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    Default Project Beatrice. (1999 Birkin S3)

    I picked up my new toy a month and a bit ago, and finally figured it was time to start a diary of the build.

    First a little about myself. My name is Duane and I have been a car guy for a long time now. First car I had was a 1968 Beetle that turned into a full custom show car. Basically all show no go. I moved into a Lada Niva after that, and boy do I miss Natasha to this Day. She looked like a peice of crap, but it got me into the bush for a days wheeling, and never left me stranded when it came time to get home. Funniest story with Natasha was pulling a small Coke delivery truck off a pile of snow at the local gas station when there were a bunch of bigger trucks and owners looking on in disbelief. Most recently I got into Subaru's and had an 03 WRX with an EVO III 16G turbo swap (Betty). I have competed in auto-x for the last three years but really got serious the last two. An opportunity to purchase a 7 came up, and I could not pass it up. Enter Beatrice. Here is a shot of her the day I bought her, In fact I had owned her for less than 5 min. It is a repost from the Alberta "introduce yourself" thread, but I figured it would be allowed at the start of the build thread.
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    Duane

    Light a man a fire, you keep him warm for an evening. Light a man ON fire, you keep him warm the rest of his life.

    The universal aptitude for ineptitude makes any human accomplishment an incredible miracle.

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    Unfortunately Beatrice did not yet have an engine, and I waited a few more weeks to pick her up. The man I purchased her form was kind enough to drop her on a motor, and we were in buisness. Shortly after that I came to pick her up. A pal offered to assist by towing her back, but I would need to help him with a little side project. As it turns out, his Mother in law deals in Pez, and had located a large collection up for purchase in the same area as Beatrice. I had hoped to enjoy the looks of approval for the fantastic car I had just purchased, on the ride home, but as you can see, nobody could see past the PEZ.
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    Duane

    Light a man a fire, you keep him warm for an evening. Light a man ON fire, you keep him warm the rest of his life.

    The universal aptitude for ineptitude makes any human accomplishment an incredible miracle.

    Alberta Se7en's Facebook page

    My Birkin Blog

    My Beatrice Build (1999 Birkin LA)

    My Betty Build

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    Keep the pics coming Duanne, really looking forward to this build thread. Cheers Steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by lancylad View Post
    Keep the pics coming Duanne, really looking forward to this build thread. Cheers Steve


    Will do.

    I have had to rent/borrow a garage from a guy I met through the Subaru club. (Westernsubaruclub.com) and I managed to get a corner I can work in. As expected the car has a bunch of parts missing and as such I spend much of my time behind the wheel making motor sounds. I am currently drawing up a PO for the Zetec plumbing kit, fuel pump, Jenvey intake (twin two barrel) and alternator bracket. That should get me moving again.

    I have gone through the car and torqued everything to spec. Everything except the nut on the back of the uprights, the one that also holds on the fender bracket. I can't for the life of me find the spec for that nut......anyone here know?

    My big project until more parts arrive is sorting the driving position. I am a shorter fellow at 5'6", but my co-driver (and generally better half) is all of 5'. I find that with the pedal box all the way towards the cabin, I still need the seat partially moved forward to be comfortable, but this doesn't feel comfortable for the arms. Karina (the better half mentioned earlier) still can't reach the pedals when the seat is all the way forward. I was thinking about fabricating some extensions for the pedals to the tune of around three inches. Has anyone run into these challenges?


    On with the pictures.... (This one courteous of Bill)
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    Duane

    Light a man a fire, you keep him warm for an evening. Light a man ON fire, you keep him warm the rest of his life.

    The universal aptitude for ineptitude makes any human accomplishment an incredible miracle.

    Alberta Se7en's Facebook page

    My Birkin Blog

    My Beatrice Build (1999 Birkin LA)

    My Betty Build

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    Keep at it Duane, summer is fast approaching.

    cheers,

    Bill.

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    Bill, I find myself saying I have lots of time, but I know that there will be a crunch time to finish the build. Next time your in the garage, could you send me some pics of how your shoulder harnesses were mounted to the car Please?

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    Default Pedal Extensions

    Duane, here is a pedal extension fabricated by Craig Taylor at one of the Se7ens Festivals a few years back.

    Enjoy your Birkin!

    Bernie
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jackal View Post
    Bill, I find myself saying I have lots of time, but I know that there will be a crunch time to finish the build. Next time your in the garage, could you send me some pics of how your shoulder harnesses were mounted to the car Please?
    No problem Duane, I will do that tomorrow for you. Or you could show up at the last Auto X event of the year at Deerfoot Mall and take as many pics that you need.

    cheers,

    Bill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BirkinBernie View Post
    Duane, here is a pedal extension fabricated by Craig Taylor at one of the Se7ens Festivals a few years back.

    Enjoy your Birkin!

    Bernie

    Thanks Bernie, That's exactly what I was thinking about.
    Duane

    Light a man a fire, you keep him warm for an evening. Light a man ON fire, you keep him warm the rest of his life.

    The universal aptitude for ineptitude makes any human accomplishment an incredible miracle.

    Alberta Se7en's Facebook page

    My Birkin Blog

    My Beatrice Build (1999 Birkin LA)

    My Betty Build

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    Quote Originally Posted by XR4Bill View Post
    No problem Duane, I will do that tomorrow for you. Or you could show up at the last Auto X event of the year at Deerfoot Mall and take as many pics that you need.

    cheers,

    Bill.
    I happen to be free this weekend.
    Duane

    Light a man a fire, you keep him warm for an evening. Light a man ON fire, you keep him warm the rest of his life.

    The universal aptitude for ineptitude makes any human accomplishment an incredible miracle.

    Alberta Se7en's Facebook page

    My Birkin Blog

    My Beatrice Build (1999 Birkin LA)

    My Betty Build

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