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  1. 6 points
    Loaded the 944 with its cheaty 3L with 2.5L cam cover swap. 🙈 Safe travels everyone, see you in Atlanta. Ron
  2. 4 points
    So we'll see how this goes this week, but we tech'd for 2019 at Sebring and I talked to @Ray Franck about the requirement to cover the tire. What he said to me in Tech is that he wants to be able to look down from above the tire in question and not see exposed tread visible at the top between 10 and 2. The issue that I mentioned to he and @National Tech is that some wheels have protruding spokes or hubs that may skew trying to run a straight edge or level between 10 and 2 (our wheels are like that). I think, perhaps, people maybe are getting a bit too worried about this and that Tech is going to be reasonable for a few races. But show up making no effort to cover the ~2"+ of tread sticking out from wheel opening and expect to be looking for a BFH or a baseball bat and a couple of beers.
  3. 3 points
    Heh whenever it does that, I just keep right on welding for about 5 seconds before I realize I'm melting my retinas. Then I can't actually see what I'm trying to weld for twenty minutes. I'm not nearly good enough to try and weld my own cage, but that lo-profile helmet looks sweet! Oh yeah, pictures. Loaded up and ready to go. First time someone else on the team drags the car to a race!
  4. 3 points
    Oh I'm sure there will be a driver's meeting later in the day where Chisek is standing on a guardrail in the pit screaming at everybody. 😄
  5. 3 points
    My welding issues a few years back were due to old age and failing eyesight. I hadn't done any welding for a few years and when I started up again, I couldn't believe how bad I was. Turns out I couldn't see the puddle well. A set of eye glasses cured the problem and I was back to my old self.
  6. 3 points
    We put in an immence amount of work since Sebring: Redesign Wing New Splitter New Wheel Studs All new lights and light bar New electrical panel New exhaust New diffuser New radiator New bumper/splitter New top with window New package tray New fuel vent Rolled fenders New transmission Helmet blower New radio setup Cool suit New Swaybar And a whole lot of maintenance let's hope for a finish at Road Atlanta!
  7. 3 points
    The tone of this thread can be bad at times but you guys are a re of sunshine to mi, at least this fa.
  8. 3 points
    Good answer! LOL, I was thinking the same thing. I had to look back on your previous pictures because I thought the A pillar bars were fit pretty close to the BIW, and I was actually going to comment saying "good job" a few days ago. This picture made me look back on the previous ones, and I figured you did the "drop the cage through the floor" trick to weld it up. Sweet! Now I really want to come pay you guys a visit. Cool that Dylan @Wittenauer Racing offered some help. If you ever need anything, I'm only 5 minutes from the airport and have a pretty decent fab shop set up in my 2 car garage at home. Feel free to ask.
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    I welded as much as I could in it's normal position then dropped the down tubes through the floor and tipped the whole cage forward to weld the top sides.
  10. 3 points
    I was expecting a "Doe" or maybe a Homer Simpson meme with a "Doh", but I guess LA-Ti-Da works too.
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    This is Champ - we are ALL ABOUT derailing threads!!!
  13. 2 points
    Or the self darkening function doesn't work because the line of sight from it to the weld is obstructed. Talk about frustrating after working to get in position....
  14. 2 points
    Wow, I've got to find one of those type of helmets. I can't tell you how much time I've spent trying to get my head into a tight place welding a cage. Finishing up a small section of weld has sometimes taken 10 to 15 minutes just to get into a Decent position. Edit: I take it that is a magnifying lens?
  15. 2 points
    I duct-taped one of these: To my "helmet": I find the small welding mask allows me to get my head into awkward spots much easier and thus make better welds.
  16. 2 points
    No problem- Yes, for the most part. The biggest difference is in the quality of the build, jacks and the coax. As with most things racing, quality products do tend to cost more to build but in the long run will save emotional anguish or grief track side.
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    Haha yeah I spent a lot of effort trying to get everything as close to the body as possible, just makes it hard to weld! I'll let you know when I get the cage wrapped up and the hangar cleaned up a little more (kinda crowded with two cars and the miata in it) and you're more than welcome to come out! I appreciate the offer too!
  18. 2 points
    Well back on topic before I start worrying about fenders and fuel cells. It turns out you shouldn't plug your welder into the extension cord that runs through 2 strip cords..... Our hangar is actually 20 amps and we're now back in the game finishing up the cage! PS thanks to @Wittenauer Racing for offering up garage space to get this welded if we hadn't figured out the issue!
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    Dont worry, you arent the only one going to road atlanta not sure your fenders will cut it. Im bringing the welder, roller Stretcher©, grinder, etc just in case.
  21. 2 points
    I don't get it. I think that "and components" should have been left out of this line. I think that this line was originally meant to keep away from running a cell that is just the plastic molded tank. You have to run one that is a metal box with the deform-able tank/bladder inside it. Doesn't the sfi / fia rating cover this. Why is it so hard. @National Tech please help us understand.
  22. 2 points
    Tough track for us east coasters, Hope to get some decent points out of it and stay out of everyone's way.
  23. 1 point
    Open passing hopefully...the point by session was really bad.
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    I must have missed it. I guess they were too well hidden when parked behind the six cylinder Firebirds that the other secretaries drove.
  25. 1 point
    The car has been campaigned since late 2012, I dont recall the actual values of the car back then, but I can tell you for fact that its never taken penalty laps.
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    yup! They are friends of ours so we try to work together as much as we can. This pic was taken by the one and only @Bill Strong at Auto Club Speedway in November and while bump drafting we were able to cut ~2.5sec off/lap!!!
  27. 1 point
    I feel ya. I was talked out of a Fox Mustang. But its hard to argue with the 14 podiums we have with the Miata. I still think your argument is stronger for a lower Fiero (or other less common/supported platforms) value rather than the components values or 2x ruling of upgrades. The NA miata has never been over 500 pts or $$
  28. 1 point
    Yes, can get them in various diopters. Fits a normal helmet but not the goggles, hence my use of duct tape.
  29. 1 point
    Here's where I got mine: https://www.princessauto.com/en/detail/digital-welding-goggles-and-protection-kit/A-p8699167e Canadian but you can probably find something similar at Harbor Freight. And don't be tempted to weld without wearing the hood, the line of sunburnt skin just above the goggle line looks silly.
  30. 1 point
    ^^^So, does he push you down the straightaways, and in turn you pull him through the turns? Is that how it works? Nice pic of some contrasting Miatas.
  31. 1 point
    Miatas and e3x cars are INCREDIBLE platforms to start with. They have great a/m support and they can be relatively cost effective (compared to others) to campaign. I think that sometimes you are mistaking great platforms, that are naturally supported with a/m and the Champ rules inherently favoring them. And for whats its worth, the west region is a Miata heavy region, but look at these 3 top miata teams, not very spec if you ask me...
  32. 1 point
    The house I just bought has a brand new garage, but I think it was wired by meth-addled juvenile delinquents. I couldn't decide if I had lost my touch with the welder, or something is wrong with the machine. I'll bet the damn outlet is forked...
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    Here's another example of said method just for grins....
  34. 1 point
    ^ +1 I was running laps last night and had a hard time on a few locations getting my braking points dialed in. I am very glad this race will not be at night, it is going to be tough enough in full light with a large field! Should be fun!
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    Oh, yeah, there are two shower stalls in the corner across from the sinks. Forgot about that. Yes, we usually use the club paddock.
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    They had said before that the original video was not how they were going to measure and that it applied the rule improperly. You may want to clarify with someone before you do too much work.
  40. 1 point
    In response to thread title: Tyler. Definitely Tyler.
  41. 1 point
    So when is your next race for your (now lower vpi) fiero?
  42. 1 point
    I needed a way to fasten my downpipe to my exhaust manifold so i bought a non standard twin scroll fastener from Garrett.
  43. 1 point
    After a long (4+ years) hiatus...whats left of Team Ponticrap will be returning to the track at VIR. Now under new management as Team Baby Shark! We were hoping to make Road Atlanta, but as you can see....we still have some work to finish. https://www.facebook.com/TeamBabySharkFiero/
  44. 1 point
    We have members who want to race but don't want to deal with a parade during the race (Citrus) We have members who what to race but cant afford to compete at a higher $ level or don't want to be on track with that faster hardware (WRL, AER) We have members who don't really care, but want to race on the best tracks. Guess who has the best rack selection? We have members who don't have time to tweak and screw on every part of the car, with work, family, or other responsibilities. Even for people like me who do like to tweak, the no-adjustables rule keeps costs down. When the rule was "OE Only", I was blowing shocks every other race on my cut springs. When the rule changed to 2x, I was able to purchase a set of (used) bilsteins and I have not had to touch them since. If I was a higher-budget team, I would have sent them off to get valved or tweaked... I called to ask the price and it was more than a (used) set goes for. The bilsteins were certainly cheaper than Ohlins, Penskies, Koni 86xx, etc which were other options available at various price and customization levels Its possible to be competitive without them.
  45. 1 point
    Its a cost limiting measure, that actually works. In theory, you are correct. Having multiple "non adjustable" shocks adjusted adds up quickly, In reality, there are just not that many "non adjustable" shocks one can purchase, then have re valved, for our cars. In reality, there is no way to enforce adjustment of non-adjustable shocks. Champcar isnt going the direction of dynoing shocks after races. In reality, 95% of champcar falls into one of these categories: 1. Whats a adjustable shock, and can I buy that at Pep-Boys? 2. Much to lazy to change shocks more than once 3. Not willing to spend the money or time on multiple sets of shocks and having them revalved 4. Doesnt have the knowledge to effectively improve the cars performance even if they have the time and money to do #3 Therefore, enforcing a ban of "adjuster hardware" on shocks effectively limits the series to lower-budget shocks. Sure, there are probably teams who spend the money to adjust "non adjustables", but they are rare (just like the number of teams who can effectively adjust "adjustables") If you allow adjustables, you open up a whole world of comparatively nicer shocks that teams can use. I can tell ya, id find a way to get some 8611's under my car (within 2x), if not something even nicer.
  46. 1 point
    I'm looking at the possibility of coming up and offering photo packages through MotorSportMedia for this event. Would anyone be interested in photo packages? Having a few in the bag might be enough to sway me one way or another.
  47. 1 point
    You know the funny part, the teams that can afford to do as you describe are so busy doing this, that they miss the mark on endurance racing, they have yet to dominate because of grandiose failures of every other kind.
  48. 1 point
    I doubt the competitve sm guys that are running a year around schedule would risk running their car and put the wear and tear on it...
  49. 1 point
    I only think the Cobra and M3 should be used if the S2 is used for 944s. I’m an ex-Airborne Infantryman, you can be rude all you want, I’m sure I’ve heard worse.
  50. 1 point
    Robs RX7 lost 16 lbs in the time it took us to cook this hunk of meat @wvumtnbkr @bbaker480
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