Saturday, September 27, 2008


I got a glimpse of the Lemon Hauler this evening! It has new paint! I've been told that it was taken out into the lot next door to Chris' shop and sprayed with metal building paint. No prep, just white painted over the blue. From my view at 15-20 ft. away, I could see that it has quite a bit of overspray and runs. But that's OK, 'cause its supposed to be crappy! If its too nice, it might get picked for the People's Curse and get crushed at mid-race!

I'm also working on an idea for a decal for the truck. Something along the lines of a big lemon with text inside of it. Hmmm....


Thursday, September 18, 2008


I made a personal visit to Chris' shop tonight to check the progress of the "Lemon Hauler". The little P.O.S. is shaping up into a nice little race truck! I think all of the crack needles have been found, the truck has gone on a serious diet, and confidence is still high.

The guys were there working on various projects. Dennis was welding on the cage and rear bars. Mike & Johnny were working in the cab on the seat and some wiring. Chris & Mark were working on the radiator and re-mounting the front bumper. They are a dedicated, hard-working group to get over there in the evenings, after a full day at their regular jobs, to make this project come together. Their hard work makes up for the other team members who aren't able to work on the truck. They'll have other responsibilities as the race nears.

Me? I just harrass my race buddies, run for pizza, and wish I had enough track experience to be a driver on the team. One day....


Friday, September 5, 2008




Hope everything is going well and you haven’t worked to hard picking up tree limbs, branches, leaves etc. It seems that everyone I have talked to made out OK. Now for the real important stuff:

Cage Kit and materials are at my office. I have my week planned in order to get the brake system up to speed and the roll cage at least fit completely by the end of next week, leaving Saturday as a work day to get the interior creature comforts and safety gear installed. If you are able to spend some time with us this week (Mon, Thurs, Fri evening for a couple of hours) or Saturday, it will be a great help.

Some of the items left to be completed (and don’t be afraid to volunteer to take on one or more of these projects) are:
  • Radiator mount and protective steel
  • Dash removed and ductwork deleted (Hello Robbie!) in a manner so we can re install it
  • Battery relocated; have almost all materials
  • Kill switch installed; we have it
  • Seat and belts installed; Dave Lastrappes is giving us a set of G-Force belts that are good as new and I have an Ultrashield 17” that should fit all of our big A**** and should drown the remaining ones
  • Removable steering wheel installed; Mike has the quick release and I have a wheel
  • Install rear spring perches (Hello Dennis!)
  • Fabricate fuel filler mount
  • Fabricate Lexan rear windshield (Hello Dr. Phil!); materials are in hand
  • Skin passenger side door
  • Skin tail gate
  • Install tabs for passenger door and tail gate
  • Re-work shifter to be comfortable when drivers are in the race seat
  • Install front cap and grill
  • Fabricate sheet metal light covers
  • Bumper re-enforcements

It seems like a lot, but with 4 or 5 people, it will get done in no time. One last thing, we need a number, any suggestions?

Chris Wilken