This week we built the tailpipe and rear collector , we went 2&1/2 inch off the collector at the headers and then into a single 3 inch which exits at the very rear tip of the car.We figure that getting it out there has two advantages , it doesn't disturb flow down the sides of the car and the cooling ( and therefore collapsing ) gases might have a bit of a "taming" effect on the wake left in the air. Who knows , we might even get a pound or so of thrust that way too....
.Hoisted the motor half a dozen times yesterday because the gearshift side extractor won't come out on it's own...put it in check it , tack it , lift the motor again , weld it put it back in , check etc, etc , etc .So ,the big piece of skin missing off the back of my index finger ?I dunno , the motor dropped into one of the mounts at one point and my finger was between something , and something else.....I recited the entire Websters dictionary of coarse talk along with the Viz magazine Profanisaurus as well.........frig it hurt.
One of the downsides of sending the exhaust out the very back of the car is that it means we have this very big , very hot thing inside the car.....running underneath the fuel tank...the lowest part of the fuel is closest so it's gonna boil the fuel unless we find some clever shielding or , dash it , get a new tank......
We've largely finished plating in the front of the car leaving a "cut-line " around the front of the cage so when the Rev' crashes it we'll be able to cut him out ......though we might need a thermonuclear lance to do it.This all means we are starting to nail( special metal nails that are cheap and almost as strong as welding
) the outline of the floor.....the outer body ( the actual belly-tank) is just a skin and so there is full panelling and a separate floor made from 5mm plate that runs full length.The aluminium with be attached to a thin skin floor sheet ( we think!!)
Rose joints have tidied up the gearshift , 'bout bloody time it finally "snicks"....two more have made the throttle linkage a neat little thing .
The clutch and accelerator pedal are both foot shaped ( yes left and right ) so we were in a pickle over what to do with the brake pedal( what, two big toes , none?).....it's a reworked VW pedal that was part of the original pedal set that I made for the car.....it comes off the floor , it works , we like it.
The water tank is largely done with the inlet yet to be finished.....cripes it's tight , and ,um, heavy....it's 45 kgs empty and holds almost exactly 60 litres....it looks just like a two foot long steel coffin .
Just noticed this week that "Australia's fastest V6 Commodore " is doing high nines at 137 miles per hour........hmmmmm fooly sick mayte!!!!!
...In time they might want to change that to "Quickest"
...few understand what I'm trying to do , but they vastly outnumber those who understand why..