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Yotaoffroad27 wrote:
Looks good Chris! I like the white knob. Has a sleek look, but shows, "Hey, this thing aint stock".

Thanks! Thats what I was hoping for. The stock stuff was like shifting the F250 and it looked too plain.

Where does the transmission end? Seems like it would be long enough that the shifter would be mounted right to the tail housing.. Either way, It looks sweet. I was talking to a friend over the weekend about your car.


The T56 used in these cars is something like 7" too short so they came up with this funky linkage and plate system to remote mount the shifter. Thats where a lot of the slop in the factory stuff comes from. In one of the first pictures of the parts you can see a little brass bushing in the top left, that is actually the bushing that goes into the tailshaft where the selector rod goes through. I'll replace that whenever I get around to pulling the trans for an LS7 clutch and Ram aluminum flywheel...the stock flywheel is 47lbs I sh&%t you not Shock

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47lbs... Low end torque!!!! I didnt weigh the fly wheel I used on the 4.7, its heavy, but not nearly 50lbs heavy..

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47lbs... Low end torque!!!! I didnt weigh the fly wheel I used on the 4.7, its heavy, but not nearly 50lbs heavy..


Yeah. There are times that if I want to rev-match coming into a corner that I have to stab the gas to the floor and hold it for a second to get the RPM's to come up where I need it to be. Its annoying. But I don't know how many more mod's this car is going to get other than just basic preventative maintenance. There is a project I have had my eye on for a while that I may start collecting parts for as I find them.

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project---------------oooooooh do tell Very Happy

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Called an Exocet. Its basically a poor man's Ariel Atom. 1600lbs, Miata drivetrain and running gear. The big investment is the chassis, but as long as I can find a good running Miata with a straight frame, the rest is pretty much bolt together as time and money allow. Kind of a pipe dream right now, but would be much more suited to AutoX and track days than a 4000lb sedan. Plus all the upgrades are about half the price each of what I would sink into trying to reliably track the V.

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shades of lotus super seven. always had a hard on for them things.
btw chris back in the late 70s and early 80s anita and i were
div champions in c stock autocross. (far and i mean far from stock
78 celica) for two years running she was the ladys class champion
and i was the mens class champion. the last year we ran she switched
over to the mens class and we finished 1-2 in the southeast div.
we used to have the div championship at charlotte motor speedway.
i don't know where they do it nowdays--probly atlanta. our toughest
competition was fiats and datsuns at the time.
great times we'll talk about it sometime. i need to tell the story of
that car to ya.


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Chris, does that peace of wood in the grill help air flow?

If you get into this, I wouldnt mind turning wrenches, or standing around.. Not sure how much time I will have, but I will help as I can.


Robert- Thats bad ass! I think you have had a full life of racing huh?

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DAWGTOY wrote:
shades of lotus super seven. always had a hard on for them things.
btw chris back in the late 70s and early 80s anita and i were
div champions in c stock autocross. (far and i mean far from stock
78 celica) for two years running she was the ladys class champion
and i was the mens class champion. the last year we ran she switched
over to the mens class and we finished 1-2 in the southeast div.
we used to have the div championship at charlotte motor speedway.
i don't know where they do it nowdays--probly atlanta. our toughest
competition was fiats and datsuns at the time.
great times we'll talk about it sometime. i need to tell the story of
that car to ya.


dawg


Thats awesome. I knew you and Anita had raced a bit but didnt know yall were that competitive. So cool. My old college roommate's dad and grandpa have a graveyard of old Datsun 510 parts and 2 different 510 skinned tube chassis race cars that used to run in GTLite before the car was just outclassed by rule revisions and newer cars. Now they just run enough to keep their race licenses, race a "student's" Spec Miata from time to time and teach up and comers at Turn One Track Events down at CMP in Kershaw.

I've always enjoyed SCCA and NASA style club racing. Its like it is with wheeling, one big family. There has always been something appealing about a lightweight exoskeletal racer like the Super7's from Lotus and Caterham. Plus since this one is a kit so I could get it tagged pretty easily when it is done. Most guys are completing a track ready car for about 8-10k.

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Chris, does that peace of wood in the grill help air flow?

If you get into this, I wouldnt mind turning wrenches, or standing around.. Not sure how much time I will have, but I will help as I can.


Robert- Thats bad ass! I think you have had a full life of racing huh?


Lol...I never noticed that piece of wood before! good eye. I could always use help on projects, this one however will probably happen a year or so down the road once I find a house and can get settled into someplace other than an apartment haha.

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You sure you want to race open wheel? Me personally based on my extensive go-cart racing career (frank's fun park) Very Happy I feel like I would need a bumpers and some fenders, after all rubbins is racin'. I feel like I would run less than one lap before I tore a wheel off and ended up in a fight. Laughing

I feel like it would be fun to race those little "mobster" looking car. badalados or Legand cars? Im not sure. They run 600cc street bike engines. I saw one when I was in school at NTI. It was running an older carb honda 600cc bike engine and trans, and a narrowed Toyota axle and 3rd. sweet little ride. It would be wicked fun to have a group of those together and beat and bang with!!

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sometimes ya go to a fight and a race breaks out. Very Happy


we had great times being involved with SCCA. started out
being corner workers and evloved into autocross.
all was golden untill the runoffs at atlanta the last year we
were members. but thats another story. good times.
i need to dig out some photos of our old celica, rx2 and 68 chevy II.
the celica was a dd and solo 2 racer. the rx2 was my solo1 racer
and the chevy II was our late night street drag car.

yup needless to say we've wasted lots o cash on going fast.
well maybe not wasted as anita was not that good of a driver
untill we started solo2. she has often said that high school drivers
ed should have some sort of autocross training involved to
give young people a feel for how to control a skid or spinout
situation as well as emergncy stops and accident avoidance.

sometimes i wish i was a bookworm and not a gearhead.



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sometimes i wish i was a bookworm and not a gearhead.



I know the feeling.......

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Yotaoffroad27 wrote:
You sure you want to race open wheel? Me personally based on my extensive go-cart racing career (frank's fun park) Very Happy I feel like I would need a bumpers and some fenders, after all rubbins is racin'. I feel like I would run less than one lap before I tore a wheel off and ended up in a fight. Laughing

I feel like it would be fun to race those little "mobster" looking car. badalados or Legand cars? Im not sure. They run 600cc street bike engines. I saw one when I was in school at NTI. It was running an older carb honda 600cc bike engine and trans, and a narrowed Toyota axle and 3rd. sweet little ride. It would be wicked fun to have a group of those together and beat and bang with!!


Wheel to Wheel racing really isn't something I am interested in. I just want to be able to turn laps and become a better driver. There is a lot of ego these days even in "club racing". The only kind of race I would do would be something like Time Trial stuff where you are racing the clock and trying to set the fastest lap out of your specific class.

Bandaleros and Legends cars are really fun to watch race, I just prefer turning both directions lol. I am too much of a fatass to be competitive in those things though cuz a lot of the drivers are kids and they have a 80-100lb advantage on me.

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sometimes ya go to a fight and a race breaks out. Very Happy

we had great times being involved with SCCA. started out
being corner workers and evloved into autocross.
all was golden untill the runoffs at atlanta the last year we
were members. but thats another story. good times.
i need to dig out some photos of our old celica, rx2 and 68 chevy II.
the celica was a dd and solo 2 racer. the rx2 was my solo1 racer
and the chevy II was our late night street drag car.

yup needless to say we've wasted lots o cash on going fast.
well maybe not wasted as anita was not that good of a driver
untill we started solo2. she has often said that high school drivers
ed should have some sort of autocross training involved to
give young people a feel for how to control a skid or spinout
situation as well as emergncy stops and accident avoidance.

sometimes i wish i was a bookworm and not a gearhead.

dawg


NASA and SCCA both do a work to race program now where if you volunteer at events as a timing/scoring person, corner worker, marshal etc it credits you toward track time in the future. I will probably start doing that this spring if time allows.

I totally agree with the drivers ed stuff. There is a lot anyone can learn in one day of a instructed High Performance Drivers Ed at a race track. There are a number of tracks around the southeast that will put these courses on if enough people sign up. Probably the best $250-$400 you can spend is "driver mods" lol.

Oh and US based production for the chassis' is just down the road in Atlanta.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=WIc1J-rGGwY

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The motor mounts are crap in these cars, some fluid filled mess to decrease vibration and they fail all the time. Mine were replaced when I got the car so its not a necessity right now, but a good deal came up so I snagged these sweet pieces from Creative Steel on their end of year sale. 95A hard urethane with some sweet aluminum heat shields.


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So I have been chasing an occasional clunk coming from the front end of the car. Wheel bearings are fine, sway bar end links are fine shocks are fine. Narrowed it down to some worn sway bar bushings. Apparently a pretty common thing on these cars.

Creative Steel just released their greasable urethane front sway bar bushings made to fit in the factory brackets. All I have to do is drill a small hole and tap in a new zerk fitting. So one of their first sets are on the way.


The parts are slowly accumulating for a good mod hell weekend lol. I just have to decide on some new front rotors and then pads for all 4 corners.

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