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  1. I just verified that ... but had to scroll down 3 pages to find you searching for "Datsun 720" and "Nissan 720"
  2. It sounds like the "shop short" videos are pretty well received? I was just hoping to come up with something quick and easy to release every week, and I have a handful of ideas that are equally interesting (neither more nor less interesting) than the couple we've put out so far. Tomorrow we're going to record one that covers when you should use drywall putty for automotive uses (and when you shouldn't).
  3. Really, I'm happy with whatever advice/feedback/insight I can get. The majority of YouTube advice out there is how to game their management systems to show up higher in search/recommendation results. Yeah, they seemed to be doing well for awhile. Didn't /DRIVE/ go through the same kind of problem?
  4. I suppose I hadn't really considered it before today, but Mighty Car Mods' recent article got me wondering who else is creating video content on YouTube (ignore the clickbait title: https://mightycarmods.com/blogs/news/who-is-going-to-pay-for-it Most of our build content on Driven Daily has been going to our YouTube channel and I've been thinking about where we go from here. The hard part is establishing a consistent schedule with decent production quality, and I think we've finally nailed that down. What happens after that, though? There are collaboration opportunities with other channels, potential for sponsorship, paywalls, funding more interesting episodes, etc. I'm very interested to see how more developed channels have solved these kinds of problems and complications.
  5. Haha, thanks Aaron, the beard disappeared during our first pseudo-spring. It may have been a little early to get rid of it though, since we're about to get our third nor'easter since then.
  6. Maybe this will hold you over? Drywall is faster to cure, easier to form, and cheaper than bondo. I don't need it to survive the elements, so I went hog wild.
  7. There have been several chunks of progress on several parts of the build, but I'm pretty focused on finally wrapping the quarter plugs up so we can pull a body mold.
  8. April is so far away though! Also, all your photobucket links are dead right now.
  9. I've found that the trick is to never put it into the body shop. Leave it ugly, and live a happy life!
  10. I'm just going to leave this here. Tire fitment mockup:
  11. It's all part of the same hillclimb package. The basic plan for my season is: NA8C Miata - Finish the exhaust and install the new seat, daily drive that while the Datsun is in progress. Most likely race it for the first half of the season e350 Race Support Vehicle - Tow the trailer, move projects to/from the shop. Open Trailer - Haul the Datsun around, primarily to/from events. Datsun s30 (shaped vehicle) - Get it to rolling, then start adding running gear and seats. Hopefully tow it to a couple autocrosses for shakedown, then to some hillclimbs for real shakedown later in the season. Pit Bike - Live in the box truck, haul me to/from the pits at events.
  12. I spent some more time working on my box truck today, and removed the remaining murderwall plywood then reorganized, straightened, and bolted down everything else back there. The etrack on the floor will probably end up on my trailer, but it could make its way to the walls after I've insulated and recovered them. We'll see how it plays out, but either way I love that stuff. The driver's seat is finally getting replaced. I don't know if I already mentioned it, but the roofing tar in this thing got EVERYWHERE. The seat was disgusting. My favorite caption I've seen so far:
  13. The rear subframe is crudely jigged together, and should be ready to rock in the morning. Centering it, defining my ride height, and setting the pitch required a lot of braining. Based on the measurements from a friend, the LCA should be at a ~14 degree layback. I'm at 13.75 degrees on both sides, and have decided to call that good. At some point, I'm going to move the arm pickup points anyway, so this'll have to do to get me started.
  14. Sorry I haven't been posting on forums lately. Another episode is live for those who are following, and I've been working on the race support vehicle lately. The new cabin dome light negates the need for headlights ... but the headlights have been significantly upgraded anyway. We built new swinging doors for the rear to replace the overhead garage-style door, and that meant that we could throw the overhead door tracks and plywood sides away. It's starting to look less like a murdervan back there now. This weekend, we should have a bit more news on the Datsun, and probably another update on the race support vehicle status. What are you folks more interested in seeing progress on?
  15. We have some catching up to do, but the video series is finally getting edited now!
  16. We've been hard at work getting ready for 2018. The Datsun needed the rear wheel centerline moved back 4" in order to clear the main hoop position. I finally made time to mock up where everything should sit, and finish the rear quarter panel profiles. I think it still looks like a 'natural' location for the rear wheel. This gives me around 6" of ground clearance with the suspension preloaded, which is perfectly acceptable in my mind. Using 300lb/in springs, that would give me 1500lb of load before things start to go a little wonky. With the pushrod setup that I'm planning on, I can tune it to dynamically increase spring rate toward the 'compressed' end of the cam travel too. The cardboard template is reversible, so I can accurately reproduce the profile on the opposite side ... but I may modify the overall shape a bit before pulling a mold. This configuration puts the fender line quite a bit higher on the body, and I have the option to move it higher or lower if I don't like the way everything sits when finished. I'm putting off welding the rear suspension in until I have better calculations on what the static ride height needs to be with the stock control arm geometry. I'm probably going to have to move the subframe up a bit in order to keep the ground clearance I talked about earlier, and I can just chop off the OEM front mounts and weld it directly to the X brace if that's the case. It's good to be working on this again.
  17. It's been awhile since I posted an update, but I ended up winning the P4 class for the year! Philo was a great time, and the weather was incredibly good. The only problem I had was that CXRacing exhaust manifold. Several of the welds completely failed, and now I need to make a new exhaust for the Racing Beat manifold I bought to replace it. The $400 one lasted one race, and a friend has been racing for two seasons on the $150 RB model. Figures. ​​​​​​​ Now that the season is finished, I'm working on minor prep jobs ... like heat/defrost, winter tires, etc. The real goal for the winter is to finish up the box truck and get the Datsun ready to race in Spring.
  18. This was a bit more of a rough event, and was the first time I couldn't drive the car home afterward. I think it also bumped me out of the running for Class Champion this season. I should be able to repair it by Mt Philo next month, but I had really hoped to circle back on the Datsun after this one. Here's race footage from one of my practice runs on Saturday. I'm not committing to corners like I would on race day, but it was still pretty quick. Good enough to be 6 seconds faster than my personal best, when I was pushing as hard as I dared.
  19. We just finished both 2017 Burke 1 and 2017 Burke 2. Race footage is up for both events (I think), but here's a sort of behind-the-scenes video of 2017 Burke 2. Let me know if you guys like seeing this kind of stuff. Now that the car is mostly sorted out, it's getting to be time to circle back on the Datsun!
  20. I met Jeff! We actually spent a good portion of the day hanging out, grabbing lunch, talking about differences between Australia and the US. I had a great time hanging out with him (and Mrs. Jeff, who is also fascinating). We ended up missing Mt Washington. As the deadline for the rookie orientation run drew near, we had a hard time getting the car street-legal to bring up to the hill. There were too many little things standing in our way, and not enough time/hands to finish prep, and I had to drop off the roster. We'll have another shot at 2020, and the hope is that we'll have the Datsun available for that. For now, prep continues for Mt Burke at the end of this month.
  21. Today, I rebuilt the torsen limited slip. For now, it lives next to the clutched limited slip, waiting for me to choose which will be installed for Mt Washington next weekend. We also installed the new VMAXX suspension. This is a pretty fantastic budget setup (right at the $1k mark), and is still pretty compliant. Track setups would be far too stiff for any of the hills we run, so I wanted to find something that was high quality while still being compliant and adjustable. After a rough base tune, we have the car level again. Hopefully we'll have some time to fine-tune before Mt Washingont. Finally, and most importantly, we beat the piss out of the transmission tunnel. Then we cut a huge chunk out of it. Then we could fit the widest seat I've ever seen in my life ... into one of the smallest cabins available in a production car. It took most of yesterday and today to get it all aligned, get the seat facing forward, get the seat level, and make sure I could sit in the car without my head hitting the cage while also being able to close the door. Seat installation sucks.
  22. Prep is well underway. I picked up a spare gearbox, cleaned it up, and replaced the front and rear seals, as well as rebuilding the spare clutched limited slip differential. I picked up some new 245-40R15 tires from Maxxis. I put the car into what I call "service mode" Air conditioning and power steering came out, dropping a lot of weight off the front of the car. Then it all came back together for a bit more fender trimming and basic aero mounting.
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