So track day has arrived. Phillip Island of corse. With showers forecast and rain over night the wet weather tires are bolted on. After drivers briefing a call had too be made. A drying track still with wet patches but sky’s looking promising I bolted the semi slicks on. Of cause this would just be a few shakedown laps.we roll out on our first run and I go through the gearbox for the first time with this engine and gear box setup. Power was good, a couple of laps warming the tires up getting faster and faster I was noticing the oil temp just over 100 and the water was good. I never actually floored it as the power was great and I wasn’t ready to lay down a committed lap. That session was not timed because they had issues in the timing tower. The entry’s for this event had low numbers so they called us around for our second run straight after our first. Me thinking how good is this, warm tires all good to go. First lap feeling my way through the gears all good, oil temp getting up there. Felt a slight vibration maybe drive line. Half a lap later notice an engine knock. Not good. Shut it down and rolled to a stop. Gut feeling is bearing ,crank ,rod combo. I sat in the car briefly with the last 6 months flash before me. To say I was shattered was an under statement. I’ve put so much work into getting this thing ready for Bathurst , was going to be so much fun. Then the realisation it’s all fallen apart literally. I’d tried to keep this under raps and then the big reveal. Hence this is why the post is well behind the progress. I know it’s an engine out job and some sort of rebuild. I’m a broken man. With so many late nights in the shed and many hours searching for the little parts to make this all come together. I’m over it. Lost all my momentum. It’s not going to make Bathurst. I don’t want the pressure with limited time only to fail again. The car was pushed of the trailer when I got home and haven’t looked at it since. I’m just over it at the moment. I’ll focus on getting my red 240z ready to take to Bathurst.
There’s much to be learned from this. Questions to be asked. I know the key board warriors out there will have there say. If and when the rebuild gets done extra attention will be paid to. Oil coolers, high volume oil pump , sump volume and windage Even an accumulator . But before any of this happens I’ll have to pull the motor and try and find out what happened. When my heads right and time permits. It will also give me a chance to clean a few thing little things up.
I’ll be ok, I’ve almost got the red zed ready for another track day at the Island this weekend. The tires are old, but I should be able to have some fun. Fingers crossed.