Project Car / Motorbike thread. Let's see 'em.

Haakon

Not happy, Jan.
I did a small section of it in a rented JDM Tarago, until I was threatened with various degrading punishments.

Would love to head back in something more appropriate.
Kirsty is a keeper - on the Milford Sound road we were running late for the cruise and I had the formal go ahead to “get on it”. Poor Corolla...
 

nzhumpy

Googlemeister who likes bikes and scandal
It's a great road, I used to be on it nearly every weekend during winter growing up, tourists that can't drive are bloody menace on there though.
 

Haakon

Not happy, Jan.
There is room on top for a blower as well. I have seen a few 928 LS swaps and the scary thing is the Porsche V8 is a lot heavier than the LS. Guy in the states put an LS9 in one. Cranked out about 750hp at the wheels.
The LS is a masterclass in optimised design. It’s a pushrod 2 valve dinosaur on initial glance, but the attention and engineering prowess (including a lot of trick metallurgy) that’s gone into making it a formidable pumper of air and fuel is remarkable. Power to weight is good, but power to size is better - competitors overhead cam engines may be similar in grunt but they can’t match the low centre of gravity an LS grants (the corvette for example).
 

Dales Cannon

Adminerotic
Staff member
The LS is a masterclass in optimised design. It’s a pushrod 2 valve dinosaur on initial glance, but the attention and engineering prowess (including a lot of trick metallurgy) that’s gone into making it a formidable pumper of air and fuel is remarkable. Power to weight is good, but power to size is better - competitors overhead cam engines may be similar in grunt but they can’t match the low centre of gravity an LS grants (the corvette for example).
I have owned three. LS2, LS3 and LSA.
 

Haakon

Not happy, Jan.
I have owned three. LS2, LS3 and LSA.
I’ve only had the occasional piloting pleasure. Rental VF SSV with LS3 Melbourne-Canberra, and my brother VE HSV ute (the Maloo without the body kit whatever it’s called..).

I’m a fan. I’d like a Toyota 86 with one fitted...
 

Dales Cannon

Adminerotic
Staff member
The LS2 was ok, especially after the issues that emerged with the LS1. Tuned with inlet and exhaust it got to 325 or 330kW. The LS3 was just better in every way. Easy 350kW with fewer mods. Better consumption under the same conditions. The LSA was a powerhouse. Probably 475kW when I sold it but you paid for that blower spinning all the time. A 1.9L supercharger consumes as much power as a lot of 4 cylinders produce. Never saw under 10L/100 from it on a trip while the LS3 would return genuine 7s under the same touring conditions. A mate's LSA was taken much further. 575rwkW. Crazy mongrel of a thing.
 

Cardy George

Is not in gaol
The LS2 was ok, especially after the issues that emerged with the LS1. Tuned with inlet and exhaust it got to 325 or 330kW. The LS3 was just better in every way. Easy 350kW with fewer mods. Better consumption under the same conditions. The LSA was a powerhouse. Probably 475kW when I sold it but you paid for that blower spinning all the time. A 1.9L supercharger consumes as much power as a lot of 4 cylinders produce. Never saw under 10L/100 from it on a trip while the LS3 would return genuine 7s under the same touring conditions. A mate's LSA was taken much further. 575rwkW. Crazy mongrel of a thing.
Sigh. I genuinely believe I've missed my opportunity to own any one of those. I 100% acknowledge and agree anything electric will tromp all over them in terms of numbers, but dat sound. Enough to make my inner bogan cry :(
 

Dales Cannon

Adminerotic
Staff member
Getting the XR4 ready for its debut. Just the harness left to fit. Bonnet pins, extinguisher, window net etc all done. Had some debate about the window net as the airconditioning is still functioning. So AC while waiting in line and then window down for the run...

Who says dimples are reserved for Escorts.





Some of the rules are a bit funny though. If we had the car registered it wouldn't need bonnet pins even though the system is exactly the same. Ah well.
 

creaky

The obviative


Can I trust apps? Three different ones were within 1dB. Limit if 90... 88 at 7,300 rpm.
What frequency rating scale is your app ? Linear or A-weight ? I assume that the vehicle spec would be in an A-weight as that is what all environmental noise regulation is in. Let me know if you need a proper sound level meter to test with.

At work we’ve found that the apps are usually within a couple of decibels for noise that is mainly mid frequency range.
 

Flow-Rider

Wheel size expert
You probably want to put something on those wires that go through the channel in the floor as the body flexing will most likely give the wires chafing over years, I'm surprised they let you have the battery in cabin without a battery box too.
 
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