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Talking It's finally alive!

After nearly 4 months of ownership, I finally got me and my "mentor" (I really think he'd hate the term), Bob Williams in the same place at the same time: 9:30 this morning.

And although it took longer than the rather optimistic 30 minutes we'd been hoping for, after dipping a fuel line in a jerry can (because the foam in the cell really needs replacing, pre-oiling, making sure it had water in the cooling system, having it belch out water when we first cranked it, using a leakdown tester to see if it had a compression leak into the cooling system, discovering that the carb was too gummed for the floats to work properly and flooding the motor, cleaning the carb, reinstalling the plugs...

...it fired up in in no time!

Oil pressure rose on the gauge and everything seemed fine... then I discovered that draining the oil from the tank was not really "draining all the oil" and the tank promptly overflowed and dumped a couple of litres of 5W-20 on Bobs's garage floor (his garage has heat and mine doesn't yet!). So we drained the oil back down to a reasonable level in the tank, and fired it up again. It ran for 12 minutes, came up to temp, never gave so much as a hiccup (although there was a rattle that Bob didn't completely like) and didn't leak a drop of anything.

I never really thought there'd be any trouble--knowing some of the history of the car and seeing the care that it was stored with even though it hadn't been run in some time, but thinking everything is alright is not nearly as good as hearing it run.

There's still lots to do between now and late March (when I'm likely to actually first get it on a track)--just today I added a carb rebuild kit, new fuel filter, petcock for the block water drain, and getting the fuel cell foam replaced to my list of things to do, but now I have something to inspire me through the winter:

I can heat my garage every now and then by running my RF89.

I'm so pleased right now, I can barely stand it.
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Old 12-12-2012
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Re: It's finally alive!

Thanks for the update... Outstanding Alan. Great to hear your progress and excitement. We love pictures too!

Suspect you've added a garage space heater to your list. :-)

We know you'll be having a busy and happy holiday.

Keep us posted.

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Sweet! Very clean and sharp. A great car to start with.
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Sweet! Very clean and sharp. A great car to start with.
Yup!

I lucked into a great combination:

A guy with enough money to properly maintain a race car...

...but without enough time to really abuse it.

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That things has fun written all over it - continued good fortune with 'er
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That is awesome.
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That is awesome.
And it gets better:



It and I are now racing!



P.S. The action really starts about 10:30...
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Congrats Alan,
Looks like sloppy good fun.

We'll look forward to seeing a dry one next!
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Congrats Alan,
Looks like sloppy good fun.

We'll look forward to seeing a dry one next!
If I'd been a little more on the ball, I could have videoed the first race...

...which was in the dry.

Oh well.
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What venue is it? It's not familiar to me.

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If I'd been a little more on the ball, I could have videoed the first race...

...which was in the dry.

Oh well.
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What venue is it? It's not familiar to me.
Mission Race Ways road course

It's the Sports Car Club of BC's road course in Mission, BC. It's about 1.36 miles long. The main straight is the runout lanes of the Mission Race Ways drag strip.
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Mission Race Ways road course

It's the Sports Car Club of BC's road course in Mission, BC. It's about 1.36 miles long. The main straight is the runout lanes of the Mission Race Ways drag strip.
And here's my race on Sunday, May 26:

(The action really starts at about 10:30)
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Love that rain driving... Thanks for sharing it with us Alan. :-)
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Re: It's finally alive!

It's been a long while, but here's another race video... ...finally.

September 15, and the first time I really thought I'd be able to mix it up with some of the fords.

Didn't quite work out... ...but nothing really bad happened.

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Thanks Alan,

As frustrating as it is getting turned around at the start of a race, you probably had more fun than anyone else working your way back up through the pack. Nice job... And thanks for sharing it with us. Good stuff!
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Thanks Alan,

As frustrating as it is getting turned around at the start of a race, you probably had more fun than anyone else working your way back up through the pack. Nice job... And thanks for sharing it with us. Good stuff!
No worries!

I'm just glad I manage to catch up and pass at least one guy in my class.
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Re: It's finally alive!

I realized that I never posted that video of me and the RF89 racing in the dry!

Well here:

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That's got all my videos related to racing with the very latest at the top. The Formula Vee race last Saturday was some of the most fun I've had so far in a racing car.
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