Hey guys, I got my first major set back in my build. The motor on my donor blew. It spun a Main bearing, due to oil starvation. Worst part of the whole thing is it's my fault. I had a bolt made to hold my supercharger pully on to the crank shaft. I think the bolt was too long blocking the oil journal for the number 1 piston. Looking for a replacement on eBay, hopefully an inexpensive one. I knew I'd blow these motors up, just didn't think it would be so soon. Derrick
Thanks Richard, I need all the words of encouragement I can get. The kit ships out the end of next week so I'm told. Worst case I can use this engine as a template until it's fixed or replaced. I'm still vexed with wheel choices, read a gang about pro's and cons about sizes and widths. I was told RTR changed the brake rotors or hubs and they are not readily available in the US. Mine are being machined to fit hope this doesn't turn into a nightmare in the future trying to source rotors. The Ford Focus must have been a better seller in the UK than here weird. It's like saying they sold more Jaguars here than there. 4x108 is almost impossible to find used ,I've found a set of new rims that I like they are the Motegi MR116 with the machined pin stripe. I'm thinking of going 17x7 they run about 73-74 British Pounds each. You guy's are still on Pounds or is it Euros I'll never figure it out, anyway $125.00 to me free shipping and no tax. Now for tires, low profile is fine here roads are rubberized with no potholes or frost heaves most look like a new air strip. Any suggestions, things you've tried that might save me some disappointment? I have to be careful how much I spend. The Boss of me keeps hovering, saying this thing is going to drive us into financial ruin that was before the motor blew. I was putting quite a few things in the cabinet for later ie. supercharger and Nitrous, swirl pot and header tank. She just doesn't appreciate how cool this lil rocket ship will be. All my neighbors have cool toys, the guy next door has Porsche and across the street Lamborghini Gallardo ,I'm just the poor kid in the neighborhood trying to keep up. More like I would look up to the poor kid. Well wish me luck I'm excited about getting the kit and start digging in. Pete at Dove Racing said he has ironed out most of the problems found by most kit builders, and the construction should be pretty straight forward. I had the fuel tanks powder coated while the frame was at the paint shop. I have a few bids in for new motors, hope they feel charitable for my sake. Thanks again for the words, Derrick
Adam, You are correct, I'm Jonesing big time. I'm more of an instant gratification kind of guy. I will need to step back and learn patience, I have no children and I believe that's where you learn patience or you end up in prison. Please keep me posted on your build, I will watch for your progress. I thought about going the Busa route there seems to be more high performance stuff available, and at a reasonable price.
The kit arrived last night. I picked it up at the freight terminal. The pictures are on Instagram. I was digging through the boxes like a kid on Christmas. Tonight I'll start inventory and see what didn't make it.
Hi Richard, The floor is truck bed liner, I figured the stuff they used on my work truck is almost bomb proof, why not floor paint. You are correct sir my wife and I have a character flaw we only buy black vehicles. This will be one of the first machines we have owned thats not black. The electric car in the background is destined for the paint shop. It will be black frame with burnt orange bonnet and body panels. The electric car started life as a 2.6hp, 15mph slug, it now has a 7.5hp with a reprogramed controller and runs about 40mph, scary in a plastic car with manual drum brakes. We live in a golf community and you can drive the electric cars on the street. You would not believe what gets driven on the street here. From nitro methane skateboards to trucks with a meter of lift, then add their tire height, a person could walk under one. I fear the day I start driving the trike it looks more like a truck ramp. The night time pic was one of many to come I'm sure. We are having fun and taking our time, hope it all looks well. Thanks, Derrick