Westfield Megabusa Build Diary

01 Apr 2008
Matt's first drive

Matt came home last night and was pretty gutted that he missed the first outing, so decided he would drive it this evening instead.

He came home from work around 5:30, and we got the car straight out. It was beautiful weather, and Matt just couldn't wait to get in the car. We pushed it out of the garage, started it up, jumped in, and away we went.

We took the same route as before - sticking to only our road and the next which are both dead end roads, and see very limited traffic.

I warned Matt about the clutch, but immediately he stalled a few times. We found that the best thing to do is pull away with no throttle, which stops the clutch from snatching  the revs and stalling.

Matt got the car going, then stalled again at the end of our road and blocked a car behind us as he wasn't sure if he was in neutral to start the engine again. We waved the car on, and then continued up the hill.

We got to the top of the hill, turned it round, and then started filming:


We got the car back, checked a couple of things, and then I decided that I wanted a go too - I just couldn't resist it. I went back and did the short route that Matt just did.

Here is the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XwDIYUFY13I

Matt wanted to get a couple of pictures of the car, so we took a couple and then Matt went out once more in the car. Whilst he was driving I noticed the DASH2 giving a engine temperature readout of 120c! I panicked and told Matt to get the car back to the garage as quick as possible and then turn off the engine.

Strangely enough, the cooling fan was turning on and off as it should do, and the fan is controlled by a thermostatic switch which opens at about 90c, so I must have wrongly configured the DASH2. I'll go over my settings and check.


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