Our car is serial number 16 from Schaluch Race Cars. It features a left side protection bar (a.k.a. Jersey bar) that is part of the chassis instead of just bolted on on other cars. It also features a heavily offset chassis to improve weight distribution. The driver's compartment actually protrudes slightly from the left side to facilitate leaning.
Quarter midget race cars typically come in 76", 78" and 80" sizes. This car is a 78". It weighs about 180 pounds with Honda GX120 engine, fuel and no additional weights. Weights are added so the car and driver meet the 250 pound weight mminimum.
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- The Schlauch trademark is the outer coil over shocks clamped to the frame. This allows quick adjustment of the ride hight. This technique is common in full size Modified race cars. The front also features a swept axle that puts the steering shaft behind the axle, and the tie rods in front of the axle.
- The drive wheel is connected to the axle via splines and held on with a nut. The handling is adjusted by moving the tire in and out on the axle splines with a series of spacers. This a a quick way to tune in the handling for changing track conditions. The hydraulic brakes are single piston with a floating aluminum disk.
- The rear axle bearings are held in bearing carriers commonly refered to as birdcages. The birdcages are located on the axle by a sholder and held with the axle nut that holds the wheel . The right birdcage attaches to the adjustable Panhard rod which is connected to the left side of the frame. The rear axle is located fore and aft with a pair of heavy duty radius rods that run 1/2 the length of the car. The left side radius rods are shorter to accomidate the bulge in the frame for the driver.
Zero Scrub Spindle
- The spindles use a "Zero Scrub" design where the king pin is located inside of the wheel. This makes the car much easier to steer. Note the tie rods and the front radius rods are swaged to a tapered end to reduce weight.
- The controls are lightweight aluminum, mounted on bars with many mounting holes to allow adjustment for driver height. The controls are at their full back position. The lower side panels are louvered.
- This picture shows the swept axle that allows the steering to be behind the axle and the tie rods in front of the axle. It also shows the offset in the chassis where the whole chassis is located to the left. In the upper right corner one can see the bulge in the chassis to move the driver to the inside. The suspension is by Tanner light weight coil over shocks.
- The axle sprocket carrier is the quick change type. The purple collar slides to the right releasing the sprocket allowing quick gearing changes. The Panhard rod attaches to the right birdcage and on the left to the chassis. The position is adjustable to adjust the roll center of the car. The offset of the chassis is also evident in this picture. The exhaust is tucked up close to the engine protecting it from damage.
Left Splined Axle
- This view shows the splined axle and exactly how close the left rear tire is tucked into the chassis.
Quick Release Gears
- The axle gear can be changed easily by sliding the purple collar to the right releasing the gear halves.
Right Splined Axle
- This view shows how far the right side sticks out. The track width is adjusted by changing the order of the spacers on the axle splines. Move the right rear in to get more grip.
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- Both Schlauch children race and Nick is at the races every week. He is always avalible for advice and parts. Our car is parked in front.
Joey and Nick Schlauch at the 2000 Pumpkin Races
- Nick is a personable guy and is happy to work with Joey to make him faster. Nick's advise is spot on. When we went to a new track I set the car up per Nick's reccomendations and we quallified 3rd
! Not bad for a first try.