Here it is: my entrance onto the sport compact car scene. I bought it with some damage to the front, and with a salvaged title. I also sold the bags back to the guy, as I won't need them. I have all the parts to complete it. It has been undergoing a serious weight reduction program, including lightweight seats, removal of sunroof, (yep, I welded it shut) removal of decklid hinges, and many other non-essential items. The emblems are being shaved, and it will probably be lowered next year.
I machined a custom hub for the Momo steering wheel. Would you believe they didn't make one? : )
I recently got one seat mounted.
3/3/03 - Well, it's been a fun project, but I am moving on. The Saturn engine program has come to an end. I bought an Ecotec, and it makes much more sense to be using this engine for my racing program than the Saturn engine. So now I will assemble the engine, put the car back together, paint it, and sell it. Since I won't be turbocharging it, I am going to try to put the flat valves in the new style head to bring the compression to 10.2:1, throw the factory header on it, and call it good.
Pictures at Grattan Raceway, 2004.
12/21/03 - As I write this, I have been driving the car for a month or two. I decided to drive it in Winter to keep the pick-up away from salt. I don't have much in it, and used cars aren't worth much lately. The engine runs strong, and the car weighed in at 2180 with a half tank of gas! The engine sounds like it has a piston slap. It makes a bad noise as I pass through part throttle. If I press harder, it goes away. It makes the same sound as I begin to lift, but once I lift completely, it goes away. If I drive it full throttle, no noise. Sounds like a no brainer, huh?
8/20/04 - In May of this year, the knocking had gotten severe, and she went down in glory taunting a Mustang. I'm sure it was a V-6 Mustabg, but that's no excuse. It turned out to be two rod bearings. At 90,000 miles. Go Saturn. I rebuilt a SOHC to get it on the road quick. Had the head milled .027 to pep it up a bit. It runs good. I lowered it this year with Eibachs. It looks great now, but I really need new struts, it jumps around a lot over the bumps. The only thing left to do now is mild tint.