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Title: Thundersalt Rear Engine Roadster
Post by: thundersalt on June 05, 2012, 10:42:12 AM
I wasn't going to do a build diary do to lack of self discipline but I thought I would share some photos from my facebook page. I also will have some ideas/questions I may want to bounce off you guys.
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.3061876587706.2123433.1287193347&type=3&l=89ae581939


Title: Re: Thundersalt Rear Engine Roadster
Post by: Tman on June 05, 2012, 11:04:17 AM
Lots of pictures! Thanks!


Title: Re: Thundersalt Rear Engine Roadster
Post by: Stan Back on June 05, 2012, 12:25:16 PM
You must be doing something wrong -- I can still see the roadster.


Title: Re: Thundersalt Rear Engine Roadster
Post by: 4-barrel Mike on June 05, 2012, 12:47:30 PM
The black part, Stan?  :?

 :cheers:

Mike


Title: Re: Thundersalt Rear Engine Roadster
Post by: Peter Jack on June 05, 2012, 03:23:02 PM
Nice set of pictures Brian. It just keeps looking better and better.  :cheers: :cheers: :cheers:

Pete


Title: Re: Thundersalt Rear Engine Roadster
Post by: thundersalt on June 06, 2012, 04:21:12 PM
Making fiberglass bumps to clear the valve covers.


Title: Re: Thundersalt Rear Engine Roadster
Post by: jl222 on June 06, 2012, 04:48:12 PM
 
  Lookin great Brian :cheers:

  Ready for Bville?

               JL222


Title: Re: Thundersalt Rear Engine Roadster
Post by: thundersalt on June 06, 2012, 04:57:26 PM
We will be ready even if I have to sleep here at the shop to get r done!  I'm figuring 60 days from today. That gives me a 5 day cushion.


Title: Re: Thundersalt Rear Engine Roadster
Post by: salt on June 06, 2012, 08:44:27 PM
Mailed in your entry?
Willi


Title: Re: Thundersalt Rear Engine Roadster
Post by: Stan Back on June 06, 2012, 09:26:41 PM
Yes


Title: Re: Thundersalt Rear Engine Roadster
Post by: thundersalt on June 10, 2012, 06:01:17 PM
As of this weekend we are done with 99% of the chassis fabrication. Next week we will tear down all the pre-assembly and begin the painting process.


Title: Re: Thundersalt Rear Engine Roadster
Post by: thundersalt on June 10, 2012, 06:08:23 PM
Question to the masses, How far would you extend the exhaust off the rear? Flush with the rear body panel or 2-3" past?


Title: Re: Thundersalt Rear Engine Roadster
Post by: cheeto racer on June 16, 2012, 10:58:04 AM
Making fiberglass bumps to clear the valve covers.

Let me guess these are the rocky mountains?


Title: Re: Thundersalt Rear Engine Roadster
Post by: thundersalt on June 16, 2012, 11:21:01 PM
This weeks progress in case you missed it on FB. Frame painted and reassembly started.


Title: Re: Thundersalt Rear Engine Roadster
Post by: thundersalt on June 16, 2012, 11:22:35 PM
more


Title: Re: Thundersalt Rear Engine Roadster
Post by: thundersalt on June 16, 2012, 11:26:45 PM
Trying to figure out the best nozzel placement for driver area. What do you think?


Title: Re: Thundersalt Rear Engine Roadster
Post by: racekid on June 17, 2012, 12:13:59 AM
your belly pan looks awesome can't wait to see it at the salt


Title: Re: Thundersalt Rear Engine Roadster
Post by: SPARKY on June 17, 2012, 07:58:28 AM
ahh the non corprel tunnel syndrone  :-D


Title: Re: Thundersalt Rear Engine Roadster
Post by: Captthundarr on June 17, 2012, 08:25:45 AM
Trying to figure out the best nozzel placement for driver area. What do you think?

What fire supresion agent are you using? If a foam type the nozzle needs to be aimed towards the surface to be cooled the should be one one each side of the drive so that the drivers body/legs do not create a "shadow area.

Frank


Title: Re: Thundersalt Rear Engine Roadster
Post by: thundersalt on June 17, 2012, 09:43:20 AM
Coldfire foam. Found this. First part shows good visual of nozzel coverage.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SqlTDZx2_c&feature=player_embedded


Title: Re: Thundersalt Rear Engine Roadster
Post by: Captthundarr on June 17, 2012, 09:58:04 AM
The heads provide great coverage. the issue is you don't want the foam aimed at the driver as when it get on the visor of the helmet you can't see and it only slears when wiped with a racing glove. Got mine from Joe Timney at DCW and of ECTA fame. He recommends aimin it/them at the fire wall to cool the surface and prevent flame intrusion.

Frank


Title: Re: Thundersalt Rear Engine Roadster
Post by: SPARKY on June 17, 2012, 10:25:15 AM
Any thought on special construction? There is usually a low pressure area around the back of the canopy.  If you open the canopy while still moving you suck it into the drivers head area.

There are several drivers we all know of, that have had this issue!


Title: Re: Thundersalt Rear Engine Roadster
Post by: thundersalt on June 17, 2012, 10:42:09 AM
" He recommends aimin it/them at the fire wall to cool the surface and prevent flame intrusion."

This is good advice for a front engine car. I was thinking on a small driver area rear engine special constructon car to aim it at the lower leg and seat area. As Sparky said, even on a open car without a canopy I suspect it will get pulled up to the upper part of the body


Title: Re: Thundersalt Rear Engine Roadster
Post by: Captthundarr on June 17, 2012, 10:43:14 AM
Sorry, not thinking RMR. Still foam in the face is not good. How about a nozzle behind the driver pointing slightly back/up to flood that low pressure area?


Title: Re: Thundersalt Rear Engine Roadster
Post by: SPARKY on June 17, 2012, 12:49:55 PM
I think that is the reason Fast Freddy now runs an enclosed canopy.  May be why Contrivance roadsters have that "funny" roll cage area    :?


Title: Re: Thundersalt Rear Engine Roadster
Post by: thundersalt on June 30, 2012, 09:13:33 PM
Photo update of the last couple of weeks. Driver area and dash assem, fairings, almost ready for paint.
Still waiting on motor (week to 10 days out), axles, gears, and chute.


Title: Re: Thundersalt Rear Engine Roadster
Post by: thundersalt on June 30, 2012, 09:16:20 PM
more


Title: Re: Thundersalt Rear Engine Roadster
Post by: thundersalt on July 02, 2012, 10:11:47 AM
Here is our final nozzel placement. 10 lbs for driver. The nozzels are 180* by 45*






PS. I see how I rate around her, almost twice the views of Celia sanding than me sanding. :-P


Title: Re: Thundersalt Rear Engine Roadster
Post by: Peter Jack on July 02, 2012, 11:21:10 AM
I see a familiar color starting to appear.  :-D :-D :-D

Pete


Title: Re: Thundersalt Rear Engine Roadster
Post by: Plmkrze on July 02, 2012, 11:29:06 AM
PS. I see how I rate around her, almost twice the views of Celia sanding than me sanding.


I was just checking to see what time it was. By her big "Mickey" is was 12:45. lol!!

P.S. It is a great looking car!


Title: Re: Thundersalt Rear Engine Roadster
Post by: thundersalt on July 02, 2012, 11:52:51 AM
Thanks, hopefully I will be finish painting it this weekend.


Title: Re: Thundersalt Rear Engine Roadster
Post by: thundersalt on July 08, 2012, 07:24:13 PM
Painted this week. Trying to post pics but having trouble today


Title: Re: Thundersalt Rear Engine Roadster
Post by: thundersalt on July 08, 2012, 07:31:23 PM
pics


Title: Re: Thundersalt Rear Engine Roadster
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on July 08, 2012, 07:35:22 PM
Brian:  Ignore the PM I just sent to you.  It looks like you've now got things under control.

But - there's a big problem that's very obvious in the photos that you just posted - your shop is way too big, too clean, and muchly too well lighted.  You need to get some crud on the floor and muck up the walls. :roll:

Okay -- really, it looks fantastic.  How nice to have everything under control like you do.  Best regards --

Jon a/k/a SSS


Title: Re: Thundersalt Rear Engine Roadster
Post by: SPARKY on July 08, 2012, 07:37:41 PM
looks so good! 


Title: Re: Thundersalt Rear Engine Roadster
Post by: thundersalt on July 08, 2012, 07:48:25 PM
"But - there's a big problem that's very obvious in the photos that you just posted - your shop is way too big, too clean, and muchly too well lighted.  You need to get some crud on the floor and muck up the walls."
Thanks Jon. It's big so we can get the RV's in. It's clean because I was painting my $hit  :-D


Title: Re: Thundersalt Rear Engine Roadster
Post by: bvillercr on July 08, 2012, 09:59:18 PM
It's comin together, looks great!


Title: Re: Thundersalt Rear Engine Roadster
Post by: thundersalt on July 09, 2012, 11:52:15 AM
assembled pics


Title: Re: Thundersalt Rear Engine Roadster
Post by: thundersalt on July 09, 2012, 11:53:34 AM
a few more


Title: Re: Thundersalt Rear Engine Roadster
Post by: DallasV on July 09, 2012, 12:01:34 PM
Something is seriously wrong with this RMR build. I can still tell there is a roadster body in there.  :evil:


Title: Re: Thundersalt Rear Engine Roadster
Post by: Geo on July 09, 2012, 12:38:56 PM
Beautiful color!    :cheers:

Geo


Title: Re: Thundersalt Rear Engine Roadster
Post by: Tman on July 09, 2012, 01:54:04 PM
Something is seriously wrong with this RMR build. I can still tell there is a roadster body in there.  :evil:

You are a mischevious one now aren't ya! :-D


Looks good man!


Title: Re: Thundersalt Rear Engine Roadster
Post by: EG381 on July 09, 2012, 03:16:48 PM
Great looking car, you guys did a good job. Are we going to see you out on the salt next month? And love the color.


Title: Re: Thundersalt Rear Engine Roadster
Post by: thundersalt on July 09, 2012, 05:01:20 PM
Great looking car, you guys did a good job. Are we going to see you out on the salt next month? And love the color.
Thanks. We better make it or I spent to much time and $ just to watch :-o


PS. The color is was the same as the fairlane but at the last minute I tinkered with the formula a little with some different pearls


Title: Re: Thundersalt Rear Engine Roadster
Post by: Glen on July 09, 2012, 05:04:19 PM
That will look pretty on the salt and going by at speed. Nice project with a lot of good planning and fab. :cheers:


Title: Re: Thundersalt Rear Engine Roadster
Post by: thundersalt on July 09, 2012, 06:19:45 PM
That will look pretty on the salt and going by at speed. Nice project with a lot of good planning and fab. :cheers:
Thanks Glen. I tell everyone I painted the fairlane and the new car orange so you can see it better.................not that I'm implying anything about your age or eyesight  :wink: :cheers:


Title: Re: Thundersalt Rear Engine Roadster
Post by: Glen on July 09, 2012, 06:50:01 PM
My eyes are good and I might lie about my age.  :-D


Title: Re: Thundersalt Rear Engine Roadster
Post by: Tman on July 09, 2012, 11:37:27 PM
That will look pretty on the salt and going by at speed. Nice project with a lot of good planning and fab. :cheers:
Thanks Glen. I tell everyone I painted the fairlane and the new car orange so you can see it better.................not that I'm implying anything about your age or eyesight  :wink: :cheers:

Admit  it! The 55 gallon drum you bought of that stuff still had some in it!? We had an old friend, RIP that owned the local Speedshop, EVERYTHING he owned was a pale yellow. He got the same razzing about a 55 gallon drum of the stuff.  :-D :cheers:


Title: Re: Thundersalt Rear Engine Roadster
Post by: Stan Back on July 15, 2012, 05:55:10 PM
Where's the Coors can?


Title: Re: Thundersalt Rear Engine Roadster
Post by: thundersalt on July 16, 2012, 10:43:34 AM
Where's the Coors can?
In the program?
Hey Stan, too late with the painted pics?


Title: Re: Thundersalt Rear Engine Roadster
Post by: Stan Back on July 16, 2012, 05:03:25 PM
Is it May 10th again already?


Title: Re: Thundersalt Rear Engine Roadster
Post by: thundersalt on July 19, 2012, 11:48:33 PM
Got the motor today. We're in the home stretch!


Title: Re: Thundersalt Rear Engine Roadster
Post by: anthony young on July 20, 2012, 12:57:06 AM
good job on your car i hope you do well ,best wishes anthony young #54 remr :cheers:


Title: Re: Thundersalt Rear Engine Roadster
Post by: thundersalt on July 28, 2012, 09:21:27 PM
Some final tuning and odds n'ends and we're ready.


Title: Re: Thundersalt Rear Engine Roadster
Post by: racekid on July 28, 2012, 10:07:40 PM
I like that parachute fairing :mrgreen:


Title: Re: Thundersalt Rear Engine Roadster
Post by: 4-barrel Mike on July 28, 2012, 11:04:32 PM
You must be doing something wrong -- I can still see the roadster.

How about now?   :mrgreen:

Nice car, great job on getting it this far so quickly.

Mike


Title: Re: Thundersalt Rear Engine Roadster
Post by: thundersalt on July 30, 2012, 04:38:20 PM
Thanks, It's been a challenging, fast and fun journey. Now if it only runs as good as it looks  :cheers:


Title: Re: Thundersalt Rear Engine Roadster
Post by: Tman on July 30, 2012, 04:46:21 PM
Yup, something wrong there.............I can still tell it is a 27!  Looks great with the lettering and that orange is retina burning! :cheers:


Title: Re: Thundersalt Rear Engine Roadster
Post by: pushrodpower on August 01, 2012, 08:20:51 PM
Brian, since I don't have a Facebook account I have to follow you here. Nice work. Sounds like you got the engine sorted and ready.


Title: Re: Thundersalt Rear Engine Roadster
Post by: thundersalt on August 03, 2012, 11:31:12 AM
This morning we got a chance to weigh the roadster. Hit our goals pretty close. 4181# car, 4389# with me, 4411# suited up. Bias is 55% rear, 45# front.
Left to right is with in 16# being heavy on the left side and fuel cell less than half full on the right. CG is right at my butt.


Title: Re: Thundersalt Rear Engine Roadster
Post by: desotoman on August 19, 2012, 12:06:08 PM
Brian and Celia,

It was nice to meet you. I really like your car and the color is great. Any changes need to be made now that you have run it? Are you going to run World Finals?

Tom G.


Title: Re: Thundersalt Rear Engine Roadster
Post by: thundersalt on August 19, 2012, 04:37:37 PM
Nice to finally meet you too, Tom. We had a few new car gremlins to contend with through out the week. We have a couple of things to fix/change . The main thing is HP.  Had a pretty lofty goal of a record and/or a red hat and went with less HP then I thought I was getting. We are going to hook up with a famous engine guy 1 1/2 hous north of me so we can remedy the problem (and he has a dyno so we'll know what we're getting). All in all (after I took a step back and reviewed the week) I was pretty happy to go 229 on the third pass ever on a new car put together in less than 4 months. It goes straight and feels safe. The plan is to be back at WF but right now we have lots of RV's to fix first.


Title: Re: Thundersalt Rear Engine Roadster
Post by: Tman on August 19, 2012, 08:03:42 PM
Looked awesome guys!