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Forum: maintenance & nonperformance Yesterday, 04:31 PM
Replies: 16
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Posted By JohnMc
At this point it might be worth mentioning what...

At this point it might be worth mentioning what car you have. Year, make, model.
Forum: performance & modifications Yesterday, 03:09 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 834
Posted By JohnMc
LS swaps aren't off topic, because they're...

LS swaps aren't off topic, because they're mentioned specifically in the OP.

Just be honest with what you're trying to accomplish. Redblocks are great motors, and they respond well to modest...
Forum: performance & modifications Yesterday, 11:10 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 274
Posted By JohnMc
Even if there was (no clue really), I don't think...

Even if there was (no clue really), I don't think it would matter. 200 HP N/A certainly isn't going to be stressing a cast crank or a forged crank, that's not what breaks on any vaguely sane engine...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance Yesterday, 10:11 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 204
Posted By JohnMc
There are no permanent magnets in an alternator -...

There are no permanent magnets in an alternator - but it generates alternating current based on magnetic fields moving past windings. The magnetic fields are produced on the alternator's rotor (a...
Forum: performance & modifications Yesterday, 09:39 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 274
Posted By JohnMc
I've *heard* that later blocks, in general, are...

I've *heard* that later blocks, in general, are slightly more prone to core shift, but I really suspect it's a case of low sample size anecdotes.

That said, my even smaller anecdotal group never...
Forum: performance & modifications Yesterday, 09:32 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 160
Posted By JohnMc
Yeah, if you're using Megasquirt you could...

Yeah, if you're using Megasquirt you could probably get just about any position to work.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance Yesterday, 07:50 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 204
Posted By JohnMc
The charge warning light is part of the exciter...

The charge warning light is part of the exciter circuit. If it's not working, the alternator has to self excite. Which works exactly like you described.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance Yesterday, 07:48 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 322
Posted By JohnMc
I was agreeing with your opinion. Most causes of...

I was agreeing with your opinion. Most causes of actual low pressure will be more dependent on low revs and/or high temp.
Forum: performance & modifications Yesterday, 07:20 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 160
Posted By JohnMc
Find TDC #1 (or #4) via the timing marks on the...

Find TDC #1 (or #4) via the timing marks on the front pulley. Bear in mind that a very old pulley may have had the outer shell with the marks slip. If you have doubts, you could carefully check wit...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance Yesterday, 07:00 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 322
Posted By JohnMc
If the flickering doesn't get worse when the...

If the flickering doesn't get worse when the engine is warm and/or the revs are lower, it's more likely than not to be the wiring.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 10-19-2018, 09:40 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 325
Posted By JohnMc
He unhooked the WG line and still didn't get more...

He unhooked the WG line and still didn't get more boost. Boost control wouldn't work in that situation, all it can do is (at the extreme) simulate an unhooked WG line.

The actuator just needs to...
Forum: projects & restorations 10-18-2018, 04:01 PM
Replies: 615
Views: 143,824
Posted By JohnMc
Heh, I just eyeballed mine, and it's been close...

Heh, I just eyeballed mine, and it's been close enough.
Forum: projects & restorations 10-18-2018, 03:37 PM
Replies: 615
Views: 143,824
Posted By JohnMc
On old cars like this, if the steering wheel was...

On old cars like this, if the steering wheel was off center, you take the horn button off, undo the big bolt, yank it off, and then put it back on straight. It's got pretty fine splining.
Forum: projects & restorations 10-18-2018, 03:10 PM
Replies: 615
Views: 143,824
Posted By JohnMc
The alignment process on teh PV's weird...

The alignment process on teh PV's weird suspension is... interesting. Threaded metal offset bushings on threaded bolts. You loosen a pinch bolt, that allows the bushing ro rotate. As it turns, the...
Forum: performance & modifications 10-18-2018, 01:34 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 973
Posted By JohnMc
Flat chunk of metal, drill two holes, place it...

Flat chunk of metal, drill two holes, place it across the crank snout, use bolts through the holes into the two threaded holes on the crank gear. If it has them. If not... yeah, good luck with that.
Forum: performance & modifications 10-18-2018, 01:17 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 973
Posted By JohnMc
Probably just banged against the side of the...

Probably just banged against the side of the bearings. It's not an LS motor, you can go ahead and look at the cam bearings.

Just bear in mind that installing them can't really be done with the...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 10-18-2018, 11:32 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 325
Posted By JohnMc
Yeah... be careful with that or you'll get to see...

Yeah... be careful with that or you'll get to see your connecting rods. :lol:
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 10-17-2018, 04:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 325
Posted By JohnMc
Waaaay back when I was using a 16T on mine, I was...

Waaaay back when I was using a 16T on mine, I was running it considerably higher than stock boost, and it helped to add an external spring on the WG actuator. There's a fair amount of force trying...
Forum: performance & modifications 10-17-2018, 12:26 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 973
Posted By JohnMc
No block mounted fuel pump, I should say. I...

No block mounted fuel pump, I should say. I stuck an eBay Holley carb fuel pump back near the tank. The DCOE's seemed to act strangely with the block mounted pump, even after I stuck an FPR on it.
Forum: performance & modifications 10-17-2018, 12:19 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 973
Posted By JohnMc
It's 'odd' that the cam won't just slide out with...

It's 'odd' that the cam won't just slide out with everything else out of the way. I don't think there's a way for any oil crud to build up on a surface that needs to slide out through a bearing.
...
Forum: aftermarket engine management 10-17-2018, 09:24 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,075
Posted By JohnMc
***danger to wallet***

***danger to wallet***
Forum: aftermarket engine management 10-17-2018, 09:13 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,075
Posted By JohnMc
You''re sort of getting close to the price of the...

You''re sort of getting close to the price of the DSM CAS adapter - and then just snag the sensor at a junkyard for $10.

https://yoshifab.com/store/billet-redblock-dsm-cas-adapter.html

That is...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 10-16-2018, 04:55 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 319
Posted By JohnMc
They're trying to stop you from locking your keys...

They're trying to stop you from locking your keys in the car.
Forum: showroom 10-16-2018, 10:15 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,569
Posted By JohnMc
Dana probably needed some marks on the side of...

Dana probably needed some marks on the side of the bottle he (almost completely) downed the first night.
Forum: performance & modifications 10-15-2018, 07:42 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 887
Posted By JohnMc
/\ /\ /\ That's what I'm using. Fair warning -...

/\ /\ /\ That's what I'm using. Fair warning - he said he had a thunderstorm at his shop that fried his mill, but when I bought mine it was a solid 3 1/2 months until he shipped it. Then he forgot...
Forum: performance & modifications 10-15-2018, 02:57 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 973
Posted By JohnMc
It can be a real PITA to get that gear back in. ...

It can be a real PITA to get that gear back in. The bottom portion has to mesh with the oil pump slot as it rotates and drops along the angled gear teeth on the cam. You'll probably have to turn...
Forum: aftermarket engine management 10-15-2018, 12:47 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,075
Posted By JohnMc
Tuner Studio was a big improvement over Mega...

Tuner Studio was a big improvement over Mega Tune, at least. That was a mess of stuff hidden in random submenus.

Plus, Tuner Studio autotune actually works. Unlike Mega Tune's 'let's burn random...
Forum: performance & modifications 10-15-2018, 10:04 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 973
Posted By JohnMc
Also, FWIW, I wouldn't really worry about priming...

Also, FWIW, I wouldn't really worry about priming the oil pump on a cam swap. It's really no different than any other cold start. Just make sure you have the cam bearings all slicked up with...
Forum: performance & modifications 10-15-2018, 10:02 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 973
Posted By JohnMc
I accidentally knocked that plug out once,...

I accidentally knocked that plug out once, replacing the cam on my old '71 1800E. As the puller popped the cam gear loose (I may have been... tapping on it with a hammer... not advised...), the cam...
Forum: aftermarket engine management 10-15-2018, 09:46 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,075
Posted By JohnMc
V2.2, V3.0, and V3.57 all refer to just the main...

V2.2, V3.0, and V3.57 all refer to just the main printed circuit boards. V2.2 was the earlier board, V3.0 was a revamp of it, and V3.57 is the SMD version suitable for mass production by robots...
Forum: performance & modifications 10-15-2018, 09:04 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 887
Posted By JohnMc
Brand new ones really aren't all that bad:...

Brand new ones really aren't all that bad: https://www.z1motorsports.com/manual-transmission/nissan/new-oem-cd009-6m-transmission-p-3342.html
Less than a worn out T56.
Forum: performance & modifications 10-15-2018, 08:37 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 887
Posted By JohnMc
Looks like it's going behind an LS? I've got the...

Looks like it's going behind an LS? I've got the same thing going on with my 240.

What motor mounts/oil pan are you using? The trans position you have there looks pretty close to mine. I'm...
Forum: projects & restorations 10-10-2018, 05:37 PM
Replies: 138
Views: 30,742
Posted By JohnMc
Yes. Probably not the greatest swap to do these...

Yes. Probably not the greatest swap to do these days, as Amazon rotors and calipers are getting harder to find, and pricey when you find them. Plus, they're not vented, if you drive really hard you...
Forum: performance & modifications 10-09-2018, 04:39 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,288
Posted By JohnMc
Stock stuff is easy to find about anywhere. If...

Stock stuff is easy to find about anywhere. If you're on a road trip in the middle of nowhere and your engine tosses a belt, how hard do you want to make it to get a new one? Stock stuff is going...
Forum: performance & modifications 10-09-2018, 02:49 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,288
Posted By JohnMc
Isn't there some belt you could use that would...

Isn't there some belt you could use that would work without any idlers? Just go between the crank, WP, and alternator. You'd have to find one that is 'reverse' spin, and has a ribbed pulley on it,...
Forum: performance & modifications 10-08-2018, 02:41 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,288
Posted By JohnMc
And not fail as in drip drip drip that's gonna...

And not fail as in drip drip drip that's gonna cause a problem sooner o later. Fail as in it almost immediately overheats.

The 2010 Camaro WP looks a lot like the Corvette stuff I got. A flat...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 10-05-2018, 04:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 389
Posted By JohnMc
And on second reading, I'm not entirely sure what...

And on second reading, I'm not entirely sure what you're asking.

The intermediate shaft comes out of the front of the block, after the:
- distributor (if block mounted style) is removed
- oil...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 10-05-2018, 04:08 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 389
Posted By JohnMc
It's a little shaft solidly attached to a gear: ...

It's a little shaft solidly attached to a gear:
https://www.picclickimg.com/d/l400/pict/263964998755_/Volvo-Penta-23-L-AQ125-Aq131-AQ-151.jpg

It sits under the oil breather box, and slides down...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 10-04-2018, 11:37 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 857
Posted By JohnMc
Growing up we had a WORN out old farm truck (51...

Growing up we had a WORN out old farm truck (51 Ford 3/4 ton). Very loose steering. We just tended to let some air out of one of the front tires so it would pull to one side, keeping all the slack...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 10-04-2018, 11:18 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 857
Posted By JohnMc
Have someone wiggle the steering wheel while you...

Have someone wiggle the steering wheel while you look underneath. See what's moving and what isn't.

You *should* be able to adjust a half decent steering box to have very little slack in the...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 10-03-2018, 01:43 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 626
Posted By JohnMc
There's thread here that I was reading. If you...

There's thread here that I was reading. If you look at a wiring diagram, it's switched 12V, the warning bulb, and then the alternator. There's absolutely nothing wrong with grounding it, all it...
Forum: performance & modifications 10-03-2018, 01:31 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,595
Posted By JohnMc
A modest/small hole in the thermostat probably...

A modest/small hole in the thermostat probably works about as well. The thermostat is just stuck out in the waterpump, not in close contact with the head or block. If it's not moving coolant *at...
Forum: performance & modifications 10-03-2018, 10:41 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,595
Posted By JohnMc
I certainly have no direct experience with it...

I certainly have no direct experience with it (yet), but I've just read that the LS needs coolant flow through the heater piping. Because otherwise, hot coolant might not get to the thermostat (or...
Forum: performance & modifications 10-03-2018, 09:38 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,062
Posted By JohnMc
I sent him another email. On Aug 23 he said he'd...

I sent him another email. On Aug 23 he said he'd get that out to me, but no real specifics. I should have been bugging him more frequently, I guess.
Forum: performance & modifications 10-03-2018, 09:24 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,062
Posted By JohnMc
Absolutely worth noting. It was a solid 3 1/2...

Absolutely worth noting. It was a solid 3 1/2 months from order to delivery. Actually, that reminds me, he still hasn't sent the offset shifter.
Forum: performance & modifications 10-03-2018, 09:04 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,062
Posted By JohnMc
I've got pics of the install in my build thread:...

I've got pics of the install in my build thread: http://forums.tbforums.com/showthread.php?t=166061&page=52

You have to take the tail housing off and cut the shifter rod. It's not that bad...
Forum: performance & modifications 10-02-2018, 09:32 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,062
Posted By JohnMc
This is what I'm doing for my 240 swap: ...

This is what I'm doing for my 240 swap:

http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n535/johnmc5/IMG_20180824_144339_zpsihhj1rs1.jpg
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 10-02-2018, 04:07 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 626
Posted By JohnMc
Had a similar issue on my 93 240. Very low...

Had a similar issue on my 93 240. Very low voltage on the field wire from the batt warning light, which is supposed to have 12V. It would *sometimes* self-excite and charge, sometimes not.

If...
Forum: performance & modifications 10-01-2018, 02:55 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,062
Posted By JohnMc
I did indeed. Bad fingers!

I did indeed. Bad fingers!
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 10-01-2018, 02:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 366
Posted By JohnMc
How did the spacer wear a groove in the cam gear?...

How did the spacer wear a groove in the cam gear? Those two things are not supposed to move relative to each other - the spacer is firmly clamped in between the gear and the cam snout. Was the gear...
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