It’s been years since starting this project and now it’s time for the moment of truth; The dyno tune. Working at STM (Speedtech Motorsport Ltd) really does have it’s perks, I managed to twist Chris Wall’s arm into tuning my car after hours.
Once on the dyno it quickly became apparent that I had a couple of problems. The first being boost creep and the second being the fuel pump was not flowing enough for the level of boost we were seeing. Both of these problems aren’t uncommon, most early Mitsubishi EVOs with a big turbo back exhaust suffer from boost creep. I have already ported the wastegate port on the turbo housing to try and remedy the situation. Turns out that wasn’t enough. The ideal fix for this problem is to fit a 38mm external wastegate, at this stage I’m going to try and steer away from this solution. The only reason the creeping boost is a problem is because I’m running out of fuel at high RPM. My preferred solution due to budget constraints is to fit a high flow Walbro fuel pump and see how we get on.
Currently on 95 octane gas the little EVO is making 188kW ATW, not a bad result. I’ll let you know how it goes once the fuel pump has been replaced and we are running 98 octane gas.
An exhausts, all cars need them. This is the super short version cos I’m really tired. My good friend Ron from Total Performance has owed me an exhaust for some website design work I did way back when. Anyways I never had anything to put it on till now. Seeing as the Nugget is really just a mini EVO Ron supplied me a 3″ bolt on Rage system to suit an EVO 2. Bam went about taking some length out of the system to make it fit. The result, an exhaust and a car that no longer sounds like a tractor. Super happy.
My car with the exhaust laid out waiting to be installed.
New Rage exhaust system
Bam cuts exhaust to appropriate length.
Welder Bam joins the exhaust back up after removing a 2″ section
You need a hole for the 02 bung. Check it out a drill with lasers!
On Wednesday night Bam and Chris stayed late at the workshop to give me a hand with the Nugget. The aim of the evening was to get the car running, it’s been started before, about 12months ago.
**Turn the key** the starter tried to start the engine with no luck. Let the problem solving being.
Bam diagnosed the problem as fuel pump related. After a bit more investigation Bam found the pump was getting power meaning one thing. The pump was poked. After pulling the pump out of the tank it became apparent why, glorious gold rust. I think I know the reason why the tank got so rusty, before I bought the car it was left in a shed for who knows how long with hardly any fuel, this has caused the fuel pump, cage, and tank to get very rusty.
Ginger on your head or in your fuel tank. It's never OK!
EVO 9 Fuel Pump, can you even call that an upgrade?
I think I know why my fuel level sender isn't working
Bam installs the fuel pump cage.
After that it started first time, to easy! Here is a video.
While Bam was doing some technical work, I installed my rear seats and seat belt.
Things I learnt
Long term storage of your car isn’t good for it. Take the correct precations
Right back when I started at STM I purchased my friend Jonnys unfinished project car. With my new employment at New Zealand’s top workshop I figured I would be able to quickly tidy up the loose ends, put on some finishing touches and flick the Mirage for a massive profit. Well 3 years later I have finally started working on it. With the help of Bam and Chris it’s moving along really quickly. Oh and cheap storage from Andre @ STM