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Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 09-16-2019, 10:11 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 277
Posted By JohnMc
Not just the lenses, the whole unit - back to the...

Not just the lenses, the whole unit - back to the part that bolts to the radiator support.

And I think those e-codes are missing the chrome trim - making the fit look off. Even if the body...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 09-16-2019, 09:09 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 277
Posted By JohnMc
The body colored headlight trim might not fit...

The body colored headlight trim might not fit directly onto the e-codes. I'd be curious to see if it does.
Forum: events 09-13-2019, 12:10 PM
Replies: 194
Views: 32,612
Posted By JohnMc
I think he's busy that weekend.

I think he's busy that weekend.
Forum: projects & restorations 09-13-2019, 10:42 AM
Replies: 1,400
Views: 310,305
Posted By JohnMc
And impressions so far on the CD009/LS combo? ...

And impressions so far on the CD009/LS combo? Probably tainted by the 3.73 rear end. But overall gearing range aside (it's a little on the short side for a lower revving motor), it's just... too...
Forum: projects & restorations 09-13-2019, 09:33 AM
Replies: 1,400
Views: 310,305
Posted By JohnMc
I plan on hooking into the ABS system for...

I plan on hooking into the ABS system for traction control at some point, but only after I stuck the Ford 8.8 in and figured out to make that work with the ABS.
Forum: projects & restorations 09-13-2019, 08:57 AM
Replies: 1,400
Views: 310,305
Posted By JohnMc
First drive into work ended with 3 burnt plug...

First drive into work ended with 3 burnt plug wires.
Second drive ended with one burnt plug wire.
Today's drive? So far, so good.

I didn't do much, just replaced the wire that burnt yesterday...
Forum: projects & restorations 09-12-2019, 05:01 PM
Replies: 1,400
Views: 310,305
Posted By JohnMc
Even with no boosts (I left the 'fire rings' out...

Even with no boosts (I left the 'fire rings' out of the wastegates for a bit), it's pretty fun. Gobs o'torque. Silly amounts.

I stuck the rings in last night, engaged in a light bit of...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 09-12-2019, 03:05 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 968
Posted By JohnMc
Awesome! Same issue I had on my 245 - fault in...

Awesome! Same issue I had on my 245 - fault in the printed circuit on the instrument cluster.

I had to use a magnifying glass to find it.
Forum: projects & restorations 09-12-2019, 01:02 PM
Replies: 1,400
Views: 310,305
Posted By JohnMc
FWIW - this is the header I'm having trouble...

FWIW - this is the header I'm having trouble with:
https://www.cxracing.com/image/cache/catalog/product/manifold/MF-KIT-LS-MSTG7993-ONLY/04-650x650.jpg

The two rear (to the left) plugs aren't so...
Forum: projects & restorations 09-12-2019, 11:28 AM
Replies: 1,400
Views: 310,305
Posted By JohnMc
I guess socks/wrap/insulation in general only...

I guess socks/wrap/insulation in general only helps if there is something carrying heat away inside the insulation. Otherwise, it just slows down how quickly whatever is inside heats up, but it's...
Forum: projects & restorations 09-12-2019, 09:36 AM
Replies: 1,400
Views: 310,305
Posted By JohnMc
If I can get this 'catching fire' thing worked...

If I can get this 'catching fire' thing worked out. Heh.
Forum: projects & restorations 09-12-2019, 08:39 AM
Replies: 1,400
Views: 310,305
Posted By JohnMc
Drove it to work this morning. And had another...

Drove it to work this morning. And had another small fire when I got there - very small, just one spark plug wire on fire. 2nd one back on the passenger side. The header is VERY unaccommodating to...
Forum: projects & restorations 09-10-2019, 09:06 PM
Replies: 1,400
Views: 310,305
Posted By JohnMc
It's sitting at around 180 degrees now. I'm good...

It's sitting at around 180 degrees now. I'm good with that.
Forum: projects & restorations 09-09-2019, 09:42 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 449
Posted By JohnMc
I'm not sure. Perhaps not. In which case,...

I'm not sure. Perhaps not.

In which case, upload them to some hosting site (like IMGUR?), and link them here using IMG tags.
Forum: projects & restorations 09-09-2019, 02:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 449
Posted By JohnMc
- Click 'Go Advanced' - Scroll down a little...

- Click 'Go Advanced'
- Scroll down a little bit and click 'Manage Attachments'
- Use 'choose file' from your computer
- Click 'Upload'
- Click 'Submit Reply'
Forum: projects & restorations 09-09-2019, 12:30 PM
Replies: 1,400
Views: 310,305
Posted By JohnMc
I haven't really driven it enough so far, lol. ...

I haven't really driven it enough so far, lol. It warms up and sits at around 200. Then I romped on it a few times, and it started creeping up to 205 - 210. I just thought it should keep a bit...
Forum: projects & restorations 09-09-2019, 11:08 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 7,936
Posted By JohnMc
The driveshaft shop I use says to measure from...

The driveshaft shop I use says to measure from the end of the trans hard case (i.e. ignore any seals sticking out) to the rear axle's bare flange. One measurement at ride height, and another at full...
Forum: performance & modifications 09-09-2019, 10:39 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 458
Posted By JohnMc
I wouldn't spend more than free-fitty on having...

I wouldn't spend more than free-fitty on having the fuel pump and block dist blanks ground down. There's absolutely nothing to be gained there.

If you get a crank machined down to the next...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 09-09-2019, 09:19 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 524
Posted By JohnMc
AFAIK the 140 GT cluster uses a voltage...

AFAIK the 140 GT cluster uses a voltage 'stabilizer' as well.
Forum: projects & restorations 09-09-2019, 09:12 AM
Replies: 1,400
Views: 310,305
Posted By JohnMc
And there was no issue with the thermostat...

And there was no issue with the thermostat length. Not sure if that's jsut another case where the LH8 is a weird mix of Gen3 and Gen4 components (a good mix, FWIW) but the 2005 Corvette water pump...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 09-06-2019, 02:39 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,067
Posted By JohnMc
This automotive abortion has a couple of Volvo...

This automotive abortion has a couple of Volvo parts on it: https://springfield.craigslist.org/cto/d/macomb-unique-mid-engine-turbo-car/6953377273.html
Forum: projects & restorations 09-06-2019, 10:27 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 557
Posted By JohnMc
:thumbs up: The original heater valve on my...

:thumbs up:

The original heater valve on my 240 stuck in the open position. Combined with the lack of A/C (removed for 16V turbo, not added back in with the LS swap either), it was... a bit...
Forum: projects & restorations 09-06-2019, 09:56 AM
Replies: 1,400
Views: 310,305
Posted By JohnMc
Yeah, I used a surge/drain tank and a scavenge...

Yeah, I used a surge/drain tank and a scavenge pump. The way the turbo sits is fairly low, and there's crossover pipes and wastegates between it and the block, I dunno, I just sort of punted on...
Forum: projects & restorations 09-06-2019, 08:56 AM
Replies: 1,400
Views: 310,305
Posted By JohnMc
And I was using a cheap as hell eBay special oil...

And I was using a cheap as hell eBay special oil scavenge pump. Which made horrible noises. And leaked oil. And generally made me nervous about it failing under sustained use (which would be bad)....
Forum: projects & restorations 09-05-2019, 02:53 PM
Replies: 1,400
Views: 310,305
Posted By JohnMc
I messaged him on FB and got a quick reply. And...

I messaged him on FB and got a quick reply. And an offer to replace it for free. I wonder if other people had issues with them. At least this time around I'll know to be *careful* when tightening...
Forum: projects & restorations 09-05-2019, 09:56 AM
Replies: 1,400
Views: 310,305
Posted By JohnMc
Also - I apparently cracked the pivot ball in my...

Also - I apparently cracked the pivot ball in my CBF shifter. There's a plastic ball that slides up on the shifter and engages a pin on the shifter itself, and then that slides into a couple of pins...
Forum: projects & restorations 09-05-2019, 09:48 AM
Replies: 1,400
Views: 310,305
Posted By JohnMc
That crappy dipstick did a little more damage...

That crappy dipstick did a little more damage than I first thought. I spent yesterday evening taking things off the passenger side of the engine. Some of the smoke I saw was apparently some burning...
Forum: projects & restorations 09-04-2019, 09:41 PM
Replies: 1,400
Views: 310,305
Posted By JohnMc
Yeah, I'm just waiting a while to pick out a...

Yeah, I'm just waiting a while to pick out a ratio for the Ford 8.8, certainly not going to change anything on the Volvo axle in the meantime.

I think GM was doing the 200 degree engine temps for...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 09-04-2019, 10:50 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 524
Posted By JohnMc
There's a voltage reducer/regulator that supplies...

There's a voltage reducer/regulator that supplies lower voltage to the gauges. When cold, it briefly supplies full 12V, so the gauges 'jump', then a thermal switch opens and it gets reduced current...
Forum: projects & restorations 09-04-2019, 08:58 AM
Replies: 1,400
Views: 310,305
Posted By JohnMc
It's still leaking some PS fluid from somewhere,...

It's still leaking some PS fluid from somewhere, need to figure that out. And I think my cute little dipstick got a bit too hot yesterday - where it snakes up through the header. I was using...
Forum: projects & restorations 09-03-2019, 11:28 AM
Replies: 1,400
Views: 310,305
Posted By JohnMc
I was in a bit of a rush and I hooked the...

I was in a bit of a rush and I hooked the wastegates up to the manifold pressure. Which isn't really correct. I need to pull the compressor housing off and drill/tap it for a couple of fittings.
Forum: projects & restorations 09-03-2019, 10:24 AM
Replies: 1,400
Views: 310,305
Posted By JohnMc
The LS certainly doesn't need revs to make power,...

The LS certainly doesn't need revs to make power, lol. *grunt* I was just sort of idling up hills this morning at 1500 rpm.

Looks about like 3000 rpm at 80 mph, +/- a few. it could probably...
Forum: projects & restorations 09-03-2019, 09:23 AM
Replies: 1,400
Views: 310,305
Posted By JohnMc
And I get to ponder what ratio to put in the Ford...

And I get to ponder what ratio to put in the Ford axle while I drive it around with the Volvo 3.73. If I google around, that's pretty close to the 3.692:1 ratio the donor cars have:
Forum: projects & restorations 09-02-2019, 10:47 PM
Replies: 1,400
Views: 310,305
Posted By JohnMc
https://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n535/johnmc5/...

https://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n535/johnmc5/IMG_20190902_164439_zpspbchxyso.jpg

https://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n535/johnmc5/IMG_20190902_164457_zpsqkoygvd5.jpg
Forum: projects & restorations 09-02-2019, 10:31 PM
Replies: 1,400
Views: 310,305
Posted By JohnMc
That is the hope. More HP, less rebuilding.

That is the hope. More HP, less rebuilding.
Forum: projects & restorations 09-02-2019, 09:29 PM
Replies: 1,400
Views: 310,305
Posted By JohnMc
Took it on a short drive, and (ahem) promptly...

Took it on a short drive, and (ahem) promptly blew off both the lower coolant hose (crappy stripped hose clamp) and the power steering line, in short order. Yeah... I guess I didn't quite look at...
Forum: projects & restorations 09-01-2019, 06:20 PM
Replies: 1,400
Views: 310,305
Posted By JohnMc
Annnnnd yeah, don't buy eBay starters. Wasted a...

Annnnnd yeah, don't buy eBay starters. Wasted a whole day messing with a bad starter, thinking it was something else. Put a non-crap starter in and it cranks normally, fires right up when the...
Forum: projects & restorations 09-01-2019, 03:56 PM
Replies: 1,400
Views: 310,305
Posted By JohnMc
And today? Nothing but hassle and grief with the...

And today? Nothing but hassle and grief with the starter. I got some cheap crapola eBay starter. It's a short truck version, because of the way I have the engine mounts a regular length one won't...
Forum: projects & restorations 08-31-2019, 07:32 PM
Replies: 1,400
Views: 310,305
Posted By JohnMc
Finished up the wiring in the passenger footwell....

Finished up the wiring in the passenger footwell. Fluids in, 2-year-old E85 in the tank. I had just finished up the last wire (which was the starter wire) and decided to reach over and see if it...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 08-30-2019, 11:23 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 300
Posted By JohnMc
You're probably better of measuring them instead...

You're probably better of measuring them instead of relying on what they're 'supposed' to be.

Not much experience with swapping u-joints on a 240 (since I went from whatever it had stock to a...
Forum: performance & modifications 08-30-2019, 10:11 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 623
Posted By JohnMc
I honestly don't know. The PV dropped...

I honestly don't know. The PV dropped compression right after I pulled the wagon apart, and I'm not organized enough to have two cars apart at the same time. So it's just been sitting, and I'm not...
Forum: performance & modifications 08-30-2019, 09:57 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 623
Posted By JohnMc
Misalignment of the casting 'blanks' that create...

Misalignment of the casting 'blanks' that create the water jacket spaces inside the block. In original bore sizes, they are designed to have plenty of metal on all sides, to minimize the chance that...
Forum: performance & modifications 08-30-2019, 09:50 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,313
Posted By JohnMc
I've had some issues with Cometics, but not...

I've had some issues with Cometics, but not misaligned holes. Mostly I'd get compression leaks after 5 - 10K hard miles.

(edit: on 16V heads, two of them, and different blocks)
Forum: website & board 08-30-2019, 08:31 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,206
Posted By JohnMc
I think the main culprit is the 'quick reply'...

I think the main culprit is the 'quick reply' feature, it llllaaagggssss, then double posts. One extra click, but I never see the 'advanced' reply double posting.

I'm doing this via quick reply,...
Forum: performance & modifications 08-30-2019, 08:28 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 623
Posted By JohnMc
Maybe have a machine shop use a sonic tester on...

Maybe have a machine shop use a sonic tester on it and see if there's any core shift making it particularly thin in spots?
Forum: performance & modifications 08-29-2019, 08:52 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 623
Posted By JohnMc
In OEM configuration - the B20 pistons are crank...

In OEM configuration - the B20 pistons are crank steered (AFAIK), and the wristpin freely floats on both the piston and small rod end (held in place by the clips). With the pin pressed into the rod...
Forum: performance & modifications 08-29-2019, 01:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 623
Posted By JohnMc
6-bolt rods will handily accept 24mm B21...

6-bolt rods will handily accept 24mm B21 wristpins - just remove the bronze bushing, and take a *tiny* bit of metal out, and install the pins in an interference fit. And pitch the circlips.

I had...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 08-28-2019, 11:47 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 479
Posted By JohnMc
Is the VIN visible along the bottom of the...

Is the VIN visible along the bottom of the windshield, driver's side?
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 08-28-2019, 10:03 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 968
Posted By JohnMc
Granted, it's a 1995 green manual, not 1997, but...

Granted, it's a 1995 green manual, not 1997, but I don't think they changed much. And it matches what the 240 does, so it's not something that they were getting too creative with in general.

I...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 08-27-2019, 04:48 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 968
Posted By JohnMc
Weird that the alternator light is working. ...

Weird that the alternator light is working. Usually, the exciter circuit is switched 12V+ - to the alt warning light, through it, and then on to the D+ terminal. And that's enough current to fire...
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