First of all, without Wyatt Scott and Matt with RockSolidToys, Robert Otwell with Otwell Welding and Fabrication, and Justin Reece (@rustynailjustin), Bird, Andrew, and Josh - this car would not be done in time for the race. HUGE THANKS to each of them!
As of 1am last night, the car is in San Bernardino at Syndicate Offroad getting the wrap installed, so today is a much needed and well deserved rest and recovery day for the rest of the team. Special thanks to Sergio for meeting me at midnight last night to make the hand-off without losing any build time!
We've pushed hard from before sunrise to late at night each day over the past few weeks. The car is amazing. Each component crafted and installed by a team who loves this build and puts their all into everything we touch. We were handed a Phase III timeline that was close to impossible to meet and we're going to make it.
Today/Tomorrow - Wrap
Fri Morning - Exhaust
Fri Noon till Late - Finish Anything that is Left
Sat: Shakedown Run in Lucerne Valley near Otwell's shop so we can check everything afterward and make modifications as needed
Sun: Shock Tuning session with Icon
Mon: Tech at 8am
Current State: Everything is done except:
- Drivers Rear Shock Hoop finish welding
- Drivers Rear Remote Reservoir Mount
- Passengers Rear Shock Hoop finish welding
- Passenger Rear Remote Reserevoir Mount
- Passenger Rear Air Bump
- Install Rear Limit Straps
- Finish mounting Rear Brake Lines (temp mounted now)
- Install revised Driveshafts (F/R)
- Remount 2/3 Skid Plates after Exhaust is done
- Add small Skid for Rear Winch Solenoid
- Perform Driveway Alignment and Set Suspension to Softest Setting
- Install Fluids Container Tool Box in Cargo Area (90% done)
- Preload Winch Lines
As with any big push, we did have some issues, notably:
- The Atlas II and our Drivelines Inc driveshaft ends didn't mate, so the driveshafts are being re-done as we speak and will be ready tomorrow.
- The new Solenoids on the ARB HD Air Compressor for lockers didn't have the plugs we needed (instructions said to "discard" them, so we did) so we had to improvise with some random bolts until we get the correct ARB fitting plugs tomorrow.
- The ARB HD Air Compressor electrical connector was faulty and caused fuses to blow in our comms. Once we fixed the comms and found issue, we cut out the plug and hard wired it all in. This is done.
- Our rear Dynatrac ProRock 60 axle truss was too high, causing our upper links to hit the factory crossmember and limit travel. We cut off the top of the truss (1/2" plate), cut the truss down, and remounted our upper links.
This gained ~4" more uptravel in the rear. This is done.
- Our front suspension spindle was hitting the coilovers at max down travel, so we had to raise our limit straps slightly and then set our air bumps. While doing so, we had our Passenber Huge D60 equivalent RCV slip out and it took Justin, Robert, and I a while to pull the huge Icon coilovers back off to get the RCV to set back into place without any issues.
- Our Atlas II Rear shifter wouldn't come out of Neutral. A couple calls to Steve at Advance Adapters and the issue was resolved.
- Our transmission shifter contacted the Atlas II shifters so we had to heat/bend it to vertical.
- Added a Fuel Line Shutoff valve to our Aeromotive Phantom system (pretty tightly sealed as it is) per Ultra4 tech request.
- We had to overnight different lug nuts for the rear, a replacement rear view mirror after we broke the first one, another fuel filler neck to adapt to our setup, tons of Grade 8 hardware, an extra PRP push rod for the safety nets, etc.
Overall, the team has been killing it. I couldn't be more proud of what we have accomplished. Here are some pics from yesterday:
Drivelines Inc. Driveshafts:
Sitting on All 4's:
LeadNav setup and Charging (requires special 3.1amp charger wired to battery to keep up with software on iPad Pro 10.5):
Got the tiny, well protected Front View Rock Camera wired and mounted (drilling through AR400 is tough):
Otwell Mounted PRP Safety Nets with Upper and Lower quick release rods: