914Driver
914Driver GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
4/5/21 7:58 a.m.

In reply to 914Driver :

I don't see anyplace for your feet/legs?

Probably doesn't fit in any particular class, but I'd autocross it. 

Berkeley, I live in Florida. A windshield and some lights and it can probably be run on the street!

Adrian_Thompson (Forum Supporter)
Adrian_Thompson (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
4/5/21 9:37 a.m.

In reply to Pete Gossett (Forum Supporter) :

Either side of the flywheel and clutch of course!

I've often fantasied about building a sort of Locost version of an old sprint car as a fun rather than competitive A-Mod autocrosser.  When I went to Solo Nat's back in 97, there were a group of people running an old sprint car, more modern than that, but still old even then.

What are the things that look like skids or skis under the front suspension?

KyAllroad (Jeremy) (Forum Supporter)
KyAllroad (Jeremy) (Forum Supporter) UltimaDork
4/5/21 9:58 a.m.

In reply to thatsnowinnebago (Forum Supporter) :

Not sure but I'd guess they are there to prevent you from driving onto something that will hit the headers.  They line up with them.

Robbie (Forum Supporter)
Robbie (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
4/5/21 10:27 a.m.
thatsnowinnebago (Forum Supporter) said:

What are the things that look like skids or skis under the front suspension?

Air jack feet, I hope. 

frenchyd
frenchyd UltimaDork
4/5/21 10:48 a.m.
Pete Gossett (Forum Supporter) said:

In reply to 914Driver :

I don't see anyplace for your feet/legs?

They go down between the transmission. One on each side.  You're sitting on top of the driveshaft.  

frenchyd
frenchyd UltimaDork
4/5/21 10:57 a.m.

In reply to 914Driver :

They have vintage sprint car class.  They are a ball to drive.  You're always turning right  as you go left around the race track. 
Always drifting sideways. You really steer with the throttle.  But the fast way is to never lift.   So you set it up to turn by itself. Big right side tires small left. The axle usually has stagger. That is the right front tire is ahead of the left front tire. 
     The first few laps the track is "soft" but by the time  you're near the end most of the track is dry slick.   You need to calculate how much  to lead  so once the track dries out your have enough rubber left  to keep your foot planted. Very much a cooperative arrangement with your mechanic and driver. 

914Driver
914Driver GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
4/5/21 3:36 p.m.

My nephew drives Modifieds, sheet gets real when something blows and takes an ankle.

It's been a while, but a  guy shows up with something like this to ice race.  Hooks & rooster tails the straight but they all pass when he tickles through the corners.

 

Maybe a girlfriend ....

No Time
No Time SuperDork
4/5/21 6:01 p.m.
Robbie (Forum Supporter) said:
thatsnowinnebago (Forum Supporter) said:

What are the things that look like skids or skis under the front suspension?

Air jack feet, I hope. 

Seems like you're  right, that they are jack points. It's hard to see, but it looks like there are similar pieces under the rear axle. 

noddaz
noddaz GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
4/5/21 8:01 p.m.

A helmet and goggles and I would drive that to work...

Cooter
Cooter UberDork
4/6/21 8:33 a.m.

In reply to noddaz :

I would settle for a good pair of sunglasses.

 

914Driver
914Driver GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
4/6/21 9:04 a.m.

In reply to noddaz :

That thing is terrifyingly awesome. 

Thank the Lord there is no possible way I could fit in it. Otherwise, the temptation would be strong.

 

Edit: And first read I was wondering what that thing had to do with windows. It doesn't have any windows. 

artur1808
artur1808 GRM+ Memberand HalfDork
4/8/21 1:27 p.m.

That shifter location seems ... difficult

Shadeux
Shadeux GRM+ Memberand Dork
4/8/21 1:38 p.m.

Nomex pants, anyone?

frenchyd
frenchyd UltimaDork
4/8/21 3:35 p.m.
artur1808 said:

That shifter location seems ... difficult

That is an in/out box. Not a transmission. You put it in gear and you're push started by the push truck.   When you are done racing you shove it outta gear and coast to your pit. 
 No shifting, no clutch. 

03Panther
03Panther SuperDork
4/8/21 9:26 p.m.
frenchyd said:
artur1808 said:

That shifter location seems ... difficult

That is an in/out box. Not a transmission. You put it in gear and you're push started by the push truck.   When you are done racing you shove it outta gear and coast to your pit. 
 No shifting, no clutch. 

I've never been around any vintage racers... and although not young, too young to have been around for that vintage! Cool info. Thanks

I had figured the lever to the left of the shifter was a hand clutch, only used for starting or stopping. With no clutch, what does that lever operate? (looks like it goes into the side of gearbox, but that may just be where the linkage mounts?)

TurnerX19
TurnerX19 UltraDork
4/8/21 9:54 p.m.

In reply to 03Panther :

Brand new sprint cars and midgets still work exactly as Frenchy described. Reading the ad, this car has been adapted to a 3 speed and does have a clutch, so anyone can stop and start it, not just a real racing driver!

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