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Old 06-03-2008, 12:35 PM   #21
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Start tracking instead of buying new car? Should I?
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Old 06-03-2008, 12:55 PM   #22
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Or track your new car lol
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Old 06-03-2008, 01:10 PM   #23
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miatas are nasty, yukk, E30 all the way, you guys are traders. lol.
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Old 06-03-2008, 01:37 PM   #24
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I know miata has great track history. But i love the look of the 240sx, they are great beginner cars, maybe not as good as the miata, but the 240sx is still a great car. I gotta find out more info between the two of them. Things like how much parts are. Iam planning on gutting the interior, putting some coilovers, maybe a turbo, things like that.
ya i drool over a stock clean 240 for some reason but if i ever got 1 to track in i kno i would just end up kicking its ass out in every turn lol
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Old 06-03-2008, 01:39 PM   #25
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Old 06-03-2008, 01:47 PM   #26
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Old 06-03-2008, 04:23 PM   #27
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A MK2 VW Golf. There are tons of them around and used parts are easy to get. In 1988 I ran a new one in SSB and hat thing ran the whole season with just brake pads and tires.

Also, you might look into a salvage E46 car. They are built like a tank and a piece of cake to keep running on the track. A friend of mine bought a 2001 330i for $3000. He is making it his personal project to turn the thing into a track car.

I'd probably go the E46 route too as they are plentiful and the used parts market is plentiful. A 1999 323 or 325 has got to be dirt cheap by now. The E46 is getting so old, that they are turning into a real bargain.

As for a 944, they have got to be really cheap by now as I ran one of those things back in 1988-1991 in the Firehawk series. Even at that time, they were as reliable as can be.
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Old 06-03-2008, 04:45 PM   #28
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miatas are like the standard auto-x car. rwd, nice gearbox, and most importantly cheap.
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Old 06-03-2008, 05:09 PM   #29
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Old 06-03-2008, 05:31 PM   #30
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I do miss my Miata .. they come stock with a damn LSD .. damn that car was fun .. like an oversized go-cart ...

you won't be disappointed with one
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WTTHHHH, 3000 for a e46, ill buy one today if i see one, woww, what happened to the car, flip over 80 times.


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A MK2 VW Golf. There are tons of them around and used parts are easy to get. In 1988 I ran a new one in SSB and hat thing ran the whole season with just brake pads and tires.

Also, you might look into a salvage E46 car. They are built like a tank and a piece of cake to keep running on the track. A friend of mine bought a 2001 330i for $3000. He is making it his personal project to turn the thing into a track car.

I'd probably go the E46 route too as they are plentiful and the used parts market is plentiful. A 1999 323 or 325 has got to be dirt cheap by now. The E46 is getting so old, that they are turning into a real bargain.

As for a 944, they have got to be really cheap by now as I ran one of those things back in 1988-1991 in the Firehawk series. Even at that time, they were as reliable as can be.
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Old 06-16-2008, 01:56 PM   #32
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budget track car...

If your budget is only $4,000, a Mazda Miata 1990 - 1997 (1st gen) is should be your on the top of your list, the 1.8 Liter 1994 to 1997 being prefferable, larger engine, brakes, and most important - more/better bracing (stiffer chassis).

The engines are absolutely bullet-proof, many out there with 200,000 + miles and tracked regularly. Just keep some $$$ in your budget for a 4-point roll-bar, full cage (ala Spec-Miata) will run you a lot more. The "hard-top" is fiberglass/plastic, cannot be substituted for a bar/cage, after the late 1990's, there is no car club or oganization that will let you on a track without it.

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miata.net
www.mazdadrivers.com

Disclosure: I own a 1994 Miata "R" package, tracked/autocrossed for years, also former owner of a 240sx, tracked.

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Old 11-03-2008, 11:12 AM   #33
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I have a 1991 240sx coupe for sale. Silver, manual trans, 212k mi, really clean. The alternator bolt broke off, put too much stress on the belt and the belt came apart.... some of it was slapping around and chewed up some of the harness going to the ecu. Im in the process of fixing that and once it's running again I'll prob be asking around $3000 for it. That'll include a 1-way ticket to DFW airport, me to pick you up from the airport(if you live in the lower 48) and a full tank of gas to drive it back

I bought it from the 2nd owner, dude drove it back and forth from dallas to atlanta for 11 years. I had the intentions to turn it into a track car but after racing a friend's STi, I've fallen inlove with AWD turbo cars and will be focusing my efforts on my e30 325ix.

OP, pm me for more info/pics/etc if you're truly interested. It'll take me around 7-10 days to find and fix the problem.
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Old 11-03-2008, 01:47 PM   #34
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You can also look at a Porsche 914 "The working man's Porsche"

they did a project car is Grassroots Motorsport awhile back. Enigne is easy to drop out the bottom, and the parts are fairly inexpensive. You can chop the top/front windshield and put a rollbar and you've got a great open top track/autoxer ala Catterham 7 style, or you can leave the top on and just run it the way it is...
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