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Forum: performance & modifications 09-26-2018, 05:48 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,595
Posted By vertigosity
Stock 92+ 940NA here as well. Used a thin Spal...

Stock 92+ 940NA here as well. Used a thin Spal fan hacked into the stock radiator shroud, to achieve clearance from the intake elbow and truck-depth accessories. Cools sufficiently for...
Forum: showroom 09-26-2018, 05:23 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,618
Posted By vertigosity
Yup. We have the same problem in Memphis - nobody...

Yup. We have the same problem in Memphis - nobody wants to risk their pavement or the liability of us running on it (never mind the insurance, you can't get them to listen long enough to mention it)....
Forum: showroom 09-25-2018, 11:18 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,618
Posted By vertigosity
Man, that is a fun looking course, but no SCCA...

Man, that is a fun looking course, but no SCCA safety steward would touch that site... one eff-up, and your rear suspension is in the curb, and your roof is on the ground next to it.
Forum: showroom 09-12-2018, 09:12 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,618
Posted By vertigosity
I don't have a whole lot of videos of mine, but...

I don't have a whole lot of videos of mine, but there's a couple of random times where somebody slapped their GoPro on my '80:

Doing a fun run after an event (back when it was a fairly stock...
Forum: performance & modifications 09-05-2018, 10:06 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,476
Posted By vertigosity
What are JRZs like vs. Koni Races? I've got...

What are JRZs like vs. Koni Races?

I've got Koni Races on my 5.3-swapped '93, and haven't managed to get them dialed in to where I'm as happy with them as I was with the revalved Bilsteins on my...
Forum: performance & modifications 09-01-2018, 01:47 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,413
Posted By vertigosity
There's a few that do - Aries I know clear (and I...

There's a few that do - Aries I know clear (and I carry an old tire on one in my RX7-caliper-equipped '80 as its spare), Scorpius-X, Draco, and 140 steelies do not.Going off my ATS calipers, I think...
Forum: performance & modifications 09-01-2018, 12:56 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,003
Posted By vertigosity
My father used to have a Vega with an Iron Duke...

My father used to have a Vega with an Iron Duke swapped from a Monza, so I did some research on that back in the day. The H-body bellhousing is supposedly too small (I'm guessing it tapers too...
Forum: performance & modifications 08-22-2018, 10:58 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,003
Posted By vertigosity
I made mine work pretty straightforward by using...

I made mine work pretty straightforward by using the Quartermaster 721-100 CSC that Project GatTagO (of the LS1tech world) did - follow the instructions, add and subtract shims to adjust as...
Forum: projects & restorations 07-24-2018, 02:17 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 18,030
Posted By vertigosity
I finally got both computer-controlled-AC and...

I finally got both computer-controlled-AC and cruise control working. The (which really only apply to the 03-07 blue/green era) finer points:

* You can use the OE Volvo cruise switch, since it's a...
Forum: projects & restorations 06-30-2018, 11:38 AM
Replies: 299
Views: 38,702
Posted By vertigosity
A ZR1 hood cutout would probably work pretty well...

A ZR1 hood cutout would probably work pretty well with a standard coffin-hood, actually :rofl:
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 06-20-2018, 11:53 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 578
Posted By vertigosity
The fanciness level was about the same, but the...

The fanciness level was about the same, but the bell-housing part of the transmission tunnel and the dead pedal / wiring tunnel are bigger on the 160 - they end up baggy on the 140, and would...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 05-24-2018, 11:19 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,445
Posted By vertigosity
The DJ auto pieces aren't bad, but the mounting...

The DJ auto pieces aren't bad, but the mounting studs are just pressed into the (fairly soft) plastic, and as they pull out, the whole assembly misaligns - might be worth a check. I've had to JB Weld...
Forum: performance & modifications 05-08-2018, 04:54 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,604
Posted By vertigosity
I'm only counting ~40k before labor - $15k for an...

I'm only counting ~40k before labor - $15k for an LT1 connect-and-cruise, about $15k for an Art Morrison IRS subframe, the wheels are probably in the $4k range, and the JRZ shocks are $2kish from...
Forum: performance & modifications 03-27-2018, 01:16 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,385
Posted By vertigosity
The one downside to the truck manifold - it will...

The one downside to the truck manifold - it will not clear any variety of strut tower brace. That said, the bits to convert a truck engine to a car intake can add up (the intake itself, probably a...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 03-15-2018, 11:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 657
Posted By vertigosity
Tangential question for the OP: what brand of...

Tangential question for the OP: what brand of inner tie rod end did you buy that had one? I just did them on my '80, and /didn't/ get the tabbed-lock-washer-widget-thingies with my new ones.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 02-20-2018, 02:02 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,745
Posted By vertigosity
The one time I did have it happen - I was towing...

The one time I did have it happen - I was towing a gutted 145 (so no engine/transmission/interior) that had a pair of 242 doors, and (oddly enough, for the thread) a pair of Miata doors in the back....
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 02-20-2018, 12:54 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,745
Posted By vertigosity
I tow a Spec Miata on a dolly, with a B230F + VX...

I tow a Spec Miata on a dolly, with a B230F + VX cam + early high-1st M46 + 3.3 rear with a Truetrac (used to be a B230FT+4, eh, long story) powered 245, pretty regularly, within a ~50mi radius (to...
Forum: projects & restorations 01-22-2018, 01:58 AM
Replies: 1,307
Views: 216,186
Posted By vertigosity
You don't have a lot of room to work with between...

You don't have a lot of room to work with between the starter and the lower control arm mount. For reference, my NA downpipes are 2.25", and there's just more than an air gap on either side of them....
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 01-19-2018, 04:44 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 656
Posted By vertigosity
Yeah, my 1980 was a 3.9 as well. Unless it came...

Yeah, my 1980 was a 3.9 as well. Unless it came from a 260 (IDK if they used that ratio there anyways), it's almost definitely a 1030. "Strength" is about the same as any other 1030 - that is, it's...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 01-17-2018, 08:36 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 855
Posted By vertigosity
TBH, it's not just Volvo/Yamaha :lol: I've...

TBH, it's not just Volvo/Yamaha :lol:

I've had the same thought about the LS3 dipstick I used on my swap - the rivets on the back side of that stick give a good reading, but not the hash marks...
Forum: performance & modifications 01-12-2018, 11:12 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,158
Posted By vertigosity
I've gotten between 16 and 20 depending on...

I've gotten between 16 and 20 depending on conditions (weather - it's been pretty much either 100 degrees or 20; aggression level - pretty much either old man or hair on fire) in town, around 24 the...
Forum: projects & restorations 01-07-2018, 02:54 PM
Replies: 1,307
Views: 216,186
Posted By vertigosity
I wouldn't sweat it too much - at some point...

I wouldn't sweat it too much - at some point between the 350z and the 370z, they changed bellhousing patterns, and the G35/37 sits in a weird spot between those two, so unless you *really* know your...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 12-13-2017, 05:28 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 840
Posted By vertigosity
I've got a set of black suede GTS2s in my LSxed...

I've got a set of black suede GTS2s in my LSxed '93. No pictures of that specifically (you could see 'em in the background if I posted a pic of my car AXing). They really are as comfortable as their...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 12-12-2017, 02:33 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 746
Posted By vertigosity
I don't know what the idea was (probably...

I don't know what the idea was (probably something they were trialing to deflect crash energy but ended up deciding didn't make enough difference to be worth it), but my '80 had a perforation there...
Forum: projects & restorations 12-10-2017, 09:17 PM
Replies: 196
Views: 70,415
Posted By vertigosity
In theory, if you get hit hard enough, it...

In theory, if you get hit hard enough, it transfers crash energy from the big triangles to the wing thingies, and around the gas tank, keeping the car from going all Pinto-shaped.

I've seen it not...
Forum: projects & restorations 12-06-2017, 12:53 PM
Replies: 1,307
Views: 216,186
Posted By vertigosity
Yeah, going full green-field there is a pretty...

Yeah, going full green-field there is a pretty big win - I tried to keep as much truck stuff as possible to keep costs down, and it's really do nothing but bite me, and make me question myself when...
Forum: projects & restorations 12-06-2017, 01:38 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 18,030
Posted By vertigosity
Last few months of updates: Took it to...

Last few months of updates:
Took it to Blytheville and AXed it. Pretty fun. 400/250 isn't enough spring for this car, and that's way more apparent with the V8's power than it was with my budget...
Forum: projects & restorations 12-06-2017, 12:51 AM
Replies: 1,307
Views: 216,186
Posted By vertigosity
Is the LS4 oil pump one of the high flow variants...

Is the LS4 oil pump one of the high flow variants (I'm guessing it is, since that engine had DoD)? There are some horror stories where under sustained high RPMs, the higher flow pumps drain the sump...
Forum: projects & restorations 11-30-2017, 09:27 PM
Replies: 1,307
Views: 216,186
Posted By vertigosity
To tack my 2 cents on top: While doing valve...

To tack my 2 cents on top:

While doing valve springs - do rocker trunnions at the same time.

If you're doing a cam, go ahead and get a new oil pump (oil pump removal is 99% of the way to cam...
Forum: projects & restorations 11-28-2017, 10:25 PM
Replies: 1,307
Views: 216,186
Posted By vertigosity
Using the STS mounts, the Holley pan is exactly...

Using the STS mounts, the Holley pan is exactly even with the bottom of the crossmember. You want the Holley pan :nod: (otherwise, you'll still need to shorten and reweld the H3 pan, just like people...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 11-22-2017, 05:10 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 878
Posted By vertigosity
IIRC, the Bentley 240 manual tells you to use...

IIRC, the Bentley 240 manual tells you to use Type F still, and it only covers 83+.

Rotella 30w was the only 30w I could find back when I still had a '71/'74 bastard M41; worked pretty well.
...
Forum: performance & modifications 11-08-2017, 12:03 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,383
Posted By vertigosity
^ Now that I've got a 5.3 in a '93 245 I got...

^ Now that I've got a 5.3 in a '93 245 I got specifically to do the swap, I want to do something like an LFX or Ecoboost 2.x to give my '80 245 a reason to continue existing. It'll be a few years...
Forum: performance & modifications 11-04-2017, 09:40 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,383
Posted By vertigosity
More random musings, some pro, some con: In...

More random musings, some pro, some con:

In a small community like ours, the guys designing custom parts have to target the lowest common denominator or not bother at all. If you can make swap...
Forum: performance & modifications 10-29-2017, 01:50 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,383
Posted By vertigosity
Just spitballing here, but... Pros: Less...

Just spitballing here, but...

Pros:
Less weight, further back in the chassis, better MPGs, and a power curve less likely to spin tires with our tiny tires in tiny wheel wells. If you want a...
Forum: performance & modifications 10-28-2017, 07:57 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,383
Posted By vertigosity
I sorta thought about it, then sucked it up and...

I sorta thought about it, then sucked it up and did a 5.3 - the support from both the aftermarket and our community is hard to beat.

Some of the bits V8roadsters has put together for swapping an...
Forum: projects & restorations 10-24-2017, 08:20 PM
Replies: 1,307
Views: 216,186
Posted By vertigosity
Wot - s/Corvette/Camaro? All C5 and C6 'vettes...

Wot - s/Corvette/Camaro? All C5 and C6 'vettes have transaxles...

AFAIK, all the factory TR-6060 applications use remote shifters and guibos. Seems like it'd be fairly simple to make a 2pc...
Forum: projects & restorations 10-22-2017, 10:13 PM
Replies: 1,307
Views: 216,186
Posted By vertigosity
And as a guy with a functioning TKO, skip the TKO...

And as a guy with a functioning TKO, skip the TKO and get a T56 ;)

It ain't bad - and the White Lightning shifter rocks, after the first week I got the 2-3 shift down pat (it's really a lot like a...
Forum: performance & modifications 10-09-2017, 11:52 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,413
Posted By vertigosity
I had a single 3" Magnaflow on my 16VT - good...

I had a single 3" Magnaflow on my 16VT - good deep sound, not too loud around town. A bit loud on road trips, but not ear-bleedingly so, and might also have been a function of an early low-ratio...
Forum: showroom 09-24-2017, 09:22 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,121
Posted By vertigosity
I dug up an HT-204 I had spare. Some...

I dug up an HT-204 I had spare. Some observations:

The backing plates are identical, casting and part number
The covers are identical castings...
...but different part numbers, along with a...
Forum: projects & restorations 09-19-2017, 12:02 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,611
Posted By vertigosity
Yeah, they didn't have the note up when I did...

Yeah, they didn't have the note up when I did mine (~3yr and a website redesign ago). To make it doubly weird, some of their other shifters (notably, the Fox T5) /are/ adjustable after the fact.
Forum: projects & restorations 09-18-2017, 11:26 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 18,030
Posted By vertigosity
Postmortem on the carnage from the Targa...

Postmortem on the carnage from the Targa Southland:
A torque rod bolt came loose
All four transmission-to-bellhousing bolts were loose. I used SAE bolts, of essentially correct thread, that...
Forum: projects & restorations 09-18-2017, 11:08 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,611
Posted By vertigosity
Fair warning: I have an MGW shifter on my F-body...

Fair warning: I have an MGW shifter on my F-body T56 and had the same plan, ended up busting a 3/8" allen key socket and twisting another before I went googling and found it to be a common problem...
Forum: showroom 09-18-2017, 11:02 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,121
Posted By vertigosity
I wondered why neither speaker cover had a label...

I wondered why neither speaker cover had a label on it! I just figured they got worn off over time. My driver side was busted when I got the car (file under, hashtag $400 shell problems) and it's a...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 09-18-2017, 07:25 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,000
Posted By vertigosity
Last time I went looking (about 6mo ago), hinges...

Last time I went looking (about 6mo ago), hinges are NLA - both the early chrome and late blackout styles.
Forum: showroom 09-18-2017, 12:56 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,121
Posted By vertigosity
It's *real* close, but HT-204s do clear manual...

It's *real* close, but HT-204s do clear manual window cranks as long as your cranks aren't too wobbly. Might be able to add a washer to space it out a little and guarantee clearance, but it hasn't...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 09-14-2017, 01:06 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,250
Posted By vertigosity
My shop space patron's been getting angsty over...

My shop space patron's been getting angsty over having 6 Volvos in what was supposed to be his Porsche shop - got one down by getting my V8 project running, got this one unburied and ready to hack...
Forum: projects & restorations 09-12-2017, 11:41 PM
Replies: 1,307
Views: 216,186
Posted By vertigosity
I'm not sure there's much point in a CD009 on an...

I'm not sure there's much point in a CD009 on an LSX build you're actually using. First gear is 3.784 - basically only a burnout gear - and sixth gear is 0.8ish, which probably wouldn't be great for...
Forum: projects & restorations 08-24-2017, 01:29 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,531
Posted By vertigosity
Nah, Volvo hoses to the unmodified Trailblazer...

Nah, Volvo hoses to the unmodified Trailblazer pump.
Forum: projects & restorations 08-24-2017, 01:22 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,531
Posted By vertigosity
My power steering pump does the same thing -...

My power steering pump does the same thing - whines when warm. Wonder if it doesn't like the fluid we're running, I'm running D/M per OG Volvo spec, you? No leaks on mine.
Forum: projects & restorations 08-14-2017, 11:53 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 18,030
Posted By vertigosity
I'm good now, nice seats cure that disease :)

I'm good now, nice seats cure that disease :)
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