10 Aug 2014

Midlana has been driven every evening after work in order to build time on the new alternator mount. So far so good, so yesterday Midlana was driving the 60 miles to the Cars and Coffee event in Irvine, California. Every time I attend it’s a totally random grab bag as far as what shows up. From Ford Model As to supercars so new that they aren’t officially on the road yet, to anphibi-cars.

One car I recognized was “Blasphemi”, having just seen it on YouTube. It’s a replica of a 1955 Chevy gasser with a hemi, somewhat like the car in the movie “Two Lane Blacktop” (highly recommended btw.) The car was on the show “Roadkill” and though we don’t have TV but I do watch shows via the Web, though nothing in particular. It’s an interesting business plan: record yourselves building a car and driving it, sell the segments to a network, and make enough money to pay for the car. Hmmm, maybe I should have thought of that while I was building Midlana, though I doubt people would want to watch five seasons of building before seeing it be driven!

In other news, I backed off the boost slightly. I’m pretty sure that there was some knocking going on because I thought I could hear it, plus on one stretch of road, the lighting was just right that I could see a couple little puffs of smoke. My tuner mentioned that that’s a sure sign of knocking so it’s now around 13 psi or so. I’m pretty sure that I could have left it at 15 psi, increasing fuel and/or backing off on timing slightly, but I don’t know the KPro (ECU) software well enough to know how to safely make those changes. There’s always ethanol, but because of its spotty availability, I’m concerned that it would end up making Midlana more fussy and less of a “real” car.

Oh, and lastly, when I took Midlana to Cars and Coffee, I left the engine cover at home since there are few places to put it at the show and not have someone step on it, trip over it, or have the wind blow it over. I’ve left it off several times and each time have noticed the same thing, engine water temperature drops a good 5 degrees C. That tells me that there’s not enough engine compartment ventilation, and with the addition of the new turbocharger, I’m considering adding louvers above both it and the exhaust. It doesn’t answer the question though, why doesn’t the thermostat simply stay shut longer and push the temperature back up to 80C Why would coolant temperature drop after removing the cover and stay low during the entire drive? I don’t know.

Anyway, here’s some random pictures from Cars and Coffee. That last picture… ugh. While extreme camber is popular in Japan it’s the first time I’ve seen it here. One can only hope that someday, the driver remembers back, “What the heck was I thinking?”