Sunday, July 19, 2009

Motors are out.

Mark and I have finally gotten the motors out of both the Civic and the Integra. A couple of things became clear to us that probably should have been before:
  • The Integra transmission has a hydraulic clutch.

  • The hydraulic clutch transmissions use a different motor mount on the passenger side.

  • The driver's side mount doesn't look like it will bolt to the motor bracket.

  • One of the motor bracket bolts is stripped and will need to be helicoiled.

In other words, 2 of the 3 motor mounts that we have won't work. We're going to need some time to fix some things before we drop the engine in.

Team Consolidation

The Turbo Schnitzel Team had a bit of a crisis. They had whittled their way down to a three man team to optimize their chances at winning the race. That decision left them sensitive to any perturbation of their plans. And perturbed they were when Dave announced that he wasn't going to make it to the race because he'd be training that weekend. Wanting to keep the triumvirate intact, Craig and Jeff were considering hanging up their liederhosen.

The OLPD team itself was short a couple of members as Travis and Nick weren't going to be able to race due to school/money concerns, so we've adopted the remaining schnitzels into the OLPD fold. In addition, we've also added Jason, a coworker of Leslie's and fast car aficionado.

So the 2009 Fall OLPD linup is:

Brian VanHiel
Leslie VanHiel
Mark Berkobin
Jason Tidwell
Craig Cochran
Jeff Juskowich

We're in again!

Evidently the LeMons South race is becoming more popular. There were over 130 entrants. I'm not sure how many made it in, but we were one of them. Unfortunately I didn't realize that once we were in you were free to pick your car number until a week later, so for this year we'll be car 999.