Essentially, the prototype has the same components as the latter models, save the a few design changes and upgrades (more on that later). “Lil Red”, as I’ve dubbed the first QSC2, uses a 30 plus year old Conley 327 nitro V8. These engines are amazingly tough and darn near bullet proof if properly maintained. The first test stand run was finally ready to go and everything worked as planned until the extremely hot water flowed through the old and brittle plastic water pump. It deformed the housing, creating a leak and cut the test short.
If I stopped every time this project went sideways it would have never gotten off the ground. I got a flat “No” for years just trying to buy the body! The subsequent test below went much better.