Lovely shape. Thanks for the structural photos.
I noticed you've changed the valve covers. How do you vent crankcase pressure? If it isn't vented, it will blow out the gaskets.
Is the engine mounted with a plate or standard type mounts? If standard type, do you have a torque strap or do the headers take the load?
Did you make baffles for the mufflers or are the mufflers really "mufflers"?
Thanks, Miatav8. One of the goals was to make the engine look as clean/simple as possible. There is a lot of sophistication "hidden" inside.
The valve covers breathe through billet vents mounted on the valve covers' "Hilborn" sides and then via hoses to a combo breather/catch-can. The picture below shows the breather can and hoses but not the valve cover attachment points. Oil fill is via the tube with the yellow funnel stuck in it.
The engine is mounted via front and mid-plates which are tied directly to the chassis. There is also a support for the aft end of the tranny.
The "mufflers" are large diameter tubes with somewhat smaller, perforated tubes running full-length inside. No damping material at this point. They are suprisingly effective with a nice deep sound.
I stopped by the shop where this is being built after work on Thursday (Thanks again Tom!) and have to say that this build is absolutely top notch. While I was of course immensely impressed by the craftsmanship in that beautiful aluminum body work, I was just as or more impressed with all the little details that have been executed on this car since its arrival or that are in the works. It's one of those things where everything is done so cleanly that you hardly notice most of it at first and then the longer you look the more things that start jumping out at your (or are pointed out to you) as being slightly 'odd' or 'different' looking...Like the PCV, or the MAP and IAC system, or the throttle actuation mechanism, and so on and so forth. But upon close examination are really just cleverly implemented solutions. Basically anything that seemed out of place was generally them simply being a step or two ahead of my thought process. It's almost a shame that so much of this cars beauty will be hidden away once it's finished. But that discreteness in the details is part of what will make this car so fantastic...Since little else about the car will have any problem drawing attention to itself.
Thanks, Justin. All involved are really pleased with the progress to date. We're all just anxious to get it on the road!