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Let's do it!! / Now Open To The Public!
« on: October 08, 2014, 12:29:01 PM »
Okay guys!

It's pretty much clear that this project is dead, so we've decided to open up this never-before-seen "Top Secret" 24 Hours of LeMons board and all it's sub-boards to the public.

Now guests can view any and all 24 hrs of LeMons threads and regular members can start new topics or reply to existing ones.

The heart of the project discussion can be found in this 23+ page thread:

Also, the Team Theme was discussed under the "Story Ideas" forum in this thread: Little Duece Poupé

The project was a lot of fun while it lasted, and with all our neat ideas, it would be fun someday to revive this :yesnod:

Until then, we hope visitors can find something useful from our plans or at least have a good laughs at what we were working on :thumbs:


edit: added some more info

Engine Theory / 4A Tri-flow Camshafts and Stock cam talk
« on: July 25, 2014, 10:15:47 AM »
Hey Bill,

I was doing some research on cams for my GZE and came across this. Have you heard about this?

They are taking a dual intake valve camshaft and having one lobe with a lower lift & I believe a staggered duration such that 1) velocities will be higher at both minimum valve angle and also maximum valve angle (so you get better bottom end and top end pwr), and 2) they are inducing a swirl to help with combustion (better MPG, lower emissions, smoother running).

Here is the page from ColtCams, who NST apparently co-developed the cams with:, and also a price sheet from NST: GOOD LORD THEY ARE EXPENSIVE. $800 for a pair of cams, and only the intake has the staggered design.

In other news, I discovered that my GZE does in fact NOT have large port cams. Take a look: also posted at reply #71 of my build thread here.

CamLiftDuration    Intake opens    Exhaust opens   
4A-GZE cams, AW11/AE92    7.10mm    232°8° BTDC47° BBDC
4A-GE cams, AE86 & AW117.56mm240°9° BTDC51° BBDC
WebCam grind # 2948.20mm244°

So I think I am gonna swap out only my intake cam for a 4A-GE 7.56mm cam. What do ya think? Should I swap in both GE cams?

Cars / Toyota MR2 meets the Ferrari 308, article from April 1986
« on: April 05, 2014, 08:12:36 PM »
Thank you Bill for telling me about this one. I'm skimmed it. Gonna give it a thorough reading soon  :working:

"The MR2 is a source of pure, unalloyed driving fun and is infinitely superior to anything remotely like it. God help the Italians if the Japanese ever decide to build supercars."

Bill's Ricer Lighting / DIY Rear LED Tail Lights
« on: December 29, 2013, 12:18:12 PM »
Check it out,

I've seen a full brake lens LED conversion on a AW11 before. I'd love to do this someday to my MK1

Bill's Ricer Lighting / Blue factory forward-facing lights in Japan
« on: December 29, 2013, 12:06:26 PM »
Take a look at this, apparently blue forward-facing lights are legal in Japan.

I only got this one picture while I was there, but there were many vehicles driving around with these blue lights turned on:

General Automotive Talk / Parts from Japan
« on: November 25, 2013, 04:38:29 PM »
I'm off to the land of the rising sun next month, let me know if there is anything specific and easy for me to get and I'll see what I can come up with :D

Here is a start, Japan's largest online auction site for "4A-GE":


General Automotive Talk / Wrecked AW11
« on: November 24, 2013, 10:23:46 AM »
I was searching online wrecking yard inventories when I came across this '88. Yikes :o Holy buckles Batman!

Engine Theory / Check out this EV AW11
« on: February 11, 2013, 04:05:26 PM »

Lots of info and good reading


Track / Redline Time Attack Annual Track Events
« on: January 03, 2013, 09:02:29 AM »
Bill shared this with me and I am highly interested!

I haven't read all the info yet, but it looks to be a weekend event, about $150 each day (Sat and/or Sun), and you simply show up with your car and do some hot laps on different tracks throughout California.

This sounds pretty good to me since 1) I already have a car that runs and 2) I've always wanted to get my car to a track :hyper:

Here is some quick info

  • Unlimited AWD
  • Unlimited RWD (FR,MR,RR)
  • Unlimited FF
  • Limited AWD
  • Limited RWD (FR,MR,RR)
  • Limited FF
  • Street AWD
  • Street RWD (FR,MR,RR)
  • Street FF

Tracks and Schedule:
  • Round 1: REGISTRATION OPEN February 16/17 - Buttonwillow Raceway (near Bakersfield, CA)
  • Round 2: March 16/17 - Willow Springs International Raceway (near Lancaster, CA)
  • Round 3: May 4/5 - Chuckwalla Valley Raceway (near Desert Center, CA)
  • Round 4: June 15/16 - Willow Springs International Raceway
  • Round 5: July  20/21-  ButtonWillow Raceway #2
  • Round 6: September 14/15 - Auto Club Speedway Sports Car Roval Course (near Fontana, CA)
  • Round 7: October 12/13 - Willow Springs International Raceway #2
  • Round 8: November 23/24 - Auto Club Speedway Sports Car Roval Course #2

Registration Prices:
  • Unlimited Class – $300 per entry
  • Limited Class – $300 per entry
  • Street Class – $150 per entry

I know Bill would like to join me, Mike, how about you and your new MR2? First event is Feb 16-17 :driving:

Cars / World's fastest Corolla GT
« on: October 13, 2012, 01:56:17 PM »

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Let's do it!! / Car's VIN #
« on: September 10, 2012, 07:23:10 AM »
Hey Bill,

I need to get some parts for my engine from Toyota and I need the VIN from the Poupe. Please post it up, thanks!! :beerchug:

Let's do it!! / Official Team Budget
« on: September 06, 2012, 01:53:38 PM »
Here is the Official Team Budget. This will be edited as needed.

ItemEstimated Price
4A Piston Rings~$28 (confirmed)
Late model (higher compression) 4A Pistons~$65 (confirmed)
Porsche 924 Timing Belt
Calica GT Front Brake Calipers      $40?
Cage Kit Built$300-$400 (estimated by BigMike, no official quote yet)
Cage Kit Install Labor$400-$800 (estimated by BigMike, no official quote yet)
Core C60 Transaxle$400?

Last updated 9/6/2012

Let's do it!! / Status #2
« on: September 03, 2012, 03:55:21 PM »
We had a good meeting last Wednesday evening :thumbs: Bill (Sirdeuce), Mike (MiniMike), Chris (3.slow) and myself were in attendance. Bill's wife Barbra was also there

We discussed where the project is at and what we need to do to get the car running as soon as possible. Here is what we came up with:

1) Get the cage built and installed. I have contracted our fabricator Rocky for this job and he is coming up with a quote for us now.
2) While Rocky is installing the cage, Bill will build the engine.
3) While Bill is building the engine, I will build the 6-speed transaxle.

Cage: We want to get the cage built now and then install the interior around it. I believe the original plan was to get the car up and running and later install the cage, but Bill suggested installing it first to help with mounting and wiring everything and we unanimously agreed.
Engine: We agreed to go with the larger 1.8-liter displacement 7A block for better torque. Bill needs rings before he can start and I am looking in to getting these. The 7A crank has a different bolt count than the 4A crank, so we won't be able to use our lightweight flywheel. We will have to come up with some extra $ to get a lightweight 7A flywheel, if one exists, or to lighten the stock part.
Transaxle: We already have a C50 donor core to build into a 6-speed, but we need to get a C60 6-speed. I will look into this also.

As for the car, it approximately looks how it did from July of last year:

The California LeMons races are held once every season: ~ March at Infineon Raceway (north of S.F. near Sonoma), June at Buttonwillow Raceway (near Bakersfield), September at Thunderhill Raceway (above Sacramento), and in December usually somewhere near the LA area.

Remember that the application deadlines are a few months in advance of each race, so we'll miss the remaining Sept and Dec events for this year but have a GREAT chance to apply for the March event whose deadline is in mid January.

So that's it: We need to get the car running and fully tested, everyone with some seat time, and our team theme and application all finalized by January. This gives us four full months :_order: and we can hit all four events next year!! :woohoo:

LET'S DO THIS!!! :hyper:

Roll Cage & Safety / AW11 Cage Examples
« on: August 30, 2012, 04:50:58 PM »
I took these pictures when Bill, Bevin and myself went to the 2010 Arse-Freeze-Apalooza from two different AW11s that were on hand.

I just printed these pictures out and gave them to Rocky. He is going to look it over and get back to me with a quote.

Section 3.1 of the LeMons rule book states,
Minimum tubing size for cars weighing under 3000 pounds as raced is 1.50" x .120" or 1.75" x .095"

So we can use 1-1/2" diameter or a thinner walled 1-3/4" diameter tubing. Also,
DOM mild steel is very strongly recommended over ERW (seamed) tubing.

Seamed tubing is cheaper and for the same steel grade it is weaker, however I told Rocky we don't mind which way we go. He suggested using the DOM for the main hoops and the rest we'd use seamed tubing. This is a good idea that offer better protection at a reduced price.

Please bare in mind that this may cost us an easy grand to have him 1) build the cage and 2) install the cage....

He is going to get back to me with a quote.

Team Meetings / Project Revival Meeting: This Wednesday at 6:30pm!!
« on: August 27, 2012, 04:28:41 PM »
Hey guys,

I am calling a Project Revival Meeting this Wednesday night at 6:30pm at the Denny's on the South-East corner of Shaw & Willow.

We are going to discuss plans to get the car ready!! Please plan to make it!!

Google Map to this Denny's:


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