Sunday, March 27, 2016

Another weekend of distractions.

Most of Saturday spent on our final day getting ready for the race next weekend. We got the solar panels installed and tested a bigger drive gear. All is working well... 

Today I managed to find a little time for my project after replacing the map sensor and some other tune up stuff on the Passat. 

Most importantly, I found the guts to drive it down to the gas station and fill it up. It's the first time that there has been enough fuel in it to make the gauge actually registered anything. Nice to see it working!!
And of course, I tinkered with the throttle linkage and the idle a bit more so I could take it for a burn around the block. Sweet!

Monday, March 21, 2016

Life gets in the way

But it's all good stuff!
One daughter learning how to change the oil in her car.
One daughter wrapping up the solar go kart
And my son deep into rebuilding the IDFs for his 1971 spider.
It's all taking away from my project but it's all good fun with the kids!



Friday, March 11, 2016

Balance and sync

I spent some more time tinkering with the carbs and finally have them to a point I can live with. 
Now off to fit an emergency brake on the go kart...



Sunday, March 6, 2016

Talk about balancing priorities

My daughter is in the engineering club in her high school and I have been acting as an advisor to the solar go kart challenge she and a team of girls are involved with. The kart has been sharing space in my crowded garage for the past couple months, with me spending more time on it than the Fiat. It is a great project and the girls are really interested and involved! I'll update more on this after the race on April 2nd. 

Friday, March 4, 2016

Tuning the carbs

Always something new to learn!!
Now that the engine is back together and not blowing white smoke all around the neighborhood...
I have started working on getting the carbs balanced and tuned. Not finished but getting close.



Thursday, March 3, 2016

Thanks Paul!!

I apologize for the lack of updates!
No, I have not lost the enthusiasm at all. It's just a constant battle of priorities. 
I have managed, with lots of help from my 14 year old, gotten the engine out, disassembled, honed and cleaned very well this time. It's back in the car and running clean with the new rings seated nicely!
More recently, with the motor all good, I have been working through tuning the carbs, finishing the airbox etc.
Pictures are always good...