Month: June 2012

New Steering – Progress Report

I’ve cut up the old steering column and re-made it.  The angles on the uni joints are now equal, so it should take out the harder to turn spots as you go from lock to lock.  Should lead to steering that feels more comfortable for me – and that confidence = speed. :).  In rotating the front wheels by hand, the steering wheel now spins at a constant speed – before you could see the wheel accelerate, then slow, then accelerate again.

Its just all tacked together at the moment, need to get more gas for the welder to continue…  Also want to put the car back on the ground and test it under load to make sure that I’ve got it right this time.

Also got one of the fibreglass front guard mounted on the car.  With white front guards she’s looking like a real bunky now 🙂

The rest of the weekend was moving rocks, mowing lawns, gardening, making cages for animals, cleaning up / cutting up old metal around the place (ok, around the shed) ready for a trip to the scrap metal yard to get rid of it all.

Next jobs

So, though I’d talk to myself about the things to clean up on the car before the next event.

On the list is:

  • Redo part of the steering column to better angle the two uni joints to smooth out the steering action.
  • Fit the wider fibreglass front guards and fix them up a little.
  • Some more body work on the car, getting it closer to being ready for paint.
  • Try and finish off some more of the under car aero.
  • Finish off the air cleaner ducting and the rad ducting.

Probably a lot more too, but that’s the plan for now…

Mt Clarence Hillclimb

We had a decent event, on a hillclimb that was fun to drive.  All day could not get enough rear end traction, and at the end of the day we lost out to a few of the 4wd cars.  So 6th outright (0.05 seconds away from 3rd :/) and 1st in class was all that we could manage.

As usual, lots of things to do different for next year, in terms of car setup etc.

Wind farm Hillclimb

Albany, 6.30 am, hail, thunder, lightning, and heavy rain, what a great way to start a day of motor sport!

Luckily, the last of the front passed over at 7.30 and after that it became a beautiful 20 degree day.

For practice the road was still very wet, was impressed how well a full set if slicks still gripped in these conditions, I thought it was going to be too wet for them.

By the first run it was almost 100% dry, so it was game on.

First run was a 36.5,  fastest outright by 2 seconds, going OK so far.  I knew this would not last as the others grew in confidence, but I was happy with that for my first ever run here.

Ended up finishing the day with a time that would have won last year 😦  With some faster cars here this year, I still managed to get 2nd outright and to win my class.

So in all it ended up being a good day.