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159,004 miles

1,600 miles enjoyed YTD,  5,000 since acquired. 

I got the car parked and in the air last night in preparation for Blackhawk on the 15th. The inspection, bleeding, and brake pad swap shouldn't take long but 2020 has been such a bastion of good fortune /s and I figured I better get a head start on things as my next few weekends are jam packed with other plans. 

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Rainy, but a good experience.

For a while it looked like we might not get out on track at all due to weather delays for which @patsbimmer1 mentioned the day might become something along the lines of “a really expensive Lunch outing”  but we ended up getting a few runs in and had a good time.

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I was studying the rain line earlier in the week but decided I wanted to experience what the racing line was like and get a feel for why the rain line exists. Save for the apex puddles I tried to maintain the normal racing line. Im looking forward to learning more about it

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On 7/17/2020 at 10:51 PM, Rekpoint said:

What an absolute masterpiece created in windows movie maker. 
 

 

Another windows movie maker masterpiece from this morning’s drive:
 

I’ve been racking up the miles here in July with a couple quick trips and have a short list of items to address
159,683 miles

Things to-do soon:

-replace headlight bulbs or ballast die to passenger headlight working intermittently

-replace TPS since its an easy enough thing to do and I received a random TPS related CEL which has not come back

-replace temperature sensors because again, its easy enough to do and I had a random CEL for it (and im beginning to question its accuracy as its already out of the blue band when I fire it up in the morning)

-replace clutch slave cylinder as it has a slight damp area on the mounting flange and I don’t want to chance it.


I did eliminate a suspension noise by shimming a sway bar end-link and locating a loose heat shield 

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Replaced a bummy headlight bulb that didn’t like to work a full shift with a new pair of 4300K Philips. They are A little brighter than what was in there. Im guessing what was in there was a 5000K Budget HID special which were fine up until they weren’t.  

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I got screwed on my way home from work. I keep a plug kit and inflator in my trunk emergency kit. Today it did its job

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The trans has been treating me really well and shifting nice. It has to be from bleeding the clutch before the track day. I think the possible slave cyl. leak may be allowing air in more easily than normal. Thats 2 strikes for the clutch slave cylinder so I will address that next.

 

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For my own future reference as I sit here bored in a meeting at work:

On the list for winter

-Find mechanical cooling fan components (shrouds, clips/fasteners, etc.) and replace Spal fan with stock mechanical fan. The Spal fan will be moved to pusher duty on the front unless I can find a good used aux. fan and all associated shrouding etc.
-Replace oxidized AC Condenser before it fails and coats my engine bay/front tires/life in greasy R134a

-Replace radiator if it looks crusty on the front (need to remove condenser to see)

-Coolant flush

-PS Flush

-Oil Change w/ Blackstone analysis

-Replace cooling system hoses and o-rings 

-Replace upstream O2 sensors because they are probably original

-Replace TPS sensors and fuel injectors

-Replace clutch hydraulics

-Inspect/replace steering flex disk

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I wanted to see what the exhaust actually sounds like since induction and other cool mechanical engine noises make it hard to hear:

I didn’t do it for Dale, I did it for science.

Is the sound intoxicating? No.

is it raspy? Yes.

is it all bad? No. I find the sound to be unique and interesting. It is exotic in the way Joe Exotic is. I am content and have no plans to make it louder. If I heard it all the time I might change my mind about it.

 


 

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On 8/20/2020 at 8:34 AM, B C said:

For my own future reference as I sit here bored in a meeting at work:

On the list for winter

-Find mechanical cooling fan components (shrouds, clips/fasteners, etc.) and replace Spal fan with stock mechanical fan. The Spal fan will be moved to pusher duty on the front unless I can find a good used aux. fan and all associated shrouding etc.
-Replace oxidized AC Condenser before it fails and coats my engine bay/front tires/life in greasy R134a

-Replace radiator if it looks crusty on the front (need to remove condenser to see)

-Coolant flush

-PS Flush

-Oil Change w/ Blackstone analysis

-Replace cooling system hoses and o-rings 

-Replace upstream O2 sensors because they are probably original

-Replace TPS sensors and fuel injectors

-Replace clutch hydraulics

-Inspect/replace steering flex disk

The radiator in that car is literally brand new. I had it put in when I had Eric re-wire the car to get rid of the mechanical fan. Don't waste your money. 

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45 minutes ago, i_love_cars said:

The radiator in that car is literally brand new. I had it put in when I had Eric re-wire the car to get rid of the mechanical fan. Don't waste your money. 

The aux. fan controller cannot run the fan at full speed and the needle climbs while lining up in grid/idling for more than a minute on a hot day unless I am running the heater on full attempting to induce heat stroke.
 

Running a stock aux. fan and hard wiring the puller to a temp switch that lets it run full speed is the other option being considered.
 

 

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1 minute ago, B C said:

The aux. fan controller cannot run the fan at full speed and the needle climbs while lining up in grid/idling for more than a minute on a hot day unless I am running the heater on full attempting to induce heat stroke.
 

Running a stock aux. fan and hard wiring the puller to a temp switch that lets it run full speed is the other option being considered.
 

 

I'm going to come over this weekend and inspect this fuckery for myself. I don't buy the story

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Just now, i_love_cars said:

I'm going to come over this weekend and inspect this fuckery for myself. I don't buy the story


😄

Never a concern in this weather, but in July/August if I let my guard down while stopped, the needle has been known to be sneaky.

 

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