I recently looked around on YouTube and Facebook and found 2 dyno videos of my car I hadn't previously seen. One was by Nick (Ov3n) on NECO taken at CougarFest last year and my tuner Smokey's Dyno.
Enjoy both below.
I've been pretty blessed so far with my car and how many people really like it. It's one thing to mod a Contour, I've seen it done thousands of times. However, individual tastes are always hard to satisfy and I'm welcomed by the amount of people Non-Contour and Non-Ford that have commented on how nice and cool my car is. Peer support is always refreshing and uplifting... Even when you know your car looks good.. It's always nice to know that others think the same way.
The Mid Ohio SVTOA meet was one I couldn't miss this year. I attended last years meet at Quaker Steak and Lube in Columbus and won first, but honestly there was only us there and no other car enthusiasts present. This years event was held at the Mid Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, OH. There was all sorts of clubs meeting there (i.e. Mazda, Chevrolet, BMW, Ford..etc...), and it was nice people were browsing through the other corrals to check out other cars. This is where I received some great comments about my car. I know hard work pays... But beauty is in the eye of the beholder. One man's cool is another's man's eww...lol.
First place in my class - TBH there was only 3 SVT Contour's there. And really no one to match mine. So I guess I expected I would win on principle, but it's not something I walk in expecting that I would get so much positive feedback.
Here's a few of pics from yesterday's show. I posted the best pics of the day (it was overcast but cleared up late in the day).
And a quick spec sheet I made to allow people to read about what has been done to my car without explaining it over and over again...lol.
Now who would've thought that the rotors could cause a vibration at 65 that felt like the wheel weights fell off? I do, cause that's what happened to me..lol.
New rotors came on Tuesday and installed that night. I test drove the car on the highway yesterday (weather permitting) and it drove smooth as glass on the highway - Something I've been missing for over 2 years.
All done now, time to move on...lol.
The rotors. I wouldn't have counted on it, but after checking them for balance - It sure is. 3.0oz out on one rotor and 1.5oz out on the other. This is a manufacturing issue, there is no way aside from removing material from one part of the rotor (or adding material) where it could make up that much difference.
I'm speaking to Rick @ Baer customer service about this issue, I hope to have a decently amicable solution out of this. I'll post a result when I get it.
So, another round of RoadForce balancing and having the wheels mounted to a fixture and checked with a dial indicator. All check out good and within specs.
But it occured to me that I've been overlooking one thing. Most of my balance issues started when I added the BAER kit. I'm assuming it's possible my 13" rotors are out of balance. It's not unreasonable to imagine this - And I'm going to take this one step further. Apparently on a 9700GPS Hunter balancer you can actually check balance on a rotor. I'm going to take my rotors and have them checked - It's the last possibility I can think of.
I guess I'll report back if I get some positive results.
Since it's spring, and I've been buried to my eyeballs in shop work - I need to keep on my own car to get some things straightened out.
First off, my wheels. This is year 2 of dealing with these wheels and not being able to balance them. I bought them brand new from Tire Rack, and have already warrantied the tires once (and switched brands just to take that out of the picture.). I had it a week at one tire shop, and second shop (Goodyear factory store) for another week and a half where they took everything apart and checked everything with the car (found nothing wrong, still shimmy's at 65-75). So...
I thought a wheel repair company would be able to lend me a hand, however I called Motomotion (which is a local wheel repair business for damaged, bent and scratched (curbed) wheels. They wanted nothing to do with aftermarket wheels and suggested I take them back to Tire Rack to be replaced. I like the wheels, so I decided to keep working with them. I am dropping them off tomorrow to a local guy who works for local dealerships repairing aluminum wheels (bent, scratched and curbed). I'm going to give him a few days with the wheels (off the car) and see what he comes up with...
Since the comment was made to me that Coil On Plug hinders tuning (and power) I decided to have a little fun and dyno my car before tuning (with COP) and after (without COP). I removed the COP system and built a custom bracket out of a Taurus coil bracket which hides the coil under the throttle body. I ran stock 2002 Cougar wires to the plugs and set out to see if there was an "improvement" by running regular DIS-6 vs. COP. I installed a brand new DIS-6 coil from Borg Warner just to make sure I was getting everything I could out of the ignition system. In the end the retune made me more power - The DIS6 system had no bearing what so ever on the results. After witnessing so many dyno's and tunes on COP.. It's what I expected all along.
Here's the before dyno (with COP, before re-tune)
Here's the after tune dyno sheet (without COP):
In case you think I didn't get a retune.. Here's some pics...
If anyone wants to buy the custom bracket I made (provided you aren't running EGR) I will gladly sell it for $25.00. I'm going directly back to COP, this was only a temporary setup for testing purposes.
I doubt I need to say more. I was contracted to install a complete Ford Racing 550HP supercharger kit and other goodies. The install went fairly smooth (97 pages of install directions which weren't exactly complete from Whipple caused some issues). However, it turned out nicer than I would've ever thought - And boy did that Mustang fly!
I'll post the video of the dyno, dyno graph and a small gallery of shots. Enjoy!
Yeah, I've been neglecting updates to my blog due to me being by myself for most of the time at the shop. But no worries, I'm above water again and will start posting regularly again soon.
In the meantime, I guess I should update with some projects I've been busy with over the past few months...
Yesterday I had a nice day to take out my SVT and actually get some decent seat time. I'm still in the process of bedding my brake pads and seasoning my rotors.. But I did have some time to take advantage of the traction control I added to the car.
First off, the Contour Traction Control module does not only operate the brakes to slow a spinning wheel. It also interacts with the PCM to retard spark timing to bring the engine power down to slow the wheels as well. I found this out pulling out of a parking lot turning left into traffic. I punched it kind of hard and when I crossed the median strip it lost grip in the gravel and the traction control intervened. My wheels didn't spin, I noticed the yellow/orange "Traction Control" light flashing and the engine sounded like I installed a soft rev control on it. It sorta stuttered softly until the traction was regained and then the car burst forward with full power. At first I was suprised, as I knew the data lines to the PCM were there for a reason - But didn't expect it to actually rev control the car through the engine management. It works pretty flawlessly, great for wet weather with a 3L when any provocation of the throttle normally produces wheel spin in the lower gears (i.e. 1st, 2nd and 3rd) over 1/3 throttle.
Well, no more wheel hopping for me in the wet weather (unless I hit the disable button). Just one more thing to protect my drivetrain and diff...
I've had a transmission leak that has been screwing up my clutch over the last year. So, out with the engine and trans (again).
Here's a couple of pretty pictures of my engine sitting on the shop floor waiting for the trans to be re-attached.
Here's a few pics that I will share of Irwin's Cougar. He's already in possession of his car, and enjoying it. Some of the aspects of this build are different from our others as I have been working on making the builds as user friendly as possible in the event of repairs in the future. Stock Taurus throttle cable, stock Taurus throttle bracket, Stock Taurus cruise control cable.. That's just a start.
Enjoy the pics:
Waiting for the tuner, now I'm just more or less storing the two cars for the time being.
I've had members asking for pics of the Cougar and the setup used for a 3L install. I thought I covered this a while back, however this car is done a little differently than the last as it has a CAI and battery relocate.
Enjoy the pics.... I've included both motors with normal setup and more extreme setup.
It's been a rough few weeks here lately, the weather hasn't let up and we've probably accumulated around 3 feet of snow total from the storms so far and another one is headed our way tonight for another 4-6"... Anyhow.
I have a couple of pics for my customers - Irwin and Mike. Both cars are pretty much finished and waiting for the tuner to re-open and get scheduled. The Cougar did somehow manage to spring a small P/S leak (which I thought was all fixed) so I get to take a look at that as well during the downtime.
Yes, they are sitting inside the climate controlled shop warm and cozy...
I've been away from the site for a while and now that things are starting to slow down a bit I have a little time to update some things real quick.
First off is a couple of pics of another Cougar I've had in the shop for a 3L. These pics were taken a few weeks ago (lol, my camera has all kinds of pictures on it from all dates..) . I'm sure Imadrid will be happy to see these as proof that his car is almost finished and hopefully if I track a couple of outstanding issues it will be tuned and rolling home.
And a note to all those who store their cars outside over the winter...
Make sure you start the car from time to time to keep things free. Why do I say that? Because I've had a rash of alternator failures over the past couple of months from cars that have been sitting for only a short period of time. When an alternator locks up, you won't be able to jump the car. It won't even budge at all - acts like the engine is locked up solid. Cut the serp belt and the engine fires right up... Here's a couple of pics of a seized alternator I've removed recently.
Until next time... I'll work on the site a little..lol
So, I decided to quiet down my SVT as it was quite abnoxious....
I came across a new muffler from Walker, the Dynomax UltroFlow-X which is a muffler that acts like an X-pipe and quells noise. So... $250 later (installed) here is what I have to show for it :
Yeah, I'm seeing all kinds of shades of red right now - Not to mention they must've had a 5 year old welding the pipes because you can see the exhaust expelling water out of the joints (that are supposed to be welded!!!).
Ugghh... Warning - Stay away from these mufflers!
***Keep in mind this video is shot with my iPhone and not a regular video cam - The exhaust does not sound gnarled like this in real life, but the rattle does..lol. Damn microphone on the iPhone is overpowered by the exhaust and makes it sound horrible!***
It's been a while since I've posted an update... Been by myself mostly at the shop as my apprentice has a new job overnights that now prevents him from putting time in at the shop. So... a full shop and all by myself.. Awesome!
Moving on... I've turned over 6 cars in the past 2 weeks (mostly minor repairs - i.e. airbags, suspension and such) and have been making steady progress on the 3L builds that are starting to wrap up. One of those is Mike's Contour. His engine/trans are all ready - Aside from a little wiring work on the injection harness the engine is ready to drop in. I'm only waiting on 2 parts for the car (right axle assy and rear engine mount) however those will not slow me down as I don't need them right away to keep moving. Winter is coming soon, and all these jobs need to be complete (even the one sitting outside waiting to come in). Hence, I'm starting to work double time at the shop to get things moving. The adage " there's never enough time in one day" is right. This will be short and sweet, I'll have alot more "meat and potatoes" in the next update.
Just taking a few minutes to post some recent pics from the shop and engine builds underway.
The flywheel pics are from a 2007 Honda Accord we had in the shop (a friend's grandfather's car). Honda wanted almost $900.00 to do the job, we charged $300... banged it out in 6 hours. Needless to say, we were heroes...lol. I included a couple of pics of how it cracked and seperated from the center hub and washer. I'm working on a wrecked 1998 Mystique lately, the valve cover had a hole in it and apparently the original owner never covered it up when the hood was removed. Yeah, water and oil is not a good mix. Pics included.
I included some pics of Mike Lund's engine (2005 engine with very low miles (18K!!). Clean as a whistle inside.... The way we like it. Enjoy, a busy weekend is ahead.... more pictures later.
Normally when I go to events and such I never get pictures of myself or my car. I'm used to it, I'm the behind the scenes guy getting everyone else their 2 minutes of fame. Now I'm not camera shy... but wow.. I was in alot of pics and didn't even realize it till I went through them all. Here's a short compilation of my pics of either me or my car at Cougarfest this year. Enjoy, I had a blast the whole time there.
I've been away for a bit from the forums but I'm back! Anyhow, the forums software is getting a major overhaul (which I bet if you are reading this you already can tell). Certain parts of the site are still down.. (Classifieds, Time Slips...) but those will be back up shortly. My aim in all this is to streamline the site and make it more rich.. Some things you can see - Others you cannot. Recently I installed "Sphinx" search into our server which is a 3rd party search algorithm which categorizes everything in the FCO database and presents the results. It is more precise and factual than any other search engine on any other site I've seen. I did have some teething problems with it but I believe those are all taken care of. Go ahead, try out a search - You can search anything anywhere now (Blogs, gallery, forums...). It's been a long time coming with the changes and they seemed to all drop when I was out of town and busy. My fault for doing things in steps - However I did things as I had time. Since I'm going on vacation here in a couple of weeks I'm trying to cram all the site upgrades here in a short time frame. I will not bore you with the details, go ahead and look around for yourself.
Well, sometimes they say that if you are wishing for it - you'll get it. The overall tone of the exhaust is good, however around 2400-2900RPM the system is pretty friggin loud. I imagine I will have to experiment with mufflers again to get this quieted down a bit, we'll see.
Here's some teasers of the exhaust installation: