Here at last! The Cheesemobile exists and is ready for assembly! First job this evening will be peeking in the boxes and removing anything from the garage that’s not going to be needed for a while.
This weekend I was allowed by Steve Grubb, and his very accommodating family, to pretty much move in and ‘help out’ with starting to put his shiny new 2013 Academy car together!
Steve’s already put one of these contraptions together and owns another 7, so is a mine of information and tips/tricks which I tried hard to excavate.
Essentially, we put together the front suspension and steering then installed the handbrake and the differential.
All these things will help me when I begin putting my car together this coming Thursday (arghhhhh!!!). Some learnings that would be useful for anyone else who is putting an Academy car together:
I’m sure there were a million other things that I sub-consciously took on board and I hope that these will be documented in my build as I go through it. One thing I know for sure, is that I will not be turning down any help offered. Oh, and I’ll be taking a kettle into the garage to keep the chain tea’ing going.
…. that is all.
A quick email too and fro this morning with Tim Ward at Caterham and I have now got my confirmed delivery date set for 4th October. That’s exactly 2 weeks away from today!
2 weeks! Better get reading that build manual.
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Should be all fixed now so post away!
I’m gearing up for the build aspects of the blog, so watch this space! Can’t wait. The garage is ready, I’ve got most of the tools now. Only fluids and the car itself to go now!
This made me giggle like a little girl on Saturday morning. After such a long period of waiting, things are almost within touching distance now.
Grubby (http://www.sevenracing.co.uk/) visited the Caterham factory to pick up some of his car bodywork ready for vinyl wrap[ping… whilst he was there, he snapped part of my car as well!!
So, here, in all its resplendent glory, is my very own engine. Apparently the chassis is off with the painters at the moment, so he couldn’t grab a pic of that. Many thanks Steve, it really did make my day!
Well, not quite an exact date but near enough for me. So, the Cheese Mobile is going to be on the Caterham production line in mid-september for an earliest delivery of 1st week in October.
4 weeks away! Perhaps it’s time to start reading that build manual again and also looking up all the tips and tricks from previous years builders… I know there were some golden snippets out there.
The front of the grid in the 2012 Academy Group 2 showed everyone how it is done this weekend at Snetterton! The race had a bit of everything – and most importantly, it was clean and fair racing!
Sit back and enjoy the action from right in the thick of it!
I still don’t have confirmation of my delivery date yet, but I know that one of the Academy entrants has had confirmation that his car parts will be picked before 8th Sept for a pre-build of 2nd week of September… Given that person is slightly ahead of me in the queue (I think I was about the 15th entrant or thereabouts) that still looks like I might be on for a delivery date of late Sept/early Oct (which is what we were provisionally told.)
So, in order to keep busy, I’ve got together a few more of the tools I’ll be needing. I am now the proud owner of 4 Halfords 3T axle stands. With 3 tonnes, I could stack 6 Caterhams one on top of the other, but they were the highest ones available off the shelf at around 50cm at their highest. This should offer fair clearance for the days when I’m buried under the car or angling the car if I do decide to follow the manual and connect up gearbox/bell housing/engine ahead of dropping it into the car.
I also picked up a low range torque wrench (8-60Nm), again from Halfords. By gosh they are expensive tools :). That goes alongside my other torque wrench that covers the higher numbers.
I picked up a Bosch cordless drill/driver and bit set which were on offer. Fingers crossed it’s portable enough to poke into all the corners it will need to get to.
Finally, I also got a bag of disposable gloves for when things get messy.
It’s getting more real by the day at the moment and I go through equal measures of dread, excitement, regret (that I didn’t get Caterham to put it together), fear and joy.
The adventure is nearly here…
I’m going to make a sweep of the tool chest and try and see what I’m missing
You’ll find popular Caterham ARDS instructors, past racers as well as current and 2013 entrants on hand to answer questions, offer advice or just natter away with.
The 2012 group on Facebook has turned out to be popular, with lots of discussion, race videos and, most importantly, banter. Hopefully, the 2013 group will be just as useful.