page is ever-evolving and does not have all
included. I began fabrication during the summer of 2008 but
remodeling/cabinet construction, and life in general has relegated
this to the infamous "as time permits" category.....
First of all, I bought the IROC
in July 1988. It
has a 220HP
V-8 (LB9, 305c.c./5.0L) with a 5-speed manual transmission (boy was it
hard to find a manual!), T-tops, and god's little 1/2-acre of rubber
(stole that line from a ZR1 review in "Car & Driver", I believe).
this car because
1979 Berlinetta, which was an excellent car, was totaled when I was
rear-ended by a cement-truck at a red light on tax-day
1988. (The driver was high, but I luckily saw him coming and
accelerated just before the impact.) Initially I bought a
4-speed) which became known as "the Beast" and was my winter car
for the next three or four years. (The IROC has never seen
the salt-ridden winters! It's stored after the first snowfall
road salting, and it comes out of hibernation only after enough rain
has fallen during spring to wash the roads of that car-eating scourge.)
Why did I buy the '88 a couple of months after buying the
The Beast? The Beast unfortunately developed a
sudden "bend in the middle option" and it kept overheating.
for some interesting outings--especially dates.) But I
Let's jump to discussing the carputer, which is still in
I decided to put a carputer
together for two primary and one
To have the ability to
easily access the OBD-1 (ALDL) data.
This desire arose in the 2000-2001 driving seasons, when my
began to loose power, hesitate, and lurch. I replaced the EGR
valve (boy was that fun!), looked for vacuum leaks, replaced relays and
sensors, replaced the fuel filter. All to no avail.
checked the fuel rail pressure. It was fine, but I suspected
perhaps it was my fuel pump. Now, I wasn't going to drop the
axle to get to the gas tank/fuel pump, unless I could be sure.
co-worker told me that he had software and that if I had a laptop, we
could install it and drive around to diagnose the problem.
the s/w diagnosis was inconclusive (OBD-1 just doesn't cover the range
of parameter that II does), it sparked and interest in installing a
computer. Having it ready and at hand. But I didn't
carry a laptop or put a micro-atx mobo in my car. I knew that
would have to wait for technology to make it practical. This
ALDL/OBD-I desire kept
me from going with a linux solution for which there doesn't seem to be
support, which I would have preferred (the
cheap engineer in me). But the XP route did lead to Road
The second reason was that I
wanted to remove the Pioneer
changer and not rely on CDs (whether in the changer, or as mp3s on CD-R
and played in the DEH-P7600MP).
Hey, my mom didn't react this
but I am a technology geek and an e.e.. Who else would have
owned Betamax and Amiga?