Laust's Jalpa Project

Fall 2004 - July 20, 2005


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P1010160 (Fall 2004): The first "dress rehearsal" of all the tubing and intercooler.

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P1010167 (Spring 2005): The car looks very inviting (but a little slow without an engine).

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P1010181 (Spring 2005): This is what a CNC lathe/mill can do, namely add a crank trigger-wheel function to the balancer and convert its notched nut to a 12 point nut easily engaged by a standard socket.

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P1010217 (Spring 2005): The engine is being separated from its frame for installation of new motor mounts and relocation of the new 160 amp alternator.

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P1010232 (Spring 2005): A new clutch from Centerforce was installed as well.

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P1010230 (Summer 2005): All the exhaust components ready to send out for thermal coating.

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P7010280 (7-1-2005): Work area for 3D soldering and testing of fans for combined cooling of engine compartment and intercooler. True to form these are also switched between serial (low speed) and parallel (high speed) connection based on a temperature sensor in the engine compartment.

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P7140307 (7-14-2005): Custom designed and fabricated intake manifold with a Camaro throttle body, which has integral Idle Speed Motor (ISM) and Throttle Position Sensor (TPS). The manifold is designed to provide a hurricane effect in the two 4 inch diameter plenums, essentially keeping the momentum up for the air to be ingested, minimizing the pumping loss since the air column in the runners will need less work for acceleration, when the intake valves open.

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P7140308 (7-14-2005): The underside of the manifold reveals a port water injection system.

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P7200312 (7-20-2005): The engine, less intercooler and a few hose connections, in its sub-frame and with thermally coated (by Jet-Hot Coatings) exhaust pipes. The choice of blue color was mainly functional, since it has a textured surface finish, so it better can hold on to the gaskets.

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P7200313 (7-20-2005): The engine seen from the other side.

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