Scaring salamanders in a ditch during the 2008 Rose Valley Hill Climb4th Place -- Giant's Despair Hill Climb, Laurel Run, Pa 2007 3rd Place -- Spring Weatherly Hill Climb, Weatherly, Pa 2007 2011 Car DevelopmentsA rebuilding Spring! Engine, spare transmission, some under-dash electrical repairs for the tach & defrost, and body work (after taking out two cars and a wall at Pocono all in One Week!)Looking toward July, getting car and money together.2010 Car DevelopmentsEngine: The #2 dead cylinder discovered at last November's EMRA Sprints at Summit Point, WV now corrected. I scrapped my original track car -- a 1989 Volvo 740 Turbo sedan -- saving the injector harness for grafting into the Escort. The Volvo has sturdy wire bails on its injector terminals, versus the plactic clips of the Ford, which had deteriorated with age. Had the four Bosch -520 injectors rebuilt, got 6 back fro the service shop? good thing, because the harness rebuild didn't solve the problem -- one of the rebuilt injectors wasn't flowing any fuel.Just added some nice Magacore 8.5 race wries. Good to finally have some "raceing rad" color on the car someplace. Suspension: The rattling spring issues are corrected owing to the custom lower coilover threaded collar. Only things left are an issue with the Ground Control shocks inserted into stock strut tubes, as these rattle a bit almost like the ball joints are bad. Also need to rebuild one set.Bought a used set of scares and turntables. Now I'm getting serious about car set up.Come back and read more about this.Still need to contact Ground Control for rebuild kits. My shocks are so old the engraved GC build numbers are 165 & 165A. How long has GC been selling their shock sine these were built? Bodywork: One front fascia torn, a second one installed and working better! In my spares package I pulled out an older GT fascia -- this one coincidently has BF Goodrich decals. Gets onto/off the tow dolly much better, not even needsin wood block to lift the front over the tire stops -- so long as I face things up hill while loading.Added a new wired-in AMB Transponder.Had the defroster blower working, but it shorted out againSide mirror limitations continue to be problematic. (still blind on the right side on a clockwise road course) Will try mounting on the window frames, instead of the door panels. Should bring things higher and farther forward into field of vision. The convex interior mirrow is a good replacement for the old-school "wink" mirror that came with the car.Installed a 4-wire towing harness into the car permanently to make it easier to hook up tow lights on the rear bumper. Securing the magnetci lights with bolt-on system instead of relying on just the magnets or racer's tape. Be Sure to See My new Photos vis the link on Page Three! A New "Personal De-Brief, Critique" column is coming soon!Stay Tuned..... In the works for 2009! The new Carbotech race pads go this weekend! Suspension Development 101 "What it lacks in straightaway speed, it'll make up in the corners!" There, I said it. Owing to the fact the front 410# race springs dislocate from the top plates whenever the car unweights significantly (think "The Jump" at Weatherly hill Climb), I researched solutions to this issue and came up with my concept to allow independent security of the spring, while making separate ride height adjustment possible. (I since have found only two suspension fabricators doing this)This corrects the spring dislocation problem. I'll have about 2" of height adjustment now, without "loosening" the springs as is now permitted by the Ground Control Suspension and its single-tube threaded strut collar. (Adjusting the lower spring seat downward to lower ride height was allowing the spring to dislocate).While other suspension makers start with threading the entire strut tube, I didn't have these starting out. And I didn't want to spend upwards of $1200 for new suspension systems. To use my stock strut tubes, then, I located a local machinist, Frank Barna, Squibb Custom Machine, who custom made strut adapter tubes according to my ideas. These aluminum tubes are internally threaded, and slide over the strut tube onto a locating collar just above the steering knnuckle. The existing Ground Control Suspensions coil-over threaded tube, which now, only locates the spring, threads down into Frank's adapter. Thus, ride height adjustment is independent of fixing the springs into their places. The entire collar and spring threads in as a complete assembly.