I finally got a chance to sit down last night with the goal of finishing the build of my car with the hope of running it this weekend.
I started putting together the CVD's only to discover that one of the CVA couplers wasn't drilled properly.
This wasn't just a burr or slight blockage, but the hole was simply drilled too small. Weird.
Since I only had a 1/16th drill bit at my house I went ahead and cleared the hole but now its just a wee-bit too large and the axle has some slop. No biggie. I can live with that...
Later I start assembling the a-arm assemblies to the chassis.
According to the directions, I need to use the "2-dot" arm mounts.
Ok. fetch the parts tree, look for the 2-dot ones... guess what? ONE has fallen off the plastic tree. Unfortunately it's not laying in the bottom of the parts bag. It's just gone...
Ugh. OK. I'll just use the 1 dot ones and I probably won't even notice the difference with my (lack of) driving skill.
Onward I go. Now I'm assembling the center drive pulleys. I promptly drop the assembly and !poof! the 4mm shims vanish into thin air! Geez I hope I don't really
need those. I guess I'll order more later.
Now I'm really getting somewhere! The car is taking shape and I'm gonna install the drive components. It's all downhill from there.
In fact, I can almost hear my Vector-TC combo whirring around the track!!
I've heard on here from others that the belt tension can be a bit tricky but I don't expect any trouble. Except I do...
But my trouble isn't that the rear belt is too tight. It's not even too loose.
My problem seems to be related to the fact that the freaking belt ISN'T EVEN THERE!!!
$369 for a half-packed half-inspected "kit". Cornholio must have been on shift when my kit was boxed.
At this point I'm pissed. I'm just gonna go to bed and deal with it tomorrow.
So today I call Associated. I get less than stellar service.
The rep says he will send me the parts but he doesn't sound like he believes me. He also doesn't offer the first apology or even sound interested.
I'm so bummed that I now won't get to run the car this weekend. I don't even get riled.
Is this what our money buys us these days? I'll get the parts in "about a week"
I'm not expecting a free t-shirt or anything but at least an apology and rush shipping would have been nice. You'd think that the money AE saved skipping the QC process could have covered the cost of Priority shipping.