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What happened to your ChampCar today 2022 ??


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21 hours ago, tneker said:

Decided to save ~15 lbs and give a Braille battery a try.  Opted to fab up a mounting bracket versus buying one of the overpriced options.

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Both were good moves. 
we use the 11 lb Braille and it’s been trouble free. 
+1 on making your own bracket. We laid ours on its side and boxed it since it’s in the interior. 

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Haven’t had the car out of the trailer in a few months but I did finish pad and grading for my new shop. No more half a two’ish car garage shop. Move and shop construction has slowed down the racing unfortunately. 
 

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First time off the trailer since Sebring:

 

Replaced right fender and right headlight from blow out in the last 30 minutes that took us off the podium

 

Inspected car found bad left front ball joint

 

Started shopping for a new light bar in case we do Road Atlanta

 

Notated failed cup holder after nine years, going to need a bigger mounting washer

 

Need tires, need front brake pads need oil change

 

One month till Road Atlanta…


 

 

 

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Finished the race car a couple days ago. Had a test day at a local track. Small group, had some time on track with other cars, included an E36 setup for LDRL. I was pleased with how the E39 compared to the E36. All told managed to get approximately 2 hrs of on track time, 1 hour of it one continuous stint. A few things to tweak, and some driving improvements to make. Live stream setup worked perfectly. Very happy with car.

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Finally finished an aero package that's based on the OE bumper cover. Quick-release splitter with Home Depot garden edging. Receivers for the light bar welded to the bumper and a trailer plug wired in for the headlights. Sparco tow strap. Almost ready for Road Atlanta. 

 

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7 minutes ago, mcoppola said:

@BeastZ06What type of bender are you using that makes such a broad radiuses?

I don't know either,but I like it in this car, it fits the top perfectly. I have to shimmie along and move the dies slightly to get a lesser radius but this would require emence patience, if it would work at all with my stuff..

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8 hours ago, mcoppola said:

@BeastZ06What type of bender are you using that makes such a broad radiuses?


I have a tubing roller with a harbor freight pipe threader as a drive system. After a screw up, (I haven’t quite figured out the unbending part/tool) I made the decreasing radius bend in 5-6 passes, so it’s pretty good for 1.75”x.095” stuff. Roll tube, then into a standard bender, then a little twist before the next bend. I have a swagoffroad air/hydraulic attachment for a JD model 32 bender, it’s been a nice addition instead of bolting to the ground, etc.
 

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@BeastZ06That's what I figured. It's just that you don't see rollers used much for cage building. That's some nice fitting work!

As@Ray Francknoted, the rolled tube fits really well with some of today's rounded arches in car bodies. 

That may be a tool worth adding to the arsenal...

 

Thanks for sharing.

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260 race hours on our motor, so it was time for a new/rebuilt one. Also tackling some much needed replacement schedule items that have been put off because of various issues along with updates to our front aero. Should be all buttoned up and ready for Road Atlanta by the end of this weekend.

 

We'll try and remember to get a windshield banner put on too...........

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11 hours ago, Hurljohn said:

Cage looks great, and also heavy.

Yeah it is, right around 100ft of tubing, so about 160lbs with 1/8” backing plates. I haven’t measured everything out though.

 

I’m just trying to get it on the track. I can always chop it up later. 

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