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carbonboy last won the day on February 1 2015

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About carbonboy

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    Stickin up for the FWD!
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  1. Brave.....stupid, it's a fine line haha! Driving home from work on Saturday, I detected the smell of petrol in the cabin. On inspection, fuel was weeping from the gasket where the fuel pump assembly goes into the tank. So, drain & drop fuel tank, add some sealant & slap it all back together. Just in time to be a driver at the motorkhana demonstration in Toyota Altonas carpark for their Ekiden (Family) Day. This involved taking employees & their family members for 'hot laps', I must say it's terribly distracting having someone beside you screaming the whole test. But everyone who came for a ride with any of the drivers left with a massive smile on their face. I was just happy to be let loose in Blue Thing in Toyotas carpark, RWD cars aren't the only ones that can make a lot of tyre smoke. :D We also put on a static display, which I sadly didn't have the time to take photos of, aside from this whole lot of sexy. There's a Group 5 motorkhana on this Sunday, but not keen to push my luck by going for three consecutive events. I have a Failcan gearbox swap to finish.
  2. Not quite...I'd pushed the other one (maroon colour) into the shed so each car could have two/three people working on them at once. They chose to ignore that option & drink JD cans. So I made them push it out & the white one in. Have nearly finished removing what we need/want from it, then the maroon one goes in. I'm doing it all in my (what little there is) off-time, mainly because I want the broken down Fords the fcuk out of my driveway.
  3. I believe it was a guy in the car club doing it, but haven't gotten a confession. Got a laugh from me too, once I realised the first one wasn't legit. Regularity racing is awesome, it allows teams of Porsches to race against teams of Corollas on a somewhat level playing field. There is a cutoff as to how fast/slow a laptime you can do, 1:40.00 & 2:10.00 respectively. I had a 996 GT3 go past me at full noise on the outside of the sweeper (nearly shat my pants), so he would've been running low 1:40's. Funnily enough, the Porsche Club were "excluded from the results", that is all that was said. I checked out its times on Natsoft, it was running 1:50.00-ish laptimes & having been on track at the same time as it, very tidy through the corners. :) ***DING DING*** You Sir, are correct. I saw it out of the corner of my eye at first & thought four door Skyline. It's odd.....but, it kinda works.
  4. In the days leading up to Winton, I had a mysterious prankster appear, leaving 'parking tickets' on my windshield to discover after work. The next day. On the Friday night, I was loading up the trailer when I had a thought, if something happened to my car, I could beg/borrow/steal a trailer ride home. But what would I do with the trailer? So it was unload trailer, strip interior & load up. By the time I got to the caravan park in Benalla, it was 1:30am. Upon awakening at 5:30am, it wasn't looking promising weather-wise. Thankfully it cleared up & four attempts later, I made it through scrutineering & became an actual race car. Little things like the fire extinguisher bracket not having a metal latch & they got grumpy about my towbar, despite there being no mention of them in the supp-regs. Completed the practice/qualifying session on the Saturday morning successfully & nominated a 1:55 as my laptime. The idea of the regularity race is to get as close to your nominated time as possible without going faster than it. Depending on how close you get, earns you bonus laps, going faster deducts laps. The team with the most laps at the end wins. Our team was called Team Celica, which was slightly ironic as by the end of the 4 hours on the Saturday, one Celica had sheared flywheel bolts, another dropped a valve or three & the third had popped an engine. Leaving myself & an SW20 MR2. Knowing that winning wasn't on the agenda, we just set out on the Sunday to rack up some laps, have fun & try not to come dead last. After two stints however, my clutch began to slip & still having to drive home, I pulled the pin at that point, leaving the MR2 to run until he ran out of brakes. Despite our team only completing ~7 out of the 10hrs, we finished 38th of 39 teams. Mission Accomplished. The event did have a bit of an incident (see link for footage), all drivers checked out okay but the race was red flagged while the safety crews did their thing. https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10153497478426943&id=643766942&fs=4 It was during this time that the driver of a red MX5 approached me & gave his opinion that I was a bit "vigorous" with my lines/turn in points for the corners. I told him that if I wanted his opinion, I'd ask for it, a RWD on semis & a FWD on street tyres are going to have two different lines through a corner. There was some more whinging from him, but after reminding him that if this was really a problem, it'd be a race official talking to me, not him, he buggered off. Good to know BT is faster in a straight line than an MX5 though, the supercharged ones, not so much. :) There were some awesome cars out there, but strangely, this was one of my favourites. Much faster than you would imagine. A fellow club member took my wheels/tyres for me to ease the load on my clutch & despite a few sketchy moments, made it home safely. The next day was spent swapping over to a second hand Exedy HD clutch I had on the shelf. Hindsight tells me that this should have gone in when I swapped engines, but the standard clutch I had had a lot less kms on it. On the bright side, the engine is still going hard, didn't miss a beat. Re: earlier conversation about the CAI, it seems Reed has a very valid point. Something for me to rectify. Annnd one final parking ticket. Considering I'd never driven the circuit, have drum brakes on the rear & was running street tyres, a best lap of 1:54.5503 ain't too bad I think.
  5. Would have been the best use of everyones time that's for sure. I did also mention (many, many times) prior to parts car acquisition that for the money spent on all this & other repairs, he could buy a Corolla, roadworthy & register it. When someone has the criteria for a car of "cheap to run" & "reliable" & ignores a standard Corolla as an option...I give up.
  6. This isn't so much a WMMH post as a What Makes Me Laugh post. My housemate has an E-series (EF I think) Falcon with a good engine but the auto box is shagged. He recently acquired another complete car, engine's dead but the gearbox was rebuilt less than a year ago. A simple matter of swapping the two over. I neglected to volunteer to help as a) helping tends to very quickly turn into doing all the work, b) his mates have done this before (apparently), c) I have my own $h1t to do & d) I'm an engine-over-drive kinda guy. Despite me having spent the week cleaning up the shed so they have a sheltered place with a concrete floor to work on, they jacked the car up in our dirt driveway with storm clouds looming on the horizon. He & his four mates started on the parts car gearbox removal at about 2pm on Saturday, I got home from my parents at about 7:30pm, the tailshaft was out but the gearbox was still in the car & the buggered one hadn't been touched.....five grown men.....five hours..... I made the observation that this was a bit of a poor effort & was told that things are "in control", a forklift is coming tomorrow..... I made the point that if a forklift is involved in removing a gearbox, things are not in control..... The next morning, I was working on BT while they slept off the effects of the three bottles of booze consumed the previous evening when at about 9:30am, bugger me if a forklift didn't show up on the back of a tilt tray. Not that this really mattered, by the end of Sunday, both gearboxes were STILL in their respective ORIGINAL positions. I make no claims to be a mechanic, but JFC, some people should be called spanners, not let near them. I'm getting the feeling that I may just end up doing the job for him, so that he can see how helpful his 'mates' really are & so I can have shed space back.
  7. The 400R is a limited edition Nismo-tuned version packing (wait for it...) 400hp & some rather nice (IMHO) bodywork. Another car I have only heard of due to Gran Turismo.
  8. I run a MAP sensor, so no worries about the AFM getting damaged. ;) This does end up tucked above the wheel-arch plastic & engine bay plastics, behind the lower part of the front bumper. Chances of water getting up there are minimal, turning it 180° would point it directly towards the front tyre. But...I am thinking a deflection shield of some kind for the air filter where the pipe enters the airbox. That way, anything that does get sucked up (dirt, bugs, water etc) isn't sent straight onto the filter. A u-bend would be.....difficult to fit in.
  9. Been a while between posts again, my bad. Not a lot has been happening, I washed the dirt off... I used BT as a tow-car to prep the TCCAV grounds for a Group 5 motorkhana. Have laughed at the size of modern day 'small' cars. Two Nissan Micras & a Toyota Yaris. Dummy-fitted BMW M4 19" wheels for giggles. Borrowed a trailer to haul several sets of wheels/fuel cans etc to Winton this coming weekend for the 10hr event. Needs a paint job IMHO. Have also done a heap of preventative maintenance in advance of said 10hr event, like replace the clutch slave cylinder, oil/filter, spark plugs etc. Cold air intake for the airbox is in also, as well as the tow strap etc. Should *hopefully* be a good event, not racing for sheep stations & emu farms, just out to not screw up & to have fun.
  10. Made a short video to show the LED 'flash' modes. Had some more duels with the Magpies, so put together a compilation of the highlights. And just for shiz 'n giggles, made a Top Gun-version.
  11. Email MSD, include wiring diagrams for your engine & they should be able to tell you.
  12. I didn't know pizza places made motors... Put it on some scales, full flight weight comes in at 642 grams, 199 of which is the 2200mah battery. The 1500's are 129 grams, not much but noticable when flying, about 7-8 minutes flight time from them & 10-11 minutes from the 2200's.
  13. Spent some time installing some Need For Speed Underground type upgrades. Not exactly performance based, but they do make it easier to see & doesn't drain too much power in the process.
  14. I'm quite glad that you didn't do this, it would have been slightly premature, although I can relate to this feeling. Enjoy the fruits of your labour, they certainly sound good.
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