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With our season over, it's time to get stuck into winter maintenance jobs and upgrades. I have compiled a bit of a list, some of which will get done and some which is almost certainly going to be pie in the sky dreams, but here it is just to see how far I get by next season:

1: Do some more rust repairs and bodywork, this is probably the biggest priority
2: Remove and reinstall windscreen or a new one, along with panel repairs to the roof. The windscreen has de-bonded across the top and lets water in.
3. Install oil catch can and associated rocker covers
4. Install longer rear wheel studs and open ended wheel nuts
5. Wire up 2 step rev limiter function on Holley Sniper
6. Swap LED headlight globes back to halogen, the cheap LED globes are pretty crappy.
7. Replace steering box output shaft seal
8. Install some sort of engine dipstick retention system
9. Additional throttle return spring
10. Install better/new shifter
11. Service transmission and install deep pan (already have the latter)
12. Refurbish passenger door card
13. New rear tires, slicks or radials, that is the dilemma?
14. Improve harness crotch strap anchors, maybe buy a new harness as well
15. New battery (lithium for weigh savings)
16. Holley digital dash
17. Engine upgrades, several options here
a. Upgrade existing heads, new valve springs, seals, associated machine work and a bit of additional porting
b. Install Edlebrock heads, I have them but would like to do some porting, valve job and probably new springs before using
c. Install new solid cam along with either a or b above, have cam and lifters already.
d. Freshen engine in association with the above, basically re-ring job and check bearings
e. Forget a, b , c or d and just go for broke and build a new 401 engine with the Eddies and solid cam
18. Cage, particularly if 17.e option is chosen although I am warming to the idea of just lifting off after half track to keep it in the 11's
20. Quick release steering wheel, will probably need this to be able to get into and out of the car with a cage.
19. Front brake upgrade, either Wilwood or Aerospace, mostly for weight savings.
20. Rear suspension upgrades, Caltracs, split mono-leafs, better shocks

So that's about it, some of it is fairly simple, but then a lot of the later stuff will probably stretch well beyond my current budget.

Time to make a start on the off season upgrades, first part of the task is of course some disassembly:


Some rust to be tackled, mostly just a repeat of what was done on the other side a couple of years ago, note this is the good side:



Rear wheel arch needs a bit of attention too:


So time to start drilling spot welds and splitting seams:


And before you know it, the inner rocker is on the ground:


Will follow the same procedure as before, replace the inner rocker first and then chop the outside off to hopefully maintain some integrity in the body while doing the repairs. The outer rocker will be returned to the factory shape.


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Originally posted by WesternRed WesternRed wrote:


18. Cage, particularly if 17.e option is chosen although I am warming to the idea of just lifting off after half 


For get that idea and just put a cage in it now and do all the safety upgrades this winter. There is nothing worse than having power you can't use and nothing better than having a safe car. I always tell people you build a car, so you can survive a dragster getting out of control at 150 mph and spearing you in the rear.

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I'm hearing you on that one Tom, it's really going to depend on how far I get with the body. I did look at a cage a couple of years ago and decided I should fix the major rust issues in the body before taking that step since it's probably going to be a $4K job for a fairly basic cage here. 4 point with driver's door bar would be the minimum requirement to run under 11.0 here. The days are gone where you could just weld some pipes together yourself in your backyard.

I've been chipping away at the safety gear this past season with the seat, harness, driveshaft loop and battery isolation work. Management of our track has changed this year and it is now being effectively run by the Australian sanctioning body (ANDRA), so they are probably going to tighten up on the safety regs next season.


Edited by WesternRed - Jun/21/2021 at 7:37pm
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Good luck. Body work will make it look faster too.Smile
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Originally posted by garweb3 garweb3 wrote:

Good luck. Body work will make it look faster too.Smile

Yes, but metal in place of rust holes adds weight and might make it slower.
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