Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Waterford Hills Race 1 Photos

WHRRI opened the 2012 season this past weekend so I stopped by Sunday afternoon to catch some of the action. Hit the jump for more pictures of Groups one (FC and DSR) and two (SM and SN) Sunday Feature.

Market Place Featue: Chevy Powered XR4TI

The Merkur XR4TI occupies a special place in my heart.  While I don't have any use for another one I do occasionally check CL to see what's out there.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

In The Garage - 2.5RS Wheel Bearings

After spending $200 on tools, $400 on parts, and a day of vacation on this piece, my car is still not fixed. Until this evening, all I had really accomplished was slide hammering the shit out of my hand twice and turning a few new and used parts into scrap steel. Although the car isn't all the way together yet, I can now give the following advice: If you don't have the tools and you do have an Impreza with wheel bearings that sound like a commuter train, think very hard about buying the parts and taking them to a shop for installation.

Beat on the Street - B12 Nissan Sentra Wagon

I'll admit that the B12 Sentra probably is not yet worth mentioning when spotted unless in exceptionally good or hilariously awful condition. However, there are a couple noteworthy B12 variants that were offered in the US such as the Sport Coupe, the 3-door hatch, and the 5-door wagon. You could even get a Diesel in '87!

Every time I make the trip from my parents house to VIR, I pass this Senta. I've debated whether or not to document it but I think it's time. Spotted in the backwoods of North Carolina, this 5-door model is a throwback to the old Datsun Stanza wagons of the early 80's but in a slightly smallar and marginally more modern platform.

Other than the Coupe, there's nothing incredibly exciting about this generation of Sentras sold in the US but nowadays you don't really see anything but the 4 door Sedans.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

In the Garage (or hopefully not) - Easing the Guilt of Purchasing Reliable Transport

The decision to sell the E30 has arrived suddenly. Whether it was the suited-up customer sweating his balls off on the short drive to lunch, delayed trauma from last winter's terrible car fiasco, or three trips across state lines in the past three weeks with power steering screaming like a child, the time has come. The time being to experiment with a concept that has never been attempted in my garage - to separate project cars from street cars or at least have the option to do so. The current thesis is that having a daily driver that is constantly teetering on the edge of transport and complete destruction makes a man spend a ludicrous amount of time just keeping the damn thing in good enough shape to get to work, thereby giving him less time to build that Vauxhall Victor gasser that appeared in post Bulleit and Nyquil cold treatment dreams.