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8,918 memories in 5 minutes

Now that the car is mostly done (just need to wire the headlights, attach the weather gear, and fix the speed-o ground wire which failed over the weekend) I sat down yesterday and assembled the time lapse video. From a timelineĀ perspective, the build started September 26, 2014 and “ended” June 7, 2015. Over the course of 42 ‘build days’, I put in just over 148 hours of time and captured 8,918 pictures. I also experienced 3 seasons of weather in […]

Build Day 42 – First drive!

First up – Vinnie found me a green Caterham! Thanks Vin! Adam and I chatted earlier this week and he said he could come by on Sunday to help me button up a couple things then maybe take this thing for a drive. A few weeks ago, around build day 35ish or so, I made a quick hit list of things to get done so I could see the light at the end of the tunnel. Initially, I had 37 […]

Build Day 41 – Fiberglass sucks

The car is almost there. Tags acquiredĀ , engine start successful, so time to make that final push to get things done. I’m in an interesting mood – it’s like I want to get things done, so I’m pushing hard for it, but on weeknights I’ve had almost no time to focus on it. Everyday I go in and out of the house through the garage and the car just stares at me like a half completed Frankenstein silently whimpering to […]

Tags received!

This morning I went over to the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) to get my title and tags. I was a little nervous about the tag process as I’d heard horror stories of eight trips to the DMV for paperwork, confused DMV employees not knowing what was required and not required, and generally just … the perfect storm of governmental chaos. So this morning at 8am I showed up at the DMV office with a stack of paperwork in hand […]

T-22B Form Complete

With the car almost done, I started lining up the things I need to get the tags and title applied for. After do a bunch of reading online and talking to other folks I determined in the State of Georgia I needed three things to get my tags: 1. MV-1 form which is the tag application. 2. T-22B form completed and signed off by a local law enforcement officer stating the car wasn’t stolen and the VIN checks out. 3. […]

Build Day 40 – Engine Start – It’s ALIVE!

Today at noon we planned to start the engine for the first time. Going into the morning I was pretty hopeful things would go ok; fluids were full, no leaks after I tightened down the coolant return line last night. The day started early, at 7am, for a breakfast run to Einstein’s Bagels and then to Home Depot for M8 cap head bolts to attach the parking and reverse lights. Rather than attach the lights directly to the aluminum, Randy […]

Build Day 39 – Dipstick tube, fluids, and clutch and brake bleeding

A few days ago I tried to get the oil dipstick into place between the 2nd and 3rd cylinder inlets, it would be the 2nd hole in the inlet manifold going front to back, right next to the manifold pressure sensor. Based on other blog posts it should fit, however, my bracket was slightly longer and did not fit in the middle hole. From Mark he measured his at 2 5/8″, mine was just a tad over 3″, which explains […]