21st Sep2016

The New Classics: SaltCityTinners 2016

by Michael Chandler

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Every year the Utah Japanese Classic Car Community gathers to show off their projects, swap stories, provide support, and occasionally race Hot Wheels.  This year was no different.  Except that the meet had out grown it’s old location, and had to move to a bigger one.  One with a big hill leading to the parking lot…

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This year’s meet brought out a wide variety of classics, from the ever popular Datsun 240/60/80Zs…

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To the first of the modern Skyline GTR’s to be legal for import.

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The meet wasn’t limited to cars, there were a nice selection of off roaders, like this diesel powered Nissan Patrol.

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Best Of Show, Best Datsun, and People’s Choice was awarded to Hunter Heller for his orange S30, which he brought from Montana! It was a great meet, on a beautiful day, and the jackassery was kept to a minimum.  Can’t wait until next year!

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13th Sep2016

NASCARGASM

by Michael Chandler

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After far too long, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West came back to Utah Motorsports Campus.  Last time around they were on the East Course, but this time they were on the Outer Loop.  Home to Witchcraft, and the massive front straight that dumps car into a big left hander, the drivers had their hands full.  But these guys are professionals, so they handled it… for the most part.

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Starting on pole for both days of the Utah 110 presented by Ken Garff Volvo was Ryan Partridge.  He set a qualifying time of 1:54.0 for Saturday’s race, then drove the #9 Eibach Springs/Sunrise Ford/Lucas Oil Ford Fusion to a disappointing ninth place finish.  He did have the fastest lap of the race, which put him on the pole for Sunday’s race.  However, his luck was surprisingly similar because…

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Noah Gragson, in the #7 Speed Vegas/AlertID/Colliers International Ford, took home the win on both days!  He managed the win on Sunday with a last lap pass on Todd Gilliland.  That’s it for the reporting on the race, now for something different.

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Now, a lot of people will come out and camp for a multi-day race.  Plenty of people did it for World Challenge, and plenty of people do it for NASCAR races of all levels.  This weekend was no exception.  If you’ve seen a Sprint Cup race, then you’ve seen what the campers at those races can do.  While this was a smaller series, the people were just as willing to have a good time, and they were willing to bring others into that good time as well.  I was one of those others, but I had to decline the invite.  Damn this “job”.  Anyway, I hope you fine people see this and had a good time!  It was nice chatting with you, and meeting your dog.

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That dog being this pug.  Who is named Borris Said.  You were an angry little fella, probably upset that you couldn’t finish in the mid-pack in either of the weekend’s races.  It’s ok though, I think you’re a good doggo.

BOOGITY BOOGITY BOOGITY!  LET’S CHECK OUT THE GALLERY!!!

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12th Jul2016

Hot Nights in the City: SCD Round 4

by Michael Chandler

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It was another hot one in Utah, but despite the heat, and traffic, and a massive fire that billowed smoke into the area, round four of the Salt City Drift season carried on.

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There was, of course, a competition.  I’m not sure how tandem turned out, but I can say that it did pull some of the drag racing spectators over to the bowl.  That was pretty cool to see.  On the solo side, we had Blaize Potts and his Scoundrel mobile in third.

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Crowd pleaser Hayden Campbell in second.

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And Nick Nengas & Teddy took home another win.  Next event is back at RMR on August 5th.  Come spend an evening in the oval with us!  Here’s a big ass gallery to tide you over

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18th May2016

Where They Stand: Time Trial Standings

by Michael Chandler

 

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Now it’s time to take a look at the Time Trial standings.  There aren’t nearly as many classes in TT, but there are plenty of close battles.  Like TTE!  Paul Mitchell, the most fabulous Miata of them all, sits atop the class with Tyler Nisonger 40 points behind.  How is this going to shake out?  Well, back in third is Ben Lamberson.  He’s 70 points down, but definitely not out.  It’s a long season, and that’s not an insurmountable gap.

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Trevor Pope is sitting atop TTD, riding high on three straight wins.

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TTC didn’t have a single competitor last weekend, so Tom Rogers is still leading the group.

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New Miata owner, and fella with a jaunty last name, Darin Beaudoin is sitting atop TTB, with Adam Hurdman 100 point behind him in second place.

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One of the BRZ/FRS drivers to step up to TT3 was Andy Moench, and he finds himself in first place.  Another driver who made the jump is Mike Bratsch, who currently sits in second place.

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Shawn Murphy and his “street car” are 45 points ahead of the Makes & Models 911 GT3.  The 911 is tied with the Pink Ribbon Racing BRZ, which is getting some fresh new rubber.  Shawn is throwing on some new sideskirts and fender flares for the next round, so this weekend is going to be interesting.

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David Gilliland and his bright orange Viper are leading the way in TT1.  Nice to see that bright, menacing thing running around and winning.

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At the end of the rainbow is an Italian/German race car driven by a collection of talent that used to drive a German race car.  That would be Makes & Models and their shiny new Huracan ST.  They have a 20 point lead over Wade Hall in TTU.  If you were to take in to account the wins Makes & Models scored when they took their old R8 LMS out for Round 1, they’d have a 220 point lead over Wade.  Regardless, Makes & Models is still learning the car while Wade is sharpening his driving skills.  This one could get interesting.

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12th Apr2016

It Plays: 2JZ FD

by Michael Chandler

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ISS brings out almost everything, which is no surprise considering that it’s the biggest meet of the year.  A car we saw last year was Nick Hancock’s 2JZ swapped FD RX-7.  It wasn’t all the way there last year, but he took the year and buttoned it up.

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The power plant is the same as it was a year ago: 2JZ with a big single turbo.  No need to mess with that winning combination.  See, we were drawn in by this Toyota motor in the Mazda chassis but Nick wasn’t quite ready for a shoot.  He was getting the car ready for paint, and well..

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He didn’t paint it.  Instead, he too the car over to his friends at Utah Vinyl Worx for a matte white wrap.  Gone are the black bumpers and red everything else.  The FD looks amazing in white, and it can pull off a duckbill spoiler.

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The interior also got a few touches.  Hopefully we can do a full shoot on this car soon, it’s been a year in the making.

31st Mar2016

No Intercooler, Many Problems

by Michael Chandler

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Well, I finally spent some time with Ronda and made some good progress.   And then, much like the IMSA WeatherTech drivers, I ran into some issues…  But I got the old intercooler and most of the piping out!

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Let’s start with the good that I managed to do.  Most of the hard, crusty intercooler piping is out.  I didn’t get to the pipe immediately coming off the compressor housing, but that’s ok because of reasons I’ll soon be explaining.  And as I said, I got the old intercooler out.  Now this is where I hit a snag.  It wasn’t as easy as undoing a few nuts & bolts, wiggling off some rubber pipes and gracefully sliding it out the bottom of the car.  No, that would’ve been too easy.  It was undoing a few nuts & bolts, using many four letter words, listening to the Sebring rain delay, and learning new things about the car.  Things like it already has an oil cooler, and that it and the coolant overflow bottle need to move for that intercooler to fit.  Neat.

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Speaking of neat things, let’s take a closer look at the new intercooler.  It’s a bit deeper and taller, and much wider due to the end tanks.  Those are all good things, and also problematic.  Like I mentioned, I have to relocate the oil cooler and overflow bottle.  The oil cooler is going to move to where a fog light was, but I have no idea where the overflow bottle is going to go.  That’ll be an issue for slightly further down the road, because I need to get some brackets fabbed up so I can mount the intercooler.  Having reached that impasse, I elected to move on to another aspect of this upgrade project.

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I’m going to be installing a new turbo elbow, downpipe and exhaust along with the intercooler.  I wasn’t going to try to pull the exhaust or the downpipe by myself, because being entirely under my car with no one around seemed a bit too sketchy.  So I decided to get the turbo elbow off.  I got the heat shield off, and the O2 sensor out, and then I made an unfortunate discovery.

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I couldn’t get the elbow off of the downpipe.  The studs connecting the downpipe to the elbow have their nuts on the downpipe side.  Deciding that discretion was the better part of valor, I put the O2 sensor back in, closed and locked the door of the storage unit, and went home.  Some people would look at this day as a failure: the new intercooler didn’t go in, and the elbow didn’t come off.  I see it as a success.  The old intercooler is out, I don’t have to buy a new oil cooler because I already have one, and the big gal didn’t crush me.  Anytime your project car doesn’t kill you is a successful outing.

And that’s how she sits.  The next step is to grab some friends and some more jack stands and try to get the old exhaust parts off, and the new ones on.  Don’t know when that is going to happen, but it’s going to happen!

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24th Mar2016

JJ Got Some Flare…s

by Michael Chandler

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As I was walking around the paddock, I came across a familiar vehicle.  It was JJ Askwig’s FRS!  And it has some new curves and shoes.

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He rang up Robert Kochis, another noted FRS owner, at Mod Bargains and scooped up a set of Rocket Bunny V1 flares.

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He cut the fenders, color matched the new flares, then riveted them on.  To fill the new, massive fender wells, JJ picked up a set of Forgestar F14s.  It was already a great looking car, and now it looks a lot meaner.  Always love seeing this car, can’t wait to see it again.

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21st Mar2016

Expect a Big Ronda Update As Well

by Michael Chandler

Yeah, I spent some time on Saturday yanking that out of the car and listening to the Sebring 12 Hour rain delay.  I’ll tell you about how annoying that was, and why that’s all that I did, later this week.  Also, follow us on Instagram: @camautomag.  We try and have fun there.

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08th Mar2016

4 Camshafts, 2 Cam Gears

by Michael Chandler

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That’s how the 1UZ, a four liter V8 that people shove into everything from 240SX’s to 4 Runners, is layed out.  Makes total sense, thanks Toyota!

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01st Mar2016

Stupid, Simple Fun

by Michael Chandler

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While new cars are getting faster, and handling better, but there’s something to be said for the simplicity that is an old car.  The venerable AE86 is as about as simple as it gets: twin cam 1.6L engine, 5 speed manual, and a limited slip diff in the middle of a live rear axle.  It gets simpler, but not by a whole lot.

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