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Old 03-15-2018, 10:14 PM   #1
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24 hours of lemons.

Anybody on here done one of these? Thinking about doing one with my coworkers. I have a 1991 Toyota celica I got for free that runs and drives. Already stripped the interior, I have a sparco racing seat with a Takata harness. I've never done any auto endurance racing before. I was thinking about doing lemons or chumpcar. Or both if it survives. It's a beefy little 4 banger under the hood with a 5 speed manual.
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Anybody on here done one of these? Thinking about doing one with my coworkers. I have a 1991 Toyota celica I got for free that runs and drives. Already stripped the interior, I have a sparco racing seat with a Takata harness. I've never done any auto endurance racing before. I was thinking about doing lemons or chumpcar. Or both if it survives. It's a beefy little 4 banger under the hood with a 5 speed manual.
The seat and harness (if it's not out of date) are a start. You'll need to find someone to weld in a cage that's built to their serious specs.
Then get out and have a ball. The driver requirement is that you have to have a street drivers licence....that's it. Well, that and money.
The competition ranges from experienced racers to drivers who have never been on the track before. Get some good mirrors; you WILL be passed repeatedly but you'll probably find others to pass.
Lots of fun....DO IT!
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The seat and harness (if it's not out of date) are a start. You'll need to find someone to weld in a cage that's built to their serious specs.
Then get out and have a ball. The driver requirement is that you have to have a street drivers licence....that's it. Well, that and money.
The competition ranges from experienced racers to drivers who have never been on the track before. Get some good mirrors; you WILL be passed repeatedly but you'll probably find others to pass.
Lots of fun....DO IT!
I've found a website that does cages for chumpcar and lemons. It comes in pieces and it's a weld together. One of my coworkers was a welder for a living and I wanted to get back into it.
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I've found a website that does cages for chumpcar and lemons. It comes in pieces and it's a weld together. One of my coworkers was a welder for a living and I wanted to get back into it.
You're set. Keep us updated on the project. Pics would be cool.
Don't forget to come with some bullshit "theme." They love that.
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. Here's what I have so far. Sorry about the paint. Some herbal inspiration was had before we found some spray paint in my garage
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Yeah I need to do some work to get it ready. I gotta cut the cat out of it as it's very restricted as it only allows the engine to rev to about 4000 rpm. That's my next task. Oh and a new battery which I'm can score for free. I got the car in a trade for putting an engine in a Honda Civic.
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Take out everything that's not needed. Weight is not your friend. Good brakes ARE your friend.
Strip it, add good brakes (and fluid), get decent tires and put in new wheel bearings, then go racing...a lot. After those items, the thing that will hold you back the most is the drivers. There is absolutely no substitute for seat time. Just like bikes.
The "cheating" comes later.
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Take out everything that's not needed. Weight is not your friend. Good brakes ARE your friend.
Strip it, add good brakes (and fluid), get decent tires and put in new wheel bearings, then go racing...a lot. After those items, the thing that will hold you back the most is the drivers. There is absolutely no substitute for seat time. Just like bikes.
The "cheating" comes later.
It's already stripped minus the driver seat. That was actually fun. Who knew 4 mechanics can strip a celica in 15 min. We had a pile of parts that filled a 5x10 dumpster. Besides removing body panels it's about as stripped as it can be. Already did new bearings and half shafts plus timing belt and water pump. Clutch feels fine but I do have a spare. I may just swap it out if I get the time and energy to do it. Just gotta lose the cat and maybe the big heavy oem muffler. New fuel pump. Already did a new distributor with plugs and wires. I might do a brake kit but they are expensive as . The good thing with a manual is I can always engine brake. I got 2 sets of spare wheels that are off a cobalt that fit the hubs that I need to get some tires for. Figure you can't have too many tires. I'm gonna leave the stock fuel tank. I still have to remove the airbags. Just haven't got around to it.
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Can you sell the airbags? Everything you can sell comes off of the "build cost."
Seats, a/c, whatever.
On the brakes, just put good pads.
Since I've been doing this for ~10 years, I could probably give you some pointers. My consulting fee can be mitigated (eliminated) with beer.
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Can you sell the airbags? Everything you can sell comes off of the "build cost."
Seats, a/c, whatever.
On the brakes, just put good pads.
Since I've been doing this for ~10 years, I could probably give you some pointers. My consulting fee can be mitigated (eliminated) with beer.
I can do some beer for your services. First ever race here. I don't think there is much of a demand for parts of a 1991 celica. I chunked most of it. It's still got the rear drum brakes. I don't want to sink a fortune into this car. I know the roll cage will be the most expensive part.
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Had hand surgery yesterday...that's why I'm wearing out the keyboard and Motohouston today.
I'll probably be able to get around better next week. Maybe I could come by the week after.
When's the next race?
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Had hand surgery yesterday...that's why I'm wearing out the keyboard and Motohouston today.
I'll probably be able to get around better next week. Maybe I could come by the week after.
When's the next race?
I think it's in November.
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Ill be there to haul your off the track if you crash or breakdown lol. I work safety for msrh at the big events. We plan on building a car for the 2019 season.
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Ill be there to haul your off the track if you crash or breakdown lol. I work safety for msrh at the big events. We plan on building a car for the 2019 season.
I'll owe you a case of beer if it happens. It's a pretty good little motor. I don't think it will die mechanically. If anything is going to take it off I'm sure it will be a collision with something or someone.
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I may take you up on that. We may be a man or 2 short.
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