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August 3rd, 2020, 09:07 PM
I...reached up to the steering column to shift it into drive. :lol:

That's the way you do it. :up:

August 4th, 2020, 06:38 AM
I do the same thing with my wife's car but in a different way. My Prius has a Start button, so I will reach up to hit the Start button to start or turn off her car, or I have the habit of pulling in and just shutting off the car before putting it into park.

October 22nd, 2020, 04:34 PM
The SRT-4 sold tonight.

We are currently at:
Tow pig: E-350
Track: 330ci
DD: MINI Cooper (Ashie)

And the R1200CLC which is fantastic at collecting dust. It hasn't been registered in a few years.

March 29th, 2021, 04:27 PM
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Decided that instead of buying a new race car (and new project, therein) I should just knuckle down and finish the one I have. Pulled it out of storage and started working on it again.
The goal is to get it built to SCCA T3 minimum specs then go to wheel-to-wheel competition school at PittRace in August. Going to leave the differential and suspension stock for now, so it won't be terribly competitive. Once I get my license I can put the rest of the bits in and then it'll be a full SpecE46 car.

This was Sunday:

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Fantastic view of the dead motor now that the HVAC system is gone. ;)

Next step is to finish removing the last of the interior, including the sound deadening material. Yank the motor, depin the body harness, paint the interior, then send it to the cage builder. Reassemble it with a hardened motor, lightweight clutch, race exhaust, fire system. My Dad and I are doing most of the work ourselves (other than the cage) so it should be a busy summer.

In the meantime, I'm driving other people's cars. I drove a tuned '18 Focus ST at VIR and took second in class to a Porsche Cayman. Tyler and I are sharing his FR-S in Texas in May. I have a tentative agreement to run a very quick E36 M3 at TT Nationals in June. And I'm racing a VW Rabbit in my first wheel to wheel race in Michigan with Lemons.

Looking to be a pretty fun summer.

Onboard from the VIR event with the Focus:


Nothing too crazy happening, just a nice clean run.

March 30th, 2021, 12:10 PM
Lemons still at Gingerman?

March 30th, 2021, 12:52 PM
Yeah. There is an event at PittRace coming up, the owner managed to put himself, Randy Probst, and two other 'real' drivers in the car for its first event. Should be a pretty healthy shakedown. Then I'll step in and drive at Gingerman in June.

April 1st, 2021, 05:02 AM
I'm debating if I want to go to Gingerman for to see gridlife event in June or just wait for the festival in September. I should, tracks only maybe 45mins away.

April 1st, 2021, 05:21 AM
I'm hoping Lemons is able to lift their COVID ban on spectators this summer. Right now they're banned, and you have to pay $75/each to bring crew.

April 1st, 2021, 07:31 AM
Seems to me charging extra for crew defeats the spirit of the race. :erm:

April 1st, 2021, 08:09 AM
It's a disincentivization effort to help with COVID. Generally, when you go road racing each team gets a certain number of crew members that get in. It's kind of an open non-secret that people give unused crew passes to folks so they can bring friends, family, kids, etc. What Lemons is doing is charging a stiff entry fee for 'crew' to keep teams from circulating those passes and saturating the paddock.

Their wording:


During Covid, walk-up spectators, late registration, and late substitutions are not permitted. Everyone through the gate--drivers, crew, family, friends, kids, whatever--must be pre-registered as drivers or crew before the online reg database closes (12 days before the race). Pre-registered crew members are $75; we realize that's steep for kids, but this helps us limit bodies onsite to essential team members and streamline the check-in process. We hope to be back to normal soon!

I'm hoping it goes away soon, as I want to bring my Dad. He comes to TT events and understands what is going on, but doesn't like that we're not passing for position. This event will be my w2w debut.

April 5th, 2021, 04:19 PM
Spaghetti is almost finished, down to one connector I have to pull out of the rear bumper. Should have the full harness out tomorrow so I can ship it off to the harness guy for depinning and customization.

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Sound deadening comes out on Saturday. Going to try the dry ice method, followed by the heat gun.

April 5th, 2021, 04:58 PM
Funny I spent the weekend putting on sound deadening.

April 6th, 2021, 12:29 PM
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I've been trying to come up with a funny caption but I think it's going to take a more able brain than mine to do it well.

The best I could come up with is this:

Border Patrol Agent: "Okay, sir. Thanks for letting us check your car. You're free to go now."

April 7th, 2021, 10:06 AM
"How to change the cabin filter in a BMW"

April 8th, 2021, 02:08 AM
"I located the trim squeak"

April 8th, 2021, 03:16 PM
"How to change the evap core in a BMW"

FTFY. :) The cabin filter is under the hood and easy to get to.

April 8th, 2021, 03:29 PM
Yeah, that was a welcome change in the E46 and later cars. Pain in the butt (and back) to change in the E36. :|

April 8th, 2021, 05:00 PM
Cabin filter and heater core went to the municipal dump along with 300lbs of other junk.

Headed to the big time, boys.

April 12th, 2021, 07:54 AM
This is as far as we got after about three hours of working the sound deadening material:

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Turns out the dry ice isn't very effective. 2.5hrs into I thought "gee, wonder what the heat gun does" and it turns out it take it right off with little to no effort. The heat gun leaves more adhesive residue behind, but it gets 100% of the surface area off. Whereas the dry ice leaves that granular sandpaper looking remnants of the actual deadening material behind.

Big waste of money and time trying the dry ice. Lesson learned.

April 14th, 2021, 05:15 AM
Heat gun and goo-gone flood it is then. :p

April 14th, 2021, 07:03 AM
Pretty much. Did this yesterday:

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The heat gun took much of the material off in a fairly routine fashion. Almost all of it came off easily, but the stuff on the floor between the trunk and rear seats is awful, still working on that.
You can see on the trans tunnel that regular paint thinner removed the leftover adhesive. Which is great, I expected that job to be much more difficult. The only problem is it really gunks up the scrub pads and rags that I'm using.

Lots of time going into this task. My Dad came over and cut off a bunch of unneeded brackets, so that was a big help.

May 18th, 2021, 05:52 AM
Always Evolving!...wait, that's not my brand...

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Took the drivetrain out. Need to source a new motor shortly. Also going to refresh the transmission with new shift detents, pivot pin, racier clutch, etc.

Drained the oil and found this steady stream of flakes in the oil, all kinds of colors in there:

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My Dad came up with this makeshift paint booth. He's going to start painting the interior this week so we can send it to the cage builder on June 4th.

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In the meantime, I'm heading down to Texas with Tyler so we can compete in the Time Trial in his FR-S. Looking forward to that. Old friends, new car. What's not to love?

Still trying to go to the competition school in this car in August, and if possible put Phil in it for the Time Trial that's happening the same weekend. :up:

May 31st, 2021, 05:24 PM
My step-Dad put this coat of primer down while I was away today:

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Taking it up to the cage builder on Friday morning. We'll put the semi-gloss gray coat(s) on tomorrow and Wednesday.

Have to place orders for a ton of parts so we can get it back together in time for my school in August. Really I'd like to get it assembled before the end of July so I can get a test day or two in before school.

June 1st, 2021, 05:18 PM
Good stuff! You keep finding ways to win at life. :up:

He said it better than I could.

Awesome project. Not just the car, but the time and space and money and interest and know-how and Dad(s) and the good times to come. Really cool.

June 1st, 2021, 05:32 PM
If you don't get it done in time you might lose the shop!

June 7th, 2021, 05:48 PM
Somewhere I missed the announcement that the motor in this had blowedup.

June 7th, 2021, 07:34 PM
Somewhere I missed the announcement that the motor in this had blowedup.

That was September 2018....

June 7th, 2021, 07:59 PM
Somewhere I missed the announcement that the motor in this had blowedup.



Oil pump shaft sheared off and the driver continued about two more miles at 6k rpm. Probably because I told him to ignore the oil light for unrelated reasons.

June 7th, 2021, 08:40 PM
That was a bad weekend for cars at NCM, both in our group and others. I saw too many cars going through the grass and into walls for my first amateur time trial experience.

June 8th, 2021, 09:51 AM
It's also the biggest and longest TTNT event of the year.

Also, shit happens. Get the insurance. ;)

June 8th, 2021, 11:55 AM
Especially with walls, and cars able to hit 160mph on the back straight.....

June 8th, 2021, 04:02 PM
I can't think of a single section of that track that puts me in mortal fear. And I have been there in the M6. There is a lot of technical stuff to learn but it's mostly benign.

June 8th, 2021, 08:12 PM
Turn 16 and I aren't really friends....

June 8th, 2021, 08:15 PM
Yeah. We have talked extensively about that. Not sure what more I can say other than perhaps you will overcome it this weekend. ;)

June 9th, 2021, 07:50 AM
It's also the biggest and longest TTNT event of the year.

Also, shit happens. Get the insurance. ;)

If there was a TNiA at NCM this year, I'd be there. Still need to figure out when/if I'm going to PittRace with you and Phil and if amateur laps will be possible.

June 9th, 2021, 09:31 AM
TTNT doesn't generally have spectator parade laps. But TNiA does and they're doing one on Friday night, I believe. I don't know yet if I'm coaching that night or not, but I'll probably be at the track either way.

Ash and I dropped the E46 off at the cage builder this week. Busily trying to get all the motor stuff sorted so it's ready to be dropped in when we get the chassis back.

I'm not in panic mode, yet, but time is running short. 80 days or so before school, we don't have a motor, and the car is in another state. :lol:

June 9th, 2021, 12:40 PM
Have a question, how does time trial differ from time attack?

June 9th, 2021, 03:15 PM
SCCA TTNT is a combination of fastest lap times (one from each day) combined with a TrackSprint time to come to a total time. TrackSprint is a point to point format, like a hillclimb or autocross on a track.

I don't know what other orgs do for their format. TTNT calls their lap portions "Time Attack" if that means anything.

June 12th, 2021, 12:29 AM


Never saw that vid. The last I remembered was post #683 from August '19.

June 28th, 2021, 12:55 PM

Just gonna leave this here...

June 28th, 2021, 01:11 PM
Hah, was great hanging out with you this weekend. The team is really looking forward to seeing the shots you took. Lots of different conditions to shoot around.

I ran a 2008 Rabbit in the Rustbelt GP with Lemons this weekend. The team did great, will post a video when I can. Rik got to come out and feel the wide range of summer weather that Michigan has to offer. :D

June 28th, 2021, 01:18 PM
I'd like to go to Gingerman and not be on one of the extreme scales of weather. I am expecting blizzards for Gridlife festival.

214 frames down to 92 on the first pass.

August 30th, 2021, 09:27 AM
Ash and I dropped the E46 off at the cage builder this week....80 days or so before school, we don't have a motor, and the car is in another state. :lol:

So, since that last post:
-Purchased a new motor and started preparing/hardening it for racing.
-Purchased a bunch of parts. Stuff to reinforce the transmission, whole new exhaust, new mounts, a replacement wheel, etc.
-Paid for the body and engine harnesses to be professionally depinned and modified. This included wiring in a rain light, battery isolator, windshield heat element switches, and some other custom work as well as removing everything we don't need.
-Went to Competition school and earned my SCCA racing license in a friend's car, a 2008 VW Rabbit in SCCA T4 trim:

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Rikadyn took that shot at Gingerman, same car but we had a front bumper cover for the school. ;)

The SpecE46 is in cage builder purgatory. I thought it would be back in mid-July, but it's nearly September with no end in sight. This effectively ended my racing season.

Tyler came to Pittsburgh this weekend to learn the M6 so he can be ready for One Lap in the spring. We still had the SuperCar3's on the car from Time Trials Nationals last year. Unfortunately one of them delaminated in the first session. The only 255/40-19 we could find was in the next county and was a 600TW all-season tire. So we tossed it on and made sure he could get a decent amount of wheel time. He ultimately ended up taking third in class at the Time Trial.

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The kid working on the brake pad change is from the local technical college and came to work on the Rabbit, but it was fully sorted so he offered to help with the M6. Even though it was just a pad change he was pretty nervous. I let him drive the M6 later in the weekend, it was the first time he had been on public roads with a manual transmission. Kids these days. ;)

Plans for the winter:
-Finish the SpecE46 and be ready for next season.
-Prep the M6 for One Lap.
-Go race the new SCCA Enduro at Sebring in the spring; maybe.

August 30th, 2021, 10:25 AM
Sucks about the cage builder. So annoying. :( Please let me know if you guys will be racing anywhere near me. :)