14 Sept 2018

The hoped-for car event – the Virginia City Hill Climb – was indeed cancelled, the rumor being that they were unable to obtain the necessary city permits. I’m skeptical that next year’s event will happen because once a city starts weighing the liabilities versus benefits, it’s a small step to permanently cancelling the whole thing. Guess we’ll see.

Was going to take the car out and glanced in the engine compartment, only to see that again, the alternator bracket broke. As some of you may recall from earlier diary entries, this has happened several times with both my bracket and a commercially-available part–there must be some really nasty resonances going on. My solution, like last time, was to add more reinforcing. Eventually the failures will stop, or another unit will be produced out of much thicker material.

During repair, one thing crossed my mind that might not have helped things: I may have dunked the hot bracket in water to cool it off after welding. That’s a great way to harden metal–making it much more brittle. This time I let it air cool so we’ll see how that goes.

 

26 August 2018

I was going to add an update, but after checking the previous entry, it says pretty much what I was going to write: being too warm to work on the car, and that I visit Midlana Builders’ Forum several times a day. The only new development is that there’s a big-deal driving event coming up, but as of right now it’s unclear whether it’s going to held. More as the time nears, or maybe I’ll just drop the video after the fact, hopefully with the caption, “It went well!” 🙂

 

24 July 2018

Ugh, too warm and humid to be do much, but I visit the Midlana Builder’s forum several times a day. Progress is being made on several builds there, but as warned of in the book, Life gets in the way now and then–it’s just how it goes. Several of the builders are getting closer though, and hopefully that’ll ignite some urgency in the others, hah.

Speaking of motivation, I keep getting told that I don’t promote myself, the car, or the book enough. I understand, and even agree, but it’s because I really dislike pushy ads and salespeople, so I don’t like to do it to others. Nothing shifts me to the opposite tact faster than someone pushy selling something. I had a guy  selling a bottled water service show up at the door, and when I opened it, said “uh oh.” For a second, I thought he was going to take a swing at me – he got really angry. I was curious how he planned to transition to asking for money, or maybe he planned to demand it. I suspect he realized no sale was going to happen and kinda went off the rails after that… but I digress.

So yeah, I do plan to do some promotional stuff, more shows and videos – when it cools off, which around here is October or so. There’s also all the other stuff: cold air inlet, new engine cover, wings, and so on.