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MChester last won the day on November 11 2010

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About MChester

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    Marysville, OH
  • Real Name
    Monte Chester
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  • Vehicles
    97 Del Sol, 08 S2000 CR, 05 TL
  • Modifications
    Way too many, according to my wife
  1. Looking at the photo, I think I have to agree this will be tough to make right again. The impact was high enough that the floor pan MAY be OK, but the bulkhead behind the doors that gives this car the bulk of its structural integrity has almost surely been compromised. The base of the A pillar structure may be OK as well. You have to cave the fender in pretty far to tweak that beyond repair. Replacing the door and front fender are relatively easy, but that B pillar/bulkhead are in BAD shape. I hate to see another rare 97 go to the crusher, but I think this car is worth the value of its components removed and parted out. If it were a rust free car, someone might want to spend the kind of time it would take to cut a B pillar from a donor car and put it in this one, but they would probably have to get the car dirt cheap to be worth it.
  2. From memory, it seems there was a stud and nut on the bottom, inside the fender/trunk area that holds the antenna assembly in place. You'll need to remove that to slide it out, I think... I just seem to recall fiddling with a socket wrench inside the fender for what seemed like a long time cus my arm didn't fit in the opening so well.
  3. MChester


    Check your wire harness connection to the power window control module. If that's OK, then see if you can find one from a friend or your dealer that they'll let you swap in place of yours to verify functionality. Unfortunately, the damn things aren't cheap either. Finding one used may be possible. Good luck. http://www.hondapart...ionGroupID=7130
  4. MChester

    new 16

    I like Skunk2 options myself for handling and quality of parts for the $, but ride quality is quite "firm". Beats the hell out of you, according to my wife. LOL I tolerate it in winter and feel it's much better when warmer due to everything being more pliable then.
  5. MChester

    Oil Consumption

    Congrats on the plug removal. Those can be a bear at times. Is your exhaust pipe particularly sooty after normal driving? Any oil in the coolant tank or radiator flow? You said no apparent leaks around motor, right? Should be able to narrow your oil loss down to burned, leaked, mixed with coolant, etc... What is fuel economy like?
  6. MChester

    Top Gear

    LOL Same here. I thought, "What a shame to do that to the rarest model", then I got a closer look at it and thought, "Oh,... never mind"
  7. MChester

    Top Gear

    Yup, that was pretty hilarious. The redneck, Rutledge Wood, brings the Anti-redneck Del Sol to a paintball fight. Cracked me up! Small and manuverable won out over big and slow.
  8. The video I saw that MAY actually be somewhat true, showed a $400-500, 850cfm (maybe double what the base engine could hope to flow naturally), commercial, gas driven, back pack leaf blower plumbed into the intake of a Ford Ranger. They claim 15 HP at the rear wheel on a dyno. Sounds good until you figure the power required to drive that back pack blower, where to fit such a thing under the hood, and then there is extra 40-50 lbs to haul around. Funny part was the truck would not start after removing the blower. I'm guessing they leaned out the fuel mixture and detonated the motor to death. That points out one other issue with cheap, easy "supercharging". If you do actually manage to add significantly more air, you also need more fuel, otherwise BOOM! I'm still betting they were a BIT optimistic in their 15HP estimate that was never shown in the video, of course. PLus, they've spent $500 and haven't solved any of the packaging or engineering issues yet.
  9. The problem with electric supercharging is that there is no free lunch. Meaning, that if you had an electric motor that could generate the pressure needed to achieve several PSI above atmospheric pressure on the intake side of your engine, said motor must get power from somewhere. The power would need to be generated on board OR stored ahead of time in batteries. On board means a HUGE alternator which draws power directly from the very engine you are trying to boost. Because of heat loss to friction and conversion of energy, you'd steal more power from the motor to drive the air pump than you'd produce with the small amount of increased pressure. Batteries have another problem, mainly weight. Batteries are very heavy and you have to haul all that extra weight around even when not using the "boost" provided by the pump. On top of that, you'd still have to charge the batteries either with a large alternator on board or by external charger of some sort. Bottom line, electric driven superchargers just aren't effective given current technology. To make one work would require huge expense and weight so it's just makes more sense invest in a proven mechanically driven system. Mechanical superchargers and turbo chargers also have some parasitic drag on a motor, they just make up for it, and much more, by being more efficient than the electrical method. They are more efficient because they convert mechanical energy directly to positive pressure at your intake with having to convert energy from menchanical to electrical then back to mechanical to create pressure. Of course, the above is a VERY simplified explanation...
  10. So, you are thinking because the molding is worn and has a gap, that it is allowing bigger stuff (leaves, sticks, bug) past the molding and those big pieces are clogging you drains? Makes sense if you have bigger than normal gaps I suppose. Let us know how it does once the new molding is in place for a while.
  11. Usually not much on kits, but yours looks pretty nice and clean for a kitted car. Whoever did it apparently did it right, again from photos. Looks to me like you need a nice tasteful OEM style trunk spoiler or the really low to the decklid style that extends past the edge a few inches. Either would look cool with your kit I think. How nice is the paint? Hard to see in those pics. Has it been reshot since the kit?
  12. I hope it's great mechanically. I like the wheels. Otherwise it looks like a good place to start. Good luck.
  13. That sure is purdy! I'm sure you've posted it before, but what kind of HP/TQ does she make? I'm still considering a mild turbo or Jackson SC for the D16. It just needs a little something to make my DD a bit more fun.
  14. Woo Hoo! I made the big boys list. Oh Wait.... is this a GOOD thing? LOL But seriously guys, can't we all just get along? Now join virtual hands and sing "Imagine" by John Lennon... come on, it'll be fun... I'll start... Imagine there's no Heaven It's easy if you try No hell below us Above us only sky Imagine all the people Living for today Imagine there's no countries It isn't hard to do Nothing to kill or die for And no religion too Imagine all the people Living life in peace You may say that I'm a dreamer But I'm not the only one I hope someday you'll join us And the world will be as one Imagine no possessions I wonder if you can No need for greed or hunger A brotherhood of man Imagine all the people Sharing all the world You may say that I'm a dreamer But I'm not the only one I hope someday you'll join us And the world will live as one And if that doesn't work then I suggest flaming keyboards at 20 paces.
  15. I'm a little ways from you up in Marysville. I used Passen Motorsports in Dublin years ago. Don't even know if they are still in business. I have nothing but good to say about the work they did including a couple dyno runs.
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