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    Slugmobile & MeanMini Caretaker Turbo Mopar Contributor wheming's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by TurboMinivan View Post
    Hi, Wayne! Dempsey Bowling checking in to express my approval of your restoration of Mean Mini. The new paint is beautiful! Please keep the updates coming as the project progresses.

    -Dempsey
    Thanks brother!
    It's been a slow process but the guy doing the paint is just doing this as a hobby.
    I hopefully will get her back next week and I'll have a full spread of pics to share.
    I can't wait to send Dolores and Tanya the finished pics. They are very excited about this also.





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    '89 Dodge Caravan SE 2.5L turbo auto, "Mean Mini" yes, Gus' Mean Mini! (Current best 11.7786@113.04 mph! - Jan 15th, 2017 Fayetteville Dragway, NC)
    MeanMini dragracing videos: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...URZLB1RxGYF6vw
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    Quote Originally Posted by contraption22 View Post
    Hahaha. Didn't mean to sound like I was giving you crap. Just letting you know that I've had negative experiences with underdrive pulleys. Might be fine for a more bare bones car, but I was never satisfied with how my Acclaim charged with headlights and the A/C or defogger on.

    Personally, I feel that these are your vehicles now and you should be able to do whatever you like with them. Gus wouldn't have left them as they were forever. You shouldn't feel you have to either.
    I know. Just being playful!

    I agree. Normally you don't see much return for the underdrive. But every little bit helps.

    I've usually put in neutral and shut off accessories at a stop. And of course it is worse at night. I can deal with it, but still wanted to lighten up electrical load.

    And thanks for the support. Believe me i don't want to make big changes. But even small changes get noticed on his cars. They have been studied by so many.
    And i remember how Gus used to talk about Louie our mechanic after he got Gus' turbo Mustang. Since Louie proceeded to add interior and change it around.



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    '91 Dodge Spirit ES 2.5L turbo 5spd
    '05 PT GT 2.4T HO autostick
    '89 Plymouth Acclaim 2.5L turbo auto, "Slugmobile" yes, THE Slugmobile!
    '89 Dodge Caravan SE 2.5L turbo auto, "Mean Mini" yes, Gus' Mean Mini! (Current best 11.7786@113.04 mph! - Jan 15th, 2017 Fayetteville Dragway, NC)
    MeanMini dragracing videos: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...URZLB1RxGYF6vw
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    Re: Intro and Update: Slugmobile and Mean Mini! (long read, but worth it)

    Quote Originally Posted by Reeves View Post
    You'd actually need a smaller one.....which is what I did.
    Yep, 2000 Corolla.

    Quote Originally Posted by GLHNSLHT2 View Post
    you've got a 120amp ND and it's still discharging at idle? I've got a 120 or 130amp chrysler or Bosch (one with the black plastic cover) on my GLH from a Dakota. I can have the high beams on, all 4 Hella 550 driving lights powered, the defrost on high and the doors open at idle and the volt gauge barely budges.
    Size has nothing to do with it, Alternators need rpm to produce power, unless its modified to charge at low rpms.

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    I'm game for a stock sized pulley made out of aluminum! *HINT HINT*
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    Re: Intro and Update: Slugmobile and Mean Mini! (long read, but worth it)

    Quote Originally Posted by turbovanman View Post
    Yep, 2000 Corolla.
    I used one from a Ford....but had to modify it. Maybe the 2000 Corolla would be better.

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    Re: Intro and Update: Slugmobile and Mean Mini! (long read, but worth it)

    Ok, so I have an update.
    I drove Mean Mini for the first time since December, back to the house.
    I still have some clean and detail work to do, plus re-install the minimal interior pieces.
    Since it looked like we'd complete things today, or enough to go ahead and take delivery of her back, I went and put Slugmobile back on the road.
    I dropped her off at the painter for some economy touch-up/repaint. Her clearcoat was peeling on the roof and trunklid.

    Anyway if you don't remember, here is Mini when I got her:


    And now



    Pinstripe and turbo decals to come!

    And even added some "luxury"...This is a handy little add-on. Remote rear window actuators! Going to be nice to be able to close those when caught in the rain without having to pull over.

    Last edited by wheming; 04-15-2012 at 08:42 PM.
    Wayne H.

    '91 Dodge Spirit ES 2.5L turbo 5spd
    '05 PT GT 2.4T HO autostick
    '89 Plymouth Acclaim 2.5L turbo auto, "Slugmobile" yes, THE Slugmobile!
    '89 Dodge Caravan SE 2.5L turbo auto, "Mean Mini" yes, Gus' Mean Mini! (Current best 11.7786@113.04 mph! - Jan 15th, 2017 Fayetteville Dragway, NC)
    MeanMini dragracing videos: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...URZLB1RxGYF6vw
    and other cars, trucks and motorcycles
    https://www.youtube.com/user/SlugmobileMeanMini

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    Re: Intro and Update: Slugmobile and Mean Mini! (long read, but worth it)

    Looking good.

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    Re: Intro and Update: Slugmobile and Mean Mini! (long read, but worth it)

    there, updated some pics!
    Wayne H.

    '91 Dodge Spirit ES 2.5L turbo 5spd
    '05 PT GT 2.4T HO autostick
    '89 Plymouth Acclaim 2.5L turbo auto, "Slugmobile" yes, THE Slugmobile!
    '89 Dodge Caravan SE 2.5L turbo auto, "Mean Mini" yes, Gus' Mean Mini! (Current best 11.7786@113.04 mph! - Jan 15th, 2017 Fayetteville Dragway, NC)
    MeanMini dragracing videos: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...URZLB1RxGYF6vw
    and other cars, trucks and motorcycles
    https://www.youtube.com/user/SlugmobileMeanMini

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    Well this has basically turned into Slug and Mini's build/rebuild thread so here is some new crap.

    To recap, found out in preparation for SDAC 22 that both Slug and Mini have a dead cylinder.
    So yesterday i removed the top end off Slug to make removing the engine a bit easier. In all honesty, I have never done that before. I have done once with a buddy about 14 years ago on another car.

    In any case everything went well until it was time to lift off. I must be getting old, cause the top end is heavy all by yourself! head/manifolds/turbo and lines... But i got it without dropping!
    Put it on the trunk of my Nova to remove the manifolds, but what did i see here...wtf!
    There isn't supposed to be a step in the turbine housing... The swingvalve doesn't sit flush...
    Better look at the outside... Yup just what i thought...


    Well isn't that just lovely. The turbine housing is cracked. Spinning the compressor and checking for shaft play finds that there is some interference at times.

    So i guess Slug will be needing a new turbo now. This is the second of Gus' turbos to crack like this. He sent one to Ed Peters like this and was rebuilt/replaced into the super 70.
    Not sure yet what I'll do. This is not the super 70, that is on Mini. I think this is just a plain super 60. It has a Turbonetics .63 turbine housing.
    I guess now would be a good time to upgrade...



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    '91 Dodge Spirit ES 2.5L turbo 5spd
    '05 PT GT 2.4T HO autostick
    '89 Plymouth Acclaim 2.5L turbo auto, "Slugmobile" yes, THE Slugmobile!
    '89 Dodge Caravan SE 2.5L turbo auto, "Mean Mini" yes, Gus' Mean Mini! (Current best 11.7786@113.04 mph! - Jan 15th, 2017 Fayetteville Dragway, NC)
    MeanMini dragracing videos: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...URZLB1RxGYF6vw
    and other cars, trucks and motorcycles
    https://www.youtube.com/user/SlugmobileMeanMini

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    Re: Intro and Update: Slugmobile and Mean Mini! (long read, but worth it)

    Well I'll say it because everyone thinks I'm a jerk anyway, but when I think you're seeing is a lot of Gus's band-aid chickens coming home to roost. i.e. fast, cheap, reliable, pick any two, and he showed us fast and cheap....innovatively cheap at the time, but still cheap.
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    There's no way of knowing how long its been like this.
    I don't know if it was a result of anything like that, or from me enjoying the car...too much at times!
    It is probably a result of overworking the turbo.

    She'll get treated to a rebuilt or new turbo, and rest of the engine too.
    Actually when this all gets rebuilt the complete engine will be swapped into Mini along with a fresh tranny, in anticipation of SDAC 23.



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    '05 PT GT 2.4T HO autostick
    '89 Plymouth Acclaim 2.5L turbo auto, "Slugmobile" yes, THE Slugmobile!
    '89 Dodge Caravan SE 2.5L turbo auto, "Mean Mini" yes, Gus' Mean Mini! (Current best 11.7786@113.04 mph! - Jan 15th, 2017 Fayetteville Dragway, NC)
    MeanMini dragracing videos: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...URZLB1RxGYF6vw
    and other cars, trucks and motorcycles
    https://www.youtube.com/user/SlugmobileMeanMini

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    Re: Intro and Update: Slugmobile and Mean Mini! (long read, but worth it)

    Guess it's hard to say for sure really... but anyway, now you can make one of these...

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    DD1: '02 T&C Ltd, 3.8 AWD. DD2: '15 Versa Note SV, replacing.. DDx: '14 Versa Note SV << freshly killded :( ....... Projects: '88 Voyager 3.0, Auto with shift kit, timing advance, walker sound FX muffler on 15" pumpers wrapped in 215/65/R15 H rated Nexens.... and a '95 phord escort wagon PnP head << Both may need to go :( ..... I like 3.0s ... so??? ... stop looking at me like I've got two heads!

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    Re: Intro and Update: Slugmobile and Mean Mini! (long read, but worth it)

    what's with all the rust up inside the swing valve? looks like the turbo was dumped in bath of salt.

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    Re: Intro and Update: Slugmobile and Mean Mini! (long read, but worth it)

    It did live in New England,


    And I have a spare junk turbo that I think needs to be converted to a TP dispenser

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    It has sat for long periods. I've had some things pop up over the years. I think the most it sat was almost a year.



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    '05 PT GT 2.4T HO autostick
    '89 Plymouth Acclaim 2.5L turbo auto, "Slugmobile" yes, THE Slugmobile!
    '89 Dodge Caravan SE 2.5L turbo auto, "Mean Mini" yes, Gus' Mean Mini! (Current best 11.7786@113.04 mph! - Jan 15th, 2017 Fayetteville Dragway, NC)
    MeanMini dragracing videos: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...URZLB1RxGYF6vw
    and other cars, trucks and motorcycles
    https://www.youtube.com/user/SlugmobileMeanMini

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    Re: Intro and Update: Slugmobile and Mean Mini! (long read, but worth it)

    The van looks pretty good.

    I REALLY want to put those window cranks in mine. I found some in a junkyard and i regret not grabbing them then. I dont know when they stopped using those but im guessing around 1986. What year were yours off of?

    Any thoughts on why the front bumper is painted but not the back?

    Dont push the red button.You hear me?

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    Re: Intro and Update: Slugmobile and Mean Mini! (long read, but worth it)

    My '88 had them my '89 had electric. So I would guess '88 was the last year.
    DD1: '02 T&C Ltd, 3.8 AWD. DD2: '15 Versa Note SV, replacing.. DDx: '14 Versa Note SV << freshly killded :( ....... Projects: '88 Voyager 3.0, Auto with shift kit, timing advance, walker sound FX muffler on 15" pumpers wrapped in 215/65/R15 H rated Nexens.... and a '95 phord escort wagon PnP head << Both may need to go :( ..... I like 3.0s ... so??? ... stop looking at me like I've got two heads!

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    The donor was an 84 in a local j/y.

    We painted a spare front bumper while i was waiting for the original to get refinished. However i found a brand new rear bumper.
    It turns out the refinished bumper is too good. It is like show chrome.
    And i also decided i like the front bumper painted.
    Still thinking about painting up the original rear bumper the same.



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    '91 Dodge Spirit ES 2.5L turbo 5spd
    '05 PT GT 2.4T HO autostick
    '89 Plymouth Acclaim 2.5L turbo auto, "Slugmobile" yes, THE Slugmobile!
    '89 Dodge Caravan SE 2.5L turbo auto, "Mean Mini" yes, Gus' Mean Mini! (Current best 11.7786@113.04 mph! - Jan 15th, 2017 Fayetteville Dragway, NC)
    MeanMini dragracing videos: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...URZLB1RxGYF6vw
    and other cars, trucks and motorcycles
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    Well Slugmobile's #3 cylinder low compression mystery is solved!


    But the engine is undergoing full rebuild. Hopefully it'll be all ready for SDAC-23! that should give me time to get her back in shape and race tuned and tested.



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    '91 Dodge Spirit ES 2.5L turbo 5spd
    '05 PT GT 2.4T HO autostick
    '89 Plymouth Acclaim 2.5L turbo auto, "Slugmobile" yes, THE Slugmobile!
    '89 Dodge Caravan SE 2.5L turbo auto, "Mean Mini" yes, Gus' Mean Mini! (Current best 11.7786@113.04 mph! - Jan 15th, 2017 Fayetteville Dragway, NC)
    MeanMini dragracing videos: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...URZLB1RxGYF6vw
    and other cars, trucks and motorcycles
    https://www.youtube.com/user/SlugmobileMeanMini

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    Re: Intro and Update: Slugmobile and Mean Mini! (long read, but worth it)

    That sucks, but is better than a melted piston.
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    True! Although she is getting all new pistons anyway.

    Seemed kind of odd that the middle ring was broken. And that it was just broken in one place.
    When i had broke rings in my Spirit i remember several pieces. But can't remember if it was the top or middle or both.

    No telling how long it has been like this. She wasn't blowing any oil.



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    '91 Dodge Spirit ES 2.5L turbo 5spd
    '05 PT GT 2.4T HO autostick
    '89 Plymouth Acclaim 2.5L turbo auto, "Slugmobile" yes, THE Slugmobile!
    '89 Dodge Caravan SE 2.5L turbo auto, "Mean Mini" yes, Gus' Mean Mini! (Current best 11.7786@113.04 mph! - Jan 15th, 2017 Fayetteville Dragway, NC)
    MeanMini dragracing videos: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...URZLB1RxGYF6vw
    and other cars, trucks and motorcycles
    https://www.youtube.com/user/SlugmobileMeanMini

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