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Black Hole

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  1. Thank you again for a fantastic event. The effort Mike @Croc and Tom @yellowss7 put into preparation and management during the event really shows. Their focus on ensuring the event is fun is what makes it so special. I have no trailer stories going home, I got to enjoy my 7 for a beautiful 5.5 hr cruise home yesterday. On the advice of Jeff @BlueBDA I took a route through Princeton and Mahwah. Completely avoids any built up areas in NJ/NYC so I had a really enjoyable drive
  2. Progress today that significantly ups my chances for NJMP. After moving coils around the car seemed to just run very poorly (and rich) at idle and ran slightly better with at higher RPM. I got new spark plugs because it was clear it was running rich but the results remained similar. A then while staring off into space I am looking at my car and voila - there is a hose under the inlet not going anywhere! Plug it in and the car now runs smoothly. Picture below shows the offending hose hooked back up from the PCV system. Just need to get a clamp to secure it (don't know if there was a clamp that
  3. Thanks. I realized that after I sent the post 😀. And easy to do.
  4. Thanks. I have not given up yet. But my time is limited and I need to make the engine run and more importantly make sure the throttle does not stick!
  5. Thank you all for the advice. Rosh Hashanah put a kink in my ability to work on the car. I plan to do troubleshooting tomorrow if work will cooperate. Hopefully none of my customers blow up one of their engines tonight making me busy tomorrow. I have not yet cancelled out of NJMP. Can I do that up to 48 hrs in advance without penalty (can’t seem to find the cancellation policy). On the other hand I saw there was a limit to the number who can register so I don’t want to block someone from registering if we are at the limit. I have never troubleshot a coil on plug ignition sy
  6. After doing all my prep for the USA7s event at NJMP I now have a major engine issue. As you can see and hear from the video the engine is not idling well and my number 4 cylinder is cold. I suspect valve damage. I am double annoyed, I will likely have to pass on NJMP because I don't have time to straighten this out, and I may have been able to prevent it The background: After working on the car, I went to start it up and the revs shot up so I turned off the car. I was not inside the car so I could not have been touching the gas pedal. I then operated the throttle at the engine an
  7. Thanks. I will see if I can get the Braille I ordered to work.
  8. That looks nice. So far a home depot and a local hardware store have not realized much in the way of AL stock. I did pick up some angle Al that I may use Thank you
  9. I did a search and did not find any nearby, thank you for the suggestion
  10. I was thinking exactly that solution. Yesterday I went to Home Depot but their metal selection was pitiful (the whole store seemed bare!). I purchased a piece of 1”x1” angle AL and 1/4” some threaded rod. I did not event try to look for bolts that long but they look cleaner and may take another look.
  11. I think I will order up the Braille tie down, I think I can make it work
  12. Just found the dimensions on the Braille hold down and it is 5.5" minimum so it is also too large
  13. My car has a pretty hokey battery hold down and as I was going through the car today I found it broken. I was looking for something a little better than just replacing the strip of aluminum that was across the top of the batter. The battery is about 3" wide and the battery box is 5"x7" so there was a bent piece of aluminum as a filler. There are thin aluminum "risers" on each side that are welded to the tray. I looked at Summit, Pegasus and Amazon and just found the usual J bolts, some with a cross bar that was likely way to big. The smallest one I saw was adjustable down to 5" whi
  14. Here is some learning from my experience registering a 2009 Caterham in CT in 2016. My car was bought from a Caterham dealer who was able to title the car in DE as a 2009 ASVE. He put a Delaware temporary plate on it and that allowed me to drive it to Wethersfield for a "courtesy inspection" that will be required. Some items I would note from my experience (and from the CT DMV: https://portal.ct.gov/DMV/Inspections/Inspections/Composite-Vehicles and a copy of the CT composite rules attached): - you will need to put the windshield on, I don't think CT will register without a windshi
  15. The next drive is Sunday 8 August going from Lime Rock down to a vehicle storage place in Canaan called Wheels of Time. Not familiar with it but should be a nice drive. I will PM you the contact info
  16. Not quite a 7, but it uses a lot of 7 parts. A Lotus 11 replica made with Caterham front and rear suspension, brakes and wiring. Lotus twin cam engine: https://vintageracecarsales.com/portfolio/lotus-eleven-replica/
  17. This appears to be a car built by George Alderman of Mid Atlantic Caterham. I test drove this car in 2016 when it was still in his shop and I bought the other car he had, a SV with a Duratec. The great news is George builds a great car, mine has been very reliable and you can have confidence that is was professionally built. The pics are from July 2016 when the car was still "new" (my car is a 2009 kit built in 2013).
  18. My car has the mirrors mounted to the doors. I added this solution and I highly recommend it. Available from https://www.mirrorsforsevens.com/index.htm. It just clips on to the windshield frame and it does not even interfere with the top.
  19. Congrats and good luck. I lived in Ann Arbor for six years and two degrees many moons ago. Great town but the roads are boring until you go well north. But they did build Mcity to test "interconnected vehicles". Looks like a perfect track for the 7 and right in town Since they have an Automotive Engineering department check around as we had a lot of car nuts and associated activities when I was there.
  20. This would be a test of my driving endurance in the 7. I only have to drive 4 hrs to NJMP (in the pouring rain last year) but 12.5 hrs to CMS may require a tow
  21. Just over 90 minutes from me so I am interested. Thanks
  22. Here is the solution for the bottom fasteners on my car. Washers welded to the dzus fasteners make it really easy to unlatch.
  23. Are you coming to the Litchfield drive tomorrow? You can look at the installation in my car. It uses a oil filter bypass adapter and an oil cooler in front of the radiator.
  24. I followed up with the person who runs a Cayman prepped by Speedsport Tuning in Danbury. He highly recommends them so they could be a viable solution for you.
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