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post Nov 16, 2017 - 11:35 AM
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No problem.

Another thing that I did not do that is a must: MIRRORS. For next race, I'm going with a convex center mirror (seems like people recommend that over "wink" mirrors), convex side mirror mounted inside the cabin (if you get side swiped and your outside mirrors are gone, you're screwed without these).
I'm also planning to take off the rear hatch completely (during race, bolt it back for transport) to improve rearward visibility, as the cage tubing does get in the way enough for you to wish for more visibility.

Seat was also a pain in the rear, so make sure to get that project going sooner than later. 6gc's are small cars, and you have to fit a driver with a helmet on his head (+2" easily), and have enough clearance around the cage that is covered in impact absorbent material (at least 1" thick per regs). I had to bang the transmission tunnel quite a bit, but there is a stupid strong support beam going under the seat area so I was not able to make as much room there as I would have liked. We did pass tech, but our tallest driver still had issues where he was not able to turn his head to the left without hitting the cage padding.

If you guys have some track day experience, your biggest obstacle will be learning the art of "traffic management". LeMons events, at least in my area, always sell out and the field is packed tight. I mean, imagine 100+ race cars on a 2 mile course, all with various performance levels. Cars stacked 3 deep going into the corner, constant passing everywhere. This being endurance racing, fastest lap is irrelevant; how many laps you clock at the end of the day is what it's all about.

The level of competition is higher than you might imagine, both on track (though you do see plenty of slow rookies) and in terms of car preparation. Sure, everybody talks about the idiots that blew their engine and did a heroic swap on track with a junkyard motor. Yes, that does happen, but only to a handful of teams here and there. Most of the field come prepared and run start to finish. The $500 car idea is total bs that is impossible to adhere to. The organizers know that, which is why you have the bs inspection, but the idea is an irresistible marketing draw. The reality is closer to the ChumpCar rules, where any OEM part replacement modifications are allowed, and only the performance modifications count against you. Such as, head gasket and engine bearings don't count (and nobody asks anyway, as good portion of the field runs with rebuilt motors), but coilovers, non-original turbochargers and/or souped up motors sure do.

Endurance racing is a truly humbling experience where you get out what you put in, and your effort and skill bears a number that is your finishing position. There's no such thing as getting lucky.
post Nov 26, 2017 - 6:05 AM
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Quick question, what oil are you going to run race day?

Also what odd you running? Struggling to find any for the st204
post Nov 27, 2017 - 3:17 PM
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I ran stock 10W-30. Once I install the oil temp/pressure gauge I might change that based on what I'm getting, but stock oil for now.

QUOTE (Tobz @ Nov 26, 2017 - 7:05 AM) *
Also what odd you running? Struggling to find any for the st204

Not sure what you mean here. What's "odd" in Australia?
post Apr 15, 2019 - 5:32 PM
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LeMons Celica lives on!

Dusted her off a bit and went to a NASA HPDE at Summit Point raceway. Did great all weekend, all temps in check, handling much improved.

And by dusted her off I mean:
- "New" 136k mile engine from a junkyard
- New KYB shocks all around (inserts in front)
- Suspension Techniques springs to replace the Tein Springs (STs are stiffer)
- Suspension Techniques front + rear anti-sway bars
- New Halo seat
- Welded up the cage some more (to comply with some dumb rules)
- New CV output shaft seal
- New radiator drain cock o-ring
- Engine oil pan re-sealed
- A bunch of wiring fixes
- Replaced alternator (died, perhaps when the old engine overheated severely) and alternator connector (plastic disintegrated)

For anyone who's deleted the AC, keep in mind that you need to short the AC pressure switch or your fans will be running on max at all times with key on.



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post Apr 15, 2019 - 8:11 PM
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Looks like some fun.
post Apr 23, 2019 - 9:58 PM
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thats my neck of the woods! If you go out next time lmk! I was prepping my car for the season that weekend but had a few friends running that event


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post May 10, 2019 - 11:28 PM
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Threw a video of one lap up on YouTube. Not the fastest of my laps, but I'm ok with the time given that this was a fairly new build and I haven't been on track in almost 2 years. 300 threadwear cheap-ish summer tires (Riken).

https://youtu.be/jDqfFiiywKU

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post May 11, 2019 - 2:53 PM
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That's a really cool video man, what software/hardware are you using?


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post May 13, 2019 - 8:45 AM
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QUOTE (Bitter @ May 11, 2019 - 2:53 PM) *
That's a really cool video man, what software/hardware are you using?

That was Harry's Lap Timer app in stock form and a RAM mount for the phone (with roll bar bracket, so it's bolted in).
I do have an XGPS150 5Hz GPS (much more precise vs 1Hz available in the phone) and OBD adapter (that would allow car data to display on screen), as well as a GoPro for another angle that I believe can be controlled by the Harry's app, but neither of these were set up for this run as I just barely got the car running. Should have a nicer video next time.
post Oct 14, 2019 - 2:33 PM
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UPDATE!
The Celica has endured through it's second LeMons race back in August, again at Thompson, CT event.

The morning of race day, the speedometer stopped working. Who cares, tach and temp gauge is all you really need in a race car. Start the race.

2hr in after the first refueling (engine required to be shut off for refueling), the car would not start. Jumped it, it died 100yd later. Battery is dead, no juice from alternator. Given that the last race we had killed an alternator (I properly tested that fact at home and replaced the alternator with another one I had in the pile), we immediately assumed the alt had quit again, though we did not have the time to properly test it. Boy was I pissed when a new, $240 alternator from local AZ did not charge either. FML. Threw in a new battery and sent it back out to finish the day. We decided to charge batteries from the tow rig and swap them every few hours.

How did the "new" motor do? Predictably, it blew the head gasket. But see, as a sign of growing strength in our relationship, I brought with me a Graphite gasket and a new set of head bolts this time, along with all the toolage required to perform the surgery. Even though we had 4 souls (though in sum only about 2-1/4 worth of competent mechanic), the HG took us about 8 hours to do.
Fired right up. On the second try, that is, after we realized the engine harness wanted to be re-connected to the ECU.

Next day, new HG is in and we're feeling good. Battery fully charged, start the race. The whole gauge cluster is dead this time - no tach, no temp gauge, nothing. I did 3 laps just to test the motor, but with new HG and no temp gauge I did not want to run the car. Commence electrical troubleshooting. Turns out, the exciter wire for the alt is powered off the same IGN-ON circuit as the speedo, and that circuit is not getting power. F that - hard wired constant 12v into the circuit and sent it back out on the track to finish the last 4 hours trouble free.

Here's a novel idea: a bunch of geniuses replacing the head gasket at the race track padlock instead of racing:

Through the power of miracle alone, back on track Sunday. Yes, that is an E28 about to blow by us as if we were dragging a boat anchor (a recurring theme for us with the genuinely bone stock 5S-FE in my car):

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