Pain and Endurance…

Cross Country expeditions prove our technology in adverse conditions and operating environments. In May of 2006 Jake Raby and Bill Kanz set off on a 3,450 mile trip across America to test out the “Type 4 Torquer” engine created by Aircooled Technology and featured in the “Hot VWs” article bearing the same name that spanned from March to Sept 2006.

Date / Time

5/21/06 1:45 pm

Leg Miles

220

Total Miles

407

Mains

135

Airs

200

Timing

32

Oil

Control

Notes

Roof Rack On

MPG

19.39

Datalogger

Weather

At fillup it was 85F, 38% RH, and 28.67 inHg barometric. No weather station screen shot

Comments

Went to Atlanta Bug Fever Show and hung out for a while.  There were about 50 cars there.  We mounted a roof rack in case we needed extra space, but removed it at the show because we didn’t need it, it was making a lot of noise and it was affecting handling of the car in the wind.

Date / Time

5/21/06 4:52 pm

Leg Miles

220

Total Miles

407

Mains

140

Airs

200

Timing

32

Oil

Control

Notes

Roof Rack Off

MPG

21.80

Datalogger

Weather

Comments

Intemittent vibration found to be loose deck lid. Original bolt was found under passenger seat and replaced. Smooth running after.

Date / Time

5/21/06 8:40 pm

Leg Miles

211

Total Miles

617

Mains

140

Airs

200

Timing

32

Oil

Control

Notes

MPG

22.05

Datalogger

Weather

Comments

Pilots Notes

Smooth as glass, running flawless.

Date / Time

5/21/06 9:30 pm

Leg Miles

See Leg #4

Total Miles

See Leg #4

Mains

140

Airs

200

Timing

32

Oil

Control

Notes

MPG

See Leg #4

Datalogger

Weather

Pilots Notes

Compact flash card full and logging stopped before refueling. See Leg#4 for remainder of data.

Date / Time

See Leg #4

Leg Miles

See Leg #4

Total Miles

See Leg #4

Date / Time

5/22/06 10:00am

Leg Miles

188

Total Miles

806

Mains

140

Airs

200

Timing

32

Oil

Control

Notes

MPG

19.23

Datalogger

Weather

Pilots Notes

Cold weather, rolling hills, elf dreams.

Weight of car with Jake, Bill, fuel, and gear is 2480 pounds
The extra weight of Ray in back seat resulted in some serious tire rub that had to get fixed.
…in WalMart parking lot.
Mount was ground back with cordless grinder stowed for just an occasion…
Ray Iddings of VolksBash Radio
Jake thought he lived in a small town… Momence is home of Charles Navarro of LN Engineering.

Date / Time

5/23/06 7:30 am

Leg Miles

154

Total Miles

1168

Mains

150

Airs

200

Timing

32

Oil

Test Lube#1

Notes

MPG

19.94

Datalogger

Weather

Weather station sensor not working — vibration failure?

Pilots Notes

Second data log of leg. First was interupted when the negative battery cable wiggled loose. Woke up at 3:30 am to hit road and do 1000 miles in 1 day. Test Lube#1 runs slightly smoother and is more responsive ot throttle (revs faster) than Castrol 20/50, but still runs 60 psig at cruise speed.

Date / Time

5/23/06 9:39 am

Leg Miles

149

Total Miles

1317

Mains

150

Airs

200

Timing

32

Oil

Test Lube#1

Notes

MPG

19.39

Datalogger

Weather

Weather station sensor not working — vibration failure?

Pilots Notes

Second data log of leg. First was interupted when the negative battery cable wiggled loose. Woke up at 3:30 am to hit road and do 1000 miles in 1 day. Test Lube#1 runs slightly smoother and is more responsive ot throttle (revs faster) than Castrol 20/50, but still runs 60 psig at cruise speed.

Date / Time

5/23/06 11:30 am

Leg Miles

114

Total Miles

1432

Mains

150

Airs

200

Timing

32

Oil

Test Lube#1

Notes

Deck lid closed (all legs before as well)

MPG

N/A

Datalogger

Weather

Wacked weather sensor and restored function.

Pilots Notes

Date / Time

5/23/06 12:15 pm

Leg Miles

46

Total Miles

1477

Mains

150

Airs

200

Timing

32

Oil

Test Lube#1

Notes

Deck lid propped open 2″

MPG

20.63

Datalogger

Weather

Pilots Notes

Date / Time

5/23/06 3:20 pm

Leg Miles

66

Total Miles

1543

Mains

150

Airs

200

Timing

32

Oil

Test Lube#2

Notes

Deck lid propped open 2″

MPG

N/A

Datalogger

Weather

Pilots Notes

Bathroom break; new oil resulted in much less engine noise and cabin vibration (even Bill could notice)

Date / Time

5/23/06 4:20 pm

Leg Miles

71

Total Miles

1614

Mains

150 (#1-3) 140(#4)

Airs

200

Timing

32

Oil

Test Lube#2

Notes

Deck lid propped open 2″

MPG

N/A

Datalogger

Weather

Pilots Notes

Changed #4 main jet to 140 trying to raise EGT to match other cylinders.  Huge winds making car difficult to control.

Date / Time

5/23/06 5:12 pm

Leg Miles

29

Total Miles

1642

Mains

150 (#1-3) 140(#4)

Airs

200

Timing

32

Oil

Test Lube#2

Notes

Deck lid propped 2″; Fan Inlet Temp sender moved from Shroud to inside air cleaner and mounted outboard of #4 velocity stack

MPG

19.21

Datalogger

Weather

Pilots Notes

Checking carb inlet temp compared to shroud inlet temp

Date / Time

5/23/06 8:00 pm

Leg Miles

154

Total Miles

1796

Mains

150 (#1-3) 140(#4)

Airs

200

Timing

32

Oil

Test Lube#2

Notes

Deck lid propped 2″; Fan Inlet Temp sender moved from Shroud to inside air cleaner and mounted outboard of #4 velocity stack

MPG

17.65

Datalogger

Weather

Pilots Notes

Checking carb inlet temp compared to shroud inlet temp

Date / Time

5/23/06 9:30 pm

Leg Miles

152

Total Miles

1948

Mains

150 (#1-3) 140(#4)

Airs

200

Timing

32

Oil

Test Lube#2

Notes

Deck lid propped 2″; Fan Inlet Temp sender moved from Shroud to on dip stick handle

MPG

19.06

Datalogger

Weather

Pilots Notes

Checking bottom of propped open deck lid inlet temp compared to shroud inlet temp

Date / Time

5/24/06 1:30 am

Leg Miles

174

Total Miles

2122

Mains

150 (#1-3) 140(#4)

Airs

200

Timing

32

Oil

Test Lube#2

Notes

Deck lid propped 2″; Fan Inlet Temp sender moved from Shroud to on dip stick handle

MPG

19.87

Datalogger

Weather

Pilots Notes

“I’m not tired, really, I’m not!” (after 23 hours driving)

This photo represents Bill’s state of mind at this point in the day.

Date / Time

5/24/06 1:45 pm

Leg Miles

197

Total Miles

2229

Mains

150 (#1-3) 140(#4)

Airs

220

Timing

28

Oil

Test Lube#2

Notes

Deck lid closed; Fan Inlet Temp sender moved back to behind shroud

MPG

19.55

Datalogger

Weather

Pilots Notes

Met a couple of field engineers from Chrysler testing a Dodge 1500 at Loveland Pass. They had a datalogger connected and were doing drivability testing. They said they had seen 3 other manufacturers cars up there doing the same thing.

Date / Time

5/24/06 4:20 pm

Leg Miles

123

Total Miles

2352

Mains

150 (#1-3) 140(#4)

Airs

220

Timing

28

Oil

Test Lube#2

Notes

Deck lid closed

MPG

24.24

Datalogger

Weather

Pilots Notes

Date / Time

5/24/06 6:30 pm

Leg Miles

131

Total Miles

2483

Mains

150 (#1-3) 140(#4)

Airs

220

Timing

28

Oil

Test Lube#2

Notes

Deck lid closed

MPG

22.83

Datalogger

Weather

Pilots Notes

Date / Time

5/24/06 10:30 pm

Leg Miles

163

Total Miles

2725

Mains

150 (#1-3) 140(#4)

Airs

220

Timing

28

Oil

Test Lube#2

Notes

Deck lid closed

MPG

20.59

Datalogger

Weather

Pilots Notes

Track map shows only missed turn on entire trip to date.  Note:  there is no on-board map in car! Art Thraen treated us to great hospitality and let us use his shop for an oil change. Thanks Art!

Date / Time

5/25/06 afternoon…

Leg Miles

143

Total Miles

2868

Mains

150 (#1-3) 140(#4)

Airs

220

Timing

28

Oil

Test Lube#3

Notes

Deck lid closed; EGT senders #3 and #4 swapped (logger reconfigured)

MPG

20.42

Datalogger

Weather

Pilots Notes

Track map shows only missed turn on entire trip to date.  Note:  there is no on-board map in car! Art Thraen treated us to great hospitality and let us use his shop for an oil change. Thanks Art!

Date / Time

5/25/06 4:20 pm

Leg Miles

125

Total Miles

2993

Mains

150 (#1-3) 140(#4)

Airs

220

Timing

28

Oil

Test Lube#3

Notes

Deck lid closed; EGT senders #3 and #4 swapped (logger reconfigured)

MPG

19.43

Datalogger

Weather

Pilots Notes

Track map shows only missed turn on entire trip to date.  Note:  there is no on-board map in car! Art Thraen treated us to great hospitality and let us use his shop for an oil change. Thanks Art!

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