Sunday, January 22, 2012

T minus 3 days

We leave for Atlanta, MI in 3 days. Less than 3 actually because we need to be up there and registered for recce by Wednesday night. It would be great if we had the car off the stands and running. A test drive after over a year off would be smart. This is the most last minute I've prepared for the rally. It may have something to do with the fact we just decided to enter Sno*Drift in December, then Christmas happened followed by a trip overseas and suddenly we are less than a week away from the event.
The gearbox is the hold up. The rest of the car is ready but what started off as a simple gearbox check and LSD install has turned into a month long affair and it's getting old. After pulling a late night this past Friday Tommy Knight (Travis Hanson's crew guy) had the backlash tuned to spec but it just didnt feel right. We opened, closed the box countless times until we gave up and I dropped the box off to Lenger Racing just down the road on Saturday. Ryan used to crew for Otis Dimiters so is all too familiar with Subarus. Turns out we didn't align the main shaft assembly properly and punched a locator pin through the housing causing the bind. Lesson learnt.
Fingers crossed we get the gearbox back on Monday so we can get it in the car during the night and take it for a test drive. The extra traction better be worth it!

Stay tuned...

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