Wasn't as eventful a weekend as I'd hoped (made a long list of things to do by Carlisle on Friday after leaving a volunteering event with Honda, my customer), but I did make progress and had fun.
Took Luna to the 30th annual CEMA charity car show. Did not win any of the judge awards, but I noticed quite a bit more attention on her than I have at previous showings. I'd even heard second hand that someone who worked at Chrysler at the time of the Special concept car was raving about how big a deal that concept car was to Chrysler at the time. She showed well.
Back at home, I pulled the new gas tank straps out of the garage and cleaned and painted them. I used truck bed liner paint from Home Depot. Currently I'm letting them cure a few days before I put them on. Two sets done, as both cars need them. Currently the car is reading a DTE of "0" and had been for about 10 miles, so the tank should be pretty light! On that note, does anyone know if the bolts for the straps are "impact-able"? I have a shiny new Craftsman 20V impact gun that has made undo-ing lug nuts and made the rebuild of my Jeep's front driveshaft a breeze. I know a few fasteners back there are NOT impact items. No interest in creating more work for myself.
I then got the RMA for one of the of mods from TRS that isn't going to work, and ordered a different design from eBay. Should receive it end of the week, then the car goes back on stands next weekend for the straps and new mod. I also ordered a relay center and received new switches, so I'll be building that relay center and a switch bank to operate it. It will have 2-3 circuits ready to go for Carlisle and expandable to two more if I so choose. While at the show, I spent some time inspecting the engine bay to figure out where to install in. Just need to figure out making a mounting bracket near the air filter for it.
Otherwise my weekend was spent working on the Renegade. It's had an issue with grinding in the brakes and tire noise, and the dealer in Troy had damaged the rocket trim mounting brackets on the lift. So we got the wheels off, cleaned and Iron decon'd all four on the inside and outside, 4-tire rotation, and spray painted the suspension to keep rust at bay. Bent back the brackets so the rockets are straight again, and have sworn never to come near that dealer again. Consistently bad sales experience and bad service! If you're ever in need of service in Metro Detroit, avoid Suburban CJDR in the Troy Motor Mall! Szott CJ in White Lake is worth the drive for me, as they always respect my Jeep and my Special. They love my Special, in fact.
Hopefully that's all the Renegade needs. It may be registered soon for Carlisle, as Nick plans on going to his parent's house a few days early and will need to drive his Jeep, so it will likely be what takes him to New Cumberland as well. For anyone wondering, taking his Special to his parents' house is a very bad idea, as it will need to sit outside for a week or more either under sap-dropping pine trees or out in the street where his first car was totaled by a distracted teenager.
Carlisle 2018 - An epic weekend, gone too fast
Carlisle 300M Special class - 1st Place
Carlisle 300M Club awards - Best of Show
Humbled. Floored. Ecstatic. Grateful to all who voted for Luna against such stiff competition!