After all of the critical measurements needed on the crankshaft were done, it was time to put it back into its home with some fresh bearings to continue the engine build. Since there was no noticeable wear on the crankshaft, standard-size replacement bearings were used along with an appropriate amount of assembly lube. The torque specifications for all of the main crankcase bolts are torque-to-angle, which requires you to set the bolt up with a relatively low torque setting first, then finish with a final turned angle using an angle meter. Digital angle torque wrenches are great tools, but can be fairly expensive for the home mechanic. I’ve been using these manual angle gauges and although they take a little longer to set up on each bolt, I’m happy with the results and no batteries required. After using the proper torque sequence, the crank is in, spins nicely and we’re
This past weekend featured 18 hours of high-action endurance racing in the American Endurance Racing (AER) Series at Whiskey Hill Raceway in Palmer MA. The eEuroparts.com team came to compete at the highest level. We knew entering the weekend that a chance at a trophy would require our best performance yet but in fact what is really required was perfection. Great laps, perfect pit-stops, and coordination when out of the pits. During Friday qualifying, our team and car qualified with the fastest overall qualifying time in class 3. AER features a four hour qualifying session where all of the cars and the drivers see track time in order to group cars based on overall and average speed. The fastest qualifying time in our class, by a narrow margin, earned us #13 overall starting position. Lucky #13 perhaps? During each nine-hour day of racing every team must make 5 three-minute pit
This year the eEuroparts.com race team will be completing in a full American Endurance Racing season. American Endurance Racing (AER) is an endurance racing series that features two 9 hour feature events over a Saturday and Sunday. That’s 18 total hours of racing in a weekend plus a full day practice session the day before. That means stepping up our game and addressing some of the issues we had with our car last year. Most importantly it means being even more prepared than we have been in the past. We have 5 races at top tracks around the country to run Norma, our SAAB 900. The 2016 AER season plans to be a true test of endurance. AER Rule Changes – Fire System Halo Seat or Window Net Racing changes from year to year. This year featured two AER rule changes that make it safer for drivers. The first was
Flat Out and Fearless is the only way around Summit Point. With one of the longest front straights on the east coast, and a variety of wide open, high speed increasing radius corners, your ability to navigate the only tight part of the course, a technical carousel, will determine your lap pace weather you like it or not. However, before our fastest driver and old eEuro Motorsports front man Mike White could set the pace in B class, our team had to overcome some mechanical obstacles. On Friday during test and qualification our passenger side axle decided to leave its inner driver home nearly destroying the inner driver and obliterating our axle tripod bearings. We came prepared with another axle only to have the violence re-emerge on the warm up lap of the race on Saturday. Clearly there was something wrong elsewhere, but we were just left scratching our heads.
This past weekend (June 19, 20, 21) the eEuroparts.com SAAB 900 Turbo and SAAB 99 ‘Baja’ attended their first AER (AmericanEnduranceRacing.com) event at the Palmer Motorsports Park in Ware Massachusetts. We were intimidated entering the race. We felt that coming from LeMons and Chump car racing that the level of competition was going to be significantly improved. We were right. Our 1986 SAAB 900, weighing in at approximately 200 HP, was up against a field of SCCA and NASA e36 competitors. That’s a significant improvement in competition jumping from racing against $500 (well let’s be real $5,000 cars) to $20,000-$30,000 race cars that have at least 100 extra horsepower and are designed to turn left and right significantly better than our little SAAB. Norma, driven by Kip Moncrief, qualified in a solid 8th place overall in a field of 30. Our qualifying time was a 1:57 with our fast