Exocet Part 2: The Donor Car now with Budget

Posted: December 30, 2013 in Racing

This post is a continuation of the Tree 1 – Miata 0. It’s been a very busy Holiday 2013 with lot’s of traveling and tasks and temps near zero it is hard to get out in a cold garage. However substantial progress has been made in spite of the cold weather. After putting down a deposit in October 2013 for the Exomotive Exocet Race Chassis (their first race chassis as far as I know) and did a lot of work on the donor car. I’ve spent much of my time removing and selling off the unneeded parts which I’m very happy to say have put me way back in the black on the donor car (see budget below). You have to be creative and patient in selling off parts as it’s all about marketing and waiting (and some stuff may not be worth the time).

I am also keeping detailed track of expenses paid on building this as I want to show mainly to myself that building a really fun, lightweight high performance car does not have to be a large financial burden. You need to be creative and if you have some decent mechanical experience you can build most of it yourself. So here’s my budget thus far:

2014 Racing Exocet Build Spreadsheet for NASA ST3 Class – v12.30.13

Exocet Price Qty Subtotal Purchased / Sold? Notes
Exocet Chassis Deposit $2,000 1 $2,000 YES
Exocet Chassis Remainder 1 $0 Exomotive $5499
Body Panels: Newer 2014 Style 1 $0 Color: Luminious Red
Front Wing Mount 1 $0 Exomotive $250
Rear Wing Mount 1 $0 Exomotive $200
POR15 Frame Painting 1 $0 Me
Vinyl Striping Kit for Body Panels 1 $0 ???
Tow Straps (wrap around rollcage) 2 $0 OGracing $20
Crate for Shipping 1 $0 Exomotive $300
Freight 1 $0 Approx (ship to freight center) $600
Spare 1.6L Engine $200 1 $200 YES
Steam Cleaner $0 1 $0 YES To degrime subframe / engine / transmission
Donor Chassis $1,000 1 $1,000 YES craigslist
Less Sale of: Sale price reduced fees & shipping
Front Fenders / Doors / Rear Bumper -$100 1 -$100 YES craigslist
Driver Rear 1/4 Panel 1 $0 sell to doug ($100)
Wheels -$350 1 -$350 YES craigslist
Boss Frog Rollbar -$360 1 -$360 YES craigslist
Racing Beat Sway / Brackets / Endlinks -$116 1 -$116 YES ebay
Seats, Belts & Weatherstrip -$100 1 -$100 YES craigslist
Carpet & Trim -$40 1 -$40 YES craigslist
Radio -$50 1 -$50 YES craigslist
Sunvisors -$10 1 -$10 YES craigslist
Trunk Carpet -$10 1 -$10 YES craigslist
Trunk Lid 1 $0 craigslist
Rearview Mirror -$5 1 -$5 YES ebay (amount is minus fees/shipping)
Battery Tray -$5 1 -$5 YES ebay (amount is minus fees/shipping)
Scrap Metal -$17 1 -$17 PARTIAL need to scrap body & cat converter
Hood Hinge -$6 1 -$6 YES ebay (amount is minus fees/shipping)
Rear Finish Panel -$43 1 -$43 YES craigslist
Manual Window Regulator & HW -$100 1 -$100 YES craigslist
Knee Panel -$10 1 -$10 YES craigslist
Convertible Top 1 $0 craigslist ($200)
Interior Door Panels -$36 1 -$36 YES ebay (amount is minus fees / shipping)
Center Console 1 $0 craislist ($50) – fix shift boot?
Windshield 1 $0 ???
Tail & Bumper Lights -$48 1 -$48 YES ebay (amount is minus fees/shipping)
Spare Tire & Accessories -$41 1 -$41 YES ebay (amount is minus fees/shipping)
Sell Coilovers (koni yellow / gc / eibach)? 1 $0 craigslist ($750) springs 750/400
5 gallons of gas in tank -$15 1 -$15 YES @ $3 a gallon
Suspension / Brakes
Brake Pads 1 $0 OG Racing Hawk DTC 60 / DTC 30
SS Lines 1 $0 Flyin’ Miata
New hardlines 1 $0 ??
Brake Portioning Valve 1 $0 Flyin’ Miata
Tilton Master Cylinder Brake & Clutch Kit 1 $0 ??
Tilton Pedal Kit 1 $0 ??
Slotted Rotors 1 $0 ??
Brake Ducts 1 $0 ??
Shocks 1 $0 Flyin’ Miata
Springs 1 $0 Flyin’ Miata
GC or FM Upper Mount (gives more travel) $0 keep?
99 Miata Top Hats 1 $0 ?? needed ??
F&R Sway Bars $0 1 $0 use stock (get front from bryan)
Adjustable Endlinks? 1 $0 ??
Bushing Kit $0 1 $0 ??
Wheels $0 1 $0 TR Motorsports wheels from #74
Tires Dry $0 1 $0 Toyo RRs from #74 (used for 1 weekend)
Tires Dry 1 $0 Toyo RRs New Set (KCraceware)
Tires Wet $0 1 $0 Toyo RA1s from #74 (New)
ARP Studs and Lugnuts 2 $0 Miatacage $38 each x 2 (have front)
Suspension HW (replaced old bolts) $0 Replace as needed
Interior / Safety
Seats (Driver & Pass) – Kirkey Int Pro 2 $0 OGracing (Width 17″ or 18″?) $240
Seat Covers (Driver & Pass) 2 $0 OGracing $150
Slider (drivers side only) 2 $0 ??
Backseat brace (driver side adjustable) 1 $0 Jesse Prather Motorsports
Backseat brace (passenger side fixed) 1 $0 me
Belts (Driver & Pass) – GForce FIA 2 $0 OGracing $185
Rollbar Padding 1 $0 OGracing $50
Floorpan Grip Tape 1 $0 ??
Quick Disconnect 1 $0 OGracing $150
Steering Wheel (Momo Mod 101) 1 $0 OGracing $230
2″ Spacer? 1 $0 ??
Nomex Shift Boot 1 $0 ?? (need for fire safety)
Side Mirrors 2 $0 Exomotive
Headlights 2 $0 Exomotive
Rearview Mirror 1 $0 OGracing $25
Rearview Mirror Mounting Kit 1 $0 OGracing $36
Window Net 1 $0 OGracing $20
Window Net Mounting Kit 1 $0 OGracing $25
Ignition Switch Panel with Accessory 1 $0 OGracing $55
Idiot Lights (OP, WT) 1 $0 OGracing
Water Pressure Gauge 1 $0 OGracing
Fuel Gauge 1 $0 OGracing
Aero
Front Wing 1 $0 Exomotive
Rear Wing 1 $0 Exomotive
Engine
Engine Rebuild Kit from Mazda 1 $0 MMD
Intake 1 $0 K&N Filter
Header / Exhaust 1 $0 ??
Mazdaspeed Motor Mounts 1 $0 MMD
Hose Kit 1 $0 MMD
Belts 1 $0 MMD
Electrical Cutoff Switch 1 $0 OGracing $45
Depower the Steering Rack 1 $0 Free
Longacre OP/OT/WT 1 $0 OGracing
Fuel Gauge 1 $0 reuse old gauges?
Transmission / Drivetrain
Stage 2 Clutch / Pilot Bearing 1 $0 MMD
SS Clutch Cable 1 $0 MMD $55
New hardline 1 $0 ??
New slave cylinder 1 $0 Mazda
Short Shifter Kit & Bushing 1 $0 ??
NASA Class Specific
Vinyl Classification Local
Vinyl Numbers Local
Mazda Graphics for Contingencies Mazda
TOTAL OUT OF POCKET $1,738
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