I said in my last post that I am currently working on the boot and I have uploaded a couple of new photos to my thread on the forum. It took a little thought, but I have decided to go ahead with stripping the sound deadening, fixing up holes created by the old tow bar and then giving the whole thing a lick of paint before installing the fuel system. In keeping with the theme of learning as I go along this will mean figuring out some basic body work skills and no doubt a bit of trial and error when it comes time to lay down the paint. It should be a lot of fun and skills like that last a lifetime I guess.
I was amazed by just how much the sound deadening actually weighs. I’m not too concerned about turning the car into a light weight, all out race car, but it was still fairly surprising. The photo above shows pretty much where things are at right now but once I’m finished I’m looking forward to weighing the shit to see just how much we have removed. The reason for it only being half done? Basically I wasted some time in not leaving the dry ice on long enough to get a real deep freeze happening and as a result it didn’t come off quite and cleanly and easily and I thought. I’ve got it down pat now though so hopefully it will look a whole lot cleaner next time I post pics!
Outside of my own shed, as most of you would already be aware Summernats has been run and won. Unfortunately I chose to skip it this year but from all reports it was one of the better runnings of the event. I’ve read a whole lot less of the negative bullshit that usually accompanies Summernats (and everything else on the internet I guess) and it really does seem that they are moving it in the right direction. I’ve penciled it in to be there next year for all four days and I’m hoping it keeps getting better and better.
I know it is a little late in the game to talk about this now, but the availability of almost real time media from Summernats was also awesome. Some of you are probably already aware of the Scotty’s Garage videos on Youtube and as an employee of Street Machine he also put together daily videos showing the highlights. For what is a one man (two man including the camera dude I guess) effort they are pretty damn good. You can catch up with them on Youtube and keep it in mind if you can’t travel to Canberra next year. Summernats itself also put together a live feed of the burnout pad which was a great way to waste Sunday. Sure, it’s not as good as being there, but for free and without getting sunburnt, watching live skids on your TV is a pretty good deal. Again- hopefully this continues and other events also get involved.
For site news, I am bringing all of the behind the scenes stuff up to date and installing all of the updates required. With only a few weeks left at home before six months away I’m hoping to have the ducks in as close to a row as I can before taking off. Of course, phpBB is being a bitch which usually happens at update time and I’ve also crammed it back down to merely two boards. All of the old posts are still there but there is really no need for a board that has been getting one or two posts a week to have too many sub forums. If the board does momentarily disappear though, don’t panic, it is just me getting stuffed about by dodgy install packages.