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50 days left, The Carbeque reaches it's maximum state of entropy.
Posted by Adam1 on March 17, 2014, 10:14 pm CST
Nestling into it's new role of being the eEuroparts warehouse eyesore, The Carbeque has finished getting taken apart and has finally begun to go back together. The junkyard engine Soggy and I picked up a few races back went straight into the car, without having any work done to it. Only one race later it decided it would pull its best [insert oil disaster] and mess up anything it rolled over. This was especially bad after 16 or so hours at wide open throttle, where it would complete the victory tradition of emptying itself over some unlucky helpgiver's trailer. No More! The main seals have been done, the oil pump seal, head gasket, intake and exhaust seals, waterpump seal, oil filter housing seal, valve cover gasket.
So now is when it gets interesting. The used KYB shocks are getting traded for Bilsteins (which will be summarily painted white, have a KYB decal put on them, and dragged through some mud).
On top of that, the Bosch LH2.4 Jetronic fuel injection and distributor will be going to the eEuroparts.com swap meet. It will be replaced with SAAB Trionic 5 out of a free 9000CSE parts car that was getting junked. *DEEP BREATH* This fully electronic engine management system was way ahead of its time, being capable of increased power AND fuel mileage due to sequential fuel injection. The knock sensor has been replaced with a coil on plug ignition cassette that detects fuel ionization based on a weak current it sends across the spark plugs, sending info back to the ECU that can advance or retard ignition as it so pleases. It also takes the MAP and O2 sensors in consideration in its determination to provide most efficient and powerful running.
Other upgrades will include wider tires on the big red wheels previously reserved for road use only. They weigh as much as Saturn, so they were only considered AFTER Trionic was decided on, as unsprung weight is the worst think you can introduce to a race car. I still cringe about it. They are *so* heavy.
An exhaust system that doesn't blow directly onto the fuel tank is also going on. LeMons used to not care about exhaust systems that just exited under the car as long as it was behind the driver, but now they are strictly enforcing an entire exhaust system so that's about that. Spoil sports.
So it sounds like the car is getting some big upgrades, but in reality all these things just add uncertainty to a design that has been proven to run well and finish races. You should be excited, nobody knows what is going to happen in the next few weeks!