Last Call: New Year, New You – Corvette Edition

Teams are prepping for the 24 Hours of Daytona, which takes place later this month. One new race car being put through the paces is Chevrolet’s C8.R Corvette. It’s packing a new 5.5-liter flat-plane crank V8, which pushes out 500 horsepower and 481 pound-feet of torque. And that’s when breathing through a restrictor. Our friend Bozi is at the track and he’s getting a wonderful earful of the new machine. Have a listen for yourself:

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12 responses to “Last Call: New Year, New You – Corvette Edition”

  1. Batshitbox Avatar

    Batshitbox discovers Evaporust, realizes was born too early.

    This is my 100-plus year old Disston D-8 ripsaw. I got it at a yard sale for $2.50 (I took the handle off for a little refresh, no pics of that yet.)

    I wrapped it up in paper towels soaked in Evaporust and encapsulated the whole shebang in Saran wrap overnight.

    I frikkin’ love Evaporust. Why didn’t we have this shit in the ’80s?

    As the Atomic Toasters would say, “Sometimes free stuff isn’t free.” Restoring this saw has taken a bit of doing, cleaning the apple wood handle with mineral spirits and Scotch Brite, sanding it down and soaking it in Linseed oil, polishing the spanner bolts holding the handle on… It was work, but largely done in 5 -10 minute chunks and left to sit overnight. I still haven’t sharpened it, that’s gonna take some doing.

    Considering there’s a modern reproduction of this same saw, the D-8, that people pay $400 for I think I’d rather have the original for $2.50 and a bit of elbow grease. I also gave the same treatment to a couple other old saws that came my way when people found out I was doing the work. Evidently I’m the saw guy now.

    1. Sjalabais Avatar

      That’s impressive – how thick is the saw sheet/blade? Sharpening saws is something I respect a lot. Whenever I have tried, my saws started looking as if they had been in accidents. Even for my chainsaws, I exclusively use these:

    2. nanoop Avatar

      Nice stuff, need to park my car in it soon…
      How do you convince the (mineral) spirits to yield for the linseed oil?

      1. Batshitbox Avatar

        Mineral Spirits (not to be confused with Mineral Oil) will evaporate overnight,, leaving a nice thirsty saw handle.
        Here’s the Disston D-8 (below, Apple wood, missing 5th cross bolt) and a “Warranted Superior” model that was most likely a factory second (above, Beech(?) wood). The D-8 is a rip saw designed to be held with both hands, left thumb through the upper hole, fingers over the top.

        1. nanoop Avatar

          Spirit != oil, that made me stumble. Thanks for clarifying!

    3. Victor~~ Avatar

      Have three of those old saws and still use them from time to time .

  2. crank_case Avatar

    Probably this Mitsubishi Evo 1 RS. Bought, enjoyed, then restored/rebuilt properly so it can continue to be enjoyed for years to come – i.e. driven for fun and used at trackdays regularly. No crazy engine swaps, just a methodical sort the shell and get the fundamentals right, then add a few nice touches sort of a build. Very much what I’d aspire to do with my Cappuccino. Thread here:

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    1. wunno sev Avatar
      wunno sev

      man that’s so cool. it looks like the perfect track toy. and it weighs just 1100 kilos?!

      1. crank_case Avatar

        Yep an 1100kg turbocharged 4WD car, which is mad by modern standards. I also realized I posted this in the wrong thread..

        1. wunno sev Avatar
          wunno sev

          I’ll allow it

  3. JayP Avatar

    Back from our annual roadtrip to TN. Made the stop at Lane Motor which is our Disney (You need to GO).
    The return trip was just under 13:13 for under 1000 miles. Notable cars spotted: Demon, GTR in camo going 160mph and a Westfalia 4×4 from MEX.

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