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Almost there…

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

We are hurriedly scrambling to get the car back together and running for our testing and break-in session this upcoming weekend at the No Alibi TSD. There is a good chance we will achieve that goal at the last minute.

In the past few days we have made significant progress to getting things back together. The engine is ready for it’s fluids, the brakes have fluid in them, the custom rule-required protection on the fuel cell is installed, the suspension is ready to be adjusted, the hubs and bearings on all the corners have been refurbished and installed, the co-drivers seat and foot rest are installed, the transmission is in and hooked up to the axles, etc. etc. etc.

The to-do list is still long, so we’re putting in extra hours over the next couple of days to get everything sorted. Wiring should be finished on Wednesday and the car should start (fingers crossed) that day. There are a lot of incidental finishing tasks that must be done before we can head out on the long No Alibi trip. But we are doing our best to get some long distance testing in before we start tuning and tweaking.

Stay tuned to see if we make it!

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More build progress!

Monday, May 4th, 2009

I’m pleased to report that we set the car on it’s own feet on Sunday for the first time in many months!

Wiring is coming along nicely. The rear of the car (lights, fuel pump, interior light) is completely wired. The interior lighting and instrumentation is mostly wired. All that remains is the engine management and some final testing and tweaking. Brendon from RalleyTuned is doing a fantastic job!

We also installed our shiny new JVAB custom coilovers and, quite simply, they are amazing. We probably spent a good hour just staring at them and imagining the forces necessary to damage them at all. These things are well-engineered tanks. They also extend the travel of our suspension by inches, requiring some “customization” of the top of mounting point for the A-arm. A couple install/remove/re-install cycles, a little heat and a lot of hammering got the offending piece of metal to behave and allowed the axle to roam free from full compression to full droop.

On top of doing a ton of wiring and installing the suspension, we also installed the intake, fuel pressure regulator, sealed up a leak in the rear lexan, put on the mirrors, and started the install for the crank trigger ignition.

Here are a couple pictures. More in the build gallery!

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interior updates

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

Work over the weekends continues as we get closer to our first event in the new car. We’re adding a healthy amount of carbon fiber to the mix in the new car, as well as our usual dose of aluminum fabrication.

Carbon Passenger side vent cover, Carbon Radio Plate, Aluminum Brantz Mount, Aluminum Co-driver foot panel, shifter surround/relay panel/fuse mockup, co-driver light:

Carbon Co-Driver switch panel, Aluminum handbrake mount:

Carbon Driver’s side Vent/Switch panel, Stack placement fitting, Carbon Radio Plate/Switch Panel:

Carbon F2 SBG Golf III Kit car wing:

More updates on car preparation on the way!

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