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Ridgerunner

Hi, I am going to CMP for my first HPDE1 if I can get my car ready. I have a kit car that I just back together yesterday and then for a bad caliper when I took it for a test drive. I hope to find the parts tomorrow. I hope to meet some you there.

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Welcome to NASA. Hope you get the car ready in time. That is usually our biggest struggle prior to each race

 

 

 

Walter

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Welcome. You will have a great time.

 

If the car's never had a proper shake-down be sure to go over the tech inspection form with a fine-toothed comb. It will maximize your fun and lower your instructor's blood pressure.

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Ridgerunner

The car is a La Bala. I thought I had worked all the mechanical issues last year. I put about 500 miles on it. I then started getting the body ready for paint and the car has been sitting for about 8 months. I just got the body on Saturday and when for a test drive and the caliper locked up. I installed a rebuilt caliper and when for another test drive and a rod end broke that hold the front end up. I just spent about 2 hours getting the car off the side of the road right at the same place the caliper had locked up. I do not think I am going to go that way on my next test drive. . I will be looking for parts in the morning and hope I can get it back together. I am wondering if I should just sit this one out?

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matthugie

If you have any doubts as to the mechanical soundness of the car then skip it. A caliper locking up or rod breaking on the street at 35 mph is dangerous, at 100+ mph everything is multiplied exponentially. You could kill yourself, your instructor, and take out other cars on track.

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kbrew8991

I had to google that one, never heard of it before:

http://www.grabercars.com/

 

didn't see much about what running gear and such it uses though...

 

If all else fails rent a car for the event. Your first day of HPDE1 will still be incredibly fun even in a POS Kia rental car. More fun to drive a slow car fast and all that...

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to the op: please don't take offense to my first post. As a part of NASA and then especially the SE , you're family. We love ya and want you to have fun and learn a little it's just not worth the expense of your or another family member's safety. If you can test the car, bring it....looks like a fun car. But if you're second-guessing, Ken's idea of a rental isn't unheard of.

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Ridgerunner

brakn18; No offense taken. Safety is a main concern of mine. I do not want it endanger anyone or myself. I thought I had the car tested well last year. I had no real problems from the time I had drivable frame. I put the car through it paces last year with no failures. I would have drove the car anywhere. The caliper was not a big issue. It happens. The heims joint failure does bother me. I have ordered a complete set to replace all of the joints with chromemoly joint rated at 9500 lbs. The old ones were 3500 lbs. Hopefully I will have them in and a couple of days testing before coming.

 

Someone mentioned a failure at 100, but I was not planning to be a 100 MPH on my first outing in HPDE. KIA speeds would be just fine. I am not looking to move to racing just have a little fun.

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I suspect you'll be pushing 100 even on your first HPDE. Hope you get everything together in time. CMP with NASA is a lot of fun. And CMP in that car should be a lot of fun.

 

I'm not driving this weekend but might come by the track Saturday to watch a buddy of mine run and watch some of the races. Would love to look at your car if you get there. I'd never heard of one of those either.

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Ridgerunner

My parts are coming in tomorrow and about 3 hours work I should have the car ready to drive. I am taking Thursday off to do testing.

 

To answer some of the questions about the car, the donor was a Toyota first gen MR2. It uses the 4AGE engine and transmission. The brakes and steering also came out of the donor. The frame is a tube space frame. I have spent 4 years building this car. I am ready to drive it for awhile. I think there was only 5 or 6 bodies made. Mine is the only one with lambo doors.

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kbrew8991

keep an eye on the hubs, Mk1 MR2 stuff isn't the strongest. Though a lightweight kit car on normal street type tires should help the matter

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