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26  General / Classifieds / Re: Want to rent hubstands and corner weight scales on: March 13, 2017, 04:55:51 PM
Yup, that's it.  I know the previous previous owner, the rollbar that I took out of my car is in that one (or used to be).  I believe he is the one that did the swap, or had the swap done.  If you PM me your contact info, I'll pass it along.
27  General / Classifieds / Re: Want to rent hubstands and corner weight scales on: March 13, 2017, 12:28:00 PM
When I quickly read the truncated title on the list of new topics, I thought it said "Want to rent husbands..."  The actual title makes a lot more sense.

Is your Miata red with a tan top?  If so, I think I know whose car that was.  I have a set of scales, but not a lot of time in the next 3 months (need to get car ready for Power Tour).  If you're willing to use them at my place, I can give you some instruction while you corner weight and align it.
28  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: Factory Five Cobra Build on: March 05, 2017, 07:32:11 PM
Well, we're making more progress.  I got the dash and auxiliary fuse panel buttoned up.

Now it's on to bodywork.  I got the Cobra in a coat of sprayable filler (Slicksand) and then moved on to Mindy's M3 for some practice.

Mindy's car is pretty much done now.  Still getting a lot of orange peel - I'm going to try some different techniques and try to paint when it's a bit warmer before painting the Cobra.  I'll put some more Slicksand on the Cobra and let my Dad sand it flat before spraying sealer, then base, pearl, and clear coats.
29  General / Open Forum / Re: Riding with your co-driver? on: March 02, 2017, 09:19:25 PM

at BRR anybody can ride along with anybody at any time. We debated this long and hard a few years ago and where we settled out was that the social / learning benefits far outweighed the competitive concerns. 

Well reasoned and well stated. That would be my vote. Learning can and should take place far past any definition of novice.


Yea the above would be my vote also.

30  General / Open Forum / Re: PCA - First Settlers on: March 01, 2017, 08:41:37 PM
I signed up.
31  General / Open Forum / Re: Riding with your co-driver? on: February 18, 2017, 08:51:47 PM
I think this is one of the best ways to improve - ride with someone, see what they do differently.  Especially in the same car.  I understand the point of view that it can provide an unfair advantage by giving you a view of the course ahead of your runs.  I'm also interested in hearing what others say.
32  General / Technical Help / Re: 2017 street tires on: February 10, 2017, 08:20:45 PM
Too bad there's really nothing in 275/40/17 and 315/35/17 other than the NT01s, NT555Rs, or NT555 G2s.
33  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: Factory Five Cobra Build on: February 04, 2017, 09:20:28 PM
Alright, we're getting closer.  The body is fully sanded and off the car, almost ready for primer.

My Dad has been working on the hardtop.  You can see with it test fit, there was quite a gap at the rear.

If we set the rear completely down, the front wouldn't sit on the windshield.  It looks like the top might be designed for an older version of the car, where the windshield sat at a more vertical angle.  We figured the easiest way to deal with it was to cut a slit along the back and add more fiberglass.  We added a layer of fiberglass on the inside, filled the gap with stranded filler and then finished it with regular filler.  It fits much better now.

While my Dad has been working on that, I've been tackling some more wiring and finishing work before the body goes back on and buries everything.  Here's a bunch of the wiring left to's mostly for all the dash switches, turn signals, horn, indicator lights, etc...

I'm also adding another fuse panel and cigarette lighter/USB outlets.  I mounted them on a brace I made to connect the lower part of the dash to the car.  I also needed to add a distribution block to get more +12V wiring options, so I 3D printed a box to put it in.

Jeff also helped me cut and bend up a 2nd layer for the firewall.  The supplied firewall is 0.040" aluminum and fairly flimsy.  People also complain about heat in the cockpit.  The thin layer of aluminum separating the engine bay doesn't do enough.  The 2nd layer I added is 18 gauge stainless.  It really helped stiffen up the firewall and should help with heat.  I also have started covering the engine bay side of the aluminum panels in heat reflecting material.

I'm looking forward to wrapping up all the wiring and getting the body in primer.  Should only be a few more months until it's on the road.
34  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: 1979 toyota corolla build on: December 23, 2016, 05:15:56 PM
looks exciting
35  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: Factory Five Cobra Build on: December 19, 2016, 07:54:33 PM
Well, it's been a while...been doing bodywork.  Not many pictures, but we're making progress.  Dealing with things like this panel gap

The body can be adjusted forward, backward, up, down, left, right.  And the door can be adjusted forward, backward, up, down, in, out, and tilted.  And you need to sand the gaps to fit.  That's a lot of adjustment to deal with.  Every time you move one thing (e.g. the driver's door), we'd have to move something else (e.g. the body), and then something else (e.g. the passenger door).  Anyways, we got all the panel gaps lined up finally.

We even test-fitted the windshield and hardtop

This past weekend, we started sanding down the gel coat, especially the seams where the mold is bolted together.

You find things like this - mold wax trapped under a thin layer of gel coat.

The first layer of filler is on, covering the seams.

We'll continue sanding and filling low spots over the Christmas break and hopefully get the body ready for primer before I go back to work.  It's exciting, we're getting close.
36  General / Classifieds / Re: ZR1 wheels 17x9.5 with Hoosier P275/40ZR17 A3S05 (set of 4) on: December 14, 2016, 05:59:55 PM
While placing the ad your site  offered so I  took it.
My rough guess is......someones feathers got ruffled.
Sorry for any flack you may recieve Bill.
If they offer people the platform expect it.
That's just me.
Poking the bear by their rules.
But the wheels and tires are agreat deal!

Hah, no ruffled feathers.  People use the poll feature, but the poll is usually related to what they are posting about.  I saw the poll and thought it was an error.  My guess is that Beth did, too.
37  Events / Other Events / Re: The Grand Tour viewing party on: November 17, 2016, 04:30:34 AM
yeah, that works.  shot you a PM.
38  Events / Other Events / Re: The Grand Tour viewing party on: November 16, 2016, 04:35:24 PM
Yeah, it looks like it debuts on the 18th at midnight GMT, which is 7pm Thursday EST.  If we had known that a couple weeks ago, this would have made a great Club Meeting!

Oh well, I'll wait an extra day to watch it...Friday plans at my house are still on.  We've got like a dozen people, I'll be getting BBQ on my way home from work.  Bill - you should come!
39  Events / Other Events / Re: The Grand Tour viewing party on: November 10, 2016, 06:36:20 PM
Cool, looks like 8 of us so far.
40  Events / Other Events / The Grand Tour viewing party on: November 03, 2016, 07:29:18 PM
So Hammond, Clarkson and May's new show, the Grand Tour, gets released on Friday, November 18th.  I figured I'd have a viewing party, kind of like the Garage & Movie nights we did a few times a couple years ago.  I can drag the 50" TV to the garage and provide some BBQ, you bring seating and anything else to eat/drink.

I'm out in Powhatan, about 20-25 minutes West of 288 and 60.  Thinking people can start coming over around 6 and we can watch the show around 7:30, assuming it's released by then.  Anyone who wants to come, post up here or PM me to RSVP and I'll shoot you my address.
41  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: Factory Five Cobra Build on: October 02, 2016, 04:46:16 PM
Alright, just got done cutting the grass with my newly-engine swapped mower Smiley  Got a chance to upload a couple videos from today's practice, which went really well.  I had only been able to tune the car for a few minutes while driving it around the block at very low RPM.  I took some guesses to get the rest of the VE table setup and was amazingly close.  No more breaking up from being way rich like at RIR.  The first run, AFRs stayed above 11.0.  I pulled some fuel out and got it pretty close by the end of the day.  Not sure there is too much more I can do right now.

Here is a video of my last run.

The car is well-balanced, but super sketchy on the 245/45/17 street tires.  I only went above 40% throttle once according to the data logs, and I know I was blowing the tires off the car.  We've got another set of wheels that will get 275s up front and 315s out back next year.  Should be a lot more stable.

Now I can start all the bodywork...
42  Pictures and Media / Pictures and Media from Events / Re: Media from VMP 10-2-16 on: October 02, 2016, 04:34:05 PM
Nice.  Here is my last run in the Cobra.  The new ECU is so much easier to deal with.  I think I've got it pretty close now.  Time for bodywork!
43  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: Factory Five Cobra Build on: September 25, 2016, 12:25:49 PM
Alright, well I'm back to working on the Cobra after a couple weeks of vacation and also starting to rebuild my mower.  Went to London, Barcelona and Germany on vacation.  Went back to the Nurburgring (we went 5yrs ago on our honeymoon).  Rented a Toyota GT86 and did 6 laps (video).  Also went to the Goodwood Revival.  Watched a few races, including a bunch of Cobras, XKEs and Ferraris sliding through the corners.  It was fun.

Anyways, I think I've finished up all of the major wiring on the Cobra!  I'll still need to wire up the 12v power outlet, heater, a couple minor switches, and eventually the ABS computer, but those aren't necessary right now.

Here is all the wiring I ended up cutting out of the engine harness.

And the ECU plugged in and wiring loomed to the fuse box.

We also installed the passenger seat.  Next Saturday we'll mount the dash and the car should be ready for the practice autocross at that point.  Hopefully we can get some more tuning done.

Then I've gotta finish putting my mower back together...

44  General / Open Forum / Re: My Garage Build - The Airboxer Garage on: September 25, 2016, 11:46:02 AM
Looking good!  Figured you might appreciate this Porsche 4 cylinder on an engine stand that I saw on vacation.

45  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: Factory Five Cobra Build on: August 28, 2016, 03:08:24 PM
More progress.  I spent a little bit of time and removed all the unnecessary wires from the ECU connector.  The pins slip into the back of the connector and lock into place.  You're supposed to be able to use a tool that slides around the wire to release the lock, but I didn't have much luck with those tools, I just kept breaking them.  I decided to just get a new connector and break apart the old one to get to all the pins.

Here is all the extra wiring.

I cut open the existing connector to access the pins and after removing the seal on the back, used the tool to get out the ones that I could and then just cut the plastic away from the rest of them.

Here's the pile of unused wiring, the cut up old connector, and the broken tools.  The plastic tools actually worked better than the metal one, but I still broke 4 of them.

All the loose wiring, labeled so I don't mess anything up.

And the new connector plugged into the ECU.  I've got one more wire to run and then I can loom all of this up.

46  General / Classifieds / Re: FS: Air Compressor on: August 28, 2016, 02:49:50 PM
oooh, what did you replace it with?
47  General / Classifieds / 17x7" 4x100 Kosei wheels and winter tires - Mini Cooper on: August 20, 2016, 02:24:18 PM
So, we sold Danielle's 2009 Mini Cooper and now I'm getting rid of some of our spare parts.  We got these wheels when we bought the car from David and put on some new 205/50/17 Michelin X-Ice winter tires (specs).  The tires are worn evenly and have between 8 and 8.75 32nds of tread still on them.

The wheels are 17x7" Kosei K1 TS (specs).  They have an offset of 42mm, have TPMS sensors in them, and include hubcentric rings for the Mini.  They are in great shape.

I'm selling the set for $600.  I am willing to separate the wheels and tires.  Shoot me an email at justin dot loehlein at gmail dot com if you are interested.

48  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: Factory Five Cobra Build on: August 20, 2016, 01:54:38 PM
Alright, I got the FAST Sportsman XFI ECU in the car today.  I can tune it!  I got the ECU because it uses the same wiring harness as the EZ EFI - and I had already spent all that time making sure the wiring was neat.  I bolted it in, fired the car up and drove it around the block.  It took me ~10 minutes of driving and tuning to get it running well.  The AFR is right and there is no more hesitation.  At least through the portion of the map that I was able to hit driving around the neighborhood Smiley

Now to finish cleaning up the wiring, then on to bodywork.
49  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: Caprice trans rebuild on: August 14, 2016, 04:57:49 PM
Man, progress has been slow over the past couple weekends, but I think it's finally done.  I got everything shimmed up last weekend and went to bolt the case back on, but snapped one of the guide bolts for the shift rails.  It's like a $2 part, but you can't find them anywhere.  So, I ordered them and waited until this weekend.  Yesterday, I finished putting the trans together, got it in the car and then realized the new rear seal had a split in it.  Got a new one this morning and threw the car back together with Jeff.  Started it and immediately knew something was wrong.

Turns out the clutch release fork was contacting the pressure plate before disengaging the clutch.  You can see where it wore the paint off and ground a portion of the pressure plate down.

Turns out this is a pretty common problem with LT1s and aftermarket clutches/flywheels.  They can be a bit thicker than factory and because the bellhousing is very shallow, tolerances are tight.  Jeff and I tore the exhaust and trans out one more time and I "milled" down the clutch pivot with the angle grinder and a file to move it away from the clutch.  We got it back together a couple hours later and fired it up.  Thankfully everything seems to clear now.

I had a small exhaust leak between the cats and x-pipe, so I used a bunch of copper RTV.  Haven't driven it since the RTV is drying, but it seems to shift more smoothly sitting still.  Keeping my fingers crossed!  At least everything is much cleaner than when I started.

50  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: Optima search for the ultimate street car 2016 on: August 09, 2016, 11:22:01 AM
Justin, I think a pair of k20 insights would go over well here Smiley

YES!!!  Your cars all seem to be (mostly) running now.  Seems like a good time to start another project Smiley  The rules also say the car has to be 95% or more of the factory weight.  That means you could build a 1785lb Insight.  With 200whp, it should be plenty fast.
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