In this update: First work party of 2016

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On a bright cold sunny day in the Pacific Northwest, a large group of team members came together for the first work party of the year.  Today  Ed Shadle, Les Holm, Omar Chramosta, John Drury, Vicki and Trish Wood, Chris Greene, Brandyn Bayes, Steve Wallace, Ken Broyles, Jason Mitchell and Cory Mitchell got a little closer to our goal to break the 763 mph world land speed record.  Working virtual today was Von Armstrong.

                            Les and Cory prepare the front wheel for installation
                                Cory aligns mounting plates to the steering arm
                       While Les operates the jack, Jason installs the spindle bolts

The first order of business was to install a new front axle built by Eagle Machine in Abbottsford.  Jason, Cory and Les lifted the heavy front wheel into position.  Modifications to the front brake assembly will take place during the week at Lars Pedersen’s machine shop.

                             Chris touches up some bare spots with Lizard Skin
Jason and Cory position the generator in the trailer prior to welding
Cory cuts some tube that will become the frame for the new generator mount in the trailer

Chris did some touch up coating with Lizard Skin.   Cory, Jason and Les set up the new generator mounts.  Next week Dave Martinson will weld it in.  Keith found a 56-816 F-104A at a local museum and went looking for spare parts.  Thanks to Dave Mihall for showing him around.

                        Lars Rockwell tests the new axle
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Keith checks for some spare parts in a F-104A that he ran across on a recent trip

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