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DIY: Race Car Build In Progress… Part 13

Today Scot will tidy up some lose ends and attempt to fire her up

After 12 episodes I certainly feel like we are getting closer to watching Scot ripping it up on the track! Today’s goal will be firing that beautiful LS1 engine up. If you need a review of Scot’s Pro-Touring race car build or missed an episode, here are the links: part one, part two, part three, part four, part five, part six, part seven, part eight. part nine, part ten, part eleven, and part twelve. We’ve got a busy day today, so let’s get after it!

Scot begins by working on the wiring for the digital dash.

Then jumps over to the engine compartment, remarking, “Engine compartment almost complete. I need 1 vacuum hose connector and to install the new throttle cable. Then I can run the new sensor wires and install the battery and cables.”

You may have noticed Scot moves around to different projects to help keep his motivation and excitement high, so off to mocking the rear diffuser we go!

Now over to the shift lever, where Scot fabricates an aluminum extension piece to put the shifter in the perfect position.

Here is a quick progress recap from Scot:

“I will be working on completing the wiring tomorrow. I need to add engine oil, power steering fluid, and coolant. Bleed the clutch and brakes and I should be ready to program the computer and start the car! Hopefully, by the end of the weekend I will have the car running. Got the power steering fluid in, got the rear brakes bleed. Ended up with a leak in one of the front brake lines need a part to fix. Removed the gas pedal assembly and sand blasted so I could paint it and reassemble it. I started installing the new throttle cable. That was fun! Ready for coolant. Bleed the clutch. Back on it tomorrow!”

Whew, I’m tired just reading that!

Well, did Scot reach his goal of getting the car running? Drum roll…

Yes sir he did, the gauges are all powered up and Scot exclaims,She finally came alive today!!

The work must go on, so off to completing the tips for the custom side exhaust and finishing bleeding the brakes.

After that hurdle, Scot barely takes a victory lap and put his sights on the next challenge.

“Working on the clutch master cylinder took more hours than I care to admit to bleed the master cylinder. Finally got it bled. Now It does not quite disengage all the way. Need to work on that. Once I get the Clutch figured out the car will be drivable.”

Join me in the next installment, as Scot hopes to get this grand project drivable and on the road, and buttons up the cockpit while finishing up other projects like mounting the rear diffuser. We have an active community on our Facebook page, I would love to hear from you!  Douglas B.