:big smile: Just want to wish you good luck and say have fun ( I know you will). Be safe and kick some butts
Best of luck!Been busier than a one armed fiddler with jock itch. But the starting line is in sight. Crew arrives in town Friday, we roll to Baja first thing Saturday, green flag on Sunday, finish line on Thursday. Lets hope she holds together and the roof rack doesn't touch the ground.
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Oh man that sucks. Hope all that hard work gets you to the finish line. Amazed you found a place capable of "repressing" those wheel bearings, but I can only imagine how mangled the bearing rings were.Sorry to say it was a total shitshow for us on day one. About 50 miles in and still in front of everybody I put the car on its side trying to pass a slower car in another class. Took us about 15 minutes to get it back upright with the only damage being a missing tail light. Turns out that was the least of our worries.
Got to the highway crossing and the engine is hot. Our chase is there and we see radiator fluid everywhere under the motor. Turns out the thermostat housing somehow got cracked. How that’s even possible is still a mystery to me. We removed it, patched it as best we could with epoxy, and put some alum a seal in the tank. It seems to be holding for now but we will see. This whole effort took well over an hour.
We finish without further incident but after getting to the hotel notice the passenger side front axle is pulled out of the diff. The axle isn’t plunging on the hub end. First time running Rhino axles, and I’ve never had a problem with the stock axles so we pull the front end apart to put the stockers back in. That’s when I notice that the front wheel bearings on both sides of the car have been pushed out of the knuckle. Holy shit am I pissed now. We took both knuckles to a place nearby with a press and reseated them and reinstalled the circlip but lord knows if they are going to stay in there because the circlip groove isn’t in great shape after having those bearings smashed outboard by poorly plunging axles.
In any event we got it all back together but that ate up all the time I had to try and fix the thermostat housing any better. So today we are just going to drive very easy and see how it goes and maybe have some time to do more work tomorrow evening. I really wanted to win this race but now just finishing is going to take some luck and effort. Oh well at least we have tacos and beer, lol.
No internet tonight but I’ll try to post an update Tuesday if I can.