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I went to the Parker race a few weeks ago, and well, its time. Its been two years, but I finally dusted off my project, aired up the tires, and floor-jacked it back into the center of my shop. Still not sure of completion date, but its time to start racing again. Yes, I'll still go on some dirt bike rides, and 1 more trip to the Dunes this year, but racing is in my blood. When I do get it finished, how will we round up all the other class 8 racers out there ? It looks like our class is not the popular class it once was (before Trophy Trucks), but Ill do everything I can to get class 8 some respect !

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Gawd it's about time! Actually I am working on mine too, for the first time in 4 years, trying to make it to the new race in Kingman next month.
 

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Good on you Mike. Last weekend we took Olliges' class 8 to SNORE BAP. Kent Kroeker also took his Dodge Class 8 ( which I rehabbed several years ago). Dammed if you know... They finished 2nd (Olliges) and 3rd (Kroeker) in TT for the weekend.

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Well.....yes, I've fired up the old Mig welder and have begun the last 20% of work needed to get this 10 year old project finished up. I'm not saying when this will be done, but after 2 years of collecting dust, its a shame this truck isn't out winning races ! This past week, I bought 30' of silicone shielded insulation for "heat-sensitive" braided plumbing. Its a start !
 

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For some reason, when I welded up the bump-stop cans last year, they warped. So I cut them off this weekend I welded on new ones. Took care welding, and bump stops now fit like they are supposed too.
 

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Last night I installed the new transmission shifter. I had to move the battery switch to the right a little to make clearance for the bolts. The bolts on the driver side of the shifter, would have gone through the tubing under the aluminium deck.
 

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Awsome to see it getting worked on!!! Ive been watching for a while, I bought that huge c and r radiator from you a couple years back. Cant wait to see it done man!!
 

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Tonight's up-date. I built these headers a few years back. Ceracoated on the outside, thermal coated on the inside. Finally bolted up to the engine, for the last time ? Will get to finish up bolting on the rest of the exhaust (which is also Ceracoated and Thermal coated), soon.
 

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Today I picked up eight aluminium panels I had taken to the powedercoat, to have them Ceracoated. They will need the insulating property of the finish, as they are next to the headers.
 

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Over the busy weekend, I didn't get in a lot of fab time, but Sunday I installed 40 buttons (and 80 rivets) on the newly plated aluminum panels.
 

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Didn't get much fab done this week, but here's what I got: A fuel cell cover. Should keep the sun, and mud, off of the top of the cell, fuel pumps, and fuel filters.
 

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I didn't get to go to the Baja 1000 this week (work), but I did get to spend some shop time today (Sunday).
I was not happy with my rear shock mount gusseting. Although the shock mounts, geometry, and travel were figure out long ago ("long ago" sounds funny), I made new reinforcement gussets.
 

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I have to walk around this truck when I go into my garage, and I had some time over the holidays, so I figured it was time to work on a few things. Bought a new MSD cap, rotor, and wires. And some new plugs. Had to install the pass-through ignition block in the firewall, and make a bunch of short coil wires.
 

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New water pump. For years I used a "long" pump (aluminium) because that's what trucks used. Today, most race accessories are based on the "short" pump. You may notice I drilled and tapped two outlets on the pressure side. I use a small block 400, and they have a common heating problem between the center cylinders. This up-grade pumps water to the bottom (center) of the heads, and there are outlets drilled into the top center of the heads, leading back to the "intake" (return) side of the water.
 

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I was having a rough time finding disc brake caliper mounts with a 6" bolt spread, to finish the front spindle / up-rights. And I really didnt want to build ones new from scratch. Seems that Wilwood doesnt make these huge calipers anymore. They have a 6' bolt spread, and the common spread now is 5.5 ? Anyway, I got these and will modify them to make work over the weekend.
 

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Weekend, the weekend is over ! After some gringing and cutting, I "made" the machined caliper mount work. I think it came out pretty good.
 

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