Ok, so I know what car I'm talking about, but in case you don't, here is my car on its last cross country jaunt.. To Shasta..
Since buying the car, I had noticed it could pretty easily fade the brakes when pushed, so I had installed the Spriso Z car front brake upgrade.. Easy to do and it completely ended the fade issues..
But I was left with a car that ran well when warm, but required 3-5 minutes of warm up before it would idle, was always a touch rough, and I think I have to take some of the credit for that, I'm sure the carbs were maladjusted after the linkage jumped off the car on my way home from Oregon..
It would try to overheat if driven up a long hill, it seemed to always be looking for a half gear somewhere, either up or down..
I was somewhat scared to really spin the motor, I know I shouldn't have been, but I just didn't want to hurt the old motor..
The handling is awesome, the brakes incredible, it looks beautiful, it was just underpowered and needed help..
So after seeing some very interesting cars at the SoCal roadster BBQ, then Solvang, then taking the car on the Shasta trip, I made up my mind.. Only one question, to turbo or not to turbo..
So I wound up talking to Kevin Desirello, and he and I talked about both options, and he recommended the normally aspirated motor.. I like to drive, long trips, everywhere, a lot, and Kevin thought the reliability and absolutely no thought required operation of the NA motor was the right fit.. But I like power, I really do, so I was convinced I needed the turbo. But I decided I would take Kevin up on his offer to drive his car and ride in Bart's car, and I promised myself I would keep an open mind..
So as we speak, my car is getting a transplant of a normally aspirated SR20DE S-14. Kevin Desirello is handling the work, and I will be handling the standing around and pretending I know what's going on..
This thread will be updated as pictures come in, and I hope to be able to share progress regularly until we are done..