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First race of the season, July 12,13

Posted: Wed Jul 23, 2014 10:52 pm
by engineerted
Ok, first race for 2014, well it did not start well or end well but it was a
lot of fun In between. I arrived
at the track Friday afternoon to setup and claim my spot, I also needed the
annual tech, but to my
surprise I find fuel leaking from my fuel cell. Crap! I pulled the cover off
to find the bladder had split
about 1" from the top.
Now What? The local race part guy is nowhere to be found. I later found out
he was at a major on
the other side of the state. A fellow race who runs an Hprod said I might
have an old 8gal cell that
might work, i will bring it in the morning. This is what amateur racing is all
about. Helping out a
fellow race.

Saturday morning, he showed up with an old cell, I pulled the bladder out and
swapped it into my
can. Perfect fitt! Off to tech I go, but ended up missing qualifying. So
starting from the back. See
video. Started last in a field of 23. The only other Fprod was some where up
in front with the It7
cars. I did pick off 9 cars and got within one car of other Fprod (blue miata)
but ran out of laps.

http://tinyurl.com/l8gjvrg

Sunday morning race started #13 out of 24 , the race went well, chased the
other Fprod for 5 laps,
but the race was cut short due to a couple of cars hitting the tire wall, one
ended up on top of the
wall. No video as I left the gopro at home.

Sunday after noon race, started 5th, this is the feature race, order set by
fasted lap time of the other
two races. Now I am two places ahead of that other Fp car. I got this in the
bag! Two laps in I find
myself in 2nd place overall as the two cars in front of me lose it in turn 1.
The spun Rx 7 ends up
stopping in the middle of the track. I take the inside, yelling don,t move,
the guy right of me goes to
the out side. This could have been very bad, he did the right thing by not
moving. The rest of the
field managed to get by. A half lap later, my steering mount broke and I had
to pull in early.

I will post some photo later, he captured some good shots.

Ted

Re: First race of the season, July 12,13

Posted: Thu Jul 24, 2014 7:53 am
by engineerted

Re: First race of the season, July 12,13

Posted: Fri Jul 25, 2014 10:13 am
by fp55scca
--Super job Ted! I replaced my fuel cell baffle, but not the bladder.
What's the life expectancy of one of those things?
--Really enjoyed the video. You showed some real patience and nice moves!
Very well done. Looking at the pics of the #14 Mazda, his front splitter
doesn't look very effective to me?
--By steering mount, did you mean steering column? Hope it's an easy fix.
Jim

72 Spider - owned since July '73
74 Spider - CSA project/daily driver
72 Spider - SCCA FP 24
68 Spider - parts car

Re: First race of the season, July 12,13

Posted: Fri Jul 25, 2014 5:25 pm
by engineerted
Jim Scurria wrote:
: --Super job Ted! I replaced my fuel cell baffle, but not the bladder.
: What's the life expectancy of one of those things?
: --Really enjoyed the video. You showed some real patience and nice moves!
: Very well done. Looking at the pics of the #14 Mazda, his front splitter
: doesn't look very effective to me?
: --By steering mount, did you mean steering column? Hope it's an easy fix.
: Jim
: 72 Spider - owned since July '73
: 74 Spider - CSA project/daily driver
: 72 Spider - SCCA FP 24
: 68 Spider - parts car

The date I found on it was 1979, Wow! 35 years old. I did not recall that it
was that old when I
pulled it 5 years ago to repair the can, but I guess, at the time it must of
looked just fine.

Yes the steering column mounting straps broke. The metal strapping that hold
the column to the
mounting plate fatigued and broke, the second strap had all of its spot welds
broken also. This is a
stock column that was modified for my car. Its all good now, new bladder on
order and steering
column fixed. The original setup only had two bolts holding it to the car. Now
there are four.

Ted