8/10/2003 The Project Begins
With the engine's next to last breath, the car made it into the garage under it's own power! Now we can get
some real work done.
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||Here's a picture of the progress so far. I started with the
interior rather than under the hood for a few reasons. Since I will be replacing the Starion ECU and engine
wiring harness with the 92 Plymouth Laser (DSM) unit, Getting the dash and other junk out of the way will help the job
Weight reduction is a key part of this project and this interior is is overweight to say the least. I unbolted the
glovebox in order to remove the dash and was shocked at its 7 pound girth! How about the stereo? 8 pounds! These
are just two quick examples. I do plan to keep the dash, console, headliner and door panels intact. They
will just go on a diet before being re-installed.
I still have much more work to do. Next is to get the entire dash and carpet out. The carpet will get a
well deserved shampooing, all insulation removed, then will be thrown back in. While the carpet is out, any useless
wiring/computers will be removed and the thick sound deadening material will be scraped off the floor.
||I remember riding in my sister's Conquest back in the
day and looking down at a bright red lever that read: "Lift for emergency exit." I was afraid to ask
what it did and wondered why my parents Buick didn't have them. With her driving, I was about ready to try
it out, no matter the consequence.
After some poking around inside the car, I've finally found out what these things do. Check out the
||This car is loaded with computery goodness. There's a computer
for everything. Even the seatbelts get their own computer...seriously. Check the picture out to see all that
I've found so far.
||Part of getting this car prepared to race is removing some
of the creature comforts that it's known for. These ventilation ducts are just what I could reach before the dash
comes all the way off.
Now the question is, what should I do with them? Hamster playset? Kitchen utensils? I've got an idea
I'll connect them, spraypaint them chrome and sell it on Ebay as a "Tenzo R type max ram air intake" for ricers.