Probe Parts finally here!

It happened. The new pistons for the Probe’s engine have finally arrived, and boy are they pretty. These puppies are 85mm in diameter, 9.3:1 compression, forged aluminium copies of the OE piston. They feature improved quench areas and reinforced pin bosses. CP Carillo even sent back the rod and piston I sent them so they …

Optima Search For the Ultimate Street Car at Road America, 2021!

What a weekend. With the demise of the Probe’s second engine at Time Trials, we’ve been campaigning the Buick. We had an encouraging event at Atlanta Motorsports Park, with a solid 385 point performance despite the car giving us fits, basically refusing to run properly at wide open throttle. But, we did well enough, and …

The Probe’s winter transformation has begun!

Long time, no write, because I’ve been BUSY. Work has not let up like it usually does towards the end of the year, but the lack of a commute due to the transition to work-at-home still leaves me time to wrench. And boy, have I been wrenching. And cutting. And welding. First, the reasons. The …

We’ve reached the end of April

As I write this, tomorrow will be the first day of May. You’re probably reading this on the first day of May. We’re still stuck in COVID-19 limited contact rules, but things are looking up. At the top of things, my state of residence, Kentucky, acted aggressively back in March, and it seems to be …

The road to (and from) Optima NJMP 2017

I must be insane. Three weeks before I was slated to leave for the Optima NJMP event, I was at the National Street Rod Association Nationals in my hometown. They had an autocross course set up, and I ran on it. A lot. In fact, I burned second gear in the transmission. Oops Not to …