Taking baby steps like a drunk toddler wandering around in his diaper
I remember when my kids were first learning to walk. It was like they were drunk -- miniature, drunk versions of myself. Not super effective, but they got to where they needed to go. That’s pretty much how this project is looking. But baby steps, one at a time, will get it done.
So anyway, I had a bit of time to work on the car today, as mentioned earlier it looks like the head needs to come off to we decided that was the goal for today. Unfortunately, we failed to complete the mission before the clock struck 6pm and I turned into a pumpkin, but we made progress. No, we still don’t know if the pistons decided to have rough, dirty sex with the valves or not. Borescope says no, but didn’t get the head off to confirm yet.
First step was getting the fuel rail and all the wiring off.
had already removed the valve cover and cams.) This was pretty straightforward and involved only minor swearing at the various electrical connectors and inhalation of the sweet smell of 91 octane.
Then the throttle body came off. You can probably tell where this is going as we need to remove the REV300 supercharger that’s on the car so that we can remove the head. We have to undress her one piece at a time. First the buttons on the blouse, then... Oh did I mention we’re doing this with the rear clam on? Yeah so it’s like underdressing a women wearing handcuffs. Probably a poor decision but we don’t have a ton of space in the garage to store the clam at the moment so we’re making due. This is probably a good bit easier with the rear clam off.
The TB has a bunch of oil in it, which isn’t a good sign. So does the supercharger. Hmm.
Since neither of us had been involved in the initial install of the supercharger, it was a learning experience pulling it off but we made it happen. Definitely a job where you want two people as that thing is heavy and awkward during the actual removal process. It’s also a tight fit up against the firewall.
That supercharger sure is a thing of beauty though.
keeps saying we should sell it and just make the car naturally aspirated, using the money to help offset the repairs of the front clam. But after re-reading
‘s threads (1
) about their supercharger installs and how awesome the cars were afterwards, I think we gotta keep them. I mean it’d be like neutering the most aggressive bull in your ranch.
It doesn’t help that I drove a friend’s McLaren 570S the other day, so the idea of “less power” isn’t sitting well with me at the moment. I think Colin said less weight, nothing about less power. Besides, I already have an NA lotus elise! (BTW that McLaren was insane, I’ve never felt acceleration like that in my life and I’ve ridden many sportbikes.)
We had some trouble on the pulley side of the supercharger, first with loosening the belt (we ended up removing the entire tensioner) and then later on with the motor mount on that side of the car.
Look at all the space without the fun factory installed:
Here’s another shot from the top, can you spot where the cam was seized?
Not really sure if you can see it in this picture, but one of the coolant hoses was pinched and kinked pretty badly underneath the supercharger.
The other thing we cursed at for while was the motor mount on the passenger side. I lost count of how many bolts that thing has but it was a bitch to remove. Is there some tip or making that easier? We also had to remove the water pump pulley to get to one of the bolts holding the mounting bracket to the head?
tackled that while I unbolted the exhaust header so I don’t really know what was going on there.
Oh during some downtime I started to remove the roof with the plan to take it out to have the headliner re-done while we’re working on the engine, but one of the captive torx bolts’ head (passenger front) is stripped so we’re going to have to revisit that plan and figure out how we’re going to get that out.
I’ll have some parts for sale / trade soon (I’ll post in the For Sale section once I take some pics)
1 - TR Motorsports F1 wheels
2 - Set of winter tires for LSS wheels
3 - Difflow diffuser (trade for stock one)
4 - 2bular dual exhaust exhaust
5 - REV300 supercharger (JUST KIDDING!)
Like I said, baby steps.