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TVR Scott
TVR Scott SuperDork
8/10/21 8:12 p.m.

That is both ridiculous and wonderful.  I tip my hat to you, sir.  Well bought!

Mezzanine
Mezzanine Dork
8/11/21 3:32 p.m.

What an awful experience! I would have been hard pressed to shell out $3k for that much obvious hackery, but I think you did the right thing given the sum of the parts once you got it sorted. I'm eager to see this thing all muddy!

Lof8 - Andy
Lof8 - Andy SuperDork
8/11/21 8:25 p.m.
Mezzanine said:

What an awful experience! I would have been hard pressed to shell out $3k for that much obvious hackery, but I think you did the right thing given the sum of the parts once you got it sorted. I'm eager to see this thing all muddy!

Honestly, I was doubting my decision the whole time...as I made it, and as I drove home, and until I drove it and felt the thing shift out of first gear.  I was really hoping the fixes were this simple and I got pretty lucky!  I'm pretty certain I came out better than buying a stock beater Smartcar and buying the aftermarket parts myself.  $2500 was the best price for a runner I had been able to negotiate in several weeks of trying. 

java230
java230 UberDork
8/12/21 10:49 a.m.

Sounds like you did OK. At least the un-berkeleyery was pretty easy it seems. That does look like a hoot.

Lof8 - Andy
Lof8 - Andy SuperDork
8/12/21 11:32 a.m.

Last weekend, Erin and I took a road trip to Savannah and Augusta. My main draw to Augusta was to check out the abandoned Augusta International Speedway road course.  This place was only open from 1960-1970 but most of the 3 mile course remains somewhat intact.  A sports facility has been constructed over a portion of the grounds but you can still go walk most of the track.  If you weren't already aware it's there, you would never notice it. Very fun and very hot!

 

Lof8 - Andy
Lof8 - Andy SuperDork
8/26/21 12:25 p.m.

Snagged the overall win at the firm rallyx last week!  I've been real successful out there this year, but none of these wins are easy.  The other guys are not far back on my tail.  This win has secured the season championship but no way am I missing the 4th race of the season.  It's been rescheduled to Sunday 10/24, the day after the $2k Challenge.  

The Firm is hosting a Nitro Rallyx race in December (Travis Pastrana's Series). The following weekend, the firm is going to host a rallyx using as much of the Nitro course as is safe. Should be rad!


 

Lof8 - Andy
Lof8 - Andy SuperDork
8/26/21 2:51 p.m.

Smart Car got a wheel/tire update and is now DOT legal, as well as some "custom" (home made) bumpers/recovery/tie-down points.   And it fits in the trailer, although I do have to crawl out the rear hatch/tailgate once it's inside  :)

Lof8 - Andy
Lof8 - Andy SuperDork
8/27/21 5:34 p.m.

Wifey and I both came down with Covid this week and were tired of being couped up at home.  So we took the Smartcar down to the causeway to chill with a couple drinks. :)

Lof8 - Andy
Lof8 - Andy SuperDork
9/16/21 2:35 p.m.

I'm not expecting many (any) people to buy these shirts, but I saw the artwork company's ad on facebook and I had to have them do a design of my E36 M3boxes.

White Trash T-shirts

Lof8 - Andy
Lof8 - Andy SuperDork
9/23/21 8:10 p.m.

My buddy was racing his Camaro at the NASA nationals at Daytona last weekend, so we dragged the Smartcar over there to watch him race and play on the beach. There where several areas of the beach with "4x4 only beyond this point" signs, but the lil car ate up the soft stuff no problem!

70 spec miatas bump drafting around the Daytona banking is quite a sight!

Lof8 - Andy
Lof8 - Andy SuperDork
9/28/21 7:55 a.m.

Last weekend had some motorsports fun and some bad news as well.  Friday night, Erin and I and some friends went to the "Freedom Factory" for a burnout show.  I normally wouldn't seek out a burnout show, but the FF is very close to home and the $10 ticket was pretty reasonable.  I like to support Cleetus, as he saved a local racetrack that would otherwise be gone.  It was pretty entertaining!  Heres a rotary swapped Mystery Machine van that spits fire and nearly flipped over during its burnout.  In this photo its actually moving backwards and landed on all 4.

Saturday night was an evening of ATV and SxS races at the Bullring in Ocala.  Its awesome to watch because the top drivers are super aggressive and make some wild passes, but it always re-affirms my decision not to go wheel-to-wheel myself in the Yamaha.  Way too much carnage for my budget.  I saw several cars on their roof, several cars toted off by the backhoe and one caught fire.  The snack shack out there had some delicious bbq meatballs and piping hot french fries with some cajun seasoning.  A+!

There was a UF home football game Saturday night as well, so I got stuck in a super dumpy motel before Sunday's track day at the FIRM, running the course in reverse!  Thats sort of like running an entirely new track!  It flowed really well and was a lot of fun.  I did, however, see some blue smoke in my rear view mirror of my LS1 BMW.  I've seen a few hints of this before, but, ya know, its a higher mileage engine.  But the smoke that day was more than I'd seen before and couldn't easily be ignored.  Back at home, I've found that my rear main seal "drip" has grown to something more significant once things heat up on track.  evidence of significant drippage onto the exhaust pipe.  Unfortunately, this seems to be an engine-out repair in this car.  I think I'm going to pull the engine and do a significant refresh on it.  The car works really well and is a blast.  she needs some love.

NBraun
NBraun Reader
10/1/21 10:13 a.m.

Andy, I know we're a little past the v8 ranger. What did you end up doing for a rad/fan setup for it? Did you end up doing a pusher? There is just not a whole lot of room in the engine bay!

Lof8 - Andy
Lof8 - Andy SuperDork
10/1/21 12:21 p.m.
NBraun said:

Andy, I know we're a little past the v8 ranger. What did you end up doing for a rad/fan setup for it? Did you end up doing a pusher? There is just not a whole lot of room in the engine bay!

yep, just a cheap electric pusher.  I never had any cooling problems with it.

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