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51  General / Open Forum / Re: Who's around next weekend? on: December 22, 2013, 05:40:40 AM
I'll be around, but I need to make sure I get Danielle's Porsche back together.  I should be able to get it done Friday - in that case, I'm in.
52  General / Open Forum / Re: stripper c5 ! on: December 19, 2013, 04:25:42 AM
It's too bad this car is automatic, it's cheaper than I've seen wrecked ones go for.
53  Events / Other Events / 2013 VMSC Annual Banquet on: December 14, 2013, 06:10:40 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 22nd, 2014
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.  Pre-payment required.  Please include a note about who you are paying for.

For alternate payment options, feel free to bring payment to a membership meeting, or mail a check no later than Friday, February 1st to Dana Cole at:

Dana Cole
553 Raleigh Manor Rd.
Richmond, VA 23229

See you there!
54  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: Interested in Lemons/ChumpCar team. on: December 14, 2013, 06:07:21 PM
Our team has 6 people already and I'm not sure what we'll be doing in 2014.  I know someone else who has a team at work.  I'll mention this to him and see if they've got room.  I know they're in the middle of V6-swapping their Cavalier and I'm sure could use a hand.

Also, if you just want to try one out you can go onto the LeMons forums.  People sell open seats all the time.  Typically like $600-$1000 a race.  Our Miata is one of the cheapest to run and our cost is around $300-$400/person if we're not buying tires.
55  General / Open Forum / Re: stripper c5 ! on: December 14, 2013, 05:47:51 PM
Keep an eye on eBay.  I'd search "salvage corvette".  Also, the seller "fparts" sells some whole cars (like this one) and C5 chassis.  They're up in PA

Also interesting, when I searched for "fparts" on eBay, it asked me if I meant to search for "farts."
56  Events / Autocross / Re: 2014 PAX Values and Deltas on: December 03, 2013, 02:52:11 PM
Looks like SMF (or GS) is a good place to be Smiley
57  General / Open Forum / Re: Mercedes 300 SL Hillclimb - O-boy on: November 24, 2013, 06:31:58 AM
i definitely wouldn't drive it, something would break.  it is pretty crazy though, kind of like watching the races at Goodwood - some really expensive cars out there.
58  Events / Other Events / Re: Drag strip - 10/25/2013? on: October 25, 2013, 10:17:07 AM
Ugh, looks Richmond Dragway isn't running tonight bc of the cold weather.  I called VMP and they're deliberating...should make a call by 3pm.  We'll see what happens.
59  Events / Other Events / Re: Drag strip - 10/25/2013? on: October 24, 2013, 05:38:46 AM
Looks like it's going to be clear and cool tomorrow.  Looking forward to this, see you guys there.
60  Results / Autocross / Re: Race Results VMSC/BRR challange 10-13-2013 on: October 16, 2013, 01:00:40 PM
We won...just barely (by like 14 thousandths of a second).  We initially thought BRR had won, but Ray showed up and pointed out that John Wolf (white STI, #1 PAX) wasn't a BRR member...otherwise they would have destroyed us.
61  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: The Evo's not ready for tomorrow 13Oct13. on: October 12, 2013, 01:03:32 PM
Glad it's not the motor.  You're welcome to run the Miata (Danielle's, not the LeMons car) tomorrow.
62  Events / Other Events / Re: Drag strip - 10/25/2013? on: October 12, 2013, 05:23:28 AM
Sweet.  Let's plan on Richmond Dragway.  Their site looks like it's working now and they do have a street night/test and tune on Friday 10/25.  Details are here along with requirements (which are very basic).  I'll plan on getting there between 5 and 6, hopefully closer to 5.
63  Events / Other Events / Drag strip - 10/25/2013? on: October 10, 2013, 01:36:49 PM
Anyone wanna head to VMP or Richmond Dragway on 10/25 for street night?  It's like $20 to race and pretty informal.  I figure I'd better go this year while my new axles are under warranty and it'd be fun to go with a bunch of people.

I'm pretty sure Richmond Dragway is having a street night that Friday, but their website is down so I can't look it up.  It's likely closer for most people than VMP (it's over by the airport).  It should also be less crowded.

Anyone in?
64  Events / Autocross / Re: Vmsc Tscc event October 20th at acu4 on: October 10, 2013, 10:18:20 AM
Agree...this is likely the best autocross venue in VA.

I'd be going, but Danielle's parents are coming to visit.
65  General / Classifieds / Re: WTB: One 4x100, 16 or 15 x6.5 (or similar) on: October 01, 2013, 06:25:30 AM
Check out some junkyards.  Late 90s Saturn SLs had 15x6 4x100 steel wheels with a high offset. shows a couple area junkyards have them for $15-$20.
66  Results / Autocross / Donut Tire Challenge results - 2013 on: September 21, 2013, 04:28:26 PM
Here are the fastest times from the folks who ran the Miata in the dry on the space saver spares:

Justin - 37.029
Chris - 37.602
Gunny - 37.822
Morgan - 37.850
Paul - 38.614
Ricardo - 38.656
Mindy - 38.712
Jeff - 38.828
William - 40.029

Post up the videos when you guys get them downloaded!
67  General / Open Forum / Re: FarmBoy Fab: Mindy's Merkur, I title "Progression to RWD" on: September 09, 2013, 01:55:05 PM
Nice!  What temp thermostat do you have in there and have you replaced it recently?  Could be causing it to run hot.  Also make sure you purge all the air from the coolant system, can be a pain in the ass.  Since your expansion tank is pressurized - do you have a bleed valve at the high point on the cooling system or something?  May need to add one.
68  General / Open Forum / Re: My Garage Build - The Airboxer Garage on: August 19, 2013, 06:29:48 AM
It's metric, 10 hours...with half hours as well.
69  General / Open Forum / Re: My Garage Build - The Airboxer Garage on: July 30, 2013, 04:39:54 PM
I had an oil cooler fail like that in the Caprice.  Of course, my approach to fixing it was to buy a parts car.
70  General / Open Forum / Re: FarmBoy Fab: Mindy's Merkur, I title "Progression to RWD" on: July 29, 2013, 09:55:48 AM
Good stuff.  It looks happy, especially in the last picture.
71  Events / Other Events / Re: First Settlers PCA DE at vir fall session on: July 10, 2013, 05:07:44 PM
You'll drive fast.  Just make sure you know where the flag stations are and look at them every lap and passing is only with a point-by in designated areas (straights).  If you get hung up behind a group of slow cars who won't let you pass, just pull into hot pit and ask the worker to space you out some.

Also, figure out the track before you try to drive to the car's limit.  It's pretty simple because you can see where it is and you're on it for more than 5 minutes, unlike autocross.  You'll have plenty of seat time so just work up to the limit at a reasonable pace and focus on driving the right line, looking ahead and being aware of flag stations and other cars.
72  General / Open Forum / Re: FarmBoy Fab: Mindy's Merkur, I title "Progression to RWD" on: July 01, 2013, 06:17:39 PM
Fill level is usually about axle height.  I believe the aftermarket covers put them up so high so that you just add a specific amount of fluid, not filling it until it comes out the hole.  Maybe take an axle out and fill it until it comes out the axle hole.
73  Events / Other Events / Re: First Settlers PCA DE at vir fall session on: June 27, 2013, 06:03:06 PM
haha, nice.  you've got the bug now.
74  General / Open Forum / Re: FarmBoy Fab: Mindy's Merkur, I title "Progression to RWD" on: June 26, 2013, 05:49:15 PM
I think we can get into the 2600's with a few more "easy" things.

Remove the rest of the bolts on the car?  Smiley
75  General / Open Forum / New project/bad idea on: June 26, 2013, 05:45:48 PM Dad was supposed to come to the PCA track day in May, but decided not to because this is what piston #4 looks like in his Mustang.  You can see some damage in the same area on piston #3.  The car had a non-intercooled roots-type blower on it and I'm not sure it was ever tuned properly.  Maybe this was caused by excess heat/detonation?

Either way, the search is on for a new motor (LS3?).  We expect that process to take a while because my parents may end up moving this summer, so they'll be very busy.  In the mean time, I have dragged the car back to my place to relieve it of its current parts.  Plans are not super clear at this moment, but may involve rebuilding the motor in the car to get it running (naturally aspirated), then removing it so the new drivetrain can go in.  At that point, I'd have a running 331 that needs a home.  I also happen to have all these Miatas that are in need of more power and a desire to have a safer track day car.  Lemons Miata wagon + 350-ish hp seems like a good idea, right?  What could go wrong?
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