Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Here is the proud new owner of the old engine which was sold for $80 not moments after we got the thing out.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
100 mile an hour boom-box or the “boyz in the hood” go racing.
There are quite a lot of things to consider when constructing a race car: brakes, suspension, fire and fuel systems not to mention an engine that will stay together at high speeds for 24 hours.
The one thing over looked or just totally ignored is a good sound system. I’m not talking about exhaust here. I talking a really great stereo system with powerful amplifiers and living room sized speakers. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I always seem to drive faster when I’m surrounded by great music. No Henry Mancini or Barry Manilow, I’m talking classics like The Doors, Rolling Stones (got some Puerto Rican gals just dying to meet ya!) Led Zeppelin. I want to hear Magic Carpet Ride, Born to be Wild, L.A. Woman. Give me real Rock & Roll!
Lucky for us this Tr-7 came equipped with an 8- track (yes folks, an 8-track!) player. For those of you unfamiliar with this type of device, please google. We have dumped the anemic door speakers and now are on the hunt for some decent equipment. We are limited to $500. for the cost of the car but there is no restrictions on the sound system We plan to install speakers in every open orifice in our beast so we may share our love of fine music with our racing cohorts while we trash their butts during the entire race. This will also make pit stops more enjoyable while our bevy of almost naked race groupies go-go dance to the beat of the true legends of music history.
Tony Lazzarini-Race Car Driver
“Refuse to grow up and refuse to die!”
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
I put the old Buick engine parts on various Craigs lists and have so far sold the HEI distributor(odd fire model and RARE! Jeep guys like them) for $40 and have the old block and intake manifold with carb listed for $80, a guy for San Jose is coming to take a look Sunday. So that's $120 bucks for the old busted engine and I think there is probably another $100-$150 worth of parts on the race car that have been stripped off and will be sold on Ebay and Craigs list. The original sears 8 track stereo will stay, Tony had the idea to put some speakers in the tail light holes so all those we pass on the race track can get a load some creedence clear water or maybe a little deep purple.
Sunday we will swap the engines and maybe even get it running, we will also try to guess the differential ratio by making a mark on the drive shaft then rotating the rear wheel 360 degrees. The number of drive shaft rotations should give us an approximate ratio. If the ratio is 3.73 or above the 13" wheels currently on the back of the car won't do. With the three speed turbo 350 trans the top end will be the shits and the revs will be way too high, blow a rod high, float the valves high! So maybe some 15's on the back and keep the 13's up front, really exaggerate the wedge affect! We will see.
Sunday, January 6, 2008
It's been a while since I've hung out in the old hood and my Dad remembers this guy from back in the day. We are assuming two things here...that all these cars are owned by one person and that the owner is at least a 75 year old man but the identity of the owner/s remains a mystery. Spread throughout a 1 block radius from this red house are 10 pre 1960 Dodge, Plymouth, Mercury's and a beautiful Studebaker Commander. The street is this guy's garage. Every single car is registered with current parking permits. Just moving these cars for street cleaning would be a full time job! A quick look on Google Satellite reveals no cars in the backyard but I'm sure this guy has 5 more cars laying around that we missed including 2 in the garage. He must be the bane of the neighborhood but nowhere outside of Havana, Cuba can you see such a glorious collection of 1950's American automobiles parked on the street. Should some of these cars be in a museum? Maybe. Definitely worth a Jalopnik DOTS special SF edition. Do you hear me Murilee?