Next up on project scrap metal is a bunch of mods to make it more dependable. At the most recent DSD event I got about three runs in before the car started acting goofy. The scenario was somebody broke down at cordele, a spring fell out of their car (how that happens I have no idea, stupid kids cutting springs), and I let the car idle for a really long time, then shut if off and waited. When I turned the car on I immediately knew something was up, when I went for the run the car started acting crazy and shut off before I could even get moving. Tried to start the car again and nothing...dead as a door knob. We tried all sorts of things but the car was done for. Sad times. The good news is the problem was just something stupid and easily fixed. Click read more to find out what is was and all the other totally awesome fixes I've applied since then.
It was - in short, the alternator. Chris Ward mentioned that if the alternator dies on LS motors it totally kills the car no matter what and he was right. I had no real way to trouble shoot it at the time, so we chased our tails for a while to no avail, the car was dead.
As you can see up above there I slapped a brand new alternator on it, hopefully it will last me for a while and at least it wasn't a expensive fix.
With a new alternator came a new cable, instead of the cable running to the starter then to the switch I ran it strait to the back side of the switch now. From what Ive heard this will help keep the alternator happy, and also makes my switch actually work now. The wire coming from the bottom of the pic is the alternator wire, not as clean as Id like it but it works.
So when everything went to hell on the car I felt pretty stupid for not having any way to troubleshoot things, so I decided to fix that. I made myself a little troubleshooting panel that goes like this: Is it out of gas?---->Is the check engine light on?-----> Check the codes and see what you got.
I tee'd the accusump into the inlet oil line for the engine, the brass fitting there is actually a check valve so the accusump oil only goes into the engine instead of back through the filter.
Next up on the list of improvements are some solid rack bushings from Max Parts. My polyurethane bushings turned to crap in about 3 drift events for some reason so I ordered these solid bushings. Not only are they aluminum therefor super strong, they are off-center to match the cut knuckles I have.. This will give me the correct ackerman angle and keep the rack from going over center since I cut the bump stops. Yay for cheap angle and yay for correct steering geometry.
I also added this coolant catch can (below), as my energy drink NOS bottle was melting from the heat.
I just welded a little tab on the strut bar and bolted it to that. Pretty nifty.
Also along these lines I picked up new starter since I wasn't so sure about the last one, Summit took the other one back no problem so I got a smaller one that can be taken off a little easier.
So hopefully at the next DSD event we will avoid pictures like the one above. Its been too long since I've slid and I'm super stoked for the next event (June 9th, Cordele).
Thanks for reading everyone!! Till next time. Stay Friv.
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