Monday, August 25, 2014

Day 14 & 15 - Back to outside and Halfway . . . (8/23/2014 & 8/24/2014)

8/23/2014

Ran by my FAVORITE place in the Columbia, Pull-A-Part!! I mean, were else can you go for $2.00 (I get in free since I'm a Veteran :D), see all types of cool cars, and get buckets of parts on the cheap.

I picked up all these goodies for $30

  • Relays
  • Alternator Wiring Harness
  • Release fork
  • Handful of weather pack connectors
  • Dipstick
  • Fuel pressure regulator

Seriously, if you live close to one and you work on your own cars, you NEED to visit this place!!

I returned home, fired up some saved V8 Supercar races, grabbed some chips + dip, and Redd's Apple Ale.

8/24/2014

After talking it over with some guys on Grassroots Motorsports forums about the release bearing, I mulled it over and it would make more sense to run an external slave cylinder to actuate the clutch rather than a internal/concentric bearing.
  • Easily repairable
  • Easily accessible
  • Easily maintainable
  • Easily adjustable
Easy is a good thing with slamming together a race car when it comes time to troubleshoot or fix something.

I took a trip to Lowe's to picked up some steel and bolts.

Cut the steel down, drilled some holes, and added adapter for the slave cylinder

Bent it up origami style and made some slots

Drilled some holes in the bellhousing

Attached the origami bracket with some Grade 8 stuffs

Attached the external slave cylinder adapter

Added the slave cylinder

Engine + Trans . . . Soon, I shall be one with the Matrix . . .

Now . . . before the peanut galley starts about the origami bracket, it is temporary and a fully welded bracket will replace it.

Congratulations!! 

We have made it to the halfway point . . .

So far, I'm exceptionally pleased with the progress that I have made on this project. No, I don't have a garage full of specialty tools or a magic money tree in the backyard, but I'm getting it done. I'm building a race car on a shoe string (relative) budget with some basic tools (a dremel + battery powered drill and sawzall), some clever thinking, and sheer will. If I can do this . . . ANYONE can do this. The best thing about this build is the people that are sharing this journey with me. The encouragement from peeps on Facebook, Google+, Grassroots Motorsports forum and this blog have made the journey pretty damn awesome . . . Thanks!! There is more to come!!

Seriously . . . visit Pull-A-Part . . .

-=PJ