It's all set for the track tomorrow. Slicks & skinnys are on, camera mount is made and the new harness is installed - the only things I didn't do were flush the cooling system and finish the ram-air doohicky. That said, I did forget to mention the net results of the bypass/heat shield stuff - a 30 degree drop in blower case temps, and now I can actually put my hand on the discharge after it's been idling for a while.
A few points on the harness - it seems that RCI has slicked-up on a few details of their harnesses in the last 10 years - the webbing is more supple and the hardware seems nicer. But there is one change that puzzles me - the submarine strap (i.e. the crotch strap) is now a double strap with two mounting points. I'm not sure why, exactly. I made it work with my single point mount, but now the boys are double-strapped. And nothing says, "I love you" more than having two straps securing your nuts. I guess.
I love you, too, RCI.
I also made about the simplest, cheapest camera mount imaginable - this literally cost me $2.08. For the wing nuts and wing bolt. Remember that u-bolt issue for the blower snout? Well, I found a good use for the u bolt - and some EMT conduit laying around in the garage and some old hoses. All you need to do is drill 3 holes, flatten and bend one end of the conduit, and in my case, I used a leftover scrap of the cork gasket material to provide friction between the mount and the camera. Here it is:
lchauvin88 - I'd love to put up more videos, but I'm gonna wait until tomorrow, when I can do it without fear of any sort of legal fallout (I can't bring myself to drive like an ass on the street anyway). But here's a short clip of a second gear pull (I wanted to try the high rev range). You'll hear it breaks up a bit starting at about 5k. I'm pretty sure I know why - I richened the hell out of it up there. I'll trim it at the track. Looky here:
Finally, I had the (seemingly, at the time) brilliant idea of marking the distributor at the engine block at 25, 30 and 35 degrees; so I wouldn't have to bring the timing light to the track. I made a silver mark on the block and two black marks on the distributor - one at 25 degrees advance and the other at 35 degrees advance. Why not three marks? Well, I'll let you figure it out:
Not so smart, but not completely stupid, either.
Finally, finally - I have a bit of sad news to report. I think I might have to revise my ET/MPH estimates. It turns out that I'm seeing a peak boost level of 10 psi. At WOT I don't get no more. While this blower is basically the same thing that came on the Terminator Cobras, and I'm spinning it much faster than they are, even with smaller blower pulleys, I just don't think I'm gonna see comparable power. At this point, I honestly don't think it feels like a 10 second car. I'm gonna guess 11.27 at 120 mph. But don't be surprised if it performs very close to the M90 (as if that's not close enough - but it might go slower). That doesn't mean it won't get there, it'll just take a bit more tweakage.
Anyone else wanna guess?