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    Default Emerging from Covid-19

    Tomorrow the track opens up. 50 people. No guests or family members - just drivers. Box lunches. Social distancing in the pits. Must wear masks. Usual stuff.

    But I get to drive!

    The car was still fresh from itís winter service. So all I had to do was check oil levels, swap over to 13 inch wheels, and check tire pressures.

    Ah no....

    Tires swapped over but then I blew up a compressor. Switch to a back up compressor.

    Then I noticed the battery was suspiciously bulging....




    So that came out and new one went in.

    Then the car just did not want to fire - oh it cranked over nicely. I had air. I had spark. But was missing fuel - no whiny bitch fuel pump could be heard?

    Hmmmm. Checked the fuses. Checked the roll over switch. Checked the immobilizer on the steering column. All good. Fuel pump was good. Hmmm.

    At this point I go off searching for a second light to help me see. At which point I stub toe. Into a steel seat frame sitting on the garage floor.



    Ripped the toe nail off. Nice meaty gash. Blood everywhere. Many bad words were said. I secured the toe nail with race tape and then band aids on top to keep it hygienic. Hindsight says the race tape may be a bad idea as I stuck it to the top of the toenail. So it will lift when I try to remove the tape? Crap.

    After much tracing, the culprit proved to be the fuse box disintegrating. The little metal cops that carrying current were moving. So itís bodged together to allow me to run tomorrow and Wednesday. Will do a proper rebuild afterwards.

    She runs. So a few test drives around the paddock. Confirmed oil levels.




    Then prepped by getting gear - helmet, gloves, etc. Got fuel as the NJMP tanks are probably last years.




    Ready for tomorrow now. A neighbor (also a Birkin owner!) dropped by with some beer to numb my pain. Then the track founder turned up to help drink some more beer. I am feeling nicely buzzed.

    Bring on some driving tomorrow - I am so over this lockdown.
    Mike
    2010 Caterham CSR with Cosworth 2.3 Duratec
    2018 Caterham 420R with 2L Duratec 210hp at Donington UK
    1975 BMW CSL Group 4 (restoration - engine and dry sump install time)
    1977 Holden Torana "A9X" (awaiting restoration)
    1985 Holden Commodore SS Group A
    1985 Holden Commodore Group A
    1982 Ferrari 400i
    1965 Ford Mustang Fastback "Holman Moody"
    1992 Ford Escort RS Cosworth WRC (fettling after long period of storage)
    1990 Range Rover 2 door Classic
    and another project car coming....

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    Wow, even your battery has boobs! Too bad about the toe. But, exaggerate it a bit more and you can play hero tomorrow. The tape may not be good. When you to not need them, get some "butterfly bandages" for the first aid kit. Good news about the beer. Have fun tomorrow.

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    I think you underestimate the emotional trauma I suffered from seeing my pedicure mutilated today.

    Besides, I am now fascinated that you felt the need to put a fancy sticker like that on a trivial scrape you suffered. Did you do it with a red sharpie? Feather?
    Mike
    2010 Caterham CSR with Cosworth 2.3 Duratec
    2018 Caterham 420R with 2L Duratec 210hp at Donington UK
    1975 BMW CSL Group 4 (restoration - engine and dry sump install time)
    1977 Holden Torana "A9X" (awaiting restoration)
    1985 Holden Commodore SS Group A
    1985 Holden Commodore Group A
    1982 Ferrari 400i
    1965 Ford Mustang Fastback "Holman Moody"
    1992 Ford Escort RS Cosworth WRC (fettling after long period of storage)
    1990 Range Rover 2 door Classic
    and another project car coming....

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    Gorgeous weather here today!




    Mike
    2010 Caterham CSR with Cosworth 2.3 Duratec
    2018 Caterham 420R with 2L Duratec 210hp at Donington UK
    1975 BMW CSL Group 4 (restoration - engine and dry sump install time)
    1977 Holden Torana "A9X" (awaiting restoration)
    1985 Holden Commodore SS Group A
    1985 Holden Commodore Group A
    1982 Ferrari 400i
    1965 Ford Mustang Fastback "Holman Moody"
    1992 Ford Escort RS Cosworth WRC (fettling after long period of storage)
    1990 Range Rover 2 door Classic
    and another project car coming....

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    Mike
    Any chance you can stick the GoPro on for the rest of us stuck sitting in our garages making 'vroom vroom' noises ?

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    Paul - Just put the Osmo battery on charge for you. Today wont be the interesting day on track. Wednesday afternoon will be.
    Last edited by Croc; 05-31-2020 at 04:21 AM.
    Mike
    2010 Caterham CSR with Cosworth 2.3 Duratec
    2018 Caterham 420R with 2L Duratec 210hp at Donington UK
    1975 BMW CSL Group 4 (restoration - engine and dry sump install time)
    1977 Holden Torana "A9X" (awaiting restoration)
    1985 Holden Commodore SS Group A
    1985 Holden Commodore Group A
    1982 Ferrari 400i
    1965 Ford Mustang Fastback "Holman Moody"
    1992 Ford Escort RS Cosworth WRC (fettling after long period of storage)
    1990 Range Rover 2 door Classic
    and another project car coming....

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    Croc,
    You're causing flashbacks!

    You wearing jandals in the shop? The Kiwi's I used to work with did that and so did I, until a weld BB landed between my toes! Hope you find an easy way to get that tape off and heal up quickly!

    I had the same model battery do the same thing last year on a long drive. It inflated quite a bit and started leaking. The passenger was not pleased... Ended up being the alternator, the regulator failed and it was overcharging the battery. The battery was still functional!

    Enjoy you track day, I'm off for a drive with some friends today. We've done ~400mi. in the last few weeks, it's a nice respite from being trapped at home.

    Andy

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    Darn. I forgot to put on my safety hat and chide Croc about proper footwear in the shop.

    For a happier example: At the Indy 500, our group was getting a tour of Gasoline Alley when a lady was prohibited entry. She had on some fancy sandals and it turns out that, prudently, one has to have closed shoes to go there. She ended up with duck tape all over her sandals.

    Croc, print out and post immediately:

    PPE - Foot > Signs">

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    Quote Originally Posted by Croc View Post
    I think you underestimate the emotional trauma I suffered from seeing my pedicure mutilated today.

    Besides, I am now fascinated that you felt the need to put a fancy sticker like that on a trivial scrape you suffered. Did you do it with a red sharpie? Feather?
    Toe...I want to see blood.

    ....and here’s a sign you need for those exciting garage moments.

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    Well Andy wins the prize as the smartest guy around. By session 3 the new battery was dead and I think the alternator is the cause. Thatís what likely gave my old battery itís boobs. New battery is on charge now just so I can put a meter over the terminals to confirm. Found the new spare alternator in the storage closet and it is on the seat to change tomorrow when I err cough cough ...work from home.

    Sorry Paul - no video. I was planning to do that session 4 which never happened.

    Oh and Shane. It was not just F Bombs. There were Cs and Ts and Ss and many other things!!!
    Mike
    2010 Caterham CSR with Cosworth 2.3 Duratec
    2018 Caterham 420R with 2L Duratec 210hp at Donington UK
    1975 BMW CSL Group 4 (restoration - engine and dry sump install time)
    1977 Holden Torana "A9X" (awaiting restoration)
    1985 Holden Commodore SS Group A
    1985 Holden Commodore Group A
    1982 Ferrari 400i
    1965 Ford Mustang Fastback "Holman Moody"
    1992 Ford Escort RS Cosworth WRC (fettling after long period of storage)
    1990 Range Rover 2 door Classic
    and another project car coming....

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