It's been a while since an update. The miata didn't get worked on much during my senior year of school due to my work, schooling but mostly FSAE Even after graduating most of my time was spent in the school shop till we completed our three comps. Here's some off topic pics from tire temp testing and the Germany competition.
I'm still considering if I want to build an IR tire temp Array system for the miata. I have the DAQ and programing all done. I just need to figure out a bracket system and wiring which is easier said than done.
We should have made it one PCB board to start off with
3D printed the brackets at home
Our driver drifted into a cone braking a bracket. I should have reinforced it with bracing. We got some good test data before hand at least.
Germany was an amazing experience. It was my first time out of the country and I couldn't have asked for a better trip. Competing in the Hockenheimring and sharing pits where F1 cars was neat. The team placed 9th overall and 1st in cost. We were surprisingly competitive with the cost of our car we beat many teams with budget 8x our own.
We had the most bare and empty pit of all teams there.
This is how you get a car from California to Germany. #Tetris
This is just one of the amazing cars at comp. The level of worksmanship it amazing that a group of college kids could build such a machine.
Okay, on to the relevant stuff. I have decided to switch this car to a weekend car with the occasional tack event, to a more dedicated track car that can still be driven on the street. I started with the easy stuff. Some weight savings. Gutted the AC, heat core, blower, cut the dash, pulled carpets and painted the interior.
Stupid sound tarr crap
Currently the car has the turbo kit removed to pass smog so I decided to reclock the turbo outlet down for more efficient piping routing. While I was at it I ported the wastegate and cleaned up a rough section of the manifold.
Before (sharp corner)
After (probably didn't help much but couldn't have hurt)
Fabed this up real quick. Hopefully aluminum doen't fatigue to quickly
Checked my injectors at my work place. looks like they check out okay.
Slowly tackling a list of projects I have planned for this car. I hope to get it running again really soon.
Curious about how that bracket holds up.
I'm sure there's a reason no one makes them in aluminum for any turbo.
I'm considering making one just like that out of steel
good to see you progressing btw - and those FSAE cars look crazy fun
I have seen aluminum brackets used before and this is a decent gauge material so I'm crossing my fingers and will be keeping a close eye on this. It was made from a piece of scrap lying around so it was free. If I find an equivalent steel scrap maybe I will duplicate it and replace it. My last one was a welded steel one and that cracked right at the weld
$40 hard top paint job with this funky color using a foam roller
Used a digitizing arm to get CAD data of the radio bezel
sketched this out to 3D print (very rough first pass just to get something functional)
Plug and play headlight motor and hazard switchs
new switch bezel wired up
Don't mind the funny texture and poor fitment. This is just a temporary to get something functional in there. switch are power windows, hazzards and flip light. two extra switches for whatever my imagination comes up with in the future... ejector seat, NOS activator like that jdm fast in the furisous thing, banana trap release like mario kart. the possibilities are unlimitless
I got to use a lift for the miata for the first time ever Installed some adjustable end links
Getting the car set up to be a track rat ***** for 2015. New used xidas 750/400 w/ helpers. Corner weighed and aligned. Fixed my clutch leak issue that was the cause of my tow of shame from my last track day. New Exedy master, slave and SS line should do the trick.
with driver and 1/2 tank gas
w/o driver and 1/2 tank gas
Leaving this here for easy reference for myself since I tend to loose and forget things.
A random assortment of pictures. Not in chronological order.
Tow of Shame from streets of willow in december (a hose joint from the coolant reroute rubbed through my clutch soft line). Replaced it with a stainless line
DIY radiator thingy
Who needs a pickup truck for engine transport when you have a toyota camry?
Fits like a glove
first time using the solevant cleaning tank at work
Roadster Cup at Streets of Willow on 1/24/15
Did some IR tire temp testing. I had connectivity issues due to bad wiring and only had the rear sensors installed. This is what temps looked like after the cool down lap and car parked.
No video from the track day, but this DIY sequential shift light worked better than expected. It was clearly visible with peripheral vision. I never had to look directly at my Tach the entire day. Last time at the track I bounced off the rev limiter here and there. With this I don't think I hit it at all.
I finally got around to installing my DIYPNP back on my stock motor. I'm hopefully going to get a chance to run it on the dyno at work and learn me a little tuning. In prep for that. Heres some random pics from the last week.
3D printed TB elbow piece to run a pipe and filter to driver side head light
before acetone vapor smoothing (.013 layer height)
my crock pot rig (ceramic takes way to long to heat up, I should have went with a rice cooker)
After: Smooths out the layers and helps seal the part. (smudge marks are from me touching it before it fully cured)
Some flyin miata goodies went in
DIY electric Det Can from another thread on here. ($12 in materials. Thanks Radioshack for the 25% off going out of business sell!)
This one has two mics. Makes for good redundancy or to use on both sides of a V8
Arts and crafts
Finished Product! I accidentally ripper a soldered joint on the second mic so I only have one functional mic now
Looking good man, glad you are getting in the game! I really really want a 3d printer after seeing your(awesome) throttle body elbow. I could make so many parts with it.
Your fab skills are crazy good, wiring too.
I ended up using my BEGI elbow from my turbo kit and mounted my filter closer near the bumper opening rather than the driver side headlight so this most likely will never get used. I used my work's printer for that one. My 3D printer kind of sucks at support features for complicated overhangs.