Archive for June, 2008

The fallout from the race weekend…

It has been a while since I last wrote.. mainly as I’ve been busy with work, and Don’s been busy with work and prepping his vintage Formula Vee for the Blackhawk VSCDA event next weekend (June 14th).

Since the Formula Ford’s first outing, I’ve been exercising the wallet plastic at Pegasus’s website and emptying my paypal account to ApexSpeed members obtaining all the parts and such to make the next race weekend a little, uhm, less stressful.

The major things that need attention after the Blackhawk flogging for 3 days are….

Starter – the old Lucas (yes, that Lucas Electronics) starter and solenoid bit the dust. Rather than replace it with the same setup, I did some research (read as: posted on Apex and let the smart folks tell me what to do, in this thread) and am having someone put together a Nippondenso setup. Hopefully that’ll be in soon.

Valve cover gasket – we had some issues with oil staying inside the engine. After most on-track sessions, the engine compartment looked like the oil-equivalent of a monkey at a zoo flinging poo around. Lots of oil. Lots of $9/quart oil, I might add.
We determined the leak is coming from the valve cover.. the valve cover itself is probably not straight anymore, and it is missing a valve cover gasket hold-down. Pegasus has the hold downs for cheap, and a new-to-the-car valve cover from another racer will be installed soon.

Wheels – During one session I cracked the left rear rim. Luckily, it held together until we realized it had zero-pressure (which, otherwise would have made for a really really bad day) and was able to swap the rear tires to the rain rims.. But, the rim is toast for now (might be repairable). Two spare rims are getting blasted and powder coated (gray, to match the uncracked front rims) for the next race.

Hopefully, all this stuff will come together in the next few weeks in order to be ready for the next race.  Which race, you might ask? The next race is the Firecracker Double-Regional @ Blackhawk Farms on July 12th and 13th.

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