The Uberbird Readies for Flight

Woking on the BMW

While our Corvair drivin’ man Jim slogs it out at Stafford (there’s no WiFi at the track, so hit Jalopnik for what few updates there are), we were getting our slog on at Der Science Haus. Actually, the day got started with a visit to the Early Rodders with our man in Washington, Alex Kierstein, but due to a freak forgot-to-grab-my-camera-batter-off-the-charger accident, there will be no pictures.  Anyway, on to the wrenching: our last work weekend turned into a bit of a bust due to some wrong parts showing up, this time around, it was us who managed to get a few things wrong.

Woking on the BMW

Here’s my dad in action doing the first of what would turn out to be three guibo installs. A comedy of errors involving bolts that were too long, or had too short of threads meant it came in and out a few times. We’ll just consider it good practice for race day.

Transmission Mount

This time around the guibo’s a more likely to stay intact (we still have spares), because this time we’ve actually got a once piece transmission mount. Here you can see the mount from the last two races, in the same condition (and number of pieces) it was pulled from the car in. For the record, correct part looks like this.

Exhaust manifold gasketsExhaust manifold gaskets

Having finally welded the exhaust up in a way that it might actually stay on the whole race, the next issue was the leaking exhaust manifold gaskets. The new ones went in, but a cockeyed install on the #6 cylinder (see the shot on the right) meant it was a 2x job.

To do list board
Next up, we had to replace some CV boots. Unfortunately, despite ordering four of the exact same boot replacement kits, two were wrong. Beck Arnley, you’ve failed me for the last time. Aside from sending me wrong guibos twice, you’ve now screwed me with incorrect CV boots. We’re done. As a result of this nonsense, we have one good CV axle and two half-good ones. Luckily, our buddy Jack has a pair for us, along with a huge pile of miscellaneous spare parts. Even if he didn’t we’d still look for an excuse to head over to his place.
Tires Dunlop Direzza
In our first race, the self-disassembling, 3″ too tall suspension, combined with general incompetence on-track really held us back. For the second race, we fixed the suspension, dialed the incompetence back from 11, and  quickly realized our Westlake all-season tires weren’t helping us much on-track. Thankfully they were pretty much destroyed after the last Thunderhill, so we’ve upgraded to significantly stickier and slightly wider Dunlop Direzza Star Spec rubber. Assuming they hold up all right, that’ll probably shift us back into the role of weakest link.
Project Cars
We’ll be up at the Arse-Sweat-palooza at Thunderhill Raceway August 6-8. It’s within easy striking distance Northern California (or the Sacramento airport) or Southern Oregon, do what you can to come on down.

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  1. Texan_Idiot25 Avatar

    I’m told, furiously by the CRX auto-xers that Sumito HTR 200 are excellent tires for track use. Dirt cheap summer tires with high grip (if weak side walls), and I noticed a few of the reviews mentioned LeMons teams using them too.

  2. Jeff Glucker Avatar
    Jeff Glucker

    Ha… I am glad the Guibo install issues were not my fault (for once).

  3. SirNotAppearing Avatar

    I don't wrench much, and the one time I replaced a CV boot myself, I had access to a lift and power tools. I don't envy the replacement of four in the least. Still, my end result was getting to drive a Nissan Stanza a little longer, and yours is racing the Uberbird. That's a far better motivator.

  4. muthalovin Avatar

    I love the war-room-style white board, but why is it uberbird:(?
    Also, I am glad you picked up that Rustoleum. Should make things look nice.

    1. ZomBee Racer Avatar

      It took me a minute, but now I see it is indeed uberbird:(!

      1. Tim Odell Avatar
        Tim Odell

        It's an underline bracket thingy.
        How dare you impugn my textual stylistics!

  5. vwminispeedster Avatar

    Can't wait to (attempt to) go head-to-head in the Gone in 60 Laps Eleanor against the Uber Bird in 2 weeks. Time to get all of the Baksheesh in order!

  6. EscortsForever Avatar

    I hope the yank tank (i'm even gonna tray to remember what the ford is called, but i do remember it's semi-unique) is up on jack stands for routine maintenance. I think those rims are new since I've last seen pics of it. American Racing rims? If so they might have been made a hop, skip and a (long) jump from me.
    And I might be paying more attention to that car because I'm joining the yank tank family, in the form of a 1990 town car….

  7. LTDScott Avatar

    Nice. I was pumped up to at least go to Arse Sweat as a spectator, thinking it was once again at Buttonwillow which is only 4 hours away. Nope, it's at T-hill this time, which means I will unfortunately miss this one.

  8. damnelantra™[!] Avatar

    ha ha! if you go sliding off the track because of assploding tires dont blame me!!

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