So yesterday, I grabbed my monkey bar handbook (re: the SFI 25.2 spec book) and went to work figuring out what needed to be added to the chassis. Now, surprisingly, I had no problems figuring out the diagram for the transmission crossover, but I realized that I knew NOTHING about bending bars, notching them, and fitting them to the car. Dan just stood there laughing: me, tape measure in hand, trying to figure out how to measure the bar and mark where the notches go. Little did he know, I pay attention more that he realizes, and remember seeing him marking and using the notching machine. But of course, seeing and doing are two completely different things. So, I measured, and measured again, and then marched over to the tubing to pick up a section of tube to cut. I measure it out (Dan watching with a smirk…) and grab the handle of the chop saw, until it struck me….
CAN MY HAIR CATCH ON FIRE FROM ALL THESE SPARKS??!??
By this time, Dan and Biscuit are rolling on the floor laughing at me. Well, in my defense, neither of them have long hair. Laugh all you want, but the chop saw is mounted on the wall with a steel backer plate behind it to protect the wall from catching on fire. So, what exactly is stopping these hot embers from landing on my head and catching on fire? Despite mamed visions of a singed ponytail, I took my chances with the sparks and took my tube back to the car.
So, I mark at what angle the tube will attach to the current tranmission cross section, and head over to the notching machine. After a few trips to the notcher for fine adjustments, I made the cuts and my first bar without further incident. I will, however, be altering my shop work clothing to include a ball cap. Now I know why the guys are always wearing them!
On another note, I spoke to Mr. Moody, who has everything ready to assemble my motor. Right now, they are dyno’ing Gullett’s stuff for Atlanta, then I promised to head up there to help him assemble the motor. After its done, we’re going to put it on the engine dyno as well to tune it and get it ready. I’ve never had anything on an engine dyno before, but I’ve watched Gullett’s motor being dyno’d last year, and it is absolutely incredible. Until then, though, its back to work….
Be Safe, Go Fast!