Archive for March, 2009

Torque Arm installed!

Saturday didn’t start out too well, but got better as the day went on. After doing an oil change, which takes a long time when it is only 45 degrees out and you have 7 quarts of oil to change. We wanted to start the car to use the power steering as we moved it across the shop to finish welding the torque arm. Without power steering it is very hard to turn the wheel. Went to go start the car and, well nothing other than a click. Dead battery, or so we thought. We tried using a jump pack and still nothing. So Bryan got inside to steer and I started to push. It is not easy to push, after pushing the car, I decided I didn’t need to go running later, I got my workout for the day.

I got ready to weld and when I turned the gas on the welder on, the tank pressure was reading zero. I was hoping it was broken because the regulated pressure was reading 20 psi, and that is about where it should be. I was just about done and it was not welding as good, I looked at the gauge and it was down to 5 psi. I was done welding for the day, I did get everything welded that need to get done. We also didn’t have another tank. Later I will just touch up some welds.

After charging the battery, we went to go start it up. Same thing, just a click, and nothing else. After some quick diag. I found a bad ground. More like I never reconnected the main engine ground. After I fixed that, a few cranks and it was running. Wow, it sounds mean, this new exhaust is great! Bryan drove it around the building to make sure things were working good. With the new steering shaft, he said that there was no play in the steering anymore. I can’t wait to drive it.

Next week we will start to align the suspension and set the pinion angle.

-Brandon

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Test Drive: 2009 Shelby GT500KR

Today, after working on the Mustang, we had to move a Shelby due to cleaning. The car is waiting for the customer to pick it up. After having to jump start the car, because the battery was dead from sitting so long. We realize that it had no gas, the computer said it had 2 miles to empty. So I took it to get gas and it wasn’t running good due to just sitting for so long. After pulling out of the shop it said only 0 miles to empty. I did make it to the gas station. After putting gas in it, went to restart, so too dead. Good thing I brought the battery jump pack. After I got it started, I drove it a little. It is a customers car and it is brand new, I will not drive it hard.

In town, the car is very easy to drive, clutch is easy to operate, the suspension is not too stiff, exhaust is not too loud. It does sound better than the standard GT500, it is closer to the sound of a Shelby GT. The turn in is really nice, the tyres have a lot to do with that, they pickup everything as you drive. The Shelby GT has the stock mud and snow tyres from the factory and that just doesn’t cut it. The brakes feel really nice, but it does have 14″ Brembo’s on it, so it should. You can tell that the car is heavy, and it needs that much power to get it to move and that size brakes to make it stop. I do wonder how it goes around corners. It has a lot of torque coming from that 5.4L Supercharged V8. At very low RPM’s you could just feel that it wanted to go fast. Boost builds really fast, at about 10 to 20% throttle around 2000 RPM’s in 2nd gear, the boost gauge was reading around 5 psi. The gauge goes to 15 psi, don’t know what the stock supercharger will turn out. The car is a black coup with flat black strips, it looks mean. Over all it is a sweet car, and from what I can tell, its fun to drive.

-Brandon

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Mustang update.

Bryan and I meet at the shop around 7:30 and started work. We got the new rear springs installed. Not easy, they are so stiff that the car was coming off the ground before we could compress the spring enough to get it in place. We also installed a new front sway bar, it is smaller and should loosen the front of the car for better grip. We went through and checked the torque of a number of bolts to move the car. Next we will start the car and move it to where we can get the 220 Volt Welder to the car and finish welding the Torque Arm. The 110 Volt welder was not strong enough to weld the Torque Arm, and there is only one 220 Volt, 60 Amp plug in the shop.

-Brandon

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Website Layout

I am working a new layout, now that I got my laptop power cable. Check out www.brandonredeker.com for one that I am working on.

Brandon

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Florida

Bryan and I are down in Florida and just got back from being in the Everglades. The power cable to my laptop should be coming down tomorrow. Then we can do more updating on the website. If you have any questions send me an e-mail at brandon@brandonredeker.com.

Brandon
Racetech Performance

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Vacation

The team is heading to Florida today for a vacation. Work on the Mustang will resume once we are back.

Brandon

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New Server

I just upgraded to a new Server and I am working on building the new site.

Keep checking back, it should be done soon!

Brandon Redeker

Racetech Performance

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