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Chump Car build (Race Photos & Video added)

Discussion in 'Photo Forum' started by Tracer-X, May 24, 2010.

  1. Tracer-X

    Tracer-X FEOA Member

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    20 days before the race we had what should be the last of the build days. We didn't get very many things accomplished because there wasn't much to do. What we did do got done quite quickly with the exception of the vinyl. An eight foot long galloping horses for each side of a car was quite the challenge.


    We touched up a lot of places with fresh paint:
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    We messed around under the hood a bit:
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    We added some brake cooling ducts:
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    We finished our under body aero and added a rear diffuser:
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    We can can not show you these photos because of the pending patents


    While all of those things were going on the vinyl was being installed. Because of it's size, it required constant attention from 2-3 guys for about 6 hours.
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    The blue painters tape on the "C" pillars is where the sponsor names will go.
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    After the vinyl was done 6 of the 7 drivers suited up into their gear and headed out into the dark to practice some pit stops that included driver swaps and fueling. We each took turns getting into the car, driving around the block twice, and getting out. The purpose was to get everyone in and out of the car. Those who were not either driving or planning on being the next driver were tasked with fueling, manning the fire extinguisher, washing the windshield, strapping the driver in, checking the oil, and other tasks.

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    Finally a new team photo:
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    Tracer-X FEOA Member

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    Just got a peak at the list of cars that we will be racing with.

    Audi 5+5 1982
    BMW 535i 1985
    Cheverolet Camaro 1991
    Chevrolet Corvette 1985
    Chevy Camaro IROC 1986
    Datsun 280z 1977
    Datsun 510 1971
    Datsun Roadster 1967
    Datsun 280Z 1978
    Dodge Caravan 1993
    Dodge neon 1995
    Dodge Omni 1985
    Ford Escort Pony 1991
    ford maverick 1974
    ford pinto 1976
    Ford Thunderbird 1983
    ford maverick 72
    Ford Mustang 1984
    Ford P71 CVPI 1997
    Ford Mustang 1984
    Ford Taurus SHO 1989
    Ford Chumpstang Police Interceptor 1986
    Ford Mustang LX 1988
    Honda CRX-H 1987
    Honda Civic 1991
    Honda CRX 1989
    Hyundai Tiburon 1997
    Mazda RX-7 82
    Mazda RX7 1987
    Mazda Miata 1996
    Mazda Miata 1997?
    Mazda RX7 1985
    Mazda Protege 1999
    Maztang RX7 1983
    MG (yeah baby!) MGB 1977
    Nissan Sentra 2004
    Plymouth Duster 1976
    Pontiac Firebird 1987
    Pontiac Fiero 1986
    Shelby CSX 1987
    Toyota fx-16 1987
    Toyota MR2 1985
    Volkswagen Rabbit 1979
    Volkswagen Golf 1986
    Volvo 242 GT 1979
    volvo 142e 1971
    VW scirocco 1981
    VW Fox 1988
    VW rabbit 78
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    We needed one more build day to finish up the car. We call them "Chump Car mini work days" when there isn't much to do and not as many people are needed.

    The list was short.

    Install Red/White/Blue LED's in the wheel wells
    Raise car 1" all the way around
    Change oil and filter
    Install Driver fresh air tube
    Install roof and hood vinyl
    Darken up the sponsor names on the "C" pillar
    Test out the new ride height
    Check out our cornering lights


    Raising the ride height:
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    Making the sponsor names bolder:
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    Driver fresh air ventilation:
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    Painted parts of it flat black after a test drive showed that it reflected headlights of other cars:
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    Hood vinyl installed:
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    Roof vinyl installed:
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    New oil catch can (1 qt model):
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    Finally done and ready to head out for a test run:
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    Looking like you are about to have a blast of a time.
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    in before carnage!


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    1 week to go until race day!!!!!
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    Just got some more food donations! We still could use more!

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    For those of you who still aren't following us on Facebook why aren't you??? You would have seen these pictures by now! Check us out and hit the like button! http://www.facebook.com/pages/Team-Pony ... 1530008991

    Super Secret Under Body Aero!

    This is where it all started. What you see on the top of my wife's Outback is the sides of an old metal shed that was up at the vacation property. The corrugated metal provided a light, ridged, and fire proof material. Other people have used plywood (which is heavy) and plastic (which doesn't like heat) but I haven't seen metal yet.
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    Getting the metal to attach to the underside of the car was kinda tricky. I ended up using 7/16" long self drilling screws for steel studs. Handing it was also tough. When you are lying on your back, holding it in place, trying to align it, and attach it gets overwhelming.
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    The first go 'round produced poor results.
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    I took it all down and started over and it was much straighter the second time.
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    Once that was squared away I got started on the front section. I wanted it to be removable so that we could have quick access to the engine area. I added some bracing to the front end of the car so that it had something to attach to. The bracing connects from the A-arms to the front tie down loops. That alone will make the chassis stiffer. The wood has since been replaced with some of the leftover roll cage tubing as seen in the second picture.
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    Once the bracing was done I built a frame for the metal to attach to. I made the frame form some 1"X2" wood. This isn't any ordinary wood it is treated with a product that makes it fire retardant. It will only burn if it's kept under a constant hot flame once the flame is removed it immediately stops burning there isn't even any red embers. I also wrapped the area that will be the closest to the header with several layers of metal tape. It all attaches to the subframe with 5 bolts.
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    Done and installed. Only the center of the car needed to have the metal attached to it because the sides are already flat and the it is imposable to cover the moving suspension parts.
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    Once it was attached we tested the clearance for the tires. They did rub but only with the suspension at full droop and at full lock. We decided to trim them just because.
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    Now for a rear diffuser. We needed something sturdy that wouldn't deflect when hit by the wind that will be hitting it at triple digit speeds. My first though was to use some leftover IKEA cutting boards from when I made mudflaps for the wife's Outback. Unfortunately I couldn't find the leftover pieces. While looking around the garage for a new product someone suggested using license plates since I have 50+ hanging on my wall. They actually were the perfect size, very ridged, and light weight.
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    The end result with the car on the ground showed that it was very low. It looked good sitting still but we were concerned that it would be a problem even on the smooth debris free race track.
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    We have since raised the car up 1" all of the way around. It now has more then enough clearance and is lower then a stock Escort by 1.5-2 inches.
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    Where did you source those Goodrich SS brake lines, and do you have their part # ?
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    I got them from a vendor on closeout. They didn't fit very well in the back. The were about 5-6" too long.

    I know that they sell similar ones on eBay but I can not vouch for their quality.
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    What an amazing weekend!!!! I'll be processing photos and video all week long and posting them as they are ready.

    On Saturday (12 hour race) we finished 36th out of 71 cars. On Sunday we finished 17 out of 57 cars. Not too bad for having never done this before.
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    sweet! can't wait. good job. what was the average speed? top speeds? etc etc....


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    Mike told me that you did well! That's awesome! Do you think that it is something that you would do again?
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    Yeah, we plan on running in a double 7 race at the same track in April.

    I should have photos up tonight.
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    View of the paddock from the pedestrian bridge.
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    Heading out with for the parade laps to confirm that the transponder works.
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    Green flag!
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    Our first contact happened less then 35 minutes into the race. The same car hit us again on the other side in the same spot later that day.
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    Rear diffusers slice through the lawn after an off track excursion.
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    Heading back out after a driver swap.
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    The car that hit us later suffered a blown engine and never recovered.
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    Others that broke down during the race.
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    An Audi that we T-Boned when we went to hot going into a corner on the inside.
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    The only real damage that we had on the Pony was a broken headlight housing that we were able to ziptie on and it still functioned just fine.
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    Tire change 1/2 way through the race on Saturday.
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    Drivers heading out on the track.
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    Fixing the front lower underbody aero after another off trace excursion.
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    One of our drivers in the penalty pox for to many off track excursions in to short of a period.
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    Explaining what we are getting into out on the track.
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    One driver letting the other know how to attack a specific set of turns.
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    Our garage for the weekend.
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    Checking the wheel wells for rubbing wheel liners.
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    More laps.
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    Pulling up to the pits after the checkered flag.
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    The damage after 18 hours.
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    Photos from the hood of the car.
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