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I went by the shop yesterday and talked with Dan and John a bit more about the supercharger install. We also ordered a radiator and gauges. With the fans that will be ordered and that radiator, the engine should stay cool enough on my daily drive. If not, I can go to a cowl hood (rather than the heat extration) and will hopefully be able to keep a mostly-stock appearance, while keeping the engine at acceptable temperatures.

Gauges that will be added include a boost gauge, coolant temperature gauge, and oil temperature gauge. As I talked with John and Dan, they discussed another gauge - I think "wideband"? - used to show if it's running lean or rich. They said this would be important for tuning, but wouldn't really be required for the long term. All of these gauges are white faced, to match the boost gauge that came with the supercharger. They'll be mounted either above or below the aftermarket radio I've purchased - the stock one doesn't leave enough room for the gauges.

I'm still waiting for Dan's engine to be ready. The SCCA Solo II Divisionals are this weekend; the engine should be available soon after. The current plan goes as follows (AFAIK): The engines from each car will be pulled. My engine's head and Dan's entire engine will be sent to the machine shop. The machine shop will use his head as examples for the shims when fitting my head with mechanical lifters. Somewhere in that process, the head will get the camshafts and cutback valves, and they'll make sure it will fit well with the block from Dan's engine. The machined parts will be sent back to John and Dan. They'll reassemble the engine and bolt on the supercharger, and then tune. The machine shop will take at least four days, they'll need two to reassemble the engine and bolt on the supercharger, and then they'll need a few more days for tuning. All in all, the car will probably be down for a solid two weeks. I'll be driving one of those old Camrys in the mean time.

While at the shop, I spotted a beautiful classic Mini Cooper in their storage area. Apparently, the car is getting a little work done to get it in nearly perfect shape, and the owner is planning on selling it. nugget needs a Mini, you know, and it will fit in the garage with the other two cars...

*sigh* My birthday is in two days, and my mother wants advice on what to give me. Nugget suggested I ask for autocross numbers, which is a great idea. When I talked to Dan last night, he said they know a person who can make them for me. All I have to do is pick a font and colors. Oh. Great. I have to actually try to be creative? I suck at this! So, if someone has suggestions for autocross numbers and letters that would look good on a Montego Blue Miata, I'd love to hear them. Currently, I'm number 98, and I'll need SM2, X, L, and maybe a few other things.

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equiraptor From: equiraptor Date: June 8th, 2005 01:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
I didn't follow the conversation very well (I'm still learning) but if I heard correctly, the wideband sensor will go in there. The question was whether or not I needed a gauge for the thing.

Dan pushed cooling to me right from the beginning (when I was saying, "I'm thinking about doing this, if I did, what would I need?"). Among the first things he mentioned was a larger radiator. He seems to be stressing that even more as summer approaches (arrives).

I'm getting the FM gauges. I figured, the supercharger gauge is from FM, might as well have them all match?
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equiraptor From: equiraptor Date: June 8th, 2005 02:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: AC

The only times I have run the AC in the Miata is when I wanted it to help defrost. Saying this caused quite a reaction in John, who's fond of air conditioners. :)
equiraptor From: equiraptor Date: June 8th, 2005 01:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
The gauges were ordered with the radiator - Dan made a phone call last night. Thanks for the offer... :)
sebatical From: sebatical Date: June 10th, 2005 01:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hippo birdies, two ewes..
Hippo birdies, two ewes..
Hippo birdies, two ewes, deer equiraptor..
Hippo birdies, two ewes..
equiraptor From: equiraptor Date: June 10th, 2005 01:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hehe. Thanks.
jessalyn From: jessalyn Date: July 24th, 2005 11:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Kinda a late post, but I was just lookin though--

I hear turbo miatas are much fun. I wouldn't know though, just friends talking, and having them.

Mods isn't the way I like going anymore-- Give me an old Porsche an I'll be happy-- even with the rediculous bill for keeping it working ;) But modding cars does the same thing :P
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