[Es2] I test drove the coupe today, long and a bit off topic.
livinotte at cox.net
livinotte at cox.net
Fri Nov 5 19:00:03 EST 2004
Well I been working on the coupe for the past hour. Basically I drive around the block, work my way back to the garage and fine tune it a bit. I was driving around with the mid pipe pulled and the rear exhaust hanging but the rear exhaust metal bracket broke off. I find this to be a good thing because i rather it happen now then later down the road. It's an easy fix. There is a wicked(yes I am rhode islanda) smell in the car. I thought I heard something moving in the car, so I think I have a mouse in there. pissing in my climate control.. Yuck.
I haven't really gotten into boost that much, becuase it's not registered and it's not insured right now. The DMV is going to love me when I take a 4 year old registration to them. Hopefully that will work out. Also, I don't want to push my limits yet. But as the night goes on I may start working my way up the speedo.
It's amazing how your thoughts change once you start to actually drive a project. I have three gauges mounted in the middle console heater panel. In my mind they are the wrong three. The oil temp and oil pressure( I want a psi gauge vs bar) are going up with exhaust temp. Boost is going down with the volts gauge. I have an air fuel gauge but it's priety pointless with out a 5 wire O2 sensor. Not sure if I am going to use it or not. If I don't I am going to wire in the hella kill switch to the starter as a back up for an alarm system idea that I had.
My valve cover gasket is leaking preity badly. I compression tested the motor before because I wasn't sure if it was the head gasket or not, but I definately can say now that it's the vavle cover gasket.
Hopefully I can get the exhaust welded soon and start tackling all the little stuff. I think I would like a softer spring rate in the coil overs.
Well it's a big step for me.
P.S. Jimmy on the matter of perfectionist. I fit the bill. I think it has alot to do because I am craftsman, but I think I am also addicted to pride.
> From: David Kase <davekase at pdqlocks.com>
> Date: 2004/11/05 Fri AM 10:13:31 EST
> To: Jimmy Pribble <Jimmy at texasbankers.com>
> CC: "'livinotte at cox.net'" <livinotte at cox.net>, Es2 at audifans.com
> Subject: Re: [Es2] I test drove the coupe today, long and a bit off topic.
> Wow, this is great stuff! I can't wait to get into the nitty gritty. I
> am only assembling my engine now and have a ways to go before the install.
> Being a motorhead is not easy. I still have to remind my wife of eleven
> years that cars are a big part of my life and that will never change. I
> miss part of her family vacation for the USGP every year, I spend time
> in the garage several nights per week, I ride my motorcycle some Sunday
> mornings, so on and so on...
> Now I do take my kids on proper vacations as well and my family is more
> important by a long shot than any physical possession. But, I also
> believe on living life. I love cars, I now have at least some money
> that I can spend on them and I am going to do it. It is more than a
> hobby, it is a passion for cars. As Mr. Meguire says (with his cheesey
> grin) - I am certifiably car crazy. Lame description but I get his meaning.
> Godspeed everyone,
> Jimmy Pribble wrote:
> >Congratulations on the test drive! Also, I think you are a most excellent
> >person for trying to really understand your life. I know far too many
> >people that seem to shuffle through their days not really understanding that
> >they only have one brief shot at fully participating in the rich experience
> >of life (with all due respect to the religions that observe reincarnation
> >doctrines). I don't mind you sharing your "OT" observations, especially in
> >context of their relationship to your car building/driving experience,
> >because it helps me to understand you as a person and I believe in the human
> >experience that we share on these crazy lists. I have made real friends
> >online. The concern, support, advice, and generosity is all real. I have
> >been lucky enough to have actually met in person some of the people that I
> >first met online. I hope to meet many more in the future (eS2 contingent at
> >the next S-Fest anyone?). Anyway, thanks again for sharing a little bit of
> >your life with us, Josh. Carpe Diem.
> >As it happens, while Josh was test driving his car last night, I was also
> >having the first really successful test drive of my car. My car first
> >started many weeks ago, but I have only driven it a couple of times. The
> >car has been plagued with problems. It wouldn't idle correctly, it would
> >stall, it only pulled 10 inHg at idle, it felt low on power, it cut-out at
> >6000 rpm, the vacuum brake booster wouldn't work, etc. It was just not a
> >happy car and I have been an unhappy and discouraged owner. After some
> >debate on another forum yesterday, we decided that the cam timing was off
> >one tooth. We made the adjustment and noticed that the idle issues were
> >gone. That was a good sign. Then Eric went for a test drive. Now Eric is
> >an engineer for IBM. He is very even-keeled and unexcitable. I have never
> >heard him raise his voice or say a harsh word. He is also a perfectionist,
> >which tends to dampen any kind of enthusiasm he might have about anything.
> >Even when things are going well, he will find something not quite right on
> >which to focus. Well, after a few minutes, he pulled up in front of the
> >house and called for the next person. Ken and I looked at each other. We
> >had both heard it - we heard the excitement in Eric's voice! The car must
> >be running well.
> >Eric's brother Ken was up next. Ken is the opposite of Eric. He is
> >completely and totally emotionally driven. He wears his extra-sized heart
> >on his sleeve proudly. He's the most moody bitch I have ever known, but he
> >is passionate. He laughs, cries, yells, curses and smiles wide at this car
> >stuff that we do and he drives a car like he means it. True to his
> >character, it turns out that Eric had driven the car gently and had only got
> >on the throttle once. We hadn't even heard him. Ken was a different story.
> >I live out in the hill country outside of Austin, where it is pretty quiet
> >at night. We could hear Ken tooling around over a mile away from my house
> >(my car is pretty loud). He puttered around for a minute, getting used to
> >the car I guess and then we heard him get on it. The sound of that
> >screaming engine booming through the hills gave me goose bumps. Eric, Tom
> >(another friend) and I just stood around grinning stupidly at one another,
> >while we listened to Ken wail on the car. That I5 turbo sound is truly
> >I took my turn next. My drive was brief, because I was a little concerned
> >that Ken might have stirred one of the sleepy local sheriff deputies (whose
> >HQ is just down my street). Without belaboring the point, my car is a
> >I only have one more week until the track event, so we have lots more work
> >to do. I will report further details of the car in context of its
> >performance on the track. I will also try to borrow a camera and maybe get
> >some video. Stay tuned.
> >Here is the cam timing thread:
> >Again, I agree with Josh that I couldn't have done this without the help of
> >many, many people, including the folks on the various Audi lists and forums.
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