2004 Nissan Titan - Project Titan, Part 5
Part 5: Cracking the whip - 99 per cent complete in one week's time
Photography by Robin Stover
3:45 a.m.: With two helpers still present, Robin was forced into a time out. It was cold, the long hours had obscured all rational thought, and the 90-weight Royal Purple gear oil he was attempting to pour into the front ProRock 60 axlehousing wouldn't flow, no matter how hard he squeezed. Just then, Scott approached the now-delirious editor: "Dude, you have to remove the inner seal or it won't pour." We closed down the shop and headed to a nearby Denny's. The graveyard-shift host was caught a little off-guard when three grease-covered zombies came through the front door at 4:00 a.m. The look on his face was priceless.
6:23 a.m.: A new fresh wave of workers flooded the front door of Toby's shop. By 8:15, there were five people working through the remaining details of the front suspension. Robin was in the middle of running a fuel line back towards the cheese grater when the UPS man arrived with a big box containing the new fuel cell. The crew breathed a little easier knowing that the vehicle would be able to run for the show.
4:15 p.m.: Toby was finishing up a bar designed to span the back side of the engine, effectively tying together the front shock hoops. Robin was busy making up hydraulic hoses for the orbital valve. Most of the rest of the team's focus was concentrated on rigging up supports for the fiberglass bed sides. This went on late into the night.
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