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Forum: projects & restorations 11-22-2017, 02:03 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 540
Posted By FreeEMSFred
Got in touch with the previous owner, and the one...

Got in touch with the previous owner, and the one before that, neither of them did the clutch job, which means it had been pinging for a whopping 30,000km+ :-D And probably on 91 RON gas, too! :-o
...
Forum: projects & restorations 11-16-2017, 07:03 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 540
Posted By FreeEMSFred
Ding ding ding, we have a winner. 8 bolt...

Ding ding ding, we have a winner. 8 bolt flywheel, one bolt off, 45 degrees too advanced!! No wonder it was pinging. Timing in the order of about 60 BTDC at idle, and 75 to 80 BTDC under load! Wow....
Forum: projects & restorations 11-15-2017, 07:14 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 540
Posted By FreeEMSFred
She's all back together running and driving. Good...

She's all back together running and driving. Good news :-)

But: It's like the Regina/Rex ECU is too advanced everywhere. Which shouldn't be possible with a flywheel based setup, unless the pattern...
Forum: projects & restorations 11-13-2017, 02:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 540
Posted By FreeEMSFred
They go pretty cheaply down here, if you really...

They go pretty cheaply down here, if you really wanted one you could have one, it's just shipping as a corvette or a chevelle wagon would be for me :-)

Got the belt timed last night, and did it...
Forum: showroom 11-13-2017, 06:10 AM
Replies: 3,772
Views: 2,120,729
Posted By FreeEMSFred
What is/was the top half? Looks kinda beetle...

What is/was the top half? Looks kinda beetle like, but the front window is wrong, and so is the roof shape.
Forum: projects & restorations 11-12-2017, 03:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 540
Posted By FreeEMSFred
Lots of stupid stuff needed doing while having...

Lots of stupid stuff needed doing while having the head off, but it's torqued back down now and I probably saved a pound or two from removing the rust on the bottom of the exhaust manifold :-)
...
Forum: projects & restorations 11-11-2017, 08:05 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 540
Posted By FreeEMSFred
Fred's 1989 360 5-door hatch, goin' for (low) 15s

Thread title is a humorous nod to Kenny who I'll be trying to emulate to some extent with my 740 sedan in another thread at a later date, but without the block filler and under 700whp (apparently).
...
Forum: projects & restorations 11-11-2017, 07:16 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,151
Posted By FreeEMSFred
A very rough home made valve pocket cutting tool...

A very rough home made valve pocket cutting tool presumably using a B234F head and stock guide as a bearing/alignment tool. Like what YoshiFab rents out, but Ghetto spec. Love it.
Forum: projects & restorations 11-10-2017, 06:01 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,151
Posted By FreeEMSFred
Bump for these two photos, pretty epic DIY there...

Bump for these two photos, pretty epic DIY there :-)
...
Forum: showroom 11-09-2017, 06:59 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 17,409
Posted By FreeEMSFred
How's this build going? I need to do a very...

How's this build going? I need to do a very similar thread for my two 16v builds :-) Will give you credit for inspiration and link it here when I do.
Forum: showroom 11-06-2017, 06:54 AM
Replies: 9,183
Views: 2,455,999
Posted By FreeEMSFred
I didn't know we got those down here or over...

I didn't know we got those down here or over there. Wouldn't mind one myself just for the novelty. Ozzy ozzy ozzy, ship it across the ditch :-D Kiwis:
...
Forum: projects & restorations 11-06-2017, 06:50 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 11,619
Posted By FreeEMSFred
I wonder where the people who were bagging this...

I wonder where the people who were bagging this idea at the beginning of the thread are now? :-D

Nice work. Do you know what it weighs? Has it seen a dyno yet? Injector size? Estimated hp? I'm not...
Forum: performance & modifications 11-04-2017, 03:20 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,699
Posted By FreeEMSFred
To go with this, the following program can be...

To go with this, the following program can be used to convert these to DXF files which can be viewed and if needed modded with librecad on Linux, and numerous other tools:

TeighaFileConverter:...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 11-04-2017, 12:58 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,915
Posted By FreeEMSFred
I'm late to the party, but some of the genuine...

I'm late to the party, but some of the genuine full synthetics
have very high zinc. Very high zinc is the only thing that will
keep a very high horsepower engine alive (film strength is
not...
Forum: showroom 11-03-2017, 10:43 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,595
Posted By FreeEMSFred
Mocked them up on my spare $150nz/$100us engine,...

Mocked them up on my spare $150nz/$100us engine, looking good:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DNvV6m7VAAAivSA.jpg:large
Forum: showroom 11-02-2017, 12:28 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,595
Posted By FreeEMSFred
They're sitting on my desk, and putting the fact...

They're sitting on my desk, and putting the fact that I like to call Josh my friend aside, these are a thing of beauty. Out of all the bits I got, these are by far the nicest most special items....
Forum: showroom 11-01-2017, 03:31 PM
Replies: 3,772
Views: 2,120,729
Posted By FreeEMSFred
Can you post the same pics without the photoshop...

Can you post the same pics without the photoshop blurring of background (and parts of the car), please? Nice photos.
Forum: projects & restorations 11-01-2017, 03:27 PM
Replies: 1,039
Views: 126,878
Posted By FreeEMSFred
Ahhh, that's actually a nice idea. Get some gas...

Ahhh, that's actually a nice idea. Get some gas for your welder, though, and you could do nice welds to go with it! :-D

Paint wise, not sure if this is global or not, and it's not as cheap as it...
Forum: projects & restorations 10-29-2017, 04:58 AM
Replies: 1,039
Views: 126,878
Posted By FreeEMSFred
You're using a nail as filler rod? Or as an arc...

You're using a nail as filler rod? Or as an arc welding stick without the coating? Whatever you're doing 10/10 for ghetto points on that :-D
Forum: projects & restorations 10-28-2017, 11:52 PM
Replies: 1,039
Views: 126,878
Posted By FreeEMSFred
Hooray, pics! Good man :-)

Hooray, pics! Good man :-)
Forum: projects & restorations 10-26-2017, 02:49 PM
Replies: 1,039
Views: 126,878
Posted By FreeEMSFred
Don't give up man! Your car is sweet. For every...

Don't give up man! Your car is sweet. For every person who is logged in and bothers to say they think so there's likely 100 others who think the same and don't. People deserve to see it, and you...
Forum: events 10-25-2017, 12:36 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,011
Posted By FreeEMSFred
Sweet Volvos are within reach. One of them picked...

Sweet Volvos are within reach. One of them picked me up from LAX earlier. If you're in SoCal and would like to say Hi, flick a PM my way.
Forum: events 10-23-2017, 05:59 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,011
Posted By FreeEMSFred
Sadly not. Last day on the east coast today in...

Sadly not. Last day on the east coast today in Atlanta. Joseph was supposed to pay me a visit, but it was poorly arranged by both of us. Oh well.

Should be seeing a few sweet Volvos on the other...
Forum: aftermarket engine management 10-20-2017, 12:59 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 370
Posted By FreeEMSFred
No Floridian ECU fans? :-p Will be at the...

No Floridian ECU fans? :-p

Will be at the drag strip in Gainesville tomorrow if there are.
Forum: events 10-20-2017, 12:59 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,011
Posted By FreeEMSFred
Here at Gainesville tonight and bumped into a...

Here at Gainesville tonight and bumped into a couple of guys that brought a 242 here 2 years ago :-)
Forum: aftermarket engine management 10-19-2017, 11:19 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 370
Posted By FreeEMSFred
FreeEMS & FreeEMS Fred Floundering in Florida

http://forums.turbobricks.com/showthread.php?p=5691998#post5691998

There's two FreeEMS powered Miatas down here, one pretty quick street car, and the weird race truck thingy. I'll be around...
Forum: events 10-19-2017, 03:25 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,011
Posted By FreeEMSFred
Success! I'm in Tampa tonight and tomorrow, and...

Success! I'm in Tampa tonight and tomorrow, and in Gainesville tomorrow night, Friday, Saturday, and a bit of Sunday morning.

If anyone wants to talk ECUs or meet a kiwi Volvo nut, feel free to...
Forum: projects & restorations 10-15-2017, 05:14 PM
Replies: 145
Views: 16,380
Posted By FreeEMSFred
Clamped, preheated, and welded should be fine....

Clamped, preheated, and welded should be fine. Not sure I'd go to alloy with such little opportunity for meat and disparate expansion rates on something that suffers regular extreme hot/cold cycles,...
Forum: projects & restorations 10-15-2017, 02:30 PM
Replies: 145
Views: 16,380
Posted By FreeEMSFred
Consider getting it cut out of a single thicker...

Consider getting it cut out of a single thicker piece and machined down to suit in a step-wise fashion so it's stronger.
Forum: showroom 10-08-2017, 07:32 AM
Replies: 9,183
Views: 2,455,999
Posted By FreeEMSFred
Dirty with the 940 in the back ground, then clean...

Dirty with the 940 in the back ground, then clean and alone!

Took the 244 for a spin earlier, too. Got out, looked back at it, grinned like a child (deeply and genuinely).

These 240s just make...
Forum: projects & restorations 10-07-2017, 09:06 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,245
Posted By FreeEMSFred
Define stupid cheap? This was achieved on a...

Define stupid cheap? This was achieved on a budget of around 100 bucks and a couple of hours street tuning, though typically it'd be more like 400. Local currency, that is. RB in it's natural...
Forum: projects & restorations 10-06-2017, 11:53 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,245
Posted By FreeEMSFred
All fair enough :-) What made you decide to...

All fair enough :-)

What made you decide to be unpatriotic and use the only other Kiwi ECU instead of one of the half dozen or more Ozzy ones, some of which are pretty good? :-)

Re the turbo,...
Forum: projects & restorations 09-30-2017, 09:30 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,245
Posted By FreeEMSFred
From a kiwi to an ozzy: You must immediately...

From a kiwi to an ozzy: You must immediately build an RB30DET for that :-D

I have an RB30DET build in (slow) progress in the garage, but for my Stagea... ;-)

If that's running a 'microleb' and...
Forum: projects & restorations 09-30-2017, 09:21 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 8,318
Posted By FreeEMSFred
Re previous post about carbs/EFI: Carbs + boost =...

Re previous post about carbs/EFI: Carbs + boost = fail. Sometimes spectacularly. Other times expensively.

The thing about custom EFI (at least, anything that doesn't suck too badly) is that with...
Forum: showroom 09-29-2017, 04:27 AM
Replies: 9,183
Views: 2,455,999
Posted By FreeEMSFred
Gave the whole 740 GLE (see other thread) and the...

Gave the whole 740 GLE (see other thread) and the 940 Polaris wheels a wash tonight:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DK3uRa4UIAAPbx2.jpg

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DK3uU3jVoAE_Raz.jpg
Forum: showroom 09-29-2017, 04:24 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,540
Posted By FreeEMSFred
About time I bumped this thread. Gave the old...

About time I bumped this thread. Gave the old girl a wash and wheel clean tonight and it ended up looking like this:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DK3mc65UIAAORxo.jpg
...
Forum: projects & restorations 09-17-2017, 05:39 PM
Replies: 1,031
Views: 144,451
Posted By FreeEMSFred
What surface RA are you having the head/block...

What surface RA are you having the head/block machined to before installing these things? They require a VERY flat surface to function correctly. No where near as forgiving as traditional gaskets.
Forum: projects & restorations 09-17-2017, 09:08 AM
Replies: 145
Views: 16,380
Posted By FreeEMSFred
Are you saying my 95 750i diff has Volvo 760...

Are you saying my 95 750i diff has Volvo 760 compatible flanges? If so, I might have to keep it for a rainy day :-D
Forum: projects & restorations 09-16-2017, 09:31 PM
Replies: 145
Views: 16,380
Posted By FreeEMSFred
I object! There's at least one more type :-D 70l...

I object! There's at least one more type :-D 70l live axle 940 tank - I have one, but haven't seen it out of the car. Thanks for the pic of the other two, though, I hadn't seen them before :-)
Forum: showroom 09-12-2017, 08:11 PM
Replies: 441
Views: 100,257
Posted By FreeEMSFred
Queen size bed to replace 50 year old king size...

Queen size bed to replace 50 year old king size mattress base that I was probably conceived on:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DIwufiXV4AE0Vtz.jpg





Quite a few hundred litres of diesel and...
Forum: showroom 08-21-2017, 03:26 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 327
Posted By FreeEMSFred
^^ these two completely covered it. However...

^^ these two completely covered it. However there's something missing: photos. Add some :-)
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 08-08-2017, 03:52 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 674
Posted By FreeEMSFred
Hey guys, I've got some experience doing this,...

Hey guys, I've got some experience doing this, and some advice to match. I built my own from box and plate and spring hangers:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CJJRGmhUYAozDH2.jpg:large
...
Forum: showroom 08-03-2017, 03:12 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 814
Posted By FreeEMSFred
JDM, yo! Extra 10hp right there. My 740 GLE sedan...

JDM, yo! Extra 10hp right there. My 740 GLE sedan is the same way (JDM) :-) But it's all RHD here. Super mint, nice to see that they're still out there like that :-) Any green glow in the dark, by...
Forum: showroom 08-01-2017, 04:05 PM
Replies: 1,086
Views: 735,719
Posted By FreeEMSFred
I thought someone had spent a long time peeing...

I thought someone had spent a long time peeing through the headlight bulb holes. And not consumed much water.
Forum: showroom 07-26-2017, 06:02 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,169
Posted By FreeEMSFred
"Land of the free? Whoever told you that is your...

"Land of the free? Whoever told you that is your enemy!" :-)

A while back I had my 740 sedan up on stands on the grass, 940 parts car on stands in the driveway, both exhausts laying on the ground...
Forum: showroom 07-09-2017, 05:25 PM
Replies: 9,183
Views: 2,455,999
Posted By FreeEMSFred
I hate tailgaters. ...

I hate tailgaters.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DEUdpsDUIAEcdFh?format=jpg
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 07-09-2017, 09:19 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,125
Posted By FreeEMSFred
I had a pinion bearing sieze up at 100mph. I got...

I had a pinion bearing sieze up at 100mph. I got lucky. The inertia of the engine and wheels, and grip of the tyres pulled it through and loosened it up. Could easily have locked up. Felt like...
Forum: showroom 07-05-2017, 03:19 PM
Replies: 1,542
Views: 758,578
Posted By FreeEMSFred
^ does this have a story to go with it?

^ does this have a story to go with it?
Forum: projects & restorations 07-04-2017, 03:55 AM
Replies: 850
Views: 135,591
Posted By FreeEMSFred
I'm so glad I've not uploaded anything there in...

I'm so glad I've not uploaded anything there in about 10 years. Still, I have 1500 odd images to download and rehost. Looks like Redwood Chair is in even worse shape :-(
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 06-27-2017, 02:32 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 667
Posted By FreeEMSFred
I had two fall and break, but in both cases the...

I had two fall and break, but in both cases the glass came off the plastic backing plate. In at least one of those cases it was a previous owner's DIY repair job, not the factory adhesive.

Will...
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