I’ve made the decision not to sort out a new drivetrain and new chassis simultaneously in the race wagon. Since I have no firm data on 510 Wagon race specs to build upon, I will start the tuning process on the chassis first. With this in mind, I purchased a known-commodity drivetrain. This purchase was made from a customer of Troy Ermish’s race shop, as he was upgrading to a new motor/trans for his 510 Sedan. It is a streetable L20b with a recent rebuild, weber carb, and Z five speed. This will get me through the first several track days, maybe even a couple race wknds, and allow me to think about just the steering/brakes/suspension and not the motor/trans. I’m not good enough, rich enough, young enough, or dumb enough to do it all at once any more. When the race drivetrain is ready, this will make either a good spare package, or a resale item to help fund the project.
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The Wagoon is slowly morphing into a race car. The interior has been stripped of all components (windows/cranks, panels, headliner, carpet, dash, sound deadening, weatherstripping, etc), and then I sold it all on Craigslist for $100. The interior sound deadening material was a long project to remove, but I collected it all in a trashbag and it totalled 20 lbs! The dash weighed 20 lbs, it’s frame alone weighed 10 lbs. For what its worth, the steel hood weighs 30 lbs. The gas tank is now out, and up for sale. The 14×7 Panasports with 225/50 tires fit nicely under the rear, and they will just need a little lip rolling to work right. The fronts will require the bubble flares to fit right, especially if I want to use any spacers. I’m tracking down some 280ZX struts to turn into front coilovers, and I’ve bought a 620 pickup rearend to get the 4.38:1 Ring & Pinion out of. I’m trying to see if the budget will allow a Wilwood brake system, but I’ll probably end up using 280ZX brakes up front, and 200SX discs on the rear. Next, its time to strip the paint, get some primer on, finish stripping the suspension off, and do the rollcage prep.
This weekend was the British Extravaganza race weekend at Buttonwillow Raceway put on by VARA. The Bakersfield British Car Club graced the infield with a Concours as well. I went down to see some buddies race and to check on the owner of my old racecar, as this was his first event with it. Good weather, good friends, good racing – ” priceless”.