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PostPosted: April 12, 2021, 9:05 pm 
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Location: Delaware
It's time to call this thing "done". At this point its covered over 400 miles on the back roads of northern Delaware, SE PA and MD. It's fun, fast and relatively comfortable to run around in and run semi-meaningless errands. While it was never a goal, and like others have said, it gets attention all the time. Speaking of goals, I believe I met mine of building a homemade that was as good or better as available kits for less money and managed to learn a few things on the way. There are a still a few items here and there that need to be sorted like tuning a sway bar and building out a better storage space in the boot but I'll get to them eventually. Short term plans are to keep driving it for whatever reason I can come up with, more autox and start running HDPE events. I do plan on posting whatever I get up to in the car. Did I mention it's fun?

Here's a picture taken with my father at the beautiful Winterthur Museum in Delaware:
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PostPosted: April 13, 2021, 11:39 am 
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Congratulations. I'll be looking forward to those future posts as your adventures unfold.

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Damn! That front slip angle is way too large and the Ackerman is just a muddle.

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PostPosted: April 26, 2021, 5:14 pm 
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Installed the front sway bar. Bar is made from .75x.058in 4130 tube. Had it out for a 20 mile test on some of the rougher and twisty roads here and am happy with the handling. Car will still power on over steer in 2nd but I feel that I can make forward progress a lot better and can drive through the front wheels now. I have a .083in thick tube ready is things need to be a bit more stiff. I'll be at the autox in Harrisburg this weekend to really give it a go. Will add paint if all goes well.

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PostPosted: April 26, 2021, 7:17 pm 
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Great looking car! :cheers:

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PostPosted: April 26, 2021, 8:17 pm 
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Your car looks fantastic! Congratulations.
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PostPosted: April 27, 2021, 11:26 am 
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Yup, very nice.

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Damn! That front slip angle is way too large and the Ackerman is just a muddle.

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PostPosted: May 3, 2021, 4:14 am 
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All very tidy! Results look great!

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PostPosted: May 4, 2021, 7:35 pm 
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Thanks everyone!

Got out to play with the Susquehanna SCCA this past weekend up in Harrisburg. It's a bit of a drive but my local club lost our lot to a mass vaccination site, so are the times. I am very happy with the addition of the front sway bar. Last year I felt that I couldn't really push the car and had to baby it through turns otherwise the back would come out. Now I feel like I can drive through the front wheels and be more aggressive. Car is much easier to control and responds well to input. Day started out with wind chills in the 30's (F) but warmed up nicely in the afternoon. Great day to be out playing with cars.



Next I am looking to drag the car up to Pocono and run one of the fast autox's there and then hopefully head to Summit for a HPDE in July.


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PostPosted: June 3, 2021, 6:58 pm 
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Hey, That turned out nice. Welcome to the 10% club! Have fun with it, the season is here.

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