Alex5 at Orange Spot wrote this great post on the half-moon closed-end wrench… “Finally this tool is paid for!” I can appreciate that. Check out his post here – Orangeadvan.blogspot.com
Archives for June 2009
I haven’t had much time to work on the Race Wagon this past month, the senior guys are enjoying their summer vacations while us junior guys handle the summer crowds. I finally got a day to work on the rollcage with my buddy (and professional fabricator) Paul Moore. We got the main hoop in and laid out the plans for the rest.
This is why you build a good roll cage…
Yesterday I went through some options for my race wagon with Paul Moore, owner of The Moore Speed Co. The current rear suspension has the OE configuration of leaf springs and live axle. Pictures here show the previous owner’s unique multi-link system. It anchors the rear diff to the frame rails at the forward leaf spring perches, so as to limit lateral movement while allowing vertical movement. We are now considering cutting out the entire leaf/live and welding in an IRS from a sedan to increase the performance options. With an independent rear we have more choices of spring rates, gear ratios, and alignment settings, as well as the inherent handling improvements over a solid rear. Also an independent rear has lower unsprung weight due to it’s chassis-mounted differntial. We have decided against the rear wing however.
A friend of mine returned from competing at the 24 Hours of LeMons in Reno, Nevada with a new attitude about racing. He left a professional race car driver, hired to help the team bring home a win. He returned a quivering bowl of jello, babbling something like “hunka hunka burnin’ love” . While visiting him at the sanatarium, I did a little research and came across this news footage. Sorry about the inital ad, but the following web coverage explains his dilerium.