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    Pikes Peak 2011 was...difficult. The head gasket failed in the W's and we were forced to retire just a mile from the summit. First time in 8 years I haven't finished. That sucked. Here's a little bit of the carnage:

    But First...Hanging out with Tanner Foust at the GRC event at PPIR. Fun Stuff. I did an interview for My Life at Speed with Tanner last year. Yes, I'm kinda big, but Tanner is really that...petite.



    Anyway...Started tearing down the car in September:



    Here's the hose that blew after I started super-pressurizing the cooling system:



    The blown head gasket:



    And then, there's this...



    Tearing it all apart:



    Say goodbye to the spaghetti:



    This was cool. Our friend Rupert Barrington did a piece on us for Grassroots Motorsports Magazine: My goofy car actually got a bigger photo than Rhys and the Dacia! How ridiculous is that?



    Tearing down the Motons for their refurbishment. Sad story here...they were in poor enough shape that they weren't worth rebuilding (even in their current state their better than most on the market). So, early May we'll have a brand new set direct from Holland courtesy of our good friends over at AST Moton USA!



    Closing the remote turbo hole in the back seat:



    Cleaning up some old nasty in the front firewall area:



    A gift From Ireland. Electronic Power steering:



    Checking out the transmission. It was wasted. Found a newer one.





    The new one is in really good shape:



    A gift from Alamo Autosports. This and a Garrett GT3576R:


    Coil on plug replaces the stock ignition system this year:



    New Wiring harness and fuse panels starting to come together:









    New Switch Panel:



    In place with new handbrake location:



    New Steering column coming together:









    New adjustable clutch pedal stop:



    Adjustable seat brackets:



    The new head from DFW Autoscience. Inconel exhaust, Ti-nitride intake, new guides, fully ported and clearanced...and lots of other stuff:













    There it is. You are all fairly well up to speed. Bill Washburn and the fine folks at Dent Sport Garage are in the process of building the new motor and Bill is also fabricating a new intake for us. Roy Tomkins at ODR fab in Redlands, CA is putting together a one off turbo manifold that will locate the turbo in the neighborhood of where the power steering pump used to reside. Lots of stuff going on. I'll post more as it comes together. Till then, here's my favorite shot of us on the hill last year:



    Thanks for looking.
    Ken Stouffer
    http://www.solanospeed.com
    1997 Nissan 240SX PPIHC Time Attack
    The Pink Car. P-2 under constuction
    http://www.ppihc.com

  • #2
    Sweet work! (like I haven't seen it before )

    Want to share any of the other changes with the team?

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    • #3
      maaaan what gives i dont see a single picture i swear.... its all blank not faaair.
      "hexa-dodecahedron-triple-threaded-super-eleventy-way-adjustment-spec" dampers. -Def

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      • #4
        Originally posted by cdlong View Post
        Sweet work! (like I haven't seen it before )

        Want to share any of the other changes with the team?
        Soon...
        Ken Stouffer
        http://www.solanospeed.com
        1997 Nissan 240SX PPIHC Time Attack
        The Pink Car. P-2 under constuction
        http://www.ppihc.com

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        • #5
          I'm at work and can't see the pictures here either... ??? Did you remove the pictures?
          "hexa-dodecahedron-triple-threaded-super-eleventy-way-adjustment-spec" dampers. -Def

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          • #6
            Okay I realized what was happening I had a chrome extension that blocks tracking websites/cookies/etc... and those are linked to facebook, saw them now, cool stuff
            "hexa-dodecahedron-triple-threaded-super-eleventy-way-adjustment-spec" dampers. -Def

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            • #7
              What connector kit is that? Looks expensive, but nice...

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              • #8
                Could you share some information on your fuse box's.

                What are you using to label your wires? I really like how you just went with three different colors of wires, and labeled the ends. My wiring is always a mess!

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                • #9
                  Looks like molex connectors...

                  http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/waytek/catalog225/#/42

                  ... and bussman fuse boxes.

                  http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/waytek/catalog225/#/132

                  Not sure if he dealt with waytek or not, but that's who I bought my molex connectors from. Good prices and super easy to use. Also liked dealing with waytek. I looked at those bussman fuse boxes as well but opted to use the stock box to save alittle $$

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Jason M View Post
                    Could you share some information on your fuse box's.

                    What are you using to label your wires? I really like how you just went with three different colors of wires, and labeled the ends. My wiring is always a mess!
                    I did, in fact, use Waytek Wiring for most all the components in my harness. The start button might be the only thing I got elsewhere.
                    The connectors are Molex XRC and MX150. Relatively inexpensive. For the big XRC connectors (14 and 31 Pin), figure about $50.00 for both halves with pins, etc. The MX150 connectors are great. Fairly small, and weatherproof. Designed for the thin wall wire (like TXL Cross Link, which is what we use).
                    The fuse panels are Bussmann and are about $28.00 each, plus connectors and plugs, fuses and relays.

                    I use a wrap around fabric number set to mark the wires. Cheap and quick. Some guys have high end label tools that print right on heat shrink. I'd love to have one someday.
                    I have a spreadsheet that tells me the 'from' and 'to' for every wire in the system. It also shows what path it takes, wire gauge, etc. I have tabs detailing every plug, both fuse panels, the ECU, etc. Here's an example:





                    That's about it.
                    Ken Stouffer
                    http://www.solanospeed.com
                    1997 Nissan 240SX PPIHC Time Attack
                    The Pink Car. P-2 under constuction
                    http://www.ppihc.com

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                    • #11
                      Good thinking there, Ken. I'll be installing an Autronic SM2 on mine soon, and plan to use a Molex/Amphenol bulkhead on the firewall to make engine maintenance easier. I was dreading chasing the harness out, but the spreadsheet makes things seem a LOT easier. don't know why I didn't think of that earlier since creating wiring diagrams is half of what I do at my day job...

                      You still going to have the car in DFW area in May? I have a club race at TMS May 4-6 weekend, and thought I might come by and say hi if I get some time. I bet there are some beers in the area that need to be consumed, no?
                      Originally posted by SoSideways
                      I don't care what color they are as long as they are LONG AND HARD.
                      '04 G35 Sedan 6MT- The DD
                      '96 240SX- The Track Toy

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                      • #12
                        What happened to the head anyway?
                        Did it just over heat?

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                        • #13
                          I would guess it probably had something to do with the assploded coolant hose in pic #3.
                          Originally posted by SoSideways
                          I don't care what color they are as long as they are LONG AND HARD.
                          '04 G35 Sedan 6MT- The DD
                          '96 240SX- The Track Toy

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                          • #14
                            Hey Matt, We moved to California in late 2010. The car is here with me now. It only lived in TX until just before the race last year. If you find yourself in the bay area definitely holler. There's beer here, too! You'll love the Molex connectors. They're pretty awesome.

                            We had blown the previous head gasket (minor). I let someone talk me into a head gasket combo I wasn't entirely sold on and it bit me in the arse. The new motor is built on the advice of someone who has been boosting these KA motors for quite a while and at ridiculously high pressures. I'm doing a feature article on Dent Sport Garage later this year and it'll have photos of the build. DSG is building the motor and the the intake. And Roy Tomkins from ODR Fab is building a new turbo manifold for us that will locate the turbo where the power steering pump used to live. fun stuff.
                            Ken Stouffer
                            http://www.solanospeed.com
                            1997 Nissan 240SX PPIHC Time Attack
                            The Pink Car. P-2 under constuction
                            http://www.ppihc.com

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