The Road to World of Speed Part 5: From Bearings to Bones, We are Unstoppable

The Road to World of Speed Part 5: From Bearings to Bones, We are Unstoppable

by Chuck Johnson

Each year before Speed Week, it seems like we face some serious obstacles in our speed week preparations. But each year, the team pulls together and manages to cheat Murphy’s Law of its satisfaction. This year has been no different.

 

We’ve run into some hurdles along the way that could justifiably qualify as complete disasters and show stoppers. This is the first of them. When we pulled the oil pan so that John Kuchta of Specialty Cars could weld a bung on it for the AEM oil temperature sensor this is what we found, a pan full of bearing material.

 

Upon closer examination, we could tell that the debris was most likely material from a damaged thrust bearing.

Needless to say, we immediately yanked Project 240SX LSR’s SR15VET from its engine bay and handed it off to 5523 Motorsports to begin the tear down. Upon disassembly, 5523 Motorsports discovered that one of the thrust faces on the crankshaft had begun to breakdown demolishing a thrust bearing along with it.

 

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