Project: K.I.T.T. Blog
This year has been different... I am not sure really how else to describe it. Project: K.I.T.T. has really taken a back seat to everything this year has thrown at us and as a result we really have not done much on the project.
Troy has been working on the engine rebuild as he has time in between jobs in his shop. I stopped down recently to see how things were progressing.
He has the injectors cleaned up and ready for install. He said he still wants to swap some parts and use the better parts between the original and the replacement crossfire set I bought.
The intake manifold has been thoroughly cleaned and painted silver.
The rest of the brackets and pulleys were painted semi-gloss black.
The exhaust shield and EGR valve have both been painted silver. They should look pretty sharp against the red engine block.
I know this is not much of an update, but I do promise that we will be getting back to work on KITT very soon. I am not going to promise an update before the new year, but soon. 2014 is closing rapidly. Stay tuned...
Sunday we were hit with our first snow storm. KARR sits outside so he got the brunt of it. We only got about 5 inches of snow so it wasn't actually that bad, but it was windy so that caused the snow to drift.
I am going to get snow tires for KARR, but I am still researching my options and have not ordered them yet. I spoke to a few Canadian Fiero owners who daily drive their Fieros all year long. They said with the proper snow tires Fieros get around just fine in the snow and ice. :)
Let's face it: my daily driver KARR attracts a lot of attention. I am constantly being asked about him and about Knight Rider. One thing leads to another and I always end up talking about Project: K.I.T.T.
I wanted to find a way to spread the word and also provide people with an easy way to find out more about the project. I decided vinyl stickers would be the way to go and I intend to put them on either side of the third brake light on the rear window.
On Saturday we took KARR on his first road trip to Sica Hollow State Park. What we hadn't planned on was the 8 1/2 miles of gravel road leading up to the park.
We were stopped twice by farmers herding their cattle down the road. We did not have much warning with the first herd (shown in the video). The bull leading the herd seemed to see KARR's headlights and scanner as a threat, so I put down the headlights and shut off the scanner. This satisfied the bull and he moved on. The other cows were interested in where the headlights went as they retracted, and why the scanner stopped flashing. A few of them licked the scanner and the front of the car. One of the farmers said, "Wow, they really like that car!" as she passed us on her horse.
After the first herd of cattle passed us, we continued on our way for a couple of miles, until we came across another cattle herding in progress. This time we were able to find out where the cattle were being herded to, and stopped back far enough from them to not interfere. It is hard to see in the pictures below, but the second group of cattle seemed to find KARR fascinating also. There was a male calf that was particularly interested, and he was trying his hardest to get away from the herd and come over to investigate. Unfortunately, the guy with the lasso stopped him, which disappointed Sara.
By the time we got to Sica Hollow State Park, KARR was quite dirty.
The wheel wells were packed with cow manure and dirt/gravel.
So, KARR got a bath Sunday afternoon.
(A good thing too... you could smell him from about fifteen feet away.)
I needed a new daily driver and I could not pass up a 1987 Fiero GT...it just looked so cool! For an already 27 year old car, it was in remarkable shape both inside and out! However, there were a few things that needed to be addressed.
Since starting Project: K.I.T.T. I have found that I am a lot less intimidated about taking on car projects. Such was the case with the Fiero. I really started with just a few things that I really wanted to take care of and I just couldn't stop there. By the time I was done I had completely gutted the interior down to the metal frame. Here is a list of everything that I did:
I am going to take a break from the list of stuff I have done to the Fiero and tell you what else was going on about this time. I had activated KITT earlier this year in July and other than that had really not done much with KITT. I was however, trying to find him the upgrades he had requested. While searching for parts for the Fiero and/or waiting for glue to cure, I would hit the Knight Industries parts bins to see what I could find.
While searching for the right Random Access Memory modules for KITT we came across some of the right type but of an older revision. They were badly worn and scorched in appearance. I cleaned up the contacts, applied power and attempted to access them. What I found was astonishing. They appeared to be AI memory files although only the audio was intact. I extracted one of the files and saved it to my computer. Then I played it back and what I heard sent shivers down my back. Listen for yourself:
It wasn't just any AI memory file; it was KARR's memory files! Somehow the Knight Automated Roving Robot's Random Access Memory survived the destruction of the Knight 2000 prototype.
I extracted the rest of the files, some of which were badly damaged and need some reconstruction and restoration. To my surprise they form a complete record of everything KARR said after his reactivation by Tony and The Rev up until his destruction in the desert. I dumped these to a new Flash Memory Module and decided that it was only fitting to install this in the Fiero as a lasting tribute to the Prototype that gave us KITT. When activated the module allows KARR to speak again, although not interactively. I shudder at the thought of giving him that much power again. It is better that he be given a chance to speak and be heard through a fitting tribute.
With the discovery of KARR's Memory files, it struck me how the Fiero was even painted in the same silver and black paint scheme that KARR was so fond of. If KARR's memories were going to live on in the Fiero then it was only fitting that he have an amber scanner on the front nose. I did not want to cut into the nose of the Fiero, so I bought a scanner that could be affixed to the nose without making alterations. I removed the LeBra the previous owner had installed and mounted the scanner.
Okay, back to the list of stuff I have done to the Fiero...er KARR:
That's everything that has been done to KARR since I got him in July. I still have a list of things I need to do to finish him up:
That is all that is on my list at the moment, but I am sure there will be more things I will want to do to KARR in the future. Here is a collection of pictures I took throughout the process. I did not take pictures detailing everything because I was not originally planning on the Fiero being part of Project: K.I.T.T. Now that it is, I will continue to add pictures to this album as I finish working on KARR.
Finally! Here is what I have been busy working on the last two months. I am sure some of you have guessed already, but here is a video introducing KARR! This is my tribute to the Knight Automated Roving Robot. We kept KITT in the dark about this whole side project until the filming of this video. You can hear him having a fit over my Comlink...I do not think he is impressed. He'll get over it.
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