I run a dwarf car with the Midwest Classic Racers out of mid-Michigan. Our cars do not have a reverse gear, so we use a specially made cart to move the car around at home and at the track. With this cart you can move the car alone or the car and the trailer. The base cart came from Harbor Freight Tools. We added a piece of square tubing then fabricated the receiver which can be reversed depending on whether we are moving the car or the trailer. We also installed bigger tires and heavier wheels to handle the weight of the car.
'28 Chevy Panel Truck
(1000cc Kawasaki motor)
What can you do when you bend a shock in the heat race and don't have a spare? I have used all kinds of ways to straighten a shock (sticking it in a hole and forcing it, clamping it in a vise, beating on it with a hammer, etc), but they all fell short because the shock would never slide freely after I straightened it and I never could seem to get it straight enough. I usually ended up with something that resembled a noodle of some sort and would cause the shock to leak fluid during the race.
That is until I came up with what I call the "shockingly straight" method. You will need three bolts (preferably 1/2-inch or larger) a little longer than the shaft diameter and a vise or some clamping device.
Place the bolts and the shock shaft as shown in the diagram. Tighten the vise until the bent portion of the shaft with the one bolt flexes slightly past the side with the two bolts. You will have to get a feel for how much to flex it past the two bolts. Start with a little past, release the tension, and inspect the shaft.
Continue this procedure until the shaft is straight. You will end up with a shockingly straight shock shaft. Say that fast, three times.
GRT/Limited Late Model
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