Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Crunch Time

As much as we try and avoid it every year we are always in a rush to finish our car. This is what we did Tuesday night:

3-27-07 Tuesday
Earl finished making the aluminum arms for the front canopy hinge around 1:00. Earl, Dustin, and Alan worked on wheel shields at like 5:30. Alan got in the car while Earl and Dustin held the canopy/ring on the car. Alan caught his foot on the right side of the car body while getting out. It cracked a little, but was easily repaired later, despite Earl’s concern. Earl had an intramural racquetball game from 7-8, losing in two games. Then, he went back to the shop. He and Dr. Z. worked on finishing up the clasp joint between the canopy ring and body. Z cleaned the excess epoxy out of the slots with his circular saw, and sanded and repaired a spot with bondo. Around 12:30, they put the canopy ring on and epoxied in the final strip onto the rign, with it in place on the car. Then, they stayed until 2:15am working on the cardboard template Earl made the day before for the shelf that the hinge and trunk strut will attach to.

Monday, March 26, 2007

Test Driving!

Last weekend we worked hard and were able to get GL2 outside and running on her own power. Here is a video of Alan driving in the parking lot with Dustin's modified engine. In other news the canopy is mounted, the front end is almost able hinge on and off, and our computer is here. Now we just have to figure out how it works.

10 days till we leave! Remember when it was 20 days and I said 10 is half of 20 and 10 is not very many days...well, that day has come and no one is laughing anymore.


Friday, March 23, 2007

politics and crunch time

We have very little time left until we leave for California. Just check the countdowner on the right to see exact days left. Yesterday Wes ordered the car computer which cost $700. We got approval from our advisor so that was good but unbenoniced to Wes he needed the Dean of Engineering's approval on a purchase that large. what a kicker. in other news we almost got Gold Lightning 2 running under her own power but before we could start it we got kicked out of the Projects Lab. darn you campus safety...

Thursday, March 22, 2007

14 Days left!

So thanks to Dustin our blog is saved...anyway here are some pictures of recent activity here on the Cedarville University Supermileage Team:

Gold Lightning 2 with new drivetrain

GL 1 with her new paint job

GL 2 from the front with steering

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

So I Dustin saved our blog!!!! Wes had it temporarily shut down but I battled Google to the death and brought it back to life!!! So all are eternally grateful to me for my mad skills.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

oh crap month...

20 days left till we leave. 10 is half of 20, and 10 is not very many days...

those are great words of wisdom from Wes Muntz.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Gold Lightning 1 shirt

Here our t-shirt design for GL 1.

22 days left...

3-12-07 Monday

Earl and Nate Roy took the new canopy off the shelf, and set the old canopy on top of it, matching up the marks Earl and Alan had made back at the beginning of the semester. They traced the outline of the old canopy onto the new one, adding and extra 1¾ inches all the way around. Earl set up the canopy outside the ENS garage door (the door to Dave’s shop) and started cutting the canopy out of the flange. Wes came back from Michigan, and helped cut some too. Alan came around 5:30, and we all went to Chucks at 6:15. Later on, Earl worked on getting the nasty decal residue off the body of Gold Lighting…Lindsey came by and had Alan fix her bike. Earl and Alan put the canopy in the new car (GL2) with Wes inside, and it fit very well. They marked it, and cut around the edge of the canopy to leave 1½ inches protruding below the body line, to do the fiberglass mounting with. Earl and Wes had a near-catastrophe with the canopy half-falling off the table, but the day was saved because the canopy wasn’t hurt or scratched.

3-13-07 Tuesday

Earl went home to eat at 5:20, and came back to work. Wes and Nate M. showed up, and started waxing the canopy with mold-release. Nate worked on the new brakelight some, and they all three worked for a long time to figure out how to hang the car upside down to do the initial canopy-mounting. After two failed attempts with the present setup, they brought the engine hoist over from Formula, and were able to successfully hang the car upside down and get the canopy in. It looked great, and everyone left around 10:35pm. The glassing hadn’t begun yet, but everything was pretty much ready to go.

Monday, March 5, 2007

Spring Break!

So some of us here on the Cedarville Supermileage team are staying over break to work on our car. Things have been progressing well, we are still a little behind but in reach of the Eco-Marathon. Here are some pictures of what we have been doing.

From GL2 March '07

From GL2 March '07

From GL2 March '07

From GL2 March '07

From GL2 March '07

From GL2 March '07

From GL2 March '07

Thursday, March 1, 2007

The End of Febuary

2-27-07 Tuesday
After working for someone at the Hive from 11am-3pm, Earl went to the Projects building and cut the bowties in the floor of GL2 so the front wheels could turn. Earl rode his bike to Dr. Z’s house and picked up the pressure-pot gun that Z left on his front porch, and cleaned it with acetone back at school. Mr. K. came by, and they made plans to shoot the car with Duratec Wednesday at 1:00 or so. Alan came back around 7pm, and he and Nate M. finished up the rod for the front steering. Alan and Nate M. were moaning about how cramped they were in the new car, because of how the front steering is all up in your butt, and the thickness of the rollbar and helmet force your head down really low. All minor concerns for Earl, since he can’t really fit in the car anyway.

2-28-07 Wednesday
Earl and Aaron Briggs met up in the Projects building and started setting up the hot water heater and kiddie pool in the back corner of the Projects, by the surface grinder, but Mr. K told them to move up to the big garage door entrance, for some reason. Right in the middle of all Formula’s stuff. Earl got a call from Dale Bennett from Mor/Ryde at 11, and at 3, about working for them. The maintenance people disconnected the air compressor around 1pm, and were in the process of moving the tank underneath the mezzanine. So much for shooting the car with Duratec. One road block after another...