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Some bad news early this week — my generator stopped working (this would be the second time!). The voltage regulator was apparently sticking, and may have been the cause of the failure the first time around. The generator got so hot it started smoking. Both were replaced by Carey today.

John Willhoit sent me a new NOS Bosch 12v regulator and a new generator; Carey installed both. It is a BEAR of a job that he has unfortunately had to do twice on my car. No man should have to endure this!

Oh — and he fixed my horrible shift linkage (which was pretty sloppy) and also installed some seatbelts. 

Next up:

1. Fix rear key latch receivers (they fell out!) — this already happened once

2. Adjust ride height

3. Touch ups by the body guys (nothing crazy).

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Sorry @arajani. I don't mean to hijack your thread.

Hey Ed. Greetings. If you're an East Coaster and go to Carlisle, we probably met when I was there years ago.

Haha. Hey Danny! You were one of the first to welcome me to SC over 12 years ago. I remember asking the basics like "what's the difference between Spyder's and  manufactures?" I quickly realized that my question was synonymous with "where do babies come from?" But you were cool - thank you - and then I returned the courtesy and corrupted Anand. Sorry buddy.

@arajani posted:

The car needs a few touch ups in the body shop and it should be all done. Hopefully the rod shifter can be sorted — it lost rotation on Carey’s test drive.

Will post a video of a drive once Carey has it ready to ship!

Would love to see some side by side comparison photos with a "normal" SE Spyder before it rolls out of Bremen.  

I agree with Mike. Those tall skinny tires really send me. Puts those lap times from BITD in proper perspective. 

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@arajani posted:

The car needs a few touch ups in the body shop and it should be all done. Hopefully the rod shifter can be sorted — it lost rotation on Carey’s test drive.

Will post a video of a drive once Carey has it ready to ship!

Truck is all fueled up, washed, and trailer has been cleaned up. Maybe I'll polish and ceramic coat the trailer before I go just to be sure it looks nice enough to go get your Spyder.

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@DannyP posted:

Robert: NICE RIG! Does it have a beavertail floor? I can't tell....

This loading system has been discussed in the past  The trailer itself is built by InTech and the model is the InTech Lite. The trailer is 24’ and is all aluminum and only weighs 4738 lbs. The loading system we’ve talked about is built and installed by Rail Ryder. The loading ramps extend almost 18’ out and it makes the loading angle just 4 degrees. The whole setup was a bit expensive but I’ve started a concierge transport business and will be hauling a lot of cars. The method of securing the cars is very secure and nothing attaches to the body, frame, or suspension. Once my retirement is finalized in a few months I’ll be doing this a lot. 

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That's a nice trailer setup !    I would drive on to load my car carrier trailer, for the forward over cab rack the only thing I could see what the blue sky...Ford Raptors were fun the tires would overhang half of the tire width both left and right.

@Robert Those higher end custom enclosed trailers attract thieves, be sure to have every possible theft deterrent in place and a good tracker system on both the trailer and tow vehicle.....be safe !

@DannyP posted:

I never saw the discussion on it, but that is SOOO COOL! I'm jealous. Really nice rig.

Thanks for bringing me up to date, Robert.

Thank you Danny. The whole setup is pretty legit and very secure. No climbing out any windows after pulling in to the trailer. And no opening the whole side of the trailer to get out which, to me, seems like it would weaken the integrity of the trailer’s structure. 

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That's a nice trailer setup !    I would drive on to load my car carrier trailer, for the forward over cab rack the only thing I could see what the blue sky...Ford Raptors were fun the tires would overhang half of the tire width both left and right.

@Robert Those higher end custom enclosed trailers attract thieves, be sure to have every possible theft deterrent in place and a good tracker system on both the trailer and tow vehicle.....be safe !

I thought you were going to say something like make sure your packing  Just kidding. 

That's a nice trailer setup !    I would drive on to load my car carrier trailer, for the forward over cab rack the only thing I could see what the blue sky...Ford Raptors were fun the tires would overhang half of the tire width both left and right.

@Robert Those higher end custom enclosed trailers attract thieves, be sure to have every possible theft deterrent in place and a good tracker system on both the trailer and tow vehicle.....be safe !

I have a very substantial coupler vault, a Detroit style wheel lock, and I’m looking for a good GPS tracker. When the trailer is hooked up to my truck I use a pretty substantial lock on each chain connected to the truck and if the trailer is unattended for a substantial period of time I put the wheel lock on. When there’s a car in the trailer I don’t leave it unattended. 

And I’m always packing. 

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Carey and Randy got the shift linkage sorted out — they tightened up a lot of the connections and have it shifting much more smoothly. 

My rear latches were giving Carey a lot of trouble — they didn’t stay in well with the Rivnuts, so Carey epoxied them in place. 

We added front dust caps from Stoddard (the car had a set, but I robbed them for use on my 1956 356 GT car that Carey lovingly restored for me years ago!). 

Test drive again on Monday, and then off to the body shop for some touch ups!

Anand

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Very sweet, Anand. When is Robert picking up the car? Soon I'm guessing. It's got to be lighter than my 1500 pound car, probably under 1400 I'm guessing. Robert will feel like he has an empty trailer LOL!

I'm jealous of the wheel/tire/brake drum combo, especially with the rear spacers.

You're going to REALLY fool a bunch of folks!

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@DannyP posted:

Very sweet, Anand. When is Robert picking up the car? Soon I'm guessing. It's got to be lighter than my 1500 pound car, probably under 1400 I'm guessing. Robert will feel like he has an empty trailer LOL!

I'm jealous of the wheel/tire/brake drum combo, especially with the rear spacers.

You're going to REALLY fool a bunch of folks!

@DannyP — thanks man!! I think Carey was going to text Robert and give him a “heads up” that the car will be ready soon. I’d imagine it will be done in about 10-14 days. Carey still needs to drive the car and ensure that nothing else falls apart — and then I have to pay the bill. 😳

I’ll have Robert post pictures with his fancy trailer when he gets to Bremen!!

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