Slow going...We work on our car one morning each weekend. We should finish the front suspension this weekend and begin dismantling the rear subframe soon. We had thought we would be playing with the car by June...not sure when it will be on the road at this point. Our goal is the Paris by Night (is it still at night?) Club Rally in Texas this November.
The best news to follow up your side marker post is that I scored a very nice set of BWA Milano (basket weave design) road wheels while visiting family in Ohio for $250. That seemed more than fair. When I saw them in person for the first time and recognized nearly new Yokohama A509 rubber on the wheels, I got really stoked!
The bcd team from Amarillo, also building a BMW '02, is way ahead of us. I don't know if theirs is old enough to be historic class though.
Congrats on the wheels. Sounds like a great deal with the tires included.
I haven't heard anything new about the Paris rally in a while. My dad & I are really looking forward to it but we don't think we'll have the car going before next Summer. We're hoping that one of the Dallas RallyCross events will be our first showing. The car is being set up more for tarmac rallies so we don't expect to do very well. It doesn't really matter as long as we're having fun though.
Alex/BCD lives about 4 blocks from me and I drive by his house every day on the way to/from work. I need to stop and gab with him some more - I've just been really busy the last two weeks.
Juanita, the Texas Military Facilities Commission, the city of Paris, the county of Lamar, Texas region SCCA and the SCCA have all agreed on a general contract. Now Juanita just needs to go talk to the camp commander to get the date firmed up. She was supposed to do this last Monday, but someone backed her car into a utility pole. I mean a drunk driving a utility pole side swiped me.:+ So it will be next week or some time. More details to follow.
Here's a pic. Just to be clear - it is a reproduction. We are doing everything we can to make it look, sound, drive, etc. as much like the real thing as possible though. I don't think I could bring myself to race an original... even if I could afford it.
>Looks good. I haven't had much experience with Volvos but
>everyone seems to think a lot of them. Are you going for
>the vintage classification?
The thing is a tank, but it has LOTS of steering, good weight distribution, big brakes, and it doesn't weigh too much. I'm difinetly starting out in H class, cuz I don't feel like spending lots of money on an engine
>I have to rebuild the cage in mine before too long. I've
>been a little worried that they might change the rules for
>cage construction before I get the car finished. Anybody
>have any thoughts on this?
The roll cage rules are changing. From what I understand there will be no more bolt in cages allowed, sill bars are recommended and a few other minor changes. I doubt there will be many chnages to make old cages illegal.
FYI, in case you are looking for a list of who's doing Historic cars now, we're ressurecting my '71 Opel 1900 (Ascona A). Got the jeep running, now to pull it out of the weeds, strip it down, and start welding. A full new cage is planned. I can finally do the car in the way I wanted, when I couldn't afford to!
>How did you get your Volvo so high in terms of ride height?
>All I can find for my 122 for stiffer springs are the
>ipd-type lowering springs. Are you using spring perches?
I got some rally springs for the front from a friend, I don't know where he got them.
The rears were pulled off a 240 station wagon in a salvage yard. The upper perches from the 240 need to be transferred for the springs to fit. The lower mounts are the same. 240 sedan springs work too, and sit about 1" lower.
>FYI, in case you are looking for a list of who's doing
>Historic cars now, we're ressurecting my '71 Opel 1900
>(Ascona A). Got the jeep running, now to pull it out of the
>weeds, strip it down, and start welding. A full new cage is
>planned. I can finally do the car in the way I wanted, when
>I couldn't afford to!
>Mark and Duffy Bowers
Aren't you lucky you know the guy who last made Old-pile motors that could win national stages as late as 1990. And way cheaper than any other place.with waaaaay beeechin forged rods and forged pistons and cool clutches.... Funny thing a Saab specialist having 4 Opels out in the woods full of JVAB parts. Like 2.2 racks, the desireable 22mm rear wheel cylinders, real cams from where all the rally development work post 1969 was done: Sweden.