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Hope everyone had a good Friday the 13th

Well almost everybody, a certain ex-President can rot in place as far as I’m concerned. And yes I know yesterday was supposed to be the day he was “re-instated” which was never going to happen. He lost by over 7 million votes and lost the electoral college, which is a thing that is past its expiration date and probably never should have existed.

I’m fighting some kind of stomach bug that has me running to the toilet every couple of hours with the squirts. I don’t actually feel bad, just every so often I get a mild cramp and run to sit on the toilet because I’ll barely be able to hold it until I’m on the throne. So far I have mostly made it on time, and spent hours cleaning up the mess from when I don’t.

The weather here has been hot the past few days, like 100+°F hot. I have been in a 76°F airconditioned space so I have been good. I feel for those who can’t get out of the heat indoors. At least the humidity has been low enough that we haven’t been fighting with the AC cutting off because the condensation drain was backed up. No AC in this heat would be miserable.

I have been thinking about the Sprint-T suspension, what I have bought and made, and how to make that work. I’m going to have to buy cambered spindles for the rear end and hope they don’t wear out my street tires, and at the same time hope they work with the race tires. I already know that too much negative camber for street tires may not be enough negative camber for race tires. Well except for the slicks I picked out, they’re designed to be run with little to no camber and still give close to optimum grip. But the DOT tires I have to run need negative camber and lots of it to make maximum grip. So the dilemma.

The front axle has the same problem with running compromise camber, it’s just harder to make that compromise. The camber on the front is adjusted by heating one side or another and rapidly cooling it to make the metal shrink in that direction, gently warping the axle to cause the ends to tilt one way or the other. This is obviously not a precise adjustment. Well it can be precise down to less than a quarter of a degree of camber, but I don’t have the experience to get that kind of precision. I’ll be lucky if my first attempts are within a degree from right to left.

Y’all have a good Saturday.

Got started on one resolution, already broke another

Good news first, I went for a walk to refill my anti-depressant prescription, so 2 miles exercise today.

Now the bad news, I didn’t delete Twitter. I even read some tweets from Cheeto Jesus while I was warming up in the Starbucks waiting for my meds to get refilled. Damnit, I managed to survive the Reagan Era without turning into a cloud of radioactive dust, I’m not going to let a tanner-addicted con man end my days in a brilliant flash followed by a lingering radiation poisoning death. Downtown Dallas ain’t all that far from Casa de El Poeta, and word is Rocket Man used to be a “Dallas” TV show junky, “Who Shot JR” and everything. In fact I’m about equidistant from Downtown Dallas and Southfork Ranch, off to one side. Back to the subject, Dallas is pretty sure to get one high-yield airburst with a return address of Pyongyang, PROK on the case. I would rather that exchange never take place. So Cheeto Jesus needs to stop playing dick-measuring games with the other insane Great Leader with his finger on The Button.

On a brighter note I have been redoing the designs of the TGS2 and Sprint-T and consolidating the design parts around the body, as they can be the same and not negatively affect the design. While I’m concerned I might not be able to get in and out of either design without a strength and flexibility training routine, I’m still plugging along with the design work, because to quit is to abandon all hope. I’m not giving up, I’m just concerned I won’t have time to finish the car before I can’t drive it.

On that design, I figured out how to get the cage around the driver capsule rigid on all 6 faces, and able to get the body in and out of the finished frame without having to cut any of it. Some parts of the frame are going to have to be bolt-on with either a few Honking Huge bolts, or a mad passel of smaller bolts. Basically all the major loads of the frame are passing through those bolts, so there either needs to be many spreading the load, or single bolts capable of transmitting the loads at single points of failure. My instincts are to use multiple bolts all sized to be strong enough but arranged so that even without getting torqued tight they will support the load, at least two and sometimes three per joint.

Making the frame rigid all the way around the driver capsule required getting out of the box, looking at the ends and figuring out how to close them from the inside. Literally, the hard parts were the front and rear, making them rigid while allowing drivetrain to run through both ends. Leaving a hole in the top for the driver to get in without letting that face of the box collapse and in the bottom for servicing the drivetrain bits that share the cabin was simple by comparison.

And I have been up too long and really need to hit the sheets.