Not A Dude
- Aug 19, 2009
- Northwet Washington
- '07 BMW 328xit,'13 BRZ, RIP '78 alfetta gtv 2.0
So, did the fluffy bunny survive Chump Car? Inquiring minds want to know..
If 10 is the Failtima at its worst, and 1 is, say, the GT3 RS in Hoosiers, it's... Oh, I dunno, a 7? an 8? If 10 is the Failtima at its worst and 1 is, say, that '88 Camry you drove, it's around a 2. Better shifter than the Camry, but also more likely to damage itself by being driven aggressively. Note for those not familiar: The '88 Camry is a manual transmission vehicle, with 299,992 miles (when Coco parked it). Being a Camry, it's actually in very good shape for the miles and age. It drives fine, and though it's not "fun to drive" compared with a proper sports car, it's much better than a current model Camry.Okay, then: on a scale from one to ten, how terrible is it to drive now? Let's say ten is like when the Failtima's faulty oxygen sensor would decide at random not to let me accelerate above ~20 mph and I'd think I was about to get squished and killed. Aaaaand one would be something that's not terrible (though I don't have much experience with strange things like THAT!). ?
When you drive it again, try to pay attention to how it flops as it relates to how hard you brake. The car is a little sloppy under medium braking because of the worn tie rod end and the worn steering box. Under hard braking, it'll dive to one side or the other. That's a result of the rear drum brakes. It's really, really difficult to precisely adjust them equally, so one side will be a bit tighter than the other. The car will pull to whichever side is tighter. The good thing about this is it's very predictable - it's essentially the same every time (until the brakes are adjusted again).What was quite floppy was the car under braking. It wallowed and flopped all over the place. The shifter was kinda confusing, but I think I could get used to it. It's so hard to stall! I think it might actually handle the turns and such a LOT better than the Failtima, which is lulz.
That seat was originally mounted on the OEM rails. Mark didn't fit that way, so Bo removed the OEM rails and mounted the seat lower. However, none of us are as tall as Mark, so we don't need the lower seat, so Bo's reinstalling the OEM rails. So... yes, you should see some improvement there. The seat will also be a bit more stable relative to the rollcage, which is something the LeMons techs wanted.The other interior bother I had was...the seat's a tad low and the padding that stuck out further than the seat wasn't quite working for me. The visibility just sitting on the seat itself was a little less than desired. If it's going to be shared among a bunch of shorter chicks, could we maybe raise the seat (...and secure the mirror in place a little better)?