Posted on: August 29, 2013 The following is by Barry Lau, a driver for the Failcar based out of Chicago, IL. Thank you Barry for lending us your story. Hello again race fans, here’s the latest Race Write-Up from Team Failcar: This last weekend’s race was at Michigan International Speedway. MIS is an oval track, but we ran the road course because non-stop full-throttle racing detonates $500 racecars like a sledgehammer to a watermelon. A little about the Failcar: The current car started out as a 1985 900 Turbo SPG. The suspension and rolling bits were updated to later model gear. Brakes were upgraded to 9000 calipers. Various tricks of the Saab racing trade are employed to improve handling and reliability of the rolling bits. The engine is stock currently. In typical Failcar Fashion (it’s very Haute Couture), we were ill-prepared for our race weekend. With two weeks to go, we had
Gary Reider followed up his first place finish at the Polish Mountain Hill Climb with a third place finish at last weekend’s Duryea Hill Climbin Reading, PA. Gary is a member of the eEuroparts.com Motorsports Program, a package of exclusive discounts, promotions, and free parts for anyone who participates in motorsports events. We’ve been tracking Gary’s summer closely and he’s been gracious enough to send us updates and photos of his events. This is Reider’s first full summer of hill climb racing in a long time and yet he’s showing no rust thus far, finishing in the top three of every event he’s entered. In a year with a record 111 entrants, Gary finished third in his class at Duryea, a 2.3 mile course that winds up the side of Mount Penn and runs past The Pagoda, a seven story tower built over 100 years ago. Gary’s fastest time of 140.874 seconds was a
What’s the absolute best place to drive a highly modified 25 year old 4 door family sedan? On the track of course! Our enthusiast of the month, Andy Thayer, does just that. Andy’s love of BMWs, specifically the E28 body style (1982-1988 5 series), started with his very first car, a 1985 524td. His 2.4L turbodiesel (very rare in the US and used as taxis in Europe) was rated at 114 HP and was quick enough to be fun, but slow enough to keep Andy out of any trouble with the law! A few years later, Andy went on a search for a very specific E28, a 1988 535is. He found a southern example, alpine white over cardinal red leather, and purchased it sight unseen. Only showing 107,000 miles, the car was rust free and well maintained but not modified. Initial plans were to keep it stock, but that soon changed.
After a few hundred thousand miles and twenty plus years, the rubber bushings on a classic Saab 900 are pretty beat up. In particular, the bushings for the front sway bar, correctly termed the “anti-roll bar”, are undoubtedly worn. The bar is held in place by four rubber bushings, two bolted to the body just behind the steering rack and one on each end, held in place by the same bolts that secure the lower ball joints to the control arm. eEuroparts sells both new rubber bushings and urethane bushings for performance applications. If you prefer to install the urethane bushings, it will take a little work on your part. Unlike the rubber bushings, they are sold only as the plastic pieces, not in the steel housing like the originals. I initially took the old bushings and the urethane inserts to a couple of auto shops and both declined to
When we launched My Projects a few months ago we hoped that visitors of eEuroparts.com would not only enjoy seeing the user created kits other people created, but also use the tool themselves to build their own Projects. We couldn’t be happier with the response. In fact, we got so many submissions in the first month that we decided to extend our promotional contest deadline to allow for even more users to submit their Project ideas. The genesis for My Projects was the idea that the customer knows best. eEuroparts is staffed top to bottom with people who are experts on BMWs, Saabs, Volvos, Volkswagens, and more, but collectively our customers know more about their own cars than we ever could by ourselves. That’s why we wanted to give you the opportunity to share your knowledge and expertise with the eEuroparts community, and share you did. Thanks to your enthusiastic reaction to