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Old 11-12-2018, 12:15 AM   #151
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Nah my hinges are just that bent I can't adjust it any lower.
May I recommend new hinges?



I LOVE this car- the look, the sound, the adventure.
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Old 11-12-2018, 10:26 AM   #152
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Meh. I mean I'd have to care first. I actually had a good set but they got went with a 122 sedan I sold a while back.

The car is far from finished but I'm happy with it. The trip was some bucket list level stuff, but I'd like to give it another go in the future and do the west coast.
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Old 11-14-2018, 02:51 PM   #153
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At long last I've found a tach I'm happy with and I'm putting it in. I'm running a contemporary Smith's 52mm unit, with just a universal pod. The pod is a little too shallow, but it's the best I could find for what I wanted. I'm just going to make a spacer ring to fill it out, you won't be able to notice. I've still got to wire it in but it got mounted last night, after wiring we're going to call gauges officially done in this thing.





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http://www.minispares.com/product/Classic/SIB140.aspx
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

The pod is literally stuck to the dash pad with that 3M contact tape, no screws here. The back of the pod mount slides under the windshield trim for a little more support, it's not going anywhere.

As far as signal is concerned I'm running a signal converter to make this thing work with the 5 cylinder. The tach has dip switches to adjust for different engines but a 5 pot isn't an option.
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Old 11-14-2018, 03:25 PM   #154
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Old 11-14-2018, 09:35 PM   #155
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theres a soft spot for Smiths gauges. Growing up with Morgans as a kid and having two at my parents house its always fun looking at the smiths gauges doing their job when I drive them. Great added touch to the dash
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Old 11-15-2018, 10:58 AM   #156
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Thanks!

I really dig the tach. I wanted something that would be period, and aside from the white LED lighting this fits the bill perfectly. At least with LED lights I'll actually be able to see the damn thing. That racetech oil gauge is essentially invisible at night.
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Old 11-21-2018, 05:10 PM   #157
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So much awesome work!

If you come to the west coast, we could get a meetup going and have a beer!

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Old 11-26-2018, 11:30 AM   #158
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Thanks!

I hope to drive it to California and back in the next couple years!
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Old 12-12-2018, 02:46 PM   #159
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Great project!

How do you like the T5 trans behind the 20v? Does it create the “decel rattle” that occurs on the 4cyl cars?

Also what hydro TOB are you using?
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Old 12-17-2018, 04:40 PM   #160
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I like it. It's quieter than my 242 T5 is I'll tell you that, I don't have any (trans) rattles to speak of. This is a rebuilt trans fwiw, all gears aside from 5th and reverse are new, along with bearings, sychros, etc. I do have a shake I need to get out of it, but I think that is clutch imbalance. One of the biggest factors driving the trans choice though was ease of installation and size, this is not a big car. I'm happy with the stock WC T5 gearing too believe it or not, with the 4:10 rear axle gear it cruises like a champ. My 242 lugs around in 5th gear with a 3:73 rear. I net a solid 25mpg too, which I think is good for a 4:10.

I'm running the Tilton hydraulic TOB. I like it also, but I did have a strange sticking issue described above that I had to replace the bearing to fix. I'm not sure if it was a part fault or not, but I haven't had any more issues.
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Old 12-18-2018, 02:56 AM   #161
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The m56 5th is .70 with a final drive of 4.0. I’m not surprised your T5/4.10 combo works so well. The turbo and NA t5 (motors) really are happiest cruising around 2700-3000 rpm.
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Old 12-18-2018, 10:51 AM   #162
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They really are. At that engine speed on the highway the torque is there on demand, and plentiful. You can pull up mountains in 5th in this thing if you want.
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Old 02-21-2019, 02:43 PM   #163
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This is trivial and minor, but FINALLY I got my water temp gauge to work. It reads a little on the high side, but it's good enough for a reference. As pictured is right as the fan cuts on, so if it buries the needle in the red I'll know it's overheating. You can see the work I did to it a few posts up, it's the original gauge gutted with a modern gauge put in. The issue I was originally having was caused by the needle grounding out inside the housing. I fixed that my making a simple spacer, now it works beautifully.



I'm planning on driving this car to Alabama in April for SE, but I've got a few things to do before then:
-Make the tach work right/accurate- DONE
-Service rear axle bushings (I installed one incorrectly apparently, it's rattling.)- DONE
-Wire up oil pressure warning light (sensor already installed.) DONE
-Install second map sensor for constant altitude correction (This thing doesn't really like going over 2500ft without me adding fuel.)
-Wire alternator to allow for control through MSpro. (This will allow me to ditch the voltage regulator and give me a functioning amp light.)
-Improve fuel baffle/accumulator or something. (I baffled the tank but apparently not well enough, maybe I can just shove some fuel cell foam in there.)
-Improve brake pedal feel/new pads. (The greenstuffs kind of suck, so that might fix my problem. If feel still sucks I'll remove some pressure valves and go from there.)
-Pull trans (again), balance clutch & flywheel. (I've still got that shake at ~5500rpm, I want to get rid of it so this thing will scream like it should.)
-Radio. Tunes would be sweet.- DONE
-Replace wobbly wheel, two rear tires.

If I do all this it'll be much more driveable/idiot proof, which is always a good thing.

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Old 02-21-2019, 03:06 PM   #164
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I'm also working to get some speakers in this thing, although the radio isn't in yet. I bought these pods off of amazon and they worked out pretty well. They didn't come with any means to mount them at all, but I just made some small aluminum brackets for that. The speakers are infinity primus 6.5" components with some rockford tweeters that have integrated crossovers. Planning on getting some black bezels for them as well, I'm not fond of the silver.

I really didn't want to put them in the doors, as I'm hoping to run new OEM style door panels. I think this should sound good enough. I mean you probably won't be able to hear them on the highway anyhow .



Notice the passengers is a little low...I installed it and then realized I couldn't match the height on the drivers side due to needing access to the high beam switch . I'll have to raise that later, but overall I'm pleased.


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Old 02-21-2019, 04:23 PM   #165
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Man I hope you do make it down. I want to see this thing bad
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Old 02-21-2019, 04:26 PM   #166
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Fingers crossed!
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Old 02-21-2019, 07:57 PM   #167
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Could you link the product page for the speaker pods pls?
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Old 02-21-2019, 11:27 PM   #168
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https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0186...mob_b_pd_title

Christ apparently I paid $70 for those things...I remembered that incorrectly.
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Old 03-19-2019, 01:02 PM   #169
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I don't have any updates really. Waiting on my paycheck so I can buy stuff, and hopefully I can get the trans pulled this week to both balance the clutch/flywheel and fix the case leak. Still checking down that list to get it ready for SE.

Instead here's some pictures of the car at ride height. I dump it pretty much always when it's parked so I don't see it much like this:





Looking at that I really need to swap front bumpers too, this one is mega bent.
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Old 03-20-2019, 01:13 PM   #170
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I dump it pretty much always when it's parked so I don't see it much like this:
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Old 04-29-2019, 09:02 AM   #171
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Rolled down to SE this weekend and strapped this thing on Kenny's dyno. Ended up putting out 154hp@5950rpm, and 145tq@4750rpm. Overall I'm pleased. The car runs a lot cleaner out to redline than it did before. I think the general consensus on the result is it ain't bad for a stock n/a engine with like 200k? miles on it. There's also the fact that if it was much faster you'd really have to get serious about redesigning the front suspension and steering geometry to make it controllable, something I haven't really gotten to yet.



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Old 04-29-2019, 09:20 AM   #172
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Does it just need a good 'stage 0' with some firm poly bushings? I guess the steering box system will never feel quite as good as a rack-n-pinion.

Also, some nice stiff IPD sways do a good job of taking the vintage lean out of cornering, makes it feel a lot more modern.
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Old 04-29-2019, 10:03 AM   #173
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Does it just need a good 'stage 0' with some firm poly bushings? I guess the steering box system will never feel quite as good as a rack-n-pinion.

Also, some nice stiff IPD sways do a good job of taking the vintage lean out of cornering, makes it feel a lot more modern.
The bushings are all new, though I put rubber ones in for comforts sake.

I've been debating picking up a set of those for sure. The car is stiffer than most 122s with the suspension setup that's on it, but I feel like it could use a bigger bar.
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Old 04-29-2019, 05:20 PM   #174
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154 at the wheels aint bad at all considering they were rated at 170 at the crank from the factory iirc.

The #OBAMAexpress could use those types of numbers.
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Got a chance to drive this thing at SE and I was very impressed how well it rode and how well put together it felt. The motor pulls hard and fells like the perfect amount of power for the car. The motor fits so perfectly in the bay I was amazed. Kyle you did a fantastic job on this thing. You should be proud.

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