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    Default Re: Miss America: RENO AIR RACES 2022 - Exciting Things Happening

    Thank you Mark, another fascinating (and much appreciated) update.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pylon1_Mark View Post
    Well.. it is a race motor... but all those details would need to come from Mr Shanholtzer. I know once he gets here he's not going to have a lot of time to answer a lot of questions, but I'll get what I can
    Would be very curious to know if/how a race block differs from a stocker. I assume there's some magic that happens, but I can't recall ever reading about race prepping the block specifically.
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    Some of the race Merlins have hardened Allison rods.
    Lockheed Bob

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lockheed Bob View Post
    Some of the race Merlins have hardened Allison rods.
    This does have Allison rods that have gone very fast in the past.

    Will

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    Quote Originally Posted by GRNDP51 View Post
    Would be very curious to know if/how a race block differs from a stocker. I assume there's some magic that happens, but I can't recall ever reading about race prepping the block specifically.
    I believe he was asking about the bare block itself as it was done separately at a different facility before assembly.
    Last edited by GeeBeeZ1931; 09-05-2022 at 04:17 AM.

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    When we arrived this afternoon at Miss America's hangar, things were pretty quiet with crewman Scotty Butler minding the store. It was obvious that the race motor had yet to arrive but it was just as obvious that everything was ready to go, the parts spread-out in assembly order ready for that last part to arrive (race motor). The plan was to have the motor there at the hangar today... but there was a hiccup that Rick encountered with the remanufactured block from Roush Aviation. Everything was going smoothly until Rick tried to attach the nosecase, then it was discovered that the tolerances were not to those specified & fitment wasn't corrected. All in all, the nosecase was off & on 10 times before fitment was perfect and Rick could move onto the last parts - head & banks, which was where it stood when I left for the evening. Barring any more unforeseen difficulties the race motor should be completed sometime late this evening with Matt Jackson ferrying it up from Texas tomorrow. That's when the magic is going to start... and we plan on being there for the install and hopefully also make it back early Thursday morning (3am?) for that race motor break-in run ;-) So that's the current schedule... get race motor, install, break-in run, test flight(s), then off to Stead for the races. If things go well from here on out, Brent could be at Stead as early as Friday afternoon. If some problems crop up with the plane or the motor, then there remains a little wiggle room - but not much with qualifying starting on Monday.

    More tomorrow!!!
    Mark K....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pylon1_Mark View Post
    More tomorrow!!!
    Waiting patiently and with much excitement!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pylon1_Mark View Post
    When we arrived this afternoon at Miss America's hangar, things were pretty quiet with crewman Scotty Butler minding the store. It was obvious that the race motor had yet to arrive but it was just as obvious that everything was ready to go, the parts spread-out in assembly order ready for that last part to arrive (race motor). The plan was to have the motor there at the hangar today... but there was a hiccup that Rick encountered with the remanufactured block from Roush Aviation. Everything was going smoothly until Rick tried to attach the nosecase, then it was discovered that the tolerances were not to those specified & fitment wasn't corrected. All in all, the nosecase was off & on 10 times before fitment was perfect and Rick could move onto the last parts - head & banks, which was where it stood when I left for the evening. Barring any more unforeseen difficulties the race motor should be completed sometime late this evening with Matt Jackson ferrying it up from Texas tomorrow. That's when the magic is going to start... and we plan on being there for the install and hopefully also make it back early Thursday morning (3am?) for that race motor break-in run ;-) So that's the current schedule... get race motor, install, break-in run, test flight(s), then off to Stead for the races. If things go well from here on out, Brent could be at Stead as early as Friday afternoon. If some problems crop up with the plane or the motor, then there remains a little wiggle room - but not much with qualifying starting on Monday.

    More tomorrow!!!
    How long does it take him to get from OK to Stead? Arrival cutoff is noon on Saturday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Race5 View Post
    How long does it take him to get from OK to Stead? Arrival cutoff is noon on Saturday.
    I'll ask tonight when I visit
    Mark K....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Race5 View Post
    How long does it take him to get from OK to Stead? Arrival cutoff is noon on Saturday.
    How strict is this really? I know rules are rules, but are they really going to tell Brent he can't race if he shows up Sunday... That's RARA shooting themselves in the foot. Might look like special treatment to some of the other racers (in all classes) that pushed to make the deadline, but hey technically RARA could've given them grace too, they just didn't ask... If this is more of a FAA thing, then I understand that more.
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