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  1. Just a follow up and thank you to the forum fleas for being helpful and sharing wisdom. Took a while, but after watching the used market for a good 3 months finally pulled the trigger on a used 8.5 by 24' Haulmark this morning. Needs a more thorough inspection, tires and some roof caulking for sure, but I think I can get it road trip ready in time for Gingerman.
  2. And always willing to share those important details..... class act
  3. Silly question, never had to worry about it before. I am adding a radio kit to my helmet and I was assuming I would want it terminating on the left side in the event someone was reaching in to help make sure everything was in order in a pit stop etc. And then for the car, I know they make panel mounts for plug in receptacles, but based on the relatively short length of coil cord coming from my helmet kit it almost seems like it would be ideal to plug in towards the top of the roll bar by the drivers side window versus forward towards and instrument panel etc???? What are all those lessons learned from getting connected to your radio? Any pictures? I am a visual learner 🙂
  4. Just when I thought we had all the sensors we could ever hope to monitor, this thread pops up..............
  5. Well I am glad I asked, they are off the list.
  6. Any experiences good or bad with these retention style hood pins? https://www.pegasusautoracing.com/productdetails.asp?RecID=776
  7. When faced with the same decision recently, we opted for having fuse panel pointed towards passenger side window for easy access in pits from crew member with driver still in car. An in process picture that shows holes for switches on face angled towards driver and fuses and ECU on face towards passenger window.
  8. The neglected Neon sits pushed to the corner of the garage needing a new alternator and valve cover gasket before Gingerman. The new to me tow vehicle with 200k miles takes center stage in the garage and the maintenance items being addressed make the mailman, fedex, and UPS man wonder what and the hell is going on in the garage. It's an AZ truck so rust and seized bolts haven't been an issue, but the power steering fluid and engine oil that has leaked out and collected AZ dust makes for quite the mess. rebuilding front suspension and steering new steering gear and power steering pump, hoses wheel bearings all around shocks all around plugs and wires oil pump and oil pan gasket front engine cover gaskets water pump valve cover gaskets all fluids and filters belts A project that truly feels like pulling a thread on a sweater....
  9. look up Chuck Gregory on facebook - https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008125245960
  10. Redline 30wt race oil and MT90 trans
  11. I believe what Steve was referring to is how to adjust shift cables. I have seen both transmissions that already have the hole and the 1/4 drill bit is just a proxy for an alignment pin, and other times a hole would need to be drilled first. Admittedly when there was no hole, I eyeball instead of drill. Perhaps that is a mistake? CROSSOVER CABLE NOTE: Only crossover cable is adjustable. Selector cable is not adjustable.1.Remove shift console. Loosen crossover cable adjustment screw at shift lever. See Fig. 1 . Using a 1/4" drill bit, pin transaxle crossover lever in 3-4 neutral position. Align hole in crossover lever with hole in boss on transaxle case. Ensure drill bit goes at least 1/2" into transaxle case. See Fig. 2 . 2.Allow shifter to rest in neutral position (shifter is spring-loaded and self-centering). Tighten adjustment screw to 70 INCH lbs. (8 N.m). Remove drill bit. Ensure shift lever shifts into all gears. Install shift console
  12. I am probably biased but I think that the Neon is a great platform for a Champcar, especially if you enjoy the research and development aspects of fielding a race car. You get to start with a low point car and then debate / decide / experiment with where you spend your points. The Neon is super easy to drive, primarily I think because out of the box you will likely be heavily biased to understeer, and then as you improve driving craft and car setup you push the limits to actually get a more neutral car in which you can get some rear end rotation. While donor vehicles are getting a little more scarce, the PT Cruiser platform which is a source for 2.4 engines, big brake upgrades, 350HD transmissions (2001 in particular), and axles is still in abundance. @Mopar4life and @BlackMagic (and I am sure others) have proven it has been a podium worthy platform. For 6 or 8 hr races fuel capacity is probably biggest challenge??? If the starting VPI was lowered by 50 points I think it would be a little bit less of the bringing a knife to a gun fight with the higher VPI cars. I believe there was a petition to this effect, haven't seen the ruling yet. I will add two key nuggets I didn't see above - weight reduction and brake cooling. The latter takes a bit of ingenuity given available space and FWD. In addition to Modern Performance (https://www.modernperformance.com/category/95-05-neon) mentioned above, here are some other resources: www.neons.org is a source of tremendous knowledge (intermingled with a bunch of BS) that naturally has less participation now that the platform is getting older. https://www.kinnettickreations.com/ - custom wiring harnesses As seen from the fact this thread exists, I have also enjoyed the comradery with other Neon teams. Lots of information sharing, spare parts sharing, and friendly competition. Kent - #55 Udder Chaos 1996 Dodge Neon
  13. At the risk of being accused of bargain hunting for a fairly important aspect of a race car, (the wheels), I did run across a wheel that struck me as "cost effective". Anyone have any experience with Vors wheels? They claim they are manufactured to meet or exceed JWL/VIA standards (whatever that means). They don't have any weights listed so that isn't confidence inspiring either https://www.vorswheels.com/products/tr4 A related question, what is the practical application of the 2X rule for wheels? None of the nationally recognized auto part chain stores offer a stock replacement wheel for our car (or probably any others for that matter).
  14. A little off topic, it isn't what happened to the race car today, it is that I am finally getting a worthy tow vehicle. Dealer accepted my offer, just need to get it from Phoenix to Wisconsin. AZ truck, lots of miles, 8.1 Vortec with Allison trans. One step closer to an enclosed trailer I hope.
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