February 2009 Newsletter - Great Lakes Cobra Club

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February 2009 Newsletter - Great Lakes Cobra Club

The

INSIDE

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February

2009

Newsletter

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GLCC

OFFICERS

2009 & 2010

Terry Anway

President

Dave Swanson

Vice President

Dave Courter

Treasurer

Lynn Pappas

Secretary

GLCC

NEWSLETTER

STAFF

Joe Pappas &

Kay Bliem

Newsletter Editors

WHAT’S HAPPENING INSIDE THE GLCC

Given the weather the last few days we know that spring, and cruising in our

Cobra’s, is just around the corner. 2008 was a terrific year for the Great Lakes

Cobra Club – lots of great events, many new members, continued commitment

of our “founding” members and many good times. And, while it has been a

wonderful winter for us skiers, in a couple of short months we will be warming

up the engines and getting ready for some cruising.

I especially look forward to the challenges and opportunities that serving as the

GLCC president this year are sure to bring. Linda Rennie, our outgoing president,

will be a hard act to follow but I am determined to continue to keep Linda’s

focus on ensuring the club meetings and events don’t turn into chores, but are

relaxing and enjoyable – where members can put business behind us and enjoy

the camaraderie of fellow car enthusiasts. I want to thank Linda for serving on

the GLCC board since the club was founded, first as Vice-President and then as

President. Her commitment to the membership, easy ability to be friends with

all, and unending enthusiasm for the cars and our enjoyment of them, helped to

build the club from the day when three Cobras first set up a tent and parked our

cars at the 1997 Woodward Dream Cruise. We have sure evolved, and what

fun it has been, thank you Linda!!

For 2009, there are already some great events that many GLCC members will

be participating in. To name just a few:

Dave Swanson is looking into an indoor go-kart event in the upcoming

months.

The Hot Rod Power Tour (in our “neighborhood” this year) from June 6 th -

13 th .

The 11 th Annual Gratiot Cruise on June 20 th .

The London Cobra Show the weekend of June 26 th .

The Rolling Sculpture Car Show in Ann Arbor on July 10 th .

The Woodward Dream Cruise (“snake pit”) on August 15 th .

Planning for other GLCC exclusive events will be under way in the next few

months. For more information on any of the events noted above, or to learn

about new events as they are posted, check out the club calendar on the members

section of the website: http://www.greatlakescobra.com/calendar.cfm. If

you have ideas for club activities, let me know, or better yet come to our next

meeting on February 17 th at Logan’s Roadhouse in Troy.

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PAGE 3 NOVEMBER MEETING MINUTES

PAGE 5-7 FOURNIER SHOP TOUR

PAGE 8–10 TECH TIME— WHAT CAM I DO?

PAGE 10 UPCOMING EVENTS

PAGE 10 INDY STAR DANICA PATRICK’S NEW

COBRA

CONTENTS

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GLCC MEMBER OF THE MONTH

MEMBER BUSINESS RESOURCE AND

GLCC WANT ADS

THE REAR VIEW MIRROR

WHAT’S HAPPENING, continued from page 1

If you have read this far, thank-you! Now I have a request of you, what is it you want out of GLCC – that

is what is it that the club is already doing, can do more of, or can do better to make it be the club you

want? I would very much appreciate hearing from all of you, just a word, a sentence or if needed a whole

paragraph. Please e-mail me your thoughts at: terryanway@gmail.com. All responses will be confidential;

they will only be used for me to use in setting my goals for serving on the board of your club. I look

forward to hearing from you and to seeing you at a club event soon.

Terry Anway

Cool websites for you to browse

BY JOE PAPPAS

I thought it might be kind of cool to share with my fellow GLCC members a couple of really interesting

things that have happened to me over the last few months. First, a web blog was set up in my name on

MOPARTS.COM for those MOPAR crazies that are clamoring for information about the “old days” of drag

racing. The blog has had 6000+ hits in the last 60 days and is proving to be pretty popular. If you have

any interest you can see the thread at the website listed below. Just type in the rather long address and

you might just get a kick out of the result.

http://board.moparts.org/ubbthreads/showflat.php?Cat=0&Board=Racer&Number=4855337

&fpart=&PHPSESSID=

The next website is a link to a story that was written about my racing past for an online publication known

as allpar.com . This link is a lot shorter than the one shown above. Just type in:

http://www.allpar.com/racing/joe-pappas.html and you will be taken to the article. I do hope you

will all enjoy the little trip down drag racing memory lane!

Give us your COOL WEBSITES so everyone can share in

the fun. Send me an e-mail with the information and see

it posted here. Send e-mail to Joe Pappas at

pappas9@comcast.net


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NOVEMBER 18 TH - GLCC MEETING NOTES

I. Meeting was called to order at Gino’s Pizzeria at in Keego Harbor at 7:10 p.m. by Linda Rennie – 18 members

were in attendance.

II. Introduction of Board members – All board members were in attendance. No new members in attendance.

III. Minutes: Questions / comments from the October minutes were taken. No changes.

IV. Treasurer’s Report - Provided by Dave Courter – all bills paid, balance in the account is $5,455.88. Christmas

party has not been paid for yet.

V. Cruise and Special Event Committee Report

• Terry Anway reported on the Christmas party, set for Saturday, December 13 th at Larco’s Italian Chophouse

on Big Beaver in Troy. Thirty-four are signed up, an e-mail was sent to those that had not submitted

payment yet. The party includes a “Santa swap” game; those playing should bring a gift worth no more than

$20. The club will also be collecting games for Toys for Tots

• Joe Pappas has scheduled a tour of Fournier Enterprises, a custom fabricating / metal working shop, for

Saturday, January 17 th beginning at 10:00 a.m. The tour will be approximately two hours long. Anyone

interested in attending should contact Joe and let him know.

• Dave Swanson reported that Kart-2-Kart is temporarily closed so will is not available for the GLCC February

meeting. He did contact Race Rochester on the corner of Tienken & Rochester roads in Rochester Hills. The

facility does not have a meeting room but the track can be rented by the hour if there are enough people

interested in going. Individually, the cost is $60 for five races. Members present voted to have the February

meeting at our regular location and have Dave look into dates for a March meeting.

• Todd Baumann has sent out a request for interest in renting the Grattan Race Track for sometime in July of

2009. This will only be possible if there are enough interested in racing. Contact Todd Baumann

baumann_todd@yahoo.com if interested.

VI. Membership Committee – Linda Rennie:

• 92 members as of November 18 th , no new members in November.

• All name tags not picked up from events will be sent via mail in new member packets.

• Member packages are behind for members joining in the last several months. Dan and Janet Ross

volunteered to take over the mailing/distribution of new member packets. Karen and Terry Anway to

provide them with a copy of the master new member package; Karen will update for the recent election.

• Linda Rennie will continue to make new member name tags. Terry will contact the Nelson’s and locate the

new member vinyl window stickers.

VII. Merchandise: Joe Pappas found a vendor that makes hat clips that clip hats to the back of jackets. The hat

clips could be imprinted with GLCC name and could be purchased in bulk for under $200. Terry Anway

motioned to purchase a set for the club, Dave Swanson seconded, all approved. Joe will look into the specifics.

Continued on page 4

NEXT GLCC CLUB MEETING IS FEBRUARY 17th AT LOGAN’S

ROADHOUSE IN TROY AT 7:00 PM- COME EARLY AND HAVE DIN-


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VI. Website – Joe Pappas reported back from On-Line Connections regarding the club’s website. He got a quote to

update the website to reorganize the newsletter/ document section and the photo/gallery section. The fees will

run between $350-400 and were approved at the September meeting. Karen Anway and Dave Courter asked if

On-Line Connections could do the work and send the bill before year end for tax deduction purposes.

VII. Trailer Insurance – Lynn Pappas reported back on quotes to insure the club trailer and contents. She has

received one quote and is waiting on two more. The primary issue may be that the club is registered as a

corporation which would require corporate insurance at a much higher rate than would be feasible for risk

coverage needed for basic fire, theft and collision coverage on the value of the trailer. The discussion was

tabled until the February meeting when more information would be available.

VIII. Cobra Paraphernalia Collection – Linda Rennie introduced special guests that had brought over 200 items

from their private collection of Cobra memorabilia, including two Franklin mint Cobra’s, a wooden replica and

many models, posters, signs, etc. They were selling the entire collection for $350. Terry Anway motioned that

the club buy the collection to use for future raffles and special drawings. Marshall Coulter seconded, all

approved. Karen Anway took an inventory of all items; the collection will be delivered to Jim Binder for

housing.

IX.

Next Club Meeting: Tuesday; February 17 th , 2008 - 7:00 pm at Logan’s Roadhouse in Troy.

X. Meeting adjourned at 8:10 p.m.

NOVEMBER 18 TH - GLCC MEETING NOTES—continued from page 3

Your 2009 GLCC club dues are payable

by March 31st!

Yearly dues are $25 if paid by March 31st. Dues can be paid in

person at the February or March meetings or send your $25

check made out to the GLCC to Dave Courter, 3928 Bristol Ct.,

Clarkston, MI 48348. Dues paid after April 1st will be subject to

an additional $10 reinstatement fee.

NEXT GLCC CLUB MEETING IS FEBRUARY 17th AT LOGAN’S ROAD-

HOUSE IN TROY AT 7:00 PM- COME EARLY AND HAVE DINNER!!!


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FOURNIER ENTERPRISES

SHOP TOUR—RECAP

STORY AND PHOTOS BY JOE PAPPAS

GLCC members and friends gathered at Fournier Enterprises on Saturday January 31 st for a look inside

the domain of one of the world’s leading metal shapers. Having recently returned from a visit to Geneva,

Switzerland where he taught a group of European students the fine art of metal shaping, Ron Fournier

treated approximately 25 GLCC members and friends to a delightful 2 hour seminar on his craft.

We began with a short talk by Ron about some of his background in the automotive world. Large poster

sized photographs on the walls helped tell the story of significant past projects. One table was set up with

examples of miniature scale midget race cars that Ron has created for some of his collector clients. One

of these miniatures resides in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum. Another interesting project that

was displayed was a pedal car that Ron has used to give his students an opportunity to see the process

of coach building from concept to finished reality. The group was shown Ron’s creation known as the

Lady Bug – a restored carnival ride car that was built for his grandchildren. In the full size vehicle arena

was a 1950 Mercury custom that is under construction in the shop. Extensive metalwork and craftsmanship

is readily apparent as you inspect this work is process. Don’t be surprised if you see this car on the

cover of The Rodder’s Journal at some future date.

The true highlight of the tour was a metal shaping demonstration wherein Ron created a small hood scoop

in what seemed like an effortless display of metal shaping prowess. Ron took us through the step by step

process of taking a flat piece of .063 3003-H14 aluminum and creating a fully functional scoop in probably

less than 20 minutes. If we had not been looking over his shoulder and asking questions he would have

probably finished it in half that time! Ron demonstrated the techniques necessary to methodically shape

metal utilizing the English Wheel and to the delight of the assembled group, asked for volunteers to give it

a try. Ivan Kaszycki and George Vidu both jumped in and gave it a go. I think they both mentioned that it

was not as easy as Ron made it look.

All in all, I believe everyone had a great time and went away with a true appreciation for the timeless art

that Ron has preserved and is delighted to share with those willing to learn.

Ron Fournier welcomes the

GLCC members and friends

to his shop in Shelby Township.

In the background is a

1950 Mercury currently under

construction

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FOURNIER SHOP TOUR, continued from page 5

Above—Ron is demonstrating the steps taken in

the creation of a hood scoop. One of Ron’s English

wheels is shown next to Ron.

Left—Ron is showing the early steps in constructing

a station buck from which the contours of a

body project are developed. This particular project

is for a pedal car.

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FOURNIER SHOP TOUR, continued from page 6

Left—The miniature midget

race cars built by Ron for

collectors are individually

handcrafted to museum

quality standards. These

little cars cost upwards of

$2,000 each!

Right—Here’s Ron doing

what he loves the most—

teaching metal shaping

techniques utilizing the

English Wheel.

Left—GLCC member

George Vidu takes a turn

on the English Wheel.

Keeping the material moving

in a consistent pattern

and flow is a lot harder

than you can imagine.


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TECH TIME

WHAT CAM I DO?

In October, we published an article on camshaft basics that really was a pretty good introduction into the

“bumpstick” world. This month, we are going take a deeper dive into the characteristics of camshafts.

Definitions

BY JOE PAPPAS

Some of terms utilized in defining camshaft characteristics are duration, lift, lobe separation, and lobe

centerline. Simply put these terms mean:

A. Duration – defined as how long the valve is off the seat.

B. Lift – defined as how much distance between the highest point of the lobe and the camshaft base

circle.

C. Lobe separation – defined as “how far apart” or the distance between the intake and exhaust

lobes for any cylinder – measured in camshaft degrees rather than in relation to crank rotation.

D. Lobe centerline – defined as where the intake or exhaust lobe makes the most lift in relationship

to the crankshaft at top dead center.

CAMSHAFT GEOGRAPHY AND LOBE FUNCTION

1) Max Lift or Nose

2) Flank

3) Opening Clearance Ramp

4) Closing Clearance Ramp

5) Base Circle

6) Exhaust Opening Timing Figure

7) Exhaust Closing Timing Figure

8) Intake Opening Timing Figure

9) Intake Closing Timing Figure

10) Intake to Exhaust Lobe Separation

DIAGRAM COURTESY OF COMP CAMS

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TECH TIME—”WHAT CAM I DO”, continued

Now what?

Duration - Taking the above terms at face value is sometimes confusing when you are inundated with

performance specifications supplied by cam manufacturers. To reduce confusion, things like duration are

now quoted as duration at .050” providing the actual time the tappet has moved past the .050 inch point

in its travel and the time it returns past that point. What happens is that airflow through the open valve is

fairly insignificant in the first .050” of valve movement. The airflow past the .050” point of lift now becomes

more meaningful. This is important when you take into effect the “multiplication” effect of your rocker

arms. Here is where it gets a little bit interesting. We all have seen rocker arms listed as 1.5 ratio, 1.6

ratio, 1.7 ratio and so on. What exactly does this mean? What we are doing is multiplying the lift of the

cam lobe by whatever amount the ratio of the rocker arm may be. The reason we do this is that we cannot

have camshafts with lobes higher than the cam bearing surfaces otherwise we would never be able to

install the camshaft into the block. Thus, we “multiply” the lift utilizing the rocker arm. The higher the ratio,

the higher the overall lift PLUS the higher the rate at which the valve opens and closes resulting in

added duration. If you are looking for more power at low rpm, seek out a camshaft with shorter duration.

Conversely, if you are looking for more power at high rpm ranges, look to a longer duration cam.

Lift - Often when people talk about cams, the conversation revolves around lift as that is the first factor

that we often look at. This is vitally important because if you mess up here, you are going to be very

sorry. The more lift you have the greater your peak flow. The big thing to keep in mind is that with this

added lift come limitations. Those limitations are piston clearance issues and valve bind issues. Anyone

who has built an engine that is “on the edge” is well aware of these issues. It does not take much to

“tip” (i.e. crash) a valve if you miss a shift or over-rev an engine. Also, if your engine is incapable of utilizing

the added flow brought on by higher lift then the added lift is meaningless. The ability to manage the

flow circles back to the cylinder head for both combustion chamber and runner design as well as to the

piston design itself. And you thought this was simple… Too much lift and your flow velocity is in the

dumper killing your cylinder scavenging effect. The result will be LOWER performance. Just the opposite

of what you are seeking!

Lobe separation - We use lobe separation to determine HOW your engine makes torque. Lobe separation

is the distance between the very peak of the intake lobe and the peak of the exhaust lobe for each

cylinder. If your peaks are close together, your peak torque is realized early in the rev band. If the peaks

are further apart, your torque range is much flatter and will typically be much broader.

Lobe centerline – Often you hear the word “advancing” or “retarding” the cam come into play. It is lobe

centerline that we are talking about here. By advancing the camshaft we are moving it downward. Conversely,

in retarding the cam, we are moving it upward. In effect, we are tuning the cam for whatever activity

the engine is to see by moving the powerband up or down in a given rpm range. The cam manufacturer

will provide you a recommendation for cam timing. Most engine builders will utilize that cam timing

as a baseline and tweak the cam timing (advance or retarding) to suit the needs of the engine’s usage.

Lobe centerline is the only thing we can adjust on the cam.

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TECH TIME—”WHAT CAM I DO”, continued

Apply what you have learned with a little help from the Cam Manufacturers

Now that you have a pretty good handle on the terminology of the camshaft world, how do you actually go

about selecting the cam for your engine? First, you need to sit yourself in front of the mirror and ask

yourself EXACTLY what do I want out of this engine? BE HONEST WITH YOURSELF!!! A mistake made

in this phase of your selection process will haunt you later. Define your goals and make sure you are

comfortable with your decision. Next – gather every bit of information you have accumulated about your

engine. Make sure you have your specs on the block, crank, rods, pistons, and cylinder heads (valves,

springs, rockers, porting, flow, and volume). Then and only then do you want to talk to the cam manufacturers.

This is especially true if you are looking for a custom grind cam but holds true for off the shelf

grinds as well. The cam manufacturers are highly knowledgeable and want you to become a life long

customer. They are willing to look at what it is you have, what your expectations are, and help you select

the correct cam for your needs. They will also let you know if you need to consider changing out some of

your components to enhance the performance of the cam. Remember, if you look good, they look good…

T HE GREAT LAKES COBRA CLUB UPCOMING EVENTS...

Events

Meeting Dates

3/6—3/8 Autorama—Cobo Center

2/17/09 Logan’s in Troy

3/17/09 Gino’s in Keego Harbor

Danica Patrick

sure does

enjoy showing

off her

new COBRA!

To see more of the car,

go to the 2009 Sports

Illustrated Swimsuit

Issue, now on sale!


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GLCC MEMBER OF THE MONTH

NAME:

Chip and Kay Bliem

RESIDENCE:

Goodrich, Michigan

CAR INFO;

MAKE: Classic Roadster

COLOR: BMW Silver with Black Stripes

ENGINE: Ford Racing 302

TRANS: Tremec 5 Speed

OCCUPATION:

Retired—GM

FAVORITE TYPE OF CRUSING ACTIVITY:

Just driving the car

BEST COBRA EXPERIENCE:

When I turn it on, it returns the favor!


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MEMBER BUSINESS RESOURCE

THIS SECTION IS RESERVED FOR CURRENT MEMBERS WHO MAY PROVIDE A SERVICE OR GOODS THAT THEY WOULD LIKE TO LET THEIR

FELLOW GLCC MEMBERS KNOW ABOUT. TO HAVE YOUR BUSINESS CARD POSTED CONTACT JOE PAPPAS AT PAPPAS9@COMCAST.NET

YOUR BUSINESS CARD

HERE

GLCC WANT ADS

Notice to all GLCC members. Use this space to sell ANYTHING you want. Do you have some unneeded

parts, an engine, transmission, tires, or an entire car? Hey, we don’t care what you have. List it here for

free. Contact Kay Bliem at KayChipinMI@aol.com 810 964-2282 with your information and see it here.

Position Needed: Hard working, GLCC Cobra Owner; Experienced Automotive / Oracle Consultant

with hands on Manufacturing Execution System (MES) and shop floor implementation experience

looking for a rewarding position. 7 years launching successful projects on the front lines with American

Axle WHQ IT in Detroit and 22 plus years in Automotive IT. Willing to travel if needed. Resume

and references available. 586-703-2684 cell


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The rear view mirror

LOGAN’S ROADHOUSE

GINO’S PIZZERIA

THE GREAT LAKES COBRA CLUB

MEETING PLACES

LOGAN’S ROADHOUSE

86 W. 14 MILE ROAD

TROY, MI 48083

248 583-6500

MEETINGS HERE IN:

FEBRUARY, APRIL, JUNE,

AUGUST, AND OCTOBER

The Great Lakes Cobra Club meets at 7:00

pm, the third Tuesday of every month

(except December and January).

GINO’S PIZZERIA

1999 CASS LAKE ROAD

KEEGO HARBOR, MI 48320

248 682-6540

MEETINGS HERE IN:

MARCH, MAY, JULY,

SEPTEMBER, AND

NOVEMBER

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