Thunderhill 2010

•November 10, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Well it’s about time for an update, many months later. What really happened was not worth writing home about which is what prompted the very delayed post update.

Long story short, our roll cage was failed during tech inspection, something we saw coming but was hedging our bets on getting our cage grandfathered in just one more time. In efforts to try and save money we basically did the opposite. The z-car will race again, we are just not sure when as we were all pretty burnt out after making a huge effort to get the car ready again, then being sent home shortly after appearing at the track.

That’s about it for now. There will be two races at Infineon Raceway, we’ll hopefully be attending at least one of them.


Thunderhill 2010 – Day 2

•July 21, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Well actually it’s day 3 but day 2 (and probably some extra days) really mostly involved bringing the car down to the South Bay Area, which in my opinion was a great idea because around this time of the year, Davis, CA gets quite hot and humid, and my garage isn’t air conditioned.

So first order of business, replace the front brakes:

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Thunderhill 2010 – Day 1

•July 21, 2010 • Leave a Comment

I’ll let the pictures do the talking. There are a number of things we have to tackle, such as, but not limited to: New roll cage main hoop rear braces, replace brakes, replace expendable items on engine (like plugs, oil, filters), and while we’re at it, reinforce the cage and replace the radiator.

First order of business, gather the team and put the car on really tall jackstands:

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Thunderhill 2010 – Arse Sweat-a-palooza

•June 6, 2010 • Leave a Comment

It’s been a while but here we are again. We had skipped the May Thunderhill due to various constraints, but now we are applying for the August Thunderhill race.

No new updates, the Z-car has just been sitting on the trailer all this time. Should we get accepted, there are a number of things that need to be fixed in order to be Lemons-race-legal again.

Additionally, at the Infineon race we were able to pit next to 2 other Z-car teams. It would be fantastic if we could coordinate something like that again and have all the Z-car teams in one area. Are you a team racing a Z-car? Contact us via email or leave a comment here on this blog, let’s work something out.

Infineon 2010

•March 22, 2010 • 1 Comment

Added a couple of updates, to make the story more accurate.

Well it has finally come and gone. I’ll make this a photo blog entry. All I have to say is that Infineon raceway is a fantastic track and I hope they will let us back in again next time/season/year.

Well first thing’s first, pack the car on our trailer:

And off to Sears Point raceway.
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Infineon 2010 – Day 4

•March 2, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Well today’s the last work day for this race, only because it’s the last weekend before the race. With only one goal in mind, it shouldn’t be hard right?

Well no it never works out that way, turns out we couldn’t quite bleed the brakes properly, which led us to discovering that we needed a new master cylinder. I forgot to mention in the last post, but we also had to replace the clutch slave cylinder because we popped the piston out and sort of damaged the seal. One new master cylinder from Kragen in Natomas ($40 bucks for a new one, not too bad) and about 4 large bottles of cheap Kragen brake fluid later and the brakes were working again.

Oh yeah the exhaust. That went in without too much difficulty. We made the exhaust system more modular to allow for easier disassembly when we explode another clutch and transmission, which required us to do some really janky welding (basically bridging 1/2″ gaps with lots of MIG weld beads). Worked good enough!

Lastly, some brake light relocation, since the last one obstructed a bit of rear-view vision:

A bit of late night welding is always required.

Lastly, we have been accepted to Thunderhill 2010 Goin’ for broke. Assuming the Z-car survives without picking up major damage, we’ll be there! See you guys at Infineon raceway this Friday.

Infineon 2010 – Day 3

•March 2, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Double update again! Isn’t it great?! Okay I’m getting more and more lazy.

Again just one picture, sorry. But it’s quite a good picture:

At Thunderhill 2009 (Arse-Freeza-Palooza) someone spun out and went backwards into our drivers door. The door on the right is the result. The door on the left was sold to us for $40 from someone parting out their N/A 1984 300zx.
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