The UberBird Flies the Coop!

UberBird hits the road (7)

Yup, after almost exactly two years at Chez Mad_Science, the UberBird’s relocating to new base of operations in San Diego. Before you get all “awwww” on me, trust me: this is a good move. Like I said earlier, I’ve got enough on my plate these days, so former roommates and gearheads extraordinaire Graham and Aaron are taking over management of the car, and they don’t have three other project vehicles to worry about, just Graham’s 2ZZ-swapped MR2 and fleet of motorcycles and Aaron’s MegaSquirt-ed 2002tii. With a bit more time and less burnout, they’ve got plans to spruce things up a bit…
…that I’m not telling. Ok, well I will share that they’re going to have to tweak the cage and/or seat a bit, because my “My First Roll Cage®” -grade install fails the helmet-to-cage requirements in the 2011 rulebook. Beyond that, well, we’ll just have to see. Be on the lookout for a somewhat more uber UberBird in 2011 at the Skankaway Anti-Toe-Fungal 500, Sponsored by Cruskin-Skankaway Inc., The Official Fungicidal Toe Creme of LeMons, October 22-23 at Infinion and Arse-Freeze-apalooza December 3-4 at Buttonwillow. (…and possibly Arse-Sweat if Aaron can be convinced to go back to Thunderhill). Anyway, in the meantime the UberBird’s spending some time amongst friends.

Last Sunday we took full advantage of the SoCal’s transit infrastructure, with the day’s route being Temecula, Escondido, LA, Ramona, Escondido, Temecula,  and finally back to LA. The truck was in Temecula, the trailer in Escondido, the UberBird in LA and the base of operations in Ramona. Felt like a regional delivery truck driver by the end of the day. Speaking of which, it was a pleasant mid-70s all day with a beautiful sunset, just like last year.

Sunset (1)

For nostalgia’s sake, here’s what it looked like on the lot:

Original Condition!Original Condition!Original Condition!

Oh, and this isn’t the only news on the LeMons front. Stay tuned for some more craziness this afternoon…

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13 responses to “The UberBird Flies the Coop!”

  1. muthalovin Avatar

    I never saw the Uberbird before it got uberized. It is much better for it.

  2. LTDScott Avatar

    My co-worker apparently knows one of those two, because I knew about these plans already.
    Prickstine (or whatever we come up with next) is taking a break this year. I have a wedding to plan and another project car that I actually want to do some work on, so I'll probably resume LeMons endeavors next year.
    Our car also needs roll cage modifications (which I probably will tackle this year) and an engine rebuild or replacement.

  3. hwyengr Avatar

    Is that Glassell Park? Hey there, neighbor. Greetings from Atwater Village.

    1. mad_science Avatar

      If you recognize it by sight, then you know where I'm at…just do me a favor and don't drop a google maps link right to my house.

      1. hwyengr Avatar

        I worked on the preliminary design for a massive sewer project that dumped into the huge manhole in the empty lot just south of the Kia dealership on San Fernando. As much time as I spent in the field doing utility investigation, some of the houses looked familiar.

  4. lilwillie Avatar

    did I hear a "megasquirt 2002tii" in there? More info please.I've seen it done in the 2002faq section but would like to see more.
    And godspeed Uberbird, may your racing continue for years to come.

    1. Aaron Avatar

      It is a 1972 2002 tii. It now has a laundry list of parts, some of which are below. Here is a link to a clip of the engine running (aweful quality).
      Megasquirt, ITBs, 10:1 compression, Schrick 292 cam. All the sensors are GM parts, 5 series fuel pump, Volvo injectors, DSM coils, JAW Wideband which is being replaced by a ZT3.
      The car will be have boost in the future.

      1. lilwillie Avatar

        Very cool. If I don't do mine as a true Vintage car I have been looking into this setup. I love fuel injection.

  5. RSDeuce Avatar

    I live in San Diego haha. It warms my heart to know it is that much closer to me.
    Or something like that. It was a nice day to be out driving though, good timing. Heres to hoping the weather is that great, as I have a very busy outdoor weekend planned. The girlfriend's Mom is in town.

  6. JeepyJayhawk Avatar

    It's weird seeing people in shorts smiling at this time of year. I can't even go outside without donning knee high muck boots and a full coverall…..

  7. jjd241 Avatar

    Good to hear 'da bird has a future. My latest "seen on the street" might come in handy for a Lemons support rig… [youtube LtbxDfHESr8 youtube]

  8. Crazy Mike Avatar
    Crazy Mike

    Escondido twice in a trip – did you stop by Spank's?

  9. essay service uk Avatar

    Well this first time I'm hearing the word Uberbird. Honestly it sound me as I could be about the some kind of bird that would found on the extreme corner of some side of the world. But by reading this article it sounds great.

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