nice. consistent bugger i'd say....
So, I've won our tracks "Sport Compact" class championship 8 times, and finally decided to go after the "real cars" in Sportsman. I have every intention of winning this class too, and just thought I'd throw updates on here in case anyone cared.
This is the car (and me)...needless to say, people never expected it to be competitive against the muscle cars that usually dominate Sportsman.
I've managed to win the first two races of the season, and have a nice 52 point lead on second place. Hopefully I can keep it through the remainder of the season.
Last edited by VolksRacer2; 05-02-2012 at 11:04 PM.
That pic is actually right after winning the championship in '08. The car still looks the same, and it's still usually dialed 13.97-13.99. The only thing I've done to it in 5 years (well, after putting a spool in the 3rd trans!) is oil, gas and tires.
I have a new body (still an 83, but without the sunroof) that's gonna start going together pretty soon and, hopefully, I'll throw the turbo on it when I swap everything over. Still not planning on any more than low 13's-high 12's though...don't wanna sacrifice consistency in the quest for lower ET's. Yet!
And, yes Repoman...I still have the Caddy, but it donated some parts to this one when I got it going, so the poor Caddy's been parked for 5 years now. If I ever find some extra $$ I'll get it back together...I HATE seeing it just sit like this!
Last edited by VolksRacer2; 05-04-2012 at 01:07 AM.
Pretty inspiring stuff man, awesome
See if this works. 1st time run of the year...as you can see from the interior, this car's pretty beat! LOL
This one was the run I have in the 2012 ladder. Got the wrong info. on the ladder though, gonna have to change that!
Oh yeah...sorry about the rattle in the video...that's my "escape hatch"! Stupid flap I stuck on to cover the sunroof hole.
Last edited by VolksRacer2; 05-04-2012 at 09:22 PM.
Well...race 3 of the season didn't exactly go to plan!
I had the car aligned Friday (it was toed out pretty badly!) and wasn't really sure where I'd end up with everything pointed straight again. My two time runs were both junk because I was spinning so bad off the line. After the 2nd one I finally got the bright idea to check tire pressures (I know...stupid not to check 'em before I ran) and OOH!!! They set 'em at 35PSI for the alignment! Dropped 'em back to my usual 14/15PSI just in time for eliminations.
Since I had no usable data from the time runs, I just went with my usual 13.97 dial to start, then missed 2nd gear and ran a 15.XXX. Luckily, the other guy red-lighted, so I got REALLY lucky on that one. 2nd round I stuck with the dial, actually left good (1.929 60') and hit my shifts. Looked back just as I grabbed 4th gear and saw the guy was WAY behind, so I just lifted...ended up STILL running a 13.887 even though I hardly even used 4th...night over for me!
Oh well...I'll come back next race and (hopefully!) get back on track. The only good thing is, the guy in 2nd place in the points went out in the first round, so I still gained another 10 on him.
Here's a link to the Sportsman class points if anyone wants to take a look. I'm #202.
Last edited by VolksRacer2; 05-13-2012 at 03:30 AM.
Well...race 4 went even worse than race 3! This time I can't blame it on anything more than a stupid driver! .236 RT and only ran a 13.85 on a 13.78 dial! Gonna have to get this thing back on track tomorrow or this whole exercise is gonna turn into actual work!
Thanks man...hope things start coming together for you as well!
Today was a MUCH better day!! 3rd time run was a new best ET (13.767) so I was pretty stoked about that. Then the first 2 rounds of eliminations my reaction times were .008 and .003, so I knew I was back on track. 3rd round was a red light win, 4th was a nice close run (13.854 on a 13.84 dial (on the brakes just a little...only 89.06 MPH) and a margin of victory of .0284).
Final round was between me and a C5 'Vette that made the final round both nights. 'Vette went .003 red so I just hammered it out the back door and ended up with another best ET of 13.747! I think this car REALLY likes having the wheels pointed straight!
Anyhow, I ended up (if I counted points right) actually gaining 11 points over the 2nd place guy, over the course of the weekend...so the weekend ended up MUCH better than I was afraid it was gonna!
Well...looks like the race car's down for the time being. While replacing the drivers side axle (THAT'S a whole story unto itself!) I noticed a water leak that appeared to be coming from the head gasket. Had a buddy over Wednesday to lend a hand on the car and we proceeded to remove the head BEFORE really inspecting to make sure that was the problem. Turns out, the gasket/head were fine...it was just a water neck o-ring leaking!!
Anyhow, during re-assembly I obviously got the cam a tooth off, but didn't realize it until the first time run tonight. Pulled into the pits, adjusted one tooth, and the car ran slower. OK...wrong way. So, adjust 2 teeth the other way...seems I accidentally went the SAME way, making it 4 teeth off (32 degrees!) and the combination of shaved head and high lift cam seems to have been enough to turn my 8 valve into an interference engine.
Haven't done a compression test yet, but I'm about 90% sure that's what's going on with it.
I'll (hopefully) have it running in time for the next points race (on the 30th). Updates coming as things happen.
Oh, luckily, this wasn't a race towards the Sportsman championship, but it WAS 1 of 4 "Land of the Leaders" races counting towards a Wally at the end of it. I was 2nd before this race, and the guy who beat me in the final last time managed to win this one too, so I'm pretty much out of it now.
Last edited by VolksRacer2; 06-03-2012 at 02:55 AM.
Points race #6 tonight...running the wifes car! Now I remember why I hate running automatics!!
Time runs were:
1> 17.117 (just stepping off brake onto gas) with a .043 light.
2> 17.048 (power brake launch) with an .020 light. Thinking "OK, looks like I have the light figured out.
3> 17.074 (power brake again) with a -.216 light...so much for figuring out the tree!
Elimination round 1: -.107 light (DAMN!) then ran a 16.725 on a 17.01 dial!! Where'd THAT come from!?!
Since I was out in the first round, I decided to make a time only run. Managed a .018 light (Sure...where was that during elims?) and a 16.745.
So, round 1 loss, but managed to run about 2/10's faster than the car mags say it does, so I guess that's kinda cool. Hopefully I'll have the race car ready for the next points event and avoid going any further down.
Last edited by VolksRacer2; 06-03-2012 at 03:03 AM.
Good luck opening her up.
Good times getting in there with the wifey's ride, hah!
GREAT NEWS!! Turns out I'm an even BIGGER bonehead than I thought!
I finally opened the hood again today (getting ready to do compression and leak down tests) and noticed the timing belt was LOOSE! Apparently, during the mad rush to get things back together at the track, I either didn't get the tensioner lock nut tight enough or forgot to tighten it at all.
So, basically, it looks like it jumped time, but NO CONTACT, NO DAMAGE!! I ran the tests (since I was all ready to do it anyhow) and everything checked out with a maximum variance of less than 3%. Put it all back together and it fired right up!
Now I just wish I'd checked it out Saturday morning (or better yet, just calmed down a little and looked again Friday night). I probably would have had a much better points night Saturday if I'd had my own car!
Lesson learned I guess...that's the LAST time I try to rush though a timing belt set up without the proper tools/lighting on hand!
Got back to the track today and it ran GREAT! Got another new fastest run (13.666 @ 96.65) and earned a "Quickest Import" trophy for the effort. The only other import there today was a friend of mine in his '64 Bug, and he was running his quickest times too (16.5's with the new set-up).
Bummer part though...I broke the brand new axle I just put in on the 2nd pass of the night. Guess it's no more aftermarket axles for me...gotta get good Lobro C/V joints and I shouldn't have that problem any more! Wish I could afford DSS!!
Last edited by VolksRacer2; 06-11-2012 at 08:49 PM.
Yea, no kidding. Nobody buys DSS for mk1's.
I have my mk3 dss sitting on a shelf(that i picked up used), and it kills me at the moment.
I Build 4130 axles cages for this car. The complete axle is 200ea.
Turns out it wasn't the C/V that failed, it was the axle itself! Explain how you break an axle in the middle of the spline engagement with the C/V...and cause NO damage to the C/V splines?? I don't know WTH happened, but I can just throw the C/Vs on a different axle shaft and she's back up and running!
Kinda bummed I'm gonna miss the race on the 30th (brothers wedding that day!) because that means I'll go into the NEXT race (7/1) no longer leading points! This has turned into something of a challenge at this point, and I NEVER back down from a challenge!!
Try to use the solid axles. not the tube style,
Took it out for some test-n-tune tonight...6 passes between 13.82 and 13.87 (plus a missed 2nd gear on the first pass and a heat soaked 13.901 on the last) so it's running consistently again...and NOT breaking!! Now I just have to hope I actually get to race Sunday...they're calling for rain now!
Finally got another update!
Saturday was a missed race (gone to my brothers wedding) so I had to come back on Sunday and re-take the points lead.
It didn't look good in the first round...the other guy red lighted and, in my excitement, I jammed 2nd gear too hard and slipped something in my shift linkage! I was pretty sure my day was gonna be over in the 2nd round, but miraculously managed the win there too (.073 light to a .213 helped a lot!). The luck kept going that way until I had finally hobbled my way into the final (dialed 13.9's because I had to shift 2nd slowly) and lucked into another red-light win!
Needless to say, this one was ALL about a lucky day for me, but I'll take a win any way I can get it!!
If I counted points correctly, I believe I have a 42 point lead over 2nd place again (we'll see when they post the current points at http://www.renegaderaceway.com/sportsman.htm) so I have a little breathing room again!
Next race is this coming Saturday, then no more points races until SEPTEMBER 15th!! I'll be at the Divisional race at http://www.pacificraceways.com/Index.aspxbefore that, as well as a few "fun" races. If anything important happens, I'll post updates...otherwise, we'll see how things go on Volksfest weekend.
P.S. If anyone is interested in Volksfest info. (including the VW drags on Saturday the 15th of September) check out this link.... www.avva.us/Volksfest.html
Last edited by VolksRacer2; 07-02-2012 at 08:55 PM. Reason: finally got links working right!!
Home from race #9 of the season and things are looking bad! Apparently my shifting problems aren't linkage related (or the trashed front motor mount I found/replaced yesterday). I'm starting to think I actually bent a shift fork in the thing, so now I get to strip the trans. down and check everything out. At least I have a few weeks before I HAVE to race again!
This weekend turned out to be a complete bust...Land of the Leaders race on Friday found me completely unable to shift during time runs so I just left the 13.9 on the car from the previous race figuring I was going home early anyhow...ended up running a 13.909 in the first round of eliminations, after a -.005 red light!
Sportsman points race tonight, it seemed to be shifting OK during time runs, as long as I slowed down the 1-2, so I was dialed 14.03 for the first round of eliminations. Cut a .027 light, but then 2nd gear went missing again...had to stab at it 3 times before it finally went in and ended up running something like a 14.8xx, so another first round loss!
I still have the points lead (barely) because the other contenders went out early too, but it's getting pretty tight between the top 3. Hopefully getting the trans. working right again will help things get back on track.
Updates as things happen.
Wow! I didn't realize it'd been so long since I updated this!! I guess I just haven't felt like it with all that's happened. I'll keep it short and to the point:
1> car's running/shifting fine and I set a new low ET (13.666 @ 97.64) back in July. That was the LAST good thing that happened though. Right after that (on the very next pass) I sheared the end off of the brand new axle I'd just put in, then broke the end off of a C/V joint just pulling onto the trailer the next day.
2> went to the Division 6 championship race...and managed to go out in the 1st round all 3 days! I DID learn that I need to get the trans. fluid up to temp though (now that I have 75-90 back in there instead of the ATF I've gotten used to for the past 5 years!)
3> I'm no longer allowed at Renegade Raceway (where I was still leading the Sportsman points until Saturday). Long story short...the track manager has screwed me over and dumped on me for the LAST time! Yelling at my WIFE was a HUGE mistake, but now, like I said, I'm no longer welcome there.
So, I guess that's how the season ends for me...no championship...no local track to race at and no money to go race elsewhere. I'll just have to see what comes of our efforts to have the track manager removed and see if next season gets any better.
Until then...keep kickin' butt everyone!