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DaveEstey
DaveEstey PowerDork
4/30/19 5:52 p.m.

Got the rest of what I should need for the coolant system. 

DaveEstey
DaveEstey PowerDork
5/2/19 7:33 p.m.

Water lines are plumbed. Need to make a bracket for the filler. Next up is oil cooler lines. 

smokeysevin
smokeysevin New Reader
5/3/19 9:13 a.m.

What size are the cooling lines -10/-12? Never having worked on rotaries, they look small. I love the cleanliness of them.

 

Sean

DaveEstey
DaveEstey PowerDork
5/3/19 2:34 p.m.

In reply to smokeysevin :

They're -16, which is what the pump is designed to work with

DaveEstey
DaveEstey PowerDork
5/9/19 8:30 a.m.

Front suspension full refresh and back together. Waiting on a couple bits before the body goes back on.

DaveEstey
DaveEstey PowerDork
5/10/19 10:45 p.m.

oil cooler lines are done. Front brake lines replaced with -03AN PTFE lines. Body going back on - body work and paint is next. 

 

DaveEstey
DaveEstey PowerDork
5/12/19 8:15 a.m.

Things are coming together. 

Got lubed up - I swear by this stuff at this point. 

DaveEstey
DaveEstey PowerDork
5/12/19 8:18 a.m.

I got a "Fresh" hood, which had really bad paint over paint that was also bad. 15 minutes with the RO sander and she's prepped for some maths. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hopefully this will alleviate air pressure issues stemming from the new coolant system positioning. Next up is ducting in the rad/oil cooler and wiring in the fans. 

DaveEstey
DaveEstey PowerDork
5/13/19 9:17 a.m.

Fans are in, radiator inlet is fully shrouded and new harnesses is installed. Just small bits before Ascutney hillclimb this weekend. 
 

 

DaveEstey
DaveEstey PowerDork
5/14/19 10:38 a.m.

Just have to finish installing the lexan in the rear hatch and she's ready to go in the trailer for Mt. Ascutney

 

DaveEstey
DaveEstey PowerDork
5/21/19 7:48 a.m.

Ascutney results! Got the P3 class win. I red lighted my last run, which is a 10-second penalty. My goal was a 1:55, so unofficially I got it. 

KevinGale
KevinGale HalfDork
5/23/19 9:23 a.m.

I did the red light thing on my last run. Then I just did a fam run up the hill.  I hope Paul Malko gets his staging lights working so we can control how deep we line up or at the very least make it consistent. I know I have had a red light because I was staged differently.  

MichaelYount
MichaelYount HalfDork
5/23/19 2:36 p.m.

Congrats guys!

DaveEstey
DaveEstey PowerDork
5/27/19 11:15 a.m.

In reply to KevinGale :

I couldn't see the light due to glare so I tried to listen for the beeps, which is damn near impossible. 

DaveEstey
DaveEstey PowerDork
6/20/19 3:38 p.m.

Okemo hillclimb was last weekend. Car was feeling great and earned another class victory. I ran 2 seconds off my PR there, which given the degrading road I'm quite happy with.

I was dealing with disappearing water throughout the event so I got the car home and put a pressure tester on the coolant system.




30 minutes later it looked like this

 

No bueno.

This engine is going on 4 years old now and has been fed only the finest hot suppers every time it fires, so it didn't owe me anything.

Luckily I have 5 weeks until the next hillclimb, which should be ample time to reseal the engine - though I've never done this myself so there will be a learning curve.

Just in case, I've also sourced a backup engine with stock porting.

KevinGale
KevinGale HalfDork
6/21/19 9:17 a.m.

In reply to DaveEstey :

Owning a race car seems to mean always learning new things. 

It's funny how it just all stacks up over time.   I can recall way back when I first started working on the old modified with Ray Gonthier.   I hardly knew which end of a wrench to use. I still mostly feel like I know next to nothing given that I'm aware of how much there is to know.  

But now I don't think twice about jumping into some new mechanical thing. For example I installed the new car lift in the garage myself.  I'd never done that before but after some quick research I was pretty confident I could figure it all out. Mechanical, Electrical, figuring out the location and installing the anchor bolts. It went smoothly. Many and maybe even most of the people we race with wouldn't consider it a big deal.  But average every day people are just totally amazed that I could do it myself. There is just too big a gap between their skills and what is needed to imagine it.  The skills stack up over time.

 

fidelity101
fidelity101 UltraDork
6/21/19 11:34 a.m.

Before you open it up I suggest wander around it with a stethoscope and you should hear where the source is, then go from there. Hopefully nothing is warped from high heat/lack of coolant (water) and its more of a basic clean, re-assemble. Worst case ontario I would get the plates re-ground potentially, which would also correct some wear. 

Your engine is 5 years old actually, the one I built for me is 4 years old.

 

 

one of its 1st starts... so its slightly over 5 years now :)

DaveEstey
DaveEstey PowerDork
6/24/19 8:00 a.m.

Well it drove itself into the shop after starting with zero issues. It has always been a good starting engine when given a properly sized battery. 

One hour later it looked like this. 



I'd like to thank YesterDave for making so many things come apart easily. 

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