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26  General / Open Forum / Re: Machine shop near Richmond, need to polish a crank on: February 13, 2016, 07:37:49 PM
     There is a small machine shop on the corner of Hungary and Mountian Rd.  I have never used them but did call to get info about building the original 283 V8 in my 57 Chevy.  They were very knowledgable and seemed to genuinely care about what they were doing and their customers.  The guy spoke to me for probably 15 minutes and then said it would be more economical to just buy a 350 block and keep the 283 on the shelf.  It's called Laurel Automotive Parts and Machine....again I don't know their work and have never used them, but thought I would throw it out there.  They have been around for 20 years or so.  I am sure someone else has a better first hand suggestion.

Mike D
27  General / Open Forum / Re: Dyno Day on: January 31, 2016, 07:28:49 PM
I plan on bringing the wife, the Trailblazer SS and the 90 Civic SI.

Trailblazer SS CAI/Resonator Delete LS2
Guess at the wheel 332 Horsepower and 345 TQ

90 Civic SI CAI/header/exhaust
Blind guess at the wheel 103 horsepower and 102 TQ

3 Childpower
1000 TQ (she puts up with me)

28  General / Open Forum / Re: God is great, family is good, now I need the best body/repair shop in Richmond. on: January 28, 2016, 05:41:26 PM
Thanks to all for your well wishes and comments.  The van is officially totaled.  I managed to persuade the ins. company to total the van before it even went to a body shop.  The estimate was low, but I guess after me worrying them to death for 2 weeks, they decided to total loss the vehicle.  My wife is still in pain her shins are still black and blue.  The kids have a few deep bruises as well.  All considered we are okay.  So thankful that God took care of my family!
29  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: Hit a deer in the Miata at 50-60mph on: January 19, 2016, 06:28:42 PM
     How many coats of clear did you have on it and how did you go about wet sanding with the 1200, I am worried about going too deep on the Civy.  I too have lots of orange peel.  Also curious .... how do you get the pics to post in the post?
Mike D
30  General / Open Forum / Re: God is great, family is good, now I need the best body/repair shop in Richmond. on: January 14, 2016, 05:26:48 PM
Here are a few pics.  My wife was driving down the road and an elderly lady was at a stop sign and pulled right out in front of my wife.  Luckily, she was running about 35mph, our minivan t-boned hers.  The elderly lady graciously admitted fault at the scene and subsequently to her insurance agency. I think my wife's shins may have been shattered if not for the floor airbags.  Looks like her legs flew up into the dash. God is great!!!

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31  General / Open Forum / God is great, family is good, now I need the best body/repair shop in Richmond. on: January 13, 2016, 07:55:15 PM
My wife was in a decent accident today in our 2015 Town and Country 12K miles.  I have a feeling they will try and fix the van as opposed to "totaling" it.  Driver/passenger/leg airbags deployed. I think I would rather them "total" it so I know the car is as good as new.  She was with all three little ones.  Katie (wife) is beat up pretty bad, kids are okay except for car seat bruising etc.  We had everyone checked out and everyone is okay.  God is great!  If they try and fix it I want it done right.  I want every clip/chip/scratch and body gap fixed.  I want it back .... better than new.  I need suggestions for elite body/engine shops in the Richmond/Fredericksburg area.  I started the vehicle several hours after the accident (at the wrecking yard) and swear it was knocking.
32  General / Open Forum / Dyno Day 2016? on: January 10, 2016, 06:49:56 PM
I think I have seen in years past that there has been some sort of Dyno Day early in or before the season.  Is this something that we are doing this year?  Just noticed I have graduated to a "Jr. Member" yet another accomplishment!
33  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: Hit a deer in the Miata at 50-60mph on: January 03, 2016, 06:38:50 PM
     Looks great! My dad and I had a similar type of booth set up when I was a kid/teen  Two things that might help.  A moisture filter on the compressor (which you may have already) always helped us.  We made an inline one with PCV pipe with end caps and fittings on each end.  We filled the PVC pipes with tampons (I know ... But it really need another inline filter downstream to keep lint out.  Another step that helped was to wet the floor.  You can use a hose with a fine sprayer, or use an old crappy paint gun filled with water to dampen the floor before you paint the car.  That kept the lint and everything else on the floor and out of the paint.  I no longer have access to any sort of "booth" as you can see from my user pic....I just find an empty field now turned out "okay" for a patch job, in a field.
34  Results / Autocross / 2015 Results on: November 15, 2015, 07:46:23 PM
     I am just curious as to when we will get a flavor of the 2015 points.  This was my first season autocrossing for nearly the whole season.  I read Justin's old post on how it is done but am anxious to see how the fight panned out, not for me per se, but I know it was a competitive season.  I am more interested to see how it panned out for the more experienced drivers!  I am having withdrawals already...

Mike D.
35  General / Classifieds / Sparco Rims and Kumo Tires off my old FRS (should fit WRX and BRZ) on: October 04, 2015, 06:01:58 PM
Sparco Rims and Kumo Tires off my old FRS (should fit WRX and BRZ).  Sparco rims and tires off my old FRS.  They only have about 12K miles on them cost about $1,300 new.  These are Sparco rims the tires are Kumo Ecsta. Tires and rims are like new no road rash. They are a Pearl/orange/bronze in color. Tire size is 215/50/16.  Asking $700 but open to offers as well.  I also have a drop in K and N and a set of front camber bolts. If interested email me at Here is my ad on Craigslist with pics
36  Results / Autocross / Re: Results 27 September 2015 on: September 27, 2015, 06:53:57 PM
Hey John, Mike Dover here.  "Who" is me I emailed James already.  I am like the cobbler without shoes....the registrar who wasn't registered.  Thanks for looking out! Had a great day as usual!
37  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: Hit a deer in the Miata at 50-60mph on: September 26, 2015, 04:45:36 PM
     Glad you are okay...glad it worked out the way it did.  You may have swerved and done much worse if you had time to react.  Maybe it is the season but I have this vision of you and Paul digging up parts in the Miata bone yard.  Seeing what kinds of parts you can harvest.  The scene cuts to the Miata on the lift during a thunderstorm.  You have a labcoat on and Paul is hunched over gazing at the Miata thru one eye...from the shadows... (iin black and white of course) Lightening strikes and the car starts....ITS ALIVE...ITS ALIVE....."Miatastien"
38  Pictures and Media / Pictures and Media from Events / Re: Media from 7/19/15 Event on: July 27, 2015, 06:51:20 PM
Here's a video from the Fiat of my fastest run.


Geez ..... If you ever put a passenger seat in that thing I call dibs.  Looks awesome!
39  Results / Autocross / Re: Results 26 July 2015 Fun Day on: July 26, 2015, 06:09:15 PM
Great fun day! Glad Ricardo and Mindy were safe...
40  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: Factory Five Cobra Build on: July 26, 2015, 04:57:41 PM
     I just gotta say that this is freaking awesome, what an experience for you and your Dad to literally build a car from the ground up! I love reading up on the post.

41  Results / Autocross / Re: Results 19 July 2015 on: July 20, 2015, 05:58:39 PM
Thanks James for getting these up so quickly! My results were horrible....but it was fun as hell driving like that in the FRS in the rain!!! Thanks to Paul for a great course.  It was a fresh and exciting!
42  Results / Autocross / Re: Results 28 June 2015 on: June 28, 2015, 06:49:48 PM
Haha not to mention the 71 other folks Amanda beat! Awesome! Fun course good day!
43  General / Open Forum / Re: Tires Needed - Drifting on: June 16, 2015, 03:24:36 PM
Pat, there is a local used tire shop near me that I have reached out to for tires on occasion.  I remember him slipping up and admitting that he would get the used tires in bulk for about $5 a piece.  I will try and stop by there to see if he would give you a deal for used tires and if so will put you in contact with him.  I know you gave a range in the post but can you spell out specifically which sizes will work for you? So that I can ask him.
44  General / Open Forum / Re: FarmBoy Fab: Mindy's Merkur, I title "Progression to RWD" on: June 15, 2015, 06:14:26 PM
As long as it will live again, I can sleep at night. FMC tried to kill it in 1989 and yall loved her and gave her another life as a race car....I loved these quirky cars when I was a kid..... The XR4tI and the Mercury Capri....But then again there aren't many cars I don't love.....
45  General / Open Forum / Re: Got to have VW Golf on: June 15, 2015, 05:54:52 PM
Engelbert....I found this one on YouTube last week!!....too funny....we must be on the same wavelength.  Great course on Sunday! Challenging and FUN!
46  Results / Autocross / Re: Results 14 June 2015 on: June 15, 2015, 04:27:41 PM
Well I know we had 78 folks pre-registered.  I would say we had 15 to 25 walk ups. I know I personally checked in 5 to 10 walk ups.  However close to the end of registration Jeff and Audie let me walk the course.  Then when Audie and Mindy decided to go from 3 to 4 heats ... I just set back and let the bosses take over.  The walk ups seem to be on here...the GT3, number 77 GTI, GTR and Joe Banks are all on here.  I remember specifically doing them as walk ups plus a handful more....for what it's worth.
47  General / Classifieds / Re: Take off tires on: June 12, 2015, 02:52:36 PM
Haha okay yeah, I know y'all well enough ... To ask ... Before I see you guys standing in the shade laughing at me... Thanks James!
48  General / Classifieds / Re: Take off tires on: June 11, 2015, 05:52:43 PM
hmmmm.. Are you serious or just hazing the rookie?  Also I daily drive them this time of year...but I don't drive that much.
49  General / Classifieds / Re: Take off tires on: June 11, 2015, 09:06:58 AM
This gets me thinking.... I finally decided to spend some money on autocross this year on tires. So I purchased the BFG Rivals, this season so far I estimate I have 30 runs on them. When should I consider shifting them from front to back etc... RWD FRS...
50  General / Classifieds / Re: SMF class magnets on: June 10, 2015, 11:46:17 AM
New car....what did you get?
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