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Willow Springs Raceway - I attended the NASA/Open-Track Willow springs event. Mainly to cheer on some friends running in the NASA SE-R cup series. Willow Springs is a very fast track, and I want to get a roll bar in my car before I go out there again. Last august, I ran there with a few guys from the Porsche Owner's Club, which was a lot of fun, but made me realize that at these speeds, you really should have good safety equipment.
Anyways, I was there for Sunday's race which turned out to be a great race between Tom Paule and Naji Dahi. Naji qualified first in the class with a 1:39.xx. The day before, he totally shredded his front tires (kumho V700s) during the race. I recommended that he lower his tire pressures down to around 32 or 33psi hot, since that's what I, and most everyone I had talked to, ran on those tires with good results (he was up in the 40+ psi range!). The adjustment seemed to help, as the tires held up and he was able to hold off a hard charging Paule on the last lap to take the win.
read more about it at the www.trackracers.com site, along with a pretty cool video of that last lap.
I also had a helluva ride in Frank Lin's Del Sol vtec. He's pushing around 175whp in a very well setup car. Of course, Frank is a great driver, and was also an instructor at this event. After riding with Frank, I realize that I need some more seat time on this particular track.
the following entries have been clipped from my old site:
Went to Buttonwillow raceway with Open-Track. I've run this course before, but this time they ran it counterclockwise, so I had to learn it again. Also finally got my JDM 4-1 header and 2.5" AT catalytic converter installed. Car definately pulls harder in the upper rpms and easily revs to 9000 if I let it. Still needs some tuning, but the car runs really good. My tires seem to be the the weekest link at this point. Need to start thinking about R compound tires for the track. But even on street tires, I was able to hold my own against many other cars on R tires. Car went off track a couple of times (twice while in the hands of an instructor - go figure!), so it's *really* dirty! got to bust out the shop vac next weekend and clean it.
Also installed a camera mount, and thanks to Zak N. from the SE-R club, I was able to get some in-car video footage on the track. I didn't have the mount totally figured out until the end of the day, so most of the video has a lot of rear view mirror. Next time, I'll be ready though. I'll post some video when I get it, it will be off this site on my shell account hosted by a bud in San Diego. Stay Tuned.
I attended the Nissan SE-R dyno day. This event was organized by the SE-R club, and was held at R&D Dyno Service in Gardena, CA. The guys at R&D really knew what they were doing and were able to dyno over 30 cars on the dynojet. Some notable highlights were a few turbo SE-Rs, one car dynoed at 252 hp at the front wheels at his "normal" boost setting. he then cranked up the boost and laid down 393 hp at the wheels. And this was on a totally stock motor! That SR20DE is one strong motor.
I finally got my turn at the end of the day and after a cold run, the civic put down 166.4 hp and 125.6 ft/lbs of torque at the front wheels (corrected). This was about what I was expecting, since I still have the stock exhaust manifold and stock throttle body on there. But not for long. I recently acquired a JDM type R 4-1 tube header! As soon as I get a larger diameter catalytic converter, it will go on the car. Taking into account the standard 15% loss through the drive train, my car is currently putting out 195 hp and 147 ft lbs of torque.
Went to Willow Springs Raceway with the SoCal MR2 club. We ran the "big track" this time, a 2.5 mile course known for high speeds. This is the fastest track on the west coast. I was hitting just over 120mph on the front straight, and entering turn 8 at close to 105mph. Cars shod with race tires were going through turn 8 at over 110mph. Toyota Corp. showed up to film a commercial for the new MR2-spyder. They brought 3 spyders with them and were letting people take them out on the race track for test drives! The new MR2-S handles awesome! makes me want to get a rear wheel drive car. Could use a bit more power, but it was just too easy to get it to do exactly what I wanted it to on the track. My car held up well, especially considering I was placed in the fastest run group. I was the only car in my group that did not have R compound tires on. I drove my ass off keeping up with the other cars on the track, and did very well consering the company I was in (RX-7 turbos, 300zx turbo, MR2 turbos, BMW M3, Porsche 911 turbo, and a couple of very fast fox body mustangs).
Well, happy belated new year! I'm in the middle of completely redoing my website, hope you like the new format. I went to Laguna Seca just before thanksgiving - had a blast. That little civic works really well on the track. I was very impressed with the car. I didn't feel like I was pushing the car to it's full potential, yet I had now problem passing just about everyone in my run group. I ordered a JDM 4-1 header from Erick's Racing Engines. Hopefully it will go on by the end of January. Then it's off to the dynojet to let Erick work his magic and tune it. I signed up for two more events. The big track at Willow Springs in March with the SoCal MR2 Club and also a "streets" of Willow event with honda hybrid.
Rick has got the 13B in the 510 and Able (flaco) did all the wiring with leftover DFI components. Rick has been porting some motors recently for Able and Rotory Power and has been super busy. He might be able to fire it up in a few weeks.
Haven't updated in a while. Been pretty busy with work and stuff. I'll have pictures up soon of the regional SCCA auto-cross event held at Hollywood park last October. But I'm going to wait until I get back from Laguna Seca next week!!! That's right, I'll be hot-lapping the famous track in Monterey, CA during the week of thanksgiving. Only new upgrades to the civic are an adjustable rear camber kit, and a new fuel filter and spark plugs. I'll probably be selling the 510 to a friend of mine. Just can't seem to find the time or money to restore it right now, and my GF's been bugging me to get it out of her garage. At least he'll do good things with it. First on the list is a bridge-ported 13B rotary engine. And by selling it to a friend, at least I'll be able to drive it and see it.
got some pictures of the datsun developed. I think a new camera
is in order. I can't seem to get any of the pictures to come out
well. Anyway, I don't think I'll be doing anything with the datsun
until late summer or fall. IRS reamed me this year, so extra funds
are tight. Plus, I still have to get some things for the civic.
Minor updates to the site. Added the Engine & Installation pages and updated some civic pictures. I've got some more film to pick up, so hopefully, I'll get some cleaner pictures. And I may be acquiring another project car to work on! I have to get the details, and its not even certain, so I'm not going to say just yet, but it's an 'old-school' type of car. Keep your fingers crossed!
Happy New Year! I Just got back from a week's vacation in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico! Man vacations are soooo great. I didn't want to come back, but you know how that goes. I did manage to do some racing while I was there. There was a go-cart track just outside of town with these 9 HP lawnmower engines. They were pretty quick, I think it was the only time I've ever driven a go-cart that I actually had to use the brakes. Maybe I'll post some pics soon.
a whole month and no updates.. I had been working everynight for almost
Yes!! The motor is 95% complete. My cams aren't in yet, so that's all that's left to do with the engine. I've got the hoses, vacuum lines, and wiring all hooked up and ready to go. And I did it all by myself (I'm so proud). I also ordered the Mac-Daddy suspension this week (yes, it is fully Mac'd out). GAB adjustable shocks, Ground control coil overs, and some sway bars. My mouth is watering, I can't wait to get all this stuff on the car. Could be running as early as next weekend!
Put together the entire bottom end today. Tried to install the shifter bushings and they were the wrong part. The mfr switched the parts in the box accidentally, but Summit is sending out another set on Monday. Next weekend, I'll put the cylinder head on and then after I get a couple of misc. parts, It'll be ready to drop in the car.
Picked up my crankshaft last night. Today I picked up my bearings and went around to the auto part stores getting miscellaneous items like assembly lube, perma-tex, etc.
2 main bearings are still on backorder from Ohio. I got my flywheel lightened by 3-4 lbs. Also went to pick up my cylinder head from RES/portflow. DEEEYAMMMN!! some of the cleanest headwork I've ever seen. It's all done and looks sweet! I dropped off my intake manifold also to get match ported. Will be ready for pickup on Saturday.
Worked out the details with a hook up on some JDM spec Civic type-R cams. Sent my deposit today.
Dropped off my crank at Hitchcock for balancing. I wanted to get my stock flywheel shaved, so I held off on the flywheel/clutch assembly balancing until next week.
Ordered new main bearings and new rod bearings from the dealer. Also picked up a gasket set from Trans-pac in Carson.
I bought some B16a pistons from a friend of mine and had them pressed onto my B18c rods. This should give me a 10.6:1 compression ratio. Did you know that the B16a rods are thicker/stronger than B18c rods?
just ordered a 6-puck clutch with heavyduty pressure plate from RS Motorsports.
They let me drive an integra with this clutch in the parking lot.
Very easy to drive on the street. While I was there, I picked up
the Unorthodox Racing underdrive pulley - Damn that thing is light!!
I'm getting one of those too.
In the Beginning....
After I decided to keep the engine, I tore it down to inspect all the parts. The previous owner had thought he cracked some pistons, due to his improperly tuned turbo kit. It took me all day on a Saturday with regular hand tools to dissasemble that thing. After further inspection, I found out that two pistons were cracked between the rings, but luckily, no pieces had come off and the cylinder walls looked perfect. I would also need new cams, since the regrinds that were in there looked pretty crappy. Since the head was off, I recently dropped it by Port Flow Design in Wilmington, CA for a mild street port, titanium valve retainers, and an upgraded spring package. I figured I might as well get the flywheel lightened up too, and then get the crank, flywheel, pulley, and clutch assembly balanced before everything went back together.