I was on a mission last week to make it to the Mission 22 new england rally. Every summer a local group of car clubs converge to make one giant rally group for a giant charity rally weekend full of shenanigans and high speed hijinx.
I recieved the chassis back from paint about a week before the rally but I still had parts coming back from paint up until 2 days before the rally so I was working on the car up until midnight, the night before the rally and my drive to the rally meeting spot at 6am was literally my shake down.
I ddn't post much about the re-assembly of the car because it was mostly tedious yet uneventful. . so it was a full week from wake up till after dark every day with help from friends.
But that morning, we drove approx 50 miles to the rally start point without issues, in fact the braking from the larger rear radially mounted calipers I installed and the lowered (+ more rake) stance transformed the handling along with the A052 tires (Never going back to R888Rs).
We started the rally which was high paced from the git-go, and made it another 30 miles before hitting traffic. While putting through traffic the car started sputtering and stalled out then stalled out again and again and started puffing a bunch of white smoke out of the ehaust (but no coolant smell)
One of the guys on the rally (a vintage racer) pulled over and made the determination that it was fuel coming out of the exhaust and flooding the cylinders. Insted of quitting on the rally the guys told me to tow it to the race track (our final destination for the day) and we'd get cracking on it.
Sat on the side of the highway for an hour and a half with temps over 100 degrees due to the traffic/hot road. Got a chance to talk to lots of people crawling by at about 3mph:
We got to the track towards the end of the day, and people got busy looking through the car. Car would barely stat and continued to puff smoke out of the exhaust. So we pulled the plugs and 3 of 4 were nasty. Changed the plugs and she started up but it was running 9:1 A/F. Super rich and was starting to foul the new plugs. We went on a hunt to look for injectors but finding even stock injectors was impossible.
The next day one of the other Elises on the rally actually crashed on the track, so we decided to try to borrow injectors from him even though they were stock 300 cc injectors instead of my 750cc injectors. Figured they should work perfect for idling and low rpm/low load. So it would be a guaranteed way to get home.
Didn't work and the car was lean even at idle to the point it barely revved.
So we had to throw the old injectors back in and magically after tapping them a bunch and working some carb cleaner through them, they seemed to be working perfectly again. Burned 2 days till they decided to work again, but the car was up and running and maintained A/F the rest of the trip, allowing us to go on the Kanc cruise on the third day.
(Think NH version of Tail of the Dragon)
We did the trip up as a group of about 30 from Loon mountain and the car's handling and braking was really really next level. Nothing short of flat out amazing.
And some short videos:
Amzing weekend, and surprisingly we made it home