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by Alex
Mon Sep 14, 2015 5:26 pm
Forum: Solo 2015
Topic: Car Improvement Season 2015.
Replies: 152
Views: 24335

Re: Car Improvement Season 2015.

- Swap out the 'heavy' 15 pound battery I have now for the 7 pounder - 8 lbs. You can do even better than that. There are numerous lithium ion battery options out there now that are not terribly expensive, and are in the ~2lb range. They also have other benefits like not self-discharging, good for ...
by Alex
Mon Sep 14, 2015 7:07 am
Forum: Solo 2015
Topic: Car Improvement Season 2015.
Replies: 152
Views: 24335

Re: Car Improvement Season 2015.

kjohnson wrote:Neat! Are they just attached with a bolt running through the rotor and threaded into the hat?


Yep. No fancy floating rotors or anything like that. Safety wired of course.
by Alex
Sun Sep 13, 2015 9:31 am
Forum: Solo 2015
Topic: Car Improvement Season 2015.
Replies: 152
Views: 24335

Re: Car Improvement Season 2015.

Another project I have been working on for a while now, a new brake kit to drop some weight without breaking the bank. Previously my brakes were based around Supra TT (front) rotors in the front and RX8 (front) rotors in the rear. But the front rotors weigh about 21lb each, and the rears about 18lb....
by Alex
Fri Sep 11, 2015 4:41 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: Pair of Maxxis RC1 235/40-17 Tires
Replies: 4
Views: 1502

Re: Pair of Maxxis RC1 235/40-17 Tires

Tires are sold, thanks Ron.
by Alex
Thu Sep 10, 2015 10:29 am
Forum: Solo 2015
Topic: SCCA Solo nats -
Replies: 4
Views: 1043

Re: SCCA Solo nats -

Do we know anyone who went this year?
by Alex
Tue Sep 08, 2015 9:22 am
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: Pair of Maxxis RC1 235/40-17 Tires
Replies: 4
Views: 1502

Re: Pair of Maxxis RC1 235/40-17 Tires

Whenever you are back this way is fine. They will be sitting in a corner of my shop, no big hurry.
by Alex
Tue Sep 08, 2015 6:20 am
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: Pair of Maxxis RC1 235/40-17 Tires
Replies: 4
Views: 1502

Re: Pair of Maxxis RC1 235/40-17 Tires

$180
by Alex
Tue Sep 01, 2015 9:23 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: A little history -
Replies: 9
Views: 3146

Re: A little history -

Mel Kuipers wrote:wow....that was when body roll was in fashion I suspect....


Much like 70's hair styles, we look back now... and wonder...
by Alex
Tue Sep 01, 2015 9:55 am
Forum: Solo 2015
Topic: Index at the Commons
Replies: 7
Views: 1256

Re: Index at the Commons

Yep. The raw list is those who did last year and this year in the same class, and the pax list is those who did both years, but may have switched classes.
by Alex
Tue Sep 01, 2015 8:56 am
Forum: Solo 2015
Topic: Index at the Commons
Replies: 7
Views: 1256

Re: Index at the Commons

OK, I have been meaning to put up the times vs last year for over a week now, and I finally did. So, check the results page, and if you where eligible for a comparison on raw and or PAX, it should tell you how much faster or slower you were this year vs last. Here's an interesting thing I noticed: M...
by Alex
Tue Sep 01, 2015 7:57 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Windows XP laptop
Replies: 7
Views: 1879

Re: Windows XP laptop

Can you use a serial to usb adapter? The software won't work with Windows 7 in compatibility mode? These probly aren't things you haven't thought of and I know they aren't always the best, but some software works better than others with those things. The older Hydra software won't run in windows 7 ...
by Alex
Mon Aug 24, 2015 7:32 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: Pair of Maxxis RC1 235/40-17 Tires
Replies: 4
Views: 1502

Pair of Maxxis RC1 235/40-17 Tires

Upgraded my front tires from 235 to 255, and now have a spare pair of tires. They have four days on them (two at the commons and two at our MT Challenge event in Helena), and measure about 75-80% tread remaining. $200 for the pair.
by Alex
Mon Aug 24, 2015 5:02 pm
Forum: Solo 2015
Topic: Cardinal event 9-13-2015
Replies: 8
Views: 1416

Re: Cardinal event 9-13-2015

Mel Kuipers wrote:"the older I get, the faster I was!" ...quoteable quote from Auto Xer in Michigan....fits me pretty well...


I already feel that way sometimes!
by Alex
Wed Aug 12, 2015 7:53 pm
Forum: Solo 2015
Topic: Event Officials for August 22cd at The Commons
Replies: 16
Views: 2297

Re: Event Officials for August 22cd at The Commons

Mel Kuipers wrote:I knew Victoria was not the only candle on your cake!!!!


Haha, well, the funny thing is, she is the main reason I get that reference!
by Alex
Sun Aug 09, 2015 1:58 pm
Forum: Solo 2015
Topic: Event Officials for August 22cd at The Commons
Replies: 16
Views: 2297

Re: Event Officials for August 22cd at The Commons

I will make the event, so use me as needed...spent the last 8 days with our grandkids (we have two steps in Ca), and have determined they would fit right in Minnesota---but then you had to know we find them above average....lol :lol:.......our club is looking so young these days I thot I would expl...
by Alex
Tue Aug 04, 2015 5:39 pm
Forum: Solo 2015
Topic: Car Improvement Season 2015.
Replies: 152
Views: 24335

Re: Car Improvement Season 2015.

At the last Commons event, Joe sat in my car, then says to me "I like those seats, but they could be about an inch lower". My 6'1" butt had been thinking the same thing, and so to that end, I made myself some seat brackets out of 1/8th inch steel bar stock and modified some cheap ebay...
by Alex
Mon Aug 03, 2015 6:53 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: I really want a Cobra replica but...........
Replies: 9
Views: 2492

Re: I really want a Cobra replica but...........

I've never hit the unsafe limit for HP, I'm sure there is one, but the bar for that is really high. I have. It is very dependent on your suspension and tires, but it is there. For example, at various stages of power / tires my car has been such that you can roll on the throttle in first gear, and w...
by Alex
Wed Jul 29, 2015 8:17 am
Forum: Solo 2015
Topic: Hey look! We have online registration. Link inside.
Replies: 7
Views: 1499

Re: Hey look! We have online registration. Link inside.

You guys must be blind, there's a link on the front page ;)
by Alex
Fri Jul 24, 2015 6:35 am
Forum: Solo 2015
Topic: Event officials for August 2cd at Cardinal
Replies: 14
Views: 2127

Re: Event officials for August 2cd at Cardinal

I added a link to the event schedule page. Do you think we need another one somewhere else?
by Alex
Mon Jul 20, 2015 6:55 pm
Forum: Solo 2015
Topic: apres Mt C-3
Replies: 13
Views: 1918

Re: apres Mt C-3

Awesome weekend! Lets do it again!
by Alex
Mon Jul 20, 2015 6:54 pm
Forum: Solo 2015
Topic: We got press fromour weekend race
Replies: 7
Views: 1355

Re: We got press fromour weekend race

mdlfCRXs wrote: It looks like Nick and Mel are our photogenic reps. The old guys rule!


I understand Mel, being the classy looking older gentleman that he is, but Nick?? :shock: :mrgreen:
by Alex
Tue Jul 14, 2015 10:25 am
Forum: Solo 2015
Topic: Event Officials for 7/11 at The Commons
Replies: 14
Views: 2136

Re: Event Officials for 7/11 at The Commons

If there was anything I didn't love, it was the wiggle in the northwest corner before starting the 2nd lap. It felt like I really had to force the car through that. The wiggle that I broke my valve stem on? Yeah, I didn't like that one either :P . Turns out tires work much better when pressurized!
by Alex
Sun Jul 12, 2015 1:18 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Ceramic header coating?
Replies: 13
Views: 2403

Re: Ceramic header coating?

I think wrapping is probably more effective as an insulation. In fact, I have heard that in some cases it can be too good, causing the headers to get hotter than they should and lead to cracking. I'm not sure how true that is, but I know some people warn against it, and some header manufacturers wil...
by Alex
Fri Jul 10, 2015 8:24 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Ceramic header coating?
Replies: 13
Views: 2403

Re: Ceramic header coating?

Thicker is better at insulating against conduction (ie, heat transfer through a solid). If you want to be able to touch your header without burning yourself, you need lots of insulation to keep the outer surface cool. Radiant heat is basically a light wave, although outside the visible spectrum (inf...
by Alex
Fri Jul 10, 2015 7:27 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Ceramic header coating?
Replies: 13
Views: 2403

Re: Ceramic header coating?

It seems like there are two types of coatings available - one whose job it is to look good and one that is meant to insulate. It seems hard to find solid info on this but it appears the DIY versions are thin and more geared toward looking good and the pro versions can be much thicker which in theor...
by Alex
Wed Jul 08, 2015 7:59 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Ceramic header coating?
Replies: 13
Views: 2403

Re: Ceramic header coating?

I got a bottle of "Black Satin" heater coating from these guys many years ago http://www.techlinecoatings.com/Exhaust.htm It applies with an air brush. It works pretty well on cast iron parts, but I have had limited success applying it to tubular stainless parts, it tends to be not very du...
by Alex
Thu Jul 02, 2015 6:26 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: A little history -
Replies: 9
Views: 3146

Re: A little history -

I think both Alex and Norm also had curbings at the hospital. MSU and Cardinal, but never at the hospital. I never actually raced at the hospital. I was going to at what I think was the last event ever scheduled for that location (fall of '05), but it got snowed out. Would have been my 3rd autocros...
by Alex
Tue Jun 30, 2015 10:14 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Accomplishing a simple task the complicated way
Replies: 5
Views: 1636

Re: Accomplishing a simple task the complicated way

A 12-pack of good beer would get you something along the lines of 2 of the complete sunroof latches. Cool, I will definitely keep that in mind. I don't have anything in particular I need at the moment, but every once in a while I need either a prototype of a future machined part (to check fit), or ...
by Alex
Tue Jun 30, 2015 6:44 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Accomplishing a simple task the complicated way
Replies: 5
Views: 1636

Re: Accomplishing a simple task the complicated way

That's pretty cool. What kind of printer do you have? I have been wanting to get one for years, but they always seemed to be at a point in the price / development cycle on them where every year they were twice as good and half the cost of what they were before. How much would you charge if I wanted ...
by Alex
Sun Jun 28, 2015 8:04 pm
Forum: Solo 2015
Topic: Commons 6/27/15
Replies: 15
Views: 2443

Re: Commons 6/27/15

DaveMk1 wrote:Anyone care to guess what the max speed on the course was? My car has a speedo function that tells me so I know my personal max. Closest guess gets a free beer at the time and place of my choosing :)


dave


57mph?
by Alex
Sat Jun 27, 2015 7:31 pm
Forum: Solo 2015
Topic: Commons 6/27/15
Replies: 15
Views: 2443

Re: Commons 6/27/15

Not as hot as it was in Utah today! :wink: Well, when I got home from the event the thermometer at my house said 97°. That's hot enough for me. On the subject of heat... I never sprayed my tires, and my last run was my fastest... Seems those RC-1's can take the heat! Thanks Alex for putting up the ...
by Alex
Fri Jun 26, 2015 7:38 am
Forum: Solo 2015
Topic: Event Officials for Montana Challenge #3
Replies: 34
Views: 3790

Re: Event Officials for Montana Challenge #3

s2kautoxr wrote:
Heedlessone wrote:I was only keeping the trend alive.


This is a trend that does NOT need to continue!

I know you just want to be cool like me, but there has to be a better way :cry:
by Alex
Fri Jun 19, 2015 8:41 am
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: Tiny Tire Trailer.
Replies: 5
Views: 1647

Re: Tiny Tire Trailer.

Depends how quickly you want it out of your yard. I can pick it up today after work if you like. Say, about 3pm?
by Alex
Thu Jun 18, 2015 1:30 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: Tiny Tire Trailer.
Replies: 5
Views: 1647

Re: Tiny Tire Trailer.

I'll take it.
by Alex
Sun Jun 07, 2015 6:28 pm
Forum: Solo 2015
Topic: Cardinal 6-7
Replies: 16
Views: 2377

Re: Cardinal 6-7

Results are posted.
by Alex
Thu Jun 04, 2015 7:22 pm
Forum: Solo 2015
Topic: Cardinal 6-7
Replies: 16
Views: 2377

Re: Cardinal 6-7

Victoria has offered to do a taco run for us again. Assuming no change from last years pricing, it should be $1.25 for hard shell, $3.00 for soft shell. She will be there in the morning to take orders.
by Alex
Thu Jun 04, 2015 3:25 pm
Forum: Solo 2015
Topic: Cardinal 6-7
Replies: 16
Views: 2377

Re: Cardinal 6-7

Planning to be there and can help with timing.
by Alex
Mon Jun 01, 2015 6:12 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: New Toy!
Replies: 5
Views: 1619

Re: New Toy!

Theoretically yes, if it was under about 12" diameter. In practice, I think I would have trouble holding a rotor, would probably need some sort of adapter (like an old wheel hub maybe) that I could hold in the chuck and bolt a rotor to. And then the issue would be making sure the flange on the ...
by Alex
Sun May 31, 2015 8:48 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Cutting Flaring and Welding Stock Fenders
Replies: 43
Views: 9058

Re: Cutting Flaring and Welding Stock Fenders

I think I'm getting the hang of this painting thing: http://i1231.photobucket.com/albums/ee514/WilhelmRaceWorks/Hood.jpg Not perfect, but getting better with every piece. And, finally, the big one! http://i1231.photobucket.com/albums/ee514/WilhelmRaceWorks/Body_2.jpg http://i1231.photobucket.com/alb...
by Alex
Sat May 30, 2015 1:39 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Cutting Flaring and Welding Stock Fenders
Replies: 43
Views: 9058

Re: Cutting Flaring and Welding Stock Fenders

A nicer gun helps A LOT. Are you using single stage paint as well? Yeah, it's a single stage. The new gun is definitely nicer. Nicer to hold, nicer to use, obviously much better made and better designed, nicer spray pattern, etc (no surprises there). That said, it didn't make me a master painter ov...

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