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26  General / Classifieds / Re: 225/45 & 245/40-15 Hoosier A7's on: May 24, 2016, 10:01:29 AM
Bobby,

I've got to back out, see PM. Thanks
27  General / Classifieds / Re: 225/45 & 245/40-15 Hoosier A7's on: May 18, 2016, 10:11:16 AM
Bobby, i can use these.

Paul
28  Pictures and Media / Pictures and Media from Events / Re: Autocross #3 Videos 5/8/16 on: May 11, 2016, 07:51:58 PM
Anyone know where the last two autocross photographers are? I see them at the event taking photos.
29  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: Street Touring brake cooling? on: May 06, 2016, 07:13:37 PM
Locally you wont have an issue, at least not from me on this particular instance.

Is the lower grill have mesh in front or is it solid and you must cut it to get any airflow?

Paul
30  General Category / Ask the Competition Committee / Re: Opinions on running by class on: April 28, 2016, 09:32:57 AM
I like running by class and it worked well for us at the first event. At the last event we ran the last heat and there were only a few cars and so we were basically hot lapping with two drivers. We gave up our last two runs because there was no opportunity to cool the car. There should always be a minimum of five minutes between runs per the rules. Consideration needs to be given to heat size relative to the number of two driver cars.   

Agreed, Just because we can run through the heat faster doesn't mean we need too. We will make that point clear next time. If heat 1 took 1.5 hours with 25 drivers, then heat 4 should be able to take 1.5 hours with 12 drivers. No need to burn up cars or tires because you are in a smaller heat.

-Paul
31  General Category / Announcements / Re: Autocross Point series on: April 03, 2016, 07:10:17 AM
Thanks for the info. Is there anyway to view the current point standings, or is that kept offline?

Offline and announced at our year end awards banquet.
32  Results / Autocross / Re: March 26 2016 Results on: March 31, 2016, 02:29:01 PM
Thats the one.
33  Results / Autocross / Re: March 26 2016 Results on: March 30, 2016, 09:11:32 PM
Joe,

1 of the STX classed cars (white 325i) should be classed SM. I do not know the name but the car was turbocharged. I can help identify it in a line up.

Paul
34  General Category / Ask the Competition Committee / Re: Points system on: March 28, 2016, 07:48:04 PM
http://www.vmsc.org/index.php?option=com_smf&Itemid=26&topic=1762.0

See if that helps.
Paul
35  General Category / Ask the Competition Committee / 2015 vs 2016 PAX comparison on: March 16, 2016, 06:29:52 PM
I thought everyone would like to see this. It is a comparison I made between last years 2015 PAX and this years 2016 PAX.



The last column is the time, in seconds, you must drive faster(red) or slower(green) in 2016 to match the PAX time of 2015 assuming it takes you 60 seconds to get around a theoretical course.


Thanks
-Paul
36  General / Open Forum / Re: Dyno Day on: March 13, 2016, 05:43:48 PM
Thank Kevin, I'll be reaching out to you soon for a xr 2.3 turbo tune.

Paul
37  General / Classifieds / Re: FS: 7qts Amsoil 5w40 European Car oil on: March 13, 2016, 05:22:49 PM
Ill buy it for mindys car
38  General / Open Forum / Re: FarmBoy Fab: Mindy's Merkur, I title "Progression to RWD" on: March 06, 2016, 10:35:35 AM
Update:

Its been awhile and the car has gone through some small changes over the winter.

Where we left off last July was a blown motor. After that I threw together the 6.0 truck swap, did some house work and drove a combination of Jeff's civic, Gunny's vette and James si. It was really nice to have folks in the club that trusted me enough to drive there cars. THANKS AGAIN GUYS!!!

Some time in december I finally had a bit of time to turn back to the merkur. I drove to PA with Mindy and picked up a "0 mile freshly rebuilt motor" from some guy that needed money. Got it back to Goochland and a few months later with Jeff's help one night made the swap. Long story short the motor made NO OIL PRESSURE. I was a little pissed and took the next 2 months trying to figure out why. Finally I just pulled the again in February and this is what I found. I don't know how to resize the photos.

Installed the first time



Intercooler set-up. Made new piping and end tanks to the intercooler. It was a tight fit.



Removing the 2nd time



Brand new bearings already worn


Bearing clearances.... ~3/32"... support to be .0008" - .0026". No wonder it didn't have oil pressure.



Then I found out the bearing caps weren't from the same motor. There all of the tolerances where screwed up.



Here is a list of things I found where wrong.

Crank was cut .030 under
Miss matched bearings sets used (aftermarket and ford of all different sizes)
Crankshaft wasn't from a 2.3 turbo motor
Rear main cap from another motor

Free motor from Don Haulsee. Thanks DON!



Cleaning with engine degreaser and carb cleaner



Cleaned up



Cleaning pistons



Painted with engine paint


Till next time.

39  General / Open Forum / Re: Dyno Day on: March 02, 2016, 06:59:46 PM
Don, sorry to hear that. Next year we will have to compare 2.3's on the dyno.

-Paul
40  General Category / Ask the Competition Committee / Re: Older tires and classing STS vs CSP on: March 01, 2016, 07:45:08 PM
Thanks for posting this Mike as it is a common question.

Short answer is we will require you to run tires at 200 treadwear in ST, no matter what the actual compond construction is.

2 options:

Run something you have or can buy in 200+ flavor thats available quickly.

Run the next class up, the prepared class, for the first event and take the PAX hit. For points we drop the lowest ~2 events so it wont effect your ST trophy.

Paul
41  General / Open Forum / Re: Machine shop near Richmond, need to polish a crank on: February 13, 2016, 10:35:04 PM
Thanks Mike.

Looks like they have crank polishing specified on their site.

http://www.laurel-auto.com/index.html
42  General / Open Forum / Machine shop near Richmond, need to polish a crank on: February 13, 2016, 07:02:21 PM
Anyone know of a quality machine shop in the area that can polish a 4 cylinder crankshaft? I believe Ive found the root cause to low oil pressure in the merkur.

Thanks
Paul
43  General / Open Forum / Re: Dyno Day on: February 10, 2016, 04:33:11 AM
2000 honda insight, 230k
54whp, 63wtq
44  General Category / Ask the Competition Committee / Re: EX 35 for Autocross? on: January 03, 2016, 06:33:05 PM
Kaz,

Welcome to the forums!

I've posed the question to our committee, we should be able to get back to you this week. Could you please give us the year and trim level of the car, just to be 100% certain we are on the same page.

Thanks and talk to you soon.
Paul
45  General / Technical Help / Re: Does anyone have a bore camera I can borrow? on: December 26, 2015, 11:49:34 AM
Just to close the loop on this. Bought the cable, taped it to a piece of tig wire I was able to snap a few photos of the tag on the under side of the oil pump.

This thing is super useful. It said it was water proof and it is. However I dunked it in oil and it kinda spotted the lenses permenatly however I still highly recommend these if your in the market. It fits down inside of the sparkplug hole with ease. I checked out all my cross hatching that way.

Good news is that I have the correct pil pump, so no need to pull the motor again... at least not for this.
46  General / Technical Help / Re: Does anyone have a bore camera I can borrow? on: December 14, 2015, 07:45:04 PM
Thanks Beth!

Justin, those are pretty amazing. Going to order one tonight. So many uses at that length.
47  General / Technical Help / Does anyone have a bore camera I can borrow? on: December 13, 2015, 09:44:56 AM
I need to inspect the oil pump inside the merkur but dont really want to pull the motor again and drop the oil pan.

Just need to read the model number off of the oil pump, by going in from a 1/2" npt fitting welded onto side of the pan. So it will need to be flexable and smallish. No more than 1/2" in diameter

Thanks!
48  Pictures and Media / Pictures and Media from Events / Re: October 11, 2015 Autocross on: November 03, 2015, 11:23:59 AM
Thanks for the announcement... She hasnt spoken about it all that much so it is making me think that you guys cheated.... hmmmm

Good times folks. Mindy has never had this much fun autocrossing as the end of this season. All the way home she was talking about that POS bmw and how to catch Richardo/what she needed to work on. I think your brewing a real competitor!
49  Results / Autocross / Re: results from oct 11 2015 on: October 12, 2015, 06:53:41 PM
Good weekend, thanks again James. Fun times.
50  Pictures and Media / Pictures and Media from Events / Re: October 11, 2015 Autocross on: October 12, 2015, 06:52:20 PM
Im in! I like the idea of combining our runs minus 1. So if you take out 3 cones in a run it is going to suck. Mindy rarely hits anything so that plays into Ricardo's favor.

Im loving Ricardo's new avatar. "Not skirted" ha
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