Cars I've Owned
**Pictured in the background is schematics of the all-powerful AWD 280hp Mitsubishi Evolution VI, of which my 1991 Eagle Talon TSi's engine is based on. To the Evolution lineage: live long and prosper.**
For those who don't know, the engine straddles the rear axle (mid-engine setup) and the engine bay got hotter than my DSM's ....I've melted many things back there! Also, the engine is mounted with the spark plugs facing the length of the car, making spark plug changes painful (the plugs facing the firewall will take almost an hour to change, even when using a jointed socket).
car was fast for the decent amount of power it put out, because of its
weight. I forget the weight and I lost my reference--I think
(and this is a very rough estimate) a stock Fiero weighs around 2500 lbs.
1989 Ford Mustang LX 5.0 Convertible
Mustang was falling apart so quickly that I traded it before I paid it
off. I actually got more for it than it was worth. The dealership was
MAD but they had already promised me a set price before actually
evaluating what problems it had. They wanted to compensate for their error
by upping the price on the car I wanted to buy, a 1991
Eagle Talon TSI
with 45K miles. It drove like a dream and only had 4 cylinders. It compensate
for its "lack" of cylinders with a small turbo that helps the
engine pump out 195 stock horsepower.
I usually set the boost to17 - 18 lbs on the street [Webmaster's note: only fool with boost using a high flow fuel pump and an aftermarket gauge] when day-to-day driving. I run up to 20 lbs at the local dragstrip. This puts me close to 240-250hp when using 110 leaded octane, but I get serious knock because of the heat of all the air that the turbo is trying to cram into the engine. 98 degree temperatures don't help either. Without all that heat and with a lower boost setting, I'm sure I can do a sub-14 second run.
The quickest I've run is 14.22 @ 97mph with the 110 octane race gas. The boost was set at 19 psi and the run was made at Pomona Raceway in Pomona, CA. Since I have no fuel-controlling computer, I leaned the car out a small bit by removing the lower honeycomb from the MAS. When I had first modded the car with the higher flow fuel pump, I measured the air/fuel ratio from the O2 sensor using a multimeter and got .98V out of 1.0V!! WAY RICH. (by the way, running that rich actually slows you down at the track.) So, with race gas and the MAS mod, K&N air filter, a larger diameter catback exhaust system, and higher boost setting, I gained .55 sec and 7mph! I should have the car sorted out and all the easy tuning done soon and with luck I should reach high 13s. To get rid of the richness, I need to get an S-AFC, typical AFC or a VPC (VPC may be too much $$$).
recently changed the 14B turbo. The one that was on the car when
I bought it died after 88K miles. I bought a used one for $120 from
Rick S. from the Bay Area District Club DSM. I accidentally busted
a bolt taking off the oil line from the oil pan. I had had to remove the
oilpan, a few front suspension parts, the driveshaft and the transfer
case to get the oilpan out so I could fix the threads. Took me about
2 months to get all the parts (bolts, gaskets, and o-rings for the turbo
and oil pan gasket) ordered from the dealer. Got the old bolt out
of the oilpan, cleared the threads (I didn't have to use a helicoil set
to install new threads, thank God) and got it back on, along with the
newer turbo. The car ran great...even felt a bit stronger.
Currently my car is stored in Monterey, CA directly across from the Laguna Seca Race Track. It's been in storage since December 1998. In May of this year I went back to the U.S. and checked the status of my car. The battery was long dead. I tried to see if it would jump for the hell of it. I forked out $50 for a new battery with an 80-month warranty so when I get back I can replace it at minimal cost. I put the battery in and it immediately started. I was a bit peeved though because the storage manager said she would check on the car's tires every once in awhile and make sure they had air. There was only 10lb in each tire when I checked. I had to drive it to a gas station and put air in the tires (which made me really mad because I keep minimal insurance on my car while it's in storage). Otherwise, the car is fine. No leaks, other than a minor gasket leak.
Updated on 09/01/00
By Ron Sinclair
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