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Author Topic: E-5 Motorsports and a '93 Trans Am  (Read 4542 times)

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Offline Dynoroom

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Re: E-5 Motorsports and a '93 Trans Am
« Reply #30 on: April 16, 2020, 09:40:56 AM »
There are some who believe that it's not just thrust you are looking for. Some potential to "Fill the Void" or vacuum (read that as drag) behind the vehicle may be of benefit.
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Re: E-5 Motorsports and a '93 Trans Am
« Reply #31 on: April 16, 2020, 10:23:15 AM »
Pay attention to what Mike says.  That guy made a stock body go 300. Clicky the link in his sig.  If you can, you should have a talk with him.  Which reminds me , I should call him and get a refill on some smarts. 8-)
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Re: E-5 Motorsports and a '93 Trans Am
« Reply #32 on: April 20, 2020, 12:21:46 PM »
Appreciate the input on the header and exhaust question... I've spent quite a bit of my spare time reading on the subject the past few days.  We've pretty well resolved to route it to the back but as to the specifics, well, that's a problem for future me.

Just as a quick update on the car - ordered a lightweight steering column from Midwest Chassis for installation into the Trans Am.  It arrived last Friday, was installed Sunday.  Works well with our manual steering rack conversion.  We opted for the SFI spec steering wheel hub.  Didn't see anything in the rules requiring it but better safe than sorry... heck, it was only a few bucks difference in the end so why not?

We should finally be going in Saturday to drop the car off at the shop to begin rollcage installation.  We're about a month off of our original date now but it's not a big deal... we had hoped to be able to thrash and bring a running car to WoS this year and at least get tech'd and make a few runs but life happens so we'll still plan to attend WoS, only as spectators and not racers.

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Re: E-5 Motorsports and a '93 Trans Am
« Reply #33 on: April 20, 2020, 01:27:38 PM »
There's always World Finals (about 30%).  Plus you may want to take the unfinished car to WOS and have the SCTA inspectors gaze at it for suggestions and/or alterations.
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Re: E-5 Motorsports and a '93 Trans Am
« Reply #34 on: April 28, 2020, 06:30:52 PM »
Quick update from the road... figured out how to resize and upload images from my phone haha.  Finally got the car hauled off to the shop for cage installation this past weekend.  Now we're just waiting on a call to go back after roll structure is complete enough to get the seat mounting figured out.  Initial guesstimate was somewhere around 3 weeks to build the cage, we'll see how it all unfolds.  There ought to be plenty of pics once we have something to post...  until the next time

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Re: E-5 Motorsports and a '93 Trans Am
« Reply #35 on: May 18, 2020, 01:08:57 PM »
Hi all!  Went and visited the cage fabricator Saturday, May 16.  He called, said there was enough structure done and we needed to go decide where our seat was to be positioned.  Grabbed our safety equipment and headed in... I'll let pictures do most of the talking this time around.  We did opt to have 1 3/4" 0.120 wall DOM tubing used all around for a little extra beef.  Gussets were done using 1" 0.120 wall tube.  There's still door bars and a helmet bar to be added so it's not done yet.  Getting there, though...

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Re: E-5 Motorsports and a '93 Trans Am
« Reply #36 on: May 18, 2020, 01:14:44 PM »
Just a couple more pictures of Mr. ROKTSHP checking out his thoughts on the seat placement and how much we need to cut off the steering column to both shorten and lower wheel position.

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Re: E-5 Motorsports and a '93 Trans Am
« Reply #37 on: May 18, 2020, 03:20:34 PM »
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Re: E-5 Motorsports and a '93 Trans Am
« Reply #38 on: May 27, 2020, 11:45:37 AM »
You will want to pay close attention to window net mounting while setting up your seat and steering wheel locations. I have a 96 Firebird and it was really an effort to get something that works right.

We put in some panels to block the lower parts then added net in the farthest forward triangle so we could remove for pedal adjustment.

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Re: E-5 Motorsports and a '93 Trans Am
« Reply #39 on: May 28, 2020, 01:59:28 PM »
You will want to pay close attention to window net mounting while setting up your seat and steering wheel locations. I have a 96 Firebird and it was really an effort to get something that works right.

We put in some panels to block the lower parts then added net in the farthest forward triangle so we could remove for pedal adjustment.



Good info to chew on.  When we were getting seat location figured out we were trying to keep in mind that we needed a good opening to still be able to bail out smoothly.  Were there any specific problems you were running in to with your car in regards to the net?

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Re: E-5 Motorsports and a '93 Trans Am
« Reply #40 on: May 31, 2020, 09:26:47 AM »
Let me start this one off by saying that nothing with test your determination and will to survive like being entangled in your roll cage trying to get it primed and painted. But we survived. The cage is installed (welded in) and looking good. Pictures will be coming soon.