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Monday, June 7, 2010
Running too rich, right?
by brian @ 10:21:24 - [perma-link]

I'm changing spark plugs on the rally car today. Wait, let me back
up. I'm Grasping at straws on the rally car today. Over the weekend
I went for a drive. It was all good for a while, then the car suddenly
died at a stop sign and wouldn't start again.

I ended up pushing it across the intersection to a downhill and roll-
started it and kept revving th engine to keep it from dying on the way

As I got closer to home, the engine was running hotter than it had
been (about 205 instead of 190ish). That was possibly due to mostly
coasting in neutral while revving he motor behind morons driving 10mph
UNDER the speed limit.

Yesterday it wouldn't start. No idea why. So starting with the basics.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010
New Radiator
by brian @ 13:45:53 - [perma-link]

A few weeks ago I found a Geo Prism with a 2-row radiator. That
radiator also fits an FX-16 (mostly) and gives way more cooling
capacity. I ordered one online and just installed it. I had to trim
the fan shroud a bit to fit over the motor mount, but after that it
went right in.

Idling in the shop, the car would get up to about 194 degrees, at
which point the fan kicks on and it drops back under 190. With the
old radiator (in th last picture. Notice that it has a thinner, 1-row
core) it was holding at a bit over 200 and wouldn't come down on it's
own. It's much better now, and should handle Idaho's hot weather
without a hitch.

I also changed the catalytic converter. The old one (installed just
before Olympus to meet the new rally requirement) took a beating at
Oregon Trail Rally. The element inside was broken into pieces and
clogged up, severely restricting the motor. It's all good now, but I
want to get another spun steel cat so it can handle more abuse.

The car is all set for rallycross on Sunday.

Friday, March 26, 2010
Rallycross this!
by brian @ 11:09:53 - [perma-link]

Pat and I painted over the birthday cake paint job from chump car. Today is the big suspension swap. Then I'll run this car at rallycross on sunday, as a "shakedown" to catch any issues before we use it for recce at Olympus. I'll leave the windows out for rallycross, then hose it out and put back as much of the interior as will fit around the roll cage.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010
linework about 2/3 done
by narcise @ 19:24:51 - [perma-link]

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major linework done, fine lines and shade to go.
by narcise @ 21:21:29 - [perma-link]

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Thursday, March 11, 2010
Post-race inspection
by brian @ 17:20:52 - [perma-link]

I put the rally car up on stands yesterday and did a quick check around the corners. Fluids look good. Brakes are bled (possibly a problem on the front right still. I'll bleed again after I drive it a bit). Suspension is still attached. Steering is OK; the right-side inner tie rod end needs to be replaced.

I mostly washed off the front of the motor to check out a possible oil leak. Its a difficult area to access, so I removed the skid plate, inner fender guards, and the power steering idler pully & bracket and wiped clean as much as I could reach. At Doo Wops we noticed a spot under the oil pressure sender hole that had some fresh-looking drops of oil, but the block was so dirty (probably from the big leak in Idaho) that I couldn't see the source. I'll drive it around some and check for leaks before I do an oil change.

Two of the "good" wheels still look good. One of them had a ding in the rim before Doo Wops and should probably be retired (though it held air fine all through the weekend). The 4th one looks just a little bit ovally, so I'll dump it, too. All of the tires still look decent, but I'll need more for Olympus.

The front edge of the plastic underbody protection needs some help. It hangs down a little in the middle, and the front edge caught a bunch of rocks chewing it up pretty good. On the old car, the front edge was turned up so it would slide over things. This one used to have another piece that connected the plastic with the aluminum skidplate and made a smoother sliding surface. I need to either put that piece back or figure out another support for the front edge. Or both.

The shop needs shelves.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010
bingo-e-oko at le crack fox
by narcise @ 21:15:04 - [perma-link]

If bri were here he'd have met his match. if I shut my eyes I could
totally believe Neil diamond was singing.

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Saturday, February 27, 2010
Hotbits Mounted on the Rally Car
by brian @ 22:31:30 - [perma-link]

I got a late start today, but just finished mounting the rebuilt suspension on the rally car, and checking all the bolts. I also hooked up the new braided stainless brake lines on all 4 corners. Tomorrow I'll get brake fluid and bleed the brakes.

Friday, February 26, 2010
Hotbits ready to rally
by brian @ 21:34:15 - [perma-link]

I got my suspension back from Feal Suspension, where I had sent them to get serviced. They revalved them to be a little stiffer for the bigger springs, and fixed a busted adjuster rod. The adjuster rings on one of the rears (with the yellow springs) were seized up, but I spent a while with the strut mounted in a vise (by the single tab) I was able to get it all the way down.

Tomorrow I'll check each corner of the car as I install the struts. Once these are on, I'll bleed the brakes, and throw on a set of wheels. I'm hoping to at least drive it up to the car wash to rinse off any remaining dirt, then get it set up in the new shop for final preparation before Doo Wops.

Thursday, February 25, 2010
happy anniversary!
by narcise @ 17:15:38 - [perma-link]

to two of the people I love the most. happiest 5th!Sent from my iPhone


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