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Pete Gossett
Pete Gossett MegaDork
3/15/20 8:43 a.m.

And you may find yourself behind the wheel of a large...van. Towing a much smaller automobile. 
 


 

Major thanks to AnthonyGS for hooking me up with an incredibly Challenge-friendly deal on his Laser project!

The general plan is Stampie & I - despite living ~400 miles apart - hope to have it ready for the Challenge this year. The short list of to-do items to start with include:

  • Drain the oil & check for any signs of bearing material
  • Replace the head gasket(included) - I need to determine if the ARP head studs can be reused, or if they're TTY
  • Figure out why it's difficult to get into reverse
  • Determine exactly what turbo is on it, I think it may be too large for autox
  • Tune it
  • All the other lists of things required to prep a car for the Challenge...
wheelsmithy
wheelsmithy UltraDork
3/15/20 8:54 a.m.

You may find yourself living in a shotgun shack.

Nice car. I admired it in the other thread. I look forward to you guys whomping it with the fix-it stick.

yupididit
yupididit UberDork
3/15/20 9:10 a.m.

You beat me to this by hours! Congrats. I almost slipped back into the DSM world! 

Pete Gossett
Pete Gossett MegaDork
3/15/20 9:33 a.m.

In reply to yupididit :

Sorry! Someday I want a Starquest though, so we'll see how this all plays out. 

Stampie
Stampie UltimaDork
3/15/20 9:54 a.m.

In reply to Pete Gossett :

That's a nice looking DSM you got there. 

docwyte
docwyte UberDork
3/15/20 10:01 a.m.

ARP head studs are designed to be used multiple times.

barefootskater
barefootskater SuperDork
3/15/20 10:16 a.m.

Paint a shark on it!

A frickin Laser with a shark on its hood!

Pete Gossett
Pete Gossett MegaDork
3/15/20 1:41 p.m.

In reply to barefootskater :

I was actually pondering if anyone might have a hairless cat o could borrow for the concours...

 

I discovered the guy who built the car is an autocrosser & it has 200tw Federal tires that are in nearly new condition but appear to be dated from 2017:

 


 


 

 

Big honkin' exhaust:


 

 

Crappy lowering springs:

Pete Gossett
Pete Gossett MegaDork
3/15/20 1:47 p.m.

Parts, parts & more parts:


 


 


 

 


 


 


 


 


 

I'm pretty sure he bought out an entire store's inventory of vacuum line.

More pics later...

yupididit
yupididit UberDork
3/15/20 2:05 p.m.
Pete Gossett said:

In reply to yupididit :

Sorry! Someday I want a Starquest though, so we'll see how this all plays out. 

You saved me

Pete Gossett
Pete Gossett MegaDork
3/15/20 5:01 p.m.

This is the turbo on the car now. How do I identify what it is? I'm hoping it's not too large for autox. 
 


 

Some more engine bay pics. 

 


 


 


 

 

Poly engine & trans mounts. 


 


 


 


 

RacetruckRon
RacetruckRon HalfDork
3/15/20 5:59 p.m.

YESSSS! That thing has some serious hardware on it. Copper spray and a new headgasket should do the trick if it already has ARP studs.

Bent-Valve
Bent-Valve HalfDork
3/15/20 6:12 p.m.

 

That is a great deal. All those parts and manuals! Recoup city. I can't wait to see the finished product.

Professor_Brap
Professor_Brap SuperDork
3/15/20 6:20 p.m.

Thoes fsm are worth their weight in gold.

ebonyandivory
ebonyandivory PowerDork
3/15/20 6:53 p.m.
Pete Gossett
Pete Gossett MegaDork
3/15/20 7:27 p.m.
RacetruckRon said:

YESSSS! That thing has some serious hardware on it. Copper spray and a new headgasket should do the trick if it already has ARP studs.

Tell me more about the copper spray please. That's a new one to me?

Pete Gossett
Pete Gossett MegaDork
3/15/20 7:29 p.m.
ebonyandivory said:

In reply to Pete Gossett :

 

https://www.turboneticsinc.com/performance/support/knowledge-base

Awesome! Hopefully I can find some markings on it, but if not it'll have to come off with the head anyway. 

yupididit
yupididit UberDork
3/15/20 7:38 p.m.

I bet it's the typical t50 "50 trim" turbonetics turbo we used to use back in the day. 

AngryCorvair
AngryCorvair MegaDork
3/15/20 8:06 p.m.

Damn son, that's quite a pile of awesome!

RacetruckRon
RacetruckRon HalfDork
3/15/20 8:27 p.m.
Pete Gossett said:
RacetruckRon said:

YESSSS! That thing has some serious hardware on it. Copper spray and a new headgasket should do the trick if it already has ARP studs.

Tell me more about the copper spray please. That's a new one to me?

Permatex copper gasket spray  I use this stuff on head gaskets and other rebuilds it helps fill minor imperfections in the gasket mating surfaces.

Pete Gossett
Pete Gossett MegaDork
3/15/20 8:43 p.m.

In reply to RacetruckRon :

Awesome, thanks Ron!!!

MrChaos
MrChaos SuperDork
3/15/20 8:47 p.m.

you dont need reverse for the challenge.

AnthonyGS
AnthonyGS Dork
3/15/20 8:54 p.m.

In reply to MrChaos :

I was about to post this.  I bought the factory manuals and included them.  The PO bought the tires and wheels from a guy that did autoX.  I don't think he used them.

gumby
gumby HalfDork
3/15/20 9:11 p.m.

Mid year 2017 isn't horrendous for tires if they have been stored somewhat well. I just bought a set of 2017 re71's that still feel soft and aren't glazed over.

That being said, I recommend making a concerted effort to put those tires to use ASAP, and prove out my thoughts. Burn them up in anger and do more tests against a fresh set. You know, for science.

Number1Gaza
Number1Gaza Reader
3/15/20 9:36 p.m.

A whole bunch of potential under that hood.  Gonna be a few competitive DSM's this year it's looking like, but based on the bones this one will be hard to beat.

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