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WarShrike

Project V6 Firebird (lots of pics)

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Halfway finished collecting my budget trackday wheels!  Just need one more pair of 18x10.5 C5 Z06 Speedlines and then I can get some sacrificial rubber!  Probably not hoosiers A6/7's for the first set, gonna need to save up for replacement front hubs so I don't have any catastrophic failures!

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Are those dents on the spoke by the plug or just dirt?

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Just scrapes and stuff.  It was a tracked set of wheels.  Straight, not bent, just really well raced.  I didn't want to buy a flashy new set of wheels only to run them through the gravel pit we have for a parking lot, lol!

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Ah, gotcha. I kind of got that from your explanation originally but they looked pretty good elsewhere (might just be the pic or early morning :lol: )

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So a month ago, I hit some nasty, nasty debris on the highway.  Didn't have anywhere to go (sandwiched in with traffic) and the danger wasn't quite apparent until all hell broke loose.

At first, I thought it was a pair of ratty blue jeans, and then it sounded like everything exploded under me.  Lo and behold, that ratty blue jean was a strap, attached to a tie-down hook.  It punched through the barrel of my driver's side rear wheel and left me sidelined.  New wheel was ordered and a replacement tire had to be ordered (thank goodness for road hazard warranty).

I walked a mile back and picked up the piece of debris so nobody else would run over it.  Hitting this damnable piece at 70mph was not the way I wanted to end my day.  Crazy thing is a month or so prior, somebody was killed while passing through town when a receiver hitch and ball went through their windshield.  This wouldn't have been any exception to the rule, so I was pretty pissed at somebody's negligence.

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Everything else is good under the car, I needed a change of pants, that's for certain.

The wheels are a flow-formed set, and I've got a sneaking feeling that if I had gone with cast reproduction Corvette wheels like every f-body owner on the planet, that wheel would have disintegrated.  I was able to come to a safe and controlled stop and wasn't in much danger outside of the rear end of the car going airborne.  I had to retighten the watts link setup as well.

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Because of this turn of events, I didn't get to run the last auto-x event of our season here, so I was a bit saddened since I didn't have track tires yet or the final dynotune completed.  Anyway, I figured I'd get my "big boy camera" out and take some pics, I'm super rusty and always pressed for time.  It's an older rig with a regular kit lens so it's not super flashy.  I feel the pics came out good though.

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Dang, that blows! I hate people like that. Couples years ago I was traveling on the highway and watched some guy loses multiple bags of (what looked like) soda cans and they didn't even turn around or look to go pick it up. Horrible that people don't secure their load then when something happens doesn't even care about others.

On the bright side, your bird still looks amazing!

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Same thing here - guy carrying the spring bed of an old mattress didn't secure it and it tumbled down the freeway and hit a car windshield on a hop. He kept going... 

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One of the idiots I work with lost a BBQ in the middle of the highway. Failed to secure it, thinking its weight would hold it. He stopped. A cop came along .. fined him $400 for unsecured load and made him wait for a tow truck to come along and remove it from the lane. Had to pay the tow truck too.

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Here's one of the reasons why I had the car parked at the house all fancy:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5mw7-tzu7M

My neighbor thought I was working on something to sell the car :lol:

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This was a long time coming...

 

 

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:woot: what were the numbers?

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247 whp and 268 tq.

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Cool, not bad.

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Finally have the dyno sheet scanned.  I'll mess with the intake stuff later, busy with a lot of other things, new job (working two jobs, transitioning out of the old one), about to have a new addition to the family, etc.

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Testing out the induction noise from the intake side.  Using an external mic tied into the gopro up front.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbdIBsFfeAs

 

 

 

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Got my "trackday, bro!" wheels/tires mounted.

Here's hoping I can cut loose for the CAM invitational at Mineral Wells towards the end of June.
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Love em!

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Got some more stuff done on the car, alignment is finished and ran it with the track day wheel set to make sure nothing interfered.


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New helmet, just a budget setup, we also have some open cockpit cars come into the shop so this might come in handy.

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SKF hub adapters so I can upgrade the front hubs to something safer with sticky tires.  There are quite few documented failures of stock hubs and replacements are dodgy as is.

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Replaced the stock rack with an FE4 rebuilt setup.  I didn't feel like trying to do the EPAS setup because a manual rack alone for the fbody is stupid expensive.

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