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Old 01-21-2020, 06:09 PM
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I'm really glad you fixed the fender flare to center the wheel. That was going to bother me forever. Nice work.

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the hardest part of the job was getting over that I paid $2000 for that crap....
yeah those are the moments we can quickly push behind us
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Old 01-22-2020, 05:35 AM
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I still don't have a solution for the sway bar - it is too close to the coil over (stock had a transverse spring)....edited


but I started reassembly of the under so that I can get the bracing done

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Old 01-22-2020, 05:41 AM
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so I spent some time on the motor.... glad I did because I need to call the rocker manufacturer and find out what they were thinking

first front cover install (and oil pan)

and water pump


lifter install


then onto figuring out push rod length


the issue with the rockers - there's a cast piece that holds the stock rockers in place - that has a radius to match the rocker. The new rockers come tied together and have spacers - ostensibly to replace that part - but that puts the rockers way too low.... so I dunno, time to phone and find out what to do.
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Old 01-23-2020, 04:47 AM
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and maybe the most important thing.... I have a Microsquirt that I was going to use on the FJ40.... zero new dollars and zero new cents is very attractive
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- and as he mentioned in the video - the transmission could be the issue. I can buy a GM pre-wired harness from 150tunes for $550 - and that is already wired to run the 4L80e.... that said, this motor is temporary to the car (whatever that means) and my goal is a no-limits 3800 V6 - which leads to transmission concerns..... and I have the 200r4....

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I still don't have a solution for the sway bar - it is too close to the coil over (stock had a transverse spring)....edited


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FWIW, years ago I adapted a tubular sway bar from a Firebird to fit my narrowed C4 suspension. I cut, modified, and rewelded the ends of the arms to get a better positioning above the LCAs. The welding was on the arms, away from the torsion section of the bar.
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Old 01-24-2020, 05:17 AM
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Another "I can't leave it like this"....edited

mind you, I could have sculpted that into perfect shape but it would always bug me there's a 1/2" of vette adhesive under the paint....
so I'll epoxy some fiberglass into place.... and continue to say bad words about the supplier as this side was made 1" shorter then the other


I think, though, this is pandemic - this is how well the hood fits (different supplier) - I will say, though, I got a substantial discount because there's a flaw on the corner (not bad, but a flaw)...... but why can't this braced piece match the fender?



that's the other major fix then there's nothing left but the hand sanding
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Old 01-25-2020, 01:10 AM
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oops.... I thought I'd pushed the lifters down, I didn't... they work fine and I've ordered the upgraded pushrods

I'm not sure the gasket is going to work better then the o-rings.... fight for another day, though
you can see the valve covers don't clear - ordered new valve covers (which were actually cheaper then a 1/2" spacer)





in other news, I'm going to use the microsquirt to control the 4L80e - when I looked for a wagon before, I was thinking of putting the 430 TT motor in it; I may do that to break in the 430 motor - bonus is it would literally be plug and play since the wiring and sensors will be the same - I just have to think about wire length when I wire up the motor.edited The benefit, to catch people up, is it makes the motor or trans different units - to the point I may use two sensors (the trans controller needs water temp, rpm and tps)edited - if I use MS on all the various motors, it's a can bus connection; however, I may avoid that so I can keep the flexibility
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Old 01-27-2020, 05:30 AM
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the most important tools to work with electronics


what grease looks like when it's no longer good.... not shiney


as you can clearly see in this picture, the head bolts have been torqued to 25/50/75 for the big bolts and 25 for the small bolts


more picture taking goodness, what you see here is a head bolt with 4 slots cut into it so it can be used as a ream.... ARP wants $53 for a ream, yeah, no

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time to pull injectors and get bathed in gas....



pulled, this is the moment I realize I don't have new seals
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Old 01-27-2020, 05:35 AM
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Time for all those little jobs that need doing
lower ball joints

installed... well, one side then dinner


Paint PS pump brackets


I've done the paint without removing the sidepipes.... not again






the next few episodes will be more of the same.... finish inner wheel wells, create an inner boot floor, stuff I hate doing but now keeping me from finishing
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Old 01-29-2020, 05:06 AM
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I worked on this, first the bad news.... wrong bracket for the PS pump... and worst of all my GAS ratio was so low that I applied one WFI and went onto things involving hammers - I beat the lower ball joints in (which was satisfying)

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