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Old 04-22-2011, 10:39 PM   #26
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Good stuff! That paint scheme is exactly what I'm going for... being black and white, I can even imagine it in the colors I will actually use... though I might be the "fraud" referred to in the story; I doubt I'll do much racing with it beyond an occasional AX in the name of hilarity.
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Old 04-23-2011, 07:00 AM   #27
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The car is grey in color, you can google the owner's name and see videos on youtube of it autocrossing and going around the track. For an exhaust they just extended the two primary pipes coming from the exhaust manifold all the way back and turn both pipes out the side in front of the rear tires. It sounds great! Glad you liked the info. Here's a link to a couple of videos, I can't resist.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8mR8XMBbfE

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Okay, I'll leave you alone. I really like your car and I figured you'd like knowing about this car. Keep us posted.
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Old 04-23-2011, 07:39 AM   #28
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Looking good! p.s. i've been to your house
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Old 04-23-2011, 10:42 AM   #29
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Youre avatar rocks!

Car looks good, too.
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Old 04-23-2011, 06:39 PM   #30
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205/55VR15 Falken 512's, 5/16" spacers in front, had to remove the driver's side zerk fitting.

Looks good to me!! Tiniest bit of rub on one corner or other on hard cornering, but otherwise okay. Clearance pretty tight all around, 215/60's definitely wouldn't have worked. 205/50's would have been okay, but front fender gap would have been excessive.
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Old 04-23-2011, 11:04 PM   #31
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Look's nice man, how much you been driving it? U gonna auto-x it on the 14th?
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Old 04-24-2011, 11:54 AM   #32
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I've been driving it to around town when the weather is decent (no wipers yet).

AX is a possibility, but I need to get the suspension bushings sorted out before then. Clutch is pretty lazy too, so that'd need fixing first, since I have a feeling it'd be back and forth between 2nd and 3rd a lot.

I'm probably going to do the cosmetics first; did that with my Tbird and it made maintenance/update/repair a lot more enjoyable.
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Old 04-25-2011, 08:48 PM   #33
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looks mean and ready for action, I like. I say ditch the yankee bar though.
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looks exponentially better compared to the steelies. i love it.
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Old 04-27-2011, 12:36 PM   #35
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Thanks for the kind words, gents!
Funny how the wheels transform it. I've been planning to paint it quicklike and do it up like a rally/race car, just for yucks:

But now... I just don't know. Looks pretty damn presentable as is.

Yankee bar? That's a new one to me. You mean the towel bar? I'm going to take the bumper off altogether (it's pretty rough), just needed a convenient way to mount the license plate.

While I'm at it, what do you all think of welding up the bumper and washer holes? Maybe better to use rubber plugs, so it's reversible?
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Old 05-01-2011, 06:06 PM   #36
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Did the exhaust today - cut off rear section, retained original resonator, reused some of the pipe for a side exit and added $10 of chrome goodness to it. Video too! The little car seems to scoot along a little better, but that may just be the fun of the noise.



Downside: two 2.25" (?) tips on one 1.75" pipe is silly, the transitions are ugly if you look closely. I also really stink at notching pipe, so the Y is pretty ugly. But better an ugly weld job than a tip that's not hooked up to anything, right?

Worst part of the day? Broke an exhaust stud. !@#!$@!$ Now I have to pull the manifold.
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Old 05-02-2011, 11:58 PM   #37
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Old 05-03-2011, 01:14 PM   #38
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Crazy how it's coming together like your signature image, Igor. Of course you likey!
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Old 05-03-2011, 01:18 PM   #39
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I like a lot!

When you get tired of it just put it on a transport to Knoxville, I want one!
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Old 07-31-2011, 01:00 PM   #40
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Update time!
New lower control arm bushings, greased everything, made new seals for the metal-to-metal connections.
Had to weld one of the arms, as seems to be the norm.

Put in electronic ignition per Isaiah's writeup - thread on brickboard
Trick to getting that to work was to fiddle with the point gap to get the point-close rotor position to match up with the cap contacts... I think I made the point gap as large as I could. Timing needed some changing as well, but it was very easy to static time - just listen for the spark while rotating the distributor. Total cost was about $22.

Up at Last Mile Auto Dismantlers yesterday gathering parts for my 67 Skylark, I picked up stuff to do disk brakes. It was 100F, swarms of angry yellowjackets everywhere, and the donor was buried six cars deep and up to its axles in dirt. Ugh. Hopeful that I can clean things up.

Also happened across a cable-operated water valve on a diesel Rabbit in the yard, so I might be able to control the heater someday... currently just looped.
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Old 07-31-2011, 02:29 PM   #41
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Those seats are awesome. Looks like a cool project
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Old 07-31-2011, 02:38 PM   #42
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those rotors look beyond saving. The yankee bar is the tubular bit bolted to the bumper, only there because of U.S. bumper height regulations, therefor known as a Yankee bar, because in Europe they never got them.
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Old 08-06-2011, 10:10 PM   #43
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The rotors actually seem okay - no pitting, that's mostly mud and surface rust. I have a mechanic client who can turn them for me. May tear the calipers down tomorrow, or I may just brew, transfer, and bottle some beer instead.

Trying to make up my mind on the paint - interior/exterior, or just the exterior. Interior leads to window rubber, headliner/carpet/etc, ugh. Might settle on a dark metallic gray or red instead.

Once I get the mechanics sorted, the paint is next. bumpers will be part of that, kind of leaning toward a Jag XKE style split bumperette treatment. We'll see.
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If you want to retain all your steering lock when doing the disk brake conversion buy a pair of these, save a lot of messing about, places the caliper at the front

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Once I get the mechanics sorted, the paint is next. bumpers will be part of that, kind of leaning toward a Jag XKE style split bumperette treatment. We'll see.
The rear bumper especially, is just so heavy, wide and clunky looking. I've had mine off and the car bare back there for a long while, but that doesn't look quite right either. Something thinner and lighter looking would be nice. I've pondered some aftermarket Beetle bumpers before.
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Old 08-07-2011, 09:35 PM   #47
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JohnMc - looks to me like you could lay up fiberglass inside the stock rear bumper pretty easily. That would make for a slightly smaller bumper, MUCH lighter -- and you could leave off the bumper bar and guards for a cleaner look. Of course - it wouldn't offer any protection at all - but for anyone considering going without them completely or a split look - protection clearly isn't an issue. I took this approach for bumpers on 82 242 -- knocked about 40 lbs. off the car and ended up with much smaller looking pieces.
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Old 08-10-2011, 08:56 PM   #48
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If you want to retain all your steering lock when doing the disk brake conversion buy a pair of these,
$275 euro? not happening. I can move the shocks, notch and bend and weld the lower bolts just fine.

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I almost grabbed some tiny bumperettes from an MG Miget at the JY, but was plum tuckered out by that point.

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JohnMc - looks to me like you could lay up fiberglass inside the stock rear bumper pretty easily.
That is a very cool idea. I'm sort of planning on doing something like what's-his-face's P1800 pro touring, cut/bend/weld/grind until I get a nice shape. Probably just paint them the silver I did the grille and headlight rings with.

No updates on the brake project; rotors are waiting to be turned, mechanic though they'd clean up fine. Looks like Scandix is the source for caliper kits (~$20 ea) and I can reuse the drum brakelines (per JohnMc on a Brickboard thread).

I did manage to get it out for a brief run the other day, moving cars around to make space for the garage construction. Had to charge the battery for a while, and crank to get fuel in the carbs, and the HEI fired right up. Now that it handles pretty good (big(ger) tires and new bushings) I'm definitely wanting more power. Haha, funny how that goes.

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Old 08-11-2011, 01:30 PM   #49
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