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  1. Might take a look at this thread if you haven't seen it. Also, I found 1 gallon blocks on the internet for 85-100 bucks. I don't know how cheap JAZ cells are, but a good one from ATI or FuelSafe seems to run around $1,000 depending on the capacity, features, options, etc. If you're spending that much, another hundred bucks doesn't seem like a big deal. Or you could go with an 18 or 20 gallon cell since those are both legal...
  2. We always seemed to be the black sheep of the student design teams, but you might look at the Baja SAE events, too. Just beware, the number of Jeep and truck entries might go up!
  3. Kinda makes you wonder when the last time some of the folks calling the shots actually read their own rulebook - especially considering they just did a complete overhaul of the thing a few months ago.
  4. 2009 Chevy Silverado 1500 2007 KTM 990 Adventure 2003 Kawasaki Vulcan 800 2001 H-D 883 Sportster 2000 VW Passat 1.8T 1997 Honda Civic EX (POS Chumpmobile) 1991 Olds Cutlass Supreme Convertible - just turned over 17,000 miles 1983 Honda Shadow 750 1980 Suzuki GS550L 1977 Alfa Romeo Spider 1970 VW Karmann Ghia And if Ron is going to bring up bikes, I've got an early '90s Peugeot and a late '80s Schwinn with solid rubber tires, coaster brakes, and some sick training wheels.
  5. 3.2.3. Two driver-side door bars (labeled “7”) that will prevent cockpit intrusion. NASCAR-style or X-design is acceptable. If you mean two horizontal bars PLUS the X braces, then the rule book needs to be re-written. Perhaps with two illustrations showing the acceptable layouts.
  6. Couldn't find performance stats on a US-spec SEC... 560SEL: weight 4035 lbs, PWR 16.95, 0-60 7.0 seconds, 1/4 mile 15.5 @ 90mph, top speed 140mph (C&D) 500 point SC300: weight 3526, PWR 15.67, 0-60 6.8 seconds, 1/4 mile 15.4 @ 90mph, top speed 139 (C&D) 450 point 325i: weight 2823, PWR 16.8, 0-60 7.4, 1/4 mile 15.6 @ 88mph, top speed 128 (C&D) 325 point 190e 2.6: weight 2774lbs, PWR 16.7, 0-60 8.3 seconds, 1/4 mile 16.5 @ 89mph (AutoCar) It doesn't really matter to me, just saying that my initial reaction to looking at the specs on it is it seemed closer to 500 than 300. I hope it either gets approved or you get a couple more gallons of gas for the ol' Fiero We can all probably find a few cars on the list to justify our opinions one way or the other. Just goes to show there is still a lot of disparity in the chart and that'll probably never get fixed completely. Guess it all comes down to what the mythical VPI formula considers important...
  7. Same as a 4-cylinder E-class or a 190E? I'd think more like 450-500ish.
  8. Not to mention, a normally aspirated 60-degree V6 is a fair bit lighter than a supercharged 3800 (even though it's still pretty light for the power it's capable of making).
  9. You ever mess around with the XT6 engine? A friend of mine had one about 10 years ago. Not terribly fast, the air-ride leaked and what was left of the sills and rocker panels were pure rust, but it was a hoot to drive.
  10. My Ghia could use a friendly face from Wolfsburg to keep it company in my collection of semi/non-running cars... In O'Fallon you say?
  11. Weight of your car used for the swap is now built into the calculator (and roughly 10% less than advertised curb weight). The power to weight ratio where points begin accumulating rapidly went up from about 12:1 to 14:1 if I remember right.
  12. I can understand both views, but, I feel it is a very valid point that there are a lot of go-faster parts that are free (and it seems like more every year) yet a piece aimed more toward reliability/longevity - with a side benefit of not having to baby your engine in the middle of summer just to keep it in one piece - costs almost as much as a set of headers.
  13. Are the Federals a 460TW? That's what our Dunlops are. Pretty tough and they feel grippy - until you get surrounded by a bunch of other cars on 200s. Then you learn real quick to stay the eff outta the way.
  14. I just hope it's Crackberry compatible.
  15. There were a few different sizes. Mostly in the 18-20 gallon range. By the way, I looked a couple weeks ago and the +4 gallon fuel cell exception appears to be gone. The manual option is true for sure. Some of the late '70s A-bodies came with them, and they're virtually identical to the G-bodies as far as I know.