24 Jul 2011

Redid the engine cover because several of the Dzus mounting holes were off and it bugged me everything I looked at it. It’s being done now because the air-cleaner design has started. No pictures yet because the day was spent mostly thinking about it and trying out various locations for theĀ filter. While a flat filter element packages okay, geometrically, nothing beats a cylindrical air-cleaner element for surface area. And being that my too-much-for-my-own-good engine puts out 400-ish hp, it needs a bigĀ filter. A large cylindrical K&N unit will be used on a 90-deg fitting straight into the turbo, with an outer housing around the filter butting up against the engine cover. The engine cover will have a low profile raised section pointing rearward to point the sound away, and also lessen the chances of water intrusion. There’s a couple of other tricks to make sure that if the car’s caught in the rain that no water ingestion will occur.

The picture here is of our Fugi apple tree, which has done surprisingly well in Southern California. It’s located at the base of a slope to maximize the number of chilling days it sees (a requirement for fruiting) and it’s been very productive every year… until the rats eat them. Last year I had enough and part way through their carnage, opted for the nuclear solution – bait stations. They’ve apparently broken the rat’s social structure to the point that their local community (in a neighbor’s yard) has been “solved.” That said, I hate using poison on anything, but so far so good, with no bite marks found. Fugi apples are the best apples I’ve found (try them out, they’re in most stores now.) Now if only the darn avocado would grow…