[elky] Race car wheels, etc.
- From: Ray Buck <rbuck@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- To: elky@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Fri, 08 Apr 2011 10:58:40 -0600
I finally got the race car's front wheels
and tires finished and mounted on the car:|
The tabs for the Moon disc Dzus fasteners have been welded on and it's time to get the tires mounted.
Viola! (That's a 4-stringed exclamation.) They're done! Took a little effort on the part of the tire shop guys: the bead was a little hard to get popped into place, but eventually they got done, as well as balanced with stick-on weights, so there wouldn't be any interference with the Moon discs.
And on the car. They sure look small compared to the 8" wide 235/60x15"s that I had on there. But form follows function (or so said the guys at the Bauhaus school of design back in the day) and these otta have minimal rolling resistance. The fronts are 25" in diameter and the rears (when I get the wheels from Oregon) will be 28".
I also made more progress with cable management/wiring/battery mounting...I've ordered a battery box and a box to mount the voltage distribution strips in. Should be here in a few days. The delay isn't an issue because ol' man Winter has come back for an encore performance. It's been snowing for about 18 hours and is supposed to continue for the next 3 or 4 days. I'll be glad to head to Las Vegas on the 21st for the Rockabilly Weekend.
Finally, there's another update on the Target 550 site.
The rear wheel fairings have to be made before the tail section can be finished and the wooden framework that will be used to create the aluminum master for the kevlar "final editions" is real labor intensive...especially when the ground clearance specification was found to be too short. It's been raised from 1 inch to 2. That means that many of the stringers in the wooden buck have to be re-sized. There's probably more labor cost in making these fairings than in my whole race car.
I think I'm gonna take a nap and hope the weather warms up a little today. Right now it's 37F. Last week the highs were near 80. Weird. Just frikkin weird.