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Shop Talk - July 2013

Postseason Blues, Preseason Scramble

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Every month I finish my column with a question, and since I can't always respond to every email, let me start by thanking you for your responses. Know that I receive each one and thoroughly enjoy reading them.

Over the past few months I've been enjoying the off-season, but also going a little stir-crazy waiting for the new year to begin. Like most of our competitors, we pulled our powerplant for some freshening up, only somehow that's escalated into a lot more work than we originally planned. Let's just say we have a few additional upgrades in the works for the chassis and power adder.

Our trusty 525ci powerplant has been incredibly reliable, requiring minimal work during the season. All we ever did was check the valvespring pressure after each race—pushing 2,000-plus horsepower should require much more maintenance, right? That's what we thought.

For this season, we decided to step up to larger 0.904 lifters and electronic fuel injection. The good news is we've enlisted EFI guru Eddie Rios, who's tuned Al Jimenez's early second-gen Camaro to 6.90s at over 200 mph on leaf springs. I'd say we're in good hands. The bad news: Everything is torn apart and we have less than two weeks before the season opener.

It's funny how no matter how many times we've told ourselves we'll be ready early enough to get in a test session before the first race, it rarely happens. Why is that? In our case—and probably like most—we have months to prep, and that can feel like an awfully long time. Not so true. Days run into weeks and weeks become months, and all of a sudden it's a mad dash at the eleventh hour.

In all fairness, the chassis is standing by ready to go, and while it'll be tight, we should make it. If nothing else, I've learned it takes more than a desire to compete competitively—it takes will, passion … and someone to keep you from slacking off.

Spring is just around the corner and you know what that means—time to go heads-up door-slammer racing!



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