March 2018

Last year, I had an overheating issue with the Fiesta ST. The fix was an engine replacement under warranty. Today, I’m out rallycrossing with Detroit Region SCCA at Bundy Hill and having a blast when the temperature gauge pegs itself on “H.” Finished out the day’s runs by blasting the heat in high, which is at least more tolerable now when it’s 45 degrees out and March compared to the 85 degrees last time this happened last year at the end of summer. So yeah, the overheating issue has not been fixed…

I’m slowly but surely collecting things for this year’s Alcan 5000. I found this Stevens Rally Indicator on eBay for $27 shipped. It’s basically a circular slide rule for calculating distances and times. It’s pretty nifty, and most importantly, lets me — someone unable to manually calculate things quickly under duress — have an easy, visually simple way to calculate splits. Now I just need to find timepieces that wouldn’t look out of place in a 60’s rally car, and figure out what I’m going to do for a rally odometer.

The roads are clear, but the forecast calls for snow. Unfortunately for me, when the temps drop close to freezing, it’s hard to throw the top up in the Miata, so it’s a winter time “top down even when parked” car. Fortunately, the radiator cap for the Morgan arrived, and the tonneau cover is something I can erect even in cold temperatures. Therefore, Morgans are… better winter cars than Miatas? Now warming up the car for 15 minutes before driving to work, which means the car will spend twice as long warming up as it will transporting me to the office.

The arrival of spring is bittersweet for me, though. It’s almost time for me to put this car up for sale and kick it out of the fleet…

Spent nearly four hours wandering around Cobo Hall and shot four rolls of 120 film. Of all the cars I looked at at Autorama, this one is my favorite. I talked to the guy who built it; he took a year off of work and spent eight months of that year working full time on this build. Sure, you’ll cook to death underneath that canopy whenever you drive the thing, but damn, if this car doesn’t look cool as fuck.

Michigan weather — go figure. Start the day with the Fiesta ST and a set of snow tires, finish the day with the Miata and the top down. With it being so warm — 41 degrees! — there was no need to switch on the heater for drive about town running errands. I’m optimistic that I can keep driving the Miata all of next week…

Finally got the clutch pedal linkage figured out. That’s one benefit of having a vendor like Modern Driveline make your swap kit and provide technical support — I spent a half an hour on the phone with a very patient man learning that I can’t read directions or understand pictures good. But the pedal works now and has the travel one would expect. Something that would take a good mechanic less than an hour to do took me eight hours. Well, on to the rest of the clutch hydraulics, once it gets warm enough again inside the garage to work on the car some more…

“With the weather so nice, I should put road insurance back in the Miata. It’s not gonna snow for like another two weeks.” Then today happened. Pretty sure it’s my fault, haha.