We started the initial baby steps for our swap project. The car itself is a Chevette we run in the Chump Car endurance races. We just completed a 24 hour race at Iowa Soeedway in May, finishing 11th. We have two more races this year, one in Brainerd in July that we may not make and another race at Iowa in September that we will make.
We just ordered our bellhousing and will be going with the T5 transmission. Due to the stock drive train limits and the rigors of endurance racing we will be running a 13g turbo on stock boost.
Got a few more things done lately. I installed the turbo intake, MAS, and air filter. There wasn't enough space to run it all in the engine bay so I had to put the air filter on the outside of the core support. Luckily we run solid engine mounts so nothing will move and I can run it like this. I also got the aluminum radiator mounted, the radiator came out of a forklift and was the only thing that would fit. Even a half sized Civic radiator was too tall. In the pictures, it's just sitting in there but I finished the mounting brackets today and didn't snag any pictures of them. Working on the radiator hoses is going to be the next hurdle. Getting the water pump outlet to 180* and getting the thermostat housing hose to run under the intake will both be interesting. I have a couple j-bends that should help in the creation of hard pipes and eliminate the issue of long rubber radiator hoses collapsing.
It should be sufficient. It's very similar in size to a civic half size radiator but twice as thick. There will be a ton of airflow in this race as well. It's a 1 mile banked oval, so we will be averaging over 70 mph laps. We also have a big ass oil cooler to help share the load.
After I wrote that, we continued to finish the 25 hour race and ended up finishing 19th out of 48. The oil cooler caught a rock in the final hour, so we had to loop the line on the oil filter housing. We also lost water somehow and the motor got hot a couple times. It still ran at the end of the race but it may be hurt from the high temps it saw. Overall it was a big success in my book. This was an invite only race, with all podium finishers of previous races and a few other teams the promoters deemed notable. We were one of the notable teams, as we have never placed in the top 3, and I think we did damn good.
I'm glad this website existed. It gave us the idea, information, and access to people with the skills to help complete this build and finish the race as well as we did.[/img]
Joined: 22 Jun 2006
Ford, Chevy, and Chrysler have all built race cars that couldnt last 24 hour endurance races, after envesting millions of dollars
Luck is the aftermath of hard work and skill, I would say you did pretty good
Here's the car on the front straighaway at Road America. We finished Saturday's 7 hour race but had issues with our new Wilwood brake setup. I was worried about picking too aggressive of a pad and locking up the tires but I picked a compound that didn't hold up to the speeds we were going. They worked great up until then though, so we're continuing on making progress with the car.
Updating this. Changed the front end around to a tubular style setup. No suspension stuff got moved around aside from the shock mounts but those aren't anything crazy. Radiator is a civic half size and now fits in between the core support and hood. Intake piping and oil cooler got moved as well now that the fender wells aren't an issue.
Overall, I'm happy with the changes and I'm glad they got done. First race of the year is coming up on April 19 at Road America. It's two 7 hour races, one on Saturday and one on Sunday. Should be fun if the weather cooperates.
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