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We hit the track with Flyin' Miata's latest power adder.
The weather sucked, but it was awesome!!! We were probably the slowest car out there, but we definitely had the most fun. This car is a giant, stupid, riot. 400TQ + open diff = one-wheel-peel the entire course. I looped it once so gracefully it looked like art. I got slow-clapped by the corner workers.
So, things I learned:
You had fun out on that lake?
In reply to DoctorBlade:
Well if you are going on a lake, it is best to take a boat! (snicker)
Javelin wrote: We were probably the slowest car out there, but we definitely had the most fun. This car is a giant, stupid, riot.
I know exactly how you feel. Greg let me ride along in his turbobrick station wagon a few years ago. Autocrossing a station wagon puts a HUGE stupid grin on my face.
Too much fun!
Yep, slicks don't work very well in the wet. The only time to take a car on a lake is when it is frozen but slicks don't work on ice either. I auto crossed a Gremlin once, definately needed a steering quickener,
I haven't been spending as much time on here so I didn't realize you had the Javelin running yet; awesome, man! Something very addictive about AXing a high torque RWD with not quite enough suspension to do the job right
That thing is so ugly! AND SO AWESOME! Looks like you had fun!
I never thought I would see RPF1s on a muscle car, but thats pretty awesome! And as long as you had fun, it was a successful autocross.
That car has a Saginaw steering box--I think you can find one from a mid/late 80s F-Body...and have problem solved.
I spy a gopro in one of those pics..... So where are the vids?! :D
haha. Looks like a blast.
Javelin, well done. We all know how much this car means to you. It's been awesome to watch you bring it back to life, I'm truly happy for you.
LSD? How about LSD by Lincoln Electric, it can't be that bad on the street can it?
With a front heavy car like that I'd do everything I could to stay square on the wheels and tires, I think you'd have an (even more?) of an understeer pig with smaller wheels/tires on the front. Can you go inboard at the front to gain more width? And/or are you adverse to massaging the lip at the front? It's not like you've gone 100% stoick with the brake updgrades etc?
Man, I think I saw a bow wave. Looks like a lot of fun! Last time I got caught in the rain, I was in an open top car wearing shorts and a T shirt, I got soaked and froze my azz off the rest of the day.
Spoolpigeon wrote: I spy a gopro in one of those pics..... So where are the vids?! :D
Working on it!
ST_ZX2 wrote: That car has a Saginaw steering box--I think you can find one from a mid/late 80s F-Body...and have problem solved.
For cereal? I will have to look into this for sure...
In reply to Adrian_Thompson:
It's not worth welding the spider gears because then the 2-piece axleshafts will snap. The stock AMC Model 20 in those years was a POS, and mine has a 2.87 gear so I can't really upgrade the gear, either. I'm considering just swapping in an entire Ford 8.8 axle. Then I'd get an LSD, decent gears, rear discs, and easy upgrades in one shot, plus they're lighter.
Inboard we hit the upper A-arm, spring, and tie-rod. Outside we smashed the fenders back with a hammer (gotta love a beater!). There's just no more room without re-doing the suspension to a tubular arm and coil-over, and then you'd still have tie-rod issues. I'm not adverse to keeping the rear tires smaller to square them with the front, but this was too big up front no matter what. I'm hoping the 9" FR500 will fit and like a 265 tire, plus actual fender lip massage. I'll do some die-grinding on the a-arm and tie-rod, too.
Glad I am not the only crazy one!
Results are out, 46 of 52 overall and 26 of 32 in class!
You can always be proud with a run description of 100+ seconds and a DNF.
Number of companies selling 1-piece axle shafts and posi's or similar LSD's. Supposed to be a great axle after a switch to decent shafts.
Now you've got me wanting to try running my '72 Chevy C10 in Street Prepared next year!
Autocross is like Golf. It's a ton more fun if you don't worry about your scrore.
well, considering that this time last year that thing was a moldy mess with more working parts in the trunk than under the hood, Id say youre doing it right!
pres589 wrote: Number of companies selling 1-piece axle shafts and posi's or similar LSD's. Supposed to be a great axle after a switch to decent shafts.
I would have to find another gearset and bearings to go into a 3-something gear, plus buy an LSD ($399 is the cheapest), plus buy the axles, and I would still have drums.
Or I can spend $50-$200 at a JY and get an 8.8" with a stronger gearset, better gears, factory LSD, good axles, and rear discs.
4cylndrfury wrote: well, considering that this time last year that thing was a moldy mess with more working parts in the trunk than under the hood, Id say youre doing it right! CONGRATS!
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