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401  General / Technical Help / Re: Tire storage on: December 15, 2011, 04:49:04 AM
I follow what Hoosier recommends:

I pull the valve stem cores out, put each tire/wheel in a plastic garbage bag, tie it shut and put them in the guest bedroom.  The Civic tires are small enough that I can fit 8 under a queen bed.
402  Events / Other Events / Re: 2011 VMSC Annual Banquet on: November 27, 2011, 03:10:10 PM
Ask and ye shall receive.  I've edited the original post to add the link in.
403  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: Arena Racing on: November 11, 2011, 07:21:56 PM
I went to one of their races last year.  It was pretty entertaining.  And you can't beat the price!  I think even when we had to pay it was only $5.
404  General / Open Forum / Re: Moving to Richmond on: November 08, 2011, 12:39:25 PM
Welcome.  What part of Richmond are you moving to?  There are some good places to eat, like The Black Sheep, over by VCU.  Service is somewhat slow but it's worth the wait.
405  Results / Autocross / Re: 11/06/2011 Results on: November 07, 2011, 06:42:05 PM
Justin, if it isn't a big deal deal to post it, it would be interesting to see the our top ten versus their top ten calculation.


Spreadsheet attached.  I didn't mark down all the members of each club, just the top ones.
406  Results / Autocross / Re: 11/06/2011 Results on: November 07, 2011, 10:12:44 AM
I hate to do this, however, I had only 4 times

56.156+1 56.446+1 55.938+1 55.318 54.318+1

The 56.466+1 was not my time and as far as I know the last run 54.318 was clean. If ot, then I missed it.

However, it was a fun day for me. Loking forward to 2012.

Thanks for a great weekend


Hey Engelbert - I'm not too worried about the erroneous time showing up as it won't affect anything.  Both the computer and paper had a cone on your 54.318, so I've gotta go by that.  If you've got a video that can help disprove that we can take a look.

BTW I think the #1944 / 944 / 9441 crowd were supposed to be under Novice.
Novice just changes where on the results we print your times, not anything else...will make the update if others are required.
407  General / Classifieds / 1995 Toyota Land Cruiser - sold on: November 06, 2011, 05:48:07 PM
1995 Toyota Land Cruiser
Just under 200k miles
Richmond, VA
contact: Justin (justin dot loehlein at gmail dot com)
additional pics here on Flickr

My Dad bought this Land Cruiser 10+ years ago and gave it to me 2 years ago when he got a new truck. It's stock besides some Bilstein shocks, AirLift bags and a Borla muffler.  It's been Danielle's secondary vehicle and we've only put ~5k on it in the last 2 years. We have decided to start looking at homes and given how little we drive this, it's time for it to go. It's a good vehicle, mechanically sound, but not pretty and not without it's flaws. I've done my best to describe it below, focusing on the flaws. If you are interested or have additional questions, PM or email me.

Mechanicals - 7 out of 10
Car was maintained by a reputable local mechanic while owned by my father. I rebuilt the front axles 5k miles ago. It's got new brake pads all the way around (ceramic up front) and new front rotors. Starts with no problems, has an Optima Red Top battery. I've never had any issues driving it, but it's not new. I've had to replace minor things like a muffler hanger, had to drill and re-thread the holes for the primary O2 sensor because the bolt heads rusted off and it sounds like it has a tiny exhaust leak somewhere though I have yet to find it. The engine bay has a thin coating of dirt/dried mud from being taken off road a couple of times.

Exterior - 5 out of 10
It looks good from 20 feet away, but there are a plethora of minor scratches and a few major ones (bumpers, driver's rear fender flare, rear tailgate). The fender flares are all faded and the driver's side rear one is held on with clips that are visible from the exterior as it fell off at one point. The good news is there is no rust on the body, though the running boards and bumpers have some spots on them. The windshield is pitted and has a circular crack the size of a fist (it isn't spreading) where a ball hit it. The tires are practically new Bridgestones with 9-10/32nds of tread still on them.

Interior - 5 out of 10
It's all there and the heat and AC work great. The rear heat has been disconnected. The front seats and steering wheel leather are cracked. The front seats have been covered in quality Wet Okole seat covers, but they are getting old and have some fading and water spots. There are no stains or tears in the rest of the seats. Water leaks into the passenger side footwell from somewhere when it rains (it's not coolant)...could be coming from the cowl? All the electric stuff works, but the driver's side seat doesn't move back and forth like new. The trip odometer doesn't work (the tenths spin, but don't trigger the next digit to roll over). The main odometer does work, so the reported mileage is accurate.

Overall, it's a good vehicle.  I just hate driving it (damn SUVs), don't have the time (or will) to fix the things that are already wrong, and dread what will break next and take time away from my wagon, Civic and the next project I'd like to start.

I'll entertain any and all offers from VMSC members and friends, the $4500obo price is what I'll be listing it on Craigslist for so I wanted to keep the listing here consistent.  Will trade for a lower mileage 2.0L (F20C) S2000 drivetrain, preferably still in the shell of a wrecked car (will throw in cash on my end to balance out depending on shape and complete-ness).

408  Events / Other Events / 2011 VMSC Annual Banquet on: November 06, 2011, 05:24:47 PM
Mark your calendars to come out and join us for our annual VMSC Awards Banquet at Maggiano's restaurant.  This is a great time to catch up with everyone and see where people placed this year, whether or not you expect to get a trophy.

Date:      Saturday, February 11th, 2012
Location: Maggiano's in Short Pump Town Center
Cost:      $25 per person
Noon:     Appetizers and cash bar
1PM:      Lunch
2PM:      Awards ceremony

Registration is open here on MyAutoEvents.  Alternately, bring payment to a membership meeting or mail a check no later than Friday, February 3rd to Dana Cole at:

Dana Cole
553 Raleigh Manor Rd.
Richmond, VA 23229

See you there!
409  Results / Autocross / 11/06/2011 Results on: November 06, 2011, 05:19:02 PM
Results for the 11/6 autocross have been posted here on MyAutoEvents.  Thanks a bunch for all the BRR and Tidewater guys who came out and helped with the running of the event.  And thanks to Ray for designing the course, it was a bunch of fun.

We score the BRR - VMSC Challenge by averaging the top 10 PAX times from each club.  I'm happy to announce that we have retained the trophy for this year, even if it is only by a .25 second margin (BRR: 46.072, VMSC: 45.803).

Overall, a great event to end the season.  I'll be posting the banquet details up elsewhere on the forum shortly...hope to see you there or at some upcoming club meetings.  If not, have a great winter and see you next year.
410  Events / Other Events / Re: Dragstrip Friday 10/28/2011? on: November 02, 2011, 05:33:55 AM
Well, looks like this week isn't going to work out for me.  I may have to wait until next year.
411  General / Technical Help / Re: Tire comparison on: November 02, 2011, 05:32:05 AM
Good stuff, did you go with the RE11s?
412  Events / Other Events / Re: Dragstrip Friday 10/28/2011? on: October 28, 2011, 10:55:40 AM
VMP's site says they canceled "daytime test and tune" as well as all of tomorrow's events so I will assume nothing is going on there.  Will try and find another date.  I know there is another street night next Friday and a Test and Tune on Saturday, I've gotta see if I'm free though.
413  Events / Other Events / Re: Dragstrip Friday 10/28/2011? on: October 28, 2011, 04:30:51 AM
Oh well, it looks like it's going to rain anyways.  I'm gonna play it by ear, but for now it looks like I'll have to find another date.
414  Events / Other Events / Re: Dragstrip Friday 10/28/2011? on: October 27, 2011, 03:14:43 AM
Yeah, we'll see what the weather does.  I don't think they'll even run if it's raining.
415  General / Technical Help / Re: Tire comparison on: October 25, 2011, 06:32:19 PM
I didn't look at availability.

You can't go wrong with the RE11s.  The Kumho Ecsta XSs and Dunlop Direzza Star Specs are also very good.

If you're looking for a super aggressive tire that you can still drive on the street, when it's dry, check out the Nitto NT-01s.  They come in 235/40/18 and 275/35/18 or 275/40/18.  They can take a lot of heat cycles and are a good mix between a track and autocross tire.  Discount Tire Direct sells them.
416  General / Technical Help / Re: Tire comparison on: October 25, 2011, 06:04:57 PM
no Hoosiers in my size!  Sad

I feel obligated to point out that 245/35/18 and 275/35/18 Hoosier A6s are both available and those would fit quite nicely.
417  Events / Other Events / Re: Dragstrip Friday 10/28/2011? on: October 19, 2011, 06:52:02 PM
they run until 10 or 11...I'll probably be there until 9 or so.
418  Results / Autocross / Re: 10/16/2011 Results on: October 19, 2011, 06:46:52 PM
eh, sounds fine to me...either that or street mod Smiley
419  General / Open Forum / Re: Cordless Impact Wrench on: October 19, 2011, 04:33:43 PM
I think it's a 1/4" female chuck, like the kind you would snap hex bits into.  Not a 1/4" drive ratchet head.
420  Events / Other Events / Re: VMSC Membership Meeting location suggestions on: October 19, 2011, 06:54:20 AM
Sounds like a decent amount of interest in Panera's.  I'll go check it out, in the mean time keep posting up your opinions/alternatives.  Meetings through the end of the year will remain at River City Diner.
421  Events / Other Events / Dragstrip Friday 10/28/2011? on: October 19, 2011, 06:53:11 AM
I'm planning on heading to VMP for Street Wars next Friday, 10/28 if it's not raining.  Gates open at 5, racing starts at 6.  I think it's $17 to run, I've only been once before but it wasn't super busy and I must have gotten 6 runs in about 2 hours (I think they go for 4 hours).  Anyone else interested?

I'm going to try to bring the Civic AND the wagon so I can get a few runs in both of them.  The Civic ran something like a 13.5@102 a couple of years ago on a 90 degree, humid day on 195/60/15 street tires.  I'm hoping with the stickier tires and cooler weather that I can get that down a few more tenths.  I'd like to see a low 15 from the wagon.  Don't be intimidated if your car is "slow", it's not competitive and I've seen 17+ second cars there.
422  Pictures and Media / Pictures and Media from Events / Re: Photos from 10-16-11 autocross @ RIR on: October 16, 2011, 04:05:38 PM
Thanks, David.  I've uploaded a video of my fastest run here:
423  Results / Autocross / 10/16/2011 Results on: October 16, 2011, 03:38:55 PM
Results for the 10/16 event have been posted here on MyAutoEvents.  Thanks to everyone who pre-registered, making registration much easier today.

Registration for our last event of the season, on November 6th at VMP is open.  Register here.
424  Results / Autocross / Re: Autocross 9-11-11 on: October 16, 2011, 03:36:24 PM
Updated results have been posted here on MyAutoEvents.
425  General / Open Forum / Re: How many Spark Plugs you have on: October 08, 2011, 06:26:19 PM

I've got:

8 - LT1 in the Caprice
6 - Land Cruiser
5 - Danielle's Volvo
4 - '06 Civic
4 - '95 Civic
1 - weed wacker
1 - mower
1 - pressure washer
1 - leaf blower
8 - spare LT1 sitting under my work bench
8 - second spare set of LT1 heads in my shed

I also have 20 new ones sitting on my shelf (12 Chevy, 8 Honda), so that makes either 47 or 67 depending on what you count.
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