Monday, September 20, 2010


Here's hoping this thing works.

Recall the previous post about the d!c&ed up caliper? Yeah. The replacement we ordered had the SAME PROBLEM (bad threads in the fluid inlet). So, we ordered a THIRD caliper...and it worked. Whew. Got everything bled & things seem alright. I may do one final bleed before we race because it seems to still be a bit soft on the pedal, but it's not too bad.

The car is loaded on the rig, essentially ready to go when I get back from New Jersey Motorsports Park on Friday.

In the meantime, the rest of the team is getting prepped for the race. Todd & Ginny are headed here from MI. Zack raced his Spec Miata at CMP last weekend (and only wrecked a little!). Jim is in dire need of cash so we hear he's considering donating plasma...or any other bodily fluids someone will pay for.

So... Barring any big changes, we'll see you Friday at Carolina Motorsports Park for our third attempt at the 24 Hours of Lemons!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Holy Crap, The Car's Not Ready!

With less than 2 weeks before the race, I'm still scrambling to get the car together. If it's not one thing, it's another...

Last note talked about the snapped manifold stud. Well, last night I went to bleed the brakes...I mean, that's easy, right? Er, no. Got the rears done, went to the right front and...SNAP! Broke off the bleeder valve which had apparently welded itself to the inside of the caliper. We fought & fought with it, drilling carefully & trying to use an EZ Out... But ultimately, the thing is pretty d!ck3d up. So, I've got a rebuilt caliper on order. Should be in by this afternoon so I can install it tonight. Here's hoping everything comes correctly because I'm down to one final night of work before the race: my work travel schedule is crazy. I fly to PA Wednesday, return Sunday afternoon. Home Sunday evening to load up the car & trailer. Monday morning back on a plane to New Jersey, then fly home Friday morning...just to haul @$$ home, get the rig & get down to Kershaw for the race. Whoof!

I did get the wheels & tires mounted & balanced last night, so let's hope I'm just about wrapped up for this mess.

Oh, one last bummer: Stephanie had to cancel on us last minute for a job up in Michigan. That gave Jim Ballard (a Hammer's Hero from the last 2 races) a chance to slot in. That's great; he'll bring Lemons experience & knowledge of the car with him. A bonus since Todd & Zack have yet to even see the car in person!