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  1. John, One thing that makes the hub dyno useful is the quick response. In certain tuning situations this can be helpful. As far as tire slip and that type of thing, we've seen that the way the car is tied down can make a big difference. In a perfect world measuring tension on the straps would be helpful. Andy
  2. It's a pressurized system with a coolant recovery tank as opposed to a coolant expansion tank. The cap on the T-stat housing controls the pressure in the system. Unpressurized systems have not been run for many, many decades. Check the cap and do as John suggested with the hose in the coolant recovery tank.
  3. Pressure test that cap on the T-stat housing. Has the car always run hot when run on the track?
  4. Watch the tach carefully when the engine cuts out. See if it drops slowly with the crankshaft speed when it cuts out or if it dives for 0 instantly. That may give a hit to if you're loosing your RPM signal. When the old Ford TFI modules used to die this was a quick diagnosis.
  5. I'd stick with 15psi. There's no reason to go much higher than that, you may do more harm than good. If you're holding 19psi for an hours you're better than fine. The 12psi cap will kick up your boiling point to about 250F. This should keep the car from puking water when it heat soaks on a hot shutdown. Progress!!
  6. If you can only achieve and hold 10psi you have a leak somewhere. That system should hold at least 15psi w/o issue for a LONG time. Hopefully you're able to track down an external leak. Time to get a flashlight start hunting. If you can't get the pressure over 10psi it's not going to take too long to find out where the leak is coming from. I'm not surprised you had a cap issue. I had the same experience and ended up replacing the cap and tank to get a proper seal. I had caps that would not hold the rated pressure and a cap/tank combo that would not seal well at the interface. I fi
  7. I have an '03 SV. The drysump and bellhousing are the lowest points (they are on nearly the same plane). With a 23.2" diameter tire I use the long side of a 2x4 as my height gauge under the sump. That just keeps me off the ground and the roads around here are very poor. Any lower and I'll be clearancing parts or pissing fluids. Of course, this may be useless to you due to different spring rates, bump stops and such, but it's a reference point :).
  8. Not to add to your plate, but one thing just came to mind, if you have changed the baseline TPS setting that will alter the timing/fueling. There's a possibility the timing is retarded a bunch causing high coolant temps at idle. Do your header tubes appear to be any hotter than normal? You can make 'em glow red if the timing is retarded and this will also push the temps around the exhaust valve through the roof possibly leading to cooling issues at idle. I'd suggest you plug in the laptop and see where your timing is at. EDIT: Just watched your videos:
  9. The top T fitting may be found at any parts store. They are used to back flush cooling systems. You could by the "kit" and use it to flush the cooling system with your hose. Did you grab a hose and check to see if the system was pressurized when you arrived at work? For every 1 psi of pressure in the system you kick up the boiling point of the water ~3F. If your system is running at ambient pressure you're not going to have much margin before it boils over. Don't put distilled water in the cooling system w/o 40% antifreeze or some water wetter.
  10. That's an iron block engine, right? The color of the coolant is not surprising if there was no antifreeze or corrosion preventative in it. It will turn rust colored pretty darn quick. As far as plugging things up, if there were not any chunks coming out I wouldn't worry about it at this time, I doubt it has plugged anything. Typically the heater core is plugged first, it has the smallest passages, think of it like a bypass filter ! I'd just flush with water at no more that normal water pressure. Don't use a pressure washer. You may consider replacing the T-stat. if the coolant temp was jumpi
  11. Before you go down the head gasket route I'd suggest you get a good bleed on the cooling system and put a known good pressure cap/expansion tank combo on it. Without a pressure cap it doesn't surprise me that you boiled the water doing your test. I suspect the temp in the head managed 212F+ leading to the boil over, even if the Tstat was open and the fan was on. The margin between the fan switching on and 212F is not huge. I have a similar system with a heater and put a T fitting in one of the heater lines that is the highest point in the system. This allows me to fill from there a
  12. If it was mapped with ~90deg throttle opening being ~100% throttle and you're getting ~90deg throttle opening at 65% throttle you'd be a bit lean and the timing would be wonky too! Take a look at your base fuel map and see what it looks like. You could map a car so actual WOT is at 65%, but the only reason I could see doing that would be you're too lazy to sort out the throttle linkage travel. You'd loose a bit of resolution, but you could make it work. If you disconnect the throttle cable are the throttles capable of sweeping the TPS from ~0%-100%? Andy
  13. I think you're pretty close to getting this sorted out. It's just a matter of some adjustments, I don't think you have any issues with your parts or the mapping. If you poke around in the Idle Speed Control settings you'll likely find the info you need (TPS @ Idle and Idle Speed).
  14. If you get totally bogged down PM me and I'll try and help out via Zoom. It's been a while since I've played with Pectel units, but I may be able to help out. Andy
  15. From what I follow in the thread, you have a couple of issues. Here's what I'd do to get some kind of baseline where the car will idle: * pick a base idle w/o IAC control that's a bit on the slow side * set that idle with the engine hot using the idle screw * balance the throttles and readjust the base idle (it's going to change when you balance the throttles, go for the smoothest slow idle with balanced air flow numbers) * make sure the idle is stable and there's no interference due to the throttle cable * now look at your TPS setting, if you don't know what the origi
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