|February 19, 2008 - It's alive!|
Finally, after being in drydock for months, the car took a trip out of the garage. This means that I've managed to get my hands on the race shocks again (yes), the exhaust system is complete (yes) and I had some time to work on it all (yes).
Initial reactions to driving with the header? Well, it doesn't leak. I didn't have the laptop attached to the computer so I don't know if the engine's asking for more fuel - that's an indication that it's making more power. I'll do that in the next few days. But the car feels good. And it's a bit stinky as that new white paint cures into a light tan.
The suspension feels pretty good, but I got the height wrong when I first installed it. The car's about 1 to 1.5" too low right now. I did install my stiffer springs (450 lb/in front, 300 lb/in rear) at first but almost immediately pulled them out to install the softer 300/225 setup I've been using. While the stiffer setup would be good for a more track-biased car or even an aggressive street car, they're too stiff for the combination of my very light car and the rough roads I need to absorb.