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Tom Armstrong
@ArmstrongRacing

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Im just a guy trying to do all the racing things and help others enjoy the sport as well!

Tom Armstrong23 hours ago

Here’s my newest comparison video showing the traction benefits of an LSD https://youtu.be/fDJ7-rhjJRc

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[]Ernie Szots

Night, meet day lol.

[]Tom Armstrong

Yep. One thing I forgot to mention was how the open diff burns through tires faster too

Tom Armstrong3 days ago

Faith and Persistence is how you turn a failure into a advancement. Super excited!

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[]Craig Moody

Oh man that is awesome! what a company to work for.

[]Tom Armstrong

I know man I’m so excited

[]Wilson Oberholzer

Congratulations dude! I know you've been looking forward to this day for awhile.

[]Tom Armstrong

Thanks a lot man

[]Ernie Szots

Congrats, man! All the best in the new adventure.

[]Tom Armstrong

Thanks man

Tom Armstrong5 days ago

I’ve been wanting a Rywire harness for years, but they aren’t interested in making anything for a Yaris lol. It’s ok, I’ll do it myself...

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[]Craig Moody

gonna make this part of your shop's background too? custom harness' can be lucrative work, esp with the amount of swaps people have these days

[]Tom Armstrong

Why not right...Have you looked at Rywires site? Everything is $900, I could do it for half that easy just to help out to Toyota fam

[]Craig Moody

im sure there's cost analysis or other big business terms i don't understand involved. Like a good shop charges what? 125 an hour for work, then do materials and profit that might be about right. but we could use a toyota specialty shop around here. Sean who auto-x's that frs separated from goodwin racing, might be worth it to hit him up and see about a toyota based shop? I dunno if that's what you want

[]Tom Armstrong

Can you send me his contact info? A dedicated Toyota shop would be awesome actually.

[]Wilson Oberholzer

Oh, that's gonna be soooo nice

[]Tom Armstrong

Yes sir! I might have to clean the engine bay now

[]Ernie Szots

Because you're an automotive gangsta! 😎 #ThugLife

[]Tom Armstrong

haha.....in a way yes thats correct! Running with BMW's, Evo's, and Lotus' in a Yaris lol

Tom Armstrong8 days ago

Heve you ever wondered what collects in your gearbox during the breakin period. New parts are mating contact surfaces, and all of the debris ends up flowing around with the gear oil. This was only about 60 miles of operation including the figure 8’s!

Tom Armstrong14 days ago

After finishing the gearbox build and doing the break-in​, the following weekend we took it out for testing. It was awesome! .....my driver mod needs tuning though https://youtu.be/yOcHDqjrsj0

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[]Ernie Szots

This was a fun watch.

[]Tom Armstrong

Glad to hear having all 4 runs in there wasn’t boring lol

[]Ernie Szots

Not at all. And the caption, "Oh, okay then" had me chuckling lol. Was good to see you getting some face/talk time in a video, too. Don't be shy, man!

[]Tom Armstrong

Thanks for that, I’ll be doing more face time in the future videos. The whole C60 series made me not wanna do anymore diy’s for a while lol 12 videos!

[]Ernie Szots

Hell of a series. Much props!

[]Tom Armstrong

Thanks man, I’m glad it’s over. Lol. I have another part install to do but other than that it’s gonna be racing and the Celica project

Tom Armstrong18 days ago

In my latest write-up you'll see everything that was done to my C60 gearbox. This is why I believe transmission mods are the best mods! http://www.armstrongfamilyblog.com/armstrongracing/the-c60-artrackbox-build

Tom Armstrong21 days ago

Here is our final C60 video, how to break in the clutch type LSD! https://youtu.be/aY7Nzga03nI

Tom Armstrong26 days ago

https://youtu.be/q1R7e3a24Y4

Tom Armstrong29 days ago

A dispute with a coworker resulted in my termination. 10 years and the lead tech.....and it meant nothing

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[]Wilson Oberholzer

Sorry to hear that. Hopefully you can get into a much better place

[]Tom Armstrong

It’s unfortunate how it happened, but it has been time to move on for a while

[]Ernie Szots

Damn, sorry to hear that, man. With your skills, I'm sure you'll land on your feet quickly.

[]Tom Armstrong

Yeah I was burned out already anyway, hoping I get into Tesla

Tom Armstrong32 days ago

The first installment on the Celica project is up! http://www.armstrongfamilyblog.com/armstrongracing/project-gts-circumstantial-demise

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[]Kit Lau

can't wait to see what u do with it!

[]Tom Armstrong

Thanks Kit

[]Craig Crall

Way cool ride Tom, should be a nice car when you're done.

[]Tom Armstrong

Thanks Craig

[]Craig Crall

Are you thinking of rebuilding the stock engine or swapping to something else?

[]Tom Armstrong

Rebuild, and maybe upgrade the oil pump and bearings. Don’t want to spend too much since it needs other repairs

[]Craig Crall

That makes sense. Is that the 180 HP version?

[]Tom Armstrong

Yes it is!

[]Craig Crall

Those are pretty awesome and very high revving! No doubt a factor in the demise of your engine. I'm guessing you already have a plan for upgrading, so you don't find yourself in the same boat as the previous owner.

[]Tom Armstrong

When I get this engine all the way apart I’ll know more about why it failed. But so far ALL of the bearings were damaged

Tom Armstrong34 days ago

Heres the tutorial for stacking the output shaft on the C-series transmission! https://youtu.be/7Y5I0ricKwQ

Tom Armstrong36 days ago

Finally pulled the engine from the Celica, and I gotta say this car does not give you any room. Sadly though, the previous owner was an epic hack and many bolts are stripped or left loose. SMH

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[]Apple Jack

That sucks!

[]Tom Armstrong

Yep, not surprised though

Tom Armstrong39 days ago

The one tip I give all the young techs is to get certified regularly. Anyone can turn a wrench, and some people can only pass tests...be that guy that makes very little mistakes and helps everyone.

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[]Skylar Siegel

good work dude, congrats.

[]Tom Armstrong

Thanks man

Tom Armstrong41 days ago

Finally uploaded the input shaft tutorial video, something happened to the sound but whatever....information is there. https://youtu.be/MGRbggd2FR4

Tom Armstrong55 days ago

Finally going to have my race car back......hopefully I did everything correctly 😬

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[]Craig Moody

ever thought about a 2zr retrofit into the celica?

[]Tom Armstrong

It’s not possible unless you get custom adapters made, mounts are too different

[]Yves Vds

Looks brand new!

[]Tom Armstrong

It pretty much is new inside. New bearings and LSD and treated gears

Tom Armstrong57 days ago

https://youtu.be/fDRIp75_8Ds

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[]Robert Sixto

Interesting. New race car, or fun street car?

[]Tom Armstrong

Restore the car to operational and fix all the little issues. Then drive it around for little while to experience this car and write a review based on all of the the other Cars I’ve bought and flipped.

Tom Armstrong73 days ago

http://www.armstrongfamilyblog.com/armstrongracing/wpc-treatment-leave-nothing-to-chance

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[]Robert Sixto

Great write up, I'm curious to see if aside from durability you see any benefits in the form of drivability, quicker, smoother shifts, etc.

[]Tom Armstrong

Well since we know for a fact based on my video that friction was reduced by 3x, maybe I should hit the dyno again to see if there are any gains

[]Robert Sixto

That would be cool. It seems logical it would impact performance in some way, but I wonder if it's enough that you'd feel it.

[]Hayden Baker

Yeah I know MotoIQ does bearings and piston rings to reduce friction for a bit more power

[]Tom Armstrong

I believe that’s also where I first saw WPC, in a magazine. It may have been Super Street though, it stayed in the back of my mind all these years.

I wasn’t gonna let myself pass on it this time, especially since the car may see big power in the future.

[]Robert Sixto

Yep, actually Mike Kojima back in the SCC magazine days is where I first heard of WPC.

[]Hayden Baker

Yeah for my rebuild if the VQ35DE I'm just doing the oil pump gears but when I do a full blown HR NA monster I'll WPC a lot more stuff. 9,000 RPM!

[]Tom Armstrong

I’d like to do a bunch of engine parts as well when I start a real build

[]Hayden Baker

I feel like bearings, rings, rods, pistons, and crank would really yeild good results in reliability and a statistically significant power gain. Can you do rod bolts? Could be a good budget alternative to ARP (I know theyre great but they're really expensive too)

[]Tom Armstrong

I believe the best benefits are in rotating or sliding parts. I’m sure there is some benefits to doing the rod bolts but WPC doesn’t increase actual tensile strength, it reduces the chances of surface cracking

Tom Armstrong83 days ago

https://youtu.be/-crA5BY4ZjQ I conducted a independent test of my own to see if the WPC treatment process actually reduces friction.....oh boy was I surprised!

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[]Apple Jack

I am sold!

[]Tom Armstrong

I had some complaints that the first try was invalid because the rag was touching the gear slightly.

So I did another test and it was the same result!

[]Apple Jack

Haters gonna hate!

Tom Armstrong99 days ago

https://youtu.be/Z4Yk_ek3JrI

Tom Armstrong101 days ago

Well after 6 days (ground shipping) and $180 I now have a set of compression stressed components. These parts are the known weaknesses of the 6-speed per the internet(I’ve never broken a gear). But since I’m trying to sell the car I should make sure all of the t’s are crossed for the next guy. I’ll definitely be doing a write up on this....and a video with comparisons

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[]Yves Vds

Have fun fitting them. A lot of work, I imagine?

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Tom Armstrong107 days ago

Thanks to a side-job I was finally able to send my gears to WPC. Once the received the parts I had to sign their terms and conditions form. After reading it I was pleasantly surprised that they mentioned nothing about “not liable for end result” jargon, it’s all just common sense! I’m very excited to see how this turns out

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[]Hayden Baker

The guys at MotoIQ love stuff like this. I just don't see myself ever building a car that needs this. Maybe some day

[]Tom Armstrong

I first heard about WPC from MotoIQ back when they made those sample videos, it stuck with me in case I needed it one day.

Then when I bought my LSD, Cusco asked if I wanted the gears WPC treated. I declined it on the diff, but after doing a lot of research and hearing 6-speed complaints....I decided to get it done to the know weaknesses only.

[]Hayden Baker

Yeah eventually I'd like to get a CD009 with a straight cut 3rd, 4th, and 5th gear. More power to the wheels but mostly for the race car whine. It would be so glorious

[]Robert Sixto

Very cool, I've been intrigued by the process for many years now. Going to go for it the next opportunity/need that I have.

[]Tom Armstrong

I’ll share all of the results on here so you guys can see what it’s all about

Tom Armstrong108 days ago

Like we've discussed already, once I get this car back together it will be up for sale. Do any of you have experience selling a car like this? Any pointers? All of the stats on the car are up to date if you wanna look it over....

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[]Robert Sixto

Grassroots Motorsports magazine classifieds was the first thing that came to mind for me. Especially if you have it specced out to a certain class, you're best off trying to get it sold to someone actually racing/competing. There's a few local track focused FB groups I'm in that have similar classifieds, that might be worth a shot too.

[]Hayden Baker

As many have already stated...
Grass Roots Motorsports
Racing Junk
Bring a Trailer
And then Facebook groups for race cars like SCCA or NASA. I'm sure an autocross or track guy would love to take over your build. You can basically ask whatever you want. Just search around for similar builds on those pages (Likely a Civic build or a Miata).

[]Tom Armstrong

Good points, thank you

[]Hayden Baker

Anytime man! Good luck

[]Gregory Garoppolo

I see race cars get posted in places like the back of Grass Roots Motorsports, Winding Road Racing, and sometimes Bring A Trailer. Other than that, it's random places from what I have noticed.

[]Tom Armstrong

Oh those are good places thanks man

[]Craig Crall

Well, there's racingjunk,com. I'd also post it in craigslist.

Sorry to see it go Tom. Are you planning to replace it with something else?

[]Tom Armstrong

Thanks for the link Craig!

I will not be replacing it, We’ve had fun with it and learned a lot. But like I’ve mentioned before, I can’t afford to keep playing this game.

My wife and I would rather travel

[]Craig Crall

Yeah, i hear you on that.

Tom Armstrong109 days ago

Well,​ I finally got my LSD bearings and final drive gear installed. Next step is to set the preload! Getting closer guys. #Cusco #LSD #differential #Toyota #Yaris #Celica #Corolla #Matrix #C60 #6speed #forthebuild

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[]Yves Vds

Looking good! But I thought you had ran out of money and weren't investing in the Yaris anymore?

[]Tom Armstrong

That’s all still true, but I gotta put it back together to sell it. I finally scored a side job and was able to continue reassembly.

[]Gregory Garoppolo

Oh! I didn't hear that you would be selling the Yaris race car, will you be replacing it?

[]Tom Armstrong

Yes, I’ll be replacing it with travel haha

[]Gregory Garoppolo

Oooh... That's always a good time! Do you have anywhere in mind?

[]Tom Armstrong

Mexico.....

[]Gregory Garoppolo

Cool! I hope you enjoy your trip!

Tom Armstrong110 days ago

Since I've worked at several dealerships and independent shops as a technician, I figured I can give some honest insight. As much as I dislike the constant warranty pay jobs at the dealer, they do pay fully trained techs more. Dealer techs also get bonuses from the manufacturer if they are diligent and accurate enough to fix most cars on the first visit. So I'm going to bring up a few of the most important factors that should determine

Tom Armstrong111 days ago

https://youtu.be/8np3znu1664 Like always feel free to make suggestions on the information I'm sharing.

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