The Race Car at Evergreen Speedway

Wow! Have we been busy? As most of you already know, we have been working on getting our Race Car ready for the races, which start this coming weekend at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, WA.

If you have seen any of the Racecar Series Videos, you know that we have been working on fixing massive vacuum leaks throughout the intake system. We also found that the engine’s head needs work, so the head was removed and now sits at our local machine shop to be cleaned up. In the meantime, we have sense replaced the rear differential with a limited slip differential. There was gearing issues in the old one that was ultimately hindering our lap time.

After having fixed the rear end, our track time has improved slightly but until we get the head work done, the intake and carburetor setup changed around. The track time won’t be where it should be.

The Race Car for Evergreen SpeedwayBefore the painting of the Race Car for Evergreen Speedway

We have done some cosmetic work. The car now has a face! We put the nose on the car and have made adjustments to fit the old hood as well.

There is still a lot of work to be done, however, we need to get the wheel lug pattern corrected so we can run 8” wheels for maximum grip around the track. The car also needs that all important paint job and decal placement.

Our driver, Jon Roberts AKA Fozzy, has been great to work with through the entire process and we are excited to see what will come of this race season. His knowledge is incredible, as you would expect from a 2 time NASCAR champion in the Mini Stock Division at Evergreen Speedway.

Episode 5 of the racecar was shot in 360 degrees to give you an interesting look into the car and the process of fixing our issues. Jon and Alec discuss some of the issues and what we are doing to fix them. It has been a fun process of filming and editing for this video and we hope you all enjoy it.

Our sponsors for the car are building. Big shout out to Spunks and Sound Advice! Look for their logos on the car along with Allshouse Designs.

Stay up to date on the racecar by visiting our YouTube channel! We will keep you all up to date and will be posting video of the races for the entire race season. Stay tuned for more and while you wait for our next post, head over to YouTube and kill some time with our great videos.

Allshouse Designs and the Race Car

The Race Car with new door panel

It has been a busy week of getting things wrapped up here at Allshouse Designs. I completed work on a simple informative website for Canyon Park Veterinarian Hospital.  It has been over 20 years when Dr. Vaughn purchased the business, when the city of Bothell and the internet was a lot smaller then it is today.  Even if you have a well established business in your community, a digital presence is really non-negotiable in today’s day and age.  These are some of my favorite types of projects, I love seeing well established local business searchable online!  We also spent some great time with Jon prepping “The Race Car” and making the next video.   

First and for most, I want to thank all our new followers to our blog and a big thank you to everyone watching and commenting about our last video.  Your comments help us get to know what you guys are interested in, so we can give you what you want to see. Keep your comments and questions coming. The race car has been real enjoyable for me; as a previously certified mechanic, this whole process has been bringing back memories.  Enjoyment that I thought left me, shortly after my second baby was born.  Sometimes life gets busy with work and family, but a meaningful way to play with your friends is so important for balance.  With great pleasure, we are proud to announce. Episode 4 of the “The Race Car” has been posted to our YouTube channel, enjoy. We have really focused on the car, with an extended Q and A with Jon, and more car footage.

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 Our good friends at Spunks have signed up to co-sponsor the car.  We will be giving out free seeds at the races, so check out evergreenspeedway.com to see when the mini stock division will be racing. Really, you must try these roasted pumpkin seeds.  Go check out their site and our video on their product.  Order up a tasty treat at spunkstore.com. Thanks to Rolands! Local small business is the way to go.  Go local, support your community. We go further, when we go together.

Our YouTube Race Car Adventure Continues…

The Race Car Allshouse Designs

We have just released our latest YouTube Video. This will be our 24th video and we have come a long way. It is hilarious to look at our first video and compare it to video number 24. We have learned a whole lot and continue to research on what makes an entertaining video. We will continue to improve and try our best to bring value.

 The one concept that has been the same is our priorities for our YouTube channel.  Which what we found through research is the most important concept to follow. With that said, here are the list that we have put together.

  • Create awareness of our brand “Allshouse Designs”.
  • Execute our Inbound Marketing Stragity.
  •  Educate the public about our experience and our knowledge.
  • Communicate our values.
  • Advertise our services.

With these 5 priorities in play it helps us determine our next steps. As far as the quality of our videos. We really have a long way to go, but when we get there it is going to be very rewarding. The really cool thing is that we have everything documented. It is fun to think that everyone can look at our channel and start to see our progress. That is what we look at to see what we need to learn and what to tweak. We really thank our current audience and hope that they continue to support us through our journey.

Here is a little glimpse into our latest video. Now we did film around 5 videos at the same time. We experienced horrible lighting and sound issues. We fixed the audio that alone is a great fix. Nothing like having an echo in your videos. We purchased high quality microphones. If you want to know which ones we are using for our latest video you can ask us by commenting below. Now on to the lighting.  After filming in front of a green screen for majority of our videos. We decided to can the entire green screen concept. We just felt that we just could not get the lighting right. In video number 24, episode 3 of the Race Car series. We are using natural light with studio lights. To film it we used two different cameras at two different angles. When you watch the video. The crisper picture with everything in focus is filmed with the Samsung cell phone camera and the warmer picture with the background slightly out of focus is the DSLR camera. In nut shell we are trying to find what we like better.

The last mention is what we have show cased in the video. Matt talks about the feel of the video with out the green screen, a little blurb about our new service and of course the progress of the race car. I hope you enjoy and like what Matt says, “let us know what you think?”

Racecar Episode 2 is here!

Matt McPherson driving the race car

The start of the race season is coming closer and we are continuing to work with Jon to have the racecar ready. In Episode 2 of “The Racecar”, Allshouse Designs head over to Jon’s place to remove the decals off of the car.

We are looking for co-sponsors! If your business is interested in being a part of the Racecar videos. Please contacts us for more details.

We are Sponsoring a Race Car!

Race Car driven by Jon Roberts

Here at Allshouse Designs (Matt and I) will be taking on a huge project for 2018. We will be part sponsoring a race car. That is correct, Matt and I have been gear heads for most of our lives. From rebuilding motors to switching out brakes. We have done it all. Our Good friend Jon has purchased a race car that needs a little bit of work. From suspension to fixing up the body. The car will be entered into the Mini Stock Division at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Washington. With seven racing seasons under his belt. It should be an interesting year.

Jon Roberts started racing Quarter Midgets at 10 yrs old. Now at the age of 34. He has been the owner/driver of 4 different cars. With-in the seven racing seasons, Jon has won 24 main events. The plan is to have the car ready by March 3rd which is the first available dates for open track practice. We anticipate that the car will need 120-man hours put into it to be ready for March 3rd.

As far as the next steps in making the car race ready. We will be focusing on going through the suspension and converting the car to a coil over type suspension. The car will also be getting a fresh engine. Along with replacing a few panels to be able to give the ca a fresh coat of paint.

The cam gears on a 2.0 ford mottor
This is the current motor in the race car. We will be pulling it and replacing it with something a little bigger and brand spanking new.

We are very excited to create blog posts and videos to keep our friends, family and our community updated with the progress of this project. Racing, modify and repairing cars has been a long-time hobby for Matt and I. We hope that everyone will enjoy being apart of the experience in fixing up the car and being with us during the 2018 racing season in the Mini Stock Division.

Jon Robert says it best, “Man and machine working together as one, there isn’t anything else like it. Races and championships are won at home in the garage. They say the separation is in the preparation and the sport of stock Car racing was built on ingenuity and out engineering your competitors. It’s all about the time you put in during the weeks between races, driving the car is just a small part of it.”

Check out our first Epsiode of the series we call, “The Race Car