Ruby’s Having Problems – Sept. 2011
Ruby Racer is having problems, but they’re not her fault. For example, I didn’t properly oil the rocker roller, and this is what I get. The ones that are easy to oil (the front ones) are fine. I had to un-torque the heads to change the rockers, and I thought about changing the head gaskets but reasoned that if I didn’t actually take off the heads, I didn’t have to . . . BAD call! I got two laps at Seattle before the head gasket went. And it was such a nice day too!
I have just figured out that I don’t have to actually remove the entire motor to work on the top end. The engine hinges forward and down from one bolt. All the oil lines and electrical are intact. So much easier.
Here is the head gasket that let go. I must take spares to the track. Next race is Oct 1/2 at Seattle. It’s the last race of the
season. Stay tuned . . .