So I think I already told you guys this car might be cursed and I don't think anyone took me seriously.
Well, I went on a cruise yesterday from the boston area to Cape cod (about an hour drive without traffic)
This was invite only, and about 200 exotic cars. It was by police escort the entire way, and the big dollar cars at the front of the pack were running a strong pace that was hard to keep up with without weaving through traffic and trying hard to keep up.
I know in our smaller slower group towards the back we were pushing doing a lot of 80-100 with bursts to 120-140, we actually had a pretty serious pucker moment as we came up on traffic that was stopped dead stopped at one of our fastest paces. Myself, a ferarri, an s2000, a corvette and a 991 porsche all made a stop from 140-0 successfully, thank god but the smell of brakes was very real.
I guess I naively didn't expect speeds like that and while I didn't think the car was really ready for that, I felt mechanically, I'd been driving the car all summer and felt it would go, stop and steer as consistently as ever, but when we left the show, we hopped back on the hgihway quickly to visit my wife's family the next town over. After hours of high speed driving, I take the last corner, to go into town, and I start hearing a thunk thunk thunk (that varies with speed, not rpm) I thought I had a flat, thats the best way to describe it, but I'm doing 20 mph so if you had the radio up you wouldn't have even heard it, and I didn't feel anything particularly different at that speed.
So I pull over (in the middle of down town) and I try to reverse into a spot. The car binds when I put it in reverse as if the parking brake is on. So I hop out. Look at the rear wheel and see it's tucked more than usual. I look through the spokes of the wheel and I see axle grease everywhere and then I see it.... the top ball joint is completely seperated from the spindle.
That nut could have come off before the cruise even started and I could have been driving that whole time with nothing more than friction holding that ball joint in place. I'm 100% sure both my wife and I would be dead if that had failed on the highway.
Fancy cars get a lot more attention when they're being loaded on a trailer in the middle of town:
What the wheel looked like after backing it off the trailer:
I don't know what happened to these threads, but the tow truck driver during our hour plus ride home asked me a good question. He said did you forget to put the cotter pin back in.... and I thought for a second.... and I'm like yeah that's right there's cotter pins on ball joints but I don't remember there being one on this car. And low and behold, these cars dont have cotter pins. Just a nylock nut which obviously wasn't enough in this case. Suffice to say I should be dead, along with my wife, and I'll be drilling all of these ball joints and adding cotter pins just to be sure, plus I think it makes sense to actually bring this car to the dealer spend for an hour or 2 of labor and just have them double check my work. before final reasembly.