By , January 29, 2007
Evan Souliere

So it’s been a little while since posting, but that is mainly due in part to nothing to post about…

I believe I said that we would be getting upper chassis last Wednesday, which did happen. There were some issues, however, that delayed them from being useful until Friday. To make good use of the time during that delay (since we were literally out of parts to prepare for assembly), Mike and I went to one of our biggest vendors and helped out for a day. (Mike and Adam went the next day.) This vendor happens to be the one that makes our chassis (though our visit was unrelated), but they also do a lot of our other steel work. I’ve been there several times now (not all to work) and I find it fascinating to see our parts being made; it provides more perspective to the work we are doing.

With that said, the chassis were all set on Friday and we began mating the uppers and lowers (which we’ve had for a little while now). This was toward the end of the day, so we only did a little bit, but work continued on Saturday (I could not be there, unfortunately) with attaching the chain dog weldments, anti-rollback weldments, and other such parts found under each car.

Today was a pretty exciting day. Besides receiving guide wheel weldments (which gave us plenty to do), we also had a crew there from Extreme Engineering filming for a segment that they will be doing on Great Coasters. They got a lot of good footage, so I’m curious to see what makes the cut. If you’re at all interested in anything Adam and I write, I highly recommend watching that when it airs (we were told July tentatively, but I’m sure that’s nothing definite).

So what we did today (which may be caught on camera) was attach guide wheel weldments to the twelve cars we have laid out. We installed the guide wheels and upstop wheels, as well.We’re pretty close to being able to turn the cars over and start working upward.

I regret that we don’t have any photos of this stuff (yet) because it is pretty cool to see. I’ll hopefully get some up soon.

Things are starting to take off. I can tell it well get crazy, but I’m already having a lot more fun with the main¬†assembly.


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