Wednesday, December 14, 2011

New Tires! New Tires!

I picked up a set of new tires and rims for Car 23.  The old ones had some serious dry rot and the lug holes in the rims were getting a bit big.

I decided to give the Hankook Dynapro ATM a try.  They aren't the fanciest or the most aggressive off road tires but they seem to do the trick.  I'm getting more concerned about the paved parts of the course.  The Fj40 loves the dirt but doesn't really like going fast on a funky and grooved  paved surfaces (which is all the paved roads in Baja).  The Hankooks seem to be the best of both worlds.

The rims on the other hand were a challenge.  Fj40s need a really shallow  back spacing (3.75") or the tie rod ends rub on the rims.  Some people use spacers but that just seems like a bad idea, creating a weak spot where you really don't want one.  The guys at Big John's Performance tracked down a set of ProComp? rims that did the trick and were reasonably priced.

Now I've got some testing to do.  The tracking of the Hankooks is great (so far) but I haven't gotten it out to the dirt....I'lll keep you posted.

Monday, December 12, 2011

T-shirt Mania

Okay I haven't posted in a while.  Basically, I've been printing t-shirts, printing prints, dealing with the garage sale, ordering printing, printing Christmas cards and packing perks up.  Today I'll show off the shirts.

I have a pretty simple set up using a photo emulsion technique and do all my t-shirts in my garage (I should really do a walk through some time).  It's relatively easy and I've practiced enough I can really crank stuff out.  The thing I like about it is that there are mistakes and the image can be out of register thus a bit unique.  Something you don't see in modern t-shirts.

The front of the shirt has the fighting zebra on the pocket (I didn't get a good picture of it).

The back is Car 23 at Rowher flats.  

and "Tire Buyers" get a special tire enhanced shirt.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Car 23 is funded!

So, the United States Artists fund raising worked!  What a great organization.  Car 23 surpassed it's goal and raised $12,303 for preparations and racing in next year's Mexican 1000.  It will be so nice to see an zebra striped Fj40 back in the race and I am thrilled and so thankful to everyone for
supporting my project., it's time to get to work

Monday, December 5, 2011

The Car 23 shirt design is done.  Now I just need to make the screens and start printing them up.

If your interested check out the USA Projects site.