Getting back on track

July 24, 2011

Life tried to get in the way for the last 12 odd months, but we’re back. The priorities this time aren’t major engineering overhauls, but reliability issues and tidying up. It’s not like us at all, but here goes.

There were some issues last year when I drove at Phillip Island (I was too lazy to blog it. Sorry) where the car would boil at the end of a run as I was coming into the pits. Solution: replace the nearly kinked rad hoses with some nice mandrel bends. Julian did the honours with his newly honed Tig welding skills.

Soon to come, a floor below the radiator to force more air through the fins and not up from under the car. Hopefully that forces enough air past the water  to keep it cool on the warm down lap and in the pits.

It wouldn’t be a Fiat if something didn’t fall off on the track. In my case,it was in the pits where I rolled the drivers side window down and it refused to roll back up. It wasn’t a race stopper at the time, but it was pulled apart after the weekend and hasn’t put itself back together yet. A job for today maybe…

The throttle cable will get some love, neither we nor the scrutineers were particularly happy with the way our exposed throttle cable spanned half the engine bay. The current setup only allows about 1/2 the pedal length under foot before the butterflys hit the stops. So we’re looking at some ways to protect the cable and adjust the pull ratio to get the right balance.

Also on the cards, a massive anderson plug to give us some more juice to crank her over. Then we go racing again!