Not getting my Late Model till mid April really made things hard for me the past few weeks. Over that time I had different people put a few hours to help. some an hour, some 2 or 3. My son David was crucial to me having a chance to be ready. He helped with some tedious things. I was able to do a lot myself, but certainly not as much as having one or two extra good hands.
Ron Easton offered me to come to his shop Oakville Trailers on Friday to finish off the list I had.
I think he thought it was going to be front end set up. On Thursday night after a long day at work David came over to help with the chassis set up and scaling but a long list still existed to be ready for the opener. I took that list with me on Friday.
Ron was the main help, spending all day Friday doing fabricating with the hood mounts that were too low, fixing the bump steer camber and caster, the radiator shroud. I secured the lead and worked on the body items still left to do. Windshields secured, brake bias installed, seat leg protector installed and securing the lead. Then on the hoist Ron welded the headers and had to weld the rear shock mount and trailing arm bracket that were both not secure. The spring pocket fell out of the car at my place on Wednesday when I was working on another list.
Anyway Ron allowed me to stay at his shop, Oakville Trailers until 9:30 at night, he also never stopped working on our list. When I left, there was still a list to do, but things Lloyd and I could knock off before we went to the track.
I thanked Ron a few times and he said “I didn’t want your steak to end”. Just an awesome thing to say, thank you again Ron.
I don’t have a picture from the opener but the story is on my message board in Diary of a Season 2016. Thanks for dropping by our site and yes season #48 has officially started.