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Joost Van Dien
@MarcosDiaries

25 years old engineer and car maniac! Looking for a job in the automotive world and use my skills to build automotive art with passion.
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The 205 GTI is ready. Tomorrow I am going for an MOT... fingers crossed! #carcustodian

[]Maggie Johnson

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This I a view you would not see now a days, although not where I live. Who has done this? #carcustodian

Joost Van Dien5 days ago

My car is finished now but the mods will never end. I am playing with the idea of fitting 4 pot brembo's from another model. I already have a nice set which need a new coat of paint. Only need some discs. The downside is I will need 15" wheels. I have 2 sets but 1 had r888's and the other had slicks for track use. Now begs the question, what shall I do? I cannot easily get back

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[]Gregory Garoppolo

I love big brakes but do you own a car that weighs enough to really need Brembo 4 pots? I am betting these are for the 205 GTi. I would probably run the brakes but I like over doing things.

[]Joost Van Dien

Yes for the 205. I would do it for 2 reasons. The original brakes seize very easy. And I hate sliding calipers because the pressure on the pads and thus discs is just not good by design.

The not to do reason would be that I can't heat up the extra metal on the discs and pads. My current setup is brilliant and hasn't failed me on track even pushing it so hard. And secondly the handling will noticably less good because the heavier discs, unsprung mass. For now I won't put them on.

[]Gregory Garoppolo

Can you run 2-piece rotors to drop some of the weight and reduce thermal mass?

[]Joost Van Dien

That is possible yes. Made those things on a hand lathe myself years ago. Can make them up with enough time no problem.

[]Gregory Garoppolo

I’d love to see that shop of yours. Making rotors by hand is one of those skills that is mostly lost. I wish I knew how to do more of that stuff

[]Joost Van Dien

Haha your more than welcome. The rotors I made on a lath one the university where I was working with a team to build the first hydrogen electric race car on an LMP3 chassis. They still run them today. Later I bought my own lath. It takes time that is all.

Joost Van Dien6 days ago

Having build a few engines and run a lot of quick cars over the years I heard someone ask: can it be quick and good. Yes you can, but it can't be cheap! It is a trade-off. Whats your opinion on this? #carcustodian

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[]Tom Armstrong

That middle section is my car lol

[]Andrew Taylor

My build is cheap and good, after I'm done maybe it'll be fast, lol.

[]Gregory Garoppolo

Perhaps the middle section should say patient. I think that there are some vehicles out there that with some patience, and knowledge it might be possible.

[]Joost Van Dien

True. There are some cars that can be called quick and cheap and reliable but are that real performers?

[]Gregory Garoppolo

Define performance and reliable. I will use my Volvo 242 as an example since I bought it for these reasons; I got that car for $500 and I could trade, work in shops, etc. pretty readily and eventually get a B230FT from a 93+ 7/9-series Volvo. I could then work towards a 16T turbo off of a P80 T5 car. Long story short, making that car weigh 2400 lbs and make 250 HP is cheap and easy. Suspension isn't hard either and an LSD can be had from the same 7/9-series cars. That's less than 10 lbs per HP with near 50/50 weight distribution, in a proven chassis. It doesn't get really pricey until you want to go racing and need a cage and safety equipment.

[]Robert Sixto

In a general sense it holds pretty true. "Good" is rather broad, and if that just means reliable, sometimes you can be smart and get all three. Of course if good includes comfortable as well, then it's a bigger challenge. Then there's the fact that all three terms are a bit subjective, it's all relative right? In essence, all manufacturers are playing this very game when they design cars.

[]Craig Crall

Well, since you posed the question, there is one caveat that might fit the description of fast and cheap; it's called "used sport bike." Of course your life get's a little cheaper when you ride one.

On the automotive side, it's possible to do the cheapish fast thing if you are skilled in the arts of manufacturing and fabrication. My project is along those lines.

[]Timothy Markworth

If you have to make it fast, it ain't gonna be cheap. ...Unless you're so rich that $2500 is piss to you.

Joost Van Dien6 days ago

What else this weekend? #carcustodian

Joost Van Dien6 days ago

So the 205 gti is now very nearly complete.. at last. Took ages. I didn't want to cut the carbon door cards so I opted to relocate the elctric window switches. Man what a task was that. Pulling 10 wires through holes and nooks that where never designed to do so. But whe managed it 💪. Now the seats and it is done! Had to remove half the dash and pull some stunts to get it all in. Wills

Joost Van Dien17 days ago

I did an ECU swap past Saturday on a Rover VHPD K series engine. The original ECU is very tempramental. I lets the engine makes wonderfull noises and lots of emotion with pops and bangs acompanied with some fire out of the exhaust. But that is not a good thing... It washes down lubrication of the bores and thereby the engine is worn quite rapidly. Hence the reason why I fitted an Emerald K6 together with a conversion loom. Reason

Joost Van Dien18 days ago

Today I did an ecu swap on a Lotus. The original ecu is a very temperamental thing. It injects so much fuel that it washes the bores clean of oil. This results in a oil using engine very quickly. The original ecu is closed, hence it is now an Emerald K6! #carcustodian

Joost Van Dien20 days ago

The 205 GTI is nearly finished. Waiting for a few powder coating jobs. When I drove the car before the accident I used it with bucket seats and 4 points harnasses. Well this worked great but there was a but. I don't know if MSA rulebooks say something but the FIA does and with good reason. I used to have the belts bolted in the rear floor. See picture below, top drawing is before. In case of an accident

Joost Van Dien20 days ago

The 205 GTI is nearly finished. Waiting for a few powder coating jobs. When I drove the car before the accident I used it with bucket seats and 4 points harnasses. Well this worked great but there was a but. I don't know if MSA rulebooks say something but the FIA does and with good reason. I used to have the belts bolted in the rear floor. See picture below, top drawing is before. In case of an accident

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[]Hayden Baker

Make sure you either have 5 point belts or a 4 point system that prevents submarining. Schroth makes one (I used it as my passenger harness for a while). A  normal 4 point like the Takata belts are very dangerous. Love the harness bar addition to the cage

[]Joost Van Dien

Good point Hayden. I know the stories where people where in the grass after an accident as they slipt under the belt.

Joost Van Dien21 days ago

My exhaust hanger broke on the way home yesterday. Nothing a few ty wraps and a key chain can fix! Now home and ready to fix. #carcustodian

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[]Robert Sixto

Well done! lol
I'd post a Bear Grylls meme here if I could

[]Joost Van Dien

Do it! You post it and link me :D?

[]Robert Sixto

You can't tag people on here as far as I know sadly. 😁

Joost Van Dien23 days ago

When spraying stuff and then have to take it home... there is a solution! Hang it in the car and you can drive home and let it dry over night! #carcustodian

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[]Robert Sixto

Haha, well done, and if you park the car out in the sun, you can get a nice baked on finish!

[]Joost Van Dien

Haha it was 35 degrees c inside. Worked a threat.

[]Robert Sixto

I'll bet!

[]Wilson Oberholzer

It's a neat idea but you may want to consider at least having some windows open to prevent any risk of inhaling paint fumes. They may not be as bad as the fumes in a paint booth but the chemicals can still have an effect on your well being, especially in a small space like a car interior.

[]Joost Van Dien

I had the window open while driving. Shut the windows when I parked the car. Thanks for the thought ;)!

[]Wilson Oberholzer

Good to know, paint fumes are not fun to be around

Joost Van Dien23 days ago

This is a real hero! The look on his face 😂. #carcustodian

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[]Tom Armstrong

I want to do rally soooo badly.....but the wife is afraid I’ll roll the forester lol

[]Joost Van Dien

Take here with you then? My girlfriend is the navigator in the regularity rally's. Brilliant stuff.

[]Tom Armstrong

No way man, she rode with me once and got super scared

[]Gregory Garoppolo

I am seriously contemplating going out to Dirt Fish with the Volvo 242 and learning to drive on gravel. It's more of a Rally-cross school though that I am looking at. I would love to be able to rally race as well, but the risk of killing the car seems a lot higher but I would potentially do a road rally though, sounds like fun.

[]Wilson Oberholzer

Nothing a quick hit with a pressure washer won't fix.

[]Joost Van Dien

True words. I still wonder whats is under the mud...

Joost Van Dien36 days ago

There is day 2 of our roadtrip from the Netherlands to Portugal! Yesterday we completed our plan to drive from the dutch boarder to spain. This was 1300km's. That in a 998cc bog standard mini! The didn't miss a beat. What a brilliant scenery through France. Today is Spain to Portugal and man what a countries. The roads are good and empty, nice. From now and then we see other mini's on there way to the big meeting in

Joost Van Dien37 days ago

Already a few months ago I welded in new end pieces as the original where far gone. This only needed some fiberglass work to finish it off. Well only is the word. After proper prep work I could start fiberglassing. Below the result of a 4 hour stint of very smelly and itchy work it was done. Lucky me I had my active coal mask on. After my roadtrip sanding it down. #carcustodian

Joost Van Dien37 days ago

Already a few months ago I welded in new end pieces as the original where far gone. This only needed some fiberglass work to finish it off. Well only is the word. After proper prep work I could start fiberglassing. Below the result of a 4 hour stint of very smelly and itchy work it was done. Lucky me I had my active coal mask on. After my roadtrip sanding it down. #carcustodian

Joost Van Dien37 days ago

The heater of my orange car needs a rebuild before it can enter the restored car. It is a total mess. The motor is still turning over good though. All stripped and done now ready to be powdercoated. #carcustodian

Joost Van Dien37 days ago

One of the biggest meetinge for me every year is the International Mini Meeting (IMM). Every year in another country in europe. This year it is Portugal where more than 1000 mini's and mini based cars will gather from around 28 countries, some only come in person. And this will all be driven in a classic mini! A friend of mine wanted to rebuild his car. We did just that and where ready just in time! Updates

Joost Van Dien42 days ago

It's amazing what a bit of time a welder and a grinder can do. Made seat frame for my 205 to transition the bolt patern off the car to that off the new seats. #carcustodian

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[]Maggie Johnson

They look really good!

[]Randy Gross

This is inspiring me to buy a new welder, so many ideas!

[]Joost Van Dien

Do it! You can really make your ideas come to live.

[]Randy Gross

I have been sitting here at work shopping welders all day, there are some braces I am going to need and I am enjoying the idea of building them myself!

[]Joost Van Dien

Just do it! A good welder from Eastwood isn't so costly and you will enjoy it for years to come.

[]Robert Sixto

Nicely done, very clean work!

[]Joost Van Dien

Thanks! Need to get them coated soon. They dit the seat perfect and are very light. The shape makes them strong

[]Wilson Oberholzer

They turned out great! They're certainly much nicer than the hack jobs that I've done in the past

[]Joost Van Dien

Thanks! They will need to be blasted and coated though. They are pretty stiff with the bends in them.

Joost Van Dien42 days ago

The carbon door panels suit the car very well in my opinion. Then the choice had to be made to retain the original door handel or not. I like the idea of a pullstrap but a nice one. Most off them just bolt on the door and it's that. Not such a pretty sight. Sector Racing sells these kits with a nice cap to blind off everything. It blenden in the panel. There is a drilling template with it

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[]Robert Sixto

That is quite nice!

[]Joost Van Dien

And that for the price of 20 euro's!

[]Robert Sixto

Oh wow, that's not bad at all!

[]Randy Gross

That is really clean! I am looking for a similar solution for my Miata to get some needed interior room, Will have to look into something like this!

[]Joost Van Dien

Thank hou Randy. You can buy them directly of Sector Racing or from
Ebay.

Joost Van Dien42 days ago

I've been working a lot on this car lately to get it finished, mot ready to run. The moment you put the battery in and check the electric system. Everything works except the fuel pump 🙁. Died a piecefull death. Then the moment you find out it is a hard to get pump. Found one after hours of searching. The number was not on the part... well ebay gace a solution. Hope to get it in soon! #carcustodian

Joost Van Dien46 days ago

After waiting some time I finally got my sector racing pull straps in and mounted them. You need to be sure you get the right spot as you don't want to mess up your pre preg carbon doorcards! They are so nice in my opinion. Not the usual straps that you just bolt on. It is finished off. Now the otherside 🤗. Very happy with the result!

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[]Gregory Garoppolo

I need to figure out door cards and pull straps for my 242, were your door cards and pull straps prefabricated specifically for your car?

[]Joost Van Dien

The door cards where made for this car but is just a flat sheet cut to size. The straps are from a company called: sector racing.

Joost Van Dien46 days ago

It was such nice weather today over here. Had a lovely drive around after being in the garage the whole day. #carcustodian

Joost Van Dien46 days ago

It was such nice weather today over here. Had a lovely drive around after being in the garage the whole day. #carcustodian

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