A lot of older cars used throttle linkages instead of throttle cables. My 1971 Datsun 240Z was one of them. Linkage systems are usually quite robust and hold up to decades of abuse. Unfortunately in the 196os and ’70s, they started using plastic pieces, usually the end caps, that sometimes break down, especially when frequently [...]
I’ve never been a believer of the Harley crowd’s moto “Loud Pipes Save Lives”. All that loud pipes do is get restrictions put in place. Next month I’m going to a track day event at Laguna Seca Raceway in Salinas, CA, just outside Monterey. LSR has a very strict db (decibel) limit due to its [...]
Thanks for following the link to my blog’s new web address. I have switched from WordPress’ free software to their upgraded software package that allows you to host your own site. The old posts are now here along with all future ones. Now let’s find a way to keep Racing On The Cheap!
photos 1, 2 I was lucky to have a set of blueprints to start this project with, instead of having to draw up a template myself. A good friend and fellow 240Z racer is a bridge engineer, and he provided me with this schematic. Supplies and costs: 24″x24″ sheet of .025″ 5052 anodized aluminum [...]
My project this weekend is to build an airbox for my race car. I’m going to take pictures during the build and present it in the next post. So lets talk about why I’m doing this project. The purpose of an airbox on a race car is to aid in providing denser, cooler, and higher [...]
My favorite Vintage racing club, VARA, gets a little free publicity through a Velocity TV episode. It was filmed during a race weekend at Willow Springs Raceway in Rosamond, California. To see it, click on the following link- http://vimeo.com/2874171
You didn’t sleep through highschool geometry class, now did ya? You’re gonna need some of those math skills now if you really want to understand your race car’s steering and suspension. To understand the real nitty-gritty details of how they work, you better go back and get your Engineering degree. But with a little patience, [...]
Being an airline pilot, I am used to friends and family calling me up after an aviation accident and asking lots of questions. I’ll summarize a few thoughts of mine on Flight 1549. First of all, I am proud that Captain Sullenberger is being seen as a hero, he is one. He did a fantastic job working [...]