Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas and Happy Rotoring to all!

Christmas is here, and so is a Titan. A Nissan Titan that is. Now the blueberry can now get to 'The Glen' (aka Watkins Glen in NY), Road America (in Ohio), and any track the Titan can drive to.

The build will begin in late January/early February and there is a good amount of work to be done. Here's the short list for those whom are curious:
  • Rebuild Street Ported Motor (New Front cover and rotor housing as well)
  • Check Transmission Internals
  • Check Diff Internals
  • Upgrade Diff gearing
  • Remove all unnecessary parts
  • Upgrade Oil System

First track weekend of 2011: New Jersey Motorsports Park 4/20-4/22.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

A look back...

Here are some older pictures that I seem to have missed in the Images page. Check them out and I can provide higher resolution pictures by request.
Photo Courtesy of Scott Keefer

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Who's building a Bridge and where?

Brian at BDC Motorsports and in the near future; to answer the title's question.

I have been teasing this amongst my close friends and my "Rotard" friends for months now. I contacted Brian when Eric Meyer posted on the forums that he was running a Bridgeported RENESIS and had some very interesting results. I have chosen to use my street ported motor to be rebuilt and bridgeported. The side story about my street ported motor was that it failed because it was built improperly, amongst other issues.

The car will go under the knife over the winter and under go a series of custom and crazy mods for the upcoming 2012 season. More to come in the next months so make sure you follow Franeke for build updates and more.

Edit: Plans changed when a group of acquaintances pointed me to Luis Rivera of Wankel Works, however that did not end well as in fact he was learning how to build a Renesis using my car. Thanks to a great friend, the car races today on reman-engine. 

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Transmission and Differential Fluid Changes

When I changed my transmission and differential fluid around 30,000 miles ago I had the worst time doing. Why? I used those stupid pumps that never seem to work right. So why not let gravity do this work for me, right? Well that's what I did with a funnel and about 4 feet of tubing.

I snaked the hose right to the fill hole on the transmission from here. It was such a simple idea that I didn't even think about it when I put new fluids into the transmission before. Now some people take the shifter off and pour the fluid in. I know me, and I can make a mess any where...that and these fluids smell awful. 

After you crack the drain bolt off the trans and let all of the old fluid out, you will have to replace the crush gaskets with new OE ones. Mine were semi-fused it seemed, best to use a thin flat head and a vice grip to get those buggers off of the bolt.

Now that the drain bolt is back in, take that fill bolt out and place the extended hose into the fill hole and pour SLOWLY.

Now our transmission needs 1.8 qt of fluid, so that extra .2 will be lost in the long hose or as run off as picture below.

Tighten the fill bolt with the new gasket, and its off to the differential.

I had to use a myriad of adapters and extensions to get both of these bolts off. I must warn you, be very careful not to mangle your hand(s) on the frame when breaking the bolts free; trust me, that's another scar from my Blueberry. Now get the drain bolt off and drain the differential fluid

Don't forget the gaskets!

Now put the drain bolt back in and get the fill bolt out. Now use the same hose and place the hose into the driver's side wheelwell. Next route the hose like this so it will stay in place, for the most part.

Then pull the hose through to the differential.

Remember, pour the fluid slowly! Also, the differential needs ~1.6 qts of fluid so extra fluid will trickle out. Then put your fill bolt back in.

One last note: You will see and smell these fluids burning off your transmission and differential. That is to be expected since the fluids did dripple down both the transmission and differential.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

RE-Zelse #1 SCCA NER

A Big bump for Re-Zelse tearing up BSP this year and grabbing the #1 spot!

RE-Zelse: SCCA NER - Finale & Stirling Moss Runoff:

In late September Re-Zelse was having issues with his SSV that would have stopped him from competing and inevitably taking the Gold...not if I had any say in the matter. After all, the White Lithium Grease trick is still working!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

SSV Maintenance Revisted

About two years ago I cleaned my SSV before I put my oil catch can in. Recently RE-Zelse was having SSV issues so Stinksauce and myself decided to lend a helping hand.

After removing the battery, draining all of the coolant lines, water pump pulley, thermostat housing, and the SSV...we got started.

Using Intake/CARB cleaner we cleaned the port the SSV sits in and it was encrusted with carbon. This motor has less than 15,000mi on it...imagine how your SSV looks at your current mileage.

After spraying half of the can of cleaner into the SSV port, this was the cleanest I could get it with the tools available.

Now that the port was cleaned to the best of our abilities, time to clean the SSV itself:

However, when the SSV was was still sticking. For some reason the SSV would not move fluidly even though it was cleaned. After trial, error, and plenty of curse words...we turned to White Lithium grease.

**Only coat the portion shown above with white lithium grease**

After using white lithium grease on the SSV as shown above.

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Sunday, September 25, 2011

DIY Exhaust Repair

Because of rigid my chassis is and how bad the roads can be near exhaust system does not like it too much. I noticed an exhaust leak in my old Exoticspeed Race Pipe, but I did not know it was this bad...


In times like these, J B Weld is your best friend!

J B Weld is a cold weld product that can withstand ~500°F which should patch this leak just fine. 

First squeeze out some of the 'Steel' into a small cup or paper towel.

Next squeeze an equal amount of the 'Hardener'.

Mix up the 'Steel' and 'Hardener'


I am letting the J B Weld set for about 2 days just to me sure that everything is good and bonded.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Who likes Flames? I do!

Bazooka Photography has created another nasty video of Franeke's Winning Blue RX-8. Check it out:


Saturday, September 3, 2011

Another Teaser Pic

Bazooka Photography has done it again!

Photo Courtesy of Bazooka Photography
Video was also taken yesterday with my GoPro camera and Bazooka's DSLR. Should be very interesting.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Photoshoot Video

Here is a short clip of all the shenanigans from the photoshoot yesterday:

Nasty photoshoot

Johnny Buzoiu of Bazooka Photography took some sweet shots of my blueberry...check them out!

Photo Courtesy of Bazooka Photography

Photo Courtesy of Bazooka Photography

Photo Courtesy of Bazooka Photography

Photo Courtesy of Bazooka Photography

Photo Courtesy of Bazooka Photography

Photo Courtesy of Bazooka Photography
There are more pictures to come and possibly a video. Stay tuned!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Blast from the Past

Check out these sick track pictures from NJMP. This was back in April of 2010, which was the last time Redline Time Attack was on the East Coast.

Photo by Kyle Crawford
Photo by Kyle Crawford

Friday, August 12, 2011

Photoshoot Meet at Honeymoon Island, FL

Last Saturday I hosted a small meet outside Clearwater. Originally there was supposed to be an army of models, however most of the models flaked on their appearances. How ever, the photographers were able to snap some sick shots of the cars and the girls. These pictures were done by Chase Geiger Photography.

Photo courtesy of Chase Geiger Photography
Photo courtesy of Chase Geiger Photography
Photo courtesy of Chase Geiger Photography
Photo courtesy of Chase Geiger Photography
Photo courtesy of Chase Geiger Photography
Photo courtesy of Chase Geiger Photography

Photo courtesy of Chase Geiger Photography
Photo courtesy of Chase Geiger Photography
Photo courtesy of Chase Geiger Photography
Alece Smith
Photo courtesy of Chase Geiger Photography
Photo courtesy of Chase Geiger Photography

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Photoshoot Meet Teaser

Here is a teaser from a car photoshoot meet that was held yesterday in Honeymoon Island, Florida. More pics will come as the photographers post them...

Photo by Kyle Allen

Friday, August 5, 2011

New bracing, MS stlye

Just slapped on the MazdaSpeed strut tower brace thanks to Brice at Race Roots. This brace is light as all hell and braces the master brace cylinder...which is f'ing awesome!