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Forum: performance & modifications 08-04-2016, 06:48 PM
Replies: 15
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Posted By rkcarguy
I'm pretty aware of what the 1st gen RX-7 was...

I'm pretty aware of what the 1st gen RX-7 was lol, but have to admit running in a 53 car group at the time at SIR(now pacific raceways) was a blast nonetheless and I had only about $3000 into my car...
Forum: performance & modifications 07-14-2016, 03:54 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,410
Posted By rkcarguy
I really like the look of the later FWD/AWD...

I really like the look of the later FWD/AWD wagons and there are more out there cheaper with dead motors/trans, but I've heard because they are based on a FWD platform that it's extensive tunnel mods...
Forum: performance & modifications 07-14-2016, 03:19 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,410
Posted By rkcarguy
Googling 740 rear suspension I found some nice...

Googling 740 rear suspension I found some nice pictures. There is all kinds of room under there from what I see. I bet a whole sub-frame could be mounted in there with only the panhard(?) rod mounts...
Forum: performance & modifications 07-14-2016, 03:07 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,410
Posted By rkcarguy
Thanks for the info. There is so much out there...

Thanks for the info. There is so much out there I've searched a lot and gone through a lot of threads but so much of the weight info just says 3000-3300 for all the models.
The IRS swap isn't that...
Forum: performance & modifications 07-14-2016, 01:24 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,410
Posted By rkcarguy
Brick choices for LS swap

Hey guys, I'm looking to do an LS swap into a Volvo Wagon, and am looking for some insight on car selection regarding weight and ease of swap as far as any cutting/welding, tunnel enlargement, and so...
Forum: performance & modifications 04-10-2013, 12:45 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 6,033
Posted By rkcarguy
I have tested ALOT of engines, I used to import...

I have tested ALOT of engines, I used to import them.
Some engines need the throttle opened some do not. More often than not the idle circuit will pass enough air to not have to mess with it, but...
Forum: performance & modifications 04-09-2013, 12:15 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 6,033
Posted By rkcarguy
I agree, but have typically found 5 cycles to be...

I agree, but have typically found 5 cycles to be good, above 10 and you have a problem and you won't see 100+ psi on the first cycle.
It's not fresh, but it's not dead..that's what I wanted to...
Forum: performance & modifications 04-08-2013, 11:38 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 6,033
Posted By rkcarguy
Oil was fresh before winterizing, don't want the...

Oil was fresh before winterizing, don't want the acids in old oil to sit thru winter in the motor.
Not losing any coolant either, haven't had to add anything.
Forum: performance & modifications 04-08-2013, 09:22 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 6,033
Posted By rkcarguy
Compression results are inconclusive: #1=150...

Compression results are inconclusive:

#1=150
#2=148
#3=152
#4=155
Not too bad actually a 1980 motor with ~1500 hours on it.
Spark plugs are the same ones that came with the boat, beautiful...
Forum: performance & modifications 04-08-2013, 07:59 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 6,033
Posted By rkcarguy
Been there, only turbo or high compression...

Been there, only turbo or high compression options available. I want to maintain the current compression ratio they are slightly dished pistons.
Forum: performance & modifications 04-08-2013, 07:19 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 6,033
Posted By rkcarguy
Updating my old thread once again. I ran the...

Updating my old thread once again.
I ran the AQ120b as is for the whole season, passing 1500 hours on it, did well and had no issues until I sucked up a F'n plastic bag into my raw water circuit...
Forum: performance & modifications 01-05-2012, 06:15 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 6,033
Posted By rkcarguy
Updating my OLD post with a new situation and new...

Updating my OLD post with a new situation and new questions.
I ended up selling my 19' boat and now have a 23' cabin cruiser that came with a AQ120B in good working order.This is the large rod...
Forum: performance & modifications 03-18-2011, 02:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 640
Posted By rkcarguy
Awesome thanks!

Awesome thanks!
Forum: performance & modifications 03-18-2011, 02:09 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 640
Posted By rkcarguy
160* t-stat for B230..where to find it?

I'm getting my exchanger(boat cooling system) today and want to change my t-stat out. Being carbed and under heavy load all the time in the boat, I notice that the engine performs the best around...
Forum: performance & modifications 03-16-2011, 04:26 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,081
Posted By rkcarguy
You don't state your "tune" or lack...

You don't state your "tune" or lack there-of....seen alot of people neglect the electronics end of getting more fuel to the motor with mods and keep blowing **** up.
E-85 is higher octane but is...
Forum: performance & modifications 03-16-2011, 04:21 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,655
Posted By rkcarguy
Roadkill blender!:oogle: Can you extend a...

Roadkill blender!:oogle:

Can you extend a piece of aluminum back from the bumper to cover it up? Or does it actually extend below the outline of the entire car?
Forum: performance & modifications 03-16-2011, 04:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,361
Posted By rkcarguy
That was my thread. I guess the small dia springs...

That was my thread. I guess the small dia springs aren't made anymore, so if you got oem volvo springs you got the medium or large dia springs. Either would be ok with the V-cam. The large...
Forum: performance & modifications 03-15-2011, 01:12 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 5,869
Posted By rkcarguy
Yep, there is a "hiss" noise along with minimal...

Yep, there is a "hiss" noise along with minimal spatter that tells you you're in the "zone".
Forum: performance & modifications 03-15-2011, 01:07 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,081
Posted By rkcarguy
I learned that lesson too, didn't blow anything...

I learned that lesson too, didn't blow anything up but tuned on the best premium unleaded and then was stuck with it. I'd get a tankfull of cheap mid grade for tuning and then step up to premium...
Forum: performance & modifications 03-15-2011, 01:00 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 5,869
Posted By rkcarguy
I'll post some pics the next time the shop does...

I'll post some pics the next time the shop does some stainless with flux core(i.e. dual shield) And no it doesn't work well in wind at all, I've had to grind out and start over because some butthead...
Forum: performance & modifications 03-14-2011, 07:47 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 10,011
Posted By rkcarguy
I agree, a large turbo is a PITA when the results...

I agree, a large turbo is a PITA when the results are similar to a 2-stroke 125cc dirtbike in power delivery. Super 60 T3 FTW.
Forum: showroom 03-14-2011, 07:43 PM
Replies: 184
Views: 25,982
Posted By rkcarguy
Nathan, is there room on the head flange to weld...

Nathan, is there room on the head flange to weld a larger pipe over the outside of the header pipes?
Maybe a piece of 2"?

Volvo penta really screwed the pooch on their boat manifold. It's a log...
Forum: performance & modifications 03-14-2011, 07:10 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 5,869
Posted By rkcarguy
If I was to build another stainless manifold, and...

If I was to build another stainless manifold, and had access to a good mig welder, I would setup with some stainless flux core and practice a bit with it.
The 16ga isn't good for anything, don't...
Forum: performance & modifications 03-14-2011, 06:56 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,202
Posted By rkcarguy
Knox did a bunch of calc's and set me up with the...

Knox did a bunch of calc's and set me up with the proper springs. According to them, one size spring is no longer made, the other size(large I think) was just over spec with the K-cam..meaning there...
Forum: performance & modifications 03-14-2011, 06:42 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,710
Posted By rkcarguy
My buddy had his clutch/flywheel come apart on...

My buddy had his clutch/flywheel come apart on his RX-7, after looking at all the pieces and watching the video(he was roadracing), we realized that his disc was coming apart and had been making it...
Forum: performance & modifications 03-08-2011, 09:03 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,202
Posted By rkcarguy
Thanks to Knox Motorsports who did a bunch of...

Thanks to Knox Motorsports who did a bunch of research, the medium springs were the only ones suitable for the lift of the K-cam, the large diameter were just out of spec of leaving a margin of...
Forum: performance & modifications 03-01-2011, 05:20 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,420
Posted By rkcarguy
Oh..and by all means, print out a note and tape...

Oh..and by all means, print out a note and tape it to the dash or guage cluster somewhere
"save the car". It's very easy just in a 30 minute event to cook the tires, brakes, and motor if you go...
Forum: performance & modifications 03-01-2011, 05:06 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,420
Posted By rkcarguy
I'll chime in with my couple years of roadrace...

I'll chime in with my couple years of roadrace and 8+ years of auto-x experience of doing it on the cheap.
Ducts should be #1 priority, then some decent pads. I found the metal-masters to hold up...
Forum: performance & modifications 02-28-2011, 07:16 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,167
Posted By rkcarguy
Update: Finished porting and unshrouding last...

Update: Finished porting and unshrouding last night. I ended up using a 1/2" carbide bit with a ball end to do most of the work. I used a sliver of pipe as a guage to scribe around the inside and...
Forum: performance & modifications 02-25-2011, 05:28 PM
Replies: 229
Views: 300,744
Posted By rkcarguy
I used a laser temp gun to check temperature when...

I used a laser temp gun to check temperature when I tried out the new cooling system on my boat.
I was finding 148-155* at the front of the engine and ~170* at the rear. It's obvious that the back...
Forum: performance & modifications 02-16-2011, 01:36 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,270
Posted By rkcarguy
Ok that's what I was hoping for. I was alarmed...

Ok that's what I was hoping for.
I was alarmed my last time out, after a 90 minute run ~4400 rpm my oil pan was quite a bit hotter than the rest of my engine. Being I am hopping up a new head with...
Forum: performance & modifications 02-16-2011, 01:22 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,270
Posted By rkcarguy
B230FT oil cooler setup info

I was wondering if one of you all knowing TB members could provide some info regarding the factory oil cooler setup on a 1987 B230FT motor.
I'm wondering if these contain a thermostat such that the...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 02-16-2011, 12:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 589
Posted By rkcarguy
I will dremel it in and make sure the rest of the...

I will dremel it in and make sure the rest of the holes are there and the same size.

Masterblaster indeed!
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 02-15-2011, 01:50 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,131
Posted By rkcarguy
Does she have a sister? Lol!.. JK. Make sure...

Does she have a sister? Lol!.. JK.
Make sure you lube up the cylinders with some ATF or something so you don't rust them up if it's going to sit a day or two!
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 02-15-2011, 01:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 589
Posted By rkcarguy
Notch at head bolt hole?

http://forums.turbobricks.com/showthread.php?p=3621374#post3621374

If you look at the first pic in this post(sorry I can't post pics yet), there is a notch at one of the head bolt holes. My new...
Forum: performance & modifications 02-15-2011, 01:31 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,401
Posted By rkcarguy
Seems to me that un-shrouding the exhaust valve...

Seems to me that un-shrouding the exhaust valve would be the most beneficial by far, simply looking at the available flow area from the CC to the exhuast port at the manifold?
Forum: performance & modifications 02-14-2011, 03:08 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,401
Posted By rkcarguy
Nice cut away views! Rounding off that corner...

Nice cut away views!
Rounding off that corner looks like a PITA to get the grinder in there. Maybe a ball type bit is the best bet?
Forum: performance & modifications 02-11-2011, 08:44 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,167
Posted By rkcarguy
Boneyard head checked out good for cracks and...

Boneyard head checked out good for cracks and warpage.
A touch of warp at .002" but well within spec.
Old guides were punched out today as well. Picking it up tonight to start P+P and unshrouding...
Forum: aftermarket engine management 02-09-2011, 12:42 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,492
Posted By rkcarguy
I'm pretty picky about my wiring and maybe thats...

I'm pretty picky about my wiring and maybe thats why I didn't have any problems. I always solder, dielectric grease, then double heat shrink my connections. I got some ball park settings from the...
Forum: aftermarket engine management 02-09-2011, 02:08 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,492
Posted By rkcarguy
Kicker motor FTW...already equipped. I'm...

Kicker motor FTW...already equipped.

I'm going to run twin carbs this year while I work on this setup. The MS will have to have it's wiring harness hard wired in, and fill the case full of epoxy....
Forum: aftermarket engine management 02-09-2011, 01:44 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,492
Posted By rkcarguy
I'm a bit concerned about how well the casting...

I'm a bit concerned about how well the casting will weld. Thin+ dirty casting isn't a good thing when doing aluminum.
Forum: aftermarket engine management 02-09-2011, 01:33 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,492
Posted By rkcarguy
Injectors into dual carb manifold B23/B230

I was looking at my spare twin carb manifold and noticing it's pretty thin as far as the casting thickness. If I go fuel only MSII on my boat engine and put an injector in each runner, how'd you do...
Forum: performance & modifications 02-09-2011, 01:06 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,202
Posted By rkcarguy
Stock springs from an 87 B230FT Head were 1.74"...

Stock springs from an 87 B230FT Head were 1.74" free length, 1.02" outside dia, and .154 wire.
They have 6 full coils, where the large dia springs from the marine head have only 5. To me this...
Forum: aftermarket engine management 02-08-2011, 06:28 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,583
Posted By rkcarguy
So those using dual carb manifolds to convert to...

So those using dual carb manifolds to convert to EFI, should place the injectors close to the head in each runner...due to the firing order and every-other back to back event?
Forum: performance & modifications 02-08-2011, 05:42 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 14,271
Posted By rkcarguy
I have a block mounted dizzy that I can adjust,...

I have a block mounted dizzy that I can adjust, right now it's at the low end of the spec for advance at 33* total(spec is 32-36). This is the most important, and the idle advance landed around 7*....
Forum: performance & modifications 02-08-2011, 05:16 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,202
Posted By rkcarguy
I noticed that by feel, the rate felt the same....

I noticed that by feel, the rate felt the same. The larger spring is alot more "open" and I believe will offer the possibility of more lift before it coil binds. I'm working with Knox to get some new...
Forum: performance & modifications 02-05-2011, 01:41 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,202
Posted By rkcarguy
Volvo vs. Volvo Penta differences confirmed

I happen to have a couple of automotive B230 530 heads and a AQ131a Volvo Penta head(also a 530)which I dissasembled tonight. I can confirm that the volvo penta head contains sodium filled exhaust...
Forum: performance & modifications 02-01-2011, 01:43 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 14,271
Posted By rkcarguy
Is it detrimental to remove the "bump" that sits...

Is it detrimental to remove the "bump" that sits near the spark plug on the 530 head?
As spec'd per the volvo penta manual, my current engine is 9.8:1 compression. I've always had to run mid-grade...
Forum: performance & modifications 02-01-2011, 01:34 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 7,253
Posted By rkcarguy
The main issue is ethanol doesn't have the fuel...

The main issue is ethanol doesn't have the fuel value of gasoline, and for those running carbs or EFI systems in-capable of proper enrichment, can lead to a lean burn, detonation, and engine damage....
Forum: performance & modifications 02-01-2011, 01:08 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,167
Posted By rkcarguy
The SCP 160 head ended up having hairline cracks...

The SCP 160 head ended up having hairline cracks between the valve seats on #1, #3, and #4. If you've followed any of my other posts the 1st head, a 530 also, was warped .014". Both of these were...
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