🚘 Automotive Buick Lou and BrokeEF take on Sick Summer 2024

Broke EF

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The day has arrived when months of hard work, thosands of dollars, and poor decisions finally all meet up, its Sick Summer!! I am beat, so I wont write up a ton right now. Its been an event already, but we have now made it through day 1.

Lets roll back the clock to day 0, Tech day . We had worked on the car until 2:30 in the morning, and still had a decent amount left to do. I got to bed about 3:30, and barely slept until I was up at 6:30 and back to the garage. This should tell you how it was going at that point LOL
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I honestly cant even remeber everything we had to do, but I do remeber we were thinking of driving to the track, and maybe making a test hit. I took the car around the block and that idea went right out the window. It barely had any brakes, so we got the truck and trailer loaded up and hit the road.
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In the lanes waiting for the OK from everyone
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First time using the little traialer. It was very last minute, but has been great so far
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We got the OK, and got the offical stickers!
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After that, we loaded right back onto the trailer and went back home to get to work
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Lou got busy washing the car since it was FILTHY. I ran to go get some new valve cover gaskets an hour away! Believe it or not, NOBODY had cork big block valve cover gaskets. Anyway with those secured I went back home
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The car looked GOOD all shined up! It still needs Gav'sPurpleZ Gav'sPurpleZ touch, but when he gets his hands on it we can win some shows!
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We had a bunch of small things to deal with. The wiring clearly, although completely functional, we needed to clean it up some. The shifter needed to be adjusted, oil change, nut and bolt the car, and of course deal with the brakes. Long story short we flushed/bled the bralkes as best we could without taking the rear wheels off and they were much better. I think we called it a night around midnight with a couple things still left to do.

Day 1
We got up early and hit the garage. Lou finished up the oil change and checking over everything. Making sure those valve covers were nice and sealed (spoiler alert: they were not). I was scrambling to get everything gathered up to go in the trailer and start packing. Only mild panic but we got it all done and on the road only a little late. So much for the MANDATORY drivers metting. I'm sure it was tthe same as last year LOL
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Oh, dont mind the brake lights on with nobody in the car...

Anyway, the drive was going GREAT! Good oil pressure, temps were amazing, fans almost never even come on, just cruising along loud as fuck!
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Everything was good, until we thought we ran out of fuel. That probably didnt happen, but my neighbors were coming to watch today and were behind us so they stopped and took me to get more E85. Just as I got back with fuel, a truck pulled over and it was the guy Lou bought the car from!!

The valve cover was leaking, the brakes are MEH, but we were in the lanes damn it!
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The pass was not bad. I think it was an 11.40 at something like 110mph. I launched off the foot brake, which didnt do great with the so-so brakes and all. I also lifted early, probably around 900 feet or so. I was a little worried about stopping, but also it was moving around quite a bit. We think that was from the tire pressure being too low, but we will see tomorrow.

After the pass Lou bought some Motion billet valve covers, and a new FPR to try and fix our main issues. I got the new FPR in and Lou found that his new expensive valve covers wouldnt fit over his pretty standard performance rockers. He ended up talking to Dennis Taylor who got him all set up with a fix. The only issue was Lou had to hold the gasket in place for HOURS. No joke, hours.
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Eventually he put it back together
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We got the trailer packed up
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And we were ready to get going
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I think we made it about 2 miles before she was acting up again.

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Lucky for us 1320 stopped to talk :( We couldnt find anything so said fuck it and got back after it.
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The rest of the drive to the check point/party was fine, and we made it eventually
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Rock Falls really went all out for us racers, it was very very cool to see. However the loacl resturants and bars were NOT prepared. We are talking 2 hour wait times for some food. Neither of us had eaten anything all day, but insead of fixing that we worked on the car more.
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Lou really gets into his work
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Couldnt find/fix anything so fuck it, back on the road
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It was about an hour drive to the hotel with only one VERY close call with a deer. We made it though, and massively overpaid for some pizza to be delivered with door dash. Lame, but at least we have AC and some food. Time to get some sleep and do it all over again tomorrow!
 

Broke EF

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Do 1320 and all the other photos posting pics ONLY take shots of well known, huge money builds? I'm just seeing the same like 20 cars over and over. lame.
Well last year there was 0 coverage of my car that I saw besides pics from people I know. You would think every car in A and B would get some coverages since its probably 50ish cars total. Hell I was top 100 fastest cars (47th I think) for the whole event.

Anyhoo, on to day 2's trials and tribulations. Starting with sleeping straight through the alarms LOL. Our group (A/B Radial) was up first today too, so not a great day to sleep in.

At lest we started with a nice view
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We had to fill it up with regular 91 today since we couldnt find any E85 and we were pretty much completely empty.
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Made it to Cordova with no issues. Runs about 10 degrees warmer with the gas, but also ran great.
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We decided that we needed to add a vacume referance to the FPR, so after a quick stop at the Red Horse trailer we got what we needed and Lou got to work
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Quick shock adjustemt. He also noticed some fuel, but more on that later
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Shout out to Red Horse for really helping us out on this entire build
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While we were in the lanes putting the sticker on, they told us we were leaking fuel. I decided I may as well take off the decklid and check. It was everywhere! Turns out one of the fittings came lose, and was just a nice steady drip. Ran to the redhorse trailer and grabbed an AN wrench, all fixed.

I did a better burnout today, but ran worse. I think it was an 11.9 @ 111 or something. It was breaking up on the top end, so the fuel issues remain.

Whatever, we turned in the slip and hit the road. Quick stop to get some water and ice made for a nice pic
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Had a little bit of rain, it did get worse than this but didnt last long. We are driving on ET Street R radials, which are not much more than a slick.
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Checkpoint 1
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Checkpoint 2
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Driving to Checkpoint 3 was a prettty good jaunt. Before we went to checkpoint 3, we stopped for some gas and food. Lou filled the car up and was talking to SRT41320 SRT41320 when it just started dumping fuel out of the vent. It had siphoned up and was just emptying the cell. We had to pull the line to get it to stop. Put the cap back on, and did the same thing again. So the general concenous now is that the check valve in the cell is fucked and has been causing us our fuel issues. We took the o-ring off the cap, and then taped it on place so it wouldnt spin itself off and it was good. We dont really have much of an option since the check valve is welded to the cell, not a fitting.The temps started climbing while we were going 60-65, high engough for all the fans to come on. After about an hour that was enough to pop the main breaker and kill the car. We got that resolved and let the car cool off. It cools down really quickly which is great. We got her fired up and finished the 2 minutes to Checkpoint 3

Some shots of Rodger
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Also, if you are wondering how hot it is inside a car like this, here is a picture of the driver floor board.
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What you are seeing there is lous melted shoe! When I tell you its hot as fuck in these cars, I aint joking. Not to mention LOUD! I am wearing ear plugs and noise canceling headphones and still have a massive headache each day. Why do we do this!?

Anyway, Checkpoint 3
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Lou bestowing some sage advice onto Dennis Taylor
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On the road to the Hotel
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Parked up for the night
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That wraps up another long, hot, loud day!! We have a short drive to Tri State in the morning, and hopefully run decent finally and hit the road early. We have a LONG drive tomorrow to GLD.
 

Buicklou

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I have to say Broke EF Broke EF is a great wheel man and a better friend. This car is a monster to deal with! It sure is different from last year in Broke EF Broke EF Lexus (now it's SRT41320 SRT41320). We went 9s every day and chilled at proper sit down restaurants every day be cause we had all the time in the world.

SRT41320 SRT41320 and his son have also helped us a shit ton. Amazing group of guys out at these events.

Also another two guys Jake and Max have been helping us out at every hiccup as well.

I can't say enough about this group of guys!

I am having a blast even though the Time Machine is kicking my ass. I have been sending my dad's buddy the built the car with him pictures and videos and he is loving it.
 

boostedguy05

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Well last year there was 0 coverage of my car that I saw besides pics from people I know. You would think every car in A and B would get some coverages since its probably 50ish cars total. Hell I was top 100 fastest cars (47th I think) for the whole event.

Anyhoo, on to day 2's trials and tribulations. Starting with sleeping straight through the alarms LOL. Our group (A/B Radial) was up first today too, so not a great day to sleep in.

At lest we started with a nice view
20240611_083245-X4.jpg


We had to fill it up with regular 91 today since we couldnt find any E85 and we were pretty much completely empty.
20240611_090600-X4.jpg


Made it to Cordova with no issues. Runs about 10 degrees warmer with the gas, but also ran great.
20240611_100800-X4.jpg


We decided that we needed to add a vacume referance to the FPR, so after a quick stop at the Red Horse trailer we got what we needed and Lou got to work
20240611_111818-X4.jpg


Quick shock adjustemt. He also noticed some fuel, but more on that later
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Shout out to Red Horse for really helping us out on this entire build
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While we were in the lanes putting the sticker on, they told us we were leaking fuel. I decided I may as well take off the decklid and check. It was everywhere! Turns out one of the fittings came lose, and was just a nice steady drip. Ran to the redhorse trailer and grabbed an AN wrench, all fixed.

I did a better burnout today, but ran worse. I think it was an 11.9 @ 111 or something. It was breaking up on the top end, so the fuel issues remain.

Whatever, we turned in the slip and hit the road. Quick stop to get some water and ice made for a nice pic
20240611_140453-X4.jpg


Had a little bit of rain, it did get worse than this but didnt last long. We are driving on ET Street R radials, which are not much more than a slick.
20240611_141556-X4.jpg


Checkpoint 1
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Checkpoint 2
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Driving to Checkpoint 3 was a prettty good jaunt. Before we went to checkpoint 3, we stopped for some gas and food. Lou filled the car up and was talking to SRT41320 SRT41320 when it just started dumping fuel out of the vent. It had siphoned up and was just emptying the cell. We had to pull the line to get it to stop. Put the cap back on, and did the same thing again. So the general concenous now is that the check valve in the cell is fucked and has been causing us our fuel issues. We took the o-ring off the cap, and then taped it on place so it wouldnt spin itself off and it was good. We dont really have much of an option since the check valve is welded to the cell, not a fitting.The temps started climbing while we were going 60-65, high engough for all the fans to come on. After about an hour that was enough to pop the main breaker and kill the car. We got that resolved and let the car cool off. It cools down really quickly which is great. We got her fired up and finished the 2 minutes to Checkpoint 3

Some shots of Rodger
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20240611_182546-X2.jpg


Also, if you are wondering how hot it is inside a car like this, here is a picture of the driver floor board.
20240611_185555-X4.jpg

What you are seeing there is lous melted shoe! When I tell you its hot as fuck in these cars, I aint joking. Not to mention LOUD! I am wearing ear plugs and noise canceling headphones and still have a massive headache each day. Why do we do this!?

Anyway, Checkpoint 3
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Lou bestowing some sage advice onto Dennis Taylor
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On the road to the Hotel
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Parked up for the night
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That wraps up another long, hot, loud day!! We have a short drive to Tri State in the morning, and hopefully run decent finally and hit the road early. We have a LONG drive tomorrow to GLD.
Get some range ears with electronic noise canceling.

Good luck, have fun!
 

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