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  1. Did someone say rain? How about one from Road Atlanta last year. GZTO0QavdoQ
  2. I saw her in person at the 24 hours..... Thanks for the reminder
  3. Thought I would add a little. You can never build too large. Mine is 24' deep and 32' wide. I used a "lifted" scissor truss and created a High Bay side and a low bay side. Upstairs I have a ~16'x12' space with 6' riser walls. I could have added some more space using shorter risers but hate having to bend over to store something. I went ahead and wired for everything. Cable, phone, ethernet, alarm and put in a 100 amp service to handle welder and compressor. Hope to add HVAC this year since it is fully insulated. I picked up a used lift and it has been the best "tool" that I own. I used roll up doors so I didn't have to deal with tracks. I will disagree slightly with JohnC. I used a high grade epoxy on the floor and it reflects enough light that I rarely need light under the car when on the lift. I built a compressor shed and plumbed with black pipe for air. I no longer have to listen to the compressor cycle and it has been GREAT. I had to deal with a homeowner association so make sure you don't have any issues there. Good luck. I spent the evening in the shop swapping the diff over for the track I am headed to this weekend. I really do enjoy the shop and currently have a '70 roadster, an old Honda V-4 bike I am restoring along with the race car. Only drawback has been I didn't leave enough space around the lift to walk where it is close to the wall. In hindsight, I would have given up some upstairs space for a little better config downstairs. Excuse the mess in the photo's. Paul from the outside before I finished the inside
  4. Short answer, Yes some bolt in cages are good. What are you going to be doing with the car and why do you need a cage? I would suggest you look to the rules of whatever sanctioning body you intend to run with before investing in a cage. What works for NHRA may not work for SCCA, NASA, VARA, HSR, etc., etc., etc. Good luck with your choices. I don't car who you are, that's funny!
  5. Hi Christine, glad you found your way over here. You will find lots of good advice and help on restoring an old Z. It will not be the same as driving an RX8.....it will be better From one RX8 and Z owner to another Paul
  6. Nice to know you are looking for a radiator. Getting close to being done!! Paul
  7. Depends on which class/sanctioning body and class you are racing with. In my case, I must weigh not less than 2430 at the end of the race. Last time I rolled over the scales (including my fat butt at 200+ lbs ) I was at 2437 and I had about 2 gallons of fuel left in the cell. I have a friend with a tube frame Z that weighs around 1900 lbs and he still has a lot of steel body panels. He adds ballast to make minimum weight. Paul
  8. Here are some pictures of my brake setup. 2 3" lines to each shroud. Excuse the dryer duct, this was done by the previous owner and has been corrected. FWIW, I run hawk HT-10 brakes in front, and OEM drums in the rear with carbotech shoes. My brakes don't work well until I get several laps on them in a session/race but then work very well, for even the longer races. I do burn out the caliper seals after about 2 races. I check them after every race and rebuild/replace the calipers as needed. JohnC said it best. The only people that are breaking stubs are usually running a welded diff. I haven't broke one yet but I recently picked up a quaife and I am still looking for a clutch LSD (R-180). Heat management is the key. Redline in the gearbox and diff. Coolers for engine oil and if legal for your class the diff. I have only had problems with engine cooling when a thermostat failed closed. Now for the pictures: A better picture of my current set up FWIW, this setup was used on my car to win several endurance races on the "left" coast before the car migrated East
  9. What/\ said but I suggest you invest in one of these: http://www.handsontools.com/KD-Tools-2424-Go-No-Go-Feeler-Gauge_p_6113.html# A go/no-go feeler gauge. Then you can set clearance spot on with no worries. Good luck!
  10. Coop, Nissan comp has them in stock, or at least did earlier this year. Call the folks at Nashville. The "A" cams were in stock and on closeout as I recall. I think they were less than $50.00 Paul
  11. Welcome Chicago, I guess I will the the ogre for today. I have read this post and the other post(s) about head work on a race car and about I suggest you decide what sanctioning body(ies) you will be racing with and then located the rule set for that group. Sometimes what is legal for one body with regard to tranny's and head work, doesn't translate well to another sanctioning body. Otherwise, all of the options listed above will work well. For what it is worth, I use 2 gears at Road Atlanta with a 3.90 rear gear. If I drive like I should(which doesn't happen very often ) then I rarely drop below 5700 or so and see ~7100 just prior to entry at 10a. At Barber, I use a 4.11 and try to only use 2 gears Good luck with your quest and your racing. You have been given some very sound advice. Paul
  12. Thanks guys. I was slow and left a lot of time out there but hey, it was my first time driving RA since 1976 and then it was in a Cadillac Ambulance! I had fun and for me that is what matters. Skyhook, I chose not to go out for second qualifying Friday Afternoon because of the rain and sleet. You know what they say, if you listen closely during a rainstorm you can hear a Datsun rusting...........
  13. A couple of short clips for your enjoyment from the American Road Race of Champions held at Road Atlanta last weekend. It was my first time to drive the track since 1976. I had absolutely nothing for the fast guys but I had fun and I will be back. First clip is of the start and Jose forgetting that his tires were still cold at turn 2: This is just a couple of laps near the middle of the race. I am pretty much by myself as the field was small this year. Only 23 on track. Hope you enjoy them. I had a lot of fun!! Paul
  14. What wheel width/offset are you using? It may be that your rubbing issue can be corrected by changing wheel offset. FWIW, Jon's advice is spot on and will be the least expensive route to install coilovers. A 10" spring with the adjusters should provide you with all of the lift/stock ride height you might need. From your description, you already have EMI camber plates to adjust things after the coilover installation. Good luck....