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Old 06-27-2019, 11:41 AM   #701
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Needs fancy oil fill cap. Could almost see polishing up the Volvo on the plug valley cover for a teeny bit of pop?

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Old 06-27-2019, 11:49 AM   #702
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I have a yoshifab oil fill cap sitting in a box. I don't like how it fits or how hot the aluminum gets, so it sits unused.

The plastic polishing idea is interesting...
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Old 06-28-2019, 08:21 AM   #703
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Yeahh I feel you on the screaming hot aluminum cap...

Didn't realize it was plastic! That makes it a different proposal
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Old 06-30-2019, 01:39 PM   #704
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I do like the strut sway brace you are using..... a Euro design I suppose? If covered previous I'll dig backward in your build to find the source.

Agree with the black OEM look, very nice!
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Old 06-30-2019, 08:12 PM   #705
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A few other little updates. I spent all day in the garage yesterday plugging away at various things. A lot in the works, but not a ton completed. Lots of time stripping the remaining sheet metal for the front end so I can paint that soon.

I welded up a couple holes and painted a new firewall panel.








Then carefully laid down some gold reflective heat barrier in the areas where it's actually hot (rather than just all over the passenger side like I did last time).




Completed the front light harness including the addition of a couple Deutsch connectors to make it a bit more tidy and removable when needed.




One of the perks of using BMW shifters in the setup is that I can quite easily swap around different stock shifters to change the height and throw for pretty little cost. I'm swapping from the e46 330xi shifter I've had in there for a e60 535i shifter that is a bit taller and should provide a shorter throw between gears.




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I do like the strut sway brace you are using..... a Euro design I suppose? If covered previous I'll dig backward in your build to find the source.

Agree with the black OEM look, very nice!
Thanks! The brace is actually one offered on the forum here way back. I got it second hand but I believe it was a pretty small run of braces offered by cravingboost. I could be wrong on that though. I think RogerDee offers the strut top plates so you could replicate something similar.
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Old 06-30-2019, 08:25 PM   #706
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Wait - where's the air conditioning?
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Old 07-01-2019, 12:00 AM   #707
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Old 07-01-2019, 12:50 AM   #708
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So fresh and so clean.
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Old 07-01-2019, 10:13 PM   #709
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This has got to be one of the top builds on TB! killer attention to detail, ingenuity and resourcefulness!

I followed the 8v progress in real time, but took a couple years off and just finished catching up on the whiteblock exploits. Not gonna lie though, it's made me more confident in my decision to go 16v 😆

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Old 07-11-2019, 12:41 AM   #710
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Thanks for the kind words! And yes, it WILL work this time.

After a long holiday weekend away from home, I'm finally back to cracking away at this. Engine is pretty close to buttoned up now.







Biggest hurdle at this point is prepping and painting all of the front sheet metal panels and hood hinges. I hate prep.
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Old 07-11-2019, 01:56 AM   #711
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Old 07-11-2019, 02:49 AM   #712
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Looking sharp!
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Old 07-11-2019, 03:22 PM   #713
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that is one of my favorite engine bays i've ever seen.
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Old 07-11-2019, 03:35 PM   #714
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I was soaking in the pictures, thinking of that exciting first start and drive... then looked down and saw the date of 11-July on my monitor.

You're supposed to put the engine in the car BEFORE driving season starts
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Old 07-12-2019, 12:53 AM   #715
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I was soaking in the pictures, thinking of that exciting first start and drive... then looked down and saw the date of 11-July on my monitor.

You're supposed to put the engine in the car BEFORE driving season starts
To be fair... the engine was in at the start of the season. I removed after finding problems in the first couple drives of the year.

Here’s hoping this settles it, and the engine can happily hang out in there for a while.
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Old 07-19-2019, 01:47 PM   #716
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First drive happened last night, after having fixed a coolant leak from the water pipe o-ring that I found on Wednesday night.

Only 15 miles in, but so far things are good. I'm running with engine break-in oil, keeping RPM varied <4k and throttle input <60%. Plan is to keep putting around in it like that, change the oil after 50 miles for another batch of break-in oil, and then change that batch of oil out at around 500 miles.




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Old 07-19-2019, 02:12 PM   #717
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What a great car. Super clean. The engine bay looks super stealthy
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Old 07-19-2019, 03:12 PM   #718
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Good looking GT!!!
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Old 07-19-2019, 08:19 PM   #719
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amazing craftsmanship!!! I could not stop going thought the entire build!!!
I wish i had the finances to make my wagon like yours. Im on a budget saving and recycling parts from the local pick and pull. Im in Chicago and hopefuly one day we could meet with other turbobrickers!!!
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Old 07-20-2019, 03:39 PM   #720
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Those engine bay pics should be mounted and framed

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Old 07-21-2019, 06:06 AM   #721
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Great work. Looks fantastic.
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Old 07-22-2019, 10:35 AM   #722
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Thanks, all! Really appreciate the kind words. I put on another 50-60 miles over the weekend, so the car is due for its first oil change. A local photographer has been anxious to get out and shoot this car for some sort of minor feature, so that's penciled in for next Sunday (assuming I don't break something in the meantime).

On a positive note, it's much happier to putt around than it used to be, and the new shifter is worlds better than the previous.

On a less positive note, the clutch release bearing is making lots of noise (hoping that additional bleeding will eliminate this), the transmission is rather whiney, and the engine has a tendency to die when the fan turns on after the car has been running for a while. I also noticed that my oil level appeared to have dropped from full to half on the dipstick. Really hoping this is just related to initial run-in and oil finding its way into all the spots it used to be. I am very paranoid about oil consumption.

Next up:
- Change out oil and filter for a fresh batch of Driven BR30 5w-30 engine break-in oil
- Drain transmission and refill with 1 quart of Redline MTL and .7 quart of 75w-90 GL-4 synthetic gear oil
- Bleed clutch
- Change fan to run on low speed rather than high speed
- Check horn wiring
- Drive 400 miles
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Old 07-22-2019, 01:38 PM   #723
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This car is so good. Probably the most aesthetically pleasing engine bay I've ever seen.
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Old 07-22-2019, 04:45 PM   #724
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I also noticed that my oil level appeared to have dropped from full to half on the dipstick. Really hoping this is just related to initial run-in and oil finding its way into all the spots it used to be. I am very paranoid about oil consumption.
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Old 07-23-2019, 10:33 AM   #725
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Looks fantastic- you've done some epic work here. Hope to see this thing at a Midwest meet or two in the future.
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