In this update: Rear running axle stripped, Brake rotors and wheels to be revised ; Tie down clamps completed; Eagle perched on blocks; Data compartment improved
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Lots of team members turned out this work day: Les Holm, Jason and Don Mitchell, Von Armstrong, Steve Wallace, Steve Rima, Keith Zanghi, Andrew Kirk, Ed Shadle, Scott Robertson, John Mittleider, Rich Pengelley, and Omar Chramosta
Visiting today were Keith’s dad, Russ Zanghi, and Keith’s cousin Joe. They posed for pictures, including a rear view of their genetically induced no hair pattern. Runs in the family that’s why. Flaunt it if you got it, they say.
There’s a lot of work to be done on the rear axle and wheel assemblies in the coming weeks. Today it began with the disassembling of the axle, wheels, brake rotors and components. John Mittleider, Don Mitchell, Ed, Keith and Les got their heads together to consider some design modifications to the wheels and how they are mounted on the axle. The axle itself will see some modification, and the brake rotors will be beefed up and redesigned for strength and improved cooling features.
With the newly installed tie down anchor points in the trailer in place; new anchor clamps were fabricated to bolt over the axle and tie the axle down for transporting. The ratchet and chain assembly that has been in use for tie down didn’t prevent movement of the axle during rough road trips. Loose equipment bouncing around in the trailer is not good. It bends and breaks things.
The car was jacked up to rest on blocks, front and back, to allow access into belly compartments and to make ready for the completion of the new hydraulic lift system.
Steve Rima was busy completing the nose cone line connection system he designed. Steve Wallace was in and out of the data acquisition compartment, making things talk to each other. He also decided to make some big improvement to the way the delicate electrical components rack is suspended; allowing for needed give and take movement with minimum vibration while the car is racing across the playa and absorbing the rough places.
Ed added new meaning to the 10 minute car wash. More like several hours during the week and ending up today with a sparkling clean truck and semi trailer. He did it in the rain part of the time, saying it made the rinse jobs easier.
|The Red Hat Club – All Life Members of the 200 MPH Club|
Keith and Ed left toward the end of the afternoon, heading for Portland and an excellent adventure at the NW Bonneville Racers Reunion. Founded and hosted by Glenn Fruedenberger, the annual event is where racers can talk about their projects and look forward to the upcoming season on the salt. Guest speaker this year was Dan Warner President of the 200 MPH club. A club so unique that once you are in you are in for life. To become a member, one has to take the record away from the current record holder, and it has to be over 200 MPH. Not so easy.
|Ed Shadle, and Joanie and Dan Warner|
North American Eagle™ on Public Display at the Grand National Roadster Show! Sponsored by AERIAL Machine and Tool.
|The Grand National Roadster Show trip was sponsored by AERIAL Machine and Tool|
Since 1926, AERIAL Machine and Tool has been a top supplier for the US Department of Defense, a distinction that continues today. The company expanded as the nation prepared for World War II. Sewing capabilities were added and the company began to specialize in life-safety equipment, parachute hardware and accessories, belts, harnesses, restraints and case goods. These products remain an important part of AERIAL’s business even today. They support every branch of the US Armed Services: Coast Guard, Army, Marines, Navy and Air Force.
For 10 years AERIAL Machine and Tool has been supporting the efforts of the North American Eagle™. We are proud to be associated with them! Visit their website and see the amazing contribution they are making to our country!
Mobile Apps Keep Improving!
We like to keep introducing new features for all of our mobile users, but sometimes it’s important to give it a new look as well. We are excited to announce that NAE Mobile 3.1 for iOS is now available! It has a new interface that looks absolutely incredible. The update also includes support for the new iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C. We highly recommend that you upgrade to iOS 7 so that you can take full advantage of this update. Download the app by clicking on the App Store logo below.
For all of our Android users, we have released an updated version of NAE Mobile, which now includes Android 4.4 KitKat Compatibility! You can download the update by going to the Google Play Store.
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