Sunday, September 29, 2013

This is on my bucket list.

So, I have been watching some class 11 racing videos on you tube and decided I need to do this before I die. It looks like a blast. I have some buddies that are ready to go when I do it. I figure I can tow my bug down there so I can drag it home if  I break it. (which is highly possible) Check it out and let me know what you think. (I love the bumper sticker 42 seconds into the video.)
 I will need to find some sponsors so I can get some extra parts and tires. Maybe my work will sponsor me. I think we fly to mexico???

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Enjoying the Drive part 3.

This week I have seen more cars then I have shown here but I haven't had my camera with me. Here are the ones I did catch. This T-bird is nice. There was a guy driving it with an elderly women in the passenger seat. It is a cool car.
 This one isn't my style but the guy looked like he was having a blast driving it. (I really need to clean the windshield of my bug.)
 This is a blurry picture but I got it. A girl was driving this bug really close to where I live. It's always cool to see another bug on the road.
 And then there was this! Today at lunch my friend spotted this and I barely got a picture of it. He said we could do better then that so he chased it down.
This vehicle is really long. A girl was driving it. They went into taco bell for lunch so we snapped a few pictures.
 Here is a front view. It would be fun to drive. I bet it gets blown all over in high winds though.
 We were amazed at how many people showed up out of nowhere to take pictures of it. Here are some of the people taking pictures. I bet they get that everywhere they go. It must be fun to drive when you get that much attention. I wonder what kind of fuel it uses. Bio fuel?
That's it for this week. I will try to have my camera close by to get more pictures for the next week. Until then, keep your gas tanks full.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

My Motivation

Found these videos and they really help me get motivated to get Lulu my class 11 bug up and going.

I took all the engine tin to my work and it's almost ready to be powder coated. I have stripped it and now just need to bead blast it. I also took the wheels into my work. I have to remove the old tires and prep and paint the wheels. I then can install the BFG's from my old Baja on those wheels. It doesn't seem like much but it all takes time. I also need to replace the ball joints, buy and install the raised spindles, repack the wheel bearings, replace the windshield and the list goes on and on. It snowed in the mountains today so I better get my act together if this is going to be my winter driver. I do my best work under pressure though so it should all work out. Until next time, Keep your crankcase full of oil and your breather clean!

Friday, September 20, 2013

The new Roadkill video is out and we were there!

The roadkill video from Bonneville has finally been put on you tube. We watched them film the very beginning of the video where Finnegan says what this weeks roadkill is about. They filmed it in the pits and Steven, Isaac and myself watched them go through about 5 different takes to get it right. Here is the picture of them filming it.
 We talked with them for awhile and they are really cool guys.
 This was "The best day ever" hanging out with my sons on the salt!
And here is the video. It is one of the best roadkills they have made. I might just be saying that because we were there though.             ENJOY!

Watching this video brought back awesome memories that I will not forget and hopefully my boys will remember also.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Building a Class 11 Lookalike.

I finally was able to get a bug back in the garage. I picked this one up a while back to replace Tugger our old Baja. I am planning on making it into a class 11 lookalike. That's basically a full bodied baja bug. I picked up this bug for a good price and the heater channels are good on it. It has some other rust issues but the heat is good so it will make a perfect winter driver here in Utah. Here it is in front of my lowered bug. I figure if you have a lowered bug, then you need to have a raised bug to even things out. Ha Ha.

 So the plans for this one is to install Tuggers engine, install raised spindles with new ball joints on the front, raise the back up, pack the wheel bearings, check the brakes, install Tuggers old tires on the stock wheels and install a new windshield. After that It will be road worthy and ready to cruise for the winter.
The engine that was in this bug was seized. The previous owner said it had a rod knock but I think he left the air cleaner off and water got down into the engine seizing it up. I had planned on installing the engine I have so we just needed to get it out.
 You can see from this picture that the engine has been sitting for a long time.
This is the engine I am planning on installing in the bug. It's a 1641 CC with a mild cam. We are going to strip it down and clean it up before we install it. I will powder coat all the tin and the doghouse before we put it in also. 2 winters in my old Baja bug took it's toll on it. That's why I wanted to get a full bodied baja.
 Here it is up high on jack stands ready for the engine to come out. Isaac helped me. He has been really excited to start working on this since I brought it home.
 20 minutes later and the engine was out. Here it is getting lowered to the floor.
 The throwout bearing looks good and I think I can use the clutch that is in it so that will save some money. Now we just need to choose which tins we are going to run and get them ready to install and we should be able to go back in with the new engine soon. Isaac wants the engine to be black, blue and chrome so that's what we are going to do. I do need to order some blue powder coat for it.
We threw on Tuggers wheels and tires to see how it would look. We are not going to run these wheels but we are going to use the tires. We are going to run the stock wheels so the offset is perfect. I don't want the tires sticking out of the fenders. We will clean up the stock wheels and probably run the little moons that were on them.
 This car had a brand new muffler on it for a fuel injected bug. It will be perfect for this car because it tucks up nice and far so we won't have to worry about tearing it off due to clearance issues. You can see it under the car in this picture. It's almost a 200 dollar muffler so that will save some money also.
 I think it will look pretty cool. We are going to pack the wheel bearings and install new ball joints while it is up in the air waiting for the engine to be installed.
 Here is Isaac, proud as can be. He really loved Tugger but I think he's coming around to the new bug.
So that's a wrap for the weekend. Hopefully you will see this bug running around town soon. If you are wondering what a class 11 bug is, here is a couple pictures.

It's a Baja race class that restricts you to a stock motor and pretty much stock suspension. We are building a class 11 lookalike because we want windows and we want to be able to drive it on the road everyday. It should be a fun project and one that we can modify along the way. Till next time, Keep the flywheel turning.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Enjoying the Drive part 2.

I am going to make this a weekly entry if I can find enough cars on the road that are picture worthy. These are the cars I have seen this week of people enjoying the drive. It was a good week. Enjoy!

You gotta love seeing these old cars still on the road. I salute these drivers that brave the crazy roads and the crazy people on them to take their cool old cars for a drive. If you have one in the garage, take a cruise in it. You might end up on this blog.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Strutting around in a Toyota echo?

I have been putting the guy that owns this car off for awhile. He bought the parts and I finally had the time to fit it into the garage. It needed all 4 struts changed. I pulled it in Friday night and here is the process to change them. It is about the easiest strut job you will do.
 These echos are goofy little cars. Isaac calls it the white iguana for some reason. I think it needs it's top chopped about 6 inches to improve the looks. It just looks top heavy to me. Anyways, pop the hood so you can get to the 6 nuts on the top of the struts.
 Pull the wheel off and disconnect the brake line bracket and the 2 bolts that hold the strut to the steering knuckle. an Impact gun makes fast work of this.
 Next, remove the 3 nuts from the strut. You can take the time to remove the upper panel if you want. I didn't bother with it. I just pulled the nuts off using a gear wrench. Just make sure you don't drop the nuts behind the strut tower. The strut just pulls out now. Really simple and easy. If you bought new struts that are completely assembled you could just slap them in now. If not keep reading.
I am too cheap to buy struts assembled so I swap the springs out. If you do this, get a good spring compressor. This one works great and is only about 60 dollars from harbor freight. Compress the spring and remove the top nut of the strut. Keep an eye on the spring because it has the potential of hurting you if it comes apart. After you remove the nut, take the strut mount off and the top spring plate. Remove the strut and the bellows now.
 Here is everything disassembled. Now just install the strut in the reverse order. These springs are tiny and you almost don't even need a spring compressor because they are so small. Ha Ha. I should mention that it will save you some time if you carefully mark the spring location as it relates to the strut and the upper spring plate. If you forgot to do that you can still get it done with a little time testing how to fit it together. It's just a lot easier to match up some paint marks.
 Here it is all assembled and ready to go back in the car. Place it in the car with the upper 3 nuts first. Then you can install the 2 lower bolts and the brake line.
 All done on this side. The other side is just as easy. This really is about the easiest strut job you can do.
Now on to the back ones. The back ones are actually just shocks so they are even easier to do. The hardest part of this job is getting the back seat out. The bottom cushion just pulls up in 2 spots and then move it forward. Push the seat belts out of the seat and put it somewhere out of the way. This seat looks pretty gross. Not sure whats on the seat but I tried not to touch it.
 After the bottom cushion is out, remove the 3 screws on the lower part of the seat. You can then just pull the back seat up and it comes right out. Whoever owned this car previously really liked slim jims. There were about 5 wrappers under the seat.
 Here it is with the back seat removed. Now you have access to the nuts on the shocks.
 Here it is.
The easiest thing to do is use an impact wrench to remove the nuts. It makes quick work out of it and you won't have to worry about the shock spinning.
 Make sure you keep the rubber bushing and washer. The new shocks didn't come with them.
 Hop under the car now and remove the lower nut. The shock will just pull off now.
 New and old next to each other. The old ones had no spring back left to them so it was good they were changed.
Remove this part of the old shock. You need to reuse this also.
 Just slip it on the new shock and your ready to install it. Put the rod through the hole and compress the shock to install it on the shock mount. Install the nut and your done underneath the car. Go back into the car and install the top of the shocks. Re-install the seats and your done.
 We finished just as a big rain storm hit. It rained hard for awhile. Me and Isaac just sat and watched it until it stopped. We had to road test it so that was a perfect time to go get some lunch.
 We hit del taco and this was how all the parking lots looked around the area. The storm dropped a lot of water in a short time. The echo tested good so we headed for home.
We were able to do a bunch of other stuff today but I will blog about that later. It was nice to get the rain and it kept things cool today. If you need to change the struts on a Toyota echo, it is a really easy job. If you own one, well, all I can say is I'm sorry. Until next time, Keep the wheels spinning.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

My kind of art!

Here are some pictures I took at peach days. I like them.

I am no artist but they look good to me.