The home stretch??? – NASA American Iron Javelin update

Man I hope this is the home stretch, but every time I get one issue sorted out it seems another one (or two!) pop up in it’s place. Here’s what’s happened since the last update. I brought the car to Joe Carr (of Carr Racing Chassis) to bail me out of a few big problems.… Continue Reading The home stretch??? – NASA American Iron Javelin update

another day another checklist… NASA American Iron Javelin update

ok, another low key day just checking items off the list. I finally bolted down the seat and snapped on the padded seat cover. I test fit the trans. I drilled a hole in the firewall for the few wires and fuel/oil pressure gauge lines. I test fit the air cleaner setup I’m going to… Continue Reading another day another checklist… NASA American Iron Javelin update

plumbing and more… NASA American Iron Javelin update

No matter how much I work on this car it always seems there is still an ocean of work to do. Plus all the one step forward, two steps back stuff. Anway, I have a 3rd member! That’s a major milestone. Of course the two steps back part is that I had to pull the… Continue Reading plumbing and more… NASA American Iron Javelin update

This and that… NASA American Iron Javelin update

I’m over due for an update. However, it’s not a very exciting time in the build. Just a million little details and trying to solve problems as they come up. So, in no particular order, here’s what I’ve been up to. The engine from Speed-o-Motive didn’t come with a water pump or a crank pulley.… Continue Reading This and that… NASA American Iron Javelin update

OWWWW!!!!!! !@#$%&^!!@!… NASA American Iron Javelin Update

ok, if you’re building yourself a race car might I suggest the following… TRY to avoid dropping a flywheel on it’s end onto your pinky. There’s nothing like the serrated end of a flywheel to both crush and cut open a finger… after almost passing out I laid on my back for about 10 minutes.… Continue Reading OWWWW!!!!!! !@#$%&^!!@!… NASA American Iron Javelin Update

Engine mock up… NASA American Iron Javelin update

Dropped the motor in place to check clearances. Everything looks good. Headers fit and oil pan clears the k-member and steering rack. I’m going to have fun getting the steering around the headers but I was kind of expecting that… ordered a bunch of stuff yesterday (starter, fuel pump, water pump, etc). The valve covers… Continue Reading Engine mock up… NASA American Iron Javelin update

The REAL ‘Heartbeat of America’…

BIG NEWS! I have an engine! Drove down to L.A. (West Covina) to Speed-O-Motive on Friday. Finally got to meet George and Jeff. The motor was already set up in the dyno room. Jeff explained all the ins and outs of the motor and then warmed it up. Once it was up to operating temp… Continue Reading The REAL ‘Heartbeat of America’…

Plan B… NASA American Iron Javelin update.

Ok, if you’ve been following along you know I spent several weeks stewing over the brake/clutch reservoirs I mounted on the firewall. They just weren’t high enough relative to the pedal mounted masters and the hose routing was going to be a pain. I figured out I would have to mount them off the dash… Continue Reading Plan B… NASA American Iron Javelin update.

Braking news… NASA American Iron Javelin update

Man… that took a lot longer than I thought it would but I finally have the front suspension and brakes ALMOST finished. I had a major problem trying to get the power rack in. First I found out that the IFS mounting tabs are 16″ on center (for the manual rack which is the standard… Continue Reading Braking news… NASA American Iron Javelin update

IFS Continued… NASA American Iron Javelin update

Ok, got the remaining front suspension parts (upper control arms, springs and upper shock mount plates) from Control Freak Suspensions. Managed to get the drivers side all put together today. I also picked up a used Accusump and a 5lb fire bottle. See the picture below to see where I’m thinking of mounting them. On… Continue Reading IFS Continued… NASA American Iron Javelin update