Monday, August 31st, 2015


The 710 went to the paint shop this summer. The old patina was great, but after many seasons of track use, it really needed freshening. The blue I used on the hood and trunk is the actual 1974 Datsun 710 ‘Light Blue’ that the car came painted in from the factory (you can still see the original paint in the door jams). I found an old PPG paint code book and had my painter find a current match in single stage. I’m currently reassembling and installing fresh hood pins, hardware, etc.



I have a hard time fitting well in car seats, race and street. Not only am I tall and thin, but very long waisted. So I need a very tall seat back to have the shoulder harnesses fit properly, but that is usually found only in XXL seats that also come with a very wide seat bottom in. Ten years ago I had Ultrashield make me a custom aluminum seat for a previous car, so I had them build me another one for my current car. They made it with a narrow seat bottom and a +2″ seat back so the shoulder harness holes and the helmet halo containment system are the correct heights. Not cheap, but safety never is…


My 1980 Crossle 40f did not come with an air dam behind the radiator when I bought it. During my first race in the heat last season, my feet got so hot I ended up making one out of cardboard to get through the weekend. Since then I’ve seen several different versions made out of aluminum, fiberglass, and even carbon fiber (on a vintage race car???). I ended up using a repro of the original Crossle piece made of fiberglass. The first two pics are of the one I just installed, following them are examples of others.





air dam







Tim and Art helping me get the Crossle ready for the track next weekend.



SFR SCCA was back at Laguna Seca Raceway last weekend for their second out of three visits for 2015. We had a good turnout, and the usual June weather in Monterey, cool and foggy mornings, warm and sunny afternoons. I started my weekend with a Thursday night visit to the Baja Cantina where there are always some cool bikes and hotrods on display.

I hung out with my racing buddies in the pits, enjoyed a nice stay at some local friends’ house, the Crossle was running well, and I lowered my best time, can’t ask for much more than that ūüėČ





Some guys just like lots of stickers…



Below – a 1:40 lap in a 1980 Crossle 40f vs¬†a 1:05 lap in a 2003 Ferrari F2003GA, or…
110 hp @6500rpm, no wings, hard slicks and a club racer vs 930hp @19,000rpm, wings, sticky slicks and a Ferrari test driver… ¬†they both look good in red however.



I enjoy just about everything at the race track: the noise, the smells, the cars, the rigs, the pit bikes, etc. You just may have noticed that through many of my posts. So here are three great links that feature some very fine race car transporters.



Transporters one¬†¬† Transporters two¬†¬† Transporters three¬† Thanks to Mac’s Motor City Garage blog.

Had a great weekend with SFR SCCA at Thunderhill Raceway, we even had cool temps for May, in the mid-70s. The Crossle was running strong, and the fresh shock rebuild from Performance Shock in Sonoma worked quite well. Had some great battles on the track with the regular pack, and rolled it back on the trailer afterwards ready for the next race weekend, can’t ask for much more than that. We even had a Novice racer doing his first race weekend in his just-purchased Datsun 510, gotta love the old school race cars that just won’t quit!





That’s a close finish…

Close finish


I got to use a cool new tool today, a pop rivet removal¬†tool¬†that prevents the rivet head from spinning while drilling out the mandrel. It wasn’t cheap but it sure does the job. During the last race at Laguna Seca, I was dragging the rear of my Crossle chassis through the Corkscrew, shaving my engine belly pan almost right down to the frame rails. When I tried to raise the ride height I¬†discovered I was already at max spring perch height. So while I had my Koni 8211 shocks out being rebuilt this month (its been years since their last service), I installed some longer springs so I could get some more ride height out of the rear. Removing the old engine belly pan was much easier with the right tool. I then installed a new .080″ 6061-t6 pan with both Hysol and steel mandrel/aluminium head Q-rivets. Much easier job now with my new pneumatic rivet gun.