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Old 08-27-2006, 09:32 PM
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Install window net

After that it was on to installing the window net - again a mandatory item for race group. I had purchased the kit from Autopower when I picked up the cage. Install went fairly smooth. I primed and painted the rods, and I installed into cage by drilling holes (as opposed to attach little mounting brackets). I think this is cleaner, and it works well.
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Old 08-27-2006, 09:40 PM
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What's left before next weekend?

Roxanne is getting there

The main items left are:
1. Finish sunroof bondo, sanding, prime & paint
2. Lower front 1/2 - 3/4"
3. Alignment
4. Install seat (modify cage door beam as necessary)
5. Bleed brakes
6. Torque pinch bolt
7. Tech

Finally, a few pics of Roxanne back in the garage.

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Old 08-27-2006, 09:53 PM
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When Ralph Lauren makes your "welding shirt".
Colin is a man of style - just look at his GTV6 Though, with Roxanne it is currently "function over form", though we are secretly planning for some cosmetic upgrades, but still budget-style.

Graham, stop by and I will save a few Heinies for you BTW, did you get some track time? All ready for next weekend?

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Old 08-27-2006, 10:38 PM
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are you planning on fabricating an exhaust for it, something easy that maybe uses clamps for adjustment or welded.

i say you should go with a skull on the hood, whats more intimidating than a pirate skull in your rear view mirror? certainly not a fairy.

yeh and get rid of those heavy rear windows, aka polycarbon or whatever
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Old 08-28-2006, 12:31 AM
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BTW, did you get some track time? All ready for next weekend?

Jes
Yeah, I spent a weekend at the "streets" with the miata club. it was FUN but way too much track time. Sounds like a funny complaint but with only 2 run groups there was not enough time between sessions to drink enough water to keep up with the 107 heat). I wore my practice tires down to the cords though, that's how much fun it was! I'd swapped in the spare gearbox so I got to deal with a whole new set of leaks, and some carb problems. I've changed all the gearbox seals and gaskets now, rebuilt both carburetors and decided that while open trumpets are cool, air filters are smart (after spending an afternoon cleaning grass and sand from the carburetors). I've just got to tech, then I think I'm ready.

So......are you going to weld the rear doors shut? I don't think you're going to be cramming the mother-in-law back there any time soon, it'd help stiffen the rear up a little, and you could loose the weight of the door locks and handles. Plus, then you'd have a 2-door milano. I hear they're rare!
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How is the driveshaft after the balancing job?
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No seat = no driving yet. Pinch bolt not yet torqued, so not quite ready for final evaluation.

Though, I can tell that it does not have huge vibrations, but I'm not convinced that it is perfect either.

Lets see when I get the seat in, torque the pinch bolt, and drive it around.

Also, I know from the 3.7 that gutting the car makes any little noise/vibration much more noticeable...

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Old 08-29-2006, 07:58 PM
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Spending too much time on finishing the sunroof. Many layers of bondo and sanding...

I'm lucky to have the company of my (almost) 4 year old. When he plays family with the neighbor's daughter, he plays coming home from work and goes to the garage to work on the car Not sure I'm a good influence... I'm sure my wife doesn't appreciate the influence...

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Old 08-29-2006, 08:09 PM
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and after primer outside and inside... Should I spray it silver (with some cheap cans) or wait for real paint?

I will test fit the seat tonight - very curious to see if it fits - I have my doubts. If not the door beam of the cage needs to be modified.

Wednesday or Thursday the plan is to lower the front and do alignment.

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Old 08-30-2006, 01:26 AM
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Seat install

Ok, my wife helped me with the seat fitting and modification of mounting. We had to change the mounting of the side brackets slightly in order to clear the door beam of the cage. With some efforts it worked out although the seat touches the door beam. I may have preferred one lower at the front, but there just isn't room. The currunt position works. Some pics of the new office

1. Side view
2. Clearance at door beam
3. Net clears the seat with a couple of mm - pure luck
4. From paasenger side
5. Another frm passenger side

Roxanne is getting closer...

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...hey Jes! - you running NASCAR now....?

See ya in a few hours - play hookie today - maybe around 12 or 1PM...

Let's get a clan together...
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Old 08-30-2006, 08:59 AM
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Window net or arm restraint is required in race group. Though, I'm a little concerned about quick exit in an emergency. Given my fire experience in the 3.7 I would NOT want to deal with the window net. I think it would be a serious obstacle for a quick emergence exit like I had in the 3.7. I seriously think I would have not managed to get out without injuries. Can you imagine having to unbuckle the 5-point harness, get the window net released, and head first out the side window? You got to keep your head real cool for that to work out...

I hope/think that Colin will come up to help finish Roxanne tonight. BTW, he and I went to check out a verde last night - the jury is out...

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Yes, your concern is valid, I recommend practicing an emergency exit a time or two each time before you go out on the track.
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Old 08-30-2006, 06:05 PM
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Window net or arm restraint is required in race group. Though, I'm a little concerned about quick exit in an emergency.
The window net is not required if you have arm restraints. While they come with their own set of problems, they do attach to your harness and would release at the same time. In an ideal situation they wouldn't slow you exit down at all. Of course it's an extra bit of string to get caught on something. In either case, considering you'd be on fire, I imagine you'd be keenly motivated to work something out.

Just make sure your suit is rated for more time than it takes you to get out of the car and you should be fine (except for the parts that are not in the suit of course). Better yet....don't catch fire.
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Old 08-31-2006, 01:31 AM
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So, last finishing touches on Roxanne.

I decided to leave suspension ride height as is for now. It could probably benefit from another 1/2-1" front and rear, but it is not totally off.

Anyway, this evening I mounted rear view mirror, harness, fire exstinguisher. Colin and I bled brakes, clutch, replaced old, old, old fuel filter.

We got it on the ground and I drove it around the block in order to have the drive train settle into a natural position prior to torqueing the pinch bolt. I came in and JJ (in town on visit) helped getting the front on ramps so that I could torque the pinch bolt with the suspension naturally loaded. After that another test drive: the driveshaft is beautiful - WENCO did a very good job!

So, what's left before Saturday? Tech tomorrow, Thursday, and then Colin and I will align it on Friday. That's it.

After this weekend and before the Oct WSR event I have a whole new set of stuff in mind...

Sorry, no pics today - I will take and post some tomorrow.

Jes
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