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Drug home a "race" car.

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by c1skout, Dec 23, 2018.

  1. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer Supporter

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    id be swapping the drivetrain into a festiva with all the common swaps done to it.

    festiva is a hilariously fun car to drive with the proper suspension under it.

    escort GT brakes, aspire knuckles, aspire rear beam with swaybar, aspire front sway bar. etc etc. i built my last one literally from junkyard parts. cruised it for 30k miles.
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  2. c1skout

    c1skout Long timer

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    I'd have to "import" a Festiva from out of the rust belt. I can't remember the last one I saw around here! Or an Aspire for that matter.
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  3. c1skout

    c1skout Long timer

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    Thanks for the link. That'll be helpful!
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  4. RedRocket

    RedRocket Yeah! I want Cheesy Poofs

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    Cool thread bruh!

    I fondly remember attacking cones back in my he 80’swith my GTI.
    I can see the attraction today with a cheap little lump like yours.
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  5. WVhillbilly

    WVhillbilly Long timer

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    There is a guy just across the MD state line from me with 5 of them sitting in his yard.
    I've heard rumors of a rally series here in WV, and if it goes my son and I are thinking a Festiva would be a lot of giggles per dollar.
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  6. SkunkWizard

    SkunkWizard No Filter

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    I was assistant chief of tech for a few years in SCCA. some of the drivers that showed up at tech for the first time learned the hard way.
    there are reason for rules, and most all racing orgs use SCCA rules for their GCR.
    If you show up with an SCCA car at another sanctioned event you pretty much good to go.
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  7. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    That's the main reason I stick to the Goodguys hot rod show autocross events. They have very few rules. American production car, or American powered production car. Seat belts, radiator overflow catch, 200+ treadwear tires.

    I'd already done too much street rod stuff to the Camaro, and just wanted to play on the track with it without trying to stick to a tight set of SCCA rules. It's a lot of fun, without the hassle.

    Your Capri would probably do well at Goodguys. At about 2/3 my horsepower, these boosted 4-cylinder cars on either side of me are faster than I am. :lol3

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  8. c1skout

    c1skout Long timer

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    That's one mean lookin Vega! But the yellow Capri on your other side makes my old heart go pitter-patter.

    Your '68 looks sweet, whatcha got done to it? RS?

    Just checked out the Goodguys schedule for 2019, the one in York Pa would be the closest to me, may get to check that out. Thanks.
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  9. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    Not an RS. It was originally a plain Jane with a straight 6 and 4-wheel drum brakes. I bought it in 1996 with a 350 and a 4-speed, still with drum brakes all around. Over the years, I swapped it to a 383 stoker, 6-speed, 12-bolt rear end with limited slip 4:10 gears, 4-wheel Baer disc brakes, weld-in sub-frame connectors, thick anti-sway bars front and rear, Vintage-Air A/C, and some other details. I think in SCCA I'd be in with the pros. :lol3 My suspension height and narrow tires don't allow me to compete at that level, but I have fun. I re-paved my driveway to eliminate some of the spots where the transmission drags on the ground, so I'll probably lower it a couple of inches when I get around to it.
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  10. thumpism

    thumpism Between bikes

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    That's devotion, like opening up a garage doorway and buying new doors to get a taller vehicle inside.
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  11. bassogap

    bassogap Kids in sports makes me an athletic... Supporter

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    But the garage needed a new door anyway...from single-panel pivoting to multi-panel articulated with an opener...
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  12. Eddieb

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    It's Dragged home a race car.
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  13. bcbullet

    bcbullet From eh to zed

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    (I was going to say early on the a "drug" home would make a shitty race car, what with the need to install an engine and wheels and what not. Easier to convert a car to a drug house than the other way around :lol3)
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  14. c1skout

    c1skout Long timer

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    I see what you did there!

    If I change the title to " Dragged home an inexpensive, inappropriate, underpowered lump of a Mercury" will everyone be happier? :D
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  15. MikeyT

    MikeyT Krusty Olde Pharte

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    You had it correct the first time. I can be a bit anal about spellin' and grammer, but "drug home a race car" is right.
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  16. thumpism

    thumpism Between bikes

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    Someone keeps dragging this one into my path. I tripped over it a couple of years ago on a side street close to home but seldom take that route, so I only saw it when I chose to. Then about a month ago it turns up farther away but on the street leading into the park where we take our dog every goddam day. I hope the universe isn't trying to tell me something, because it also recently told me to buy a highroof Dodge van for a camper conversion that I haven't even started on yet.
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  17. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    I was one of the few here in the US that liked those old Xratis. Was a broke HS then college student and couldn't afford one tho

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  18. c1skout

    c1skout Long timer

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    I would love to have an XR4TI! A couple years ago my Son and I went to Ford Carlisle, and the Merkur club was having a meet there. I didn't know there were that many of them still running! Rear drive with a turbo Pinto motor.......what's NOT to love!

    Now, back to the race car. My brother still had a wheel at his place from one of my old parts cars. There may be more up there, but he knew where this one was! I stopped in today and grabbed it. Curiosity had gotten the best of me, so I dismounted the tire, blew the dirt off the wheel, and set it repeatedly on the barn scale. It kept showing either 12 or 13lbs.

    The first of my parts showed up too. The gasket and screws for the fuel pump. Since I ordered them already the new tank will probably come with them, even though it wasn't mentioned in the ad. Anyways, here's a shot of my gasket and lightweight racing alloy wheel!

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    Next item, I wanted to touch up the underside of the car, where the tank will be. I grabbed a scraper and wire brush and started knocking off all the loose undercoat and flaky paint I could find. I also removed the old unused brake lines and their mounting clips, so I can replace them. Didn't get surprised with any bad spots. Just surface rust.
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    I had a quart of machinery grey XO-Rust (like rustoleum?) on the shelf, so I grabbed a chip brush and had at it.
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    I smeared some more paint around after that shot, but I'm sure you get the idea.
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  19. Barry

    Barry Just Beastly

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    Keep it stock, and learn to drive the car. That makes it driver centric. I auto-x'd a highly modified mustang for a looong time, and if you wanna keep wallets out of the competition, stay stock. If I had it to do over again, that's what I would do.

    Enjoy.

    Barry
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  20. c1skout

    c1skout Long timer

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    Here are the old, unused brake lines alongside the filler neck. You can see the filler has some powder coat starting to shed. Figured I'd refinish that while I have it apart.
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    I'm probably in the minority with this statement, but I don't like powdercoat for vehicles that see winter service here in the rust belt. This is why. Those couple small spots of chipped powder, once you start scraping the loose stuff, turns into this.
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    I've run into this before on tube bumpers, powdercoated steel wheels, safari style racks. I don't know if it's improper surface prep, or road salt migrating into small cracks in the finish. Whatever the cause, once it starts peeling it doesn't stop. Without a blaster you just have to scrape all the loose stuff off. Paint is much easier to repair for a do-it-yourselfer like me.
    Powdercoat on steel, clear on alloy wheels, and stainless-capped lug nuts just don't work out here. Rant over, here's my freshly painted filler neck.
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    That's it for now. Waiting on parts.
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