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RE: Home made intercooler
I remember seeing water injectors retrofitted to air filter covers in the
early 80's. Jets used to use them with great improvements in thrust, you
could really feel them run out of distilled water after takeoff, and you
could hear the change from the ground. Several crews were killed when one
outboard engine ran out well before the opposite outboard engine, or the
injection failed altogether and they couldn't get altitude. I think some
fighters used water/alchohol mix. The idea is to get more O2 into the mix
by increasing air density, same as turbocharging.
I think there is finned, aluminum or copper tape that can be stuck to
surfaces to increase heat transfer. I'd be inclined to construct out of
aluminum, there are great bonding agents available these days.
What happened to the guy who was using a headlight washer pump to cool his
intercooler? I remember commenting on his thread last year. He seemed
pretty happy with his results. Several of us listers cleaned our filthy ICs
and believed it helped. Of course it helped most while it was still wet! I
was amazed at how much gunk was in there.
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