Death of the Deztaz
0 too thin chromoly frames have a life. Eventually, you beat, vibrate, stress and wear out the tubing. I finally got to that point and the Deztaz is dead for the time being.
I took the old Dez out into the desert a couple weeks ago for some fun and a shake down before the Whiplash Vulture Mine race. I was thinking about running the Dez in the race if all felt good. The ride started out fine. The car felt good, I was having fun and discovered that ungrooved rear tires pretty much suck. I ran a little horse shoe shaped course that runs about 10 miles. All was good right up to the end of the course. I slowed down to turn around and as I got back on the gas I suddenly found that I only had one wheel drive. Interesting...
I got out of the Dez and wandered around to the right rear. I wasn't happy with what I'd found. The rear wheel was leaning badly and was moved out and away from the chassis. The axle had been pulled out of the CV and there was a large crack that I could see by the downtube of the roll cage. I'd broken something major. I slowly drove back to the pit area - fortunately I was able to just cut across the "legs" of the horse shoe and only had to drive two or three miles instead of all the way around the loop. I loaded the Dez up in the van and headed home.
Here's what I found when I got home and started inspecting the broken car:
The only thing holding the rear section of the frame to the car was the nerf bar mount. I'm glad we made them tough. The entire rear suspension mounting area had been broken off of the car and was still attached to the trailing arm.
The Dez will rise and run again - as a pre-runner. James and I are going to pull out the original jig table and lay out another chassis. We'll stretch the engine compartment three inches too. This time the frame will be larger diameter, thicker wall MILD steel. The .065 walled chromoly that the first frame was made from had just seen too much abuse and finally gave in.
Long Live the Dez!