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1987 Corolla FX16 GTS AutoX/Track Build - Part 10 1987 Corolla FX16 GTS AutoX/Track Build - Part 10

It’s been a little while since I’ve posted an update on the FX, and a few little fun things have happened in the intervening couple of months. The first thing of note was that I acquired a rivnut tool.

Wrenching Weekend: S13 240SX Fender Flares and Aero Wrenching Weekend: S13 240SX Fender Flares and Aero

Is there better way to spend a hot, humid weekend than in the garage with your friends, wrenching on a racecar project? I submit that there is not. This time the project at hand is an S13 track car that is in need of more room for race rubber, and revised low-speed aero for autocross.

Just say no to oil starvation Just say no to oil starvation

In anticipation for my first HPDE day in August, I got a oil pan baffle kit for the 4AGE in the Corolla. If you’re unfamiliar, basically these little trap doors only allow oil to flow towards the pickup, preventing the oil from sloshing away under hard cornering (like what you’d see with sticky tires at the track) and…

Track car forums? Track car forums?

I know forums as a medium are a dying breed, but does anyone know of any forum that is not make/model specific but deals with track car setup? Specifically things like safety system setup and design. Think fire suppression systems, seat/harness mounting, cage design, aero, etc.

87 FX16 GTS AutoX/Track Build Part 9 87 FX16 GTS AutoX/Track Build Part 9

After a very successful trackcross event, a few small issues made themselves known that needed to be addressed.

Ed China's Garage Ep 1 is up! Ed China's Garage Ep 1 is up!

Hopefully this isn’t a repost, but the tall man is back!

Outback-owning Oppos lend me your ears! Outback-owning Oppos lend me your ears!

I’ve been looking at 00-09-ish Outbacks to replace my Matrix as a daily in the next year or so, and I have some questions.

Oppos in VA - come cruise with us! Oppos in VA - come cruise with us!

Japanese Classics of VA Car Club (JCVA) is hosting our 10th “Rolling up the Blue Ridge” cruise this Saturday. All vehicles welcome. Come cruise some beautiful mountain roads with us!

Today marks 10 years... Today marks 10 years...

... since I bought my first and favorite car. The adventures, friendships, trips, races, and memories this car has been there for are some of the most valuable things in my life. It may not look like much, but she’s got it where it counts, kid. Here’s to 10 more years.

What is Oppo drinking tonight? What is Oppo drinking tonight?

After a miserably cold and wet March, an odd 80* day calls for some porch time. This lovely DIPA is a local brew by Triple Crossing, and part of the “hazy NEIPA” trend in craft beer. I absolutely love these juicy, silky-smooth beers!

That's not gone well... That's not gone well...

It’s astounding how much pain and suffering one bolt can add to an otherwise simple task. In this case that job was removing control arms to install polyurethane bushings. However the little captive nut inside the chassis decided it didn’t like being captive any more and just spun with the bolt, requiring some…

1987 Corolla FX16  GTS AutoX/Track Build - Part 8 1987 Corolla FX16  GTS AutoX/Track Build - Part 8

With the driver’s seat now safely mounted in place, I decided it was time to start playing with some aero.

Video from today's Trackcross at Dominion Video from today's Trackcross at Dominion

This was an absolute blast! I can’t wait for the next one.

Splitter struts installed! Splitter struts installed!

Bring on autocross season!

Tonight's beverage Tonight's beverage

A couple local breweries are really getting into the hazy DIPA thing and I’m so about it. Triple Crossing Brewing - Cryo Nectar. 8% ABV DIPA

Made some progress on the FX16's splitter tonight Made some progress on the FX16's splitter tonight

Made a shoe-string-budget splitter from an old alumacore sign, lawn edging, self-tapping screws, rivets, and scrap metal mounts. I’m still looking for some struts to secure the front, but I think it’s turned out pretty nicely!

87 Corolla FX16 GTS AutoX/Track Build - Part 7 87 Corolla FX16 GTS AutoX/Track Build - Part 7

When we last left off, the transmission was on the floor to replace the clutch.

Started rust repair on the MR2 today Started rust repair on the MR2 today

This is what came out when I removed the fender liner and started poking around with a screwdriver.

I may be a little slow on the draw here, but.... I may be a little slow on the draw here, but....

Apparently all many of my favorite motorsports documentaries are on Amazon Prime. The “Killer Years” series which covers F1, Group B, and Moto GP, “1", and “Senna” are all on there and I had no idea. So is “Rush”, “The Man and Le Mans”, and “Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman”.

Not a car, but I found this little guy flying around my house last night Not a car, but I found this little guy flying around my house last night

I caught him by tossing a bandanna in the air. Poor little guy wouldn’t fly away when I tried to release him outside, it was so cold. Now I’m playing phone tag with different places locally to figure out what to do with him.

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