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PostPosted: December 12, 2012, 5:08 pm 
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It was time to clean the garage this weekend, so everything went outside. I set on some body parts, and took a few pics.


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PostPosted: December 12, 2012, 5:10 pm 
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That looks like my yard... yard-work having taken a backseat to car fabrication!

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PostPosted: December 12, 2012, 5:11 pm 
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Back into the garage, you can see my buddy isn't too far behind.


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PostPosted: December 12, 2012, 5:12 pm 
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re: yardwork.
Leaves are my neighbors' problem. :) :oops:


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PostPosted: December 12, 2012, 5:18 pm 
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I must have spent days staring at the steering shaft, trying to figure out how to clear the turbo outlet. I was beginning to think I'd just make a new outlet, that pointed in another direction.

Then, I realized I could just extend the steering column before the first u-joint. I already wanted a new column since my donor was stripped of turnsignal switches and ignition key. So, I bought a column off ebay for $25 and cut mine apart to lengthen it.

I'm pretty pleased with the way it has turned out. I only have the 2 factory u-joints.
Shortened rack is in place. Just need steering arm extenders.

The process of extending it seems straight forward, but I took pictures and can share them if anyone cares.


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PostPosted: December 31, 2012, 8:09 pm 
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Any chance you can post a pic of what your rear upper arms look like at ride height? Your build is very close to what I am building (Haynes/Vodou/Saturn). I have been keeping a close eye on your progress. I just build my rear lower arms and welded in the mounts. I have built one rear upper. Would like to see what yours look like at ride height before I well in the mounts.

Speaking of ride height. What are you shooting for, and on what size tire? I am thinking of running 205/50/15, but when I put the tape next to the car they look very tall.

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PostPosted: December 31, 2012, 9:21 pm 
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That's the same tire size I have. I'm setting it up for 5" from the bottom of the frame to the ground.

Posting from my phone. Sorry they're upside down.


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PostPosted: December 31, 2012, 11:49 pm 
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^ Have you been drinking already? :shock: ^ LOL


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PostPosted: January 1, 2013, 4:11 pm 
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rocktman wrote:

I'd like to run an internal fuel pump, but I'm not sure how to bring out the wires (safely).

Here is what i used to run my wires for an internal pump....http://atlinc.com/pdfs/Racing/2012-ATL- ... b%2019.pdf

at the bottom of the page on the left side part number CFD-504.

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PostPosted: January 1, 2013, 4:34 pm 
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Here is what i used to run my wires for an internal pump....http://atlinc.com/pdfs/Racing/2012-ATL- ... b%2019.pdf
at the bottom of the page on the left side part number CFD-504.[/quote]

Thanks. I already gave up and went with an external walbro pump


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PostPosted: January 6, 2013, 6:54 pm 
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZSAXDPl2aY

Took my first drive today. The car's a mess. I had ziptied wiring all over just to get it going. My front thermostat housing leaked, and I had to end the ride early.

That fuel pump is actually quite quiet!


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PostPosted: January 6, 2013, 11:11 pm 
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Congratulations on the first drive. I would say just in time to finish the car over the winter months but I see you are in Texas so you get a nice 12 month driving season. ;)

What video/data acquisition system are you using?

Is that rod knock or does the microphone pick up the valve train that clearly?

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PostPosted: January 6, 2013, 11:33 pm 
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Thanks.
Valve knock didn't seem out of the ordinary to me, but I rewatched the video, and I notice it now.
It was dumb to drive it, as none of my gauges were working. For all I know, I had no oil pressure.

Video was taken with my iPhone, using the app Harry's lap timer (paid version). I use it in my racecar, and really like it. I have a blutooth GPS for better accuracy, but didnt use it today. I expected a longer drive, and was hoping to see some decent acceleration data.


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PostPosted: January 6, 2013, 11:36 pm 
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I gotta come over and view your masterpiece. I'm probably only 30 minutes from you.

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PostPosted: January 6, 2013, 11:45 pm 
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carguy123 wrote:
I gotta come over and view your masterpiece. I'm probably only 30 minutes from you.


Anytime. Not much to look at yet


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