Well, it's been a while since I've updated here. The 510 is now put away for the winter.
Stepping back to the Winthrop drive when my brakes failed. I originally thought the master cylinder went since there was 0 pressure. I spent some time on the phone that night looking for parts but ultimately the only solution was some Datsun parts so my pops met us at Tim Hortons the next morning with some tools and spare parts. We tackled the master cylinder swap-over immediately but that didn't fix the problem. Strange. While Matt was being the pedal man bleeding the brakes, he noticed a squirt of something on his leg. Sure enough it's brake fluid puking out of the Tilton lever style proportioning valve. It was all done up tight but the fluid would just pour out of the lever. We ended up gutting and capping off all but 2 of the outlets on a shuttle valve that pops had brought as a spare and plumbing that in instead of the proportioning valve. After re-bleeding the brakes, I had a pedal back and we were ready to get on the road. Couple pics from that.
The better part of the trip!
After the Winthrop drive I had a chance to tackle the CV boots which I should have really replaced right away when I build them this past winter... Anyways, because of the split boots, there was super tacky moly grease all over the bottom side of the trunk and onto the rear valence as well. Not fun. I took preemptive action on the rear CVs for Golddust and replaced those boots as well. Look how cute and tiny the 510 CVs are compared to GTR32 CVs. Both are Birfield ball in cace CVs.
Throw back to summer when it wasn't freezing and snowing. Summer cruise up to Stave Lake and dump loop.
I replaced my rear tires late in the summer with a pair of Yokohama S drives and put very few miles on them. I was pleasantly surprised that they run a hair narrower than my old BFGs so I'm aiming for a square setup of 215/40/16 front and rear on 16x8 rims for next year.
I got in for a real alignment before the autoX but I'm not really sure what the alignment sheet means since the alignment monkey says some are in inches (despite being marked degrees) and some in degrees. After several calls attempting to clear up what's actually on the sheet and getting totally jerked around, I gave up and just drove the car and it drives very nicely, The only downside is that I don't know what the specs are! I was surprised how little caster I had with maxed out TC rods though.
I did an AutoX with the UBC Sports Car Club in early September and a training day on the same pad the day prior to that. It went really well. On race day, Byron got out there as well and we had a healthy competition until the end of the day when Byron got in the groove and started taking me by just over a whole second at the end of the day. I ran 38 psi as per the Bert Vorgon recommendation and it went well. That pressure also lined up with what the other R888 guys were saying.
Here are a couple pics from the event.
Front tire wear. Doesn't seem to be any sidewall wear. Line on the left side is the recent one.
Token shot of the car with meshies for Jules
Made it into the newspaper (ish) after the autoX. Have a read below (Thanks Mom for circling my name).
Got super burned out of car stuff at the end of the summer so I did some other cool stuff.
Mt. Frosty--Manning Park. Looking west
The Lions--West Van. Looking west
Silver Tip--Hope. Halfway up looking to the top. *I would not even recommend this hike to an enemy... It's a brutal bushwhack.
Silver Tip looking west.
Silver Tip trek.
I've still been collecting parts for the Golddust
project and always on the lookout for parts for this.
On Black Friday, I stumbled on another set of BBS rims I couldn't pass up.
The coolest thing is that it came with the original BBS centercap wrench and an aluminum spare that was never used!
I have a bit of a laundry list for next year which depends on time, money, and next summer's plan.
Let's throw some goals on the table:
-A new R200 LSD. Still toying with the idea of an OBX Torsen for S13 240sx application. It will bolt into my longnose pumpkin and use 29 spline R200 axles (what I've got now). I could also go with a 1.5 way clutch type LSD such as Z31T, Nismo or KAAZ. I'm keeping my eyes open for any of these.
-New drivers side inner rear lower control arm brackets so I can get camber in spec. I'm thinking I used a bent control arm to make my jig?
-Another pair of Yoko S-drives 215/40/16
-Fix electronic door locks (broken again)
-Possibly a new radiator, custom built a la Byron's table saw method
-Dedicate some time to the Golddust project
-Relay headlights or get around to installing my bi-Xenon projectors
-Adjustable hood bumpers on the top of the rad support
That's about it for now boys!