Sunday, August 29, 2010

Shopping spree, filters, switch and seat

Now that we are officially in we figured we can start taking care of some of those things that we've been putting off.

So first we did a bit of a shopping spree.

Basically got the oil and oil filter since it was on sale. Got the wink mirror so we have it, some hardware for fastening all it, some wire and switch that I'll talk about later, air and fuel filter, and car cover.

We swapped out the air filter which is a good thing since it looks like the old one had mold, and I'm guessing the engine doesn't like moldy air.

Changed the fuel filter which we'll just say didn't go as easily as we had hoped.

We also wired in a switch that allows us to manually turn on the fan if we want, or if we don't use the switch it will work like normal. If anyone is interested in how it works we can write it up in more detail later.

Actually we spent a lot of time picking out the switch. The more interesting ones were either too expensive and or no good way to mount.

We also worked a bit more on the seat. We have a basic layout for it.

We have the seat sitting in there now unfortunately I didn't take of the seat in the car and I'm now to lazy to take it now because we used this.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Racing Seat part 2

So it looks like there is a 4 to 6 week lead time on the seat sliders for the Ciera, and they want us to confirm the measurements for the stock mounting bolts.  Later today we will pull the stock seat mounts and see what we need to do to make them work with the new racing seat. Hopefully at the most we will need to get some sheet metal and make an adapter plate, it could juts bolt right in, but that may be unlikely.


Monday, August 23, 2010

Racing Seat and other things

Saturday we went up to Northstar Motorsports to look at seats. When we went up there there wasn't much left. The person running the store told us they had a run last week on seats. She didn't say it was because of Lemons, but since she knew what it was, and I can't think of to many other things that would cause a run of race seats in the middle of August, I'm going to guess that was what caused the increase in their sales. Luckily they had one left of the seat we would have bought anyway the Corbeau FX1 Pro, since it was the one that fit us best.

Some of us couldn't wait to try it out though

So while we were able to leave with the seat they had to order the brackets. Strangely they don't brackets to mount race seats to Cutlass Cieras

Other things that didn't quite make it up here since my last post.

Changed the oil, not sure why since once it was out it was so clean I could see myself in it.

well maybe it wasn't so clean I could see myself in it, maybe it was so dirty...

Also the Cutlass decided that it would take it on itself to start shedding weight by dropping some sheet metal from the wheel wells.

Finally Today When I was trying to figure out what was around the bottom of the trunk I saw a little box duct taped to the fuel fill. After becoming mostly certain that it wasn't important to car, or even look like it belonged to it, I removed it to find that it was a magnet key holder(not sure how good the magnets are since it had to be held on by duct tape). Inside I found a 3rd door key and 4th ignition key.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

We are In!!!

Here is the first part of the e-mail that came yesterday,

Hi, Team Captain:

Good news--I think. Your team has officially been ACCEPTED for LeMons Chicago (aka the Rod Blagojevich Never-Say-Die 500, at Autobahn Country Club on 23-24 October 2010). Please read this email completely, then forward it to the rest of your team, one of whom is certainly smarter than you are. (You agreed to be captain, so clearly you're not the genius.)

Here is the e-mail that went out this after noon,

Hey, Team Members:

Yesterday, your team captain received the Official Acceptance Email below. He was supposed to forward it to you immediately, but hey--we all know what captains are like.

Please read the entire email carefully, and make sure the rest of your guys do the same. There's a lot of important info in here, and at least a few people on your team ought to know what the heck's going on.

Thanks much and see you there--Jay

Stay tuned for updates as we finish up the car.

Friday, August 13, 2010

It has been a while

Just thought I'd check in, and let you know we are still around, vacations and other summer activities have keep us away from working on the car the last few weeks.

We should know by early next week if we have been accepted to the October Race, and we should be back with more updates then.