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

    Ok, today I think i can say I finally closed out this latest chapter in MeanMini's saga..
    Back on her own four wheels, instead of jackstands.
    I finally took her for an inspection, because it came due while she was broken. Ran pretty good, but that was her test ride so i took it very easy.
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    But with the heat today I think i will try changing out my modified water pump. I think with the underdrive puley and the modified pump, i might have shorted myself too much flow at idle. It takes too long to cool down when over the tstat temp even with the fan on.
    Also i still need to change the timing belt because it keeps wanting to tighten when warm. It has been weird ever since the intermediate shaft gear loosened and walked off into the A/C bracket.
    And I have new struts to go in and all new brakes too.
    Wayne H.

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

    Nice to see you Turn that page!

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Shadow View Post
    Nice to see you Turn that page!
    Thanks Rob!
    I'm still a long way away from where i wanted to be by this time this year. That failure really set me back, as well as dealing with my poor wife's medical issues.

    I wanted to have my re-tune from scratch competed as well as these suspension mods, and brake rework, and fuel system mods... and the list goes on.
    Now the heat and humidity of summer here in NC is in full swing, and I don't even think I'm going to make SDAC because of the home situation...
    Wayne H.

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

    I'm not gonna make SDAC either, due to trying to catch up from being out of work for a few months with the surgery.
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    Re: Intro and Update: Slugmobile and Mean Mini! (long read, but worth it)

    Quote Originally Posted by wheming View Post
    Thanks Rob!
    I'm still a long way away from where i wanted to be by this time this year. That failure really set me back, as well as dealing with my poor wife's medical issues.

    I wanted to have my re-tune from scratch competed as well as these suspension mods, and brake rework, and fuel system mods... and the list goes on.
    Now the heat and humidity of summer here in NC is in full swing, and I don't even think I'm going to make SDAC because of the home situation...
    This is always how it was with the Charger. No matter how well things seemed to go as far as what was accomplished it was never in the vicinity of what I wanted to get done on the car.

    Always several things left off the list and always delays in time it took to get to where we were going.

    Now that we've taken a break I had hoped to do all of those things and more before she runs again (at the track). We'll see how that goes because 6 years this fall and I haven't done a thing yet.......

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Shadow View Post
    This is always how it was with the Charger. No matter how well things seemed to go as far as what was accomplished it was never in the vicinity of what I wanted to get done on the car.

    Always several things left off the list and always delays in time it took to get to where we were going.

    Now that we've taken a break I had hoped to do all of those things and more before she runs again (at the track). We'll see how that goes because 6 years this fall and I haven't done a thing yet.......
    Yeah man, you really need to get on the ball!
    Wayne H.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by wheming View Post
    Yeah man, you really need to get on the ball!
    Agreed!

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    Worlds fastest 8v MTX Shelby Charger
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    8 valve, No Nitrous!
    New clutch combo is the SH!T!

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

    Wayne, I dont have my glasses on but is this you and your brother installing the trans??

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

    Quote Originally Posted by GLHS60 View Post
    Wayne, I dont have my glasses on but is this you and your brother installing the trans??

    Thanks
    Randy


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

    Whew!!

    When I saw the vid I immediately thought of you and your brother, in a good way.

    I'm sure glad you weren't offended in any way, how times have changed.

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

    Wayne, your axle deal reminded me of these axle stabilizing bearing/seals.

    I've never used them or know anyone who has but do you think they may have helped with the axle jamming??

    Maybe no help with the axle snapping but possibly keep it straight after snapping.

    Did it jam because it broke or did it break because it jammed off center.

    Just thinking out loud, anyone ever use these??

    Thanks
    Randy

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

    Quote Originally Posted by GLHS60 View Post
    Wayne, your axle deal reminded me of these axle stabilizing bearing/seals.

    I've never used them or know anyone who has but do you think they may have helped with the axle jamming??

    Maybe no help with the axle snapping but possibly keep it straight after snapping.

    Did it jam because it broke or did it break because it jammed off center.

    Just thinking out loud, anyone ever use these??

    Thanks
    Randy

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    I'm not sure Randy if those would have made a difference. It might, and I guess it couldn't hurt.

    That does remind me, since we had been busy with installing the trans, I don't think I posted better pics of the parts carnage.

    I posted a pic when I got the diff out of the visible crack in the shaft. On closer inspection when the parts came back from Gary Peloquin, it looks like that crack carries is way back to the break and you can see the twist. So that break and the crack just jammed that axle in there good. Almost like using an easy-out, the more turning the tighter it got.

    In hindsight, I think I should have just run it out, might have been a new PB for the 1/8 mile! Lol!

    Also that axle had been in service since early 2015. The long side had been replaced last Fall, but this side wasn't. Probably should have changed both.
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    Wayne H.

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

    Every day the internet takes the lives of cars whos owners refuse to listen to simple science. This time ONE car had both things I warned about happen to it. Simple science, not internet tool boxes.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by GLHS60 View Post
    Wayne, your axle deal reminded me of these axle stabilizing bearing/seals.

    I've never used them or know anyone who has but do you think they may have helped with the axle jamming??

    Maybe no help with the axle snapping but possibly keep it straight after snapping.

    Did it jam because it broke or did it break because it jammed off center.

    Just thinking out loud, anyone ever use these??

    Thanks
    Randy

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    I thought somebody got one a few months ago and threw it in due to persistent axles seal leaks? Never saw an update on it, though?

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

    Small victory on Mini today. Found my vacuum leak on the hvac.

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    A/C still not working correctly, when it first cycles the compressor on, it shuts off after just a few seconds.
    I think my charge is still off, but not sure.
    Now to put this rats nest back together!
    I did remove some excess wiring. But I'm afraid to do too much right now as I don't want to mess up something before dragweek.
    Still have alot on the to-do list, but making some progress.
    Wayne H.

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

    At first guess, I would say you're probably low on refrigerant.

    I like your use of the jack stand!

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

    Quote Originally Posted by turboshelbys View Post
    At first guess, I would say you're probably low on refrigerant.

    I like your use of the jack stand!

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    Thanks! I didn't want to flex it too much and hear a dreaded snapping noise!

    On the A/C, i thought i might still be low, but i added some and hasn't changed.
    I think my problem is either the aftermarket universal condenser may be too small, my fan doesn't pull enough cfm's (just the factory radiator fan, and condenser is in front of radiator), the 94 van expansion valve with the temperature switch, and using the stock 89 evaporator core. I've got the 94 van r134a compressor and line set.
    I swapped in a 89 r12/r134a expansion valve, thinking that might help. I've jumped out the temperature switch, and the compressor will stay on when i turn a/c on. But didn't run it long enough to see if it would cycle off.
    I'll test it more when i do the next test ride.
    Wayne H.

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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
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