I haven't seen the answer, so why the 4cyl hoonboy? Honest curious question.
The car looks awesome by the way, real tidy.
My guess would be: He figured it would come in at around 1000kg ie. reasonably light.
: He knew that Commodore parts and upgrade parts would be cheap and cheerfull ie. the wheels, brakes and panels.
: it is different from the usual Datsun 1200, 1500, Bluebird and probably cheaper too.
: if nothing else he would get plenty of giggles from people asking ...Why a 4 cyl Commodore.
I love it, clearly a well planned and executed build.
nice work, certainly didn't muck around with the conversion and shaved some serious weight off the bastard!
Looks the part, will be good to get some feedback on how the setup all works on the track once you push it
Did you do anything fancy with the rear suspension apart from the usual shock/spring upgrade ?
love everything except for the powerplant, but hey like you said you have your reasons!
Basic LS1 in this would be a rocket. Just saying...
I just saw a post on facebook talking about weights for historic racecars, Torana XU1 suggested 1020-1060 kg. So here we have a similar weight vehicle with better weight distribution, wider track, better tyres and suspension, positively massive brakes and better power delivery. Whilst it probably lacks outright power, it likely has a wider power band...
Sorry, I just find it such an intelligent car, I'll bet it is utterly forgiving and benign to drive, consequently it will likely be very consistent.
You say benign, I say forgiving.
Actually sounds like it could be a reasonable track newbie car, learn setup and race craft and then go for more power when ready.
As opposed to go for big power straight off the bat and learn how to pay to get the car rebuilt when you bin it.
The potential for decent power is only a turbo away.
Some of you guys are so narrow minded.
You often see in karts the guys who start in the J's are quicker than the guys who jumped straight in a clubman. When you don't have bulk power on tap it forces you to find the best line and keep up momentum. Rather than just braking as late as possible, point at the next apex and give it full gas.
Someone once said if you can't go fast with 90 hp, then 900 isn't going to help...
Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Best way to start is with less power. And try beat the guys with V8's.
NA8B 89 KW's- P.I. 1:50.1, WNTN1:38.0, SDWN 1:27.6, WKFLD 1:10.4
NB8B 181 KW's- P.I 1:43.8, WNTN 1:32.9, SDWN 1:22.0, BDFD 1:05.3
Awesome build, love the fact it's against the norm, build quality looks great aswell!
Last edited by Matt Bomer; 22-01-16 at 08:37 AM.
Do love this car. I should have built my brakes, cage and suspension the same way.
Turns out, far too much has been written about great men and not nearly enough about morons
Originally Posted by seedyrom
Love it. I'd turbo it personally if you get the itch, especially if you already have the sr20 mounted up. We've got an LS with 510hp in the same deal and I reckon the car would be barely any slower over a number of laps with, say, 400hp on a set of semi's which you can fit under stock guards.
Shame all the pics are broken, this was an awesome thread.
Anyway, to the topic. Found this more recent video while trawling YouTube and thought you guys might be interested.
Last edited by Rthirty1; 07-12-16 at 12:56 AM.
It's still around. He's just been busy with life and shit.
Hopefully he'll have it back out next year.