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David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
4/4/17 12:52 p.m.
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Our Miata left the track early during this weekend’s ChumpCar RVA Graphics endurance race at Daytona International Speedway. Tail between our legs, after not even 10 laps we crawled to the pits in a cloud of steam, oil and despair. What exactly happened? We’re not 100-percent sure.

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David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
4/4/17 1:08 p.m.

Really, this photo needs more smoke, steam and sadness.

Huckleberry
Huckleberry MegaDork
4/4/17 1:16 p.m.

The best way to discover problems in a motor is to run it wide open under full load for almost 100% of every lap. Or shift it into second instead of fourth when you panic brake too late diving into the infield :)

Ed Higginbotham
Ed Higginbotham Associate Editor
4/4/17 1:21 p.m.
David S. Wallens wrote: Really, this photo needs more smoke, steam and sadness.

I got you.

FlightService
FlightService MegaDork
4/4/17 1:24 p.m.

In reply to Huckleberry:

Dr. Hess
Dr. Hess MegaDork
4/4/17 1:25 p.m.

So lessee: You crushed the last one into a ball. This one you grenaded. Maybe yellow just isn't your color.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
4/4/17 1:38 p.m.
Ed Higginbotham wrote:
David S. Wallens wrote: Really, this photo needs more smoke, steam and sadness.
I got you.

That's definitely sad.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
4/4/17 1:38 p.m.
FlightService wrote: In reply to Huckleberry:

And that's not supposed to do that, right?

FlightService
FlightService MegaDork
4/4/17 1:58 p.m.

In reply to David S. Wallens:

that does deviate from the design intent, yes.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
4/4/17 2:00 p.m.
FlightService wrote: In reply to David S. Wallens: that does deviate from the design intent, yes.

That's what I thought.

Ian F
Ian F MegaDork
4/4/17 2:01 p.m.

Any chance you can postpone the start until 4PM? I have a better chance of getting home in time to join. No chance at 3PM.

Duke
Duke MegaDork
4/4/17 2:08 p.m.
David S. Wallens wrote:
FlightService wrote: In reply to Huckleberry:
And that's not supposed to do that, right?

The best part about that GIF is the sad little tear of oil that drips off the impeller at the end.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
4/4/17 2:25 p.m.
Ian F wrote: Any chance you can postpone the start until 4PM? I have a better chance of getting home in time to join. No chance at 3PM.

Sadly (well, for you) we have already announced the starting time. We've been mixing up the starting times--afternoon versus evening--in effort to accommodate everyone. You can always go back and watch them afterwards but, yeah, you'll miss out on the real-time interaction. If need be, I can totally write you a note.

Stampie
Stampie GRM+ Memberand Dork
4/4/17 3:02 p.m.

I'm surprised JG hasn't been blamed yet.

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
4/4/17 3:03 p.m.

If JG is the one who's choosing the hose supplier, maybe he should be...

Recon1342
Recon1342 New Reader
4/4/17 3:05 p.m.

In reply to FlightService: Do you have a link to that wonderful gif of destruction?

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
4/4/17 3:14 p.m.

Another reason to watch our Facebook Lives:

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JG now has a green screen.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
4/4/17 3:18 p.m.

And check it out, his bird has a cloaking device:

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No word on whether the donkey is so equipped.

FlightService
FlightService MegaDork
4/4/17 3:34 p.m.
Recon1342 wrote: In reply to FlightService: Do you have a link to that wonderful gif of destruction?

http://i.imgur.com/2IMGmBP.gif

racerfink
racerfink UltraDork
4/4/17 3:55 p.m.

JG probably has a rubber hose supplier, but not automotive.

Tom1200
Tom1200 HalfDork
4/4/17 11:27 p.m.

From the photos it appears the issue is you've been shopping for drivers at the big and tall store. The poor little car couldn't take it.

In the future I'd suggest places like Pimlico, Belmont Park and the like.

You're friend "ten stone" Tom

bigben
bigben New Reader
4/5/17 12:23 a.m.

So they say that "Miata" is the answer to every question. . . Well I'd say when your talking engines for a Miata the answer should only be two letters long. . . ummmm. . . LS, or maybe SR. There that should fix your blown engine problems.

GameboyRMH
GameboyRMH GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
4/5/17 8:27 a.m.

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
4/5/17 8:31 a.m.
bigben wrote: So they say that "Miata" is the answer to every question. . . Well I'd say when your talking engines for a Miata the answer should only be two letters long. . . ummmm. . . LS, or maybe SR. There that should fix your blown engine problems.

Thing is that neither of these failures (from what I've been told) are problems with the engine. First was a lack of oil due to a busted (aftermarket) hose. Second was a lack of coolant due to a busted (aftermarket) hose. No engine would deal well with either of those.

The astounding thing is that the turbo is still together. If you'd seen what that turbo looked like when they installed it, you'd probably fall off your chair laughing. It was scrap.

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard GRM+ Memberand Associate Editor
4/5/17 8:42 a.m.

Yep, Keith is correct on all counts. And calling that turbo scrap is generous–it wouldn't even pass as clean metal!

Shoutout to Flyin' Miata, by the way, for sending us what we needed to rig up a proper low oil pressure warning system. If only they made something similar for coolant....

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