Laguna Seca Update

Not surprisingly, we’re a little behind schedule.  In the past week we’ve:

  • We started prepping all the bodywork for paint, and the new parts for fresh paint.
  • Dave Green of DG Motorsports finished the production molds for the main body panels.  These were MAJOR tasks, and took a lot of hours.  Several pounds of fiberglass dust were created during the grinding and preparation of the production molds.  It may still be in my eyes and ears…
  • A sporty 1.6 engine was installed over our  1.8 NB pick, as the NB would have meant lots of wiring harness work.  Although we might have lost a little potential horsepower, we’ve probably gained 1-2 days of prep-time.  Roman Maguinez took the car from bare chassis to running car in four days.  Not bad.
  • Our new Team Dynamics rims will not make it here from England on time, so we found a back-up set for Laguna Seca.  Things like this will inevitably crop up during a compressed schedule.

The Last item checked off our list this today was a visit to Church Automotive Tuning.  Shawn Church is one of the default tuners for Southern California, and has helped several Time Attack cars and Bonneville racers set new records.  1,000hp+ cars regularly roll through his shop.

Although we had reasonable idea that our drivetrain package was in good shape, we just didn’t know for sure.  Shawn was able to check the date of the last time the car was tuned, which was six years ago.  Considering that the engine is 23 years old, not bad. 🙂  Most importantly, he checked the Air/Fuel ratios.  Good thing we did, as the car was running fairly lean throughout the powerband.  Shawn was able to adjust the A/F ratios, clean up the off-throttle response, and give us a better chance at a fun weekend.

This week will be filled with body prep, painting, installing sway bars and seat belts, positioning all of the electronics that are now hanging loose, and setting suspension.  Good luck to us…

Production Mold Preparation
Production Mold Preparation
Production Mold Preparation
Start From Scratch
Start From Scratch
Start From Scratch
Roman Working Hard
Roman Working Hard
Roman Working Hard
Briggs & Stratton?
Briggs & Stratton?
Briggs & Stratton?
A typical Catfish build will have the frame drop on the engine/suspension. This is the other option.
A typical Catfish build will have the frame drop on the engine/suspension. This is the other option.
A typical Catfish build will have the frame drop on the engine/suspension.  This is the other option.
Engine located. The drive shaft was installed from the TOP…
Engine located. The drive shaft was installed from the TOP…
Engine located.  The drive shaft was installed from the TOP…
A lot of work went into getting the car to this stage.
A lot of work went into getting the car to this stage.
A lot of work went into getting the car to this stage.
We’re all hooked up to Church’s dyno.
We’re all hooked up to Church’s dyno.
We’re all hooked up to Church’s dyno.
Shawn and Roman on the dyno.
Shawn and Roman on the dyno.
Shawn and Roman on the dyno.

6 Comments

  • Andor Almasi says:

    You guys are doing an awesome job, thanks for the updates. I suspect I’m not the only one obsessed with every step of the creation process, checking for daily updates. It would be awesome if you could post larger pictures, so I can spend more time staring at the details :-P.

  • Cord Bauer says:

    Thanks for the kind words Andor. We’re essentially building the car from the frame up, so it’s taking a while to make sure that every bolt is tightened and no fluid is leaking. A short update is due next. 🙂

  • Eric says:

    Awesome stuff! Burn the midnight oil, and git r done. Can’t wait to see some on track photos.

    I also vote for bigger pictures! 😀

  • Derrick says:

    Hope the event went well! Can’t wait to see picture and videos of the car on track.. and some soundclips of the new exhaust!

  • Cord Bauer says:

    Hi guys,

    Please note that bigger pictures are now up! 🙂

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