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Summit Point Race Report

Post by fp55scca » Thu May 07, 2015 11:29 am

--Summit Point U.S. Majors Tour 1-3 May 2015: double race weekend

--EP 7, GTL 6, FP 3, HP 6 : Once again, a small field for a national race
due to the format of the US Majors Tour East Coast Championship

--After experiencing significant brake locking problems since August 2014, I
finally got to complete two races. (I'll address the brake problems in Tech.)
Only two other competitors in FP, but both extremely fast. Two qualifying
races Friday and one Saturday. A race Saturday afternoon, and Sunday. After the
qualifying races, both rear axle seals were leaking badly, and my gearbox was
jumping out of 4th gear.

--In the Friday afternoon qualifier, Jerry Hinkle broke the track record for
FP by more than 1 second in his Lotus 7 Series IV. Ken Nesbit was not far
behind in his Mazda Miata. I trailed well behind, just fending off all the HP
cars who swarmed me like pack of wolves. Unfortunately for Jerry Hinkle, Keith
Church's 1973 Toyota spit a driveshaft on the front straight and Jerry captured
it under his Lotus 7. Jerry was out for the weekend.

--For Saturday's race, I had qualified 14 of 20 and 2nd in class in FP.
Being well out of practice, I started slowly, again being swarmed by the HP
cars, and one slower EP car and one GTL. In lap 5, Tom Broring broke the
crankshaft of his '77 Triumph Spitfire, and the slower EP car went out as well,
leaving only Tim Pitts ahead of me of the HP cars. I finally got by Tim in the
16th lap and finished 2nd in class and 9th overall.

--For Sunday's race I shifted to a Redline Shockproof gear oil (75W-140), in
an attempt to stem the flow of the leaking rear axle seals. It didn't work,
and 4th gear was gone. Started 15th of 20, just behind the leader of the HP
cars, and 2nd in class in FP. Again, started slowly. I only had to finish. In
lap 3, Kenny Nesbit lost a left front wheel bearing in his Miata and he was
out. A finish would put me on top of the podium. I was smoking like a big dog
from the gear oil on my left rear brakes, and I could see the corner workers
giving me stink eye. Skipping 4th gear wasn't too bad given the gear ratios of
our transmission, and I managed my fastest time of the weekend in the 19th
lap. Moved up a few more places, finishing 1st in class, and 8th overall.

--"In order to finish first.....first, ya gotta finish"

Jim

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

1972 Fiat 124 Spider
1971 Spider - SCCA FP-24
1974 Fiat 124 Spider
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Re: Summit Point Race Report

Post by engineerted » Thu May 07, 2015 12:43 pm

Jim,

Good Report! You can be the fastest guy out there but if you don't finish
really doesn't matter. A win is a win!

So, what happen at VIR this Spring?

PS. I will email you about my issues this past weekend with leaking axle
seals.


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Re: Summit Point Race Report

Post by fp55scca » Thu May 07, 2015 2:33 pm

Ted Russell wrote:
: So, what happen at VIR this Spring?
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--Ted, at VIR 3 weeks ago, brakes locked up on all 4 corners in two
qualification sessions. Came home and finally resolved the brake locking issue
after all these years! I'll brief it in the Tech section.

--Looking forward to discussion on axle seals!! Thanks!
Jim

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Re: Summit Point Race Report

Post by mona » Fri May 08, 2015 1:09 pm

Years ago I was at Summit and was talking to Kraus who had his 124 spider
there. I don't remember how it came up but he said that leaking rear axle
seals was a common recurring problem for his car.

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Re: Summit Point Race Report

Post by fp55scca » Fri May 08, 2015 3:57 pm

Carl Friedman wrote:
: Years ago I was at Summit and was talking to Kraus who had his 124 spider
: there. I don't remember how it came up but he said that leaking rear axle
: seals was a common recurring problem for his car.
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--Yeah Carl, a common problem with the Spiders. The leak is usually
associated with poor axle bearings. John Baucom told me he got to the point
where he was replacing axle bearings and seals every race weekend!

--I just ordered some "double-lipped" seals from New York that should fit
our differentials. I plan to test them, and if they work, I will order some
more narrow ones (5mm) and see if I can machine the inside of the axle housing
to accept "two" double-lipped seals.

--The ultimate fix is an inboard seal in the diff housing that prevents the
oil from getting out to the end of the axle in the first place, but that
solution is a lot more complicated.

Jim

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

1972 Fiat 124 Spider
1971 Spider - SCCA FP-24
1974 Fiat 124 Spider
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