So a friend of a friend is selling this open wheel car... I have never done any racing other then noob street racing and mountain twisties. I really want to get into autocross and make my way to building a nice car for track use in a year or two. My friend gave me info on a car his friend is selling that Im thinking is a step in the right direction.Owner also sent me a video of it on jacks running and sounding pretty solid in drive and reverse.
From what he told me on the phone.. It has been crashed many times.. have had multiple owners and every repair has been professionally done and everything is logged including all the races its been in. He said it has about 80hp and weights 900LB including driver. Owner told me it can keep up with small cars and karts. But normal or large cars cant see it well in mirrors so its kind of dangerous. Also I have a VW expert friend that used to build and race with the same type of motor this car has and he will go with me to check it out to make sure its all legit.
My question is... is this a good buy and a good move to get into racing on the cheap?
What are my options of where I can drive this car? autocross? open track days?
Can I make this street legal by adding lighting?
What is the most I should pay for something like this?
What can I flip it for in case Im in over my head and need to let it go?
Here is info the owner gave me... and some pictures..
Rebuilt 1650cc with 2 barrel Weber carb; engine is literally almost new with less then 8 hours on it. Runs well, starts great, idles smooth, everything on the car is fully functional; it's test drivable as is. Super-Trap muffler, ATL fuel bag is included but out of date; still available from ATL. Race harness in great condition but out of date also, dropped 1 inch floor, ballast weight, aluminum floor pan, digital tach, quick release steering hub, an inexpensive steering wheel is included (should be replaced with one to your liking), frame rails are straight. I have a large folder full of paper work for this car including Log Books, SCCA Homogilation Documents, History Photos, Receipts, Factory Chassis Manual, and much more.
Well over 5,000$ worth of parts and labor done on this car. Engine was completely overhauled in 2006, receipt shows over 3800$ in parts and labor including; Main, Camshaft, Rod bearings replaced, Clutch kit, Starter, Piston and Cyliners replaced, Crank case overhauled and replaced, Cam replaced, Rods, Lifters, Cylinder heads overhauled, New Carb.
I have some spares; a few plugs, some seals for master cylinders, a set of brake shoes, has 4 wheel drum brakes and swing axle box. Side pods straight, rear glass good shape, front glass slight damage from previous owner changing hoop side bars. Two nose cones; one good, other not so good but serviceable. Fox suspension/shocks front and rear, Brake bias handle & valve at side pod in ****pit for adjustment on the fly. Some parts and fittings for fire suppression system such as bottle and valve. Feels like lightened flywheel, but unsure of this. Car currently has parts for non-ackerman steering, parts for stock ackerman steering are included and pictured below.
Comes with two wheel sets; Stock 15 in rims with 195/65/15 car tires (in good shape) and 13 in Diamond rims with Hoosier tires. The Hoosier tires are all almost completely fresh but are now 6 years old and I would not trust them for anything other than a low speed test drive or pushing the car around. Fiberglass seat and strut. Quick lift stainless steel pad lift jack for car. Car is aligned for road course.
Could make a fun track day car for CHEAP.
Very few of this model made. This one happens to be Chassis #8 according to it's SCCA certificate.
Will need some tailoring to fit driver but well worth the effort.
It has not been used competitively for many years, last used in Solo 1 (Autocross) class in Primm, Nevada. It is currently unable to compete in Formula Vee or Formula First class. Though just the engine alone could be sold to obtain some extra money to revamp this car for Formula use. As with any used race car you should have a trusted mechanic (perhaps your self) give everything on this car a once over, you should also expect to spend a little time and money fitting this car to your stature/comfort.Added will include fluids to service car such as 6 quarts synthetic motor oil,brake fluid for clutch slave and brakes if wanted,all are clean but will offer these to sweeten the deal.
Any input would be appreciated since I am pretty clueless right now. I figure that it will be easier to get into racing going this direction then buying a Miata and building it for track.
P.S. I am an ase certified tech and a smog tech..