Friday, April 23, 2021

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Thursday, March 25, 2021

Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act (RPM Act)

 

PROTECT YOUR RIGHT TO RACE! THE EPA IS BANNING RACECARS. TELL CONGRESS TO PASS THE RPM ACT NOW AND STOP THE EPA FROM DESTROYING MOTORSPORTS. YOUR MEMBER OF CONGRESS NEEDS TO HEAR FROM YOU NOW!
  • Street vehicles—cars, trucks, and motorcycles—can't be converted into racecars according to the EPA.
  • The EPA has announced that enforcement against high performance parts—including superchargers, tuners, and exhaust systems—is a top priority.
  • Even if you are one of the hundreds of thousands of enthusiasts who contacted Congress in the past, we need your support again!
  • Tell the bureaucrats in Washington that racecars are off limits!

The RPM Act is common-sense, bi-partisan legislation to protect Americans' right to convert street vehicles (cars, trucks and motorcycles) into dedicated racecars and the motorsports-parts industry's ability to sell products that enable racers to compete.  The bill clarifies that it is legal to make emissions-related changes to a street vehicle for the purpose of converting it into a racecar used exclusively in competition.  It also confirms that it is legal to produce, market and install racing equipment.  

The RPM Act reverses the EPA's interpretation that the Clean Air Act does not allow a motor vehicle designed for street use—including a car, truck, or motorcycle—to be converted into a dedicated racecar.  This American tradition was unquestioned for nearly 50 years until 2015 when the EPA took the position that converted vehicles must remain emissions-compliant, even though they are no longer driven on public streets or highways.  Although the EPA did not finalize the proposed rule, the agency still maintains the practice of modifying the emission system of a motor vehicle for the purpose of converting it for racing is illegal.  Manufacturing, selling and installing race parts for the converted vehicle would also be a violation. The EPA has also announced that enforcement against high performance parts—including superchargers, tuners, and exhaust systems—is a top priority.

Converting street vehicles into dedicated race vehicles is an American tradition dating back decades and has negligible environmental impact.  While California is known for having the strictest emissions laws, the state exempts racing vehicles from regulation. 

Motorsports competition involves tens of thousands of participants and vehicle owners each year, both amateur and professional.  Retail sales of racing products make up a nearly $2 billion market annually.  Most of the vehicles raced on the estimated 1,300 racetracks operating across the U.S. are converted vehicles that the EPA considers to be illegal. 

The RPM Act does not interfere with the EPA's authority to enforce against individuals who illegally install race parts on vehicles driven on public roads and highways and the companies that market such products.  Tampering with the emissions system of a motor vehicle used on public roads is a clear violation of the Clean Air Act.

The RPM Act will provide the racing community with certainty and confidence in the face of an EPA interpretation of the Clean Air Act that threatens to devastate an American pastime and eliminate jobs in our communities. 

Tell Your Elected Officials to Protect Motorsports and Pass the RPM Act

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

Republican and Democrat members of Congress have expressed a desire to provide certainty to racers and the motorsports parts industry. However, there is much more to be done before the RPM Act becomes law.

Use our Action Center to send a message to your Senators and Representative to ask them to support the RPM Act.

SEMA members can help spread the word by including links on their websites, social media platforms, storefronts and garages.  Members can also rally their customers, employees, followers and friends to act.  Use the assets found in SEMA's digital toolkit: www.sema.org/rpmtools. And don't forget to join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #SaveOurRacecars.

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Diagnosing a Cylinder that isn't firing right

Diagnosing a Cylinder that isn't firing right

Here is one way to find a problem on your V8
Tool needed: Laser thermometer

Your problem Cylinder is the one with the lowest temperature. 





Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Chrome Powder Coating as an alternative to actually polishing metal.




I will be returning to factory accessory brackets, but there is no reason for them to look ugly in the process. I decided to have them powder coated chrome, which gives a polished aluminum appearance in a way. 


Above is the AC Delete kit I bought since my car never had AC but I want to maintain serpentine belt system. Below are the parts in a flat factory aluminum finish.




After Powder Coating here is how they appear. I paid about 75.00 for work and I think it was definitely worth it. 



Business Cards below are from my Powder Coater who performed the work and as you can see all the pieces came out beautifully. 



Below you will see the new OEM style bracket with a fresh coat of Chrome Powder coating. These parts will need a tap ran down them to clean the powder coat off of the threads. This is expected when doing this type of coating. Just carefully and slowly run the tap down the holes.




More tap running to clean threads. Look how beautiful these parts came out. 









Apply anti-seize to all the bolts. 


Since my car was never equipped with AC I used an AC Delete kit as mentioned earlier. This kit is awesome and it relocates the power steering pump to a higher location.











The tensioner I didn't want to leave flat aluminum and I didn't want to take it apart for powder coating so I just painted to match engine. 




I had to source a new bolt for mounting the tensioner. Here was the cost. I talked with Ford and they told me what I needed since I didn't have this modern setup before now. 






If anyone is wondering this belt is 72 inches and the Goodyear Gaterback was sold to Continental and is now their Premium Belt. The belt can be sourced from Weaver Auto Parts.



I had to make a new fuel line since everything was relocated. This time I didn't include pressure gauge. I may put back in later, I haven't decided yet.