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loosecannon
loosecannon Dork
3/23/18 2:38 p.m.

In reply to adam525i :

Great advice, thanks for the info. I have been impressed with Rock Auto and rebuilt the current engine using their parts.

loosecannon
loosecannon Dork
3/23/18 6:47 p.m.

Finished the bodywork on the fenders, it looks surprisingly good

Schizamm
Schizamm New Reader
3/23/18 8:55 p.m.

Hey Loose!

Just wanted to offer up some encouragement. I just finished reading through all the different iterations of this car, and it is hard to express how amazing it is! Your fab skills are incredible.  

I am shocked, however, at how much people seem to love to hate on what you do or change or mistakes that are made. Just know there are plenty of people out there who understand it's your car, your money, and your life.  I just wanted to say thank you for taking the time to share and entertain and inspire. You have another youtube subscriber in me, and I hope you continue to pump out the build because I'm hooked! Good luck fine tuning, I know we'll see the Pink Panther on top soon enough!

 

loosecannon
loosecannon Dork
3/23/18 10:05 p.m.

In reply to Schizamm :

Thanks for subscribing and the encouragement.  Funny, I still think my fab skills are E46 M3, mostly because I can't TIG very well. Yesterday, an auto repair instructor and his students came racing at Speedworld and asked for a tour of the MGB. I felt like the car was a class project because the guy would ask me questions then tell his students that they would be learning that in the next semester or section of the class. Sounds like I could challenge the tests ;)

loosecannon
loosecannon Dork
3/31/18 1:38 p.m.

Finding a small, suede steering wheel with no dish was rather tricky but I found one

loosecannon
loosecannon Dork
4/10/18 9:40 p.m.

I decided to re-do the reverse gear shifter for a couple of reasons. It was nicely hidden to prevent accidental shifts to reverse at high speed but it was also tricky to use and was close to a heater hose which, technically, a competitor could protest me under the firewall rule. It is now really easy to use, maybe too easy and I'm going to look into some kind of reverse lockout mechanism because my co-driver thinks she is going to shift into reverse at an inopportune time. The left lever is the 1-2 shifter and the right lever is for reverse. The reverse lever is actually 6" lower than the 1-2 shifter so there should be no confusion.

loosecannon
loosecannon Dork
4/12/18 6:17 p.m.

Since I remade the console and firewall, the engine cover didn't fit properly. Somehow the holes for the Dzus fasteners didn't line up right anymore and I no longer bolted it to the intercooler so those holes were unnecessary, so I made a new one. This one fits great and I even bead rolled the edges for that added professional look.

loosecannon
loosecannon Dork
4/21/18 7:50 a.m.

Improved rear spoiler and some strakes added to the diffuser-7 days until first event!

loosecannon
loosecannon Dork
4/24/18 6:33 p.m.

Improved the rear spoiler and the front splitter and finally pulled it out of the building and loaded into the trailer-it feels really good

Pete Gossett
Pete Gossett MegaDork
4/24/18 7:42 p.m.

In reply to loosecannon :

That rear spoiler is sweet! Is it one piece formed into shape?

loosecannon
loosecannon Dork
4/24/18 8:04 p.m.

In reply to Pete Gossett :

Yes, it is one piece of 1/4" Lexan. I used the old one as a starting place then made some improvements to the endplates, cut it out with a jigsaw and bent in a sheet metal brake.

loosecannon
loosecannon Dork
4/28/18 6:36 p.m.

Race Report: We went to a Test N Tune today and got to really drive the car for the first time with all the changes. We only have one set of slicks and want to save them for Lincoln next month so we ran an old set of rain tires. These are the same tires I did the big burnout at Speedworld so I thought I would have scrubbed off the hard outer layer of at least the back tires. This turned out to be completely false, as soon as boost came up the tires would spin effortlessly-even at 60 mph. The rear tires did have slightly better traction than the front ones, which would lock up every time we hit the brakes. I'm confident this will be cured with proper slicks because the car had no brake bias issues last year.

Here's a funny story: When I first started driving to the course, the car felt like it was geared really high and even idle in 1st gear was still faster than jogging speed. I did switch from 4.10 gears to 3.70 over the winter so my brain explained it away with that. Launching was no problem but when the boost came up, the acceleration was bonkers and I had to get out of it or spin the thing. The course was kind of tight so I never even got out of 1st gear and just concentrated on driving a nice, clean line. After around 8 runs I thought I should at least try shifting to 2nd, just to make sure the new shifter works ok. That's the moment I learned that I was actually in 2nd gear the whole time!! I had been launching in 2nd and running the whole course in 2nd.  Needless to say, launching in actual 1st gear took a lot less throttle but it's good to know I can launch in 2nd and run to 77 mph without any issues.

It was a successful day with everything working properly on the car, and the suspension cam shows that everything is working as it should with no noticeable flex in the steering rack mount so I'm pretty happy right now.

VIDEO FROM TODAY

 

759NRNG
759NRNG SuperDork
5/1/18 6:25 p.m.

LC this motherberker ROCKS!!!!!!..... JK should be very afraid ......I've been at the mercy of a less than favorable wifi whodathoughtit

Kill it brah!!!!

loosecannon
loosecannon Dork
5/1/18 6:38 p.m.

In reply to 759NRNG :

I don't know if JK should be nervous just yet, he has a very well developed car AND is an outstanding driver. I think a realistic goal is being within 1 second per day of his times so that if he hits one cone, I could win it. I worked on the car all day today, cleaning up some panel gaps and improving the throttle feel. I want to be really prepared for Lincoln.

759NRNG
759NRNG SuperDork
5/1/18 7:27 p.m.

I assume the less than desirable airstrip is your foreseeable test facility ......are you accepting Hoosier gofundme tire 

contributions???? wink

loosecannon
loosecannon Dork
5/1/18 8:25 p.m.

In reply to 759NRNG :

The next local event is on the 18th but we will be missing that one unless I get all the scheduled work done before then. It is on a slippery, bumpy, narrow runway that doesn't do much for sorting out a car. I would say it tells us nothing but the bumps reveal bad shock damping and bumpsteer problems, the hairpin turns reveal bad Ackerman and the slaloms reveal how good the car is in transitions. The 16 runs we did Saturday showed us all we wanted to know so I am leaning towards skipping the next local event. Briget complained that the throttle pedal has too short a throw on it (2") and Jeff Cashmore said the same thing last year so today, while the fiberglass was setting, I completely changed the throttle. I took the electronic throttle pedal and mounted it up high then I used the old pedal from the V12 car and used an adjustable linkage between the two. Now I can change the motion ratio of the pedal and currently have it so the throw is 3.5", it should be much easier to control the car. Yes, I will take donations for Hoosiers ;)

OHSCrifle
OHSCrifle Dork
5/5/18 4:57 p.m.

Airstrip looked awful but that little rocket is intoxicating.

loosecannon
loosecannon Dork
5/5/18 5:29 p.m.

In reply to OHSCrifle :

Thank you, it was. The development curve is not as steep as I would have hoped, in other words: it's taking longer than expected to get everything out of the car. However, it is getting better each time I take it out. It is currently back in the shop getting some tweaks and I really should make a video about it but it's mostly sanding and fiberglassing and that is rather dull on video. I am a little concerned about the brake balance but hope it's just because of the bad tires. Three more weeks until I find out for sure.

loosecannon
loosecannon Dork
5/8/18 8:40 p.m.

Hey, I have a new video! 

Linky Link

SkinnyG
SkinnyG SuperDork
5/14/18 9:29 a.m.

Well, we didn't make the PA short list, bud.  Oh well. -I- am still living vicariously through you! laugh

loosecannon
loosecannon Dork
5/14/18 6:06 p.m.

In reply to SkinnyG :

Me neither, but after seeing the crazy contraption that one of the finalists built, I'm not surprised. My race car is kinda pedestrian in comparison. 

SkinnyG
SkinnyG SuperDork
5/14/18 8:28 p.m.

Yes.  When I first saw the applications, and saw all trailers and work benches, I thought "I got this!" Now seeing the short list, I don't got this.

Frankly I'm a little relieved. I don't need that kind of "performance" stress. 

loosecannon
loosecannon Dork
5/16/18 7:37 p.m.

We made a major change to the car, watch the video. Some people are gonna hate it but trust me, in real life it is amazing

Color Change!

loosecannon
loosecannon Dork
5/16/18 9:11 p.m.

cmcgregor
cmcgregor Dork
5/16/18 9:28 p.m.

Holy crap that's awesome

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