Category: Work Days
We decided to try something new for the upcoming September race- new, that is, for the Tunachuckers. In most all off our previous racing preparation endeavors, the days - and sometimes, hours - leading up to the green flag were flustered, frenzied, and… more »
More videos! Action's happening hot and heavy now. The car is actually driveable!
4 days until we race! more »
While the 460 start was a big morale boost for the team, there was another big accomplishment very recently that made everyone quite relieved: Brakes!
The old single piston front calipers were pretty decent, by 1970's consumer standards. Folks used… more »
We here on the Tuna blog like videos of engines starting, so here's another one from the culmination of today's 11-hour long wrench-a-thon. Good job Rob, Jamie, Anthony, McCall, Brian, and Nathaniel! 6 days to go unitil CMP!
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Transmissions are not generally the most reknowed automotive components. They're kindof the tight end of the automotive world. Engines, of course, are the quarterbacks- the real glory hounds. Everyone knows the 409, the 302, the 413, and of course, t… more »
When last we left...
We got the 460 running and decided to charge full speed ahead with the Plan for Ultimate Displacement. With the 460 successfully extricated from the engine bay of the '68 Lincoln, it was time to work a little magic on the biggest b… more »
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We started off 2012 planning on sticking with the LTD Landau and it's 400M Cleveland-esque V8 for the forseeable future. However, the future did not forsee me stumbling across a 1968 Lincoln Continental on Craigslist...
Yeah, it's a heap. Its an ab… more »
Our theme for this race ought to be "Keep Cool". We could hang old radiators all over the car. And fans- can't have too many fans! Last work session we began installing a new, better radiator, and this weekend we decided to attack the heat contributed… more »
It's down to the last few days before the LeMons race (May 21-22 at Carolina Motorsports Park) and we have a shitton handful of things left to get put together on the LTD Landau. A recent trip to the Pick N Pull resulted in some more spare rotors, anoth… more »
While it seems redundant to say it, part of cheap racing is doing things...cheaply! Take shock absorbers, for example. Sure, we could have splurged and spent the exhorbitant sum of $20 or even $30 per shock for new, but that wouldn't really be in the… more »
When in the course of human events, a series of occurences so similar to each other transpire unto one person, it becomes the duty, the obligation, and the right of the People to bestow upon that person a suitable nickname.
Meet: "Glassbuster" Hemingwa… more »
Step One: Find a Good Roll Cage Guy. This is probably the hardest part of getting a roll cage installed in your car. Someday, sure, I'd love to own a proper bender and be able to do my own tube work. But for now, I have to rely on a professional. Luck… more »
Monday morning of this past week I dropped the LTD Landau off at the cage builder's shop, and due to a backlog of projects on his part- including having to have three cars ready to race Saturday night- the LTD Landau was still at the cage buider's shop t… more »
Let's look at what we removed, gutted and stripped from the LTD Landau on Saturday. Since the Landau was the premium, top shelf, Brougham-LeBaron version of the LTD, Ford endowed it with plenty of extra stuffing to ensure its occupants wouldn't even rea… more »
So I was looking back on previous blog postings and noticed a curious discrepancy in the number of views. In attempting to rationalize why this should be, I decided that perhaps the entry title had something to do with the number of search engine hits a… more »
It has a number. Its a race car!
Artcarchic makes some pretty fancy numbers.
(Also, note 'JALOPNIK' sticker, Saab 900 flexi-wing, steel rooster,) more »
Not really, but that is a great song. Theme from the TV show 'Rawhide'. Thank you.
In continuance of the theme of the previous post, 'Sand, Sand, Sand', here we examine the coating of that sanded sheetmetal with 3 quarts of Valspar's fines… more »
Now that the engine runs (well, sorta) we wisely decided to shift our attentions from the mechanical to the cosmetic. Well, mostly. Anthony checked out our rear diff, made sure all was OK inside, and re-RTV'd and secured the cover, filling it back up w… more »
It's been a pretty busy time in Tuna Land. Jamie had to take his family's van in for some repairs, which left him and his family with only a Mazda RX-8 for transportation. As I have boku automobiles to spare, I offered him the use of one for a week or… more »