The deadline to finish the car was today and what I thought was a wiring issue with the starter is an issue somewhere between the engine and trans. The starter solenoid worked. I could hear it click and measure voltage on the wire between the starter and solenoid. I tried banging on the starter while turning the key and it didn’t help. I thought maybe turning the flywheel a bit would help.
Thats when I realized it was a mechanical issue because turning the crank with a wrench wasn’t happening. I tried again with the clutch in. I pulled the lower bellhousing cover off and took out the strange useless sensors that came on this trans. After about 4 calls to my brother to get him to diagnose it over the phone I realized that the back of the crank scraper was tight against the flywheel.
I didn’t want to unbolt the trans to fix it so I took the sawzall to it. I chewed up the front of the bellhousing and crank a little but no issue. That took a few hours of me saying it’s not going to work because the stroke of the blade is to long. My dad showed me otherwise since he’s owned the sawzall since 1971 and I finished cutting it. When I tried to crank it again it was apparent that that wasn’t the issue.
I called my brother and told him I needed to pack it up and asked if he would find time to drop the trans this week. That was at 3pm. It took another 6 hours for me to put the front body parts back on and pack up all the tools I could imagine. Only one brake light and the turn lights worked on my trailer so we messed with that another 20 minutes. It is of course a truck issue and one of my headlights burned out also. I figured its saturday night and drunk drivers don’t tow race cars to the bar so I drove 2 hours to my brothers shop with the hazards on and one headlight.
It’s in my brothers hands now and he works 10 times faster than I do but he is a full time mechanic, a part time mechanic, is a partner in a home improvement business, and now a volunteer at the local humane society.
I don’t know what it can be and I have a stage 3+ clutch in the turbo car so a stage 4 clutch shouldn’t be an issue. All I know is that the trans needs to be dropped to figure it out. My brother thinks the new trans is the issue since it has a funny bellhousing with 2 extra sensors in it and thinks it may have come from an e36, but the part number matches the one in the rules. I could easily turn the trans by hand and turn the engine with a wrench before I installed them but I didn’t try them together.
I got my accumulator installed yesterday, and accidentally prelubed the engine before I was ready to crank it. Funny thing is that a few hours later when I tried to crank it it said I had 10 psi yet when I expected it to read zero. I haven’t messed with the calibration of the iq3 at all so I don’t know what that issue is. Hopefully it doesn’t mean a major oil port is blocked.
I ended up using 2 stainless steel oil pan plugs from the Case dealer in the oil cooler ports. They must be the only thing I can get in 22mm x 1.5 in this state. My dad drilled out one of the ss plugs and then cut one of the ends off of a galvanized male-male npt nipple and I welded the 2 together. The Case hydro shop didn’t have any real swivels with 1/2 npt fittings so I got one that only swivels until you tighten it. I put a loop in the line to keep it away from the exhaust and used a hole saw to put another hole in the firewall for the line. Then I made a grommet out of a rubber hose.
I drilled out my rivets and installed bolts in my fire extinguisher mount and improved my battery mount so hopefully I’ve got everything legal safety wise.
I still need to roll my fenders properly. I know someone posted that 15mm offset still wasn’t close to the max trackwidth, but my 10mm offset drag dr41 stick out pretty damn far and If they are legal I still need to roll the fenders.
Every time I go to the track it’s at least 96 degrees and blazing sun. I’ll be happy if that happens my first race because I’m totally unprepared for rain. I have 1 set of shaved tires and no defog or washer system now. I have most of a helmet blower system to install at the track.
Bottom line is that it’s a good thing I haven’t registered and paid for racing and comp school yet because I may not make it! I thought if I couldn’t get the car running I’d volunteer but at the new rate for volunteer points it’s a waste of a weekend.
Are there any rental spece30s for the weekend. I just got a replacement credit card that’s to heavy to carry around. I wish I was addicted to crack because it would be a lot cheaper.