Snowmobile Powered Car Test Drive! Supercharged RX1

Snowmobile Powered Car Test Drive! Supercharged RX1


[Music] all right another day on the triumphs yes so last time we sort of bang the test drove it was running really bad and we figured out why the main boot on the supercharger here but had come off because when we were doing the mount for the intercooler here we were flexing it around a bunch and it popped off and then we just got excited and forgot about it so we put that back on and it seems to be running better I’m gonna put some seats in it fill the throttle cable and maybe a clutch guard and then we can probably take it for a proper test drive let’s check out these seats that’s the part that Roley that’s been super stoked about when we’re talking to the Corbeau guys they said they have a bunch of small seats for smaller cars these are actually meant for something along the lines of like a Miata or a small Corvette and these are the a4 s that’s that’s good we need small lot smaller than the autos so that we might need to do some altering oh yeah these look so much better than they did in the pictures yeah and they hit looked pretty sweet in the pictures to feel qualified to touch this yeah those look good really good yep yeah yeah so we got the foldable seat as Evans learned with his with his drift car it really sucks not having adjustable seats yeah and it also really sucks not having seat sliders we’re gonna have to modify them a little bit to fit yeah these are their one-inch Universal mounts oh traumatic so given that these seats not our best plan of action here is to basically chop out the entire driveline tunnel and make them make the seats fit and then build a new tunnel that’s smaller because right here like even on this side where the driveline is closer to it we could still we could move it like a solid two plus inches closer to the center of the car which means it would clear better out here and they can also lean back a little bit so you know your head would be lower and it could sit down a little lower so we’ll start by chopping up the driveline tunnel and then see where we’re at so in the interest of not dying when we drive this we also got this is the cam lock five-point harness so they’ve just got this little flipper lock quick-release thing here you just clip everything into it so nice so they have it as a harness now we need to build a roll cage to attach it to sure do first things first let’s get these seats in here [Music] there it is look all that room [Music] [Music] [Music] after consulting with the hardtop there’s just no way you know it’s not like a hundred percent necessary we could just build a roll cage and never use the hardtop but it means your head would be way above the windshield which means any roll cage built would look absolutely stupid it was safe so we need smaller seats so unfortunately the eighth floors just aren’t going to fit but we talked to the guys at Corbeau and they still want to see the seats in one of our projects they’re super cool so they’re down to just let us keep them and wait on putting them in something else and we will be able to use the five-point harness in here when we set up our roll cage which will be super cool so for now we’ll wrap these up keep them clean or figuring out what to put them in and let’s get this thing ready to test dry so we tried to get this thing off with other tools that didn’t quite work no the choice should have been obvious from the beginning definitely should have someone in doubt we get the grinder out and we’re just gonna take off the shaft down here and you can do let’s get what we need yeah really easy to fit the grinder in here [Music] there we go and it should be pretty easy to just we’ll take this pin out and then we’ll just be able to a slowly amount point and then we’ll just have to build a little plate it screw to stop and we’ll raise the spring and we’ll be in business so we’re making a bump stop that’s adjustable because why not so then what what we’ll be able to do is just make sure we don’t snap the cable off the throttle kicking up parent second about the floppy disk so we just scratch the plate and we welded it right down to the body and they have that adjustable bolt on the top so we got ya the full set up now [Music] we’re taking the gearbox apart here for the triumph and we have these new gears for it this is the smallest year I could get for the bottom and the largest one I could get for the top so that’ll give us the highest gearing possible in this box what I don’t know is if the chain still gonna fit the chain might now be too long so let’s find out so we decided to go ahead and do some modifications so that we can test out this gear ratio and see if it’s any good all we really have to do is cut out a little bit more of a notch there for this to slide farther and then get a longer bolt which we don’t have a longer bolt so we’re gonna thread this one got room to slide it now get the chain tight so get all the metal filings out of there and put it back together [Music] so it was a bit rainy out so we got the hard top on everything else is kind of ready to go yep we started it up make sure it’s running good sounds good so have to send it so it turns out we have reverse hahaha and then this is just a temporary clutch guard so that I can’t stick my feet in the clutch and in case the belt blows up or the clutch blows up it won’t just like explode right into my foot [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Music] how is it frightening like not in terms of fast just in terms of the handling like I drifted that corner and it was just like all over the place and deafening also still slow in terms of the RPMs but that’s I mean it’s better than it was definitely but I also well on my driveway and it wasn’t running a hundred percent but it may just be running out of gas anyway with the limitations of what I could do I couldn’t really see what it how fast it went when it actually wrapped out because it was just like just barely getting into the RPMs but it definitely needs some muffling because you know like a normal car you could just cruise along at 1500 rpms now this one like it engages at 4,000 so 4000 rpm is your minimum cruising speed and then you want to accelerate your like seven and a half so well it seems like nothing broke so that’s pretty good we just need to stir up some gas which we don’t have any literally have no extra gas right now holds your premium in the jack nope it’s empty we’ve already siphoned all that out alright my car is empty as well but it’s on so we are currently open for race gas sponsorship so do you guys know anybody send us an email in the meantime the best gas we got is premium from Sam’s daily Drive so you got our fuel line got a fuel pump battery so it turns out anti-siphon devices work but that doesn’t really matter cuz we got bigger problems anyways oh maybe I’ve been looking at it and I think that the supercharger belt isn’t staying tight enough and it’s slipping so I think that’s why it’s not running running right oh wow tweaks it yeah and so it’s already kind of loose to start with you can see here it’s got a little bit of play there and we don’t have room to tension it a lot more but even if we did as soon as it’s pulling on it it pulls it and makes it even looser so I think that might be why it’s like it’s running great at idle and at lower rpms and then when it gets to higher rpms it’s trying to build boost and it doesn’t we’ve got some tuning to do some things to fix and we need some more gas so that’s it for this episode but we’ll be back we’ll fix some things finish some things and then go drive it some more and make a clutch guard that would help yeah that’s some kind of muffling device yeah that’s uh I mean it’d be nice to get it running better first but part of it not running right is probably the exhaust so we’ll start working on that scene too that’s gonna be a long project sorry guys that’s all we had time for this week but next week we’re gonna be doing everything we can do to get this thing running right but in the meantime my wife you guys probably know her as the girl she translates all of the videos into Spanish so you could thank her for that and she’s starting a language learning channel where you can learn Spanish and there’s also a lot of videos on there for just language learning tips in general so you want to go check that out the links in the description thanks guys [Music]

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    Mark Brennan

    From Australia and know nothing about snowmobile but does the engine in one require the environment to cool it like a boat with water…Will it over heat in a car?

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    David Rivero

    Spitfire, that's beautiful & just like my '72 Stag. APOS . Sidedraft Strombergs & that great looking dash, the one where most of its gauges didn't work. Hey, 'ya couldda done worse….the wedge TR 7. 😂 Great Job. 👊😁

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    Tony Lang

    CORBEAU CAR SEATS: I NEVER STAY HOME W/O THEM!!! COMPUTER CHAIR IS TALL CORBEAU RACING SEAT, AND TV/READING CHAIRS ARE ADJOINING REFITTED RACE SEATS!!!! THE BEST COMFORT AND FULL SUPPORT OF ANY HARD CORE HOME SEATING!!!

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    FuzzyGrandma88 88

    I know you guys have a bunch of projects going on right now. But the next time you guys brain storm on what to build next you gotta check out "crazy BRM1000 quadzilla" on YouTube. First thought was grind hard plumbing can do that.

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    david roberts

    Haha. The only seats that fit into Spitfires properly are Spitfire seats! They have an insanely low and weird shaped cushion and lowers. Those 'bucket' seats are kinda uncomfortable. I'd recommend looking for seats from a laters model, '69-80. The next revelation will an exploding rear end or axles when that thing finally hooks up. The parts are all pretty tiny. You guys might want to look into a GT6 rear end or doing some of the research on racing mods for the rear suspension.

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    nick nolan

    Hey i don’t know if you noticed when you were editing the video but the secondary clutch isn’t moving at all. That could have a lot to do with it revving out so fast

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    LkOutMtnMan

    RX1 and Apex engines are going strong in aircraft. Friend of mine just installed Apex engine on his Amphib airplane, about 40 hp stronger than the previous engine and lighter!

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    Kurt Sumthinorother

    SEATS!! You could cut a 2" drop box for the seat frame. Cut the stitches and cut the top of the Corbeau seats off at the bottom of the slots. Taper the shoulder bolsters down and stitch it back up. You have to add at least 10 inches to that driveshaft. Get the secondary out of the car. You will never get a certification without a firewall sealing the cabin from the engine. You could rotate the chaincase to get the secondary straight up behind the dash and box it in there. 👍👍

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    Toob247 Toob247

    Yikes put a cover over that u joint. It probably won't break but if it did and the shaft shafted your shaft you'd be shafted all the way up shaft Creek.

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    David Sanborn

    The early Spitfire had a very awful swing-axle that will kill you dead faster than any Corvair when going sideways over bumps. You'll need to install a camber compensator unless you want to roll the car & die. http://www.spitlist.info/CamberCompensator.html

    Also: goodbye differential. They're stupid-fragile. At minimum use the highest grade synthetic gear oil possible.

    And OMG – any cursory search of Spitfire seat mods would've shown that those enormous Corbeau seats would never have fit. Most Spitfire owners install 2nd hand Miata seats, and those are a tight fit and sit a bit tall. I have a pair in my TR6 and even there they are a bit big.

    Lastly, had a u-joint broken on the differential during the test drive … etc. Yikes.

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    Robert S

    I love building and designing project like you guys do. Really crazy-ass awesome project can't wait to see the progress!

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    chrisnz

    i have seen with my own eyes . A lose a leg with an open drive shaft in a boat ( 1970s ) . just saying .. careful boys .

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    Eric Lakota

    Its not a waist of them giving you those seats because you just got a pair sold for my jeep if they are affordable iv ben meaning to get some for my wrangler build and the day is geting close and im going to look their first nice chairs

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    Eric Lakota

    Yup im calling them asap or you can come install a pair in my rig for me i want some that can take weather and mud but want comfyness cant wait thanks corbo for giving them a pair to show ill be buying some just after a few more parts drive shaft and some minor finish tuch to my jeep and your chairs will b finish tuch that will look so awsome

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    Electric avenue Bikes

    U guys are total hillbillies ,use your head ,there is a brain somewhere inside it , if that drive axle breaks u are gone .

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    Michael s

    Your engine issue is actually in the clutches. More like a combination from primary clutch all the way to the drive wheels.

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    Ken Matthews

    It’s a four stroke = four stroke with forced induction gains very little from exhaust work, just make it a bit quieter and a little back pressure.

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    Tommy Murphy

    Unfortunately you guys have released to the world my greatest secret. Ive had a spitfire for years and i build drift cars. One day I plan on building a bonkers drift spitfire but my current one is a super clear 79’ 1500. Its an amazing little chassis that can be bought super cheap. Glad you guys are having fun with one aswell.

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    Gamecock 38

    How fast does that thing run? Are you using a transmission or straight motor to rearend? I can't believe that thing has the power it does.

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    vern e

    What about clutch spring, counterweights, ramps, secondary spring, helix, think it might need to be adjusted to the build?

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    Wg Cdr Luddite

    A classic example of how bubba has no understanding of history and culture. Don't restore that iconic vintage car- amateurishly chop it up and destroy it. You utter morons.

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    Olivier Roy

    Do something with that open drive shaft. You will lose fingers. I lost an arm like this when I was 5. There's no coming back from this. I'm a machinist, I'm used to deal with spinning objects, but you can easily be distracted while driving.

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    Patrick Moore

    You Need Exhaust to tune the Engine RPM Torque, as it is now you can hurt it getting cold air back up in the Head throwing it out of tune for best Power and Scavenging run 4 into one! ! Definatly Rebuild the Tunnel and Build Driveline Hoops on Both Ends of the Driveshaft!!

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    dank donkerson

    why would you ruin a perfectly good 1962 Triumph Spitfire by putting a snowmobile engine in it? just to say your car runs on a snowmobile engine? why not a chainsaw engine, it makes about as munch sense.

    you know, back in 1977 there was a kid in my town who took a 1973 Vaga and put in a 427 engine in it, it was his daily ride and he pretty much had to drive it from the back seat which was weird but at least he used a "car" engine and had the sense to put wheelie bars on it

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    amorton94

    It's honestly becoming torture for me to watch your videos. I watch them at my desk job and there is very little I'd like to do more than what you guys do. Keep up the awesome work and have fun!

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    Chef Nick

    Happy Monday

    You guys have the best veical builds.

    !!!!!!!!!! IF THE DRIVE SHAFT LINKAGE BRAKES IT CAN DO SEROUS INJURY TO YOUR SELFS!!!!!!!!!!
    YOU SHOULD BUILD A DRIVE SHAFT TUNEIL.
    Rock on
    Chef-Nick

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    leandro aguirre

    Many thanks to your wife for putting the substitutes in Spanish, the truth is appreciated to understand their perspective of what they do

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    mtacoustic1

    HOLY COW!!  Put a guard on that driveshaft!!  One fraction of a second of inattention and you will be minus an arm!!!!!

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    Tina G

    driveshaft safety loop ? that u joint breaks its going to be like a garden hose whipping around ** i would stay on dirt until you put a safety loop in .

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    Redneck Ricer

    I'm normally not a safety nazi, but I've seen enough driveshafts break, to know that I don't want to be anywhere near them when they do. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw that. I love the content and appreciate the "just send it" attitude, but if you don't want to live the rest of your life horribly crippled/disfigured, or even dead, then please cover that driveshaft.

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    keith baker

    Surprised that the body and chassis is still on the road…most of those spitfires and GT6's here in the UK have now reverted into 4 buckets of rust! Talking of handling, those cars have a crap rear end. You used to be able to get a negative camber rear spring which improved handling a bit!!! If that is a stock gearbox and diff it will never last, I had a very hot 1300 years ago. It would throw the locking circlip on the 3rd motion shaft cluster losing 2nd and 3rd gears and it ate rear diffs…I had to replace the drive train with 2ltr Triumph Vitesse components. You also need to fit a servo to that thing.

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