Happy 2020! We've been rather busy since early December preparing our late friend Michael Argetsinger's 1973 Elden Mk10B for the upcoming race season.
Lots of new tubing in the final product, as well as an all-new rear bulkhead that Paul and Steve drew-up on-site, merging 1974 Mk10C blueprints and Steve's skill set in CAD. Had we followed the Mk10C prints, only about half of the bulkhead would have fit to the rails. We still have a bit of small additions to add to the rear of the chassis to make it race-worthy before the front bulkhead around the pedal box comes off, as it too had smacked something stationary at some point.
We have a dummy Kent 711M met up with the Hewland Mk8 box to ensure the drive train will be pushing in the right direction. In doing so, we found that the engine mounts that came with the car were made up after it had been backed into something large and non-moving. Thus, we'll have to make new motor mounts to correct that now that the rear of the car is pointing straight again.
In other news, new Elden Mk10B bodywork should soon be en route from the UK courtesy of Marchant & Cox, and the once-Rowland-built Kent Ford is currently being reworked by Advanced Engine Concepts in Green Lake, Wisconsin.
2020 marks five years since we lost Michael, though it feels like yesterday. We're doing everything we can to make the Elden not only 'right' but also so that it is quick and safe.
With the amount of work to do and our already busy schedule, expect the Elden to roll out mid-way through the season carrying the colors of the American Express Racing Team, as it did in 1973.