Here's our official CAINTMAKIT 24 Hours of Lemons entry. Traded for a 1.5L bottle of whiskey, this vehicle has spent the last 5 years of it's life parked in a field due to a blown trans. The underside, and overall disrepair is painfully obvious. Hey, at least the price was right.
In the following months you'll see this automobile transform from a standard, run of the mill pile of crap J-body GM product to a potent weapon with it's sights set on one thing: complete and total world domination. Or, at least a reasonable showing in Flat Rock this September...
Removing the broken/moldy interior panels.
Not suprisingly, the original battery from 1997 doesn't hold a charge.
Removing the transmission. Note massive amounts of rust. Impressive for an automobile that's been parked for several years, eh?
When in doubt, whip out a case of Natty Ice and a sawzall.
Rollbar being welded in:
Update: we ran it, had more fun than ever thought possible, and broke after 13.5 hours into the event. There were several electrical incidents, a flat tire, a broken rim, a black flag for leaking fuel, and it finally expired when we spit out a halfshaft with no spare, and the 24 hour parts store didn't have one in stock. We ended up being 13th fastest overall out of 39 entries. No awards- people's choice went to a fabulously decorated Toyota Supra that could pass for the Delorean from Back to the Future. Excellent work on their part. Team Morning Wood was another well thought out entry. My Ford Racing coworkers ran a Volvo and finished 6th overall, while my friend Gene's team, composed of Pratt & Miller Corvette people, blew up with 2 hours to spare. The Flat Rock organizers didn't like their lighted, purple female pleasure device attached to the roof, either. Jeremy Butts and company had a good run as well with their Buick, they recovered from a nasty engine fire prior to the halfway mark to make several more laps under power.
Note: I do not know the owner of this photo.
Gene's team behind us, with a glove covering the "device". Most of us can be seen on the retaining wall above the Leppen Chiropractic ad in the upper right corner.
Prior to the start of the event.
The Hot Rod official entry, with a supplied Caintmakit "fistful of neutrals" sticker. It was awesome pitting across from Rob Kinnan and Keith Turk!
Stick a fork in her!
And, for your viewing pleasure, some youtube footage of the car in action!
We're definitely doing it again next year, wherever they decide to hold the event here in Detroit. We've heard rumors of Waterford. Personally, I loved the Flat Rock track, the facilities are excellent, and this was the first race where they actually ran for 24 straight hours!