Roshambo Racing

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Big work day today

Today, we were joined by Gabe and Joe at Gabe's work. They have an AWESOME shop there, including a lift and every machine tool you can imagine. Gabe was kind enough to invite us to work on the underbody protection there. Having the lift made things almost easy.

Dan did an excellent job in selecting the materials for this project. Square tubing, HDPE sheeting, and VHMW sheeting were all used along with some nifty floating nut plates to hold everything together. This stuff will be very strong and easily serviced.

Pix here:

In this picture, you can see some of the new graphics on the car- More on those later when I have a better photo.

Here's Joe hoisting the 100 pound wire wheel...

Gabe pulls up the gas tank skidplate using "Load rated" zip ties. I would think that all zip ties are load rated.... just some are rated much lower than others.

Doug doesn't just take photos... seen here using the lightweight wire wheel--- Joe sneering at me for not using the big one.

Trailing arm protection... These rivets could hold up an Abrams tank.

Almost done. Dan's pleased.

Pretty much the finished product... Need add a few more fasteners...

Almost ready to rally!!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Cardboard Mudflaps and Roshambo

After a couple of beers, it was time to decide who would be driving the car on which days of Doo Wops. Usually, you want to drive on the first day- just to make sure you get a chance. If something breaks, the car might not be ready to go on day 2. But at Doo Wops, the roads on the 2nd day are so much better than day 1, that you generally want to drive on day 2 if possible.

The plan was to do a best of 7 rock-paper-scissors match, with the winner deciding which day he'd drive.

It went like this:

Round Doug Dan
1 Paper Scissors
2 Paper Scissors
3 Rock Paper
4 Scissors Rock

So, Dan took it with a clean sweep and decided to drive on Day 2. Not so bad for either of us, really.

Dan spent the night planning our mudflaps. These cardboard templates are the result.

I spent the night finishing the mounting of the gauge and switch panel. Now that this is done, it's time to start running wires to all the stuff.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

This car looks mean

Tonight, we fit the new wheels and tires. No problems. The black wheels make the car look mean.

Dan installed the Primitive skidplate. Look closely, and you can see that Paul applied a "Roll Me Over" sticker to the bottom the skidplate. Very funny.

I made a little progress on the gauge panel. Tomorrow, I'm buying a 2" hole saw. Using a jigsaw and file for the round holes is a huge pain in the ass.