blown struts

This is a high fail item.  Please be sure to inspect your own car before heading back onto the track next year.  The car also had two blown struts.  We will be sending the set off to JRZ to be rebuilt.

Repair and Reinforcement of Strut Mounts

Repair and Reinforcement of Strut Mounts

As seen above the front strut mounts especially the left had begun to mushroom out. This could have led to failure without correction. The first thing we did was to secure the strut mount to the frame. This is depicted in the following photos.

Weld

Weld

Welding

Consider this secured. Notice the channel created to keep hoses and wiring straight. Next we welded a steel plate to the inside of the well. Then bolts were used to conform the top of the damaged strut mount to the plates. This is depicted in the following photos.

Weld

We are also following the same process in the rear as can be seen in the following photos.

Weld

Weld

Weld

Weld

Weld

Stay tuned for more updates…