17 Sep 2010

Added clamps to the more critical areas so hoses/wires don’t get worn through on sharp edges. Double-checked that all the coolant clamps are tight, removed everything from under the car, and finally filled the cooling system. Tomorrow it’s coming off the sawhorses – assuming there aren’t any puddles under it in the morning… Getting close.

Someone asked why I don’t start it while it’s on the sawhorses, since it’s easy to get under it if there are any issue. Since the sawhorses are all-metal, the tops are smooth – and slippery. I worry that engine vibration could cause the car to fall off, making for a very bad day. Also, since the car is nose-out it means filling the garage with exhaust, never mind the increased fire danger. I’ll get some help and push it out into the street and turn it around – don’t want to run it in the garage. It’ll be backed out just far enough to have its butt end out there in case of problems, but far enough in that I can deal with it myself.

The plan was to just sit a plastic fuel container next to the car during the dyno test but I forgot about getting the car turned around, and driving it on and off the trailer… guess the fuel container will be in the car, zip-tied to the cage.

In related news, a buddy (thanks, Alan) pointed me to a shop that has a much larger louver punch than most. That was a major hang up of mine against louvers – their small size. I don’t want the car looking like an air-conditioning unit and big louvers help set it apart. If that works out, matching side panels might be used for the exiting radiator air, too.