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« Reply #7425 on: September 24, 2018, 04:25:31 AM »


Time to admit to a checkmate. 

Still no spark, although I believe I fixed the cam sensor issue.

I'll attempt to pull down a system log tomorrow and see for sure, but if it didn't start today, there's simply not enough time to get it finished by next Saturday to get on the road.

So next August will be the opportunity.


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Well . . . . . .   we are just going to have to drink . . . . . .   Wisconsinably . . . . . .

For proper quantity of consumption, might need to go to:

1    Green Bay, Wisconsin
2    Eau Claire, Wisconsin
3    Appleton, Wisconsin
4    Madison, Wisconsin
5    Fargo, North Dakota
6    Oshkosh, Wisconsin
7    Missoula, Montana
8    Grand Forks, North Dakota
9    Wausau, Wisconsin
10  La Crosse, Wisconsin

I know a nice brewpub in Madison, just down the street from the state capitol building . . . . . . .

Or, maybe just McBobs.    We can crawl back to your garage from there . . . . .

Not the outcome I was counting on, sorry.

D-A-M-N!!!

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Disappointedboy    (As I'm sure you are as well . . . .  Although, I can't imagine that "disappointed" covers it for you . . . .)
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« Reply #7426 on: September 24, 2018, 06:43:13 AM »

Time to admit to a checkmate. 

Still no spark, although I believe I fixed the cam sensor issue.

I'll attempt to pull down a system log tomorrow and see for sure, but if it didn't start today, there's simply not enough time to get it finished by next Saturday to get on the road.

So next August will be the opportunity.




Sorry to hear this Chris, you have to be disappointed. Your ratio of pain/frustration per CC of engine size is very high, perhaps a record! That's life when you are doing what others deemed impossible or Too Hard.

On the upside, now you will have time to get things right and thoroughly test them before Speedweek. Its a long a$$ tow out there only to have a no-start condition. How do I know this? Because I spent a week this year with Jeff Balsamo and Pitts helping them overcome an intermittent no-start condition, ( A rookie run on Sat. then did'nt get another run until Thurs.). I hope you can get some chassis dyno time to get things working the way you want. 

I enjoy the thread, although some of the discussions are above my technical knowledge.

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« Reply #7427 on: September 24, 2018, 08:33:35 AM »

It's a case where I let the schedule get away from me, but looking back, what would I have done different?

Would I have been a constant PITA to Steve Dermjian on the sleeves?  No, and the reason why is because he's the best in the business, and Mark will attest to the EXCELLENT work he did on making the Darton Sleeves work.  That block came back from Steve's shop with virtually no warpage, and the sleeve install was exceptional.  It was worth the wait.

Would I have called and bitched to the guys at T&T?  I was already a pain in their sphincters, and I was a bit cranky about some stuff, but they always made me feel welcome, offering me full use of the shop, providing sharp insights and good friendship.  It would be dead wrong, beyond ungracious, and verge on immoral to point any fingers that way.

Mike Hart's machine work and engineering prowess was always timely and beyond the call.

Mel and the guys at C&S always delivered in a timely basis.

Diamond Pistons came through in a big way, and while the time it took going back-and-forth with them was frustrating on my end, I recognize as a service professional that sometimes the fastest way to get something done right is to slow down the process a tad.  Huge kudos to Diamond.

Mark's time - good lord - this thing would still be a lump of used castings in my basement if not for Mark's input.  My goal with respect to Mark, a small-bore engine specialist and who is making no bones of the fact that he's winding down his career, is to give him a truly unique, world class, high profile engine that he can hang his hat on - something he can brag to his great grandchildren about, and this build diary, a documentation of his methods and a showcase for his talents.  While the "proof of the pudding" is still in the future, it's my hope we've made huge steps forward in that department.

No, at this point, the clock ran down, and I didn't get it across the finish line.

The upside is that I've had a crash course - and I'll emphasize the word "CRASH" in this statement - but a genuinely intense crash course on EFI. 

At the end of the day - and it won't be this day - but at the end of the day, I'll be a smarter builder for it.

To everyone who has contributed comments, suggestions, encouragement, cautions, criticisms, and playful banter to this thread, THANK YOU!  If not for you, especially on days where my motivation was lacking, it wouldn't be this far along.

The Milwaukee Midget is not so much powered by an engine as it is powered by this community.  I'm humbled and proud to be a conduit and recipient of this support.

Chris Conrad   

 
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« Reply #7428 on: September 24, 2018, 09:05:26 AM »

Aw, crapola. Sorry to hear  but now you can get it right, on the dyno and have time for proper tuning and find that power! 126mph? quick calcs say you need 13%more power. Call it 115. Easy peasy.  Keep us posted. I know how hard that decision was.
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« Reply #7429 on: September 24, 2018, 09:21:30 AM »

Have you ever considered coming  to the El Mirage  lakebed in Southern California ?

We have our  (two-days of racing) season ending event  November 9-10-11th, and would love to have you race with us...

Another month of sorting issues would do wonders right now I'm sure....

I hope to see this car run one day as I've been following your build for quite a while now,,,, and it is first rate...

El Mirage is about a 10 hour drive from Bonneville for scale...

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« Reply #7430 on: September 24, 2018, 01:56:59 PM »

Have you ever considered coming  to the El Mirage  lakebed in Southern California ?

We have our  (two-days of racing) season ending event  November 9-10-11th, and would love to have you race with us...

Another month of sorting issues would do wonders right now I'm sure....

I hope to see this car run one day as I've been following your build for quite a while now,,,, and it is first rate...

El Mirage is about a 10 hour drive from Bonneville for scale...

Robert

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I would love to do that, and in fact, I had a plan to do so with an undisclosed SCTA member at the wheel.

I'm not an SCTA member, so I couldn't run for a record.

It was contingent upon me running Bonneville, which, of course, didn't happen.

I'd be tempted to flip the process next year - put a driver in it at El Mirage, and drag it to Bonneville - but I'm loathe to let anyone else behind the wheel until I'm confident it's right.  I'd never forgive myself if someone got hurt in it.
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« Reply #7431 on: September 24, 2018, 03:59:43 PM »

All I can say is you worked way harder than us, for longer. Puling the pin now proves you're smarter than us and you'll have more cash in the kitty to be ready for next time.

Having said that, Fiat that fuckin fucker
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