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Had another work night last night to make "final" preparations for the race next weekend.

 

Sam started by painting and installing a radiator guard - made from Home Depot expanded metal "pet door" or something like that.

Perfect size right out of the package.

 

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Jeff set about cutting the fenders and installing the flares.

 

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No hesitation at all destroying those nice freshly painted fenders!

 

Sam also set about trying to repair the wheel we bent last year at ORP and unfortunately (but not surprisingly) cracked it in the process so we now find ourselves in a mad dash to find a spare 15x8 JNC 006 (cheap Rays C28N copy) wheel.

 

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Sorry I don't have a picture of the damaged wheel.

 

I ordered a replacement through https://sparktecmotorsports.com/ this morning.  I talked with Danny (awesome customer service!!!!) and he's submitting my order to https://jncwheels.com/ but with the holiday Monday (news to me as of about 10pm last night) shipping might be tight so we are still hoping to find a local replacement.

 

Other than that, Jeff welded on the new mirror mounts and Sam and I spent the night re-installing all the other stuff we took off for paint.  I even added stainless gutter trim! 

 

With the flares installed, it looks the part now but really needs some color!

 

The sticker package for this race series is getting pretty massive so Friday night the car should look pretty different.

 

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Wow! - race car! Great job in the transformation. Look forward to hearing your race reports..

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#betterbeforepaint. 😁  you guys get too professional looking you will outgrow us!

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This has to be one of my favorite threads here, looking forward to updates.

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On 5/24/2020 at 3:11 AM, terolla said:

What side view mirrors are you using?

 

These replacement Toyota mirrors from ebay

 

https://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Door-Side-Mirrors-PAIR-Left-Right-Manual-GL-Fit-For-Corolla-KE70-TE71-TE72/272353910541

 

22 hours ago, Lockleaf said:

#betterbeforepaint. 😁  you guys get too professional looking you will outgrow us!

 

That's the magic of thumbnail size pictures on a call phone.  : ) Believe me!  There is still work to do on the exterior.  Hopefully it is done by us and not our competitors.

 

12 hours ago, ace028 said:

This has to be one of my favorite threads here, looking forward to updates.

 

Glad you are enjoying it!  This is been quite an experience for us.

 

On 5/23/2020 at 12:57 PM, rosso said:

Wow! - race car! Great job in the transformation. Look forward to hearing your race reports..

 

Thanks Michael!  We'll keep 'em coming.

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Man, what a transformation. Nice work. 

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We got together Wednesday for another "quick" job before the race.  Jeff wanted to change swap the rear end out of his tan autocross car (4.44 R190 LSD) into the Swamp Thing (4.11 R180 LSD).

We are hoping the lower gear ratio will give us more grunt out of the slow turns and on the long straight away since we have to push so much air driving a brick on wheels we can't even reach past 5,600rpm in 5th gear!

The job was made so much easier on Jeff's new lift!  Oh man!  I want one!!!!

 

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As previously reported, here is a pic of that damaged rim after a brute force straightening attempt

 

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The new rear end is supposed to have a lower breakaway torque too which we hope will help us on the track - especially since this weekend is supposed to be WET!

 

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One you go lift, you never want to go back.

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Is that driveway concrete really safe for a two post lift? 😬

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I see the black car there... gonna need an update Jeff. 

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1 hour ago, thisismatt said:

Is that driveway concrete really safe for a two post lift? 😬

If he's only lifting Datsuns then I wouldn't worry at all. 

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We got together this morning for some last minute details before hauling the car down to the track to Pacific Raceways this evening.

 

Sam got the new seat belts in and seat mounted

 

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We are worried about rain this weekend and whether or not our windows will fog up.  Jeff found a Tesla (!) blower motor in his attic.  (only Jeff....) 

He made a mount for it with three 2" outputs.

 

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We got that mounted in the car to stock defroster vents plus a bonus central vent.

 

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Then we had to make sure the car actually works before loading it onto the trailer.

 

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Jeff says yes.

 

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We figured this was the first and last time we could drive the car around the neighborhood without it looking like it obviously should NOT be on the road.

 

To the trailer then...

 

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Not a minute too late - I got a call that our replacement wheels from JNC showed up.

 

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Fancy!

 

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I was able to get them to the tire shop and mounted before we had to leave for the track.  Quite a productive morning for sure!

 

 

 

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We got to the track about an hour before they were supposed to let us in but there was no one at the gate so we just drove in anyway.  Shortly after we met up with the LuckyDogRacingLeague crew and they gave us a pile of stickers to put on the car from all the series sponsors. 

 

Hope you like 'em!

 

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Then it was just hang out for about two hours waiting for tech inspection.  They were running drag races during this time - which we couldn't watch because rules...  We were soon surrounded by everything from old Novas, Barracudas, Camaros  etc to new Hellcats, Mustangs and even an R10 and a McLaren - plus the odd rail dragster, slick-shod pick-up truck, and an RX7 which was the loudest and smokiest of the bunch.   Man those drag cars are stinky!  My eyes still sting.  You would figure motors that big could burn all the fuel being dumped in them but nope, most of it apparently comes right back out the exhaust pipes as they sputter around the pits waiting for their turn on the strip.

 

Gave us time to dream about the weekend ahead, talk to a few fellow racers, and wonder what the weekend has in store for us - it is supposed to be a wet one!

 

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Check out this amazing video Sam put together!

 

 

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Nice quick cleanup… but I gotta say, I LOVED the broken and ratty vibe you had before. It was the sort of look that said, "If you try and swap paint with me, you'll catch a social disease." 😄

 

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21 hours ago, slowlearner said:

Nice quick cleanup… but I gotta say, I LOVED the broken and ratty vibe you had before. It was the sort of look that said, "If you try and swap paint with me, you'll catch a social disease." 😄

 

 

All you guys that preferred the Ratsun look - stay tuned...  It may be making a comeback.  : )

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8 minutes ago, carterb said:

 

All you guys that preferred the Ratsun look - stay tuned...  It may be making a comeback.  : )

 

Uh oh.  Sounds like a bruising weekend was had.

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