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Out the window
Posted by Cap Carbeque on April 14, 2013, 11:34 pm CST
The plan to have the car done and loaded on to Willy's trailer today, totally out the window. Mostly because there's still time until Gingerman and when you have a race car in your garage, if there's time, there's time to work. As the car sits it's race ready, but that's just not good enough. Stuff done this weekend:
Spent nearly 3hrs in the car to pick up some polycarbonate sheeting, only to come back and utterly suck at sizing, cutting, and fitting it. The sweet smell of burning plastic, the amazing feeling of plasic sawdust filling every crevase of your body... sure it's lightweight, but at what cost? One is a lot of learning the hard way. Mostly learning that working with super-tough plastic pretty much sucks. Still have to take the windows back off, seal them, and add better fasteners to keep them in. Otherwise, I'd swear the car was held together with self tapping screws.
Also a few random tasks here and there (because racecar) like lowering the sideskirts and gutting the fuel filler neck. No more standing around for 5min waiting for fuel, especially since the rules forbid us to turn the BBQ and rotate racks while fueling. With a 1.5" filler diameter, we should be able to dump fuel at least twice as fast...awesome.
Speaking of BBQ, the pitmaster has been working on a revised BBQ cooking enclosure that integrates a grease trap. I really didn't want to mention it much, but the bottom of our car was totally covered in meat juice and delicious delicious grease after Road America. Well, the bottom of the car, the engine bay, the transmission, the top of the front splitter, the tires, the brakes the suspension. Really it was a meaty greasy quagmire, but it smelled fantastic. Anyway, avoiding that this year, the box will have a lip feeding into a container to catch excess grease. You can sort of see it in this, the box is not a simple device mind you. This is high tech stuff, so high tech the pitmaster uses Fermilab endorsed rulers. He's also the only human on Earth that knows how to put it together.
At first I was apprehensive about releasing top secret blueprints onto the internet, but that apprehension was replaced by thoughts of a contest that involved trying to figure out what all that on the paper actually means. I know how the box works, and I still barely understand all the jibbajabba scribbled in this notebook.
More coming in the next few days, including a super (ridiculous) race car surprise. We are so...so pro.