I've got a lot of pics and stuff I will be posting very shortly. Hopefully we will be able to get it running soon to be doing a video too. But we all know how it goes, right when you think you are close, something comes up to delay everything.
I forget if I mentioned this or not, but I packed up my race van with all the parts and drove out to California from Florida to work with Matsushima Performance out here. I got out here about 2 weeks before the last race, but we just didn't have enough time to get everything done. So I've been couch surfing for almost a month now. And this is after only being home for about a week from my last month long race trip.
One of the biggest problems is that there is a specific machinist who we normally use, but he is in China, he was supposed to have been back at the beginning of last month, but now he doesn't think he'll be here till the end of this month. So we were having our backup guy doing some work for us. But He went out of town for a vacation for a week, and that backed him up with his regular work. So then we had a third machinist start doing work for us, the motor mount plate cut, and then HE went out of town. I talked to another guy, but before I got the stuff over to him, he also went out of town and said he was going to be too backed up to help. Went to another shop and he wasn't around, so I left my business card and asked them to tell him to call me, he never did. Sheesh, is there some huge machinist convention going on or something???
Today I took the chassis down to one of the guys that used to do a bunch of stuff for us back when I was racing for Matsushima. He welded on some support rails for our frame. So now I have a base for the battery box and our frame is more structurally supported.
So now I got the GSXR 600 front end with the Ohlins internals and the Ohlins triple adjustable rear shock. Turns out I left some critical components for the marchesini rear wheel back in Florida, so I will probably have to run the stock rear wheel if we make it to the next race at the end of the month. Little extra weight, but not that bad. I also left some of the stuff for the Marchesini front, but Matsushima has some spares of that stuff, so I can at least run that to save a little weight.
I bought a used gas tank online, and that just came in last night, it has a lot of crash damage to it, some big dents. So today I cut out the bottom and got to work banging out the dents. I have all the big dents banged out, now I just need to do some detail work to get the original shape back, and smooth out the hammer dimples. As soon as I have that done, we can take the bodywork and tank down to get wrapped. Hoping to have the drive components all installed by early next week, but we'll have to see about that. One of the major parts that we need got ordered Wed night, and turns out they never sent it today, so hopefully that will get sent out tomorrow, but we'll see how that goes. That makes it look like it won't get here till at least Mon.