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by thesameguy
Mon Sep 20, 2021 4:53 pm
Forum: XR4Ti
Topic: Watching Hot Rod Garage tweek an '87 Turbo T-bird engine...
Replies: 3
Views: 52

Re: Watching Hot Rod Garage tweek an '87 Turbo T-bird engine...

I really wish these things did a more incremental approach... the whole kitchen sink approach is fun and everything, but I wonder how much of that +100hp came from what upgrade. I remember a conversation with a Saab engineer once and he admitted they could get +50hp from an '80s Saab motor with just...
by thesameguy
Mon Sep 20, 2021 4:50 pm
Forum: XR4Ti
Topic: Exhaust manifold damage
Replies: 21
Views: 114

Re: Exhaust manifold damage

IMO a lot depends on the actual targets for this car. I feel like a lot of people get carried away with the credit card and bolt-ons etc. rather than following a good plan. In my mind, crazy manifolds and external waste gates are kinda Nth degree stuff. How much boost does this car make? How much po...
by thesameguy
Sun Sep 19, 2021 9:27 pm
Forum: XR4Ti
Topic: Fuel pump, or pumps, or....
Replies: 14
Views: 134

Re: Fuel pump, or pumps, or....

I think we have forgotten what fascism actually is.
by thesameguy
Wed Sep 08, 2021 2:06 pm
Forum: XR4Ti
Topic: Starter wouldn't disengage, now no crank
Replies: 9
Views: 80

Re: Starter wouldn't disengage, now no crank

When I bought my XR I was slightly concerned about the electrical system, as these cars really did have a reputation for problems, maybe due entirely to Jim Rome. But, my Saab 900 also had a similar reputation and I'd never had (and still have never had) any sort of electrical problems with that car...
by thesameguy
Wed Sep 08, 2021 1:10 pm
Forum: XR4Ti
Topic: Starter wouldn't disengage, now no crank
Replies: 9
Views: 80

Re: Starter wouldn't disengage, now no crank

I would not do those things. The body is more than sufficient ground (assuming your battery ground cable is good) and fusible links provide important circuit protection for chassis electrical systems. The only way the starter can continue to run after the key is released is if the solenoid remains c...
by thesameguy
Thu Sep 02, 2021 11:21 am
Forum: XR4Ti
Topic: Fuel pump, or pumps, or....
Replies: 14
Views: 134

Re: Fuel pump, or pumps, or....

Random things: The pulse dampener is there to eliminate resonances created by the opening and closing of the injectors. It was a big part of '80s EFI but largely doesn't exist anymore. I don't know what changed, if anything. It's possible everyone just came to the conclusion it wasn't necessary and ...
by thesameguy
Tue Aug 31, 2021 10:34 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Ford is making an electric crate motor...
Replies: 8
Views: 86

Re: Ford is making an electric crate motor...

The Texas and California problems are two different issues and largely not affected by electric cars. The Texas issue was failure to plan for unusual weather, and the California problem is *primarily* $#!%^& management from PG&E - they bonus the c-suite annually while letting their infrastructure literally fall apart. (I was involved in those lawsuits, I read the discovery) SCE is in a somewhat similar but less dramatic situation. Well-run utilities like SMUD have been unaffected by these problems.

In any case, the primary use pattern for electric cars is charging at night, when usage is very low. To that end, electric cars can be helpful by creating a revenue stream that makes better use of existing infrastructure (by using it off hours) and encourages investment. Just like roads, electricity usage typically has insane peaks during a fraction of the day and goes under utilized the rest of the time. Electric cars help smooth that out. Nobody is charging their car during peak hours... They are stuck in rush hour.

The trifecta here is electric cars, off hours charging and a distributed generation network (eg solar cells). That, done on a large scale, is magic. Throw in recycled EV batteries for fixed storage (Tesla Powerwall) and you've created a very resilient configuration.
by thesameguy
Fri Aug 27, 2021 4:12 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Ford is making an electric crate motor...
Replies: 8
Views: 86

Re: Ford is making an electric crate motor...

Sure, there are lots of efficiency improvements to be had, The new Achates motor is pretty amazing. But none of this will ever touch electricity, even electricity generated from fossil fuel powered plants. A car is like 30% efficient. Even if you could boost that 30% you'd be at 40%. A modern effici...
by thesameguy
Tue Aug 24, 2021 12:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion & Intro Forum
Topic: Best Aftermarket EFI Components?
Replies: 29
Views: 506

Re: Best Aftermarket EFI Components?

You probably advocate for payday loan outlets on every street corner. You know, to help the poor get by. Throw in a McDonald's too, right? Dollar stores are a problem for mom & pop business, grocery stores, and people who struggle meeting basic nutritional needs. They make processed and nutritio...
by thesameguy
Tue Aug 24, 2021 12:26 am
Forum: General Discussion & Intro Forum
Topic: Best Aftermarket EFI Components?
Replies: 29
Views: 506

Re: Best Aftermarket EFI Components?

Haha, exactly!
by thesameguy
Tue Aug 24, 2021 12:20 am
Forum: XR4Ti
Topic: So speaking of fuel pump relays....
Replies: 6
Views: 53

Re: So speaking of fuel pump relays....

ATM fuses and mini ISO relays use the same terminals and spacing so a panel that can take one can take the other... Six positions is a relay, two is a fuse.
by thesameguy
Mon Aug 23, 2021 9:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion & Intro Forum
Topic: Best Aftermarket EFI Components?
Replies: 29
Views: 506

Re: Best Aftermarket EFI Components?

I had a pretty sheltered childhood, and I think my high school librarian was wise to my circumstances.. his recommendation were Zen and The Electric Koolaid Acid Test. I don't recall if there was a particular order, but looking back I think there should have been. ;)
by thesameguy
Mon Aug 23, 2021 6:15 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Miscellaneous
Topic: 1991 Sterling 827 Si
Replies: 9
Views: 64

Re: 1991 Sterling 827 Si

The only possible way to consider owning a Sterling is if it's a 5-door.
by thesameguy
Mon Aug 23, 2021 6:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion & Intro Forum
Topic: Best Aftermarket EFI Components?
Replies: 29
Views: 506

Re: Best Aftermarket EFI Components?

Probably a lot, but I'm not sure how clear any of it would be. ;)
by thesameguy
Mon Aug 23, 2021 5:44 pm
Forum: XR4Ti
Topic: So speaking of fuel pump relays....
Replies: 6
Views: 53

Re: So speaking of fuel pump relays....

I keep thinking about rebuilding the thing, but it's so cramped I've been hesitating until there is a legitimate need. The good news is that everything in there is pretty straightforward, and once could save a lot of space using ATM fuses and mini ISO relays. Not that space is at a premium, but if t...