Table of contents
Page 1-2:Crafting Metsho/extreme budgetingPage 3:
How to get Stance coilovers on a $500 Lemons car...and on a Taurus?Page 4:
Rear suspension and frameryPage 7:
Exhaust and shifter wizardry/Front suspensionPage 8:
Steering and control group/other cars we should have boughtPage 9:
Final tweaking/Pants-shitting because car isn't readyPage 10-11:
"The Grape" takes the track for the 1st time, Autobahn Oct 2010Page 12:
Metsho version 2.0 "Sick Gut"Page 13:
Race #2 Gingerman July 2011 (aka "The hot one.")Page 15:
Metsho ver 2.1 improvements: Rear wheels that suck less and the econoline soup of the dayPage 15:
Race #3 Autobahn Oct 2011 Page 15:
Metsho ver 2.2 improvements: Broken Transmission and the LMP classPage 16:
Race #4 Autobahn June 2012Page 16:
Contact with the MetSHO’s previous OwnerPage 16:
Metsho ver 2.6 improvements: Trans cooling, big brakes, and the misfire from hellPage 17:
Race #5 Gingerman April 2013Page 19:
Metsho ver 3.0 Monster Gruizinga and the "NoPro"Page 21:
Race #6 Autobahn July 2013 and the Metro CupPage 21-24:
Metsho ver 3.5 improvements: The pencil sharpener and the Porsche shifter Page 25:
Race #7 Gingerman April 2014:The smouldering path to victoryPage 26-27:
Metsho ver 3.6 improvements: 3rd gen sable hubs and the autocross experiment Page 28:
Race #8 Autobahn July 2014: Dim Moon over MetSHO Page 28:
Race #9 Gingerman April 2015: The Rough Knuckle Racing Miata Page 28:
Race #10 Autobahn 24hr July 2015: Ball lightning over the MiataPage 29:
Metsho ver 4.0 improvements
Yeah, I'm gonna do Lemons.
1.It's gonna be at a sick track that's nearby. (I have no clue how they managed to get Autobahn C.C.)
2.As long as we don't get raped with penalties like the DA guys, it should be a lot of nice track time.
3.I've always wanted an excuse to build this car.
So I searched CL for a couple weeks for the donor car, a Taurus SHO. If you're wondering why, search for what the powerband looks like for the Yamaha V6. A used Taurus must be the most worthless car on the planet. You can find a pretty nice one for $600. Anyway, we drove out to BFE Wisconsin and found this thing for $300. It's a 93' 5spd with 160k miles. Ran really good on 2 year old gas. Had the highly desirable black leather interior, but no brakes and the clutch wouldn't disengage.
Ford won the "deconstructor's championship" last year for all the SHO carnage. Honestly, I think it's just a matter of how much these things weigh that causes the engines and transaxles to explode with alarming frequency. I figured taking all the SHO powertrain, brakes, suspension out and shoving them into the lightest thing I could find= Fake race car. Do you know how hard it is to find a sub-$500 Geo Metro in Chicagoland? Got lucky and saw this 94' 5spd for $200. When we told the kid what we planned to do with it, he only wanted $150 for it. I couldn't stop laughing when we picked it up.
The mods done by the previous owner are extensive.
-Lowered by way of spring clamps
-Functional ramair (with neon inside)
-Random 1ga cables everywhere
-Roof reinforced (for the sub of course)
So to recap, I'm going to put this...