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Apexcarver
Apexcarver UltimaDork
3/3/20 1:30 p.m.

Had spacers made, will be running wider MUCH newer rubber this year. 

 

 

 

 

Apexcarver
Apexcarver UltimaDork
3/20/20 12:36 p.m.

WOW, this is beyond a screaming deal.

 

https://dallas.craigslist.org/dal/cto/d/garland-formula-500-race-car/7095289290.html

 

Get this and join the FUN. 

camaroz1985
camaroz1985 HalfDork
3/20/20 1:54 p.m.

Someone needs a quarantine project...

Apexcarver
Apexcarver UltimaDork
6/5/21 7:57 p.m.

 

First FTD!  

 

Some more work to do getting used to it, but it's starting to come together.

 

edited, because new GoPro had me putting up my second fastest run initially

adam525i
adam525i Dork
6/5/21 10:07 p.m.

Nice driving, that looks like fun!

And the sound and (imagined) smells, takes me back to riding snowmobiles as a kid.

Apexcarver
Apexcarver UltimaDork
6/7/21 8:07 p.m.

Sunday video.   I gave up some in the first big right hander as if I got off line it could have meant damage

Robbie (Forum Supporter)
Robbie (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
6/7/21 9:01 p.m.

Great work!!!

Apexcarver
Apexcarver UltimaDork
6/9/21 8:30 a.m.

So a few comparison side by side video links...

 

Gimp's CP Camaro vs the F500, sync'd at start time - https://viewsync.net/watch?v=TN8c7PEYO-k&t=9.31&v=2AWLh4da1Sw&t=9.39&mode=solo

 

CP vs Fmod fairly close to finish sync - https://viewsync.net/watch?v=2AWLh4da1Sw&t=4&v=TN8c7PEYO-k&t=0&mode=solo

 

Fmod vs Kart Mod. https://viewsync.net/watch?v=TN8c7PEYO-k&t=9.08&v=hZNbeJ7e9cI&t=3.4&mode=solo

(a few notes, I gave up big on that first big right hander, if I went off line I could have damaged the car and I was nervous. the Kart driver has trophied in KM at nationals)

Gimp (Forum Supporter)
Gimp (Forum Supporter) UltraDork
6/9/21 8:59 a.m.

Mine sounds cooler... cheeky

Apexcarver
Apexcarver UltimaDork
6/9/21 10:46 a.m.
Gimp (Forum Supporter) said:

Mine sounds cooler... cheeky

WHAT?!?

 

 

 

Apexcarver
Apexcarver UltimaDork
6/10/21 5:05 a.m.

 

 

Apexcarver
Apexcarver UltimaDork
6/15/21 10:29 p.m.

So a bit over a week later and I am finally going to do some writeup for the first race weekend after covid. 

Gimpy's birthday, as great of an excuse as any for a gang of us who used to meet up autocrossing at an airport in western Maryland to meet at a different airport and relive the golden days of times past. 

I had just finished a slew of upgrades before the pandemic hit, biggest of which was having spacers machined which allowed the new rubber with wider front wheels and tires to be fit. Prior to this I had been on 7 year old tires which to say the least were sub-optimal. I had also worked on a fiberglass seat insert to help with being battered around in the car. The biggest hurdle was that the car had sat without being started for a year and a half thanks tongue pandemic. Well, aside from trailer maintenance matters like how old are my trailer tires anyways? (Turns out date codes were from 2006 and they were cracking, so new trailer tires including spare needed). 

A few weeks before the event I managed enough time to try to test run the car at home and it wouldn't stay running without the choke and poorly at that. So I had a blizzard of disassembling the carbs and cleaning them before I could manage another try. When I did get to, the carbs showed gas climbing out the overflows before settling down. Flooding at first then starting and warming up normally. So it appears my float valves aren't the happiest ever. I got to do a brief sedate drive around my neighborhood (I have understanding neighbors) and it was under a week out from the event, so I was just going to send it. (Note to self, get carb gasket and float kits).

 

For a first big outing towing four and a half hours from home I over packed in the spares department. Hey, I might have needed the extra pistons and upper gasket sets, right? (Actually less work than you might think on a two stroke).

 

Tow went great, gathering an impressive amount of cicada splat. Rolled into the hotel and met up with a great group of friends for dinner and drinks. Saturday dawned and I hit a Walmart for a shore power battery, which runs the fans and water pump between runs with engine off on the car. Fun snowmobile powered car thing, 150* is overheating and starting to risk engine damage. You want temps to be at about 120-130*. So, you go some extra miles to cool them. 

Unload the car and do the normal warmup dance. Put the rear up on a stand (you can't start these on the ground with no driver in them, it's in the rulebook and for good reason, they can take off) and make noise warming it up and getting it off choke. If you get water temps to 100+ you usually won't need choke again for the rest of the day. Roll over to tech inspection and have a rather fun time. Tech guy figures if it has a logbook he pretty much has to assume I know what I'm doing, so no, I don't have to take off the body panels so he can check that my battery is secure... 

On my way to grid for morning session (Saturday would see 4 am runs, 3 pm runs) my usual pit trailer concept of bungi cords and the furniture dolly fails miserably and yard sales my stuff. I wind up paring down for the rest of the weekend and only needing to have friends tote my shore battery in their trunk for me. 

Morning runs...  I knew that the old tires had been toast and holding me back, but DAYM. New tire setup woke the car up. It's FAST and it's sooo good. Beyond knocking a year and a halfs rust off my driving, I have my work cut out for me adjusting. Balance is great. Some low speed understeer, some high speed oversteer. It's what you expect from a solid rear axle. I only get it really sideways once and I can snap it back straight, no problem. I work through the day on adapting and actually taking good lines and overall having the testicular fortitude to stay in the gas. I wind up ftd taking down a novice shifter kart. I celebrate a bit because it's a first for me.  Negatives of the day- rear brakes still don't seem to be doing much, the seating position gives me some neck/shoulder pain, pit cart idea needs work. Ftd and about 28th in pax out of about 70 cars.

 

Back to hotel, shower, dinner, beer, sleep.

Sunday dawns. Get to site, unload, warm it up. Off blocks and go to start to get to grid. Floods. I didn't warm it enough. Onboard battery starts running low. Thankfully snowmobile engines have an alternative. Gimpy saves the day and gets a morning workout on the pull starter. (Thanks again Gimpy). Walks reveal a much faster course. I keep improving with each run. I know I left some out there again, but this time I felt like I did respectfully. Another shifter kart showed up and had trophied at nats, so 2nd raw and I improved to 11th in pax. 

 

It was a great weekend. My first time really getting out and even eating in a restaurant since covid began. It was great seeing friends. This last year+ has been nuts. It was a wonderful salve for me.

 

For the car. Big success. Massive improvement, though there's always more work to do. The shore power cooling worked great, I never started for a run with temps over 120. I could even get it sub 110 between runs.

Improvements

Item 1- seating position. My neck and shoulders hurt for a few days afterwards and looking at pics, I'm too high up in the car. The back of my head is kind of jammed into the headrest. More to say in another post later.

Item 2- brakes. Are the rears doing anything? I had switched the master for the rear awhile back from 1 inch to 3/4 to increase pressure. Still not doing much. Bias bar full rear and I am locking fronts everywhere. 

 

Item 3- pit cart. Should be easy enough.

 

Item 4- jump port. I have a bigger battery with the car. Add a jump port to use it for morning starts or if the onboard runs down. Won't always have gimpy on the pull starter to bail me out. It would also be worth looking at a way to fuel the car without pulling a half dozen dzeus fastners and a body panel.

 

Item 5- carb rebuilds. Just get new valves and gaskets as prevention.

Item 6- I've been smelling gas when the car has been closed in the trailer...  

 

 

Apexcarver
Apexcarver UltimaDork
6/18/21 5:39 p.m.

So item 6...

 

That might be the gas smell...

 

Tom1200
Tom1200 UltraDork
11/5/21 7:40 p.m.

I know you posted the pic months ago but just wanted to chime in and say I also had to replace my cell as it was starting weep. On mine I notice oil on the floor (I use premix)

Apexcarver
Apexcarver UltimaDork
11/5/21 8:16 p.m.

In reply to Tom1200 :

I don't premix, but man, what a royal pain on the KBS. I actually wound up using a mightyvac on the cells to get them in and out. The cell itself is probably the most expensive part of the car for mine. It's custom to the KBS and more than a set of new tires. I wouldn't need it if I was going autox only, but I want to try some track stuff in the next few years.

Planning to do a poured seat this winter, been going through the car a little, but most of my time has been kids, house, work, and the bugeye lately. Hopefully going to get out a few times next year.

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