Question: Grip Gambler Lemons car?
This will be 100% success
This will be a huge fail
Should've used a better car
Cannot understand

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Author Topic: 24 Ulcers of Lemons: MetSHO BiTurbo Ver 4.0  (Read 287406 times)
Crab Spirits

Location: Chicago

« on: January 12, 2010, 03:19:50 PM »

Table of contents
Page 1-2:Crafting Metsho/extreme budgeting
Page 3:How to get Stance coilovers on a $500 Lemons car...and on a Taurus?
Page 4: Caging
Page 5:Rear suspension and framery
Page 7:Exhaust and shifter wizardry/Front suspension
Page 8: Steering and control group/other cars we should have bought
Page 9: Final tweaking/Pants-shitting because car isn't ready
Page 10-11:"The Grape" takes the track for the 1st time, Autobahn Oct 2010
Page 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 day
Page 15:Race #3 Autobahn Oct 2011
Page 15:Metsho ver 2.2 improvements: Broken Transmission and the LMP class
Page 16: Race #4 Autobahn June 2012

Page 16: Contact with the MetSHO’s previous Owner
Page 16: Metsho ver 2.6 improvements: Trans cooling, big brakes, and the misfire from hell
Page 17: Race #5 Gingerman April 2013
Page 19: Metsho ver 3.0 Monster Gruizinga and the "NoPro"
Page 21: Race #6 Autobahn July 2013 and the Metro Cup
Page 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 victory
Page 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 Miata
Page 29-34: Metsho ver 4.0 improvements and handjob avalanche
Page 36: Race #11 Gingerman Oct 2016: MetSHO makes other teams use windshield wipers

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.
-Rad wing
-Lowered by way of spring clamps
-Motorbike muffler
-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...

....in here.




Location: locked in garage with welder, booze and meth

« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2010, 03:34:36 PM »

yo. you shouldda saved the 150 and dropped it into one of those golf carts back there.

PS if you don't keep the neons you're a fool.

Double Rainbow! OMG!1!

Location: Santa Barbara CA

« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2010, 03:47:20 PM »

whatever comes of this, it should be interesting.

Stooopid House productions
The Goat.

Location: the burbs

« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2010, 03:50:25 PM »

thats really cool.
hopefully you have a good lemons experience

regret.repent.repeat. and burn
D Money in Full Effect

« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2010, 03:50:37 PM »

Those SHO intake manifolds are REAL cool.

you have reached an outpost for those who have a need for speed
Crab Spirits

Location: Chicago

« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2010, 03:51:52 PM »

Started taking apart the goods to see how badly our $500 budget is going to get shot to hell. Found out what happened to the "800 mile old" clutch.
For some reason, Ford designed the throwout fork pivot with these plastic bushings. The lower one is supported by a small ribbed section of the trans case (you can see it in the shadow). It causes the bushing to wear all stupid like this.

That makes the throwout bearing ride all gay, and this results.

Then this happens.

My free solution was to swap the upper and lower bushings since the upper one is fully supported in the case. As for the clutch, I managed to find a slightly used one in exchange for a door. Picking a Lemons car with cult status and the resultant community helps out a ton!

While I had the transaxle pulled, I took the opportunity to resolve a major problem with the diff during track use. Apparently, the roll pins securing the spider gear pins fail, then your pins fly out, and make the trans explode like a bomb. The solution is this...

Current budget status:
Loose change found in SHO:-$2.50
Lotto ticket found in SHO:-$2
Full Interior sold from SHO:-$250
Fenders sold from SHO:-$5
SHO idler pulley sold:-$5
Outer plastic SHO cladding sold:-$70

So far we have made a PROFIT of $34.50+ parting the taurus out. However, you can't profit from parts cars in Lemons, so the SHO is just a writeoff.
Loose change found in Geo:-$13.10

So we've only spent $136.90 of the budget without selling any geo stuff. We should have plenty for the ADDITIONAL taurus K-member and suspension/steering that I want to put in the front of the car, as well as all the tune-up stuff I need.


Crab Spirits

Location: Chicago

« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2010, 03:55:03 PM »

yo. you shouldda saved the 150 and dropped it into one of those golf carts back there.

PS if you don't keep the neons you're a fool.

You can only use a road legal car.
I have full intentions of mounting the neon on the ceiling to illuminate that sick looking intake in the hatch.


Location: No Coast.

« Reply #7 on: January 12, 2010, 10:32:40 PM »

who‘s jealous? this guy.


(aka pusan)

Location: wisconsin

« Reply #8 on: January 13, 2010, 12:24:12 AM »

i hope this works out.  it has the potential to be more epic than chuck norris gang raping 20 japanese school girls in the back of his dodge ram while he is shooting guns in the air.

Likes to Party all the Time

upside down

Location: On an Island

« Reply #9 on: January 13, 2010, 05:04:28 AM »

the SHO motor has been a swap performed in the Ford Festiva as well, theres a handful of them roaming the country.
they call them SHOgun's apparently.  Fast and uhh FUN.

good luck with the build dood, light cars with a peppy motor is a LOT of fun. Enjoy.

Junkyard fetish

Location: Modena

« Reply #10 on: January 13, 2010, 01:45:31 PM »

I'll follow this.


Location: Portland-ish

« Reply #11 on: January 13, 2010, 08:21:45 PM »

This is gonna be great.

are there rules on how wide you can make the cars?


« Reply #12 on: January 14, 2010, 04:13:16 PM »

Oh sweet lemonade!!!

Location: England

« Reply #13 on: January 14, 2010, 04:33:35 PM »

I always wanted to make a Swift GTI as a Nurburgring 24H race car.  This would probably be as close as i could get.  Nice.

Hey!  Fack off, bitch!
yes. her is
Oz Designs

Drift Union - Steve

« Reply #14 on: January 15, 2010, 09:12:11 PM »

that roof wing MUST stay!
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