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 Post subject: Josh's R1 Powered Locost
PostPosted: September 20, 2013, 12:40 am 
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Thought I would post a little something about my car. Originally built by JTRobb on here, and then purchased by kentfinnerty on here, I bought the car from Kent in April of 2011. I flew from Iowa to VA/DC and drove the car back, it was quite an experience. Maybe later I'll try to write up a trip report later.

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Some of the basics:
Powered by a 2002 Yamaha R1 bike engine
Has a Quaife reverse box (1st one blew up 2 years ogo, on the 2nd one now)
Front end is based on cut down Toyota Celica struts, rear is IRS from same Celica. Rear end gearing is 3.91(?) and it sucks on the highway but it quite fun around town.
Car weighs 1198 with a full tank of gas

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PostPosted: April 20, 2014, 9:23 pm 
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Is there a build log for this car?

Looks like a lot of fun.

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PostPosted: April 20, 2014, 10:11 pm 
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Iowa????Bring it down to our Se7ens gathering in June. Russ

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I like its eyelids!!

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PostPosted: April 21, 2014, 2:52 pm 
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Briggs wrote:
Is there a build log for this car?

Looks like a lot of fun.

Here is JTRobb's build log viewtopic.php?p=1115 Looks like most of the linked pictures are MIA, but towards the end of the thread it looks like he re-posted a link to his Flickr album that has them all.

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Iowa????Bring it down to our Se7ens gathering in June. Russ

Thanks for the offer, but it's not a highway car and I'm not really up for trailering it that far. Besides, my summer is pretty full already. Maybe if you guys ever get further north I'll reconsider it.

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I like its eyelids!!

Thanks, I thought they looked a little odd at first, but they've grown on me. When I had to replace a headlight, it was pretty easy to just mask it off w/ tape and hit it with some flat black spray paint to match the other one.

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PostPosted: April 21, 2014, 6:54 pm 
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Thanks for the offer, but it's not a highway car and I'm not really up for trailering it that far. Besides, my summer is pretty full already. Maybe if you guys ever get further north I'll reconsider it.

Be careful what you wish for!!!!! It just might happen. Russ

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Did I just hear a volunteer for 2015? :mrgreen:

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Josh, nice work on the long drive home. hooray for full coverage lids, eh?

that mural in the background is freaking me out ;-)

could you post a closeup of the front suspension?

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PostPosted: April 25, 2014, 11:15 pm 
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rx7locost wrote:
Did I just hear a volunteer for 2015? :mrgreen:

Pretty sure my wife would kill me if I 'volunteered' to host something like this. It'd be hard enough to just get away for a weekend for one of these events with two little ones under 4.

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Josh, nice work on the long drive home. hooray for full coverage lids, eh?

that mural in the background is freaking me out ;-)

could you post a closeup of the front suspension?

Yeah, full face helmet is pretty much a MUST when driving this, what with no windshield and no front fenders.

What in particular do you want to see of the front suspension? I can grab some pictures next time I'm out in the garage.

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PostPosted: May 5, 2014, 8:18 am 
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Hey Josh, a closeup showing the modified strut upright and upper ball joint would be edifying. ;-)

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PostPosted: May 7, 2014, 2:56 pm 
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How's this?
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PostPosted: May 12, 2014, 7:46 am 
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Josh, perfect! thanks

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