Roll cage work was on the agenda tonight as the sparks were flying.
Slowly but surely more progress was made today. The seat is in, the new starter is on and we finally have brakes. Sean also gave the car a good thrashing. 2nd gear is a doozy.
This should fly in tech inspection after the waivers are signed.
We managed to squeeze all the smelly parts into our pristine family car. Thanks to Brian Holms for helping us source the very rare bits we needed.
Forward motion was achieved for the first time without the assistance of a 4 year old or other living creature. She’s still pretty rough but the 20 year old swamp rat is on the move.
|Burnout Video PunisherGP|
The shakedown ended in failure of the shift linkage.
|Hmm, shift linkage PunisherGP|
Understatement of the evening, “I don’t think this will make 16 hours”.
The wait is finally over. Clutch and tranny came out tonight.
|The Unveiling PunisherGP|
Bad news: The clutch is indeed as fried like a very very thin pancake and the throw out bearing and clutch pivot bearings show evidence of the god of hell fire.
|Le Crepe Clutch PunisherGP|
Good news: The pressure plate and flywheel are ok and the spare clutch that came with the car is viable. The gearbox also feels ok and the gear linkage finally freed up.
We’re putting it back to together with the used clutch and sketchy throwout bearing for now. The punisher should be able to drive the way it is so we can shake the whole thing out a bit on the road before our next practice session of dropping the engine again to do the timing belt, water pump & more.
Slow but steady progress toward getting the transaxle dropped so we can get a look at the dubious clutch situation. Draining the gearbox revealed a milky substance. Luckily no metal shards or bits of mouse bones.
|Gearbox drain – PunisherGP|
Prepped seat height and location tonight to do the roll cage measurements. All dimensions are in and going to S&W tomorrow.
|Video getting lower|
The A/C compressor was removed and serpentine bypassed. Another 30 lbs lost. I was duly impressed by the Peugeot-L group on yahoo. I was looking for the right belt size and had my answer in a few minutes. For the record, if anyone is interested in bypassing their 405′s compressor with a belt the correct size is 5 rib 28 inch.
Kaz and the Llanos the bros were at it tonight. The dash, sunroof & glass are out. Its looking and feeling more and more like a can of coke by the day.
|From Today’s progress – PunisherGP|