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Because building a GT4 is clearly not enough work... I have a race car - not hard core performance rally like Steve... but we have been known to pull down a trophy.... Here is a very high level of the car's progression since 2009. I took this year (2013) off as I was completely burnt out and broke... 2014... I cannot wait!

















Whelp.... if there is some interest, I can keep posting some photos and progress as we work toward April 2014 @ Gingeman Raceway...
JoshuaM

RACE CARRRR!!! XD XD XD

QUOTE (qatar11 @ Oct 22, 2013 - 9:55 AM) *
Whelp.... if there is some interest, I can keep posting some photos and progress as we work toward April 2014 @ Gingeman Raceway...



Please do! biggrin.gif
Keiri
Sweet, sweet progress!

Love the look of Celicas running in motorsports.
Tigawoods
hire me! I wanna race with ya!

Looks fun! Awesome cage to haha
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QUOTE (Tigawoods @ Oct 22, 2013 - 10:55 AM) *
hire me! I wanna race with ya!

Looks fun! Awesome cage to haha


The cage is pretty solid... Lemons/Chump safety rules have matured to the point that the care are a log book away from NASA/SCCA eligibility.

czwalga
2014.... i'm pretty sure you're running an awd celica rally car in 2014 right??????


Haha, nice work.
Box

Sooo out of place and awkward... tongue.gif
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QUOTE (czwalga @ Oct 22, 2013 - 3:55 PM) *
2014.... i'm pretty sure you're running an awd celica rally car in 2014 right??????

I'm going to need a bigger race budget...
cardshark525
My car will get there over the course of the next year. Glad to see others are into it as well. Having a fast car on the streets is fun but I have no intention of getting into trouble that way and it's so much different than driving in Europe (I'm originally from Croatia). There's so much more traffic here and the highways are flat out not made for it especially after trucks put nice groves into the roads lol.


I do have two questions for you though, what size rims/tires are you running, and do you have as much trouble with understeer as I would expect or have you found a way to counteract it/negate it?
SwissFerdi
QUOTE (czwalga @ Oct 22, 2013 - 3:55 PM) *
2014.... i'm pretty sure you're running an awd celica rally car in 2014 right??????


That does seem a natural progression, your car would be well cared for I think.
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QUOTE (cardshark525 @ Oct 22, 2013 - 5:37 PM) *
My car will get there over the course of the next year. Glad to see others are into it as well. Having a fast car on the streets is fun but I have no intention of getting into trouble that way and it's so much different than driving in Europe (I'm originally from Croatia). There's so much more traffic here and the highways are flat out not made for it especially after trucks put nice groves into the roads lol.


I do have two questions for you though, what size rims/tires are you running, and do you have as much trouble with understeer as I would expect or have you found a way to counteract it/negate it?



We have never really experienced understeer on the race track... Mind you that is a prepared surface... We run 15" OE GT wheels, Falken Azenis Rubber. KYB GR2 Shocks. Vogtland Springs. Normal Sway Bar. EBC Yellow Brakes. We run OE toe, -2.5 Negative front and -1.5 Negative rear camber.

Towards the end of the tire life we will start to get understeer... which is about 8-10 hours of track time.
cardshark525
Nice to see most of the track parts I was looking at are what you are running. Will probably look at Nitto NT01's for tires since I was really impressed by their performance and life. Did you swap the front rotors to accommodate the EBC Yellow's? I ran EBC green and then Hawk HP's on my old Celica (not track car) and was impressed by both for street use (will be using yellow for track as well).

QUOTE (qatar11 @ Oct 22, 2013 - 10:20 PM) *
QUOTE (cardshark525 @ Oct 22, 2013 - 5:37 PM) *
My car will get there over the course of the next year. Glad to see others are into it as well. Having a fast car on the streets is fun but I have no intention of getting into trouble that way and it's so much different than driving in Europe (I'm originally from Croatia). There's so much more traffic here and the highways are flat out not made for it especially after trucks put nice groves into the roads lol.


I do have two questions for you though, what size rims/tires are you running, and do you have as much trouble with understeer as I would expect or have you found a way to counteract it/negate it?



We have never really experienced understeer on the race track... Mind you that is a prepared surface... We run 15" OE GT wheels, Falken Azenis Rubber. KYB GR2 Shocks. Vogtland Springs. Normal Sway Bar. EBC Yellow Brakes. We run OE toe, -2.5 Negative front and -1.5 Negative rear camber.

Towards the end of the tire life we will start to get understeer... which is about 8-10 hours of track time.
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QUOTE (cardshark525 @ Oct 22, 2013 - 11:18 PM) *
Nice to see most of the track parts I was looking at are what you are running. Will probably look at Nitto NT01's for tires since I was really impressed by their performance and life. Did you swap the front rotors to accommodate the EBC Yellow's? I ran EBC green and then Hawk HP's on my old Celica (not track car) and was impressed by both for street use (will be using yellow for track as well).

We cannot run the Nitto tire (it looks like a nice tire) as the tread wear rating (100) is below the 24 hour of Lemons minimum (180). The front brakes are ST185 Calipers and Rotors which cross listed with Camry parts.... which means spares are exceedingly cheap ($45 for rebuilt caliper, $30 for a rotor). It is not exactly a direct fit... I have a machine shop open up the hole in the center of the rotor and you need to offset the caliper with washers... but it has worked well so far. The EBC yellows are an amazing pad- I would like to actually try the Hawk pad but we never have the car in a position where we can test and compare results so we have been sticking with EBC Yellow for now.



First Race Car Build Night is in the books... All the Spare Parts have been inventoried and we took the tarp off to check on the condition of the engine bay. Next week the engine will come out as it has a spun rod bearing and we'll try to get some work done before the weather really goes to pot.... we really need to do something about that air intake...

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Still trying to work out the kinks with the GoPro time lapse... will try again next week.


H8TRAIN
The work. The photography. The firechickens. I am entertained.
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"Not that we needed all that for the trip, but once you get locked into a serious drug collection, the tendency is to push it as far as you can"
-HST
Tore down 2 engines today... they will be joining a 3rd at the machine shop for hot tanking and hone/polishing/etc...

just some random photos of the shinanigans...








czwalga
I NEED LAT LINK DIMENSIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! haha.
SwissFerdi
That is a serious parts resource you've there. Half the Celica's engines...
qatar11
Boring Update:

I got 1 set of Cams / Crank back from the Machine shop... Dropped off 3 blocks 2 more cranks and 2 more sets of cams... going to go through all the pistons/rods lying around and figure out how to get those cleaned as well... once everything is back home... it will be time to do some serious measuring... and maybe balancing?? hrm...

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Hopefully there is 2 good heads out of this mess, from Left to Right

2011 Nelson Ledges - Overheated
2012 Autobahn Country Club - Spun Connecting Rod
2012 Daily Driver - Dirty Dirty Dirty


Random Pistons
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Race Car build nights have started back up in full force! Rods and Pistons have been disassembled and taken to the machine shop.

In return we picked up some blocks and cranks
njccmd2002
this is going to sound stupid so bear with me, i know there is a reason, but im not seeing it..

why are the pistons and rods going to the machine shop after the fact, shouldnt they go at the same time as the blocks and cranks..

Are they just going to be cleaned, or do they balance them and smooth? lol, just learning...
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QUOTE (njccmd2002 @ Jan 21, 2014 - 9:40 PM) *
this is going to sound stupid so bear with me, i know there is a reason, but im not seeing it..

why are the pistons and rods going to the machine shop after the fact, shouldnt they go at the same time as the blocks and cranks..

Are they just going to be cleaned, or do they balance them and smooth? lol, just learning...


Its not a stupid question. The pistons and rods are going to get dunked / cleaned... the rods will then get a hone.... they could have gone to the machine shop all at once... I just so happen to be doing things in groups to space out the expense. Building an engine isn't exactly economical.... building three is... well... I'm starting to like the taste of chicken ramen.
njccmd2002
hey, chicken ramen is good... lots of carbs..

ok got cha.. thanks.
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Hi everyone... shameless plug time, we joined Web 2.0 and started a Facebook page

Team Reynolds Style

I'll still be posting updates here, but I wanted to get a bigger foot print going if we are going to take things to "the next level"

Anyway... things are moving along - plastigauging all the mains - rods to follow





Also pictured, GT4 front axles...

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So... March was crazy... home now from South Korea (work). All the coated parts are back!









That's a SwainTech PPM coating on the bearings and a PC-9 on the piston skirts.

PC-9™ is Swain Tech Coatings’ latest generation of piston skirt coating. PC-9™ has the same low friction properties of Poly Moly™, but PC-9™ is even tougher.

Swain Tech Coatings’ PPM™ solid film lubricant is a thin, tough coating applied to bearing shells to reduce friction and improve the wear life of both the bearing shells and journals under normal operating conditions. However, it is when operating conditions are less than ideal that PPM™ really goes to work. If there is a cold start, oil starvation or any other situation where the primary lubrication is less than ideal, PPM™ will provide a solid film of lubrication to prevent a catastrophic failure.


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This kind of ruined our night...






Getting the Cylinder Heads all inked up for some port matching



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The reconditioned injectors arrived! They look absolutely brand new!









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enderswift
blown inner cv joint and a disintegrated motor mount. Must have been a pretty sick launch
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QUOTE (enderswift @ Apr 20, 2015 - 10:43 PM) *
blown inner cv joint and a disintegrated motor mount. Must have been a pretty sick launch



Sadly not...

We think the motor mount was compromised as part of taking the engine out last time. Coupled with being old and battered during racing... poof!



And the halfshaft seperated because the bolts we used for adjusting the camber loosened and allowed the knuckle to deflect enough to allow the joint to seperate.
PrimeLuxeZ
I love what you have been doing and all, building engines for your Celicas, I wish I had the expenses to build an engine for mine.
Keep up to good work, I love all these photos.
qatar11
QUOTE (PrimeLuxeZ @ Apr 21, 2015 - 9:07 AM) *
I love what you have been doing and all, building engines for your Celicas, I wish I had the expenses to build an engine for mine.
Keep up to good work, I love all these photos.


Well... a lot of the race car expense is split between 4 guys... so it makes it a little easier... and Thanks smile.gif
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Hah... we are in full prep mode, bitches!


Don't ask.... I think the damage is more from poorly removing the engine then racing...


Brand new oil pan... hopefully no more leaks...


See the orange?


cranks.... cranks everywhere....

Also... I bought all 3 of these on Amazon for $120... I have no idea how....
enderswift
Can you post a video of the car? Would be fun to see how it runs
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QUOTE (enderswift @ May 25, 2015 - 12:54 PM) *
Can you post a video of the car? Would be fun to see how it runs



lotsa wind noise... but:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WN2mGAz8_AM
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