8 years ago
Today my turbo came, marking the last piece I needed. Unfortunately, it's at home near Cleveland, and I'm at college in Toledo. On the good side of things, I was able to get the intercooler fitted and mounted last week during my spring break. It's amazing that I was able to get it to fit. Now, when I say "fit", that means that it had to be put in at a slight angle, and the stock turn signals will no longer fit. Yeah, I know that I don't need a 24x12x4 cooler for the power level I'm looking for. But, hey, an intercooler that big for only $99, I couldn't pass it up.
Now, as I've said, in order to get it to fit, it had to be put in slightly sideways, and the turn signals won't fit. That isn't that much of a problem, since I'll just make new signals out of rows of LEDs. The second problem is a bit more complex. Step 3. The oil cooler.... Yeah.... Unless I get creative, there's no way in hell that it will fit.
As far as pictures, I'll add some in on Friday or Saturday.
My Turbo!!! I finally have it!!!
8 years ago
There's not a single thing in this picture that didn't help me finish polishing this wheel. But, to tell you the truth, this rim isn't done. The edge is still only sanded in most places, not polished. Then I'm going to repaint the gold recesses black. So,... done? Not by a long shot. Although, I did discover that taking down the original oxidation and scratches with the 120 grit helped tremendously. Then, to get out the small scratches created by the 120, I wet-sanded using the 400 grit paper. Result? Presto! I was able to get the other half of the rim done in one weekend.
8 years ago
A dirty rag.
A sore hand.
What do these things have in common?
Here's the before and after of one of my new rims that came yesterday. After waking up at 2, I spend most of my day watching tv and hand-polishing the 30-year-old oxidation off of part of this rim. It may look good in the picture, but up close, there are ALOT of little pits and grooves that are bugging me to death. What's the solution? 1200 to 1500 grit sandpaper, water, and time.
I now have 400 grit sandpaper that I'm using to dry sand the rims with before polishing. I can't imagine wet sanding with 1500 grit like I was planning.
Hell, I figured I'd "paint" the rims too.
8 years ago
Well, the upgrades are starting.
Step 1: Handling
Next weekend I'll be going to New York to pick up new rims for my car.Well, gas would have added up to be the same as shipping, and that's 20 hours less of driving, so they're getting shipped. They're the same style as the old ones, but they're 5 lug instead of 4, 7 inches wide instead of 6, and 15 inch rims instead of 13 inch ones. They've oxidized, so I'll need to spend a couple hours hand-polishing the edges of each with metal polish. (The insides of the honeycombs will be black) My reason for getting 5 lug rims over 4 lug ones is the need for a tire with less sidewall, which will help my autocrossing a bit.
If I can find the right parts, I'll also be switching my rear brakes from drum to disc brakes.
Step 2: Displacement
Last summer my dad bought me the parts necessary to combine the best parts of both engines found in Vegas. The standard Vega had a 2.3 Liter engine with a single cam. This one was meant for going around town and being boring. The 3508 Cosworth Vegas were lowered to 2.0 Liters to fit into a 2 liter racing class, but they were given dual overhead cams, EFI, and a much more free-flowing exhaust. Going to a Cosworth engine provided 40 more horsepower over the standard 80 found in most Vegas. Between the two engines, the block stayed exactly the same, therefore, the crank with the longer stroke found in the standard Vega, can fit in the Cosworth engine, giving a 2.3 Liter engine with DOHC, EFI, and more horsepower than either.
Step 3: Cooling
Pushing an engine to it's limits through an autocross course generates a lot of heat, and engines run a bit better when they're cooler. I know it's not much to talk about, but I'll be putting in an oil cooler to help keep it cool.
Step 4: Forced Induction
One of the guys in the Cosworth club turbocharged a 2.0 Liter Cosworth engine a couple years ago, resulting in about 225 horsepower. With a 2.3 Liter engine, I hope to get even more.
Step 5: Bumper
What's one of the "enemies" of autocrossing? Weight. Bumpers, even though they're aluminum, they're still SOLID aluminum, and a 30 to 40 pound front bumper is unnecessary weight that needs to be accelerated. There's two major kinds, the forward acceleration that most worry about, and centripital acceleration (turns). The less weight I have on the front of my car, the easier it will be to make quick turns. So, I'm planning to use a modified Camaro bumper. This used to be something that my dad owned, but he sold it on eBay before my car was mine, before I was even interested in Vegas. If I can get this one back, or make another one, my car may once again look like this.
More updates with more pictures will be added as progress is made.
9 years ago
As some people know, I've been autocrossing for the past two or three years. But, today was my first rallycross, and damn was it fun. It rained a bit last night, so the ground was muddy in some spots to start the day out, but who cares, you can drift more. After the all wheel drive cars (all Subaru if I remember correctly) finished their runs, I got my turn. It was great! But, let's just say that a 4.10 open rear differential isn't the best thing for this kind of racing.
My dad and I both had our Vegas out there. He had his 76 Nomad Vega, and I had my 76 Cosworth Vega. My best time was faster than his best time, but, sadly, that's not how rallycross works. The driver with the fastest average is the one who wins, which didn't help me, because I slid way off course once, and an off course is entered as the slowest time in the class plus 45 seconds. And for those that don't know, each cone you hit adds two seconds, if your windows are down more than an inch, two seconds are added, and to my suprise, hitting a tree doesn't add any time at all.
That last one happened to me. Although, it was a small tree, about 1 inch in diameter, and it did no damage to my car. It just went under, and sprang back up after I passed, with the only damage being a fair chunck of bark missing. One of the great things about it was that the tree hit about two inches to the left of my bumper camera, so I got the whole thing on film.
Once I get the file from my dad, I'll get it up on Google Video and post a link here.Here's the video: RallyCross
If there's anyone that likes any kind of speed, you should try aurocross and/or rallycross. If you want to try one of these, just leave a comment with which one and where you live, and I'll try to help find an event near you. And it's a cheap sport, usually only costing about $25 to $35 dollars for the day.
9 years ago
April 22nd and 23rd were GREAT!! My dad and I went down to West Virginia for an autocrossing school. I'm taking turns better, I know the limits of my car alot better, and even though I hit some cones, it's ok. Before I didn't hit any and I was wide most of the time, but now, even though I hit one ever so often, my turns are much better, and I was able to run over the base of the cone many times (not the cone its self, it was still standing within the marks)
Before this school, I had a total of 26 runs over two years. Then in two days, I ran over 50 times. By the end of the second day I was beating somebody in a new Subaru (remember, my car is 30 years old).
Here's a link to one of the videos from the first day. I know the beginning and end isn't edited out, but my friend and I are going to put all of the videos from the weekend into one good video.
Slalom - Cone 4
9 years ago
Today, me and seven others participated in a programming competition at a local college *against other schools*. We had a couple of hours to attempt to complete six problems. My teacher's plan was to put the smarter four in one group, and the,.... not so...., well, umm, ok, I'll say it, the four stupid kids in the other group. But, at the last minute, he decided to give the lesser of the two groups a chance. So, he switched me with one of the stupid kids in order to give our other team a chance.
My prior team, was able to get five of the six questions correct, with some help from me one question. <GRIN>Even though we weren't allowed to talk to other teams.</GRIN> My team, well, we were able to get two of the six correct. Let's just say, both of the programs I wrote were correct. As for the other three in my group, they gave it their best effort.
One of our prizes:
A bat you can connect to your computer.
5kb free hard drive space
2mb ram (4mb reccomended)
Windows 3.1 or higher
<<<<I will post the questions later>>>>
10 years ago
At 3:00 today, school let out and the information we just learned was released into the public. Today's chemistry lesson: Dry Ice. It was a fairly boring lesson until the class realized that when the solid CO2 (Dry Ice) sublimes into a gas, it will take up a much larger volume. But, if it is restricted by a container, the volume will stay at, (let's just use a 2 liter bottle) 2 liters, but the pressure will increase greatly, (lets just make a rough calculation) to about 600 to 700 psi.
Our class, full of the "innocent" students that we are, also realized that this would be enough pressure to break the plastic of a sealed bottle.
Back to the 3:00 part. As school let out, six of us from that class drove to one of our houses. With the dry ice that we picked up on the way and some plastic bottles, we went to the old baseball field that isn't used much this time of year, and started our "experiments". Fill a bottle 1/3 of the way with finely crushed dry ice. Add about 1/3 water, and leave the rest as air. Screw on the lid as tight and as fast as you can, throw, and run.
After about 15 seconds, a loud BOOM was caught on video.
While we were preparing a second one, we noticed there were about ten people standing on their front door steps, looking for the source of the noise. Three of us ran through the woods to the get-away car, which happened to be my Vega, while the other three took another car that was right next to the field. My group arrived back at the house first, but we had a slight problem. When we stepped out onto the driveway, there was a cop car, stopped, right behind us. My car didn't have any materials in it related to the dry ice, so we hoped for the best. When I got out of my car the officer looked up at me. My mind was racing with the phrase "OH SHIT!!!" He looked at my car and back at me and asked the question I had been dreading for the past couple seconds, "Wow, you don't see many of these around any more. What year is it?"
That wasn't what I had been fearing. My mind still full of explanations couldn't come up with that simple number. A couple seconds later, the number "76" came out of my mouth. "My buddy had a '73 when I was in college. Nice to see there are still some around." A slight laugh came out of my mouth, "Yeah, my dad and I have five." "Wow, well, have a nice day." Getting back in his car, he pulled back onto the road and drove off, my heart still pounding.
Getting back in to sit down I looked over to the other two. One just leaned his head against the seat, "You know how fucking lucky we are?" Just as he finished the other car pulled into the driveway. The three who just arrived came over with a similar look of "oh shit" on their faces, "What happened? Did you get in trouble? What did he want to know?" Turning my head, I looked at the others, "1976." "What?" "He wanted to know what year my car was. I told him it was a 76, and he left."
10 years ago
Sitting next to a guy in a Chevette trying to point him in the right direction while he was speeding through cones.
That was me just after I turned 14 at the CVOA Round Up 23. My first autocross wasn't really sucessful. My dad's friend got lost anyway and we ended up with the slowest time. But, hey it was fun. The year after that, on my 15th birthday, my dad decided to show me how to drive a manual so I could drive in the autocross at Round Up 24. I beat a couple people, but not many. The ones I did beat just didnt want to go fast.
Number 25 didnt have an autocross, so last year I was out of luck, but there was one this year. My dad got a bit upset when the times came in, because my slowest time was faster than his fastest. But, he got over it.
Those runs were racing mainly against other Vegas, but now I'm going to other races with all kinds of cars; Corvettes, Miatas, Minis, and more. In one of these races, my FTD (Fastest Time of the Day) beat that of a 2004 Corvette.
www.cosworthvega.com <---the second block down on the right is the video
When watching the video, it may look slow, but remember the cones are only spaced about the distance of 6 parking spots apart. You go through a parking lot *even without cones* at 35 mph. Also, as seen above at about 50 mph, the lateral G forces are great enough to push the rear end out on a banked turn. That's fast.
Drag Racing may be for fast cars.
But AutoCross is for fast drivers.
^---This isn't me or my car, but it's still a Vega in an autocross.
10 years ago
It's finally done, probably. I may do more stuff to it *tweak colors, change the line style, et cetera* but this is it for a while. Again, it was done with a combination of MSPaint and JBC.exe. Later editing will probably be done in the Java version I wrote, which has more capabilities than the C version but currently lacks the ability to open whatever file I want (the filename has to be programmed in(not just point and click)).
The only thing that wasn't done with MSPaint or JBC.exe was the picture of my driveway that I blurred to use as a background.