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Old 10-23-2008, 12:47 PM   #81
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Didn't realize finding hockey pucks was a regional thing... LOL but ya. Drill a hole dead center of two hockey pucks. Weld the bolt to the motor mounts brackets so it doesn't spin while tightening the other end....
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Old 10-23-2008, 03:22 PM   #82
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Yea, hockey pucks in SoCal is like Bikinis in Salt Lake City. (I was feeling frisky...)

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Old 10-24-2008, 03:03 PM   #83
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This is just awesome, I cant stop laughing. Do donations count in the budget? You should open a thread for people that want to help you out, for example piping, couplers, etc, just stuff that you will need
What we could use are some deals on safety equipment. If anyone has any connections for helmets, HANS devices, etc, please PM me.

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Old 10-24-2008, 03:30 PM   #84
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this thread is full of win
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Old 10-27-2008, 03:07 AM   #85
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Old 10-27-2008, 11:21 AM   #86
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I am confused by the actuator on the compressor outlet. it doesn't appear to have a second large orifice, just the vac line. plus it's not yellow cad which just adds to the confusion.
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Old 10-27-2008, 11:24 AM   #87
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its a bypass valve, look at the cast on the housing, it bypasses back into the intake in front of the wheel.
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Old 10-28-2008, 04:00 AM   #88
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good luck
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Old 10-28-2008, 11:50 PM   #89
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wow, there are some nice lotuses back there
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Old 10-29-2008, 02:23 AM   #90
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Yea, we're tripping over three of them. Yellow Exige is getting a supercharged Honda K20. The blue Elise is an engineless crash-damaged car that's for sale as is (kinda tempting project, though I don't know the price). There's also a silver 1st-gen Exige with a K20 that we had to push out of the way so we could work on our "racecar". The silver one's for sale for like $47,000, in case you have that burning a hole in your pocket and you'd rather have one Exige than 94 Lemons racecars...
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Old 10-29-2008, 10:36 PM   #91
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I want black 5-spoke speedlines for my miata.

this build is ******* spectacular.
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Old 10-29-2008, 11:20 PM   #92
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I sure hope the intercooler sits above the hood
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Old 10-30-2008, 02:20 AM   #93
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Hey Jay, the car looks great!!! I'm glad I in some way got contribute to your "lemon"... i ended up rattle canning the front bumper cover black and just slapped it onto my car... still haven't installed the top i got from you guys its still sitting in the garage.... lol....

by the way, i kick myself in the *** everytime i think of the 1.8 drive train that i passed up on...

good luck on the race....

I also passed on Dan's car info to my buddy, he said he would contact you if hes interested....

let me know if you guys need any help tipping cars on the weekend

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Old 10-30-2008, 03:50 AM   #94
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That is a truly bad *** picture. I would kill for a day to roam that shop (with keys to everything of course)
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Old 11-02-2008, 01:56 AM   #96
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Some more little details from todays thrash:

Coolant re-route is finished for the front-mount radiator:
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With any luck, we'll only use this radiator when we have the car in two-seat, two-door configuration for our first track day test. We gotta teach one of our drivers how to handle rear-drive, so we need to be within bitch-slap range while he's driving.

When we switch to side-mount radiator, in the one-seat, one-door configuration, we'll use this coolant pipe instead:

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Pipes are made from 1" conduit that's swedged to 1.25" at the ends to mate up with the 1.25" hose. We made a swedging tool that can just be rammed into the conduit with a hydraulic press.

We've only had to buy something like two radiator hoses so far. Everything else has been from the box full of leftover hose scraps.
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Old 11-02-2008, 02:01 AM   #97
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A couple of non-turbo-related mods:

The sway bar mount reinforcements:
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Old 11-02-2008, 05:19 PM   #98
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I would recommend while you are doing handy things with a welder that you reinforce the control arms. With some rubbing and rough loving they are likely to be what bends and doesn't hold up in the suspension. This looks absolutely sick.
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This may be a stupid question with an obvious answer....but what's the purpose of the radiator in the pass. seat area?
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This may be a stupid question with an obvious answer....but what's the purpose of the radiator in the pass. seat area?
The 24 Hours of Lemons can be a somewhat rough-n-tumble endurance race. You remember the final scene in Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome?

I'm guessing they're putting it there to keep it out of harm's way, as a busted radiator due to a front-end collision would pretty much end your day.
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