In March I will be taking the first adventure as AmbiVe. The trip will be to a road trip to a race event in Arizona. The primary objective is to get pictures and video of a friends car for the site and recording his passes at the half mile race event. Of course, if I'm driving down to a race event, I have to participate. That means, preparations must be made.
In order to take the Mustang, I need to dial out some slop in the 50 year old steering, replace the door seals, and a few standard maintenance items (oil, differential fluid, and transmission fluid), and hopefully at least make the brakes all lock up at the same time. If I can wrap this all up in the next couple weeks, it is likely we will be taking the Mustang on the 2,200+ mile trip, which would certainly allow me to pack a lot more equipment for documenting the experience.
I believe the brakes are in decent shape at the primary issue is the position of a sliding proportioning valve that is designed to save you from complete brake failure if you have a fluid leak. The downside to this design is that when people bleed the brakes, it also moves the check valve as if there were a brake fluid leak, essentially making either the front or rear brakes more or less effective. I have never fully addressed this issue from when I bought the car (I fixed it enough and adjusted my driving), but it really should be addressed for a trip of this scope. Hopefully it will be as simple as bleeding the opposite brakes until the warning light goes out.
If I am going to take the S2000, all it really needs is transmission and differential fluid changes and an engine oil change. Since it needs so little, it will be the default answer should the Mustang not work out.
We will be taking the first adventure officially as AmbiVe next month. Hopefully this will be the first of many trips and events we will be able to attend and participate in, and in turn, bring to you in video and article form. So what is the first official AmbiVe adventure? A road trip of course. Well, a 2,600 mile road trip down to a half mile race event at the Gila Bend Airport in Arizona.