Archive for May, 2008

The window net is IN!

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

The last item on the “Safety” list is done!

(Some?) Instrumentation and Data Logging are installed!

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

We’ll, given we had completely removed the dashboard on our 280ZX, the more experienced Datsun drivers on the team decided it was probably a good idea to give those on the team unfamiliar with the sounds of a Datsun motor at full wail some kind of instrumentation!

Since we had already installed a battery quick disconnect into our makeshift dash, it was a simple matter to run to Radio Shack and pick up a couple of $4 fuse blocks to give us some switched power in the passenger compartment.

We “borrowed” a cheap, used universal tachometer from my drag racing neighbor to give some indication of what the engine is doing for our Datsun neophytes!

Notice our “faux” carbon fiber shift knob. When the feel of the stick in your hand means “oh! so much!”

We’ll probably break down and somehow wire in the factory water temp and oil pressure gauges…

Thanks to our friends at for the video camera mount to document just how bad we really are and just so we can look like we know what we’re doing, we wired in our TraqMate GPS data acquisition system and GTech Pro RR accelerometer! We also mounted a spare base for our AMB transponder… Now you can monitor our progress at

We’ve pretty much got everything wired in! Now all we have to do is figure out what to do with our dead power steering pump and what’s dragging on our brakes… Probably a siezed caliper… errr…

All we need to do now is nail down the wheel and tire situation. We have plenty of wheels and race tires already, but, unless Jay starts to allow Hoosier or Hankook racing slicks, nothing in our inventory is LeMons legal!  We’ll probably go with a set of Falken Azenis or Hankook Ventus RS-2’s appropriate for the SCCA’s STS class so we can run them for double duty when not LeMons racing.  If I see a set of rally tires… 😀

We want to run a number of Auto-X’s before the LeMons event so we can work out as many kinks in the car as possible and maybe use the car for some track days and maybe even a Rally Cross…

Build Notes (May)

Monday, May 12th, 2008

The AMB transponder and display are mounted and wired in. Also got the Traqmate data acquisition system mounted, powered up and connected to the tach signal wire.

My 1kw AC/DC inverter is dead, so that didn’t work. If anyone else has one they’re not using let me know. It’ll make it easier to power the camera if it can run off straight AC power rather than messing
with having to swap batteries.

I went ahead and mounted/wired the extra fuse block, so the car now has 8 fused circuits + the two CLA’s that came with their own in-line fuses for a total of 10 fused circuits… Why? Don’t ask why, just because!

The wiring looks pretty crazy right now, so it still needs cleaned up and wire loomed for abrasion protection from all the sharp metal edges.

Todo’s (May)

Monday, May 12th, 2008

Got the tach fused, wired and working with the “running” light.

Got a 4 circuit fuse block for $3 from RadioShack installed and I’ve got another 4 circuit fuse block if we need it.

Added 2 12v cigarette lighter adapters for the TraqMate Data Acquisition system and one other item if we need it. I plan to hardwire a spare 1000w AC/DC power inverter I’ve got hanging out in my garage.

Got the camera mount installed on the roll bar.

I plan to get the TraqMate and AMB transponder installed tomorrow.

Still need to weld in the mounts for the window net and then I’d say the car is ready for it’s maiden voyage.