Project Featherweight v.2011: NICO's Autocross Truck

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Project Featherweight v.2011: NICO's Autocross Truck

Postby PEZi » Sat Mar 26, 2011 10:05 pm

NICOclub.com's Autocross Truck went into surgery this winter as part of Project Featherweight, the SCCA E-Prepared build. The goal was to shed weight, do some balancing and just freshen up a few things. The result? I have a Go-Kart :)


For those interested, here is the build-up from this winter :mike

5 months ago, it got parked for the winter, and mods slowly took place since then

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Day 1:

Starting to make progress...

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Day 2:

Front lip of sorts added, makeshift fender roll on the already beat fenders and of course... more crap removed.

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Day 3:

Who needs this? What is this... a plastic ice-cream scoop?

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Day 4:

A quick day... but progress nonetheless

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Day 5:

Getting to the good stuff. Passenger side rear fender-well removed

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Day 6:

Driver side done as well

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Day 7:

Paint! Also... the lightweight floppy door mod!

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Day 8:

Front fender tubs come out, and the lightweight floppy hood mod!

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Day 9:

Another quick day. Holes cut in the grill for the blinkers and few other minor cosmetic touches.

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Day 10:

Another short day. Blinkers mounted and wiring unwrapped

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Day 11:

Hood pins and new bump stops installed

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Day 12:

Hood pins finally done. JDM hood prop added for cooling, but the hood is so floppy, the middle is still below where it needs to be :rotfl

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Day 13:

Rear suspension rebuild ensues, and 2011 fluids arrive.

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Day 14:

Rear suspension fully apart, prepped and painted. Front sway bar out.

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Day 15:

Front sway bar, rear mounting points and the rest of the rear suspension sprayed.

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Day 16:

New bushings in, rear put back together and adjustable spring rate leaf helper added.

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Day 17:

Front sway bar back in with new bushings installed.

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Day 18:

Maintenance time... hub comes off to replace wheel studs... thanks you Nissan for this crap design :rolleyes:

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Day 19:

Battery cables cut to length and master disconnect switch installed.

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Day 20:

Brake lines and clutch line flushed and bled, then on to remove OPR off of the Hoosiers

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Day 21:

Finally off of stands! Wheels on, wires installed, fuel lines re-routed... all that good stuff. Oil change done as well.

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Day 22:

Battery box and battery installed, and, oh, yeah.............. It runs

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[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAR4qZtnmDY[/youtube]

There will still be a few updates this week as final things are taken care of. Results from this season's results will also be posted with in car videos when possible! Stay tuned for this season's shenanigans :werd:

Day 23:

SCCA rules state there must be firewall hole covers.... how about these?


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Re: Project Featherweight v.2011: NICO's Autocross Truck

Postby boro drift » Sat Mar 26, 2011 10:46 pm

I wish you luck in the 2011 season, my friend. Let me know if you need anything else for the truck.

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Re: Project Featherweight v.2011: NICO's Autocross Truck

Postby PEZi » Sat Mar 26, 2011 11:06 pm

Thanks buddy! Love the battery box!

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Re: Project Featherweight v.2011: NICO's Autocross Truck

Postby Rev_D21 » Sun Mar 27, 2011 6:54 am

She's a full on race truck now.

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Re: Project Featherweight v.2011: NICO's Autocross Truck

Postby sbird1 » Sun Mar 27, 2011 11:56 am

Full race indeed. Is it still street legal at this point?

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Re: Project Featherweight v.2011: NICO's Autocross Truck

Postby PapaSmurf2k3 » Sun Mar 27, 2011 12:43 pm

Cool!

Any idea on the total weight savings?

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Re: Project Featherweight v.2011: NICO's Autocross Truck

Postby flinterman2000 » Sun Mar 27, 2011 5:13 pm

I'm glad I was able to help you remove some of the weight.

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Re: Project Featherweight v.2011: NICO's Autocross Truck

Postby PEZi » Sun Mar 27, 2011 7:16 pm

sbird1 wrote:Full race indeed. Is it still street legal at this point?
Its got tags :couch:
PapaSmurf2k3 wrote:Cool!

Any idea on the total weight savings?
From this winter, a tab over 150lbs. Dunno about overall, but stock curb weight was around 2580 and I'm estimating 500. That puts it about 2k :)
flinterman2000 wrote:I'm glad I was able to help you remove some of the weight.
Yes indeed, in my most memorable shipping experience thus far :rotfl

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Re: Project Featherweight v.2011: NICO's Autocross Truck

Postby PEZi » Mon Mar 28, 2011 6:32 pm

Original post updated with day 23!

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Re: Project Featherweight v.2011: NICO's Autocross Truck

Postby nissangirl74 » Mon Mar 28, 2011 9:11 pm

You finally did it. Well done! ;)

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Re: Project Featherweight v.2011: NICO's Autocross Truck

Postby longtooth » Thu Mar 31, 2011 7:35 pm

Sweet job. The video was too short however.

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Re: Project Featherweight v.2011: NICO's Autocross Truck

Postby 300ZXttZMAN » Tue Jun 07, 2011 6:14 am

yea that looks cool i want to see a longer video tho :)

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Re: Project Featherweight v.2011: NICO's Autocross Truck

Postby PEZi » Wed Jun 08, 2011 11:33 pm

Due to some unfortunate wiring issues... the truck is back down :(

It should be up and running again before July 9th's event however!

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Re: Project Featherweight v.2011: NICO's Autocross Truck

Postby flohtingPoint » Thu Jun 09, 2011 4:34 pm

PEZi wrote:Due to some unfortunate wiring issues... the truck is back down :(

It should be up and running again before July 9th's event however!

It better!

BTW, have you registered for all your contingencies yet? http://www.scca.com/contingencies.aspx?hub=3

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Re: Project Featherweight v.2011: NICO's Autocross Truck

Postby PEZi » Fri Jun 10, 2011 10:17 pm

flohtingPoint wrote:

It better!

BTW, have you registered for all your contingencies yet? http://www.scca.com/contingencies.aspx?hub=3
Gettin' around to it!

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Re: Project Featherweight v.2011: NICO's Autocross Truck

Postby PEZi » Sat Jul 16, 2011 1:49 pm

For those that weren't quite able to make it out for the Rocky Mountain ProSolo, here's the damage!

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