April 15th, 2013 · RaceCar
You guys know that I don’t like washing and waxing cars. After trailing the car to Maryland and back the road salt and grimme was just too much for me to ignore. I’m giving the car the Meguiar’s Treatment. Meguiar’s Gold Car Wash, Meguiar’s Clay Kit (clayed it twice), Meguiar’s Scratch X and two coats of Meguiar’s NXT Tech Wax liquid.
What I want to tell you about is Meguiar’s Scratch X 2.0 Fine Scratch and Blemish Remover. It’s a great product and does a nice job of removing small scratches, swirls and transfer marks. Very easy to use; rub it on, wipe it off.
March 20th, 2013 · RaceCar
I drove over to Magnacor today and had them make up a set of LT1 wires with their R-100 wire (Part # 89205). The R-100 10mm jacket has a service heat resistance of 700 degrees F. That should solve the problem with the headers burning thru the wires.
A couple zip ties and I had custom wire separators.
March 17th, 2013 · RaceCar
With some help from David I got the motor and trans dropped into the car. I also swapped out the trans crossmember I made a couple years ago to one from Mike Harris. Mike’s crossmember will allow me to put a full exhaust system under the car again.
March 17th, 2013 · RaceCar
Last weekend while it was warm I got the engine bay de-greased and pressure washed. Today to we had snow and it was too cold to spray paint. The propane heater does a nice job of heating the air in the garage, but the frame was still cold. Kaczmar suggested a couple 250watt heat lamps on the core support with the hood closed. After about 45 minutes the frame was warm to the touch but not hot. A couple cans of VHT Black and the engine bay is ready for the new motor.
Transferring a few parts to the new motor.
Installed some replacement carpet after using the pressure washer to get it clean.
Roast turkey is one of my favorite meals and we typically invite friends over when we cook a turkey. I’ve wanted to deep fry a turkey for a while, but I been concerned about messing up a perfectly good bird. Today, turned out to be the perfect day to give it a try.
Getting ready to cook a turkey.
Getting dirty, sweaty, grease and grimy while working in the shop is nothing new. On this episode of Dirty Jobs, we clean up raccoon dropping and all sorts of other foul smelling, urine soaked, putrid, mess out at the race shop.
A couple weeks ago we noticed a section of drywall blown out of the ceiling. From the damage it was clearly a large critter that fell threw the ceiling. I had a good idea how they were getting up above the ceiling. Today we could clearly hear an animal in the loft. We pulled the pulled the access panels down and the loft was a mess.
We filled two bags with crap and various bedding materials. Then we pulled out all the rotten flooring from the loft. Make no mistake, this is a dirty job.
November 5th, 2012 · RaceCar
I had a great time this year at the Southern Super Heavy Shootout. Being the event organizer and racing four classes was at least one job too many. But I love hard work and stress! Next year I’ll do better to recuit a few more volunteers.
The morning test sessions went great and the car was running very consistent times. Norm Pelton and I have been going head to head at every major event this year. I was up 2 to 1 before SSHS. As luck would have it we came up against each other in the first round of Pro Street. I got pulled off the starting line due to a power steering fluid leak. I took the car back to the pits and Rik and I started to thrash on the car. We missed the call for Heavy Eliminator and 12.0 Index. We made it back for Big Dog class, but my car is under powered for that class.
In the end I only ran one round of competition, but I had a great time with my friends and my son David.