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sleepyhead the buffalo
sleepyhead the buffalo GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
5/30/24 1:27 p.m.

I think I'll offer the opposite opinion.  take your time rebuilding the car.  don't get burnt out.  find a way to make this sustainable, and then you'll get more enjoyment and success with it.

nocones GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
5/30/24 11:23 p.m.

In reply to ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ :

I really expect to let the bearings out while doing high g cornering..  not while making 60% of factory power stationary on a dyno..

GameboyRMH GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
5/31/24 1:50 p.m.

In reply to nocones :

I guess that's the engine equivalent of smashing the hell outta your car on an autocross course, I can relate, I may even have a dead engine as well sad

StilettoSS New Reader
6/10/24 3:47 p.m.



Just figured I would share Nocones :) Maybe you need parts? Or the next challenge car?

nocones GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
6/10/24 4:51 p.m.

Gridlife MW Festival complete.  Took the car up with the EJ253 in. 

The trip up was a freaking ADVENTURE with the RV just basically deciding that every appliance needed to have it's moment of attention on the way up.  What should of been a 4 hour drive turned into a 10 hour one with stops for parts and stuff.  

After getting settled in Robbie and Gumby joined me and we had a wonderful weekend of track action and fun festival stuff.  Literally thousands of people saw the car and stopped by to have a chat about it.  I should probably make a sign to try to stop all the people asking about my Beetle but at this point is it basically a living meme.  

Car ran flawlessly and got down to a 1:43.652.  Not bad for 115WHP.. hopefully for the last time.  I was able to do some "Gridlife Taxi" laps with Robbie and Gumby in the passenger seat as well as a few other Gridlife people and a couple randos.  Feedback was pretty much always, this is very raw, and I have never felt those kinds of G forces in corners.    Also as there are drift cars on course with you and there is something amazing about having a 800hp 240sx sideways in front of you.  

During Gumby's ride he identified that the rear looseness may be due to the fact that I have never rotated the tires and they probably heat cycle more then the lightly loaded fronts.  We swapped them front to rear and I immediatly droped 1.5 seconds..  That Gumby is smart.  

Overall again a great experience and a new one with all the festival schennanigans.  Next major event is Gridlife Summer Apex at Road America in July.

The Goal is to have the car with a EJ20 with Turbo by then.  It's really a simple matter of finding one and or repairing the one in my garage and getting it in the car.  Since the EJ257 was operational there isn't much unknown here.  

I failed to bring cameras this weekend.  Well specifically my cameras have been half in a bag and half in a Simpson Hans device box for the past 9 months.  I brough the bag.. Which contained my GoPro, Memory Cards, and the Batteries for my FauxPro.  the Simpson box got left at home, which had my GoPro Charger, the GoPro camera holder, and the FauxPro Camera.  So..  Sorry no video.  One of the ridealongs took handheld video and I will I am sure have it at some point soon, and will link to it if able.   I've seen some coverage of the car on Social media.  Gridlife official had a front shot of the car, and Rob Wilkinson posted another banger on FB.

Daylan C.
Daylan C. PowerDork
6/11/24 7:44 p.m.

Hi. I was the long haired fat guy in the Hawaiian shirt at bottom of grid. Seeing you on the grid sheet made me happy knowing you had engine drama not that long ago. 

nocones GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
6/25/24 9:42 p.m.


Okay that's amazing.  Gonna need that as a poster in the garage.  

Recon1342 UltraDork
6/26/24 9:01 a.m.

In reply to nocones :

That's pretty gnarly! The 360 looks like it was made for that poster.

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