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Did I mention I race rally cars? Red Rocket Rally
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|Friday, July 30, 2010|
|My Rally Car Burned Down|
by brian @ 22:49:13 - [perma-link]
I forgot to post these here. My rally car burned down during the Idaho Rally this year. Pat and I both got out of the car when we smelled smoke. No one was hurt. The car was a total loss.
|Thursday, July 29, 2010|
|Giant Dragonfly in Idaho|
by brian @ 10:07:11 - [perma-link]
This dragonfly was hanging out while I tunes my rally car.
|Wednesday, June 9, 2010|
|I pulled the motor out of the rally car today|
by brian @ 17:47:21 - [perma-link]
On saturday while I was out tuning the rally car, it mysteriously lost a couple of quarts of oil and damaged.... something... in the motor. I limped it home (bad idea. should have called AAA when it died and wouldn't start again) and checked it out on Monday. Something is definitely broken.
Yesterday Dan and I towed it from my house down to the shop, and I made some room to work and disconnected all of the wiring, drained the oil and coolant, and had it mostly ready to come out. Today I took out the axles, radiator, header, and a few other things, and pulled the motor with the cherry picker.
The front end of the car was pretty high up on jack stands. I lowered the engine and transmission onto the legs of the cherry picker and a wheel dolly, then disconnected the chain so I could drag it out from under the car. It was just a bit too tall, so I let all the air out of the rear tires to pick up the front just a bit more and pulled it clear. After that I separated the transmission from the engine, and called it a day.
Tomorrow we start disassembling it to see what went wrong.
|Monday, June 7, 2010|
|Running too rich, right?|
by brian @ 10:21:24 - [perma-link]
I'm changing spark plugs on the rally car today. Wait, let me back
I ended up pushing it across the intersection to a downhill and roll-
As I got closer to home, the engine was running hotter than it had
Yesterday it wouldn't start. No idea why. So starting with the basics.
|Wednesday, May 26, 2010|
by brian @ 13:45:53 - [perma-link]
A few weeks ago I found a Geo Prism with a 2-row radiator. That
Idling in the shop, the car would get up to about 194 degrees, at
I also changed the catalytic converter. The old one (installed just
The car is all set for rallycross on Sunday.
|Thursday, March 11, 2010|
by brian @ 17:20:52 - [perma-link]
I put the rally car up on stands yesterday and did a quick check around the corners. Fluids look good. Brakes are bled (possibly a problem on the front right still. I'll bleed again after I drive it a bit). Suspension is still attached. Steering is OK; the right-side inner tie rod end needs to be replaced.
I mostly washed off the front of the motor to check out a possible oil leak. Its a difficult area to access, so I removed the skid plate, inner fender guards, and the power steering idler pully & bracket and wiped clean as much as I could reach. At Doo Wops we noticed a spot under the oil pressure sender hole that had some fresh-looking drops of oil, but the block was so dirty (probably from the big leak in Idaho) that I couldn't see the source. I'll drive it around some and check for leaks before I do an oil change.
Two of the "good" wheels still look good. One of them had a ding in the rim before Doo Wops and should probably be retired (though it held air fine all through the weekend). The 4th one looks just a little bit ovally, so I'll dump it, too. All of the tires still look decent, but I'll need more for Olympus.
The front edge of the plastic underbody protection needs some help. It hangs down a little in the middle, and the front edge caught a bunch of rocks chewing it up pretty good. On the old car, the front edge was turned up so it would slide over things. This one used to have another piece that connected the plastic with the aluminum skidplate and made a smoother sliding surface. I need to either put that piece back or figure out another support for the front edge. Or both.
The shop needs shelves.
|Saturday, February 27, 2010|
|Hotbits Mounted on the Rally Car|
by brian @ 22:31:30 - [perma-link]
I got a late start today, but just finished mounting the rebuilt suspension on the rally car, and checking all the bolts. I also hooked up the new braided stainless brake lines on all 4 corners. Tomorrow I'll get brake fluid and bleed the brakes.
|Friday, February 26, 2010|
|Hotbits ready to rally|
by brian @ 21:34:15 - [perma-link]
I got my suspension back from Feal Suspension, where I had sent them to get serviced. They revalved them to be a little stiffer for the bigger springs, and fixed a busted adjuster rod. The adjuster rings on one of the rears (with the yellow springs) were seized up, but I spent a while with the strut mounted in a vise (by the single tab) I was able to get it all the way down.
Tomorrow I'll check each corner of the car as I install the struts. Once these are on, I'll bleed the brakes, and throw on a set of wheels. I'm hoping to at least drive it up to the car wash to rinse off any remaining dirt, then get it set up in the new shop for final preparation before Doo Wops.
|Monday, August 24, 2009|
|Autocross in Packwood, WA|
by brian @ 11:16:06 - [perma-link]
Rebecca and I drove up to Packwood, WA yesterday morning to autocross
Autocross is pretty much like rally cross, except its in a parking lot
After we raced in the first group, we shagged cones for the second.
Others of interest: a yellow Porsche GT3 that looked smooth, even when
|Thursday, July 2, 2009|
|The "New" Bumper is on!|
by brian @ 13:02:29 - [perma-link]
We've been using the old rally car's bumper up until now. Today I
Still to do:
Is that really all?