How NOT To Replace Control Arm Bushings 101.

I don’t own the proper tool to replace control arm bushings. Flat out. I don’t have one.”  Ok, now that we have that statement out of the way, I’d like you to know that it hasn’t stopped me from replacing them anyway.  It is just 47,000 times harder and requires a:

  • Serious vice (now damaged)
  • Torch
  • Large hammer
  • Air chisel
  • Variety of hand chisels & punches
  • A Sawzall with a new blade
  • Every ounce of strength that you can call upon

Once you have all of these items gathered, just forget about doing this job, because it is stupid.  Seriously, just go buy, rent, borrow, or steal the right tool for the job. You will be happier because it took zero time, you’ll have less injuries, and your vice will still work.

/ Public Service Announcement,
- Your Friends At The 1A Blog.

What To Do When You Break The Plastic Radiator.

Remember the RX8 that I have that doesn’t move in the winter?  Well, it totally makes up for all of that in the summer months, until I break it.  Well, I didn’t really break it, it broke itself first, then…oh fine, I will just start at the beginning.

Last Monday, I was sitting in a parking lot with some icy cold A/C pumping full blast on my face. It was rather nice considering there was 1 million percent humidity hugging the outside of the vehicle.  I then begin smelling the succulent smell of antifreeze.  “Oh Noes!” I exclaimed. (So what, I’m dramatic, don’t judge.) I hopped out of the race car into the sweltering heat, and found antifreeze fire hose’ing itself out of a crack in the coolant overflow bottle. Terrific, I thought, this is just what I was hoping to fix after my truck’s recent shenanigans. So there I sat, helpless, because honestly there isn’t much that you can do when this happens except for catching what you can with rags and hoping it stops before the engine is totally empty.

That night I hopped on the internet and searched around for a new coolant overflow bottle.  Much to my chagrin, my only option was to buy the exact same crappy, crack-prone overflow bottle from the dealer that had failed me in just 50K easy miles.  Great.  Not only was I now planning for failure in the future, but I also got to pay top dollar for it.  Reluctantly, out came the wallet.

On the following Saturday morning I had the bottle in my hands, and I had just gotten up early so that my wife and I could use her car again.  I popped the hood and began removing the items that were surrounding the old overflow bottle.  I removed the two 10mm nuts on the top and gently pulled on it so that I could get a look at where my pliers needed to sneak into (one hose clamp is buried deep). SNAP!  is what I got in return.  My heart then entered my stomachular regions and I had sealed my fate for the next 24 hours minimum.  That’s right,  I had just snapped the plastic tube off the top of the plastic end-tanked radiator.
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Your Neighbors Tried To Stop You From Wrenching?

That’s exactly what happenend to a guy named Jeff in Stockbridge Massachusetts about a year ago.  He built himself a dream garage in 2005 to store and wrench on his own cars, and last year his neighbors decided that they weren’t having it.  They were upset that he had so many friends with “high end” cars visiting his house.  They then had the town slap a cease and desist order on him.  Obviously Jeff & his friends knew how completely unreasonable his neighbors were being, and he wasn’t going out without a fight. » Continue reading more of this post…

Why Are Products So Full Of Air These Days?

I bought some new thread sealant recently, the same brand that I have been buying forever, because it is genuinely a really great product.  I popped the cap off, poked a hole in the seal, and started squeezing with expectations of thread sealant coming out.  Then I squeezed some more.  hmm.  Still nothing.  More squeezing occurred along with more squeezing, and I still didn’t have any thread sealant.  Finally when I got to the 50% flat point on the tube, I was met with what I had yearned for – new thread sealant.  Then I started thinking – “Oh my god, this tube is almost empty already, and I haven’t even used it yet! I should go buy more!” Alas, I had been duped! Or had I? » Continue reading more of this post…

The 1A Blog Friday Video Wrap-Up

Tony – “Don’t forget your camper this holiday weekend!”

Jeremy – “I realize that no car video this week will live up to the video of the Seagull stealing the gopro video camera, but I do have some great ones for you! Now, if 1 Supra launching is a great time, then three Supra launches are thrice as good. AmIRite?”

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Sometimes You Need A Ford 9 Inch In Your Trans Am

Many of the guys here at 1A have a project of some sort that they are working on.  “1ADan” is no exception, and he is racing to get it drivable for our car show on July 31st. That’s still 30 days away though, what could possibly be so hard?  Well…. if you want the full story, you can check out his entire build thread on thirdgen.org.  If you want the cliff notes, you are in the right place.  » Continue reading more of this post…

Nascar Celebrates The 4th Of July In Daytona

This weeks Nascar race has to be one of the coolest races of the season. I really have to hop on a plane and catch one of these 4th of July night races at Daytona one of these days.

This is Saturday night racing at its best. With 2 1/2 miles of high speed highway and 31 degrees of banking, watching Daytona under that stars is like watching your local short track on steroids.

From the electricity of the fans in the grandstand to the drivers behind the wheel, sparks are going to fly and tempers will flare,  who will have the best dance partner in this new two car tango that Nascar has gotten these guys into?

I couldn’t even imagine driving 200MPH pushing the guy in front of you, plus having to communicate with your own spotter and switching to the spotter of the guy that your pushing. The cockpits of the Daytona cars will have dials on the roll cage so that these guys can turn the switch and pick up the other teams spotter for the car that they are pushing.

Some teams go with 2 or 4 different frequencies that they can tap into. Last year we saw a couple of cars with about 15 different spotter frequencies that they could dial up. We also we heard one driver say “Who am I talking to?” lol like a 200 MPH phone call there’s not much time for chatting.

Will Trevor Bayne work with Jeff Gordon once again? Will Dale Earnhardt Jr. finally win and break his losing streak at a track that he seems to run so well at?

Stay tuned because this is a race that you’re not going to want to miss!

Here’s  a clip from last years Coke Zero 400

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtjhWiUY9W8

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