random thoughts on science & industry

Mounting aeroscreen mirrors

There aren’t any directions on mounting the mirrors to the carbon fiber aeroscreen so used Daniel French’s pictures as my guide. The aeroscreen attaches to the sides of the car where the windscreen would attach with two hex head bolts then rests on top of the scuttle at about a 45 degree incline. Getting it on and off is simple and can be done with one person. The first challenge with mounting the mirrors is the aeroscreen curves in 3 […]

Getting on with the tuning

I found some time tonight to head to the garage to work on a few of the issues that have popped up since the first few drive(s). They are: Idle speed is too low; engine gets very loopy at idle – like an asthmatic after a marathon – and feels like it is going to stall. Punching the gas seems to keep it alive and running. A small bit of oil is still seeping out of the blue plug in […]

Clutch adjustments, truck bed liner, and fixing the steering bushing

It’s been a couple weeks since the car has been “done” but had a few issues to take care of since. Rather than post a whole bunch of posts I’m doing just one with the highlights from the last week and a half or so. First up was putting on the correct shift knob that Caterham sent. I had been sent a silver 5-speed knob with the car but had a 6-speed transmission. Derek was kind enough to send on […]

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 timeline¬†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 acquired¬†, 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 […]