I was asked some question in a PM and he suggested I share them with you, so here they are and my responses...
How's the top? Any rips? Tears? Glass window with a defroster?
The top is vinyl with glass and defroster. The sides each have a small wear/tear in them that Richard patched when he owned it. I have driven it in the rain and they did not leak. But it could use a top. I wanted a Black one. However, this is a Good weather car
This much power in the rain makes for an interesting ride. But if you take the Supercharger belt off you could let your grandmother drive it in the rain.
It just needs you to practice and learn pedal control. This is a seriously powerful car. It can and would get you into a lot of trouble if you let it. Let's just be honest here. Now with that said, do I let rain stop me if I get caught in it? Nope. I leave the top down. So long as you go over 15 mph you stay dry! But I also have a lot of experience with higher horsepower cars. And while this is not a 600 hp road monster, it also weighs half of those road monsters.. so you just have to be careful.
What tires are on it? Are they worn? Are the 6ul's 15x9s?
The 6ul's are 15x8's.
The tires are... I can't remember but I will check later. It is whatever size Emillio recommends.
The tires themselves are Falkin Azenis. I like them myslef.
The tires are getting low and will need to be replaced by the winter.
Stock diff? LSD?
It is the Stock Diff and it is the stock LSD and stock 5 speed.
I have a new ACT 6 puck clutch and it needs an ACT Extreme Pressure Plate.
The stock flywheel is fine, will need refinishing. The engine crank was balanced with the flywheel and pulleys on it. So I would not replace the stock one, just machine it. And trust me on this one, you do not want a light flywheel on this car.
Is your hp rating including the nitrous? Was this ever dyno'd?
The car was never dyno'd with anything but pure motor
. No Nitrous, no Methanol.
It should be interesting. The car was dyno'd while running 26 PSI on the smaller pulley I have and water injection, PRE-charger to cool the charger down. It was dyno'd in Florida while Richard owned it at 347 RWHP and 310 or something.. drawing a blank this second Torque.
I should point out, that the supercharger on the car is basically new. It was NEVER overspun to hit 26 PSI. Ever. The supercharger that ran at 26 PSI was the twin to this, Richard bout 3 at the same time. The first one ran 26 PSI and water pre-cooling for 3 or so years I believe. no issues. Until he started the car without the air filter on it. It immense suction this car creates scooped up a hefty bolt and destroyed the supercharger. This one has never had the factory pulley off the nose. I sold the other new one on a lotus forum. It was still wrapped in plastic. This S/C has maybe 9-10k miles on it, by my guestimate. They are usually good for 100k miles between checkups.
Does it still need methanol with the 16psi pulley?
It needs the Methanol for the extra octane and the cooling properties under heavy boost. If I am tooling around town, I set the Devil's Own metered controller to not turn the methanol on until 6 or 7 PSI with it coming on full around 11 PSI.
But yes you should have it in the car anytime the supercharger belt is on. Besides, it does not use much of it. 5 gallons lasted me a year.
Does it pass emissions testing for a state inspection?
Rolls around on the floor laughing his **** off...
Ok ok, sorry, seriously on this one...
No. Not a chance. I would not expect it to pass any strict emissions without some reworking and loss of power. It has no Cat. It has no Environmental systems, no PCV, it vents to atmosphere and has a mostly free flowing exhaust, does not use the factory sensors or much of the factory ECU. You won't get much out of OBDII on this car.
Sure you COULD
tune it to not need methanol.... You COULD
make it pass emissions and give up some horse power. It wouldn't even cost THAT much to do. If you HAD
But why would you? That is not what Big Gulp is about. Big Gulp is about glorious extravagance. Big Gulp is the product of a mad man with deep pockets! Big Gulp is a celebration of Horsepower and Raw Brutality! If that is not what you want, Then you do NOT want this car.