This week I made a new seat for the VD with a two-part SFI foam kit that I bought from the Speed Seat Factory. Gayle and Jody run Speed Seats out of their shop near Milwaukee, they specialize in building custom seats for their customers, but they also sell DIY kits. They will spend plenty of time with you via phone and email coaching you through the process, as you’ll have plenty of questions for them. I spent half a day prepping the cockpit – covering sharp edges, sealing off gaps, cutting foam inserts, getting the pour bag ready, etc. Then I had a couple racing buddies give me a hand with the mix and pour (you could get by with one, but two helpers makes it much easier). After letting it set up, removing the plug, and a couple of big cuts, it was time to start the next phase. This took the most time as it requires inserting and removing the seat MANY times to get the trimming and shaping done right. Now that it’s close, I’ve gaffer taped up the exposed foam sections and will try it out for a weekend before attempting to make the cover that comes with the kit.
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I’ve been working on getting the Van Diemen ready to race again. I needed to relocate the battery and fire bottle to make room for a new seat I’m going to pour next week. Had to do a little plumbing/wiring and make a new cover to go over them. I’m gonna make a trim color change while all the body work is off, and add a few old livery details for fun too.
This week I picked up a 1993 Van Diemen Formula Continental from a fellow SFR SCCA racer who parked it a few years ago. No “big” work required, just the usual new car stuff. Battery, belts, seat, tires, some re-wiring and plumbing clean-up issues, etc, I hope to have it out at the track by year’s end. The car will race with SFR in FC, at least until I can dig a few other older FCs out of the woodwork and start a CFC Class. I’ll also race it with the west coast Vintage clubs in their Wings & Slicks group.