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07
May
10

They Make Joy. I Make Steam.

BMW spent millions developing the E46 M3.  I threw a slightly bigger, tuned engine into a 34-year-old shopping car.   As a result, when racing said M3 though a series of roundabouts, all my coolant fell out.

Turns out the thermostat housing is warped from, I’m guessing, attempts to weld it, so it blew the gasket at about 7000rpm in 3rd.  It sprayed coolant all over the screen and left a pretty impressive trail of steam behind me; the main point is I only lost a car length on him before slinking off down a side road to boil in shame…so technically I won*

*I did not win.

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4 Responses to “They Make Joy. I Make Steam.”


  1. 1 Stuyizz
    May 7, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    I hear steam power is back in vogue!

  2. May 8, 2010 at 7:45 am

    Damn battle scars. The Kp gets cooler………… I mean hotter, no wait. Damn you get my point.

  3. 3 Griffo
    May 8, 2010 at 11:54 am

    Don’t go blowin’ a gasket (in cheesy american rapper stylez) lol!

  4. 4 Dave
    May 9, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    Hi, Rob – Have followed all your various threads (and the Reto Cars article) with great interest. Great car and you’ve built yourself a very nice ride…we never got the KP30 over here in the states. A real pity, looking at it now.

    If your KP is running a tad warm, then you may want to try Redline Water Wetter – it’s a heat transfer agent that can pull down operating temps as much as 20F. Might make a real difference.


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