|Sandown Formula Junior grid|
The only service issue I found was the top shoes of both rear brakes looked overheated and cracked. Decided to leave them alone and see how the car stopped on track. Gearbox was down 1/2 litre, puzzling.
Thursday dinner was at the Elfin Heritage Centre hosted by Bill Hemming. Elfin was a racing car (and later a street car) constructor based in Australia started in 1959. In the late 60's, they were for a time the 2nd largest race car manufacturer in the world. The cars included sports racing, Clubman, Formula Junior, Formula Vee, Formula Ford, CanAm type (Group A), Formula 5000, Formula 2 & 3. I had no idea the range of cars Garrie Cooper designed and built. A remarkable man.
|Elfin Streamliner '59-'63, 23 built||Elfin 600 with Repco-Brabham engine|
|Bodywork on the wall|
|Lola T330/2||Lola T332|
The FJr group had reserved spaces on the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. It is a couple of historic tramcars that have been converted to restaurants. They travel a route around Melbourne while serving a 3 (early seating) or 5 (late seating) course meal. We had the early one. Excellent food. Dave and I sat with Bill Hemming and Margaret Ealand. Good fun with a waiter with a excellent singing voice. The route went into South Melbourne, by the Grand Prix circuit, to St. Kilda, and back.
|Colonial Tramcar Restaurant|
|The Yarra river in downtown Melbourne|
|Poly Woodside||Reflection of Polly Woodside|
|PAX Australia gamers|
The usual sequence is: drain the water, disconnect 3 water hoses, 4 oil lines, 7 wires, clutch rod, shift linkage, rear suspension radius rods, rear brake line, front motor mounts, rear motor mounts, loosen the rear gearbox mounts. Lift the front of the engine (with gearbox still attached) so you can get at the 9 bolts that hold the back of the monocoque onto the front with at long extension and a u-joint.
At this point, I usually have already pulled all the rear suspension and half-shafts off as well. Dave convinced me to try not pulling the rear suspension. I had tried that before without much success by myself, but it would shorten the time if it worked. It makes getting at the 9 bolts a bit harder since the half-shafts are in the way, both physically and visually. But it also meant that we could roll the back section on it's own. We had been lifting the engine with a jack under the oil pan from the side, but that would not slide. So brute force was required. A jack handle, a ratchet strap on the front of the engine, and 2 guys lifting and shuffling got the engine/gearbox/rear section out. For a 1 litre engine, there is a lot of cast iron there. Wiggling the clutch rod showed all the normal movement. Now we have to disconnect the engine from the gearbox. It was a bit tricky supporting the front of the gearbox while it still was in the rear bodywork, but off the engine came.
|Broken clutch disk|
|New Sprite Disk|
More racers to the rescue. We were introduced to Greg Smith, a local racer/restorer/fabricator. He has a 'shed' that may have the right tools for the job. A shed over here is what we call a garage or home shop. Quite a shed, with a lathe, mill, drill press, welders, and sheet metal tools. A good number of interesting vehicles under way as well. Greg took a skim cut on the hub to make sure it was flat. While Greg made rivets on the lathe, I ground the disk rivet holes to match the Fiat hub trying to keep everything centred. After the rivets were knocked in place, time to form the other side. To make the rivet tight, Greg hot-riveted the parts together. Acetylene torch to heat the rivet and a big hammer to form the head.
|Heating a rivet||Peening a rivet|
Back early Sunday morning to finish off some hoses, battery, catch tanks, and bleeding the brakes. Found that the gearbox vent hose had not been routed properly before, likely why the oil level was down (the catch tank was pretty full when we pulled the car apart). A couple adjustments of the clutch linkage after a lap of the paddock and we were ready to race.
I had to apply to the Race Secretary to re-join the grid as I had missed the Saturday afternoon race. Started from the back, with careful clutch work for the standing start. Slow away also because I didn't notice the repeater lights for the start as I could not see the starter stand from way back. Found I could overpower the clutch if I shifted quickly. Likely due to the friction surface not worn in yet. Still had a small battle with a Stanguellini and a Lola Mk1. FINISHED THE RACE!! 21st out of 25 starters.
|Sandown Race2 Class Results|
|Sandown Race3 class results|
Margaret Ealand presented both the winner's trophies for the feature race, and the overall class winners for the weekend. In turn, she was presented with a plaque acknowledging her contribution and support of Roger's activities, and the flag from the pitlane.
We finished loading the container to be shipped to Sydney by headlights at 8:30pm. A long day.
This was also the end of Dave's trip. I dropped him off at the Melbourne airport for his long flight home. Time to go back to work.