Monthly Archives: February 2007

Pedals, Throttle and Wiring

Pedals, Wiring and ordering – oh my!

Over the weekend, Mark and I worked on getting the Gas pedal assembly all cleaned up. For the most part, it’s done. I’m waiting on some things from McMaster, and once they’re here, we’ll be able to finish it off. I added two tabs to it for an upper pedal stop, and a lower pedal stop so that I can smash the pedal as hard as I want to and not hurt the throttle body ;-)

The throttle cable is also done – it fits nicely, and even though I’ve tarnished the finish on the intake manifold because I had to weld a bracket to it, it still looks really nice. I’m happy with it.

And the gas pedal? Well, it’s just cool :-) It looks like someone spent way too much time on it – and we did, so it’s about as nice as we both expected it to be. I’m happy with it.

I’m also in the process of wiring up the sensors on the car. I worked on it a little yesterday, but it’s still got a ways to go before it’s finished up. The ignition is well on it’s way, but the injectors need some work, and the CAS will also need some work. It’s wired, but the wiring is way too long for what I want to do with it, so it needs to be shortened. Things in general are coming along well :-)

Random Progress

Cleaning up!

So, we’ve been doing a lot of small things lately. Mark and I made The Master List – basically, a list of everything that had to be done on the car. Then, we started knocking it out. Recently, we’ve finished off the following:

[b]Header[/b]: We needed to finish weld the turbo cflange on the header. There was one weld that needed to be finished up. After that, I cleaned up the ports on the head flange. The only thing we’ll probablt add to it is a stainless EGT bung. Other than that – it’s done :-)

[b]Exhaust System[/b]: The 4″ exhaust was mostly done, but needed to have hangers mounted to it, and we needed to finish integrating the wastegate outlet into the system. This has now been all welded up, and we’ve added stainless hangars to the system. It’s now considered done, too :-)

[b]Wiring[/b]: I haven’t talked about it at all, but the wiring on the Talon is well underway. Originally, it was going to get a Painless Wiring harness, but with the nature of the rest of the car, that just didn’t seem right. So, I took the harness from the Haltech, and integrated it into a bunch of new wiring that I created for the car. This new harness has a switch panel that will mount next to the shifter, well within my reach, and has a 20 circuit fuse panel. It’s been built and mostly tested. There are a few things left to hook to the Haltech harness, consisting mainly of Injectors, AIT, CAS and the ignition system. This stuff will go quickly, but I’m waiting on sensor bungs, and waiting to get some other things finished up before this wiring is finished. After that, I have to manage how I’m going to mount the battery and wire that up to the rest of the electrical system. Cool stuff :-)

[b]Coil on Plug[/b]: This is one of the things that I have to finish up. I bought the coils, and the electrical connector for the setup, along with making a mock up COP plate that will mount to the spark plug cover. I’m in the process of cutting holes in this in order to mount the coils, and have a complete COP setup. This looks very nice so far – I am happy with how it’s turned out. Once this is done, I will be able to finish up the ignition wiring.

[b]Map Sensor / Power Transistor Mount[/b]: I made a nice aluminum plate that the MAP sensor and power transistors now mount to. This plate mounts underneath the engine, and provides not only support for the MAP and transistors, it also hides them, and keeps them close to the engine wiring harness, but out of the way. This looks nice, and is easy to access if I need to unplug things from it. It’s bolted to the block, with the sensors bolted to it.

So, as you can see, we’ve actually accomplished a lot of small, rather mundane stuff. Right now we’re working on the gas pedal, and throttle cable. Can’t anything be easy? ;-)