I’ve been collecting (aka buying, scrounging, trading) parts for the past 2 years so I could build a spare motor for the wagon. This one is another long-rod L20b, +2mm forged flattops with cutouts, prepped crank, big-valve A87, planning 12:1 CR. It’s gonna be really nice having a spare bullet in the chamber when I gotta pull out my current engine.
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Today we hooked up a rear swaybar on the wagoon. Most 510 race cars use a rear-mount style rear swaybar, like the type made by Speedway Engineering. But the wagon’s rear frame rails were cut up pretty good during the IRS/coil-over install, so I needed to go with a front-mount bar. I was hunting for an OE 5/8″ rear bar and found that the IRS Celica/Supra one was pretty close. You could definitely make one of these work, but not in the location I wanted to use for the rear mounts. So I used an adjustable 3/4″ ST swaybar, with it’s awesome neon green paint scheme 😉 We welded the rear mounting tabs into the spot where we cut out the stock coil spring pockets, and welded the front mount tabs to the rear crossmember. We’ll give the new rear swaybar a test drive shortly, and if it works well, we’ll give it a new paint job…
Yesterday I went to the Blackhawk Museum in Danville, CA for the first time. All I can say is “WOW”. The galleries are set up like a modern art museum, with polished granite floors, no windows or background lighting, just strategically placed spotlights for each car. It creates quite the environment for viewing the impressive collection of European sportscars, American classics, and LeMans racecars. Admission is $10 and well worth it. Bring the best camera you have and plan at least a couple hours.