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  1. Not after a swap, no. Could maybe make room in our points but I'd have to go over it pretty closely. Our engine swap would add about 55 points to our TCV, and we're at around 440-445 right now. This is kinda what I was thinking. Go to a better merge between the two sides that eliminates that 180 degree bit and get rid of the third converter. It seems like taking the 1st and 2nd out would be a ton of work and I'm not sure how strong it would be when I was done (I'm no pro welder). Might have to be creative with the 2-to-1 bit as we can't make it much longer and still get the driveline out the top of the car. I'm sure we could sort something out.
  2. If we end up going the swap route, I'll likely chop off the current flange and build our own 2 to 1 pipe for the exhaust. Would like to toss all three cat shells as well and have straight pipes through it instead. Stock contour crossover pipe looks like this (not as pretty though, I stole this off the interwebs): Got that cool super tight bend in it. I'd like to chop that off and make something straighter there but we'll just have to see how hard it is. Mightnot be worth the effort. Speaking of stock garbage, though, this is what each header looks like on the contour: Also may not be worth the pain to modify that as teh collector and cat entrance are all one piece and far from completely round.
  3. Appreciate it. I wasn't sure if this had come up before, so I wanted to ask ya'll prior to submitting a ticket.
  4. Hi all, This may have been hashed out before, but I haven't been able to find an answer. Our car has cats built into the exhaust header...aka each bank goes from 3 to 1 then into a (pounded out) cat, then out of cat to another 2 to 1 where the two banks meet, then a single pipe into another pounded out cat. We'd like to cut these cats out of our headers and weld in a straight pipe. So the rules say exhaust free downstream of the collector - and a collector is where the individual cylinders' exhausts are merged into 1 stream. Does this mean I can chop this header cat out and straight pipe it for zero points? Pretty please?
  5. I still have those wheels I my shed. That pretty neat! Sorry to hear about your dad. Cancer sucks.
  6. That's awesome! We bought it from John back in 2015 and have been running it ever since. It's changed quite a bit since the early days when it was the conturd and raced for gotham city racing! We had a few mishaps but nothing show stopping and we have no plans to put it out to pasture. We are a 4 person team and don't rent seats but if we ever build another car we were thinking of hanging onto the contour as a rental or for new drivers. Several folks have mentioned racing this car over the years to us on facebook and here on the forums. Happy we can keep it going!
  7. One of our drivers taking out a braking marker. My encounter with @macheesy (not a huge deal, just a dodge). You can see how close the battle for third was.
  8. No idea what this was... Guessing equipment failure heading into turn 1. Was this yall, @Triangle42
  9. @Bremsen Here's where your engine gasped it's last... Crash between I think the RVA car taking out the Soggy Bottom Boys 350z in turn 4 Our driver, Bob, losing the tail in the carousel and bending a rim. Thanks all who missed us when he lost it! And here's Sean's best lap from Day 1 My fastest lap on saturday, 1:56.5 ish
  10. Updated near spin video from potato to GoPro: Stayed in it the whole time, didn't lift until I was sure it was going for a spin. No idea why it came back...
  11. He's good people. Maybe a little crazy, but that's probably why he fits in so well =D He'll point you in the right direction.
  12. I haven't tried it tbh. It might be magic! Going to have to try it at some point in the future, particularly if I ain't gotta mix the stuff myself. The swepco moly tube is like $30 and the bel-ray is another $30 I think, so $60 for two tubes. Not sure how that compares to the NEO grease prices per pound tho. It sounds like our mix is cheaper but not sure if it's as good. Prepping axles sucks though, I'd happily pay someone to skip that step. After the re-greasing, we haven't been able to tell the difference between our OE axles and the aftermarkets. I did take a dremel to the OE ones to open up the clearances a little but haven't been able to tell a difference in life yet. Good luck on your first race. Hope you guys have spares for some dumb things like alternators, fuel pumps, shift cables, wheel bearings, and brake pads!
  13. Yeah I read about your saga this weekend, that sucks. Can't believe the inner joint broke, that's fairly rare! Good luck on the new build! Do you have any idea what it'll be?
  14. Well that too, but there's a saying about polishing a turd.... Believe me we're good with it. The axles were the last major issue we had and it seems resolved. Unlike some other cars, we don't blow engines or transmissions or differentials or hubs or wheel bearings. Just shift cables, axles, and fuel pumps. Easy stuff.
  15. Y'know, Some of us are just too stubborn to quit wrong wheel drive. I mean, we've raced a clapped out contour for five years... We can't admit it's garbage now!
  16. When we started racing this thing, we didn't have axle problems. Probably used the same axles for 2016 - early 2018. As we got faster over the years, and our brakes got hotter, and our corner exit speeds grew, the strain started popping axles left and right. Our best time at Sebring in 2016 was around a 3:03 and last year it was a 2:50. Also, the spread in times between our fastest and slowest drivers dropped from like 25 seconds to more like 5, so more strain more often. We also have a somewhat heavy car at 2750 lbs, and make okay power around 165 whp. And, it's a late 90s not really sports sedan. Not a lot of things going for it! Hopefully the newer, more sports-base vehicles don't have as many issues as our 2010 vintage chumpcar.
  17. Our trick came from many hours of searching forums for clues to making these things survive. The offroad buggy guys suggested this and it's worked great for us so far. Backstory: for the last two years, we've been blowing apart outer cv joints at a rate of two axles per race. We tried repacking with standard cv grease, venting boots, and bigger rotors with more cooling. None of that worked. We tried contacting DSS and they told us they'll make us axles but won't repack our OEM or aftermarket axles. Finally, I followed the advice of several people online and from this series: I ordered some used OEM axles off ebay, and some brand new A1 Cardones from rockauto. I separated the oem axles and removed the tripod joint from the aftermarket ones since those have cv joints that aren't separatable. I cleaned out ALL of the old grease using gasoline... This took ages and made a huge mess. Then, I repacked the joints with a 50/50 mixture of Swepco Moly and BelRay anti-seize. And I mean packed it... Probably 20 minutes of smashing this incredibly nasty mixture into the joint. I also added the little brass vent tube when putting the boot back on. I used a serrated knife to cut a small groove in the small end of the boot to let the vent sit neatly. The one other thing I did that I don't know if it had any effect oo not was I cut a piece of rubber to act like a cv saver inside the boot. It's a little hard to describe, but basically it's a semi rigid piece that the axle shaft passes through but that sits against the inside of the boot and helps prevent grease from migrating from the join towards the small end of the boot. I don't know if it mattered because we've now run three 14 hour races on the repacked oem/repacked aftermarket axles and haven't blown a single one. We just ran CMP on our second set of repacked axles and didn't lose a single axles over the two days of racing. We're calling this the solution, and finally I won't have to leave every race down two or more axles, slightly singed, and covered in CV grease. ...this problem was so bad, I literally have 11 axles in the trailer as spares. https://www.belray.com/product/molylube-anti-seize-compound-mining/ https://www.amazon.com/Swepco-101-SWEPCO-Moly-Grease/dp/B005I078MA Can't help with the mystery tears. We got one in our first set of axles we repacked which is why we're on the second set now. Seems to just happen every few races, I'm guessing from all the crap on the track.
  18. I haven't had an issue with them in the past; in fact, their video from Daytona made it clear that our incident with MCM was intentional rather than incidental contact. This was just one of those moments where the move didn't seem warranted. No damage was done but it was closer than I'd like. We do our best to give point bys and leave room for the faster cars to get by easily as we're generally just not aggressive drivers. We'll never win, mainly because we'll never drive hard enough to have a chance, and we're all fine with that. The places you front-runners are willing to put your cars is just far beyond anything I'd be comfortable with! We have a hard and fast rule these days that we don't send the car out without video rolling. We forgot to hit record on the gopro saturday morning and came right back to pit to fix that. We're superstitious these days because the scariest shtuff always happens when the camera isn't on.
  19. Ain't no muffler around these parts. Our car only has one resonator and three knocked-out cats. Straight pipe everywhere else.
  20. We've been doing this for a few years now and trying hard to improve. We've finally got our pit times down to around 4 minutes and the car is pretty damn reliable these days. I'll go over the exhaust and see what else can be done there but it's about as straight through as we can make it. It does has a resonator in it, but that's all besides gutted cats. We'll be at Sebring but probably not PBIR. Too damn hot. Will plan to pit with ya'll if you'll be at sebring in december.
  21. Hi all! We had a great weekend, mostly. Some minor issues came along but nothing we couldn't handle, and it was pretty hilarious sharing a pit with @Team Infiniti. The practice day was kinda a mess but at least we all got some time on track to be a little familiar with it before going green on Saturday. I had a particularly interesting moment where I made the greatest save of my racing life. Sorry for the video of a video, but I'll get around to processing the actual gopro footage over the next couple weeks. After that experience, we added more spoiler angle and dropped a few PSI from our rear tire pressures. Before CMP, we upped our front springs from 400 to 500 lbs/in, and put our OEM rear sway bar back in, so this was our first drive in it with those changes. I really hope someone has the video of that from behind/outside. I'd love to see it! Saturday went pretty good. We've added a RaceCapture system into the car and this was our first race where all the drivers got the benefit of live lap timing via a tablet. One of our drivers managed to get with .5 seconds of my best lap, which is a solid 1.5 seconds closer than any of them have managed in the past, so it's definitely working! We also added a hydramat to attempt to avoid our fuel starvation issues and it seems to have made a huge difference as we were able to get to 2 hours on our 15 gallon fuel tank. I also played with the tune a bit to lean it out, so that may have helped a small amount as well. Sean went out and drove some amazing laps, logging a best time of 1:57.0xx, beating my practice day best of 1:58.1xx. I'm always the fastest guy on the team, so Sean was making sure I had to work to keep that streak going. During my stint, SOMEONE forgot to plug in the coolsuit. Again. I was cooking. I could feel the disconnected lines but couldn't seat them myself, and CMP has NO WHERE you can kinda relax and catch your breath. You're always doing something. I also felt a lot of dynamic steer from the car when hitting the gas or the brake. I eventually brought the car in for a look, but the outer tierod felt okay, the wheel bearing appeared solid-ish, and the control arm bushings were kinda nasty looking but probably fine. Everyone else told me to get over it, so I went back out and just sent it for the rest of my stint. I managed to log a 1:56.5xx, holding onto my pride. We played mostly conservative the rest of the day so we could avoid an extra pit stop. Our only major issue of the weekend was when Bob did a half spin off track in the carousel and the car started shaking badly. A bent wheel or two later and he was back on track to take the checkered flag in 23rd place overall - our best finish yet. Sunday was mostly uneventful. We had started saturday with four new tires, but bent two wheels. We only had tires left that had done both Sebring AND Daytona, so we had no idea if they'd last the day. Sean went out first again and we figured he'd set the top pace and the car would just get slower throughout the day. Ray went out before and after the red flag and got the car through the rainy bits with only a couple off-road trips. Our new splitter appears strong enough to handle plowing the track given how much mud and grass we scraped out of it! Bob went out third and turned laps steadily all stint, working his times ever faster as the track dried out. When I went out, I went for broke, hoping to make up a few places. I somehow found another second of track time to get our fastest lap of 1:55.7xx, and we took the checkered flag at 4:30 in 16th place - our new best finish ever. There were a few headscratcher moments out there, but I was rather annoyed when on the last corner of the last lap of the last day, Castrol Prefect dive-bombed me into turn 14 (I left him room as I'd seen him coming), then tracked out right through me, forcing me off track. There was no contact only because I dodged off track to avoid him, and I'm very lucky I didn't bend a wheel as there's a massive hole on the outside of those rumble strips. Edit: Mac reached out and apologize - no harm no foul. They were fighting hard for their finish and all I was fighting for was a fun final lap haha Regardless, best racing weekend ever. Now, to go over our car very closely as Ed keeps threatening to put a pinhole in a radiator hose to force me to upgrade to a 3.0L engine in our contour...
  22. No biggie! We just noticed this while prepping the car for CMP. We already basically do new rotors every race but were hoping with our new, longer lasting pads, that we'd get a few races out of these rotors. These are pretty cheaply made/slotted/cross-drilled, but I found centric makes a high-carbon plain-face rotor we can use. Ordered a set from summit last night. I've heard that brembo rotors are sourced from centric but no idea if that's true or not. It is true that we really don't need super fancy brakes for most champcars! Pads matter 1000x more than the rotors themselves...
  23. Y'know how all the real racers say don't use cross drilled rotors, the drilling leaves stress in the rotors that cause cracks when racing? Well, these were cheaper than plain slotted rotors. And now I have real life evidence that cross drilled stress cracks are a thing. These were brand new for Daytona this year. New rotors on order now.
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