Finally Some Progress

8 10 2012

So I finally had some time to work on the car.  Yay! I’ve just about got it completely stripped and ready for the cage (I think).

I removed all the glass, minus the windshield of course.

Also removed the rear window.  And by removed I mean broke accidentally.  That thing was a pain.  I had to use my flat bar and mallet to remove the adhesive.

Used the saw to cut out the doors in order to make room for the cage door bars.

Dashboard removed!

Sunroof is gone

Trunk all stripped:

Now I just have to figure a few things out about the heater and A/C unit, get them out.  Clean up some wires and get her to the cage builder.  Also need to change out the ball joints and stuff.  I still haven’t replaced those yet.  The parts have been sitting in my garage for a couple of months though.

Anyway, figured it was about time for an update.

Stay tuned!





Special Delivery!

29 06 2012

The FedEx delivery man brought me some goodness today!

From left to right: Purolator oil filter, 2 MOOG front outer tie-rod ends, 1 MOOG front lower ball joint (still waiting on the other), and 2 Beck Arnley upper control arms with bushings.  Once the other lower ball joint gets here I will work on installing these.  Hopefully I can get it started before I leave on the 9th for training for my new job.

Stay tuned!





Carpet Gone!

29 06 2012

I worked on the car for about an hour last night, and I removed the gross carpet.  I probably should have worn a mask, because man that stuff was nasty.  It was wet in places too.  Under the carpet in the foot-well behind the driver’s seat I found enough sand to build a sand box?!?  Hopefully this car was never flooded, but it was probably wet from a leaky sunroof.

I also removed the door panels, visors, oh-crap handles, interior lights, and pulled the head liner out.  The sunroof is about ready to come out.

I tried to sweep it out with a broom, but I need a shop-vac or vacuum to get all that dirt and nastiness out.

It was 101 degrees yesterday, and its supposed to be even hotter today and tomorrow, so I doubt I will work on the car (or do anything outside for that matter).  We will see.

Stay tuned!





Strip Work Begins!

27 06 2012

Today I started stripping.  Thank God it’s not what it sounds like, as I’m sure I wouldn’t make much doing the other thing.  After weighing the car I decided to go ahead and start the strip work.  I only ended up working for about an hour and forty minutes, because my wife had to leave and that meant I would be on kid sitting duty.

First I removed the center console, shift boot, and what was left of the stereo.

Then I worked on removing the seats.  The rear seat gave me a bit of trouble, just cause I had never taken apart anything other than Subaru’s prior to this, so it was a bit different.  But a big pry-bar helped.  The driver’s seat is heavy!  Haven’t weighed it yet, but I estimate about 60 lbs.  Now there is nowhere to sit!

 

Next I removed the seat belts, window trim, and most of the plastic pillar covers.  She is now ready for carpet removal.

This car was/is filthy.  The kinds of things that were under the seats is almost like a treasure hunt.  Except the kinds of things you find you would have to pay someone to take.  Pencils, pens, gold-fish, screws (drywall screws?), money, cigarettes, asthma inhalers, and all kinds of trash.  Can’t wait to get the carpet and dash out and then clean it a bit.  Then it will be the trunk.

However, the next few days we are expecting record heat, so I probably wont get much done.

Stay tuned!





Weighed the Legend today

27 06 2012

Just got back from weighing the 413 Racing Legend.  I drove the car to a Pilot Travel Center and used the Cat Scales.  Stock weight with 3/8 of a tank of gas, and no driver was 3080 pounds.

I hope once we finish weight reduction and race prep, including the roll cage, that the race weight will be 2600 lbs.  Can we accomplish that?

Stay tuned to find out!





Finding The Right Car & Building AIV

30 05 2012

Perhaps you want to build your own car or start your own team.  Well to do that you need to find the right type of car.  That’s up to you really and what you deem the “right” car.  Do you want front wheel drive (FWD), rear wheel drive (RWD), or all-wheel drive (AWD)?  All have their pro’s and con’s.  Do you want a turbo car, or naturally aspirated?  A coupe or sedan?  Manual transmission or automatic?  Four wheel independent suspension?  Four wheel disc brakes?  There are so many more things to consider when trying to find the “right” car.

But maybe the right car is simply a car under $500 that runs! haha  Ideally you want to start with a running car.  Take a late ’80’s or early ’90’s car, one that has about 160k miles on it, and still runs.  You want to keep it as stock as possible so that you can easily get repair parts at the local auto stores (or even junk yards).

One things for sure, it will cost a lot more than $500 to go racing.  A lot more.  Yes this is crapcan racing, where we race $500 cars.  However, that doesn’t include safety items and maintenance parts.  Take that $500 car, add in about $1500-2000 for safety items, another $500 (at least) in maintenance and your already over $2500.  And you haven’t even raced yet!  I’m not trying to deter anyone, just let them know what goes into this crapcan racing.

So you still want to build a team?  Well then its time to find the car.  I recommend using sites like craigslist, www.craiggers.com, www.jaxed.com, carsabi.com, and finally www.autotempest.com. Keep on searching.  Make sure you save the ad from the car that you decide to purchase, that way you can show the judges.

Check out this post to read more on the rules and building AIV: The Rules

Well good luck finding your dream racecar!  Keep checking in here for updates.  If you have any questions, be sure to leave a reply or send me an email.

Thanks!