In This Update: Rear axle and wheels; FIM Midwheel conversion; Hydraulic jacking system; Nose cone data collection
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A frosty day, but warm compared to what our friends in the North and East of our country are havimg, as Team NAE turned to for another work party : Les Holm, Von Armstrong, Ed Shadle, Jason Mitchell, Scott Robertson, Steve Rima, Keith Zanghi, John Drury, Omar Chramosta
|Ed Shadle, Les Holm and Scott Robertson||Scott Robertson|
A friend of the team for years, Scott Robertson, from Rapp Hydema, came by with his tools of the trade and went right to work installing hydraulic lines for the new built-in jacking system. The new lift mechanism will improve safety and greatly reduce the time it takes to put the car on the mobilizer. It is nearing completion.
|Co-owner Steve Green at Eagle Machine, Inc|
Les Holm and Ed Shadle travelled North to Canada and Eagle Machine, Inc during the week. Co-owner Steve Green has been reworking the rear axle and brake rotors and Les loaded them up and brought them back down to the hangar.
Today’s work centered mostly on getting the car ready for a trip to Pomona and the Grand National Roadster Show toward the end of the month. The front wheel went back on and the front end was lowered so that work could continue on the mid wheel and rear axle components.
|Scott Robertson installs the hydraulic lift valve|
While Keith and Les were working on the FIM conversion kit that will be added to the midwheel axle, Scott was bending tubing and laying out hydraulic lines in the hydraulic compartment. They will supply the new jacking system. Jessi Combs will drive the Eagle this June and break the FIM World Land Speed Record.
Steve Rima continued work on the data tubes and lines from the nose cone pitot back aft to the data acquisition compartment.
Keith, Jason, Von and Omar were at work, switching out the loading axle for the modified racing axle and assembling the brake and rotor components.
Tom Jensen, master machinist, and his friend Ryan, came by. Tom is doing some take home machining of parts.
|Russ Zanghi, John Drury and Von Armstrong|
Our stalwart semi driver, pilot, and all around good guy, John Drury, arrived in time for a hot dog and then pulled the empty semi trailer back to Spanaway Airport. He will be driving the semi with a trailer full of jet car down south to Pomona in a couple of weeks.
The new year is starting out right and the team is looking forward to some good display and information times and to some really fast record setting run times down the line, later in this year of 2014.
North American Eagle™ Public Display at Grand National Roadster Show!
Fans living in the Southern California area will get a rare treat and be able to see the North American Eagle™ at the Grand National Roadster Show. Held at the Pomona Fairgrounds, the 56 foot long Eagle will be onsite January 24th thru the 26th. Come meet the team and drivers Ed Shadle and Jessi Combs!
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 brand 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. You can 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 and downloading the update.
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