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Old 11-09-2015, 03:46 PM   #51
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Wow, excellent progress! Definitely gonna look awesome with the motor in. What kind of rust preventing paint did you use? What was your paint set up?
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Old 11-10-2015, 02:36 AM   #52
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Wow, excellent progress! Definitely gonna look awesome with the motor in. What kind of rust preventing paint did you use? What was your paint set up?
Thanks! Thats funny, i was actually thinking about posting the different paints i used for future reference...

For the rust preventing paint, i used this Krylon brand paint.



It looks pretty good but it stays tacky for a really long time. Might have been the humidity though.

The pink paint is VHT brand. Its one of their high temp engine enamels in the color "Hot Pink." It looks great if you follow the instructions on the can. It tells you to bake the object you painted to cure it. I did this for the valve cover and oil pan. I noticed it had a lot more gloss and it was tougher. Without baking, it tends to flake easy.

I painted all the aluminum parts with Dupli Color brand "Cast Aluminum" color engine enamel. I really like the Dupli Color stuff the most. Its pretty forgiving, lasts a while, looks great, and is super easy to get good results.

The engine bay was painted with a Hobo Freight purple HVLP spray gun. I have a basic 26 gallon compressor and sprayed outside in the humid Florida weather. Obviously not prime painting conditions haha. I forget the brand of the primer i used but it was a cheap lacquer based primer. It had a tendency to overspray and cause a sandpaper-like texture when it dried. Could have been my gun/setup, but the color was fine with the same settings. The paint color is a single stage system from RestorationShop dot com. The color is "Diamond Blue." It looks great, especially considering the conditions i painted in.
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Old 11-10-2015, 02:49 AM   #53
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It poured yesterday and sprinkled all day today so its been pretty wet and nasty out. Today i made a lot of progress, yet not much at all haha.

I got some parts put on but got to a point where I'm still waiting on some parts in the mail and couldn't continue there.



I test fit the downpipe on the stand. Hangs just below the oil pan.



Ended the night mounting the brake components and trying to run these wires in a clean manner. I plan on using some corrugated flex hose to clean it up and make it more uniform.



Its gonna be kinda close...parts come in Thursday/Friday and the event I said i would make it too is on Saturday morning haha.
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Old 11-13-2015, 03:15 AM   #54
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So today has been pretty long and productive...



Now to wire it up and put the rest of the little things in
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Old 11-13-2015, 03:19 AM   #55
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Keep up the good work, brah!
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Old 11-13-2015, 09:20 AM   #56
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I hope you get it all buttoned up today for your event tomorrow! I hope everything goes smoothly!
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Old 11-14-2015, 03:05 AM   #57
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Thanks guys! So today was a pretty long day...sorry for the severe lack of photos, didn't really have my phone around. Time was spent mainly looking for things cause i was super unorganized from the beginning... Also, trying to attach the clutch cable to the pedal while its connected to the transmission. Probably wasted a couple hours before we finally got it on. Another huge waste of time came from the interference of my alternator lock nut and the oil feed fitting. Ended up shaving down the bolt hole and getting bigger belts to get it on there.

Big thanks to Sharingan 19 for coming in clutch with his signature RX-7 transmission mount. He covered it in his build thread "Brick in a Box" but its basically an FC RX-7 engine mount, the one with the metal collar, and it pretty much fits in perfect. You just have to hammer or shave the little ledge thats supposed to keep the mount from rotating. I also noticed theres a locating pin on the RX-7 mount so i drilled a hole in the transmission-side bracket and made use of the pin.

Another thanks to my friend and dad, helping me get stuff done triple time all day long haha.

How it sits currently...





I don't have enough couplers and stuff to get all the intercooler piping done tonight but the intake and hot side are pretty solid. Gotta wire the wideband, get a good cold side set up around my huge battery, and put a couple seats in there.

And for the first time in three months...IT LIVES!!!

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At first the starter was really stuck and we almost pulled one off my brothers car before we finally un-stuck it haha. Then we found out the distributor was 180° off and after fixing that, if started right up without a hitch (or any kind of air metering or filter or intake anything haha). Even though we didn't get as far as we planned, it was still a good day. Hopefully i can't still make it to the event. In all honesty, its not even a big event or a big deal, i just NEED a deadline for things if i ever wanna finish em haha, Its just a "Cars and Coffee" event. Still wanna go cause i said i would haha.
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Old 11-14-2015, 03:45 AM   #58
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Awesome to see it running! Seems like its coming together for you pretty well
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Old 11-14-2015, 04:17 PM   #59
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Awesome to see it running! Seems like its coming together for you pretty well
Yeah, haha, it's a great feeling! I haven't tried your chip yet but I will today. I only have the open downpipe right now and I'm thinking it's affecting the wideband readings. But as it is, I'm really surprised at how well it runs with the stock LH 3.1 NA ECU. It's around 10.5 to 12 when in light boost. Hovers around 14.8 to 15 when cruising. I didn't wanna really step on it, I never even reached half throttle haha. But it was backfiring quite a bit so it must have been running rich.
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Old 11-15-2015, 11:18 AM   #60
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Well today was a great success. I made it to the event this morning, sure it was about 5 or ten minutes before it was over, buuuut i made it haha.





The car ran surprisingly good all day on stock LH 3.1. I don't have my IAC valve hooked up but it starts right up, idles, and runs pretty good. I don't have a working temp gauge at the moment, but it was a little cold out today and the engine wasn't ever actually hot. I also hooked up a tachometer and was pleasantly surprised it worked haha.





I was having trouble with my headlights. Every time i would turn on the high beams, it would start at the hi low step relay and twice it actually caught fire. I was looking at a wiring diagram and figured out where the power runs through and decided to bypass the whole relay. You will NOT have high beams but it will get you by in an emergency. You just make this jumper from pin 56 to pin 56b.





I didn't get to try turbotankshane's chip today but i want to record some video of the cars gauges on the stock NA map.

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Old 11-17-2015, 12:58 PM   #61
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So I've been working on getting the computer side of things dialed in. I made this little video to show how LH 3.1 handles the turbo set up.


LH3.1 Turbo Testing 1


With the chip, its running super rich but with the stock set up its pretty solid.
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Old 11-23-2015, 12:49 PM   #62
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Its been raining on and off lately so i decided to make fitting the hood priority number one. My battery was in the way of the intercooler piping so i had to route it over the battery and the hood wouldn't fit. I just relocated the battery to the trunk and wired in a battery cut-off switch. I was then able to fit the intercooler pipes inside the car and get the hood on.







I used some cheap hood pins so i didn't have to deal with the hood latch and release cable. They'll work for now.

I also picked up some new wheels for cheap...



They're Crown Vic wheels 16"x7" ET0

Gonna be interesting making em fit, especially up front haha
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Old 11-23-2015, 01:04 PM   #63
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yasss get those wheels on there man!
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Old 12-05-2015, 11:38 AM   #64
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We're still working on getting the tune figured out, for some reason its idling super rich. Might need a brand new o2 sensor, although it runs great on the stock 3.1 computer. In the mean time, I got an exhaust set up and closed off all the leaks at the flanges.




Yes...my wideband cable is running through a rust hole.... Its getting fixed soon.



I had the exhaust shop run 3" from where the downpipe starts going down all the way to the square tip. It looks pretty stealth but sounds good and loud. Still hear a lot of turbo haha.
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Old 12-05-2015, 03:37 PM   #65
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Sweet work man! Love the pinkblock :D Enginebay turned out real nice, and wish I could do the same with my exhaust.. unfortunally "The Norwegian Public Roads Administration" wouldn't give me a pass on my turbo convertion when doing the inspection... :/
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Sweet work man! Love the pinkblock :D Enginebay turned out real nice, and wish I could do the same with my exhaust.. unfortunally "The Norwegian Public Roads Administration" wouldn't give me a pass on my turbo convertion when doing the inspection... :/
Thanks man! Yeahh, luckily Florida doesn't do inspections...yet at least haha.
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Old 12-05-2015, 07:59 PM   #67
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Yeah, you're lucky over there in the states
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Old 12-11-2015, 11:45 AM   #68
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So recently my car was hard to start on the chips so i threw the stock tune back in. It didn't wanna start on that either so i checked the plugs...


This is plug #1




The others didn't look much better haha



I also got a good o2 sensor hooked up finally so i can test the chips better and began stripping the rest of the interior to clean it up. I signed up for a drift event on the 19th so i guess we'll see how that goes haha.
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Old 12-11-2015, 12:33 PM   #69
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Old 12-12-2015, 02:19 PM   #70
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Well today has been rough...and its only noon...

Yesterday, my dad and i went out to clean our cars for cars and coffee in the morning and noticed his strut was poking through the hood (850 turbo) so we decided to fix that and also replace his cbv. The cbv bolts keep getting lost and nothing went to plan so it took way longer than it should have. The spring seat was quick and painless, even at night. I cleaned my engine bay and everything and left the hood up to dry. When we went in the house, i closed it all up quick and forgot to put the hood pins in. We had to go to a concert so i completely forgot about it. This morning, we leave for cars and coffee and i get to about 60mph before the hood finally moves. It flew up and broke everything possible BUT the already cracked windshield haha.






Whats that on top of the hood you ask? Thats the fender lining from the 850... The front left wheel came off on I95 (always torque lug nuts...lesson learned). We scrambled and got the wheel and 3 lug nuts before we decided to just put it all in the car and take my car to the cars and coffee. It was pretty funny two people in my back seat that i don't have haha but we all made it and had a good time. Met a new 240 guy with a nice wagon lowered on some 15"x10" wheels with nice fender flares.

Only picture i got unfortunately


It was crowded though, lots of cool stuff to see



On the way back to get my dads car, i saw some smoke coming off my turbo area. I checked it out and my oil feed is leaking...







I used my 200mm lens as a telescope and found the missing lug nuts haha, so we got the wheel back on. Fender is all messed up though.



Now my car is sitting in my backyard cooling down. Im pretty distracted with everything imma just hold off before i touch anything and mess it up more haha. Next up, welding the diff, putting in the trailing arm bushings (finally...had em for about a year already) and then checking out that oil leak. Hopefully its not as bad as it looks, kinda looks like the turbos gone out theres so much oil...i know someone with a cheap replacement though. Also gotta mount tires on the new wheels and make em fit. Gonna be a long weekend!
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Im starting to get a little more organized, i made a list this time around...



I got a bit done today, too. Got the whole rear assembly out.



Also burned out the rear trailing arm bushings before calling it a day.


If all goes to plan, it'll be welded up and ready for paint tomorrow!
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Been pretty productive lately. Got the diff welded.


Figured out a way to "press" in the front trailing arm bushings


Also got the rear ones in with a hammer and some 2x4's but no good pictures of either. I did clean and paint the axle and trailing arms. Suddenly, theres way less rust down there haha.


I also fitted a cheap 5 point harness i found at the junkyard since i don't have a bucket seat. Probably not the suggested way to do it but its no different than the mounting points for the factory seatbelt so i figure it should be alright. Definitely holds me in better then the factory one, shouldn't be too bad drifting.

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You are lucky you didn't burn the car to the ground. That is why I tell people NOT to mess around with low quality/hacker (not you) methods for the oil feed. One oil leak onto hot exhaust=carbq.

Looking good. I like the project!
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Old 12-18-2015, 03:47 AM   #74
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You are lucky you didn't burn the car to the ground. That is why I tell people NOT to mess around with low quality/hacker (not you) methods for the oil feed. One oil leak onto hot exhaust=carbq.

Looking good. I like the project!
Yeahhh, it was super sketch. I kept thinking about a video i saw of a volvo who's turbo caught on fire and they had to blow it out with their mouths.
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Old 12-19-2015, 12:52 AM   #75
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I have started exactly THREE Volvo fires:

1. adding oil at the gas station with no funnel. You know that yellow sticker by the oil filler that says "oljespil" (oil spill, sp?) can cause fire, yeah, I spilled a little on the exhaust and it meant instant fire. It burned itself out. I don't think me spitting on it did much of anything. I know better than to add water to an oil fire. If you add water to a grease fire in the kitchen, for example, it means instant death. Big oil fire on exhaust + panic+ water= trouble.


2. spraying injectors in the air on a no start diag. Risky business, but a dirty test for checking for fuel pump operation, RPM signal, and ECU function.

3. Most recent one was I ignited some napkins in the passenger map pocket and didn't notice and came back to a 245 full of smoke.

I know better than to do anything but VERY careful work for the oil feed around hot exhaust. And also with fuel line stuff. If you do it wrong, CARBQ! One guy I knew ran shoddy fuel lines for a fuel pressure guage test and that was the end of his 4 Cyl turbo Ford.
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