She’s alive and she bites

She’s alive and she bites

Well it’s all in the title. I’ve been promising a video for the last couple of weeks of the first start. To make up for being behind here are 3, one of the first start and 2 from the go kart. Safety first though. I had the fire extinguisher standing by just in case. But as you notice, and this was taken after first start, it’s still full. Ok onto the good stuff. Here is the first start. In case your curious this was the very first attempt to start her and she started right up. I was surprised as I thought she would be louder. And she bites. I guess that’s to be expected from a snake. I had to tighten one of the fittings and I forgot that headers get hot after running. DOH! After letting her warm up and come up to operating temperature we...

Vrooom Vrooom?

Vrooom Vrooom?

Well not quite yet. While on the march towards first start there’s still quite a few little things that need to be knocked out. My plan had been for first start to be last Sunday the 13th of April, but since it was going to snow I decided instead to focus on all the little things that still needed attention. Last time we talked about brackets and since I know how much everyone enjoyed that let’s pick up where we left off. With the brackets in place and holding everything it was time to start running the oil and coolant lines. The pic below shows where the two lines come off the oil filter adapter and run towards the front of the car. You can also just see the oil pressure sensor in the top of the image. This is the one the engine ECU monitors. I have...

Bracket 3 – I think we have a winner

Bracket 3 – I think we have a winner

I made good progress this last weekend and think I’ve solved the fitting, mounting and fabricating of the new bracket, version 3 as I call it, to support the Oil Filter, Oil Thermostat and the Radiator Overflow Tank. Last time I showed you the new overflow tank and the template. Below is the test fit of the template in place, checking it for shape and clearances. And here is the┬ánew sheet of aluminum that I will craft the new bracket from. I’ve also had some questions as to how I’ve been crafting, cutting these brackets out of the sheet. I took some pics through the process to show everyone how I go from this sheet to the final bracket. I start out with a combination of the template and measurements. I then layout the bracket on the sheet using...