carbon New Reader
Aug. 7, 2013 9:45 p.m.

Hello all! I figure the best way to introduce myself is to show you the car I threw together for my wife to use for summer driving as well as to us to do some autox and trackdays in. This car came into my care in need of repair (blowed up and in general disrepair, inside/outside, covered in graffiti, rough), but at some point had been treated to some nice parts. I rebuilt the car from the ground up with the idea that a bare minimum of car would be best for maximizing both the driving experience as well as performance potential of the car. <img src="#//s1148.photobucket.com/user/thehumanrace/media/IMG_3643.jpg.html][/URL]" />

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I removed all components that I deemed unnecessary and the car got better and better, nvh even got quieter somehow. (maybe less stuff to rattle/resonate?) I fabricated a small wing to balance the car aesthetically and hopefully add some psychosomatic rear downforce

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I rebuilt the motor, with some upgrades in the interest of reliability and thermal management. Oh and I forgot to mention, the gt28rs (disco potato) turbocharger pushing 7psi [URL=http://s1148.photobucket.com/user/thehumanrace/media/IMG_3618.jpg.html][/URL] [URL=http://s1148.photobucket.com/user/thehumanrace/media/IMG_3610.jpg.html][/URL]

I upgraded the clutch and flywheel

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And put it back where it belongs with a six speed tranny swap for good measure.

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And needless to say the wife likes it pretty well.[URL=http://s1148.photobucket.com/user/thehumanrace/media/stinkybuttmanda138.jpg.html][/URL] The car runs great, puts down 212whp on a dynodynamics dyno, and turned ftd at our last autox as well as currently 2nd fastest time of the year, missed it by .04 (at limerock park). Hope you all enjoyed my little story and hopefully there will be many more to come.

JoeyM Mod Squad
Aug. 7, 2013 9:48 p.m.

Welcome aboard.....

carbon New Reader
Aug. 7, 2013 10:10 p.m.

Thanks JoeyM! I found another picture, I need to do a decent photo shoot with the car but haven't gottten around to it just yet. [URL=http://s1148.photobucket.com/user/thehumanrace/media/iphone2022.jpg.html][/URL]

carbon New Reader
Aug. 8, 2013 12:02 a.m.

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sethmeister4 HalfDork
Aug. 8, 2013 12:04 a.m.

Wow...gorgeous car and a very cool build! Welcome!

ransom UltraDork
Aug. 8, 2013 12:09 a.m.

Cool! I was just thinking about Spyders earlier today... Yours is very nice indeed!

carbon New Reader
Aug. 8, 2013 12:13 a.m.

more to come

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carbon New Reader
Aug. 8, 2013 12:28 a.m.

Thanks for the kind words. If spiders are on your mind, get one. Its like a cheap elise. This one still gets 30mpg avg driving it hard. It has been relentlessly reliable despite doubling the factory power (did blow up an exedy clutch though) They are not a car you learn in an afternoon, you build a relationship with these cars, it's what makes them special. Once you learn the way they need to be driven, they flow beautifully.

Matt B SuperDork
Aug. 8, 2013 9:26 a.m.

Wow. That is a nice result. We need more spyders around here, so welcome!

I really need to go work on the aw11...

Swank Force One MegaDork
Aug. 8, 2013 9:27 a.m.

That car is painfully good.

nderwater UberDork
Aug. 8, 2013 9:37 a.m.

There are not enough MRS builds out there - yours is primo. Thanks for sharing!

DaveEstey UltraDork
Aug. 8, 2013 10:24 a.m.

This thing is sahweeeeeeeet

octavious Reader
Aug. 8, 2013 11:03 a.m.

Nice.

Now do one about the FJ.

beans HalfDork
Aug. 8, 2013 11:33 a.m.

Uh, yeeeeaaaaaaaahhhh, if you could just give that to me now, that'd be grrrreeeaaattt, yeeeeaaahhhh. K? Thanks!

I hate Toyotas. This fixes that.

carbon New Reader
Aug. 8, 2013 3:24 p.m.

Thanks everyone! Sorry but the Fj build blog will have to wait until its worthy of one. The plan is, a spring over axle conversion or linksetup, an aluminum body painted lexus bamboo green pearl, and a light pressure turbo (so I can tow a race trailer with it). It's coming along but slowly, and the PO did work his magic on it (see that awesome homebrew liftkit?, nothin a shackle reversal and spring over can't fix but wow) <img src="#//s1148.photobucket.com/user/thehumanrace/media/IMG_3529.png.html][/URL]" />[URL=http://s1148.photobucket.com/user/thehumanrace/media/IMG_3324.jpg.html][/URL]. A long way to go though!

carbon New Reader
Aug. 8, 2013 3:25 p.m.

Anyone know why some of my photobucket links are just ? marks?

edwardh80 None
Aug. 8, 2013 3:33 p.m.
carbon wrote: Thanks everyone! Sorry but the Fj build blog will have to wait until its worthy of one. The plan is, a spring over axle conversion or linksetup, an aluminum body painted lexus bamboo green pearl, and a light pressure turbo (so I can tow a race trailer with it). It's coming along but slowly, and the PO did work his magic on it (see that awesome homebrew liftkit?, nothin a shackle reversal and spring over can't fix but wow) <img src="#//s1148.photobucket.com/user/thehumanrace/media/IMG_3529.png.html][/URL]" />[URL=http://s1148.photobucket.com/user/thehumanrace/media/IMG_3324.jpg.html][/URL]. A long way to go though!

What engine does the FJ have in it? Love these things! I assume it has a 4-cylinder diesel if it's still fairly original?

bgkast HalfDork
Aug. 8, 2013 3:39 p.m.

Very nice? What kind of gold thermal wrap is that on the intercooler pipes?

carbon New Reader
Aug. 8, 2013 3:46 p.m.

The engine in the FJ is a Man-a-fre 2f 4.2l crate motor. To my knowledge they are all 6 cyls gas or diesel. My buddy has a grey import auzzie fj45 pickup and its a N/A diesel 6cyl. The turbo I have waiting for it is td04, it should be quite responsive, I'm not looking for big power, just quick spool and increased torque.

carbon New Reader
Aug. 8, 2013 3:51 p.m.

The wrap is from dei, it is adhesive on the inside, good stuff.

carbon HalfDork
Aug. 8, 2013 9:13 p.m.

<img src=" photo autoxryan-1.jpg" />

Swank Force One MegaDork
Aug. 8, 2013 9:14 p.m.

So I saw a Yamaha head... what's going on with the 2zz?

carbon HalfDork
Aug. 8, 2013 9:18 p.m.

Getting built for boost, then all hell breaks loose.

irish44j UberDork
Aug. 8, 2013 9:57 p.m.

Nice builds! My neighbor has an FJ that I drool over often........

Though really, get yourself some nice magnetic numbers for autocross, lol!

carbon New Reader
Aug. 8, 2013 11:28 p.m.

Lol, yup the makeshift #s were pretty great. I have a friend with a signshop that has promised to make some magnetic placards like this. <img src=" photo JGTCstyle2V1R1.jpg" />

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