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Shuka

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About Shuka

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    Raccoon Engineering
  • Birthday October 11

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    Female
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    Houston
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    ND Miata

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  1. The ND definitely wins on looks. Edison was a tiny bit faster though! Lobster won the scooter drag race!
  2. Out - going to DFW area to pick up another Miata...
  3. Here's a quick vid @surlynkid, no spin, just a little sliding - I had plenty of heads up to slow down and prepare. 🙂 landoncoolant.avi
  4. Great weekend! This really reminded me of the TWS days. 😭 It was all about the track time, hanging out with friends, driving each other's cars. I stuck the 245 Maxxis from my NA on the ND with some good brake pads, and it was AWESOME on track! Great times y'all, see you at the next one!
  5. Not in the garage, but definitely in the work shop. We hope to have a steel building put up sometime early next year!
  6. Our garage needed light! The new house had a single incandescent bulb in the center of the garage, which is just awful... (the phone did a lot to correct the light levels. It's dark in there...) Poking around Amazon, I found some LED strip fixtures for $25 each, sold in 4 packs, so I bought two packs. Supposedly 4500 lumens but we'll see. The fixtures each have about a 3' cord, and a plug on the other side so they can be chained together. I knew I wanted them end to end (or close to it) so a little modification was necessary. They're cheaply made, so a few tiny screws will have it apart quick. According to the packaging, you can chain up to four fixtures end to end. I planned to wire them together without the cords and plugs to chain them closely. U I cut the cord really short, and stripped the ends. I also cut the plug and stripped its ends. Using Wago lever nuts (awesome replacements for wire nuts - we use them all over the house and even in race cars) I planned to link them. Something like that... And once I have it mounted, cram the wire nuts in the hole: I prepped all 8 fixtures, reassembling with construction adhesive to make them a bit more robust. In each set of 4 I left the plug on the first, hung wire nuts out of the plug side on 1, 2, and 3, and shortened/stripped the cords on 2, 3, and 4. I mounted them end to end, attached the cords to the lever nuts and then sticking them in the hole. I screwed the metal part directly to the roof, rather than using the hook type flush mount. And the end result: (I have no idea why the previous owner felt the need to dig a trench in the drywall for the garage door opener button wire.) (I used conduit to run power to them, but you could just use the plugs on the ends of the fixtures if you wanted to do it easily. Brighter even in the daytime. Success!
  7. Super super glad the safety gear did its job and he's OK.
  8. WOOOO!!!!! Now to just unpack the garage so I can get to my tools.
  9. Updates... I'm STILL waiting on harness / ECU. I should have just built one myself instead of trusting the "professionals" to deliver on time. If you're planning on getting a harness / ECU from Alphafab or Swap Specialties, expect a lead time of 3-4 months (not weeks, even if they say so.) In the mean time we've moved. We had to flat tow to the new house. The new place has a lot more space and potential, but is a "fixer upper" for sure. Plenty of room to park the trailer and build a shop. Unpacking and organizing. I brought over a lot of material. We managed to un-bury the car yesterday. I received a "shipped" notice from Swap Specialties finally but the tracking number is still in pre-shipment. I haven't counted that chicken as hatched quite yet.
  10. The AC sucks and the transmission tunnel is a furnace. The NB's improved on most of that. NA Miata is also SUPER SLOW, so plan to be frustrated by the "speed up as you pass them" drivers. Even the ND is very noisy at highway speeds so if you have a long commute maybe get something with a solid roof.
  11. Primarily, I'm STILL waiting on a wiring harness / ECU. I've been promised delivery next week. I ordered a new one from Swap Specialties, and canceled the order with Alphafab after a few months. Alphafab started to mislead me instead of admitting they were behind on orders. Not OK with that. Some other things are going on too! I had surgery in December which took me out of the garage and off the track for a few weeks. And as Hollywood notes, we're closing soon on a larger house with enough of a lot (in unrestricted, non HOA area) to build a nice workshop! It won't be a fancy Terry Fair Farm, but a huge improvement. So moving and selling activities are taking priority over race car things. However I have gotten back in the garage recently to get some work done! I finished up the fuel line routing and connection. I wanted to make sure to minimize stress on aluminum fittings, so I ran the line to an AN union with gauge that's supported by a bracket, and then a short hose connects via a locking GM fuel rail AN adapter. I'm replacing the brake hard lines with stainless hoses, so they're just pushed out of the way for now. The locking connector for the barbed fitting is the way to go with this, instead of the push on type. I also finished up the coolant hoses, radiator mounting, and some of the duct work. As planned, I have a steam bomb accumulator tank in the back, which has a connection on the bottom to the thermostat housing below, and the "steam hose" from the high point of the head on the coolant exit runs to the top of it. This should automatically purge any air bubbles that end up in the system. I welded some brackets to mount the undertray. It's actually split between front and rear undertray, and everything is flush with the lower beam. I use 0.090 aluminum. The front half will pivot upwards like the previous iteration to facilitate trailer loading and potentially help mitigate damage in an off track adventure. To make sure I'm legal, I mounted up an unmolested OEM bumper and traced out the projection below for the air dam. I ended up pressure testing the cooling system, and both welds on the thermostat housing are leaking. I had trouble getting the part clean enough and just *sent it* so that's what I get. I'll order a new housing and try again.
  12. Yellow teflon is your best bet. I've used it for fuel pressure gauges on the rail and fittings and stuff and never had an issue.
  13. Yep! Too bad Terry Fair hates me now, or I'd ask him about steel outbuildings. We have a couple big steps before it's final, but we're committed at this point.
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