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jh36
jh36 GRM+ Memberand Reader
10/27/20 7:32 p.m.

About 25 years ago I bought an FJ40 Landcruiser. After lots of fun, I sold it to a friend about 20 years ago. Not a cream puff, put tons of fun!

jh36
jh36 GRM+ Memberand Reader
10/27/20 7:34 p.m.

I recently bought it back...I love a challenge!

jh36
jh36 GRM+ Memberand Reader
10/27/20 7:35 p.m.

A separate thread will happen when I get started on this. 

solfly
solfly Dork
10/28/20 6:38 p.m.

Looking forward to the FJ build as well as updates on this one!

jh36
jh36 GRM+ Memberand Reader
11/1/20 3:56 p.m.

I spent the weekend with JimGood and Crookedracer at Summit Point. Crewing, timing, adjusting and occasionally taking some test laps.  Dialing in their cars was a fantastically good time and cool to have a different sort of track weekend. 

After seeing  Crookedracer’s posts, it was nice to see the car in person. It looks even better than the images. Saturday night we had a nice Italian dinner and then rolled back to the track where I had a slimmed down RV experience in the back of my Mercedes E350 wagon. My bus mattress fits perfectly. Two thumbs up. 

Both Jim and John shaved considerable time through the weekend. It was a success. 

jh36
jh36 GRM+ Memberand Reader
11/1/20 4:06 p.m.

jh36
jh36 GRM+ Memberand Reader
11/1/20 4:07 p.m.

jimgood
jimgood New Reader
11/4/20 6:33 a.m.

John is aces in my book. He built the engine in that car and it was dead nuts reliable all weekend! 

Props to Jack for surviving a stint in my car but more so for helping to make it better (ran a PB). I will forever cherish his review:

It was without a doubt the most temperamental, ill handling, death defying experience I have ever had on track.  Power wheel downhill cars are more controllable.   Even cars I have crashed and limped back to the pits in have given me more confidence.

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Back to the CamaroASA...I love the resourcefulness of using a license plate for R&D. You know those things are like gold for garage decorators!

WRXguy
WRXguy New Reader
11/7/20 9:32 p.m.

I need more of this build. This is hardcore car porn. 

HalfFast
HalfFast New Reader
11/9/20 2:29 p.m.

Subscribed.  

I look forward to dicing it up with you once more  

jh36
jh36 GRM+ Memberand Reader
11/12/20 7:31 p.m.

In reply to jimgood :

It is true. My respect for your shear manly, death defying bravery in that wicked machine has no bounds!!!  I would love another turn at wheel once you have tamed her a bit. Shew!!  You are a true hero to endure that beast!

jh36
jh36 GRM+ Memberand Reader
11/12/20 7:33 p.m.
WRXguy said:

I need more of this build. This is hardcore car porn. 

Thanks for tuning in! Stand by...three of my talented sons have promised me their Friday night to see how far we can get with the car. I'm pretty stoked for a father/son shop night!!  Pizza, beer and my boys. It doesn't get much better! Updates forthcoming!

jh36
jh36 GRM+ Memberand Reader
11/12/20 7:39 p.m.
HalfFast said:

Subscribed.  

I look forward to dicing it up with you once more

Me too Bill!  I think next year will be one to remember!  Let's go!

 

jh36
jh36 GRM+ Memberand Reader
11/14/20 6:24 a.m.

It was a pretty good night. My sons John, Edward and James donated time, eyes, skills and opinions for a shop night with the goal of fitting the body. 
Edward (former grm employee) modified the nascar rear support to match the shape an location of the rear trunk lip. 

jh36
jh36 GRM+ Memberand Reader
11/14/20 6:26 a.m.

jh36
jh36 GRM+ Memberand Reader
11/14/20 6:29 a.m.

John and I measured, trimmed, fit repetitively to get the body in position squarely and with as little stress as possible. 

jh36
jh36 GRM+ Memberand Reader
11/14/20 6:31 a.m.

jh36
jh36 GRM+ Memberand Reader
11/14/20 6:33 a.m.

jh36
jh36 GRM+ Memberand Reader
11/14/20 6:37 a.m.

Using an angle grinder/cutter for the big stuff and a dremel for the tweaks, we finally got the body to sit squarely on the halo while correctly positioned fore/aft, port/starboard. We tacked the rear in place and two spots on the a-pillar tubes. These are temporary, but with the body sitting in the right position, we can now conjure permanent mounting solutions. 

jh36
jh36 GRM+ Memberand Reader
11/14/20 6:38 a.m.

jh36
jh36 GRM+ Memberand Reader
11/14/20 6:41 a.m.

James, in the green military jacket, is final approval. His youth belies his talents, and his day gig is restoring 6-figure Porsches in an acclaimed shop here on the eastern shore. Having all three of these guys in the shop to sanity check my theories was excellent. Not to mention, they're pretty good company. 

jh36
jh36 GRM+ Memberand Reader
11/14/20 8:47 a.m.

I've taken the license plate proto to the next level. We cut back the fiberglass rocker a bit more. It seems to me, putting an extra vertical bend at the bottom looks better. It also seems stronger. I've tried to find some tech articles online about optimizing skirts, but I can find anything that supports or refutes my idea. Opinions welcomed. 

Pete Gossett (Forum Supporter)
Pete Gossett (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
11/14/20 8:54 a.m.

In reply to jh36 :

Wow, awesome progress! It's great to have a team-effort to help out, doubly so when they're family too. 

zordak
zordak Reader
11/14/20 11:06 a.m.

Yes your vertical will increase the stiffness of your skirt.

jh36
jh36 GRM+ Memberand Reader
11/14/20 12:08 p.m.

In reply to zordak :

Thanks!  This will be the plan. 

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