More progress

Today Tedd and I played musical cars.  He’d re-arragned everything to get the trailer out because he raced the weekend before last at Thunderhill in his Alfa.  So got his not-working street Alfa onto the trailer and the trailer backed into it’s spot which let us move Minnow up onto the flat work area.   We found that someone had not re-attached teh shock at the bottom to the left lower rear control arm.  That was bad and we had to fix that.  After shuffling cars around we got on a bunch of other little tasks done.

  • I got the seat out of the Minnow
  • I got the belts out of the Minnow
  • I got the kill switch and battery relocate wiring out of the Minnow and partially installed in the new car
  • Tedd pulled the alternator from the Minnow
  • Tedd took out the weirdly installed heater core and looped the hoses
  • I bolted down the good battery in the passenger area of the new car

Tomorrow Dennis is coming to help.  I want to finish the wiring issues in the new car.  I hope Tedd and Dennis can work together on pulling the motor/trans from the Minnow.


Rear End Transplant

Today, Dennis, Tedd, and I transplanted the rear end of the minnow into the new car.  After lowering the exhaust in both cars, it was,in theory, easy.  Disconnect the trailing arm mounts, the upper control arm, the shock towers, the brake lines, and the subframe.

The devil is always in the details. We got it done

Here is the whole rear end from the Minnow waiting to go into the new car.


This is important because we want to keep our springs, shocks, sway bar, and adjustable upper control arms.  Basically between the front and the rear ends we had the minnow set up pretty dang well.  Now we’ll have all that in a straight frame.

Here are Tedd and Dennis lifting the subframe into place in the new car.


With the rear brake transplant we finally got all the dot5 brake fluid flushed out of there.

Front Suspension Transplant

Today, Jason, Tedd, and I worked on the new accord.  We took the knuckles, shocks, springs and brakes of the Minnow and put them on the new accord.  We then put the new car’s parts onto the Minnow. It was a huge amount of work and I am exhausted.  I didn’t take any pictures.

Next we will do the same for the back.  We’ll just take the whole rear subframe out of both and swap them.  It’s sounds simple but it’ll be a lot of work.  At that point we will have our preferred suspension setup.  I’m holding out for the possibility that we could race at the Thunderhill 5 mile course on May 19 and 20.  It seems unlikely though.  Tedd understandably wants to get the extra car out of his yard and Jason can’t make the May race.  So we will probably just scavenge all the good parts off the Minnow and get rid of it.  We are thinking that if we keep the engine, we can rebuild it at our leisure.  While racing with the “new” engine.

Here is the ToDo list for now.



We bought a new car sunday.  It is a 1993 Honda Accord LX.  It is straight, much lower mileage (about 170k) and is already stripped and caged.


Get this, it’s street legal and registered.  We bought it from a guy in Pleasant Hill and I drove it back to Tedd’s.  It was loud.  It has a coffee can exhaust.  I’ll be looking forward to installing our exhaust on it.


We are planning, before the next race, to swap out all the supsension parts, including the adjustable parts, the shocks, the springs, and the hubs with the CL brakes.  On the rear we’ll probably just swap out the whole rear subframe, which will include the big rear swaybar.

Later we will swap in our transmission with the LSD and short gears and keep the old engine as a spare, or perhaps we will rebuild the old engine!  The temptation for forged internals, higher compression, a hot cam will be tough to resist, but also tough to afford.  If we don’t have time to swap the tranny before the race, I am worried about the clutch.  It feels stock and old.  No doubt there is lots of work to be done, but now we have a path forward for doing it.




The Last Cruise of the Minnow

We got the tow dolly and pushed her up onto it.  I cruised the paddock and got a few names of body shops that might be willing to straighten a lemons car.DSC_9091

The car is back at Tedd’s.  We’re all home.  I’ve been looking at craigslist wondering if transplanting all our good parts onto a new, straight accord might be a good thing to do.


167th place

167th place. 14 total laps. The frame is obviously worse than I thought. The axle puked out of the inner cv twice. We can’t even flat tow it now. We are waiting for Tedd to get back from the Santa Rosa Uhaul with a tow dolly.

Lost our spot

When Ewan and i got back to the track this morning our spot was filled by a motorhome and to minivans. By begging and pleading I let some neighbors a little bit down the road give us half a spot of their four. It’ll be tight but workable.