Sunday, November 2, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
The car is coming along good we found a small pin hole leak in the radiator so that was repaired and reinstalled in the car . With all the cooling problems we had in the past this really didn't surprise us and this is another reason to have plenty of time to do testing on your car before you make the trip to Mexico. We are bringing a spare radiator along just to be on the safe side. Our last trip we didn't bring a spare alternator and it froze up and we were out for a half a day. I would say if a part has a chance of breaking bring a spare because the one item you leave home is the one that is going to fail. We had a spare transmission with us and another Volvo needed one so we worked out a deal and they were running the next day. One thing all the racers do is to help each other out with much needed advice or parts or car knowledge. Never shrug off advice from a veteran racer they are always willing to give some really good tips to help you out. And then you can listen to some really good stories from past races while having a cold beer with them.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008
This is Jim Blett on the left who will be our crew chief in Mexico and Tom on the right installing the axles in the rear end. Jim has over 30 years experience working on Volvo's he runs a shop called Swedish Car Services which is in Coopersville Mi. Jim is a very welcome team member to Dover Brothers Racin. Our 4th team member is Kevin Sullivan who we met the last time we were in San Miguel. Kevin has a car passion and has followed the La Carrera for years.Right now the engine is out of the Volvo Jim wants to check the whole thing over and make sure all is well inside. The car was running good but in the 2006 la Carrerra we had cooling problems so just to be sure he is going to go through the bearings check the cam and pistons. The car will be back together by the end of the month then we will have time to work out any problems if run into them.
Monday, June 2, 2008
I tried some pork lion and short ribs which came out really good. The thing seems to hold heat much better than before so less wood to use. When doing this type of cooking always low and slow.Tomorrow we are going to assemble the rear end in the Volvo with the new gears and try it out. We will have 2 complete rear end assembly's for the car. The La Carrera Panameriana is sold out this year there are 105 cars competing .
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
This weekend we will be doing a total rebuild to my smoker. The fire box finally gave out after 12 years so I fabricated a new one out of stainless steel. When this is finished we will do a test firing and then probably some ribs and brisket or pork loin. Whenever the somker is fired up people seem to show up like seagulls at the dump. Tom always seems to leave with bbq sauce all over him he knows never wear a new white shirt because it will be the last time it will look good.This is probably next to racing my favorite hobby.
I want to thank Gary Faules for reminding me that I need to update more often. I did it
On another subject my son Tim got his Submarine Dolphins while serving on board the USS LaJolla SSN 701. He is a Machinest Mate and currently on patrol in the Pacific .
Tim is on the far right
Sunday, March 30, 2008
We also made hinges for the hood this was done because a certain unnamed person (Tom) ran over the hood when we removed it to check things over outside of Puebla. At first when we got to Puebla Tom told everyone we hit a buzzard some people believed him. We still have a lot of laughs over this. I personally think Tom hates the hood because he put another ding in it so hinges were needed before he hit me in the head with the hood. We have always had fun working on the car and our friendship has gotten really close while doing this.
Friday, March 21, 2008
His site is http://lacarrera2007.blogspot.com/ We are going to Port City Racing today to get our new oil cooler and check out a few other things while we are there. We have to make some changes to the roll cage due to rule changes to to help with safety for the driver and navigator.
North American Director Gerie Bledso sends out updates by e-mail to keep all entrants up to speed on all rule changes . Anyone interested can go to the U.S. La Carrera web site and read these updates.
We will be looking for sponsors for this year our plan is to sell a 4"x4" space on the roof of the car for 150.00 the hood will be open if any major sponsor is interested. We can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Jim has another crew member in mind for the team. Jim has a lot to offer to the team and we welcome him aboard Dover Brothers Racin.
Saturday, January 5, 2008
We finally got a chance to try and start the MGA #46 after many years sitting idle. It took a while to finish things up before we were able to fire it a few friends were on hand to see this old race car start. The car idled fine and all of a sudden quit . Tom and I spent some time trying to restart it on the following Saturday a quick call to Jim Blett and he said to check for stuck valves what we found were 2 broken rocker arms. We then checked to see if all the valves were opening and all was fine so we replaced the rocker arms and it idled just fine I went to drive the car and heard a POP!! and it quit again. We pulled the valve cover off and another broken rocker arm. Tom called John Twist a well known MG expert who runs a shop nearby and who rebuilt the engine 13 years ago he said to bring in the head and he would check it over and while we had the head off to check the rise on the cam. A stock MG has .250 rise so we pulled the head and bingo there was the problem the valves were hitting the top of the block. We then checked the rise on the cam with a dial indicator and it was .325 so this all finally made sense.John Twist checked the head and all was fine no damage so what we did wad to cut clearance in the top of the engine block for the valves to open fully. The head was reassembled and started fine so we took the car for a ride nothing like driving an open roadster when it is below 30 degrees out and snowing. We both drove the car it was fun to finally drive this car after it had sat for over 30 years.
Later that day we loaded the car on the trailer and delivered it to the Beadle house. the car was driven off the trailer and into the garage for the rest of the winter. John Beadle aka "Big Dog" would have been proud to see the car running. There is some details to finish on the car we decided to wait till the weather improves before tackling those issues.