It’s been a although since the very last update on my 300,000-mile Honda S2000 project motor vehicle. Reality is, I have not been driving it a lot. I acquired the auto very last summer months to flip it into a track working day car or truck, and more than the training course of a year which is particularly what took place. It bought a earth-course suspension, new brakes, and ultra-sticky tires from Yokohama. It drove incredibly, but the winter season season meant it was time to park it and focus on my other challenge, my 284,000-mile BMW M3.
Properly, my M3 broke past 7 days and turned undriveable, so I awoke the S2K from its three-month resting spot to act as my everyday driver until finally I could get it fastened. That backfired in the worst feasible way.
When on an early morning drive to satisfy up with some good friends and kick off a five-day holiday, the motor in my S2000 just… blew up. I was cruising down the highway when the motor started to be reluctant. I glanced at the gauges and did not see nearly anything was amiss, so I retained likely pondering it may have been the gas pump starting to fail. A number of seconds later the motor vehicle missing all power, so I quickly exited the highway. As before long as I pushed in the clutch the engine died. By the time I arrived to a halt, there was smoke emanating from less than the hood. Right then and there I understood I was screwed.
I believed at to start with the 2.-liter F20C underneath the hood experienced finally just burnt adequate oil concerning major-offs that it starved alone, but that did not appear to be to be the scenario, as there was a ample amount on the dipstick when I checked. The oil smelled seriously burnt even though, which is hardly ever a very good signal. All the coolant in the radiator? Long gone.
The car wouldn’t restart and I even now had a trip to go on, so I couldn’t particularly keep and wait for AAA. So I still left it on the facet of the road in a suburban community in Connecticut and had a close friend select me up so we weren’t totally derailed for the long day we had prepared. Communicate about bad timing, suitable? Digital editor Aaron Brown was wonderful enough to go choose the car or truck up (read: attend to a tow) later in the day so it would not get impounded. Thanks Aaron!
Following I obtained back from family vacation I was equipped to get the car into my shop. The engine even now cranked just wonderful, but would not fireplace, even with setting up fluid. My guess is very low compression, while I did not have time to conduct a correct test. Possibly way, the analysis is not good.
I briefly considered about tearing the motor down to examine the damage or even undertaking a K-swap to get the 309,000-mile S2000 back again on the road, but in the conclusion I decided it would be most straightforward to just market the vehicle as-is. So that’s precisely what I did. And simply because the car planet is S2000 outrageous proper now, I had a deposit secured in just six hrs of listing it on Facebook Market. It is now in the palms of a new operator who plans to get it back again on the street. Not just the pleased ending to a project car or truck experience you were expecting, I know. But issues never normally work out as prepared.
Although I’m unfortunate the car is absent, I’m joyful I received to encounter it to the fullest just before it blew up. Now I can aim all of my time and electrical power into my M3. Remain tuned.
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