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I am sure we could find one of us to sit in for your 2 hour “break” while you take the infinity for a shake down out on the track. Strictly for research purposes only. 😎😎😉

4 hours ago, Ray Franck said:

Dang it Ed this  workin cra--   sure is getting in the way of my driving some bad azz cars and winning some epic races ..

 

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6 hours ago, pintodave said:

 

Call in sick for one of the Indy days, we won't rat you out. Just keep your helmet on all day like the Stig.

Humm I migh ---   Na it will neva work my speed , smoothness ,and classic leave them in the dust traffic management skills  will give me away and Mike will surely find out . 

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Today:

 

Drove it to work

New hood pin plates

Air filter scoop cleaned up and installed

RF brake backing plate repaired/installed

RF brake cooler scoop rebuilt

New RF duct work installed

Tidied up LF brake scoop

As  precaution, swapped out RF hub bearing

Ordered pads for Indy

 

Wednesday:

 

RR brake cooler scoop

Power steering return line leak

Hopefully replace R exhaust down pipe

 

 

 

 

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Last week: Installed the new Battery Tender LiFePo battery.  Mounted all fuel system parts and made up some new AN fuel lines.  Got the car worthy enough to drive on to the trailer to deliver to someone with better fab skills/tools than I have.  New front [removable] core support installed.  Old one was mangled from a front collision and beat back in place with a 10lb sledge, so we cut it out to allow the engine/trans to be removed/installed easier.  New one can be unbolted.  Windshield removed and front cage-strut bars being welded in.  Fuel cell bulkhead box and new rear taillight panel also being fabbed up.

 

On the driver comfort/cosmetic side, the new gauge pod is coming together nicely (staying analog for now).  Adding dummy lights for OP, WP, WT and fuel.  Starting to work on a new switch panel as well.  Both are the only two things left from the old citrus version of the car (and looked like it). 

 

2-day track day/shake down at VIR planned for the end of the month.  Fingers crossed we can have it ready.

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Got a random phone call from Jay today. He stumbled across my build and was wary about our rear crash structure situation with our fuel cell. I sent him some pictures and he talked with Chisek and got back to me within the hour with a direction to add a rear bumper. Long story short, a real shout out to @National Tech for reaching out before we got down to NCM this weekend! Rear bumper has been added and Jay said he'd come up with some ideas to make it better after NCM and asked me to pass along that no one should hesitate to call them with questions, seriously guys I'm incredibly thankful for their help!

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20 minutes ago, IPF Racing said:

Got a random phone call from Jay today. He stumbled across my build and was wary about our rear crash structure situation with our fuel cell. I sent him some pictures and he talked with Chisek and got back to me within the hour with a direction to add a rear bumper. Long story short, a real shout out to @National Tech for reaching out before we got down to NCM this weekend! Rear bumper has been added and Jay said he'd come up with some ideas to make it better after NCM and asked me to pass along that no one should hesitate to call them with questions, seriously guys I'm incredibly thankful for their help!

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Looks very similar to ours, the only thing I might have done different is space it out a bit more from the cell so if an impact happens it has some room to move before making contact with the cell itself. 

Also, good on Jay for stepping in and getting in touch with you.  That is the type of thing that makes this series great.

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6 minutes ago, hotchkis23 said:

Looks very similar to ours, the only thing I might have done different is space it out a bit more from the cell so if an impact happens it has some room to move before making contact with the cell itself. 

Also, good on Jay for stepping in and getting in touch with you.  That is the type of thing that makes this series great.

We talked about it and may change it after NCM but decided to recreate the factory crash structure for now. It really is what sets this series apart though!

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1 minute ago, IPF Racing said:

We talked about it and may change it after NCM but decided to recreate the factory crash structure for now. It really is what sets this series apart though!

We will be down later Thursday afternoon, swing by the trailer and I'll show you on our cars what I mean too.  Love the build btw.

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Yesterday:

 

P/S leak found/fixed

RR brake scoop reinstalled

Reset toe front and rear

Bumpers touched up

 

Tow truck Today:

Water pump

Compressor

Investigate possible bad flywheel

 

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Taillight panel mocked up.  Should be coming back to me today so we can install the new taillights, mount filler cap and finish plumbing/wiring the fuel system. 

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Today:

 

Fix RR brake duct rub

Pulled spare wiper motor, tested car circuit , all worked normally, before changing, plugged old one back, works fine :rolleyes:

Added wiper motor to track spares, will probably add master cut switch to wiper circuit

Edit:

Attempted to leave, wiper back on, but not for what one would have expected. Wires now temporarily disconnected.

Drove it home

Video to explain tonight, because stupid racecar.

 

Tow truck:

Replaced

Water pump

Compressor/Drier

 

 

Car running, wipers turned off

 

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Weather did not hold

 

Today:

 

Drove it to work without functioning wiper, got monsoon-ed on the last 3 miles

Located spare manifold down pipe

Ignored car, decided to confirm cracked tow truck flexplate.

 

Truck:

On lift (Utility box loaded, not easy)

Y pipe off

Starter off

Torque convertor disconnected

Cracks found

 

Hopefully Tomorrow:

 

Replace flywheel.

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Yesterday/Today

Indy tow truck:

 

Rear main seal

Re seal cam sensor (LS engine, easy with trans out)

Replace Flywheel

Trans mount

Oil change

Diff fluid change

Lube

Flush trans fluid

New clutch fan

Test drive (had not been driven since water pump and compressor)

 

Tomorrow and or Friday:

Possible fuel pump& Filter

 

Hopefully Sunday:

 racecar

 

Fix wipers

R down pipe

 

 

 

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Testing at Gingerman last week revealed a crunching third gear on downshift.  Figured it was a synchro, got some of the limited US supply shipped in only to disassemble and find the shift fork wear guides totally trashed, causing the fork to be over .125" narrower than spec thus causing imcomplete movement action on the 3rd/4th gear slider.  Only way to "fix" is to replace the entire fork, of which there are none new parts in the country.  Unable to get parts in time for Indy, we have resorted to SolidWorks and Markforged Onyx material.  Fingers crossed, it goes back together this weekend.

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Camaro is loaded & ready for testing of 1st iteration of suspension adjustments (heck, it's been pretty sporty the past few events - with dead shocks...). Hooked on Driving Friday-only track day @ Sebring. 

 

Also testing neighbor's trailer that he is interested in selling... it's big. Our track record with tow vehicles isn't stellar, so hopefully this isn't a repeat of VIR  🤣

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5 hours ago, BollingerChump said:

 Unable to get parts in time for Indy, we have resorted to SolidWorks and Markforged Onyx material.  Fingers crossed, it goes back together this weekend.

 

Have you checked with the materials selection from Shapeways (or any of the other big boys)? Just curious. Been a while since I used them, but Shapeways was reasonable and pretty fast. Now that you have a solid model, you've gotta know someone w a CNC mill, would brass work, or possibly peek plastic? Regardless, nice solution, be curious to hear about how it looks after Indy!

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Today:

 

Tow truck

 

Cut hole in utility bed floor to replace fuel pump

New filter

Patch hole

Drive home

 

Life:

Schedule myself to go with pintodave @ hooked on driving, conspiring for 2 weeks

Mom has minor incident with her car on monday, I take car to park indoors as door is sprung, wait for adjuster

This afternoon, confirm I will be @ Pintodave practice tomorrow morning

Early evening, get phone call from insurance adjuster, they will be here in the morning

Cancel w/pintodave🤧

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10 hours ago, pintodave said:

 

Have you checked with the materials selection from Shapeways (or any of the other big boys)? Just curious. Been a while since I used them, but Shapeways was reasonable and pretty fast. Now that you have a solid model, you've gotta know someone w a CNC mill, would brass work, or possibly peek plastic? Regardless, nice solution, be curious to hear about how it looks after Indy!

 

We have a couple options for printers available that will print anything but metal.  Decided on Onyx/markforged for a couple of reasons: the material is nylon filled with chopped carbon and when printed at 100% infill provides plenty of strength with a large amount of yield before breaking.  Surface finish on this stuff is fantastic too, none of the layer by layer granularity of other FDM methods.  We could've added carbon/kevlar reinforcement, this adds the chance that if it starts to break down/wear further destruction of the internals is likely.  If it works for Indy we won't be taking the trans back out until the off season, but can update if it survived 20 hours!

 

Part could be machined from a slug but would be tricky.  We know folks with equipment that could probably do it but finding time in a schedule is tricky, or as you know costs $$.

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Today:

 

Car

 

 Oil change 

 Replace left and right engine downpipe’s 

 

Tow Truck:

 

 Replace left exhaust manifold and hardware 

Remove three broken bolts from cylinder head.

 

 

 Why is my tow truck in such desperate need of stuff? Because used truck, it’s been running well for the first 5000 miles of ownership, a set of ball joints and tires was all it seemingly needed for the first two races, apparently it needed more … 

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