I love your enthusiasm for speed. Car needs head gaskets and service parts, let's open up the ECU and start tuning!
gotta go fast
lol to be fair, i don't think it actually NEEDS head gaskets, but i'm getting the parts just in case. i was told that if you goose it on the highway it'll blow a bit of smoke, so i figure it's probably just valve seals that need replacing. and like i said, i'm made up almost entirely of ADHD, so my focus swings around at times :p
EDIT: just heard back from Moates, was told Ostrich basically functions as a chip in a seperate box with a USB cable hanging out, and will do what i need it to looks like i'll be grabbing a 2.0 box once the car is running again.
my friend dropped off his EPROM programmer, so i had a go at dumping the ROM off the ECU chip.
pull the chip out
stuff it in the programmer
saved the BIN, tried a couple automatic XDF builders, didn't work worth a crap though, so that's all for the ECU until i get the car running and order my Ostrich box. have to wait till the next paycheque to buy the new alternator, disi caps and rotors though. have an old spare rotor that came with the car, might try firing it with that and my fancy battery charger plugged in, see what happens.
in the meantime, i have an 2003 E46 325i outside on blocks that has an issue with the anti-theft and it not starting because of it. all the rotors are seized up, but it's supposed to be warm the next couple days so i might pull the brakes off and bring that inside too, see if i can get the damn thing running. either that or finish the brake lines on the Kia, though i am loathe to do that, i despise running brake lines.
Some photos i took today of the other stuff sitting around the shop...
This is the property the shop is on, taken from the northeast corner
2003 BMW 325i on blocks. Friend bought it for 200$, just for the wheels and suspension, i get the rest it seems.
2003 Kia Rio RS. bought this about a year and a half ago with the intention of putting it on the road. needs brake lines, front brakes, and tires on all 4 corners, possibly a clutch as well. i keep putting off working on it because i hate running brake lines, but i think i might just buy 20ft of flexiline, and run the rear lines with those. the fun part about these cars though, the 1st generation Kia Rios, is that the engines they use are just Mazda B-series motors, specifically the B5 1.5 and B6 1.6. the only differences are the external dimensions of the head and some small differences to the outside of the block, everything else bolts right up, engine mounts, rods, pistons, crank, cams, etc. so the thought was to eventually slide a B6T into it and scare the unsuspecting populace, or go whole hog and put a BP or BPT into it. the dilemma is since it's OBD2, it would need to run the stock ECU or it won't pass emissions(Ontario Drive Clean emissions testing requires cars after 1997 to be connected via OBD2 port and tested through the stock sensors, and any CELs will fail the car automatically).
besides those two, the kit car is inside and the rest of my cars(1992 Eagle Summit, 1991 Eagle Vista wagon, and a 2003 Kia Rio wagon) are in storage about half an hour away.
I personally think you might need to cull the herd a little bit there.
Is the Eagle Summit still your original favourite one? Running and driving?
yeah, the Summit is probably my favourite at the moment, mostly because i've driven it hard and enjoyed it, but it's in rough shape nowadays, in storage, and i can see daylight when i look inside the trunk. and it doesn't run right now thanks to a botched engine swap oh so long ago. i'll get to it one day though, if only to move everything good from it onto a clean shell.
in regards to the herd though, this is what i want to do with my life: buy, fix, mod, drive and sell cars. and now that i have the space and the money to do so, i'm just gonna dive in and enjoy myself if that means having too many cars, and some waiting longer than others, then that's what'll happen.
also, part of what i enjoy when finding a prospective car is the research and figuring out what paths i can take with it. i have huge lists of bookmarks and folders full of research on cars that i may never own, but it's still fun
Rio Wagon would have to be cooler than the sedan wouldn't it? But I suppose you might like sedans uncoolness Now you make me wonder how much old 323 is left in the suspension/floorpan? It least they were generally respected where no one ever gave the Kia's any thought, so are probably under-rated or at least can be easily improved with knowledge of Mazda's parts-bin.
Now you make me wonder how much old 323 is left in the suspension/floorpan? It least they were generally respected where no one ever gave the Kia's any thought, so are probably under-rated or at least can be easily improved with knowledge of Mazda's parts-bin.
that's something i keep meaning to do more research on, but it's so hard finding 323s in Ontario anymore, even in junkyards, so i have nothing to compare it to and internet research will only get you so far in terms of comparing suspension/platform. i know they share front brakes, but beyond that...?
Just checked, looks like cheaper Mazda 121/ Ford Festiva/ Kia Pride inspired beam rear axle. But I guess it works & avoids geometry problems on a light car when heavily laden...
interweb pictures show that it looks like the rear spindle and brakes are mounted the same way on both rear beams, but suspension-wise the 121 uses coil-on-shock in the back and the Rio uses a sandwiched spring and separate shock, so not much chance in those switching back and forth.
you really got me thinking though and i'm going to bring the Rio inside and get to work on it rather than the BMW. at the very least i know for a fact that the Rio runs, so i'm already starting from a better point than the bimmer. gotta get something running and plated this spring, getting tired of not having legal transportation.
bookmarked. looking forward to your audi ecu mods. have a rover V8 with a fried lucas 14cux which i am going to try to rechip so be good to see how you get on with the moates emulator.
you aren't the only one looking forward to it
it might be a while before i get dug into the tuning though, there is much to be done in terms of maintenance on the V8 first, and i gotta get a car on the road for the spring season first. i live 50km from most everyone i know, and from most of what you would consider 'civilization', so bothering people for rides becomes a big hassle for the one doing the driving.
as for the emulator itself, i might see if i can put it on one of my Mitsubishis to start, i think the Vista would be easiest as it's the oldest and least likely to have several hundred random maps in memory... more likely to have a half dozen which would make learning to build definition files and tune the Ostrich much simpler than starting with the V8 and it's 562 undefined maps D:
Username 'Devolution'... Is that a tip of the cap to messrs Mothersbaugh and Casale? If so then fine taste sir!
indeed it is! been my alias online for a good 20 years almost
was going to have a go at moving the Rio today, but then realized the key on my big keychain that i thought belonged to the sedan in fact belongs to the wagon. so while i know the keys are here in the shop, i don't know where. so guess what i'm doing today? :p
also found the gas door jimmied open and the cap off. probably no gas left in the tank, thanks rural gas thieves.
Last Edit: Mar 24, 2017 20:41:05 GMT by Devolution