You wouldn’t know it looking out your window or going out to get the mail, but Spring is approaching quickly. With every project we complete, the racing season creeps closer. And, luckily, we’re one step closer to being prepared for everything to start! Being 100% ready for the first race of the year is priceless. Worrying and racing never mix.
With a little polishing on the wheels and some interior detailing, she will be like new! To me, a fresh coat of paint is like getting a haircut, It wipes away the old and gives you a new confidence. Let’s hope that confidence can be transferred to the track.
Now for some eye candy of the old Ford’s face lift.
Time for me has been a precious commodity for the past year. August though November is my busiest time of year for work. Unfortunately it also happens to be the busiest time of year for racing. Good work is hard to find these days & I am thankful to have a job that is rewarding & provides me with the wherewithal to race as I do.
My fall racing was interesting to say the least. I was able to attend most of the fall bigger money races but missed a few of my favorites. The ones I was able to attend I would return from work (out of state mostly) the night before or the day of the race, race that evening then return to the job site the next day. The exciting one was the Halloween Classic & Summit Motorsports Park. I was entered in races on Sunday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday. What this meant to me was a lot of driving. I was working in Buffalo until Saturday night before the first race of the week. Then the fun begins. Race all day Sunday, return to Buffalo Monday morning, work till Tuesday night then Back to the track Wednesday morning. Race all night then return to Buffalo Thursday morning only to turn around & come back home Thursday night for the Friday race. Running on pure adrenalin after Fridays race I was able to sleep in my own bed for the weekend. Ahhhhhh. After the weekends races were over it was Back to Buffalo Monday morning to finish the job at hand.
The Holiday season is where work finally tapers off & I can catch up on life & all the maintenance I should have done months ago. My boss made it possible for me to bring my truck & trailer into our 16,000 Sq foot warehouse to do some truck maintenance & trailer upgrades. Working indoors with tons of room & a bunch of tools is not something I am a custom to. But I’ll take it!!! The old Ford tow vehicle just turned 240,000 miles so I guess it is time to give er some lovin. I pulled off the broken dually fender flare & washed it real good. It is now @ a friends shop getting some rust & dents repaired & of course a new fender. There is a rust spot, ding or dent on almost every panel so thanks to Late Knight Auto it will be getting a fresh coat of paint! Pretty exciting!
The other project I have been working on is my trailer. for the 2 years I have owned it I have had big ambitions on doing some cool upgrades & at least one project is under way. Cabinets!!!! After pricing cabinets from some of the cabinet suppliers & quickly realized this was going to be a do it yourself project. So let the fun begin! It has been somewhat time consuming but a healthy challenge. Every thing you do has to be planned out so it doesn’t cause any problems down the road. If you swing a door the wrong way it won’t open because there is an electrical box in the way. If you make the upper doors too tall they will hit the ceiling lights. A lot of planning & fitting but it is coming along great. The frames are complete & the faces are laminated with aluminum. Now to attempt the doors then a counter top. Wish me luck!
I will get to the race car @ some point but getting to the track & getting organized has been a neglected priority. For now the old Gremlin sits in the corner & watches its home get a face lift.
Keep an eye out here for more cabinet progress & whatever other trailer updates I can perform. The next big Stevand Racing event is going to be the Summit Motorsports Park Banquet of Champions. That will be a blog in itself. Pretty exciting!