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Old 03-25-2005, 05:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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First Auto-x of 2005

I had my first auto-x this season with the Capital Driving Club. I have made no changes to my car since the end of last season.
Last year was my first year of doing auto-x with the car. I placed 4th overall in every auto-x I did last year.
My only suspension mods are the Cusco lower strut brace and the Cusco rear triangle brace. Stopping power is aided by Hawk red stuff pads and braided brake lines to insure consistency and feel.
The first auto-x this year brought out many new cars and what looked to be some heavy hitters. I thought I'd be lucky to crack the top ten. Among the many WRXs and STi's present, there were also a couple S2000s there (one on R compound RA1's), a gutted, and caged civic running on gummy Hoosiers, an RS Impreza also on Hoosiers, and a Boxster S that sat so low he sounded like a dragging mini truck going through the course.

I was in the 4th run group in the morning session. My first morning run netted a 37.47, right around 7th at the time. I usually don't start getting fast till the afternoon because I know the course better then and I will know how my car reacts. My 2nd run I put down a 37.18, enough to move me up to 6th, behind the RA1 S2000, the RS, Boxster, an Impreza, the Civic and I forgot what else. I was about to get back in line, when the stop gate worker told me I had coolant coming out.
I quickly pulled off towards the grass and popped the hood. Hmmm no leaks, but definetly coolant coming out. Upon further inspection I saw it was coming from the overflow bottle. No cracks, the hoses are fine: what could it be. I looked inside at the temp gauge (something you don't have time to do when you auto-x) and it was VERY high. I immediately turned the heat on high and made sure the fans were working.
I let her cool down a bit then cracked the radiator cap to relieve the pressure. The heat immediately dropped. An air pocket must have developed but I'm still not sure what happened. I added pure water and but did not drive it for the rest of the day until it was time for me to go home.
In the afternoon session I drove my buddy Kyle's Miata to a 37.97, .37 off his time. This was my first time EVER driving a Miata. Thats a fun little car.
I was able to drive all the way home with no problems, no overheating or anything.
I did a compression check on Tuesday night and found that cylinder 3 was down on compression.
Its time for me to take the head off and finally rebuild my transmission.
My next race is NOPI at MIR on April 9/10. I'm not sure if the car will be ready but I'll be there to support my team, Team Trinity. The weekend after I will be working so I can't make the EVO/STi shootout.
April 23rd is my next autocross. After my dismal 9th place finish last week I'm a little behind in the points. Hopefully I can get my car fixed in time for the April 23rd auto-x and hopefully by that time I'll have my rear sway bar installed.
Here are the results from this past weekends auto-x
http://members.cox.net/capitaldrivin...05results.html

Here are links to two videos of me last year.
http://forums.dcevoclub.com/showthread.php?t=1634
Go to post 11 and the links are there.
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Old 03-27-2005, 02:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Sounds like you were doing pretty good when you started off. I am glad a track worker spotted the coolant problem!

Who are you having do your transmission rebuild or do you have enough experiance rebuilding transmissions to do it yourself?

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Old 03-27-2005, 07:45 PM   #3 (permalink)
 
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Hey Keith
I'm glad a track worker spotted it to. I would have checked the gauge when I got back into staging, but at that point I would have driven through where everyone else has to drive through. Its bad enough I dumped some on the course.
I have NO experience in rebuilding transmissions; I do however, have experience in taking them off :smile: . I am having John Shepherd rebuild my tranny and having a local machine shop do my head for me.
I started the work today of pulling my head and tranny off and only ran into problems. I didn't have all my tools. I didn't have specific tools that I needed.
I did however find that I have no shaft play (a good thing), I have a hairline crack in the radiator (can you say fluidyne time?), a torn valve cover gasket, de tipped spark plugs and oil all over my oil pan, silver tranny fluid and chunks and shredded metal on my tranny drain plug. So I have my work cut out for me.
I do not know what the HG looks like since I haven't taken it off yet.
My parts list has now grown to:
HG, spark plugs, valve cover gasket, radiator, and slimline fans
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Are you planning on putting out enough power to need upgraded internals? As long as the head is already off this is the perfect time to do an "in car" swap of the rods and pistons if you do need to upgrade them.

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I have definetly thought about that. I'll have to see how the money plays out. I definetly want to get forged pistons, lightened rods and arp conrod bolts. Maybe I can sneak that around the wifey hehehe. I'm also looking into removing the ac since I don't use it.
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alright you convinced me. rods and pistons have been ordered along with a bs remover kit
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Sounds great!

bs remover kit..... we should get one of those for each politician who runs for office

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Old 04-01-2005, 10:22 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I have definetly thought about that. I'll have to see how the money plays out. I definetly want to get forged pistons, lightened rods and arp conrod bolts. Maybe I can sneak that around the wifey hehehe. I'm also looking into removing the ac since I don't use it.
Yeah!!! I can relate there man - whatever you can sneak around the wifey!
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LOL Luda, i think the wife needs to go on a 2mos vacation, know what i'm saying? :

One of my buddy's mentioned to me last night about rehoning(sp??) the block. He said it would allow the new piston rings to seal onto something. Do any of you know what he is talking about and to you recommend it?
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LOL Luda, i think the wife needs to go on a 2mos vacation, know what i'm saying? :

One of my buddy's mentioned to me last night about rehoning(sp??) the block. He said it would allow the new piston rings to seal onto something. Do any of you know what he is talking about and to you recommend it?

How many miles on the engine? Less than 25K miles I wouldn't worry about rehoning... Misubishi's iron block keeps the cross hatch pattern for a LONG time from the factory.

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Old 04-05-2005, 04:25 AM   #11 (permalink)
 
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I have 33,000 on it. But 33,000 HARD miles. Many many drag strip passes, 5 auto-x all among other things
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Old 04-08-2005, 11:02 AM   #12 (permalink)
 
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some pics from the auto-x.
I'll bring my camera next time and take some better pics
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in the above pics you see pete in his s2000, he had FTD, the white boxster looked great with those wheels and being lowered, he grabbed 3rd, right behind the Subbie RS on Hoosier slicks. The RS is the very bottom pic. The RS was driven by Mike Moran he and his brother Jake (in the white Integra) took the pics. Thanks guys!
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