I added in the “and more” so you guys who are bored with hearing about FI wouldn’t blow off the day. I do have a few thought on that subject and we’re starting a testing program on one new system so lemme get that over with and then I’ll show off some of our recent progress…. I’ll do the fuel injection stuff in blue font…
In the past, we had tried several different universal fuel injection kits but always seemed to find the drawbacks of each were not suited to what I was looking for. Now it’s true they did seem to work but maintenance and repairs were scary not knowing the diagnostic tree, replacement part numbers and having specific knowledge to maintain it. All that stuff are things many og my customers simply are not excited about doing.
In the past, everything was a takeoff of older systems… needed programming which was hit and miss plus the fact that the better ones had really hefty price tags… I just felt my customers would be in harms way out on the open road with some companies science project!
So along with improvements in Google Maps, 4g, Blue tooth and all those new things comes along a new series of fuel injection systems that’s I feel CAN be used by a non mech-head and you would not be in harms way if it fails….. Interested?
We’ve ordered in a FITech 4bbl. completely self contained (other than an in line electric fuel pump) system and get this… the cost of all the hardware needed is less than $900….. WITH a computer screen tailoring module! Going onto a Ford 1976 351 industrial Cleveland motor in a pick restoration we’re doing This is something can can help increase our reliability IF and let me repeat that IF if works out here. Some of the unique features that make it work maybe for me:
o A self learning computer… just give it some basic perameters and it tunes itself!…. and will constantly do that as you drive. After dealing with chassis dynos and burning chips this is a must..
o Only needs an O2 and water temp sensors connected. In this configuration it does not mess with the ignition, all it does is need a tach output from the original HEI distributer. I feel our ignition system is stable and effective just like it is what I’m looking for is a system that deals with this E10 fuel.
o All self contained computer and everything in the valve body it really is an easy install and with ehte LCD readout display you actually can get important data from the thing.
o How do you make this reliable even for someone not wanting to know exactly how it works? Well for the price you buy 2 of them…. put one under the sofe so if there ever is a problem you or anyone can “plug-n-play” you way to repair with a whole extra unit as backup…. hey, they do that for aircraft! You know….. “keep one on the ground for parts in a pinch”. Use that same logic and all parts needed to fit the thing will be on board.
Traditionally you had to invest a couple thousand bucks to get a descent fi system going. Now you can spend the same money and by 2! As I said we have the FITech system in house for some install and performance testing and I have hopes this issue can have a reliable update… stay tuned.
OK, that’s done and it is exciting that the industry has listened and is trying to bring FI to the common man…. lets see how that works.
On to some Co-op news, Dennis H. stopped by for an overnight to check out the goings on at the shop. The bearded wonder is my labor foreman Jared…. Oh the car? Dennis actually WON the Z06 supercharged rocket from the Corvette Museum…. had 3000 miles on it when he blew in…. man… tough life but someone has to win right? He paid more in taxes than all of my rolling stock is worth! Truly a world class killer ride! He came by especially to circle around getting a set of our new front slider windows
Got in a couple of limo buses for some maintenance and we installed an air bag system on Dinky’s food truck. speaking of food trucks…. we’ve got the Pickles motor in and yesterday she fired up in the hole….. Yeah for Phillip and his girlfriend for some hard work. Monday we ride! BTW, in cleaning out the radiator oil cooler we found too much metal from the old motor, we’re bypassing it and installing an outboard new oil cooler… I’m NOT putting any of those old filing in my new motor…. Andy that Pickle my be yours but the bottom end of your motor if MINE! We’re gonna make sure we give our motor everything it needs!
Prepping up Nic’s “Sundae” for some spotting and blending on his descent but banged up paint. He’s not going with a body side mold so we’re grinding and finning the holes and screw heads on the beltline. First is grind and fill then it’s sand and prep and then bring it back from the booth you can see the white spots are done Next, all that gets bagged off and we go for the brown color repairs….. stay tuned.
We have a new “recent purchase” coachn for it’s mechanical checkout. The coach we very well maintaind and showed up with a fresh detail… You could tell from the shiney old 16.5″ tires. That’s cool, the owner understand he’ll get his new baby back with 16″ slippers.
It’s going into mechanicals as soon as Nic’s 403 motor gets installed so in the meantime we did a pressure leak test to see how his body seams were doing Mounted directly to the large window with it’s roller cart still connected this blower pressurizes the coach forcing bubble to form on the outwhere leaks are when soaping to coach. They did the test while I was getting parts but we found though the coach looks awesome and was always garage kept it was a good thing Parameter seams and penetrations…. the original sealant has gone away. Ross, we’re gonna needc to pull the rails as we discussed. We’ll get this done bewe put the coach outside for mechanicals.
Boy, this is turning into a novel just like the ole days! Hey, had an extra days full of stuff I had to let out. How bout my new bike iteration…. A 600 watt 26″ front hub motor on a 24″ German folding bike I’m planning to power this brushed electric motor with 2 18.5 volt Latium polymer batteries bout the size of a stick of butter each! That combo already pulled my monster “Phat cycle” up to 14 miles at up to 21mph! Stay tuned to see this critter…. OK, that’s I think is enough.. I’m taking my side car bike to a benefit to give handicapped kids a ride tomorrow, I need to tighten all the screws after the last Dayton ride so we’ll talk to ya later… and thanks for the support.