The Stalker is now street legal, but hardly finished. It runs, and runs well. It is the faster car I have ever driven and I haven’t even tried full throttle yet. Frighteningly fast is an apt description. More fun than the best roller coaster you have ever been on, is another.
So, what’s left:
- Paint. While the flat black primer look was cool for a bit, it needs paint. I plan on doing a fews months of shakedown and the shooting paint in the spring. Of course I also have to make a decision on color
- Instruments. I am very disappointed with the Autoloc instruments. The Tach is indicating RPM for an 8 cylinder, but the DIP switches are properly set for a six cylinder. The speedometer isn’t indicating anything, which could be a bad hall effect sensor on the transmission, a wiring problem, or a faulty gauge. Given the the LCD display in the gauge has fallen into the meter and is half obscured my bet is on a faulty meter. The volt meter read 2 volts low, verified by using a real multimeter to read the voltage on the input pins. So, I think I am going to completely change the instrument package to a more expensive but proven Autometer set. This will require another dashboard. All of the instrument light went out at the same time. This is almost certainly a wiring fault.
- Noise level. I have never been a big fan of loud cars. The Stalker is loud. Too loud for a street car, and I need to bring the exhaust noise levels down. I experimented with two augers in the exhaust pipes but that didn’t seem to do much. I don’t think I can do anything about the intake noise.
- Interior finish. Since this car will never see any serious competition, I am not really concerned about adding dead weight. So I plan to do so interior work with some leatherette and carpet.
- Suspension: I still need to go through the complete suspension setup procedures and do a real alignment. Right now the front tires have been aligned by eyeball and the car tracks striaght and true, but I should do a real alignment. The rear suspension feels a bit spongy so I may need to adjust the ride height and preload.