This is a site built by a buddy of mine (StudioRhoad.com) to document the progress of my project 620 build that Iím doing. I hope I have the patience to continue adding and updating as I move further along with the project. I will also be blogging about general stuff in my life as I experience them. Feel free to check out my About page for more info and background.
I’ve been so busy with work and life that I haven’t been updating the site like I should. So I’m trying to force myself to at least spend a couple of minutes a week to a least throw a couple of things on here even if they’re just pictures with small amounts of explanation.
Anyway, the Datsun finally got its 15 minutes of fame. S3 Magazine wanted to do a spread on the build and of course I said, “Hell Yeah!” Motormavens wanted to share the pictures for a write up they were doing so everything showed up really nice.
These two were for the Magazine. But here’s a bunch more from MotorMavens. They did a great job too! Johnathon and Brett were both awesome to work with! Thanks for the great write up and becoming friends of mine since then.
You can check the rest of the pictures and the write up Here!
Thanks for Cover spread S3 and the write up Motormavens!!
Had a BLAST!! This was the first trip for the truck to an actual track for a grip day. My buddy Erin Sanford, who has more track time than myself, rode with me on my first trip out. And after taking the Datsun out and beating on it a for a little while, he said the truck was setup really nicely and the suspension felt good and it had good acceleration and overall did really good. He gave me some parting words as we were exiting the truck for me to continue working on my line and I should be in good shape.
I was proud for the truck to handle the pressure of grip driving. I know that drifting can be abussive on a vehicle, but road racing really puts some serious stresses on the frame and suspension. So I was excited to see that all my fab work held together as great as it did! Not even and stress fracture!
Unfortunately the day didn’t end without incident. I ended up melting a water supply line to the Turbo trim. So that ended my day of fun. But that was fine. I was on my last time out on the track for the day anyway. I got 5-6 hard laps in before I saw smoke coming from the hood vent.
So now that I’ve found it, expect some updates real soon. It’s been almost a year and a half since I did an update.
I’ve got lots to share including videos, stories, a magazine spread (not of me. just the truck ;-p) and much more. Chris Rhoad even designed a patch for me and the truck!! Can’t wait to get some of those sewn on and sent out!
After some extra cash came in, I was able to order the external water pump from Summit. This meant that I was gonna have to move the radiator to the rear of the truck. Well, actually, that was the plan all along. There are a few reasons why this was a better option than trying to leave the rad in the engine bay.
1. With the rad in the rear, that takes the heat out of the engine bay, therefore helping to keep the entire bay at a lower temp.
2. There simply is more free airflow in the rear of the truck.
3. The external water pump is electric, meaning that I can run that consistently without running the truck. This way the truck will cool off WWAAAYY faster than if I was to have it on mechanical setup. Plus the mechanical setup doesn’t have enough strength to push that much water.
4. With the rad out of the engine bay and away from the intercooler which it was pressed up against, I will have less heat soaking issues and also creating a little cooler air into the intake.
This is the only picture that I took of the radiator in the rear. I painted it gloss black like everything else before going to the track. I never even got to drive it around before the event. As soon as I got finished I loaded it on the trailer and went to bed because I had to be at Turner the next morning.
This past weekend was much better than my previous event at Turner. We still had a few issues but once those were fixed it was fine for the most part. First, I took the truck out for the first run group and it immediately started spitting as soon as it got into boost. I ran two more laps to see if maybe the truck was not warm enough. Pulled back to the pits. Matt started looking at stuff and found out that the water pump was installed backwards, even though I followed the instructions to the letter. Fixed that by swapping the water lines.
I went out to make some more runs and then the truck wouldn’t start. I figured out that I knocked off the starter relay wire. Easy fix.
Then the day went pretty good until one of the event staff approached me and told me that my fan blades had broken off. Sure enough, I was missing all the blades on one side of my fan! And the fan had somehow come unplugged. Plugged it in, turned on the power and immediately turned it off. The fan was so off balance that it had literally shaken itself unplugged.Will Staab, the staff that informed me about my fan, offered to sell me a nice 16″ for $40.
I was able to make two more passes before the truck was to hot to drive anymore. I just hung out with the guys the rest of the day and smoked a cigar.
Will Staab flaked on the fan as I suspected he would. Delete!
I’m really digging not having a bed on the truck. It has more of a RatRod looks to it.
Here’s a couple of shots from the June 12th event at Turner Field.
And even though the truck was giving me so many issues I was able to make a few passes. It was by far the worst day I’ve ever had in my drifting/track experience. We had multiple issues. The truck was breaking up under boost, cutting out in the turns, and overall running terrible. After changing coilpacks, MAF sensor and realizing that the fuel cell pickup line had moved to the top of the cell the truck was drivable again. But that was cut short too because it was consistently overheating. I would only get about 2 passes before the truck was getting to 100c.
Oh well, back to the drawing board to figure out some coolant issues.
Looks like the Datsun made to both their sites.
I got a new fuel cell from my buddy Matt at Foerst MotorWerks. Took me a couple of days to get it all fabbed in the back and cut the bed up to mate down onto the new cell. I will get a picture up soon of what it looks like with the new cell peeking through the bed. It looks super clean with the cell popping up out of the old dirty bed of that Datsun.
The Soarer even made it in the coverage. I got lucky to have two cars in the show, much more to have both show up on these Top-of-the-FoodChain Sites!
Both sites said that it was their personal favorites of the car show that I was in at Formula Drift.
To answer the question that I’ve already been ask a few times: I did not run at Formula Drift. I love drifting and soon to hopefully be Road Racing in this thing but I’m not really not a competitive person. More competitive with myself than anyone. I have a tendency to get into my own world when I’m playing with the car and forget about hanging out with my friends. I start to get self competitive and start thinking of how I can do better and what I should do to adjust the truck or myself so that I’m that much more efficient when I’m out there.
Anyway, the Datsun is about to be featured in a magazine really soon so be on the look out for updates on that. I’m excited to see my hard work get put in a quality magazine!
Turner Field on Feb. 27th
And then this is from this past weekend. A bunch of the Driftmechaniks got together and were able to use Atlanta Motor Speedway for the day. Great Times!!