There’s a lot that’s been happening, so much in fact that I’ve really been slacking with the blog. In due time, for now, picture….
That was a long break huh? Winter testing for Toyota is a travel frenzy it seems. Baudette, MN and Sault Saint Marie, MI can be some very interesting places if you ever get to go. A different way of life is all. Anyway, I decided to tackle the job of making brackets for the e-brake tabs in the rear of the car.
After getting that taken care of I made a new throttle cable bracket to take up the slack that I had at the pedal the last time I drove.
I finally have the fuel cell in the car temporarily. I just want to get this thing running for a quick drive and systems check. Once everything is operating properly I’m going to get the real fuel cell and finish with sheet metal work.
Tire shredding will commence shortly.
Raising the car is never an option. It doesn’t look good and that’s about the only reason you need. When your low profile jack can’t even make it under the car, you only have a few options. You can do the wood plank dance or what I’ve done here, unless you’re ballin out of control and buy air jacks.
Two weeks later, after a work trip in Ohio, I get around to this. Made it to the track with time to spare, drove the entire time, no over heating, nothing broke, went off track multiple times and didn’t break the kit (needs lower) and made it home safely by 3am. The clutch sucks, I’m down on power (obviously), wheels rub in the fender wells and the e-brake is almost useless. At least I have a plan to fix things, when’s the next event?
Two weeks until the infamous Trial By Fire Night Event in conjunction with NASA Arizona. This is one of the biggest events of the year so naturally I registered without the car even running…
Tonight after work I got the brakes bled, the clutch bled, the e-brake and shoes adjusted properly, put the car back on the ground and prepped for some engine work.
I’m a chassis guy. It’s what I do at work and what I prefer to do if someone ask me for help with their car. So of course I decided there was a bunch of useless crap on the engine that wasn’t going to make the car any faster, it was just stuff getting in my way….
like the EGR tubes and such. I made some block off plates.
But as it turns out, the KA really doesn’t like to run well without these things. Most importantly, Idle Air Control parts (doh!). Anyway, that is what’s on the menu for next week. Get this thing running enough to do some Hooliganistic street antics and make sure all my T’s are crossed.