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Old 07-28-2009, 11:46 PM   #126
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Everything looks absolutely freakin perfect. Fantastic job Bob! The wiring and MS control panel turned out sweet! As well as, like, everything else too.
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Old 07-28-2009, 11:54 PM   #127
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Bob,
What cam are you running?
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Old 07-29-2009, 12:13 AM   #128
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Thanks guys It ran today for 20-30 minutes and idled well. It runs pretty rich though.

I checked all over for leaks and found only one, in the spare port of the Canton remote oil filter mount where I put a VDO temp sensor. I used teflon tape, but maybe not enough. Easy enough fix with the mount right on the fender.

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Right now it's just a stock T cam in a stock head. I have a new IPD Turbo cam waiting, but I want the car running reliably so I can break it in properly. Then the 531 head will go on, then I'll probably want a bigger cam, etc, etc..
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Old 07-29-2009, 01:23 AM   #129
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YESSSSSS!!!!
soon to come...videos of said 242 gettin sidewayz!!!
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Old 07-31-2009, 07:52 PM   #130
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Huh, here's something I haven't seen in 10 months: an empty garage.



Wonder why that is? Oh yea, because the car moved under its own power for the first time in 467 days.







Took a little road trip to the Magic Hat brewery (0.4 miles from my house).



Lots more to come soon. The plan is to get the car mostly back together in the month of August and get a reasonable tune in it. Then do some real boost tuning in September and hit the dyno in October before it goes away for the winter.

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Old 07-31-2009, 07:55 PM   #131
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oh my that is so SEXY!
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Old 07-31-2009, 08:05 PM   #132
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Woweee!!! Have you thought about painting the B-pillar white? Not the door or window, but that little bit between the two. Sometimes that looks really good painted body color. And I hate to be nitpicky, I know you just got it together and are probably ecstatic, but I'd like to make a few suggestions. With the IC that low, speed holes in the bumper could be pretty sweet. Lovin the body colored front spoiler! Do you plan to lower it some more? I've got those same wheels and I'm about an inch lower in the back and 1-2" in the front compared to you car, and it looks perfect. And eeeew tan leather 240 seats, my '83 came with those too and they've always made me gag, so I switched to charcoal 850 leather seats and am much happier.

Once again GREAT work.
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Old 07-31-2009, 08:38 PM   #133
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Love the photo at the brewery. Great work!
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Old 07-31-2009, 09:08 PM   #134
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looks rockin! Congrats!
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Old 07-31-2009, 09:48 PM   #135
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Old 08-01-2009, 07:01 AM   #136
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I wasn't sure about the white when I first saw this car, but seeing it all together it looks amazing. Awesome work!
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Old 08-01-2009, 10:38 AM   #137
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Very nice, Bob. I'm sure it feels good! The car looks great.
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Old 08-01-2009, 12:53 PM   #138
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Thanks everyone. Definitely feels good to get behind the wheel again. Today I drove it for the first time on the real road, just a couple miles to put some fresh gas in it. I think the junkyard Denso alternator I have in there is dying, since I had to ask the guy at the gas station in the Honda Element to jump start me

No boost yet, although I can tell with that big exhaust that the motor breathes well. The car has a lot of little issues to sort out, but I'll get there.

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Woweee!!! Have you thought about painting the B-pillar white? Not the door or window, but that little bit between the two. Sometimes that looks really good painted body color. And I hate to be nitpicky, I know you just got it together and are probably ecstatic, but I'd like to make a few suggestions. With the IC that low, speed holes in the bumper could be pretty sweet. Lovin the body colored front spoiler! Do you plan to lower it some more? I've got those same wheels and I'm about an inch lower in the back and 1-2" in the front compared to you car, and it looks perfect. And eeeew tan leather 240 seats, my '83 came with those too and they've always made me gag, so I switched to charcoal 850 leather seats and am much happier.

Once again GREAT work.
Thanks I'm planning to address pretty much everything you mention. It will be lower for sure, and I have an entire black 242 interior (minus the seats) that will replace the tan stuff. I'm looking for some nice black Recaros or something similar for the front seats. Then I might just dye the rear seat (the leather is really nice) or find a black rear seat. My goal is to keep the interior very functional, which will also help dampen the noise from the exhaust. The car is pretty loud, as I expected

As for the IC, speed holes have been considered, as well as some sort of ducting in the front spoiler. I hadn't thought about painting the B-pillars white, but I bet it would look cool. I was actually planning to go the opposite route and get all of the windows re-tinted at maybe 35%. The rears were done in 1987 and just look like old tint. Then I would want to keep the unbroken black in the window area. But that isn't a priority this year - maybe next spring.
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Old 08-01-2009, 03:27 PM   #139
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Old 08-09-2009, 09:50 PM   #140
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No big updates this weekend. The car is still running well and starting easily. I'm dealing with charging issues now - I've had a few alternators in and now have a new Advance Auto unit installed. Checked/redid my ground wires both in the trunk and under the hood, including running a 2 gauge wire from the chassis to the engine block (cleaned both points to bare metal). Still only getting the battery voltage at the alternator, so I'm wondering if it's the starter-alternator power wire that I spliced and soldered. I'm going to replace that tomorrow and see if I can get it to charge.

It's always like this - all the work to get it running, and then some dumb easy issue causes problems.
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Old 08-11-2009, 04:45 AM   #141
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I fixed the charging issue this morning. Sometimes I just need to use my brain and realize that if I'm not getting power to the instrument cluster, then the alternator exciter wire is probably not getting power either. Somewhere in my mad frenzy of underdash wiring I made an error and didn't ensure power was going to the instrument cluster. A quick jumper wire from terminal 13 on the fuse box and everything is working again, including my dash lights, gas gauge and engine temp gauge.

So with the car running at 14 volts this morning I took it for a test drive around the block. Couldn't resist any longer, so gave it some gas in second gear and got into boost. Probably 2-3 psi was all, but enough to make my Tial BOV make some noise. The turbo whine is pretty sweet too. Now that I don't have to charge the battery every time I start the car I can get into some real tuning.

Finally, picked up a T5 out of an '89 Mustang 5.0 last night. Should be getting the driveshaft and shifter later this week. It's not pretty, but it wasn't expensive. Don't know if the T5 will happen this year, but as soon as I get the driveshaft all I need is an sdturbo/YoshiFab adaptor and I'll have everything to do the conversion.

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Old 08-12-2009, 10:18 PM   #142
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Don't touch the car with that tranny...yet! Drive it this summer as it is and enjoy it...get all the kinks worked out...do some tuning and then over the winter swap that T-5 in. This way it's ready for next season on the very first nice day to do some T-5 tuning.
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Don't touch the car with that tranny...yet! Drive it this summer as it is and enjoy it...get all the kinks worked out...do some tuning and then over the winter swap that T-5 in. This way it's ready for next season on the very first nice day to do some T-5 tuning.
That's probably about right. Really I only have a few months left until the snow flies, and then the car's inside until April/May. Plus I only have a handful of free weekends remaining through October. I still want to get it on the dyno this year though
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Old 08-13-2009, 07:47 PM   #144
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Very nice. Congrats on getting your car on the road.
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Old 08-13-2009, 08:32 PM   #145
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Thanks. I drove it for about 30 minutes this evening and it felt good. I've got the idle pretty smooth right around 1000 rpm, and it doesn't dip down or struggle in traffic which is nice. My brother is headed to town this weekend so progress may be limited, but I should get some time on Sunday to work on it. I'm loving it so far
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Car is back at the body shop for some final touches. Should have it back on Thursday or Friday. Going to lock myself in the garage again this weekend and have another big progress session. The guys at the body shop gave me some "genuine BMW" heat shield that didn't fit a customer's car properly. They strongly recommended covering the inside of the hood on top of the header. I should probably do something on the right strut tower too.

Got pulled over on the way to the body shop for no front plate and expired inspection. The VT State Trooper seemed more amused by the car than anything else. He let me off with a written warning, then told me all about the Oldsmobile that he restored

I guess I'll have to figure out a front plate for the car. I was thinking something off to the side that bolts directly to the bottom of the bumper and hangs in front of the lower valance. That way I can easily remove it for taking photos, and it won't directly contact the paintwork.
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Old 08-25-2009, 05:57 PM   #147
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Old 09-05-2009, 05:26 PM   #148
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I just got the car back from the body shop on Wednesday. They fixed a couple spots on the hood and buffed the entire car. Paint looks even better than before. Anyway, I need a NOS or really really nice used piece of black door trim for the passenger side. I have a used one that I'm going to clean up and try, but if someone can find me a NOS one I'd be eternally grateful! Volvo lists it as NLA. The part number is 1247168.

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Old 09-05-2009, 09:31 PM   #149
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Old 09-05-2009, 10:11 PM   #150
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