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Old 04-01-2009, 02:31 PM   #26
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Zoidberg cap is totally awesome.

Nice work on the wagon man.
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Old 04-15-2009, 09:16 PM   #27
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Been waiting on some parts, finally got a little more done:

Turbo flange on the manifold - turbo ended up fitting nicely tucked in underneath the log manifold. I have an v-band adapter on the back of the turbo. Also visible in this pic are the very spiffy 16V adjustable cam gears (thanks, chrisf).


Crappy welding alert! I won't win any prizes for my bubble gum flux MIG splatter fest, but the last DP on the 16T held up fine and looked no better. The GT30 is sitting lower and farther back than the 16T on stock manifold was - this was made from just a single 3" U-bend cut through the middle of the bend, trimmed, rewelded. Just needs an O2 bung now.


ATP Tight turn 3" elbow - plenty of clearance between the 850 throttle body and the master cylinder.
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Old 04-19-2009, 10:26 PM   #28
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Down pipe with O2 bung, heatwrapped, and then painted with BBQ paint (in theory to saturate the wrap and prevent it from soaking up a lot of oil in the event of something bad happening).


Also built a wastegate actuator bracket. Getting close to done now, just waiting on some oil lines. Which are in transit from Canada.
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Old 04-19-2009, 11:18 PM   #29
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Nice work!
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Old 04-29-2009, 10:25 PM   #30
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Another session on it, now it's getting really close. Just needs a little more work on the coolant lines to the turbo. I made hardlines made out of the Mitsu oil lines - the block side banjo's fit the coolant ports. But the hoses on the turbo radiator hoses don't reach back. And I need to add a fitting somewhere for the wastegate (EBC), the turbo didn't have a fitting on it for some reason. And a crankcase vent hose. And a few more clamps on the air tubing. And fluids. Oh so close to firing up...

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Old 04-29-2009, 10:33 PM   #31
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Old 04-29-2009, 11:15 PM   #32
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Nice !!1!!!!
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Old 04-30-2009, 07:24 PM   #33
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GT30, eh? very Paul Schuh of you
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Old 04-30-2009, 07:32 PM   #34
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hold up - wait up - are you running A/C on this?!?
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Old 05-01-2009, 10:38 AM   #35
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hold up - wait up - are you running A/C on this?!?
Oh hell yes. It's freaking hot and humid here in the summer. And this car is a full cush daily driver.

Using stock motor mounts it was damned, damned close to the A/C lines on the firewall. I used a shorter PV motor mount on the left side to drop the motor down and lean it slightly away from them.
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Old 05-01-2009, 10:41 AM   #36
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PS: I got it to that 99.5% point of completion last night. Everything done, fluids all added. Battery reconnected. Turned on the key, lights all came on. Went to crank it (low tension coil lead pulled off, crank 'til I see oil pressure)...
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And nothing. No clicks, lights didn't dim, just nothing. I must have a wire off somewhere. I did double check quickly that the wire was on the starter terminal, and it was. It was late, I was tired, I just left that little bit of troubleshooting for this evening.
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Old 05-01-2009, 10:48 AM   #37
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So how long did the 16v project take you? a month?
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Old 05-01-2009, 11:00 AM   #38
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Hard to say, as it involved a whole engine rebuild. The motor blew up back in late October. But it took a while to track down a motor. Then some delay when the pistons and rods I got didn't work with each other (bought them here as a set, perhaps the seller didn't know they weren't compatible - pistons for crank steered rods, and piston steered rods, sigh). Then the machine shop's usual lag time. Waiting on parts (hard to figure out everything you need up front). Etc. All adds up to arond 6 months so far. But certainly not that much work, just that much calendar time.

It was suppsed to be a winter project, it's certainly lagged into spring.
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Old 05-01-2009, 11:45 AM   #39
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well everything looks great john!
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Old 05-01-2009, 01:08 PM   #40
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Looks good John. Slow and steady wins the race.

Well, maybe not, but at least slow and steady doesn't break anything or catch on fire.
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^^ I could take more hints from Paul there.
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Old 05-01-2009, 02:35 PM   #42
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PS: I got it to that 99.5% point of completion last night. Everything done, fluids all added. Battery reconnected. Turned on the key, lights all came on. Went to crank it (low tension coil lead pulled off, crank 'til I see oil pressure)...
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And nothing. No clicks, lights didn't dim, just nothing. I must have a wire off somewhere. I did double check quickly that the wire was on the starter terminal, and it was. It was late, I was tired, I just left that little bit of troubleshooting for this evening.
Do you have a clutch safety switched wired up? Terminals tight on the battery? Big wire tight on the starter? The starter trigger wire go through the factory ECU or anything? Does voltage drop when you turn the key?

Looks to be a pretty amazing car, you will be proud of this one.
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Old 05-01-2009, 02:55 PM   #43
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Do you have a clutch safety switched wired up? Terminals tight on the battery? Big wire tight on the starter? The starter trigger wire go through the factory ECU or anything? Does voltage drop when you turn the key?

Looks to be a pretty amazing car, you will be proud of this one.
I haven't really changed anything on the engine wiring or ECU or trans front. It already had the T5 swap, already had the starter circuit looped there. No clutch switch. It has a trunk mounted battery, with the 12V+ coming in to the starter terminal, and the rest of the car powered from there. Dome lights didn't dim when I turned the key, so it's not just a dead battery.

I'm sure it's something simple, I was just done for the day.
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Old 05-01-2009, 03:41 PM   #44
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skip all the bull**** john.

screwdriver on the terminals at the starter.
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Old 05-01-2009, 06:18 PM   #45
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Great Success! /Borat

Well, discovered that there are two spade terminals on the starter, and one of them doesn't do diddly when you put 12V to it. The other, however, makes it crank.

Cranked it around until I saw a blip of oil pressure on the gauge, then went and plugged in the coil. Cranked it over a few times, it chuffled a little. I opened the throttle and it started right up. Clattered very loudly for a little bit. Wouldn't idle very well. AFR's were a little high. Got a bunch of smoke off the turbo and manifold. Then the clattering subsided and it sounded pretty good.

And just like that I have to leave it for until Sunday, going camping and doing trail maintenance. But it's running! Which is some high percentage of the battle, now it's just some (a bunch of) tuning.
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Old 05-01-2009, 06:35 PM   #46
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Old 05-01-2009, 07:00 PM   #47
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Wooooot!

What management system?
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Old 05-01-2009, 08:12 PM   #48
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Oh man, that's nice. Ultimate daily driver for damn sure!
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Old 05-03-2009, 12:28 PM   #49
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What management system?
Megasquirt. An old Kenny-built MS1 box and a plug-n-play harness.
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Old 05-03-2009, 12:51 PM   #50
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Good job, it looks great. I wonder what is going to break next from the beating you need to give it!
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