Archive for Category: "Build Journal"

The Final Push: Race Car Edition

The Final Push: Race Car Edition

The final weeks of preparing for a race like the Baja 1000 involves a few big things but typically a million little things. Lets start with the big things… Like Repainting the whole car! In addition to that we have been working on the vent system for our fuel cell. We use a Discriminator valve […]

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BFG Tires

BFG Tires

No good race car is complete without amazing tires. We have had incredible luck with BFG All Terrains. I mean, how can you go wrong, they hold to to the crazy abuse we put them through and somehow they manage to protect the 50 year old rims that they have to be mounted too. This […]

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Baja Prep: Fuel Cell

Baja Prep: Fuel Cell

Every design element of the car has been re-evaluated, and yes, that means this is a LOT of work to figure out new solutions for old problems. One of our problems along the way has been fuel capacity. It sure doesn’t sound that bad when you say your race car has a 150 mile range, […]

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Transmission Mounts

Transmission Mounts

Way back when, in 2012 when we were welding in our King Kong, we decided we should re-evaluate how our transmission mounts. We had the option of welding the stock transmission mounts back in and using the 3 bolt nose cone to attach to the car, we also had a few options on the market […]

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Correcting our Rear Suspension.

Correcting our Rear Suspension.

Which springs to use? This is a question we didn’t dig into until it was too late. Back in 2012, we novices built our first Class 11 car from the ground up. We aren’t able to do anything once. Cage, wiring, transaxle, paint… We learned a lot on the way, some stuff we picked out […]

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Adding Strength

Adding Strength

The car has been a great car but our most recent incident at the Mint 400 we learned that we need to stay on top of the fatigue that the car is seeing. There are going to be many more things that break on the car, the trick is trying to predict what is next […]

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The Mint 400 Aftermath

The Mint 400 Aftermath

Well, the Mint 400 didn’t go as planned, we hoped for a finish, we ended up breaking the car in half. I suppose that is how it goes in Class 11. The issues we had were not because of lack of trying, the car was thoroughly prepped and yet a weak spot in the metal […]

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We’re Going to The Mint 400

We’re Going to The Mint 400

Racing is expensive and we are fortunate to have a good crew of team mates and good support from some great sponsors. That doesn’t cover all of the costs nor does it even get close much of the time, so our pet name for this years Mint 400 has become “The Tax Return 250.” 250 […]

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All The Small Things

All The Small Things

Just because 1137 is mostly wrapped up, tested, and running strong doesn’t mean there isn’t a ton of other things to take care of. Waivers need signed, hotels need booked, Food needs purchased and prepped, spare parts need collected, the trailer needs packed. We have an awesome group of supporters who have been helping us stay […]

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Testing, testing and more testing

Testing, testing and more testing

Over the past two months we have been out nearly every weekend testing the bug. If it is going to break we want to know about it and if we are going to encounter it we may as well have a plan to try to tackle it. So we have been putting a lot of […]

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