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  1. Today I knocked out a bunch of surface rust and is ready to have the inside sand blasted. You can still find small dark rust pits in some areas but for what we are doing, it should be fine. I caught myself a few times spending lots of time in a small spot and I had to remind myself that this is a champcar, not a show car Now it might be the rust in my head now, but one of the guys at the shop said to next treat the car with some sort of... something... And use lighter paint in place of primer, which would seal rust better... I am going to have to ask him again, I can't recall what the 2 next steps were, after sand blasting. Being able to rotate the car made it super easy to work on. That's not rust, they are beauty marks. I should have take the "Before" before I started... After, so much bondo! Good thing the metal is a quarter inch thick so I can grind on it so hard! haha! This is a neat shot of the car, but at the time I didn't notice I got all of the other cool project car shots in the background. FFR MK3, 944, and a Civic. OEM tail light. I just wanted to see it on the car. So far I have found 4 colors on the car, brown, black, maroon, and purple!? 18th century technology! Coil overs are just a fad - I bringin' it back!
  2. No problem. You can call me (Mike) at 608-865-One-One-Seven-Seven. Or my co-owner Paul @ 608-797-Eight-Four-Eight-Three
  3. That was a Saab. I just got in the car and I was feeling out for the first time that weekend. The Saab team was our pit neighbors and I guess my live stream was very popular for a while :). The tires were in great shape when we were done because they are a hard compound. In fact we still have these tires and run them on the rear of the car and we run the star specs in the front. That engine now has 2 race weekends on it and a new transmission. The engine in the car now was ordered from a salvage yard with 70k miles. The first engine we had in the car had 140,000 miles when we went racing. In our 3rd race weekend it spun a bearing. We never re-build the engine, we like keeping it factory sealed When we got the car, the headlights were all busted up. I tossed the driver side headlight and routed the cold air vent out that area. If we had to run a night race, we planned to run the same LED lights like we did on our Mustang.
  4. I was thinking the same thing, at this price its almost worth keeping it for a solid backup car. Now I'd only have to find a spot to hide it from the wife The secret with our engines, we shower them with love and hugs! You right with the RSB, it car can corner now to the point is almost too loose (sorry "over steer" - darn nascar dna!) But it would be easy and a good learning exercise for a new owner working to getting it back to neutral in the corner when you detach the rear sway bar. Here is an old video from the fall Road America race in 2016, the first year we had this car. In this race the car has hard 360utqg rated tires and no rear sway bar. The biggest thing you can tell from this video is that I'm having fun and not over driving the car. Which is good, because its's an endurance race
  5. Thanks for the question @mtgmanbob. And @red0 has replied correctly for every point. What we did to the front suspension is similar to the rotating bolt mod where you can add camber in the front. Our intake is 0 points. Plus, we are super proud of our redneck engineered intake. A battery box connected to yard tubes from the hardware store. Also, that aluminum radiator is just the factory aluminum radiator. I think when my co-owner wrote that he didn't know it was a standard item on the car. We were also thinking how to counter losing the rear sway. First, changing the rear springs like red0 also suggested and I would put slightly harder tire compounds on the rear. 200 in the front and mid 300 on the rear. In this car's first race we didn't have a rear sway bar, and yes the car had some under steer, but was easy to work with. When we got home, we added a rear sway bar because at the time this car's VPi was 400. So the most easiest fix was adding a adjustable rear sway bar. Since installed, it has lived the middle or lightest setting. This car is still available. We had one buyer ready to pick it up and a day before his friend/co-owner backed out so he couldn't make the purchase. While that is a bummer, we understand that can happen. But it would be nice to have this car gone, we have already started building 3rd chamcar.
  6. Rotisserie's make everything better, chicken, turkey & Camaros! Part of the day was spent removing more parts and doing more cleanup inside. We plan to use the 10 bolt rear end that came with the car and update it so it can use rotors. And we are not going to change anything about the rear suspension. We are going to stick with the leaf spring setup. You can't beat that 18th century technology . While it was rotated on it's side I worked the inside with a wire wheel knocking out as much junk as I could. As @wvumtnbkr, requested: "MOAR!"
  7. A fun side note, I would have loved to see this car in it's prime! I ran the code it says the car was silver with a red interior! With a color theme you'd think I would have found some white power hiding in the doors! This must have been someones project to make this car look like a Z28 since according to this plate it is only a sport coupe package. Someone ripped out all of the red panels, found a black Z28 interior and gave up. I can't find a photo of the colors together, but I do like the color combo! I am seriously considering painting the interior red made sure my race seat is also red!
  8. While we have not sold our Maxima yet, we have already started building out next car. We found a 78' Camaro that was in great shape and already gutted. Finding something like this in Wisconsin is rare. The front end was in pieces, but most of the parts have been powder coated. The only mechanical part included was the 10 bolt rear end. While the car is a bare, it was full of parts and panels. Testing out how well aerodynamics work backwards taking it to the shop. Once at the shop, we started to clean out the car pull off the doors. The bare door without glass was 90lbs. I wonder how heavy this door would be fully dressed. We gutted the crap out of the door and lighten it by 70%.
  9. This sums up our day: https://www.facebook.com/mike.gehri.9/videos/10156873091672940/
  10. I'm with Red on this one, Add me to that fire too
  11. This trumps everything! You gotta' sound cool on track! Otherwise, what's the point!
  12. Current weather in Wisconsin...
  13. Thanks for everyone replying. I didn't want to say who's opinion was who above, but I was the one who always wanted to run with the limited RPM. But it looks like most people side on the side of that it will not hurt a car to run up to the red line. I know from my personal experience when I ran our car at Road America. Our redline is 6500. I shifted out at 5000, and had the fastest lap time of the weekend. Plus once that saved me during a missed shift when trying to go to 5th gear I went up into 3rd gear, it reved up to mid 6000rpm before I was able realize I screwed up and went into the proper gear. So I had extra room for error with the lower rpm shifts
  14. Serious question. The forecast for the next several days is near or below freezing overnight. Should we run coolant, not water for this weekend? Chicane most likely. As I understand it that is what the Road America tells us what we can do. I remember at the we were at the other race in the spring with the WRL guys explaining how that happens during the drivers meeting. They told the drivers in the meeting to respect that turn so when they come back next year they are still allowed to race the kink. But I wonder if they will be forced to race the Chicane too. During one of the days someone tried to knock down the kink outside wall hard.
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