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Old 03-06-2015, 12:06 PM   #126
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Thanks for the kind words!

Ken, it's a BB turbo; pre-production GTX2860R with a teensy bit smaller compressor wheel. Going to use a .64 AR Ford/Volvo style turbine housing with an ATP wastegate. Exhaust will be 3" to the cat, then reduce to the TME 2.5" tubes currently in it. Really hoping the transition/spool is close to the TD04HL units I am used to.
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Old 03-07-2015, 12:17 AM   #127
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Get the cosworth style housing. Unless the wheel is too small
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Old 03-07-2015, 12:18 AM   #128
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It's unavailable for this turbo. Woulda done that otherwise. My first choice would have been the original Garrett T25 housing but i need to get the downpipe sitch sorted before I swap turbos so it's just a matter of bolting it on
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Old 03-10-2015, 08:29 PM   #129
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Cool turbo. Looks like a nice size for quick spooling tire burning fun.

Is that a GT ball bearing center?


It will also support roughly 400bhp
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Old 03-31-2015, 06:53 PM   #130
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Little update. We had some perfect weather for car washing over the weekend (60 degrees, partly overcast), so I took advantage to wash, clay, and seal the TSX and the 242. Oh, and some parts are on their way. Thanks to George at ATP and Duder for their continued support of my bad habits!











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Old 03-31-2015, 08:07 PM   #131
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Old 03-31-2015, 08:09 PM   #132
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Old 04-01-2015, 01:23 AM   #133
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Such a nice car. Wouldn't change a thing about it.
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Old 04-01-2015, 01:44 AM   #134
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Visually? I'm thinking of spacing the front wheels another 15-20mm and to use 86+ front mudflaps as the old style ones broke off. Derp.
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Old 04-01-2015, 02:05 AM   #135
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Old 04-01-2015, 03:10 AM   #136
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Visually and mechanically. I haven't seen it in person but based on the pics in this thread, no. To the untrained eye it could almost pass for factory under the hood, which I really like. The weird colored engine bay paint that seems to be trending lately isn't my cup of gravy.
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Old 04-04-2015, 11:45 PM   #137
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Awwww yiiiisssss (no, it's nowhere close to being done).

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Old 04-05-2015, 12:02 AM   #138
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Did you have the protrusion milled flat? That looks like a pen mark...

That should free up some exhaust flow. I need to do that to mine too.
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Old 04-05-2015, 12:18 AM   #139
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I belt sanded it flat. That ring is the base of the portrusion. Don't feel industrious enough to erase it altogether

Current manifold is mated to the TB03 using an adaptor plate which is not what one would call ideal.

Maybe I'll just install as is. Good enough for government work
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Old 04-08-2015, 02:57 PM   #140
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So it's been a year since I took ownership of this car. Neat.

Anyway, manifold did not come perfectly flat. I will give it another shot at home, and if it still doesn't work I'll give up and pay a machine shop to hot tank it and mill it for me. Crandandall helped me with the crack weldage along with some other minor intake tube nipple welds.

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Old 04-09-2015, 05:12 PM   #141
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So I rewired the ECT sensor and relocated it to the stock spot in the head (530, the original 160 did not have the provision). Forgot that the other sensor I put in place to plug it had no washer. 45 minutes of taking off the intake manifold and fighting with a socket that was camming out later, I ground off the tip of the socket and chamfered the outer edges. Grinding is fun.

Anyway, all vacuum leaks are confirmed plugged. I also confirmed that the brake booster is leaking. Sigh. Another stupid thing to fix.
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Old 04-10-2015, 01:48 AM   #142
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Another forced upgrade: one of the trans cooler lines was punctured on my way to grab the kid. Sprayed ATF all over the engine bay; turbo, manifold, crossmember, floor, face...Oh and I found an exhaust leak at the turbo flange. Starting to suspect it's an Ebay hotside...

Anyway, good thing I had this guy sitting around. Did not enjoy having to get myself disgusting and dropping a bunch of **** to get to the trans cooler line fittings. Ugh:

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Old 04-17-2015, 06:23 PM   #143
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Sounds like the car is crying for a manual
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Old 04-17-2015, 08:31 PM   #144
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Preview: Beardy man fills metal tube with slag.

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Visually? I'm thinking of spacing the front wheels another 15-20mm and to use 86+ front mudflaps as the old style ones broke off. Derp.
Don't use the newer plastic flaps. It's just all wrong. Just machine some metal where they bolt in. They will last a little longer. I'd love some rubber flaps. The plastic looks fake on the 240.
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Old 04-23-2015, 12:57 PM   #148
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Don't use the newer plastic flaps. It's just all wrong. Just machine some metal where they bolt in. They will last a little longer. I'd love some rubber flaps. The plastic looks fake on the 240.
You mean the plastic looks plastic? My plan is to coat them with plastidip so that they match the rest of the trim better.
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Old 04-23-2015, 01:23 PM   #149
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So I did a couple things over the weekend with some serious help from J. Gates and Crandandall. Basically put in the GTX and fabbed a downpipe for it. Neat. Then the next day I noticed the oil pressure idiot light was flickering. Not neat. Turned out to be expired wiring. Made a new instrument cluster harness and left the mechanical gauge (the one I used to confirm the engine was not in imminent danger of friction welding itself solid in my morning commute) in place. The hose for said gauge was rubbed open by a hose which resulted in a massive oil spill on my way home, which I noticed 2 miles before actually getting there. Had to stop every few blocks to let the manifold cool down enough to keep the car from simey_binkering itself to the ground, as the exhaust manifold was thoroughly coated in 15W40. Took me an hour to do 20 blocks but I got it home. Next morning I promptly went back to mom's in a less dangerous car and brought back tools and the sender, and fixed it all. Let it idle enough to evaporate most of the oil. All installation bugs and lazy stand-ins on my part should be sorted now.

As far as engine management goes, it must be said that LH 2.2 is seriously lacking. There is a gigantic torque dip at ~3000 RPM now (it sees 10 psi before then, yay!), and it is pinging at 11 psi (not yay). This might be the next thing to be done. Maybe the Truetrac next. I don't know.

As for the TB03 that came with the car...well it turned out to be a genuine Garrett T3, original to a 740 Turbo. It just so happened to have an Ebay turbine housing designed for a bigger turbine wheel. Explains why it was so laggy. As an added bonus the car idles and putters around at low speed a lot better now. Probably because much less oil is blowing into the intake and exhaust. Another yay.


Happy it wasn't a transfer tube o-ring in the end. More pics...




















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Old 04-23-2015, 02:19 PM   #150
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Damn, I think I need that turbo.
Lookin good under the hood there.
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