Brakes

110814bAA029

Been quite some time but only because I haven’t had much to update on.  There seemed to still be an issue on hard braking that my front passenger wheel would lock.  thinking it might have been an issue with the caliper, i rebuilt it with an ATE kit but still the same.  the next part out I questioned was the short S shaped line that i built that goes from the braided hose to the caliper and i wondered if i had over tightened it.  that was replaced with an oem steel line just to make sure and one of those “while i’m in there moments” took over and decided to install new bearings/seal and just for reassurance, installed a fresh set of calipers from PMB.   everything went back together as expected and will have to do a bedding in protocol.  still need to do a formal alignment and corner balance so that will be next on the list i think.110814bAA030

Lighting

Visited friends in Healdsburg over the weekend. It’s always a joy to see them and hang out on their property, deep in the mountains where they raise lavender and other flowers to sell in order to feed their travel addiction. The lighting there is so serene with the tall redwoods lining the perimeter, filtering the light when not directly overhead. I’m still learning the digital stuff with Lightroom and Photoshop. Such a steep learning curve. I got a hold of the VSCO film emulation filters to play with in Lightroom but the jury is still out on that one. Anyway, just a few test shots to throw on the blog.
L1004453

L1004451

L1004454

L1004530

L1004526

L1004538

L1004544

L1004516

L1004545

L1004574

L1004579

L1004552

photo

Got the blues can’t be satisfied

I had gotten the radiator in and went out for a drive to EASY but in my zealous use of acceleration and braking on my way home, I some how clearanced one of the 1.25″ hose that has to go UNDER the front crossmember. Luckily, I was able to get her home just in time. Lying in bed, I came to an epiphany, don’t go UNDER the crossmember but THROUGH. In other words, swap out the aluminum crossmember and use the ’68 steel unit and drill a 1.25″ for 2 pass thru steel tubes and weld them in. Eureka! Over the previous weekend I dug it out, drilled the holes thru and tigged in the pieces. Today I bolted her up, cut the hose and burped the coolant again, deja vu. Wow, the under belly of the car no longer has any low hanging fruit from the swap :D Decided to go for a test drive out to the old Naval base and found a perfect spot to take a few photos in the soft light. A few more short excursions and I think it’s time for a road trip!!!

L1004313

L1004298

Backyard Bandit

Up early to watch the last hour of the 24 hour of Le Mans. Went to bed hoping for the 919 Porsche turbo 4 to have a great outcome but sounds like the gremlins of a new program robbed them of not only victory but even technically finishing the race with one lap lacking. Like they say, “to finish first, you must first finish.” Caught this little dude peeking over my shoulder this AM. Not with Leica glass, which I miss, but it’s the process.

20140615-085907-32347870.jpg

Oh, here is a great view from a backing packing trip my son and I did last week along the John Muir Trail.

20140615-090045-32445996.jpg

Over-flow over-engineered

I hated lifting the hood and letting people note the generic plastic catch bottle from the parts store temporarily zip tied in place. With a quick stop at the metal store for remnants, I built a replacement bottle to catch the over flow from the turbo tank. See below for initial design but here it is installed.

20140602-092036-33636108.jpg

Oh, here are the isolators I added to my initial design in case the hard mount caused the leak.

20140602-092036-33636908.jpg

Radiator is also back in and burped AGAIN! New 1.25″ inlet and outlet tubes. Lower tube is dove tailed and angled since the radiator is angled. So since the Ron Davis radiator is heavily repaired/modified, my me, it’s an ‘Ron’ radiator now :D

20140602-092036-33636599.jpg

20140602-092037-33637296.jpg

20140602-092038-33638097.jpg

Drip free floor sort off

One of the nicest parts of the Subaru swap has been an oil leak free floor. That’s right, not a drop. Unfortunately It recently developed a coolant leak up front. I initially thought it was from the brass to aluminum fitting for the sensor and air bleed but no, it was on one of the cross tubes. Sigh. When I mounted it initially I had done so with a solid mounts and with a slight flex of the chassis under hard acceleration and cornering, it stressed it. I was able to save it by cutting 3 rows off the top and rewelding the tanks and thankfully able to modify the fan shroud. I have to put in new bungs and new inlet outlet tubes which I’m changing to 1.25″ to omit all the reducers. It’s a better package now and will use the isolators I sourced to soft mount it and hopefully get many more leak free years out of this radiator.

20140529-070748-25668834.jpg

20140529-070749-25669281.jpg

To do lists

You ever werk on a big project and as you come across something you don’t have time for you bypass or substitute a temporary fix and say I’ll get to that later? Well I’m happy to say I’m starting to go back and hit some of those. I needed a coolant overflow tank and just used a plastic pos from Napa initially. Here is the replacement. I welded in a bung for a barbed nipple and drilled the top to vent. I just need to figure out mounting and in she goes.

20140527-223657-81417423.jpg

20140527-223657-81417806.jpg