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Old 06-03-2018, 12:20 PM   #26
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Got everything on and the car running again yesterday. Had a DOA new ECT cause starting issues at first. I swapped the old one back in and everything is working again.

I had to scrap my grille plan for the time being so I pealed the poorly applied plasti-coat off to find the chrome plating in crap-tastic condition. I ground it down as smooth as I could, the really bad spots aren't visible with the grille mounted. But there won't be much painting today, it's 100% rain/humidity. I did get the center sash painted though. Just finished up the black stripe, I'll let it dry and see about the next coat. Then it'll get some gloss clear and my prancing moose emblem. also started making a mounting plate for the front RDesign badge.

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Old 06-03-2018, 01:48 PM   #27
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And my grille badge bracket. a quick coat of black and it should blend in pretty nicely.

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Old 06-04-2018, 04:15 PM   #28
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Got the moose badges on the fenders.

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I'm waiting on all the paint for the grille parts to set. It'll probably be Wednesday before I can get everything back together.
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Old 06-08-2018, 03:13 PM   #29
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Well after painting the sash and grille frame a color that matched the wheels and side emblems I ended up not liking it at all. Luckily I has some shadow paint handy and a few coats later I got a charcoal type color that I can live with. And a shot of the "finished" engine bay.


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Now I just need to get ahead on a few home projects and start building my exhaust system. Then it'll be chips and unless I decide on a 16v swap as my engine choice the engine will be done. I still want to get some sways and I might go with aftermarket springs, but they have more drop than I really want. I think big sways on soft springs with get me there.
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Old 06-09-2018, 04:01 PM   #30
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Looking good!
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Old 06-13-2018, 03:29 PM   #31
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Rear muffler hanger finally rotted through on the way home today. Fun times all around. And I had a brake hose blow off of my Wrangler Saturday, luckily I was just moving cars around the driveway. So I cobbled together a hanger to get me through until I can buy the pipe to run the new stuff. Nothing special, just some 2.5" single muffler w/high flow cat and some tips I got lucky and have a 2.5" down pipe, so at least something is looking up.
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Old 06-22-2018, 07:47 PM   #32
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Two weeks of driving the car aaaaaannnnnnnndddddd....I hate the transmission. Well that's a bit strong, but I'm highly displeased with it. This is my fist automagic and I wanted the auto because this is a cruiser/trip taking car. But my 1-2 and 2-3 shifts are crap, sluggish and dull. My 4-3 and 3-2 shifts are crisp though. I'm going to try the accumulator mod, maybe in a couple months it'll depend on what else is going on. If that doesn't "fix" it I'll either be seriously looking into a modern V8/auto combo or a manual trans. I honestly wanted to do a Whiteblock T5 engine 6sp MT trans, but that's not likely. The end goal for me is a good cruiser with a 300-350chp reliable engine. I've really been thinking about a Chrysler 5.7L/545RFE combo. But we'll see. House shopping is taking up quite a bit of time and cash right now.
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Old 06-23-2018, 06:20 AM   #33
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Is the cickdown wire properly adjust?
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Old 06-23-2018, 08:09 AM   #34
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It seems to be. I checked the measurement spec from the Brickboard FAQ when I first got it, then again after all the intake stuff. And like I said my down shifts are good, it's just the up shifts that are blah.
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Old 06-23-2018, 09:15 AM   #35
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Ah, okey! Mine shifts firmly both up and down, i flush it every 30.000km.
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Old 06-23-2018, 10:21 AM   #36
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Yeah I flushed it right after I got it and have put maybe 3k on it since. I'm more used to AW autos in Jeeps and Toyotas than rwd cars. Other than their tendency to run hot I'm usually a fan of them.
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Old 06-23-2018, 05:31 PM   #37
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Accumulator mod and it'll shift so "crisp" it'll jerk you back and chirp tires, going from 1-2, with more power the more they slip. Accumulator mod and you wont be dissapointed
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Old 07-06-2018, 06:33 AM   #38
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No progress lately, unless you count having to pull the rear muffler due to the inlet pipe rotting off. I think it was compromised a while back when the hanger rotted out and just took a little longer to break completely. Overall the car is running well so I'm happy. I've got to put off any car work that isn't just absolutely 100% necessary for the time being. We accelerated house hunting from the summer of 2019 to the end of this month So there's no time or money for fun.
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Old 01-06-2019, 06:10 PM   #39
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OK so we're out of the old house, into the new one and hopefully done enough with house stuff that I can get back to the car projects. I'm in a larger house, bigger/better driveway, but a currently smaller garage with poor lighting and minimal outlets. We're shooting for a 3-5 year timeline on building me a 24' x 24' garage in the yard.

Now onto car stuff. This car has had exhaust issues from the start of me getting it. I had to pull the center muffler due to it being clogged, and the over the axle pipe rotted off a few months back. So I've been running on cat and strait pipe for a while. I got most of the mock-up done today. I still need to pick up an O2 bung for the wide band, I ordered the wrong size. So I'm doing 2.5" pipe, high flow cat, center muffler delete, high flow rear muffler and some polished stainless steel tips. I really wanted the square tips, but I didn't feel that the added cost was justified. They were more than double the cost of what I got. I also wasn't planning on building a new down pipe, but went ahead and did that too. But I was a bit lazy about it and started it behind the factory O2 sensor. I picked out the APSX wideband because it has a super compact display and runs a basic Bosch 17014 sensor. I'm going to try and integrate the display into the instrument panel. I'm thinking inline with the idiot lights, just under the tach. And I like Thrush mufflers for street use, been using them for years with no complaints.
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Something I did notice during mock ups is that the muffler sits tilted to the outside of the car. I don't remember how the original was so is this normal? Other than that things seem good. I'll put in a few clamp points for ease of any future work and have to come up with a hanger for where the center muffler was.
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Old 01-12-2019, 05:02 PM   #40
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OK so the exhaust is hung now I need to start working on my AFR stuff. I had one casualty while pulling the cluster though, I snapped the stalk on the wiper switch. Fortunately I have stuff for minitures/models so I'm hoping it'll be an easy fix for me. I've got to cut the panel to fit the AFR display, I'm hoping that goes well too.

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Old 01-13-2019, 02:03 PM   #41
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Old 01-13-2019, 02:59 PM   #42
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I like nice and subtle, looks great.
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Old 01-20-2019, 03:05 PM   #43
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Thanks! Subtle was what I'm going for.

Well the weather is keeping me from finishing this project up today. But I got what I could finished up. I need to run all the wires and make one underhood connection and then I should be able to tune it and start using it. I probably got a little wild with the hot glue.

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Old 01-21-2019, 01:53 PM   #44
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OK everything is in and calibrated. The sensor took a little longer than I would have thought to get to operating temp, well biased on how it was acting and then cleared up. It took maybe a minute after the engine reached temp. I don't know if that's "normal" or if it was due to a 26* ambient air temp. But the readings went from all over the place, too fast to read to steady legible reading like a snap. instructions say that's how it should be. The car seems to spool faster now, and the butt dyno says it's got more power. I'm going to start working on getting a set of chips and doing a wasted spark conversion next.
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Old 02-09-2019, 11:05 AM   #45
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I've got a question on paint code/color. If I'm reading the data tag correctly my paint color is #412, Blue-Green Metallic. Can anyone confirm this? I'm finding huge color differences between the paint suppliers. One place this color looks more to the teal spectrum others more British Racing Green. This supplier has the closest, IMHO; http://www.automotivetouchup.com/tou...olvo/1995/940-[slash]-960/

Just trying to make sure I'm reading things right before I place an order.

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Old 02-09-2019, 01:24 PM   #46
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You’re correct on the code, the color is Tropic/Metalic. The ‘22’ after 412 indicates the paint is Standox water based Metallic/Pearl + Varnish as well. Hope this helps.



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Old 02-09-2019, 02:47 PM   #47
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Thanks! That's extra helpful!
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