Almost ready to go…

Jesse aligns the 65E

I had the front end re-aligned after I fixed that loose inner tie-rod end. The great folks at the Les Schwab store in Arlington, WA even did it for free since it was just a minor touch up and I had already paid for the complete alignment a few weeks before. The same tech did the job as the last time. You can see him in the mirror above. Jesse is his name… Thanks Jesse!

The car runs great now. Solid as a rock. No more wobbles in the front end.

Next I had to change my brake pads. I spent the weekend searching for some, and was unable to find any locally. I finally found a set online at Summit Racing. I paid for overnight shipping just to make sure they arrived on time. I went to install them last night, and of course, as is my fate with all things mechanical (ie: my steering rack that took all summer to sort out!) a two-minute-per-side job turned into a 2 hour epic struggle! The driver’s side had a pad that was unevenly worn, and one of the pots of my Wilwood calipers was stuck slightly off-kilter. No amount of wedging and struggle would get it to compress fully into the caliper housing. I finally gave up and disassembled the caliper itself and pressed it back in. Once that was done the other three pads went in relatively painlessly and quick. I’m very impressed with the design of the Wilwoods when it comes to changing pads. next time I won’t wait so long! I also will probably buy a small stock of pads as they seem, to be hard to find.

Of course the above work required draining a lot of the brake fluid from one side of the system, so they’ll need to be bled. I took a few laps up and down the driveway to test the brakes and other than a bit of sponginess (which will go away with bleeding) the brakes felt great. I’ll try and get the bleeding done as soon as possible and go bed the new pads in good later today.

The only prep work that remains is some packing and camera work. I bought two new lenses which hopefully will arrive today. Stay tuned.

I’ve also been chatting with my co-pilot for the rally, Shaun Redmond, who flies out tomorrow. You’ll meet him soon. We booked a room in Lewiston, Idaho for Friday night, and expect to be in Helena, Montana Saturday afternoon. I can’t wait to get underway!

4 thoughts on “Almost ready to go…”

  1. CRAP! I’ll be in Montana the week of the 17th..looks like we’ll miss one another! How far from Libby, MT to you, chuckles?..;)))

  2. Libby is the far NW corner of Montana. It is a good day’s drive from my home in the NW corner of Washington. You can take US 2, or WA SR 20 to traverse the route. You can check out descriptions of those routes via last year’s GTTSR (US 2) or my road trip with Nick back from Colorado (SR 20… aka “The North Cascades Highway”)

    Libby is a great little town. It is home to the 2nd oldest car club in America, “the Igniters”… look them up while you are there. If you look at last year’s GTTSR pages here you’ll see my pics and story from Libby. Just outside Libby is also the “better than sex highway”.

    What brings you to Libby Paul?

  3. hope the rally, and transit to and from go well for you both – and that you have good web access to update the web pages! 😉


  4. Which is the ‘better than sex’ highway? I might just go bomb it in a Dodge 4×4 pick’um up twuck!

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