Kurt Bilinski's build

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Re: Kurt Bilinski's build

Post by dpkilty » 20 Feb 2017, 02:50

Def wrote:The QA1s are monotube, so they can mount either way. A complete guess here, but I think they might be mounted body down to access the adjusters once installed. A few ounces of unsprung weight difference is worth it if that's how you can adjust your shocks!
This...

Plus you can read the fancy QA1 sticker that way too... :lol:

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Re: Kurt Bilinski's build

Post by jerelw » 08 Mar 2017, 07:04

If you're worried about unsprung weight, FlyinMIata sells a "Little Big Brake Kit" that removes 14 lbs of unsprung weight (8 lbs in the front and 6 in back). Keith Tanner runs it on his MIata.

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Re: Kurt Bilinski's build

Post by Langan » 21 Mar 2017, 19:26

Yes thats same brake kits i have too. Everything fits great.

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Re: Kurt Bilinski's build

Post by Midlana1 » 24 Jul 2017, 13:35

Finally got around to finding a guy to finish up the intercooler ducting - final filling, sanding, and painting. It's been a real mental block, being totally fed-up with sanding. I guess I never really understood how big a hang up it was and I'm happy to "share the load." The two parts should be done in a couple weeks and then there won't be any - okay, a few less - reasons for not driving the car.

(I would really like to take our dog for rides but I'd have to make some sort of custom restraint; with it was open as it is, he may think he can jump out anytime he wants.)

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Re: Kurt Bilinski's build

Post by steveo » 24 Jul 2017, 16:48

Post pics! We all want to marvel at this automotive pornography!

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Post by ShadowCat38 » 02 Oct 2017, 03:47

I suppose everyone's entitled to their opinion, but I'd hardly say that you've "ruined" the look of Midlana with the intercooler scoop. That looks fantastic, and even gives it more of a Indy-car look, in my opinion. Given that my part of the world isn't known for its 300+ days of sunshine, I'll probably need to build a roof if I want to keep this as a daily driver, so your experience, while not exactly what I'll end up doing, is close enough that I'm gleaning all the useful bits I can. Thanks for keeping with the updates as your project continues.

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Re: Kurt Bilinski's build

Post by Midlana1 » 07 Oct 2017, 09:38

Took the car to a local Saturday morning car thing. I like to stand nearby to hear the comments while they don't know I'm the owner:

"How is this street-legal?"
"Is this a Leno car?"
"How much does it weigh?"
"How much horsepower?"
And my favorite: "It's too finished to be a one-off, must be a kit"

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Re: Kurt Bilinski's build

Post by Midlana1 » 31 Oct 2017, 17:14

Been driving the car; nothing epic, but it's something.

For some reason I feel a pull to drive out to the Salton Sea (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salton_Sea) and take some pictures of Midlana on the shore. Not exactly sure why, maybe it's because the entire area reminds me of something out of a Quentin Tarantino movie, almost surreal. It also smells bad due to the water and dead fish, and is home to a lot of very odd individuals. It's roughly 100 miles each way through the desert, yet it's the right time to go, now or in the spring while it's not freezing cold or crazy hot. We'll see.

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Re: Kurt Bilinski's build

Post by freakynami » 01 Nov 2017, 01:19

Midlana1 wrote:And my favorite: "It's too finished to be a one-off, must be a kit"
Kudos - that's the sort of comment you'll only get up close and personal when someone can appreciate the details and craftsmanship :) Well done.

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Re: Kurt Bilinski's build

Post by Midlana1 » 01 Nov 2017, 05:14

I realize the comment is self-congratulatory, but since I share all the putdowns as well, it's a balanced report :)

I'm constantly amazed how few people see the 3-inch tall website link along the sides. When it's time to replace it I may relocate it higher up, because a surprising number of people ask about a website.

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