Sunday, May 27, 2012
Saturday, May 26, 2012
Friday, February 3, 2012
OK, way back in June our updates abruptly stopped when I turned lazy after connectivity problems at the Colorado event in the 24 Hours of Lemons, the BFE GP. The event is aptly named: High Plains Raceway is a wonderful, challenging track run by friendly people, but it is quite a way from metro Denver. Doctawife and I were guest drivers with Rich and Mona, otherwise known as Rocket Surgery Racing.
They have this way cool car, an old Renault 4CV that is now a center-seat racer with a midships-mounted VW engine driving the rear wheels. It was great fun to toss around the track and the rockabilly theme was fun.
In the end we weren't that quick but we did get the Flaggers' Choice trophy.
End thoughts: fun track, awesome crowd of racers, and I hope to return there sometime.
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Friday, July 8, 2011
I hope we will have a cellular signal at the track so I can post this weekend, because this should be quite the experience!
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Thursday, April 7, 2011
I don't know who he's pluggin' but he played us.
So far, we've Dremmeled, pounded, puzzled, screwed, unscrewed, and searched. We'd even contemplated buying a drill press... to the tune of $300. Yeah, we're suckers. And more on that later.
Meanwhile, ATS has been creating some kind of Frankenstein bearing press. Pics below.
First off - the starting point! The smaller diameter throttle body is from the stock Neon. The larger originates from a 1995 Jeep Cherokee. Less than $50!
Hard step #2 - widening the slot for the throttle plate. (Hard step #1 was taking an eight of an inch off of a round thingy. Fun!)
Chris and our slot.
The image below looks like a finished product, right? WRONG! Notice how offset the plate screw holes are? Um... yeah. Our spring is too wide. We've yet to fix that. I should just be a matter of cutting down the spring... what could possibly go wrong?
It does look quite nice without the spring in place.
We've made more progress - resurrecting a 1980's era drill press, boring out the Jeep's mounting holes so that it can screw onto the Neon's intake, that sorta thing.
More importantly, however, ATS' Frankenpress (bearing press) has been put to successful (gasp!) use. We christened the press Clifford (it's big and red) and our triangular brace Fred. Cliff, obviously, pitches while Fred is the catcher. Doncha know. Thanks to Cliff and Fred, we now have new wheel bearings... on one wheel. Only one. But they'll get busy this weekend and bang other other out. Here's a pic of Fred's conception:
More work needs doin' including tracking down a new electrical Gremlin. Like I said earlier, what could possibly go wrong?
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Monday, March 14, 2011
So what else is LeMons about? Ridiculous amounts of tools and the space needed to store them. Spare parts that come out of our ears. Our crapheap did have a home for all the tools and belts and clutch cables and CV axles; we appropriated a teammate's garage. It had become LeMons HQ... and the HQ was in chaos. 10 mm socket? Can't find that! Oh yeah, it's only the most used socket on our rusty crusty Neon, but that didn't seem to matter. Specialized part for the sister Jetta? ATS knew he had it... somewhere. Old oil? Oh yes, we had that in abundance!
Something needed to be done. Something not sexy. Something practical.
A garage re-org. We documented our effort, and we are proud. Please see below!
All that crap was in piles along each wall. There was some organization... but not much.
Look! More shelves!
He's still so proud.
The owners stand proud.
Even the lightbar has a home.
It took us a good hard two days of work, but we got results. Our race prep will go more smoothly, ATS actually knows what parts he has on hand for the Jetta, and everything looks so much prettier. It might be unsexy LeMons, but it's still all good.
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
I do need to highlight some specific individuals for awesomeness:
Rich for the tools. Having the right tool at the right time made a potentially terrible, painful job quick and blood-free.
Zach, Kent, Bill and the entire Mostly Harmless racing crew for general awesomeness.
Troy for possibly loaning us a trailer. Just the thought is making us drool.
Matt and the Luchadores team for the catfish. That sh!t was good!
komododave for brisket, encouragement and sympathy. You rock, my man.
Marty showed up instantly in our paddock when we broke. Mark was only slightly slower to show up. I think he had longer to walk. How cool is that? Thanks, guys.
Brian for blowing up. I know it sucks for you, but it definitely amuses the rest of us.
Arcangel needs recognition as the most awesome woman in Lemons. (Sorry Anna!) She's actually remembered my name since the first race, and her stories are fantastic. Thanks for hanging out, and the cookie.
John (the Hoonatic) admitted his car was a risk factor for herpes... while is girlfriend was sitting on his lap. Thank you John for one of the funniest moments of the weekend.
Sajeev and Scott need recognition for general after-hours awesomeness.
The Blue Goose guys were wonderful neighbors. We eventually had a multi-canopy compound that could have housed a small third world country. Very cool. They also loaned us their rolling cart, which saved my aching back. Not only are they good racers, they're friendly. Fantastic!
I know more people need recognition, but my tired brain can't produce any more names. Fantastic weekend. I'll see all y'all at ECR for the North Dallas Hoopie!
Monday, February 28, 2011
We also spent time adjusting tire pressures carefully and discussing the changes amongst all the drivers, and the end result is that we've gotten the Neon to be a much better-handling car. With its weight distribution, it is naturally an understeering car, but now Joe has tuned it into something that approaches neutrality and rotates more easily without trail-braking.
Unfortunately Chuck, Juan, Hugo, and Simon weren't able to get the Jetta running despite some welcome help from several other teams. That's one thing I love about the Lemons paddock-- it's like a brain trust for fixing cheap cars. The Jetta needs more power but corners like a masterpiece, so they'll keep at the repairs and I'm sure do well at a later race with it.
Hit the 24 Hours of Lemons forums for lots of pictures and everyone's feedback and thanks. We'll be back for more at MSR Houston this year, but for now our attention turns to preparation for Eagles Canyon in April in the Decatur, TX area. In between we'll be taking on Texas World Speedway in Joe's other cheap race car, an early-90s Thunderbird, in the Chumpcar series to boot. More than we can chew? I sure hope not!