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No trailer queen she.  Glad to see you out flogging it.  When time allows, you'll get it sorted.

Stu Lasswell
Stu Lasswell Reader
6/7/21 9:12 a.m.

I watched a couple of your runs from the bleachers, after your "dynamic steering" discovery.  You didn't look nearly as out of control as you describe.  And I've got to say that little Neon has quite a nasty snarl when you're on the throttle!

In reply to Stu Lasswell :

Sunday, after learning how to play with tire pressure, was FAR more controlled and controllable. 

Apparently 48psi front, 42psi rear was a little off...

Also, i hope that the snarl was far better than that Audi or kart. It sounds amazing from the inside too!

I got more event pictures! Thanks to luke wossener and ernie torres

In reply to Dusterbd13-michael (Forum Supporter) :

This is seriously my favorite car on GRM right now. 

Dusterbd13-michael (Forum Supporter)
Dusterbd13-michael (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
6/9/21 10:13 a.m.

In reply to Pete Gossett (Forum Supporter) :

Thanks!

I think after fixing the ac again, and a few other tweaks, it'll be my favorite car in the fleet for  a while!

Sooooo much fun. Hate to say, but the miata may get shelved for the rest of the season....

In reply to Dusterbd13-michael (Forum Supporter) :

Neons were always among my fav autox cars too, definitely more than Miatas. Which seems really weird, especially considering I've owned 2-Miatas & 0-Neons. 

AnthonyGS (Forum Supporter)
AnthonyGS (Forum Supporter) SuperDork
6/9/21 6:26 p.m.

In reply to Pete Gossett (Forum Supporter) :

+1 it's one of my favorites too. 

Stu Lasswell
Stu Lasswell Reader
6/11/21 9:29 p.m.
Dusterbd13-michael (Forum Supporter) said:

In reply to Stu Lasswell :

Sunday, after learning how to play with tire pressure, was FAR more controlled and controllable. 

Apparently 48psi front, 42psi rear was a little off...

Also, i hope that the snarl was far better than that Audi or kart. It sounds amazing from the inside too!

I know what you mean about that Audi! I was working the course while it ran... accelerating towards us  it had a nice turbo howl, but going away it had an unpleasant rasp!

Dusterbd13-michael (Forum Supporter)
Dusterbd13-michael (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
6/14/21 5:49 p.m.

I owe a legitimate update. But ac and belt squeal are fixed. I couldn't sleep most of last week or this weekend woth everything going on at work (found peace and direction at last) and spent Saturday and sunday at my folks place helping them and puttering with it. And my instructor took helmet cam of my teo fastest runs. Need to get that uploaded. 

Camber needs fixed, power steering beeds fixed, o2 needs fixed, car needs a serious cleaning inside....

TVR Scott
TVR Scott GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
6/16/21 9:04 a.m.

Car looks great!  I love that it feels so good to you on the autocross course.

Dusterbd13-michael
Dusterbd13-michael MegaDork
7/17/21 7:35 p.m.

Well berkeley.

Got to within three seconds off pace for the class today, scattered the motor on the last run. 

Need to figure out if another junkyard motor is legal or not for challenge under maintenance and repair clause. 

Need to decide what im going to do,  and then find time and money to do it. Challenge may be out for this year with everything going on. Maybe this was divine intervention. Dunno.

Pete Gossett (Forum Supporter)
Pete Gossett (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
7/17/21 7:57 p.m.

In reply to Dusterbd13-michael :

Well that sucks :(

The good news is I can confirm a replacement engine is indeed Challenge-legal. 

759NRNG
759NRNG UberDork
7/17/21 8:58 p.m.

Dude no!!!!! wish I was closer to thrash ......late

Stampie
Stampie GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
7/17/21 10:07 p.m.

In reply to Dusterbd13-michael :

That berkeleying sucks.

wawazat
wawazat Dork
7/18/21 7:07 a.m.

Nooooooooo!  Sorry to hear that Michael!

Dusterbd13-michael
Dusterbd13-michael MegaDork
7/18/21 9:35 a.m.

Thanks all. Really didn't need this with everything going on. 

Worst part is probably breaking a promise to munchkin of running it this year, and using it for nitrous testing for her 7th grade big science project. 

The car can be fixed with time and money. Shes only a kid once. 

 

Ill figure something out. Cheapest Easy button would be to find a good running 2000-2002 pt cruiser for dirt cheap and stuff a 2.4 in it. But that requires a significant amount of time to pull off. Easiest would be to drop the spare core engine off at the machine shop and pick up a fresh engine and bolt it in. But thats the most expensive option as well.....

Professor_Brap (Forum Supporter)
Professor_Brap (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
7/18/21 9:41 a.m.

In reply to Dusterbd13-michael :

Been telling you. Sohc bottom end. Dohc pistons. Your good head and go. 

Dusterbd13-michael
Dusterbd13-michael MegaDork
7/18/21 9:53 a.m.

In reply to Professor_Brap (Forum Supporter) :

Maybe i haven't considered that enough. Does the low compression really kill as much as I think it will?

ShawneeCreek
ShawneeCreek GRM+ Memberand HalfDork
7/18/21 10:26 a.m.

Ugh. That's frustrating Michael. If you want an extra pair of helping hands to get the work done (once you figure out what you are doing) Mrs. ShawneeCreek and I would be happy to come down and help. I twisted her arm: the resistance was so low it couldn't even be measured in inch-pounds. smiley

Dusterbd13-michael
Dusterbd13-michael MegaDork
7/18/21 10:48 a.m.

In reply to ShawneeCreek :

That actually made me laugh out loud!

Thanks!!!!

Professor_Brap (Forum Supporter)
Professor_Brap (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
7/18/21 11:53 a.m.
Dusterbd13-michael said:

In reply to Professor_Brap (Forum Supporter) :

Maybe i haven't considered that enough. Does the low compression really kill as much as I think it will?

Honestly seat of the pants you probably won't even notice if you left in the sohc pistons. Toss some dohc Pistons in and it's the same as a dohc. 

Dusterbd13-michael
Dusterbd13-michael MegaDork
7/19/21 8:23 a.m.
Dusterbd13-michael
Dusterbd13-michael MegaDork
7/19/21 12:01 p.m.

Im pretty sure you can see when the motor went south in the video,  as well as hear the motor knocking at the end over the other cars.

And the gentleman taping was about 50 yards away 

Dusterbd13-michael
Dusterbd13-michael MegaDork
9/10/21 6:59 p.m.

A series of trades has netted me a running 2.4 from a 2001 pt cruiser. My scrap guy that has taken the shells of dead neons, blown up engines, etc is pulling it from one for me. Hes trading my blown up one for it, weight for weight. 

Now to trade my way into the swap parts so we stay challenge legal...

 

Anyone want neon import tails in exchange for the modern performance 2.4 swap parts? Or a no 90 intake? Or...

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