XXX1/9 Build

Discussion in 'Discussion Forum' started by Kurt, Aug 24, 2018.

  1. Kurt

    Kurt Low Mileage

    Location:
    Traverse City, MI
    I'll try and get some videos next time. He does all of the work on his own so I'm not around when he is working on it.

    He says he will get it running over the winter I'll get some vids of the startup and such. Probably won't have more pic/info for a while unfortunately. Slow working with one man crew.
     
  2. MikeHynes

    MikeHynes True Classic

    Location:
    Goodfield, IL.
    Absolutely AWESOME. I am in awe, I would love to see the car.
     
  3. fastx19

    fastx19 Administrator Moderator

    Location:
    Santa Clara, CA
    this is a lot of fun to follow. By far the best statement was made on the dead pedal. The Addition of "Speed Holes". Love it!
     
  4. Kurt

    Kurt Low Mileage

    Location:
    Traverse City, MI
    The project started about 5 years ago, has been sidelined by various other projects that my father has been working on. I wish ,as I'm sure many of you do and my father, that progress will speed up! He claims to have it running by spring and will have more time this winter so hopefully I'll get some newer pics!

    It has been in the condition of the original photos for a few years.

    Thanks everyone for the compliments! Once it is finished it will be at one of the fiat freak outs with out a doubt.
     
  5. Mechanogeek

    Mechanogeek True Classic

    Location:
    Jacksonville, FL
    Greensboro, NC in July 10-14. Just sayin... I'll plan on having my Mutant X there for this one.
     
  6. Kurt

    Kurt Low Mileage

    Location:
    Traverse City, MI
    I'm pretty confident it will not be completed by next years. Possibly the year after, anyone know where 2020's will be?

    Also got some more pics I will upload them shortlyZ
     
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  7. Kurt

    Kurt Low Mileage

    Location:
    Traverse City, MI
    More pictures I found!

    Close up of the floor
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    Custom gas tank
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    One with the roof on.
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    And here is one of the 74 1500
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  8. fastx19

    fastx19 Administrator Moderator

    Location:
    Santa Clara, CA
    Are the front wheels in the same location as stock? it sure looks like they are closer to the cab, however it could be a simple illusion as well. The floor is awesome, really nice work. In regards to the gas tank, there has been conversation about the location of it and it's proximity to the flywheel. Steve H. actually put a kevlar cover over his to protect it should the flywheel shred and become a mess of metal flying around. Any thoughts of doing something similar? 1000hp on Methanol is a lot of potential badness....

    Again, this is really great to follow.
     
  9. Dr.Jeff

    Dr.Jeff True Classic

    Location:
    Sin City
    Yes, that floor is sexy.

    Regarding the fuel tank. There appears to be a second aluminum skin over the rear portion of it. I'm guessing it allows a small air gap for a heat barrier. Although that would not offer protection from a disintegrated flywheel.
    It might be better to add a "scatter shield" around the bell housing; that way everything is protected (eg. the driver) and not just the tank. A kevlar blend fabric cover would not be difficult to do.
    In terms of the tank's location it would be interesting to hear if this was kept in the (semi) stock location intentionally? There has been a lot of talk about putting it in the front trunk area for weight distribution. But this build is so radical it's impossible to know what the distribution will be like.

    Thank for sharing the additional pics.
     
  10. Kurt

    Kurt Low Mileage

    Location:
    Traverse City, MI
    Got some answers!

    He says the fuel tank is there because it is on the center of gravity so it won't affect the handling characteristics.

    And for the he flywheel, here is a direct quote.

    "Racing flywheels don't blow up."

    XD
     
  11. stingray250

    stingray250 True Classic

    Location:
    USA
    Ya see there. Guess there is another loose nut behind the wheel! ECOTEC!!!!! Yaaaaaaaaay!

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  12. It is on the center of gravity, however, that's not the ideal location. Moving weight forward helps with weight distribution and thus balance. That the fuel load varies can effect that dynamic, however, its of little consequence unless this is a serious racing car.

    "racing flywheels don't blow up". Famous last words. Flywheels may not but clutches surely do. I never had a flywheel or clutch failure in my DSP X1/9 but using a significantly lightened OE flywheel made me nervous. Especially considering the abuse the clutch endured. If you have ever witnessed a flywheel/clutch explosion your perception of risk might change. I replaced the insulation blanket between the firewall and fuel tank with a ballistic mat used by bomb disposal crews to stop shrapnel. It wasn't heavy and the piece of mind was well worth it.

    Oh, and I love the project. Very nice work. Well thought out and executed.
     
  13. Brayden_connolly

    Brayden_connolly True Classic

    Location:
    Ohio
    From my experience its not necessarily the flywheel you have to worry about breaking, its the bolts...
     
  14. Kurt

    Kurt Low Mileage

    Location:
    Traverse City, MI
    I'm sure if he were making it a competition racer the fuel tank would be in the front, I think he wanted to keep it in the stock location as well.

    I hear you on the flywheel thing. He has built this motor to 1200+ hp for a fwd dragster so I'm sure he knows what he is dealing with in terms of durability/explodability of the components haha.
     
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