Well had an interesting evening with my new WMI. Went out to change the boost onset the meth comes in at. As at 14psi its drinking meth even at small throttle inputs. So have managed to get a nice balance at 19psi. Comes in later in the rev range. So hopefully will have a longer range for a tank full. Its a learning curve. The car feels awesome at the moment. Solid power and a joy to drive.
The stage one clutch is fine as long as i stay clear of 3k in 4th gear she pulls like a freight train. The impending stage 2 bespoke clutch fit is hopefully being done soon. Then the important map tweak. Its all a never ending spending spree.
Honestly i know i have had a drink or 2 tonight, but its far better to get your self a 300bhp factory spec machine from the get go. Less money loss, and its designed and engineered to cope. When i consider the cost of my build its f'king ridiculous. But hey there you go i am here now. I just pray she behaves herself after the clutch is fitted. I just simply want to enjoy the car and get some track days in now.
Have a great easter everyone...
never drink and post
in my case my stupid work mileage dictated a derv..30k a year is not Busso mileage. However I have always said that if it went down I would have one.
well here we are .
its down to 8k a year now, if that. and I have invested so much money in the blackie selling now to fund a Busso would be monumentally stupid...!
for several reasons.
1) any Busso I buy will need work, they all do
2)Mine is now ''done'' apart from the clutch which TBH is holding out fine at my power levels.
3) The only way to break even now is to keep it for at least 3 years with no major work being required.
4) I do love the car.
reasons for a Busso
1) no depreciation and from here on in it looks ast though it will go the other way.
2) they were designed to cope with the 240 BHP I want and with a 3.8 conversion there is still room for more.
3) everyone should own a Busso once ( I will but likely in a GTV or if I am feeling flush a 156 GTA another GT would be my 3rd)
anyway what I am getting around to is...even with the petrol habit Damien a 3.2 may have been a better choice from the start if it had to be a GT....but it's very easy with hindsight to say all of this and its worth remembering because you were the first everything cost more.
anyone following your route will have an easier time of it because lessons have already been learned.
I know that is scant consolation but innovation always costs money and or time. in your case both and some bumps in the road along the way.
from a performance point of view your clover is a fantastic machine, and I haven't sat in it since the WMI or the recent map tweaks, I know where you are going though and when finished she will be GTA quick if not already.
also worth saying your attention to detail is also part of the reason why the cost has been so high, you could argue that some of the expenses were choices rather than requirements fro a purely performance point of view.
the result is a one off machine that is probably the fastest 1.9 derv GT on the planet. only a 3.8 Busso conversion will trouble it when its done and it DOES look fantastic. all of the styling choices have been classy and well thought through. They enhance rather than detract from the Bertone design. it can be so easy to lose perspective and go too far.
so relax have another drink and look forward to that track day..