So now whatís left to do? Mostly interior stuff. Remove interior
and get a roll cage installed (~$2000, this will be the last big expense
barring a blown motor), install a race seat (I have a seat waiting: $400
*new* Sparco EVO) and harnesses (I have Sparco, 6pt, camlock belts $147.90
waiting), and mount tires. A good friend essentially gave me 6 scrubbed
R compound tires for free and I have Hawk Blue brake pads leftover from
my early days tracking my 3rd Gen RX-7 that I can use. I have a used aluminum
hood ($200) waiting a rattle can paint job and installation. I managed to
source an "assembled" limited slip differential fitted with a Torsen LSD out of
a Miata ($400) to replace the open unit currently in the car. This will help ole peg leg
considerably. And the icing on the cake, this unit comes with a 4:33 ring and pinion
out of a GTUs (vs the stock 4:1). Yeah for me!
A steering wheel and quick disconnect would be great as would
a shift light but these could wait also. Strut tower bars are cheap so
I might get those sooner rather than later. I have some concerns about
the adequacy of the stock radiator and of course the longevity of the motor
and transmission is questionable but nothing I can do about that now until
they fail. So where do I stand?
Initial Weight Savings
More Engine Bay Weight Savings 13.4 lbs
Interior Weight Savings 1 23.6 lbs
Total Weight Savings: 155.8 lbs
So already Iím down to a car that weighs in at less
than 2470lbs and a has a few more hp to boot. Not too shabby.
And I havenít even begun to really work on the interior yet! The passenger
seat alone has to weigh 40lbs!
TOTAL COSTS TO DATE:
Car initial costs and brake costs $1480.86
Exhaust work $ 762.99
Engine bay cleanup $ 304.05
Suspension costs $1607.80
On target for the $7000 ITS track car that I built with my own hands?
We shall see.
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