Building of the Bushwacker Race Car - A Complete History
The following is a chronology of changes
that I've made to the car to convert it from a cool street car, to a
very competitive, GT Class race car.
Phase 0 - Buy
the basic car!
for a starting car for months, I finally found a good 1979 911sc with
160,000 miles on December 14th, 1997 in http://www.classifieds2000.com.
It was listed as "good condition, $8900".
The first sighting in the seller's
garage. Let me write the
check right now. Don't you want to drive it, he asks? Nope.
Well it needed a ton of work including
new master cylinder, brakes, rotors, & a new tranny, but hey, I
was going to replace all that stuff anyway. After a complete mechanical
inspection and a few negotiating sessions with the seller, we settled
on a price of $7,700. A bargain some might think, but after you
figure how much money needs to go into it, getting a good price on the
basic car is an absolute must! Heck, by the time you're done,
you'll have a good $30-40K in the car, depending on how crazy you get.
And yes, I got a bargain. In 1997, a car like this in good
condition was commanding about $12,000-14,000 depending on the condition.
Not a bad looking car to start off
with. It had been repainted once and all the mods
that the motor needed to bring it up to reliable condition had been done.
here for Phase 1 Mods (Jan 1998)
- Safety Equipment
Follow the link above for a detailed
list of all the work that went into this phase. After it was all
done, I drove the GGR Time Trial at Sears Point (6 laps total &
no times because of rain).
Number 309 at Tech Inspection at Sears
here for Phase 2 Mods (May 1998)
- Car Trailer
- Weight savings
- Roll Bar
- Strut Bracing
After completing all of this work,
I drove Laguna w/ the NASA club and then the GGR Time Trials at Laguna
Seca twice (1:52), Buttonwillow (no time, rain), and Thunderhill Raceway
(2:15). Click here to see more detail
on this phase.
Screaming around Turn 4 w/ the NASA
club. I'd just passed all those Datsun
510's, GTI's and Volvo station wagons - Get outta my way!:)
here for Phase 3 Mods (July 1998)
Next event is Sears Point with the
NASA club on Aug 15th. I ordered all the body panels from Hank
at www.gt-racing.com - I even
installed most of them! Amazing quality - my bodyshop guy couldn't
believe I didnt sand or finish them. Its going to be a 911 RSR
style body (front fenders, rear quarters, front hood, dashboard), with
a Carerra style wing & front mounted oil cooler all manufactured
out of Carbon Fiber. Cool! Also, with all the hot weather here
in California, I'll need a front mounted oil cooler to cool those 15
quarts of oil in the beast! Click here
to see more detail on this phase.
here for Phase 4 Mods (September 1998)
7/1/98 - I just bought
a brand new 993 motor with 554 miles on it for $6500 on July 1st, 1998.
Its missing the brain and the wiring harness (destroyed in the crash),
has a broken distributor housing and no air cleaner but other than that,
it's complete and guaranteed for 30 days, in writing. It should
be ready to roll by September. Where'd I get it? Well, you
should subscribe to www.porschelist.org
so you can find these deals too! Lots of decisions to make now
on injection/engine management systems. It will either be stock
if I can find a stock brain & harness or Motec if the price differential
isn't that big.. Click here to see more
detail on this phase.
here for Phase 5 Mods (March 1999)
The paint phase is one of my favorites.
I love to transform things from one state into another. Kinda
like doing web pages - you start with something completely blank and
end up with something like this :) Click
here to see more detail on this phase along with the sources of
the graphics and costs.
Phase 6 Mods (June
Phase 6 - Install the Motor in the car
After a couple of false starts at actually
getting the motor installed in the car, we ended up with a body shell,
core engine and 4 boxes of parts being delivered to Jerry Woods in Campbell
CA. The end result? 292hp of pure pleasure and a sense that
you are in a rocket ship at the launch pad. The first event at
Laguna Seca last weekend (June 11-13) and pulled a 1:46.009. Update
12/17/99 times at Laguna are down to 1:41:00 !!. New coil-over
shocks in the rear and 24mm front torsion bars made a huge difference.
Phase 7 Mods (June
Phase 7 - Fuel System from FuelSafe, Roll Cage Installation, Sparco
Phase 8 - The
Motorcoach (July 1999)
if you don't have the hot setup? This is the only way to go -
a 40 foot Country Coach motor home. It's bigger that some apartments.
At one party, we had 35 people jammed in it at 3am. This of course included
the person lying on the bathroom floor....
9- The 2001 Season (Jan 2001)
After. Pretty dramatic!
Its been a busy winter. Here's a list of a few things
New 934.5 body kit w/ sideskirts (my design &
2 New sets of 18" Fikse whls - 11" front, 12" rear
11.5x18 & 12x18 Goodyear Racing Slicks
Protrack triple adjustable shocks all the way around
ERP 935 F&R complete suspension, lowering the car 4 inches overall
Turbo Trailing arms in rear
Camber boxes in front & rear
McKenzie axles and CV joints
Custom C2 DME chip w/ RPM set at 7200 RPM
Lightweight battery (12 lbs)
Tilton dual master cylinders
Fabcar 72" aluminium wing
Safety Devices Fire Halon System
FreshAir Systems driver cooling unit
About 400 hours of labor on all the above.
10- The 2002 Season (Jan 2002)
After this little incident at the 2001 Laguna Seca
SCCA Vintage with a certain BMW who wasn't paying attention to what
was going on in front of him, I decided to completely strip and repaint
the car from the ground up.
11- The 2003 Season (Jan 2003)
The end of 2002 went out w/ a bang. Literally. During the Laguna Seca
PCA National Club race, I was coming thru the corkscrew and heard a
loud bang, followed by tons of smoke in the cockpit. The race was over,
but now was the chance to build a radical new motor. The old engine
had over 200 hours of use on it and was just a tad tired.
Time for a complete engine rebuild. Boyd's Enterprises did all the
work on the new engine and it's running strong. So, here we go again.
For 2003, improvements include:
- New 3.4L, 340hp full-race Motor
- SCARGO Racing Headers
- AIM EVO 16 channel data acquistion system
- 4 Gallon oil tank
- Transmission cooler
- 22 gallon fuel cell
Follow this link for a story on
how we designed the motor, chose components and had all the work done,
all well within budget (amazing) and on-time (even more amazing).
Follow this link for the Dyno
Results of the 3.4L motor.