Pulse #167

Adam Wilkins owns Pulse #167 today and here is a video he made.

Former owner, Dave Bauer at the 2017 National Pulse Rally


Year....... 1986
Current Owner: Adam Wilkins of Easton, Maryland
Original Owner..........Jeff Adams, Isle of Palms, SC......Dave & Angie Bauer, Virginia Beach, VA
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VIN 17JTW14M7GM000167

Pulse #167 was owned by Strawberries Steak and Seafood Restaurant

Dave Bauer was the second owner and purchased it from a dealer who bought it from the original owner in Charleston, SC in 1992. It has an interesting story. It was built with a VF500C engine from a 1984 Honda V30 Magna.

In the spring of 2001, Dave performed extensive mods to the engine including replacing the 500cc engine with a 1000cc engine from a 1978 GoldWing. He also utilized cooling radiators (2) from a 2001 GoldWing.

In December of 1992 at a shop owned by Mike and Doug Dewart of in Columbus, Ohio. Dave has included the rest of the photos just so the other owners can see the work that went into painting one of these beasts. Takes a lot of work to do it right. The bottom side of my Pulse looks just as good as the top side because we suspended it from the overhead to do the bodywork, sanding and painting on it.

Dave stalled the vehicle while making a left turn on the Ohio State University campus in Sept. 1992 and was hit by a thoroughly amazed young college coed. I still think she didn't know what she was looking at, so she felt she needed to hit me. Minor fiberglass damage was repaired at a private shop on the west side of Columbus.

Dave reported that he had caused at least 6 accidents (gawkers and head turns) and been pulled over by the police a total of 18 times. No tickets, they just wanted to see what I was driving. Boy, did he have fun with them......

Dave said, the history of my Pulse is interesting. It involves a wife, girlfriend, a video store, a divorce, and a $50,000 lien.

Below, the Certificate of Origin from Owosso Motor Car Co.

Dave Bauer modified his Pulse for better cabin heat by better water management.

In the original Honda-powered Pulse configuration, OMCC simply installed a tee in the thermostat outlet and radiator return lines and ran that water to the front heater core. This resulted in a parallel cooling that neither cooled the engine nor heated the cockpit well. His solution was to run twin radiators for additional cooling AND design a heater supply that took hot water from the upstream side of the thermostat instead of downstream. This traditional automotive design gave hot water to the heater as soon as the engine starts to warm up, instead of later after the thermostat opens. As a bonus, unlike the original configuration, the system purges air quickly after a coolant flush.

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