[elky] Re: Test but no blinding flash

  • From: John Christensen <johncgg@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: elky@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2011 20:50:55 -0500

Awesome Ray.

John Christensen
Saint Charles, IL
On Wed, Jul 27, 2011 at 7:18 PM, Ray Buck <rbuck@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

>  I thought I might keep working on the hood of the race car and the fuel
> pump issues with the Camaro.  Wrong on the first, sorta wrong on the 2nd.
> Jim came over and we worked on the race car.  Not the hood, but the motor.
> Matter of fact, we got it to the point of trying a BFT.  Well, we got the
> Test part, but nary a flicker.  No spark.  I found later that the relay for
> the MSD box isn't energizing.  Dunno why yet, but I'll figger it out.
> Here's the motor about the time we started workin on it:
> Not much different from before, but I removed the battery box because it
> was interfering with the hood fit.  I'll either leave it like it is or come
> back and deal with it later.  For the first time, there are spark plugs
> installed and ready to be connected.  They're Accel "Shorty" plugs to clear
> the headers.
> As we wired the the plugs, Jim marked the cylinder number.  We'd pulled the
> valve cover (and then the other one) first so we could find TDC, then so we
> could pour some oil over the rockers before attempting to start it.  We went
> for a bite of Mexican food for lunch and also got 5 gallons of premium fuel,
> which got poured into the tank.
> We got everything connected and cranked it over.  The motor had about 55
> psi oil pressure and cranked nicely, but didn't wanna fire.  Eventually we
> decided that we had fuel but no spark.
> We looked into the Camaro and found that the electric fuel pump isn't
> getting started, therefore no fuel to the injectors.  I'll look further into
> that tomorrow.  Finally we found that the Burb's power steering pressure
> hose is the culprit as far as the fluid leak goes.  I bought one yesterday
> on a SWAG...I'll see if I can get it installed this evening (it's only 75F
> outside at the moment, but humid as hell...we had some nasty storms
> yesterday and a little more today.)
> Finally, did some metering and checking, and found that the relay for the
> MSD ignition box isn't getting energized.  I dunno why, but that shouldn't
> be too hard to figger out.  If worst comes to worst, I'll just jumper across
> the high-current sides of the relay to get the motor started.  While I was
> at it, I remembered Chris' question about plug wire management.  I went with
> the cheap stuff: Spectre wire looms (the guy that owns the company is an
> acquaintance from the salt flats) but they helped tidy things up quite a
> bit.  I have another breather and some plug wire numbering bands on order,
> so that'll help tidy even more:
> The whole thing is written up here:
> http://www.chevyasylum.com/85monte/85monte24.html
> I feel like we accomplished a coupla weeks' work today.  I had no idea that
> we'd end up trying the BFT so soon.  But it's sure a load off my mind.
> It'll be an even bigger one if the thing starts up and runs.  :)
> r
> (tired, but a very good tired)

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