I'm too far away to be of any help other than moral support. Only you can judge
the severity of your vibration, but once you are sure the engine is balanced,
that the trans is not coming apart, the driveshaft is straight you end up at
the rear axle. Pulling the cover off and having a look at the teeth may give
you some solace. For my part, running at TWS all these years I thought that the
100 mph vibration was pretty normal and I'm encouraged that there may be a
solution by looking into the brake drums. Interestingly, I never notice the
vibration on the long front straight, just the back 40 6 grand in third. This
was true in my old TR4 and remains the same in the 4A, whatever that means. I
blew an oil cooler once in a cold weather start-up. They tend to be a little
fragile depending on how they are mounted. What I'm saying is that you may be
OK, but like I said only you can be the judge. 3 tracks in three weeks, Barley
isn't the only dog in your truck. Wish it was me! With all this track time I
guess you aren't going to Hallet October 4 and 5th?
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf
Of Greg - Lunker Hilyer
Sent: Monday, September 15, 2008 10:43 PM
To: Friends of Triumph
Subject: [Fot] Road America - Looking for a drive
Still in Minnesota. Dropped Connie off at the Minneapolis airport at
1:00pm today as she needed to be home faster than I could drive.
Delighted she could stay long enough for this weekends race, but
someone has to get home to make some $$. I cut todays drive a bit
short to get on the [this] list and make other contacts. To close to
Elkhart Lake to not give a last ditch effort.
Current problems of a leaking [spewing] oil cooler, temperamental
starter [relatively easy fixes] and the BIG VIBE make Road America
unlikely. But I'm not ready to call it quits yet.
Here's the deal [offer]....
The entry fee for Road America is going to keep me from going it
alone. If I can get a [well?] educated guess on my problem, I'm game
to give it a try with a co-entrant. The [1 hour] enduro sounds like
fun. My car is not high-power at it's best, and not complimented by
high speed tracks, but enduros can be different. I don't say quit
easy. Anyone with good race experience want to make a group effort?
If we're going to run my car, I would ask for one half of the
expenses - entry fee, gas, tires, etc. That's assuming we can get a
handle on the vibration issue. Please understand that mine is a truly
low budget car that many might consider crude and scary - just "where
I live" to me. Those over about 5'11" need not apply - the rest can
probably be accommodated.
The [to me] better alternative is to drive YOUR car. Same applies -
I'll cover 1/2 entry fee, gas, tires, etc. I'm packing a full
compliment of tools, spares [doesn't have to be a TR but I've got
lots, including a TR4 that could be considered a parts car at a
moments notice], 3 sets of race tires, $150 of race fuel and the best
pit dog [not pit Bull] to be had. Spotless race license [plan to keep
it that way] and references upon request for the car, the dog and
I've got about 14 hrs. to make up my mind before it requires a U-turn
[not that it makes a difference] before I hit the point of no return
[maybe Denver or northern New Mexico].
Greg "Lunker Hilyer
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