Can’t say why but I just don’t have any get-up-and-go today. The only things I have on the agenda are checking my account balance to see if payday is the first/last of the month, or the 15th, and if I have the energy change the broken AC unit for the new one sitting in the box on my right. But given the yawning I have been doing just trying to compose a blog post, I don’t think that is a realistic agenda item.
I mentioned I bought some generic versions of the Otter Pop earlier, well, these puppies have some interesting flavors. Besides the usual orange, lemon, lime, raspberry, grape and cherry, this brand has kiwi, mango, pineapple, peach, and something light orange that isn’t any of those that I can’t identify except as “not bad”. And there’s something yellow that is vaguely citrus and also “none of the above”, and “not bad”.
And since I can hardly keep my eyes open now, I’m gonna have a lie-down on the bed. Current time is 1730 in case I can’t wake up before midnight. It’s now 1940 and I just finished dinner, or supper, or whatever you call your evening meal. Mrs. the Poet and Clint made sure I didn’t sleep too long and made me get up around 1900, by either yelling at me or walking on me, respectively.
One of the things that has been bothering me about the Subaru engine install has been how much room behind the engine is taken up by the intake system. Now on the donor vehicle this makes sense because of how far forward the engine is mounted because of the AWD transmission. Literally the entire engine sits in front of the front axle so there is tons of space behind the engine for support equipment like turbochargers and intercoolers. But on the Sprint-T that just moves the shifter on the transmission out of the driver’s reach. So this means reworking the intake and turbo routing so the bits are in front of the engine, which in turn means moving things like the alternator and power steering pump so they are out of the intake system. And if I go with electric power assist that just leaves the alternator to stick out from the front of the engine, but it has to be a really high-output alternator. On the positive side for this, if I just turn the intake around there will be room underneath for things like big (physically large) alternators because the OEM installation had to clear the bellhousing and the FWD portion of the transmission and the drive axles so nothing could hang very low. I might have to make a new exhaust pipe or two, but nothing too difficult to make as long as I keep the original bits to steal flanges and connectors from. And that alternator will have to be large to keep cool during racing as the power assist puts out 250 watts at the steering shaft, meaning it takes about 300 watts at the controller or 21 amps at the alternator, not including any other electrical loads like the ECU and the ignition system, or any entertainment systems. As far as “entertainment systems” go, I think we are looking at a charging cord to a smart phone for Google Maps, so minimal power usage there. But in transit the steering assist hardly enters into the equation so basically the electrical system just needs to supply the electrical power needs required to make the engine run, so maybe I just need a small alternator and a solar charging panel on the trailer for plugging in, in the pits between runs. Sorry, I started thinking on the page again, and redesigning things as I describe them. That seems to be a habit of mine.
And I never did make that run to check the balance on my account, so I’ll wait until grocery day on Saturday and check it then.