Collie Track Day 2013 (May 18)

We were hoping to have a sway bar fitted, set the adjustable shocks on the front to the hard setting and fit the lowered stub axles. Unfortunately the adjustable shocks would not play the game and may actually be stuffed. I’ll speak to a specialist and get there opinion on them soon. Luckily Bruce had some drags shocks in stock that we were able to run. Not ideal for track work but good enough to get us out there! The lowered stub axles would not accommodate the brake discs so something needs to be changed there, maybe manufacturer a spacer which I believe Scott has been through recently also. The mounting brackets for the sway bar did not make it in the post in time to be fitted due to a clerical by the supplier.

But new ventilated discs did go on the front. New pads all round, race pads on the front. A valvle lash cap was replaced. All finished up by 10:30pm the night before driving to Collie. Unfortunately Bruce didnt have to get either of this cars ready so drove his work van down instead.

It was a great day of hooning around the Collie Motorplex. My data logging app on my phone recorded a couple of 62second laps which Im pretty happy with. More mods will definitely be able to bring that down next year!

Had a spin on most of the corners of the track at some point during the day. No danger anywhere really but still gets the heart racing for a moment or two. One spin right in front Laxy must have been fun to watch for him!

Bruce had a session in the val and he a small excursion off the track.

Videos are at

The great day of hooning continued onto a great night of hanging out with few of the boys. Nice pub meal, some drinks, some stories and watching footage from my dash cam and from Laxy’s video camera.

The car was also awarded one of 4 ‘Show and Shine’ trophies that were handed out on the day. 2 to Valiants and 2 to non-valiant guests on the day.Image

Looking forward to next year!


Nostalgia Drags 2012 – Runner Up in Oz Muscle

A brilliant result for us today only losing the final of the Nostalgia Drags by 35 thousands of second to a very good racer.

It was a pretty hot morning and the engine was pinging quite badly. I result of the engine sucking in the hot (less dense) air and not able to mix the right proportions of fuel:air. A fix for this is reduce the ignition timing but this would also mean that as the air cooled I would have to adjust the timing again to suit the better air. Decided not to mess with anything and thankful I didnt. The seabreeze came in and the air temp dropped nicely. Throughout the day we got a little bit faster then ran pretty consistent 13.0s

Fastest lap of the day was a 13.005, most times in the 13.0 sec range. Check the videos section of the main website or youtube for footage.

You can also be Facebook friends with greenval (or me if I kind of do you know you) where things get updated pretty regularly.

Weird breakdown

Was about to take the val out for a quick spin to pickup some computer parts but while in the driveway idling it stopped running. Tried to restart but it wouldnt, it wouldnt even give a squirt of LPG to prime. Spent ages looking for wiring faults, bad earths and eventually decided enough had been ruled out as the cause so replaced one of the LPG solenoids (on the carb that wouldnt even prime when the button on top was pressed) and it started and ran fine!! Thanks to Paul for helping out… ‘many hands make some things possible that otherwise were impossible’…

Minor hiccup… but thankfully easily fixed…for now

Did a few kms in the car this week. Should have looked under the bonnet more as a small oil leak from somewhere yet to be determined made a mess under there.

After a couple full throttle runs near home we heard a small ‘tinkle’ sound followed by a noisy rocker sound. After previously throwing out valve caps before it was likely this had happened again. I decided to take a look myself so pulled off the passenger side rocker cover first (as its much easier to remove than the driver’s side) and one valve cap had indeed come out and was still safely nearby in the valve train area.


Some quick phone advice thanks to Jake and I felt confident enough to complete the repair myself. Everything went smoothly. Discovered another advantage of a mechanical fan; you can rotate the motor with no extra tools required. This allowed me to confirm that everything was back the way it should be so we went for a test run and all was good!

Also replaced the lpg safety switch to see if that stops an annoying intermittent buzzing/clicking from under the dash, only time will tell for sure.