- 10 August 2010
You still got one of the best looking cars on here! Also, it's not like you got ripped off or anything. Sounds like you paid a fair price if not still a good price considering everything. It runs great, feels great, and looks great...
As @I_M_Legend mentioned, you got a good looking car and based on your test drive, sounds like it is in decent shape.
You got the right mind set. Now you can enjoy the car without worrying too much about it, unlike the 1K mile $100++ museum pieces that may depreciate if you take it outside.
Years ago I bought a frame damaged sports car. There were a few little problems, but overall a good car and kept it for 9 years as my daily. I did take it auto crossing a few times and it was a champ dodging the cones.
Perhaps give that a shot before taking it to a track since autocross is at a lower speed and generally has wider run offs if the worst should happen. Plus, there are more twist and turns which will be a good test on your frame before you take it to a track.
I do not know if the following is common practice or if will even work. I'm thinking out-side the box here. One idea is to get a paint pen and make some reference lines on key points of the frame (similar to torque stripes on bolts and nuts) With witness marks, you might see if anything has moved. Sometimes things move under stress and return to their resting/home position when you park for an inspection. The paint marks may show cracks and this could direct your attention for deeper investigation.
The more scientific method is to put a bunch of strain gauges to quantify any stresses. However, you will need another car with a similar setup so you have something to reference to. Now, I think I'm really outside the box. Where is my coffee mug?
Thank you both for the kind words. Definitely do love the looks of the car. Puts a smile on my face every time I look at it even with the issues she has.
[MENTION=32903]natcc99[/MENTION] I might have to give an AutoX a shot as I have never done one before. Your right it is probably a better test at safer speeds that a track day. It did past a hard test at the dragon but still wasn't pushing my hardest since I had only had the car two weeks and it is my first mid engine car.
Don't know if I will get into that scientific of testing but definitely going to do the paint pen marks at several different locations.