Car and Trailer Makeover – Part II

img00103-edit.jpgYou would be amazed how far a little paint can go. The trailer is now a walking (or trailing…) billboard for EMDUB Racing. The publicity will be great for the company and will help us look professional at the track. Plus, it looks absolutely amazing. But I’m getting ahead of myself…

The trailer has been completely overhauled on the inside. As previously mentioned, E-tracks were installed on the walls. There were also a few accessories added inside. But the big story is the flooring. Chris purchased some great flooring from Costco at a good price and dove head first into a huge project. He tore up the old flooring and replaced it with a brand new one. He spent a good week or so on thisimg00095-edit.jpg project and managed to complete it by himself. Quite impressive, if you ask me. And it turned out looking just gorgeous! The last addition will be the trim inside the trailer, which has been delayed in delivery several times. The next project was to drop the trailer off with the sign company for a true makeover. After many a mock-up and a couple of edits, the design for the trailer was ready to be placed on the exterior. Chris hooked the trailer up, which is not something one wants to do more than once a day, and headed to the bay the company had reserved to do the work. Once again, the workmen seemed to be overwhelmed by the size of the vehicle, as everyone seems to be. Theyimg00097-edit.jpg apparently had not prepared enough workspace in the bay for our trailer and Chris was forced to bring it back home and re-deliver it the next day. After a few utterances of frustration the trailer returned home, to the pleasure of our family and neighbors. Once the trailer was finally delivered, it only took a few days for the transformation to be complete. The finished project is just stunning and both Chris and I couldn’t be more pleased. If it wasn’t such a gas guzzler and a pain to park, I’m sure Chris would proudly parade it around Woodinville in all it’s glory.

This trailer is coming in quite handy, which is a blessing considering the pain the you-know-what it’s been to store it. On Friday, the 13th (chilling, I know) Chris andimg00102-edit.jpg Stephen, my brother, will drive down to California and help my pack up my apartment into the gorgeous trailer. The trip down and back will be great publicity for EMDUB Racing. More importantly, all of my stuff should fit comfortably in the trailer, eliminating the need for renting a U-Haul. Plus, this trailer has the E-track inside, allowing us to secure many more of my belongings than in a U-Haul. After my life is packed away, we will travel to Pullman, WA to unpack my array of boxes into my new apartment! I am excited to be able to start a new in Pullman, as well as moving into a new (and bigger) apartment. Updates from the new apartment to come.

As for the dragster, the panels should be finished tomorrow. They went to Queen City in Redmond, WA for some body work and a paint job. They straightened out all of the dingsimg00101-edit.jpg and reconstructed the nose, which was injured in a ridiculously stupid storage accident on our first trip to the track alone. Then the panels are being painted a luscious pearl white (a Lexus color) after which it will be getting graphics. I feel it is important to note that we did not request a Lexus color on our dragster. We suggested a “pearl white” to the body shop and the technician knew the perfect color, which just happened to be a Lexus brand paint. But I have to say, I had no argument there. I might be the only person on the track with a Lexus inspired dragster. If you’re going to race, you might as well do it in style!

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Car and Trailer Makeover – Part I

img_0433-edit.jpg The trailer has begun its makeover and I must admit, it is looking great! It returned from its paint job with a fresh coat of white paint. This was great because the previous graphics on the trailer bled through to the paint. Since the prior graphics included flames, the white coat was covered in orange and yellow streaks. The outside of the trailer looks great and it really changes the whole look of it.

Next is the interior. Chris just dropped off the trailer at Kirschner Trailers in Woodinville, WA and it will spend a little vacation there for about a week. This is good on all ends. When the trailer came back after a weekend paint job, it was received with a resounding, “It’s BACK??” Like I said before, the trailer is not a popular item around the neighborhood. Luckily, the guys at Kirschner were great and said they could install many of the items we were concerned about in the time that it there. They are going to install an E-Track along the interior walls, so that we have something to connect the bungee cords and restraints to. Since the trailer moves so often, EVERYTHING has to be secure in the trailer. But we didn’t have a great way of locking up the gas cans, chairs, air compressor, etc. They are also going to install bogey wheels at the back of the trailer. These are to help with the tail end of the trailer and it’s tendency to hit the ground if Chris has to maneuver a tough turn or hill. So, instead of ruining the bottom of the trailer, the wheels will help the car along. The roof is going to be checked out, along with the breaks, just for safety. And finally, they will be installing a winch in the trailer. This is to help Chris with removing and storing the car when I’m not around. Chris had intended on installing the winch himself, but the guy at Kirschner had some great ideas on it, so we are going to let him give it a shot. All in all, the trailer should come back with an array of new accessories and looking great!

After the trailer comes back from Kirshner it is time to work on the flooring. Chris found some great flooring at Costco for pretty cheap and will be laying it down in the next month or so. It is a snazzy looking checkered print (of course) that fits quite well in terms of sizing. Then we are going to put a metal diamond plate towards the rear of the trailer. When the car is either moved out or in the trailer, one needs to raise the front of the trailer up (thus creating an angle) and the car slides in/out nicely.img00080-edit.jpg However, there is a point in the trailer where the bottom the chassis rubs on the floor of the trailer, even when it is raised. And if it were not raised, the car would simply bottom out, making it impossible to move the car. This, over time, has ruined the flooring. Therefore, we are hoping that the metal plate will a) look beautiful and professional and b) reduce the amount of damage to the car/trailer during the storage and removal phase. And after that, the trailer will look perfect for EMDUB Racing.

On another note, I have to hand out a big ‘Thank You’ to two of my fans. Andriana and Jesse drove out to the Bremerton track (quite different surroundings from Woodinville) for the Saturday Test and Tune. It was great to have supportive fans out there. Since we are so new to this sport, we can get so wrapped up in the mechanics and technology of it all that we do not enjoy the time at the track. We are slowly learning to walk around, meet new folks, and get a feel for the community. Therefore, it was great to have the two of them out there and Andriana took some cool pictures that I will get posted soon. Hopefully she can convince some more people that the track isn’t such a bad experience. Actually, I think she might have actually liked it by the end! Thanks for the support guys.

Update on the car coming soon!