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Smashey

So…. I guess I’ll continue where I left off…. 6 months ago ūüôā

Lets get things started with a quick little recap of previous events. This site, and a few other “build threads” from back when I frequented internet forums, is built off of a car I purchased in February of 2005. It catapulted me into the ridiculous sport that is known as drifting. I was still in highschool, about to graduate, and every one of my friends had Honda Civics, Integras…. stuff like that. I had stumbled upon the 240sx and, subsequently, drifting. I don’t know about anyone else, or what they think about the sport, but once I discovered the “drifting” world/community…. my life was completely changed. Drifting had been around for a few years by the time I found it, but it was still a relatively new sport in the US back in 2003/2004 when I had really started to look at these cars.

I made the purchase through a local drifting forum called D-Town which is pretty much dormant nowadays. It took me a couple summers to get the car to where I wanted it, but once it was running, I drove it through college and countless events across the country. From the midwest states of Minnesota and South Dakota, to southern Arizona and eastern Florida. It allowed me to meet some of the coolest people on the planet and I can truly say I have a set of life-long friends in each of those states. As a matter of fact, most of these people I would not know today if I hadn’t started drifting.

Now, getting to the point of this post. As it turns out, there is a circle of life for all things. It seems that most cars snatched up by teenagers learning how to drift somehow end up killing the car within the first year or two. I guess I could consider myself luck it lasted close to 8 years.

Anyways, this car no longer exists…. here’s how it happened:

While driving a local grassroots event at Three Palms Speedway in Punta Gorda, FL, my rear tire de-laminated coming off the bank. I could feel the vibration from a flap on the tire, but didn’t really think much of it. The tires were high performance tires of a quality brand that were given to me as used tires, very similar to tires I’d used at numerous other events. They were still extremely healthy looking and I had only done a single lap on them beforehand. I was in disbelieve they could be shredding so fast so I decided to stay in it (bad move). Anyways, I came off the bank, transitioned onto the straight (the car felt pretty loose) and transitioned again back into the opposing bank….spinning right into a wall.

I was really lucky that the wall was lined with monster truck tires as I came in pretty hot. My passenger and I were fine and we let the track crew check us out quick before we dragged the car off the track back to the pits. Going back to that drifting community I was talking about earlier. It’s pretty amazing how fast all of my friends rounded up a truck and trailer for me to load it onto. I honestly hadn’t even thought about how I was going to get it home before my buddy walked up and told me he was going to go get his friends trailer to tow it home and he’d be right back. It was way cool how everyone rallied together to help me out… especially since I really had only met these guys 2 or 3 times since living in Florida. #grassrootsforlife

Here are some pictures of the car and a video of the crash. Oh well, all good things come to an end!

Crash: 2:12

Aftermath: 3:22

Smashey 2

 

Smashey 1

 

So, with that being said, it was time to strip this glorious chariot of all it’s guts and glory. My faithful steed, it’s time to put you to rest.

Old car

Old car

As with any twisted chassis, proper steps for destruction MUST include a sawzall. These cars really are pop cans. It probably took me a total of 45 minutes cutting time to get this thing from chassis to pile of garbage. Goodbye.

Chop 1

Chop 2

Chop 3

Chop 5

Wall memento.

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But wait….. there’s more!!

In the next installment, I will finally start talking about the new car. Yes, a new car….. House Of The 450sx v2.0!!¬† Plans were originally to salvage everything off this car, minus the chassis, and transfer everything over to the new one. However, in my infinite wisdom, took this opportunity to somehow let it snowball out of control and build what I have envisioned for years. Below are a few shots of the new chassis. She sure looks like a pile now, but this thing will be a gem when finished.

Old car

Old car

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Wish list?

Is it too early to be starting a wish list for over the winter/tax returns??

I think not.

Number 1 on my list:

Ikeya Formula inner tie rods. ¬†I just bought new s14 replacement stuff last winter and they were first too long with stock control arms. ¬†Now they aren’t long enough with my extended control arms and the inners don’t have enough thread engagement to put my 7mm spacers on. ¬†Facepalm. ¬†Solution is below.

These would also be nice but not necessary:

Ikeya Formula tie rod ends.

Number 2 on the list: ¬† ¬†A BUCKET SEAT!!! FINALLY!!!! ¬† ¬†¬†Now whether these will happen or not…. no idea.

Few pics of the car – Door Bar Update.

Went out and took a few pictures of the car on the ground all “cleaned up”

I will also leave you with an in-car video of the last event  and one i found of me getting the monster can!.  Donate tires to me please?  My fronts are bad and am out of rears pretty much!

Pics:

Video:

ALSO!

Also added some door bars to my Auto Power bolt in cage i acquired a while ago.  I made the connections exactly as Auto Power appeared to make them, 1.5 x .125 DOM inside of 1.75 x .120 DOM with 4 inches of overlap and a Grade 8 fastener and self-locking nut.  Base plates are made out of 1/4 inch plate (both sides).   I wanted to keep it bolt-in so i can sell it later as a tandem legal bolt in cage.  (Tandem legal depending on what events you go to.)  
Got a steering wheel for a decent price a while ago as well.  Momo Mod 08 with an NRG short hub.  All i need is some seats!

Control Arms – Car on the ground

So i did some work today and washed the car, cut the hood to clear the radiator as I re-secured it and the cap hit it again. ¬†Also stripped the entire car of every sticker except the team sticker (Opposite Grip) and my buddy’s shop (www.Renown-Performance.com). ¬†I must say, the car looks much classier without all the¬†gaudy stickers, even with destroyed fenders, hah.

But as you can see.. the front has about 7 degrees of camber at the moment.  I had to raise the car three turns in order to stop rolling rubber off on the metal fenders in half-dollar sized balls (literally), although it still rubs because as it turns out lengthening your control arm also lowers you car.  The moment arm is lengthened and therefore your spring is easier to compress due to the steeper angle between the top hat and lower balljoint.  This thing was low as crap! I already pulled the fenders a LOT, and need to pull more or man up and actually buy something fiberglass other than sideskirts.  Currently i am stuck at this much camber until i can make the fenders wider.  I am aiming for about 5 degrees.

Looks like my wheel bearing shot itself huh.  lol

Control Arms

Hey look, I did something to my car.

Decided to get nasty in the camber area. ¬†Will post more pics of them on the car later and after i align the thing. ¬†I’m expecting to get approximately 5 degrees with these puppies and maybe a little better contact patch at full lock too. ¬†Also, might be awesometron knuckle time and maybe attempt at some ackerman adjustments at the same time..

Ended up putting some polyurethane bushings in these as well. ¬†I’ve had an energy suspension master kit lying around for years and I’m slowly upgrading haha.

Before

During

After

Drift Event Oct. 2nd – Thunderdome – Sturgis, SD

I suck at updating this blog… ha. ¬†But guess what, last drift event of the SD-Drift season is next week (October 2nd) at the Thunderdome in Sturgis, SD; it’s right across the street from the Full Throttle Saloon in Sturgis. ¬†Be there! ¬†It’s an absolute blast to watch/participate in.

Driving starts at 9am and we go till 5pm.
Spectators – FREE
Drivers – $60 – cap of 25 drivers – Prepay is NOT mandatory this time. You can pay all the way up until October 2nd.

Need more info?  Get at me!

Photo via FOTOmotive dudes.
http://www.facebook.com/FOTOmotive

Full set.
http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.244883882224653.57919.192098390836536&type=1

Oh yeah, this is cool too.  Nice photo synopsis of the last event at the Thunderdome.
And i suppose here’s another video of the first event at the Thunderdome while I’m at it.

SD Drift Event At Kick Start/Monkey Rock

SO just this past Sunday we (SDDA) had our second event of the summer. It was at the Monkey Rock/Kick Start in Sturgis, SD. ¬†The location was AWESOME as we could get some serious long sliding/early entry going on. Here’s one video I’ve uploaded of the 6 hour event. ¬†It was an absolute blast even though the weather (rain) was off and on all day. ¬†I’ll update this here with more pictures and video as they come up!

Photo From:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/nuggetjr/

First Drift event in MN

It’s kind of strange that I finally got to drift with people on D-Town for the first time last weekend; the drift forum I’ve belonged to the longest, bought this car off of, started my first build on, and even went and hung out at some drift events YEARS ago. Needless to say it was a GREAT time for me, and about time too. It was my first time at a real track as all we have out in good ole SD is parking lot events. Don’t get me wrong those are fun as well because you can switch up the track layout constantly.. but the event at Elko Speedway in Elko, MN last weekend was one of the most fun events I’ve done.

That 3rd gear bank had me nervous all day as I hadn’t driven my car at an event in nearly 10 or 11 months… it took me a couple runs on the inner oval to get re-acquainted with my car. I spun out all over the place the first run and looked like a moron. Next couple runs were a lot better but I still think i could have done better. When I finally decided to take on the bank, it was on. That bank is so much fun, first time doing 3rd gear for me and man it was fun. I cannot wait to go back there again! On with the media.

Pics from Erik Lauritsen

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.511217232360.8060.294900394&closeTheater=1

From Jmuag.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/54306394@N07/

http://jmuagproduction.blogspot.com/

From:  Kaizo Photo

http://www.kaizophoto.com/

From:  Khilgers

www.khilgers.com

From: Angled Lines

www.angledlines.com



VIDEO

Event video

Inner Bank, Second Run

Outer Bank 1st Run

1st attempt at 3rd gear ever.  Was feeling out the bank for the first few corners until i got comfortable. Waaaaaay too much fun.

Outer Bank 1st Run GoPro