Late Model Makes Our Pre Season Kick Off
Pre Season Kick Off, LM Not Lettered, But Joins The Rest Of Our Cars For Special Event
What a hectic week getting ready for our Pre Season Kick Off. The hard work paid off, it was a great day, I will post pictures on that soon........Meanwhile, our Late Model got a fantastic paint job by Jim Sweers and will head to Creative Edge next Monday, the 21st for lettering. I have posted some pictures of the painting of our LM on "Diary of a Season 2014".......Our Modified is at Oakville Trailers and will get a suspension set up from Ron Easton. We have new shocks coming, I didn't get the shocks that were on the Mod from 2013, I knew they were not part of the deal, but thanks to Jeff Walt and Brian MacDonald, we will be geared up by the end of the week with shocks for the Mod. It also needs the brakes bled and some other things, but Ron wants to scale it and set it up for us, and I'm good with that, he raced these cars for 4 years in the U.S. The Modified also has a different style sway bar that we will need to learn how to adjust and Ron will show us that as well......Tonight the LM was scaled, not permanent, but for total weight and left side. Rule changes for 2014 allow us to go from 55% left side to 55.5% and our totals have been reduced 25 pounds from 2850 to 2825 after a heat race and 2800 after the feature. We are close right now, the led has to be bolted in and then final scale done by the end of the week. Then we load the LM for lettering......More pictures like this one, from Sunday, will be on our Message Board by tomorrow night
Just Like A Model Car
Jim, Chris Randy and Bob Slide Body Over Chassis....I Take The Picture
While the body was off Jim and Bob got three items of welding done, easy access and then the chassis was power washed by Jim. Once that was done the boys installed the body and I got a good picture of it....I didn't take too long so I could run back and help :).......there are more pictures of the paint and assembly on Diary of a Season 2014.......I will start posting pictures of our event later today. It was an awesome success, thank you Lord.
Paint Scheme Finished
Three Color Paint Scheme Done On Late Model
Jim Sweers finished the paint on our Late Model on Friday. It was a different paint scheme this year, 3 colors, more difficult, but he did it the way I wanted and I am very happy with how it looks. Jim also painted the inside of the car as well making it look clean. More pictures to come....I have been crazy busy getting caught up and preparing for our big event this past weekend, more on that soon as well.
Late Model Ready For Paint
2014 Late Model
Jim Sweers Ready TO Paint Our Late Model
After Ron Easton finished the welding, installing the body and front end work for our 2014 Late Model, we sent it to Jim Sweers for paint. Ron painted our show car and did an awesome job, and Jim will once again paint our racing Late Model. Jim was away or would have painted both cars, although this long severe cold winter has put things behind a little for everyone and painting can't be done in the cold.........once Jim is finished the car will come back home for our Pre Season Kick Off event. It won't be lettered but it will be ready for show that day and then head to Creative Edge for lettering. It is unlikely it will be able to be lettered this week because of the time to paint the 3 colors and the delay because of the cold to get the car to Jim's for paint.......the Mini Stock is almost ready, a few hours and it will be race ready......Our Mod just needs shocks and a final set up, plus thorough going over on a hoist nut and bolt wise. There is an oil leak from the quick change area that will be fixed as well.....we are also preparing our home for our Pre Season Kick Off next Sunday, race season #46 getting closer.
Progress On Late Model
Sunset Late Model
Bob Pereira Sets Hoist For Engine Placement
With time the issue right now, Bob and I got some work done on Saturday, namely the engine and transmission in, as well as the headers and some of the bolt on things like the rad and hoses and starter.....On Sunday I spent much of the late afternoon and early evening preparing the hubs, bearings and brakes for repacking and sanding.....on Monday I took advantage of a beautiful day to get many more parts installed on the car, plus all the fluids, hooking up linkages, lines etc. Now the engine was ready to start. It sounded so good, but Bob noticed the drivers side exhaust was leaking, it turned out being a defective gasket, we'll replace that tomorrow. The drive line is all in, and the hubs are back on the car. We found a few things worth replacing, a brake line with a kink, and other small things......the car goes to Jim Sweers on Thursday for paint and then to Steve Lyons of Creative Edge for lettering. We are right on schedule with this car.......The show car will get an engine soon, and the Mod heads to Oakville Trailers next week for final set up, shocks and scaling. Gehrig and Lauren have done the finishing touches on the Mini Stock, so it to will be race ready with a few hours of work. New tires, some engine and chassis work should let the kids have some fun this year.......It was such a nice day, and really nice to hear the birds chirping. Perhaps it was the combination of the birds, warm sun and the melting snow that would encourage the neighbors to think spring was finally here, or maybe it was the sound of our race engine humming in the shop that validated winter was over.....We love hearing the race engine after being silent for six months. Another week on the cars, then the trailers then have a fun day on April 13th for our Pre Season Kick Off, some last minute checks on all the cars, a practice day or two and we're ready for our 46th season......Thank you for visiting our site.