Archive for February, 2008

The Cage Is Installed!

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

We made good progress on the cage with the help of our friends and sponsors at DGR Fabrication in San Jose, CA. Luke and Dan knocked this thing out in literally 8 hours!  We also cut the interior skins off the doors for weight savings and a little more clearance for the intrusion bars.

These guys have been building SCCA/NASA certified cages for Datsun’s and Nissan’s for quite awhile now.

Build Notes (Feb)

Sunday, February 24th, 2008

The only 14″ size Azenis RT615’s come in is 195/60/14

That’s pretty inadequate. I want to get at least 225’s on the car.  That’s going to require at least a 15″ wheel and the only 15″ size Azenis come in are 205/50/15’s basically for the Spec Miata’s… still 2 sizes too small in my opinion.

So, I think we have to go to 15″ wheels and we’ll have to come up with a different tire. The GTRadial’s used on the Mach 5 car are available in a 225/50/15 with a 260 tread wear rating for $53/ea x 6 = $318 +
$143 s&h = $461 delivered.

Now I have to figure out which of my classic no longer produced rare 15″ wheels I might be willing to sacrifice to the cause…

If anyone knows anyone with a set of 15×6 or 15×7 wheels in a 4×4.5 (4×114.3) bolt circle with 0 to +10 offset, let me know!

Support Equipment Critical for a LeMons event!

Monday, February 11th, 2008

Service Equipment

– 8x8ft EZ-Up canopy
– Air compressor 110v 6hp single stage 30 gallon upright w/ wheels
– Pneumatic tools; impact wrench, ratchet, 4″ grinder
– Light weight jack and 4 jack stands
– Miller MIG welder
– Plasma cutter
– (4) folding chairs
– 5700watt 30amp 220v Generator to run all this equipment
– AMB transponder with DisplayIT
– (4) FRS radios
– Traqmate Data Acquisition System
– Video Camera with rollbar mount
– Jump Box
– Port-a-Power
– Come along
– 4′ Demolition bar
– Large 16lb sledge hammer
– (3) 500watt halogen work lights
– 28k BTU Propane heater (probably not critical, but it can get cold out
there at night)
– (2) 20lb propane tanks
– Large and small welding blankets
– (2) auto darkening welding helmets
– 4″ electric angle grinder
– Electrical Extension Cord
– 25′ 3/8″ air hose with quick connects
– Impact wrench
– Air ratchet
– Air hammer
– 4 drawer tool box with all my hand tools
– cooler w/wheels

The How…

Monday, February 11th, 2008

Welcome to THE official build chronology of Rice Rocket Racing (RQubed).

Today we consummated the team theme when we identified our victim:

“Me want #22 rice bowl with extra spicey!

We love racing long time! Even though we sucky sucky driving!

Our neon lighting, hand drawn flames, useless hood scoops, 8″ Folger’s Can exhaust tip and MONSTER wing give us THOUSANDS OF HORSE POWER! We pass everyone because they no have powerful body kit like us!

Everyone respect our rice from now on! We win, beat everybody, especially redneck hillbilly’s in big American muscle car!!

We will bring respect to rice powered Japanese cars everywhere when we win 24 Hour Lemon!”

With 230k miles on this old Datsun/Nissan 280ZX, leaky t-tops, sitting exposed in a driveway for “several” years with it’s “well worn” interior and the fact that two of our team members are experienced Datsun racers made it an ideal candidate at the $250 purchase price.

The first day was spent on “weight reduction”. I don’t think I’ve smelt an interior quite like this one before and I won’t even mention some of the “after hours entertainment” paraphernalia that was found buried under the seat rails… ewwww…

Literally EVERYTHING not absolutely necessary to operate this car has been removed!

With the great mid-range torque these old inline 6’s make, we suspect this will give us a competitive advantage coming out of the corners as we deftly hit our apex (and anything else that accidentally happens into our path!).