Two guys, a dog, and a repair shop
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Friday, October 30, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
We are going to throw our collective tails sides into the racing ring for the 24 hours of LeMons.
Our dream, because every good idea begins with a dream made of Unicorn Farts and Pixy Dust, is to have a car built and ready before this event.
Rod Blagojevich Never-Say-Die-500
This race will be run at the Chicago Autobahn in Juliet Illinois. As of now it is just a scribble on some paper and we don't even have a car picked out to get ready for racing. What we have are four guys who said "Let's do it." Troy, Mike, Shawn and I have all decided we can do this. Shawn has the only W2W racing experience. Troy and I have extensive Autocross experience and Mike knows where the pedals are and how to use them properly.
We still would like two more drivers. We also are sure to need pit crew assistance, maybe a team manager to allow us to concentrate on the race that day. We also need sponsors. Money isn't cheap you know.
For a theme, because every good LeMon's team has a theme, we are going Deer Hunting on the track. Blaze Orange is the color of the day and it will be just like the Second Week of Deer Camp if we actually put this all together and make it to the track.
One year, and some change, I think(hope) we can do it.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
.28 Cent Lawn Mower
Not really automotive related but it could easily be a car for free.
When they fall from the sky and are free, you take them and run. This bad boy is a '96 I believe John Deere STX38 Riding Lawn Mower. I scored it for nothing from a friend who had trouble with it and decided to hell with it and bought a much larger and faster Zero Turn Mower.
We talked before I picked it up and he mentioned it was running horrible, throttle was racing, and then it made a horrific rattling noise and went wide open throttle then died. He told me if I hauled it away I could have it. Fine, no problem. The Deck and Chassis are in excellent shape so if it needed a Engine I would spring for it. It sounded as though the Governor took a crap from his description so if that was bad, a engine tear down would ensue anyways.
Well, once in the warm shop I went to diagnosing the problem. On start up it did go wide open throttle, any throttle movement didn't change anything, the cables were fine and the Governor had proper tension and movement. Then we saw the issue.
Taking the carb off the Throttle plate fell completely off.
The Screws, they most likely were the rattling noise. Since they are brass I wasn't to concerned about the health of the engine. Sure, the Cylinder wall most likely are scored some but it has good compression, minimum leak down on the valves and now with two new screws and a LOF it runs like a champ. If it starts to have some engine issues from the screws traveling through it then I'll have to do a rebuild, no big deal.
Lesson of the day? Never ass-u-me what the problem is without diagnosing it first. As for the previous owner? It doesn't bother him a bit it took little more than a Quarter to fix it. He has his new Rider and is happy I have a new Rider.