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|11- 5- 00 Update
|Street Rodding in the Face of Adversity
What a year!
Avid visitors to this site may have noticed that there wasn't an October update for
this page. In fact, lets pretend October, 2000 never existed.
It's been said that God never places more burdens on you than you can handle. All I
have to say is "you can quit now". I wonder how much more I can endure
sometimes. Within the last 4 months we have buried my wife's mom & dad and closed our
family business among other things. I know that everything will all work out but it's been
a lot to absorb in a relatively short period of time. Fortunately the closing of our bike
shop has afforded me more time to spend with my family.
While Project33 is still under construction, the progress has been slowed greatly
by all this adversity. Still, late at night when everyone's in bed, I'll sneak away to the
garage to tinker on the car or make plans. It helps me relax and put things into
perspective. Car Therapy.
The Engine is almost Finished!
Performance has been working on the motor lately. Just in case anyone is thinking
"wow, how long does it take them to build a motor?" I had better clear things
up. I told Scott Sehr to put my motor on "hold" through the racing season. They
keep real busy doing race motors and I wasn't going to need mine until fall or maybe
To make sure I relay all the engine building information to you correctly, I take a
small tape recorder with me along with my Nikon 990 digital camera and record the entire
build up. Here's where the problem lies... building a motor is about a day project.
Writing 1-million Articles about the entire build up with photos and text explaining why
and how everything is done takes MUCH more than a day! With all that's been happening
lately, I've fallen a bit behind.
Even though the engine is almost finished I haven't
picked it up yet because Sehr Performance is doing a little necessary "Custom"
work. This photo shows how the blower intake manifold positioned on the head. Note the
large air-sucking gap. The ports on the Brodix heads are WAY larger than the ports on the
BDS intake. Sehr has been building up the manifold with weld to cover the gap and will be
port-matching it so flow isn't restricted. This alone has been a lengthy process but I
will cover that also as I find time to write. On the plus side, with these changes and a
few others we had to make (sorry - can't tell!) we now predict the engine will dish out
over 740hp - and still on pump gas!
With the closing of our bike shop, we will only be able to accept credit
cards until the end of November unless we find a credit card processor that doesn't charge
a monthly fee. I'm sure I'll never sell enough T-shirts in any given month to cover a
monthly charge. Until then you can still visit the T-Shirt Order
Page and use your credit card. After November it will be "send a check,
I'll send a shirt" ordering.
You can read my past ramblings from previous months (but not October!) by
clicking the Links below.
Keep the shiny side up!