I wanted to try something with a bit more mechanics involved, and knowing my passion for cars I thought "why not build an engine?" Then that thought evolved to "Ima make a racing kart!"
Right now I'm designing the ECU and sensors, and making prototype parts to experiment with. My proposed idea is to take two identical lawnmower engines, strip them apart and put them together to act as a 2 cylinder (or 4 cylinder if I can get my hands on 2 V-Twins). Then I'll modify the new engine block and heads to have fuel injection, electronic ignition, and water cooling, add a turbocharger on it, place it in a go kart frame with a manual transmission, and take it racing!
-Find 2 identical engines
-Weld the blocks together into one piece
-Modify the crank and cam shafts into one of each shaft
-Add cooling system
-Add oil system
-Make a new Alternator (in progress)
-Build a new Carburetor
-Build the ECU
-Build all the required sensors, injectors, and coil packs
-Add belt system
-Rework fuel delivery system
-Calibrate ECU for performance
-Add Turbocharger (My Auto Tech class has an old one I might be able to use)
-Build Kart frame
-Install engine and drivetrain
The pictures in the gallery are the coil pack prototype (the circuit board with the red wire sticking out of it) and the radiator fans, which are working.