Both days this weekend were consumed trying to separate the engine and transmission. Many things were broken, relatively few were successfully unfastened. WD-40 and PB Blaster accomplish nothing. Any attempt to introduce the impact wrench does damage.
The transmission fluid, which for those who don't know is supposed to be a deep red color, was black. Blacker than the soul of the man who decided that, of the ~12 bellhousing bolts, 4 would be visible, nevermind accessible.
Makes me wonder how they're going to handle penalties when that one gets black flagged. Maybe make it run Prime95 for an hour? Print out "I will not go 4 wheels off" 1000 times on a dot matrix printer?
Second, you might remember Sgt Schultz, an S Class Mercedes that won Summit Point when we were there back in 2010 and won again last year. I most recently saw it as the Stafy Pufft Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters. As I've mentioned before, this car has literally every single ounce of weight removed from it. It's very possible it weighs in the same ballpark as the GTP does, maybe even a little lighter.
Anyway, I guess after two overall wins and several impressive showings, they've decided to do something very different before their next race.
They're reskinning the car using the sheetmetal from a 64 Cadillac Coupe DeVille. I have no words for how awesome that is.
Ours friends Terminally Confused have gone and gotten themselves posted over on the new Car & Driver LeMons blog, this time for a penalty they created at a race last year, the "NASCAR Helmet Throw". Basically you're handed an old cracked helmet and told to toss it at a car door, if it goes through the window you're allowed to head back out, if you miss you're serving a time out. Pretty clever I must say. http://blog.caranddriver.com/lemons-goodbad-idea-of-the-week-the-nascar-helmet-throw-penalty/
Sorry, totally off topic but: Is Judge Phil really with C&D now? I haven't picked up a Car & Driver since they neutered the editorial staff and canned Brock Yates. Where is Brock Yates anyway nowadays?
Not exactly. Car & Driver decided to sponsor LeMons this year, and part of that means they'll be covering the series a lot more, and Phil/Murilee is the one providing that content. So far some of it is new, like this weekends BS inspections, but so far it's mostly reheated and repackaged stuff he's posted before either on his own website or TTAC. So he's basically just running the C&D LeMons blog, I don't know if any of that or something exclusive will be showing up in the magazine itself or not.
I know you guys are only allowed to 'spend' so much on the car for the regs...but is there any limit on what a donor car (parts) can be valued at? Guy at the end of the street smashed his dads Grand Prix, and I think he might be selling it or parting it out.
*Whole back end from the rear wheel arch back looks like it was put through a paper shredder, but the front of the car looks to be in one piece....