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Old 09-02-2013, 09:55 AM   #26
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For those that may have noticed, I haven't given any updates in quite some time. I was busy traipsing my way across bits of Asia the past couple weeks with my wife. As of now I'm in an airport again on my way to solo nationals. So, the only update I have is that my seats arrived the Friday before I left. Comfy, not too snug, and FIA homologated.
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Old 09-02-2013, 10:08 AM   #27
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Old 09-02-2013, 02:01 PM   #28
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awesome! i was just about to bump this thread. welcome back!
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Old 09-09-2013, 09:56 AM   #29
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After a three week hiatus I found time between church, dinner, and a jet lag nap to do a little bit of work on Sunday. When I pounded in the gas tank so it would fit, it created a wrinkle that I wasn't happy with. To fix this, I cut out a pie slice, lined up the edges, and welded it back together. Mostly uneventful until I accidentally kicked the pedal control from 80 amps to 150 amps. Couldn't figure out why my welds went from not bad to instant hole burning. Did a leak test and painted the exposed metal.

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Old 09-10-2013, 07:00 AM   #30
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Installed the gas pedal, clutch master, steering column, and made a template for a custom heatshield to separate the back side of the gas tank from the engine bay. Nothing fancy, just some sheet aluminum, but I feel better knowing there's a barrier between the headers and the tank.

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Old 09-11-2013, 11:10 AM   #31
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13th day of work. Finished mocking up my rear gas tank heat shield, mounted the radiator subframe, set the radiator in place (need to find the rubber mounts) and bolted on the gas tank.

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Old 09-13-2013, 10:36 AM   #32
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Day two passes with minimal work on the car at the wife's request I not work on the car tonight. Grrr....

I did get some stuff done during lunch. I can't find the original rubber mounts for the bottom of the radiator. Aside from that, the subframe is too low so the radiator hose interferes with the steering rack bellows (as the other builders have found). I took the rubber bushing that gets removed from the shifter assembly and made an aluminum standoff to mount it on. The standoff fits in the original mount hole and will have a nut that threads onto the bottom to hold it in place.



You can see my aluminum steering rack mount here too.
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Old 09-13-2013, 03:06 PM   #33
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If you want I can send you my rubber rad mounts . I dont use lower or top mounts any more.
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Old 09-16-2013, 01:30 PM   #34
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Even with the factory mounts I'd have to space it upwards since the radiator hose and steering rack bellows interfere.

Last Friday's update:
Made the nuts for the standoffs. Unfortunately the pins on the radiator are off by about .125". Doh! In other news I learned to weld aluminum tonight so it might be an easier fix.


Today's update:
Had a productive lunch break today. Cut 2.00" out of the middle of the oil dip stick tube. The cutting fixture also doubles as a little jig to tack weld it back together to make sure it's straight and concentric. After it's welded I'll ream out the inside to ensure it's smooth. I need to design and machine a new pull for the dip stick and shorten it's effective length by 2" as well.



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Old 09-17-2013, 09:22 AM   #35
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Welded the oil dip stick tube back together. It actually welded up really nice with a nice small even bead. It was slightly concave though and I wanted it so I could grind it down and have it look like it was never modified. Bad idea. The 5 minutes it took to weld a clean bead turned into 30 minutes of welding, grinding, and fighting an odd contaminant that would create a bubble and require more grinding, more welding. Meh...I stopped caring after 30 minutes that it was smooth.

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Here's the nipple I welded up on the crossover tube. It used to connect to the throttle body which connected to the steel tube I welded earlier. I used to just loop the aluminum and steel nipples together but decided that since I have a welder now I can delete another hose, two clamps, and clean it up a bit.

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Old 09-17-2013, 09:29 AM   #36
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Subscribed. This is awesome!
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Old 09-18-2013, 02:00 PM   #37
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Subscribed, can't wait to see how this turns out. Seriously looking into one of these.
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Old 09-18-2013, 02:28 PM   #38
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Tried putting the motor back together. Last bolt on the water cross over decides to strip out. Rather than just mucking up the threads, it actually pulled a good 1/4" of thread out cleanly. I'm guessing it had debris in the button but when I checked it later it went in fine. I'll helicoil it tonight.

Did manage to get new filters, o-rings, and seals on teh injectors and took the back of the trans off. No luck getting off the nut without some way to hold everything.

Made a new handle for when I cut down the dipstick. Still need to slot it and make holes for a roll pin to secure the stick itself. Yes...it is titanium. Why? Well, I could say something fancy about wear properties, anti corrosion, or low thermal transfer but the truth is it looks pretty. Ha!



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Old 09-19-2013, 01:49 PM   #39
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Done! Cut a .025" slot, made two holes, measured the dip stick, cut it down, made two matching holes, hammered in some roll pins, ground off the ends, deburred it, and checked. I'm within about .020" measuring where the stick comes out of the tube vs the non modified one. :notbad:

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Old 09-19-2013, 11:13 PM   #40
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Pressed in 1/4-20 PEM nuts on the firewall. I had planned to rivet these together, so there's are more holes than necessary if using 1/4" screws. I didn't want to have empty holes and I had enough PEM's so I just used them all.

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Old 09-21-2013, 04:05 PM   #41
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Also, I'm now no longer concerned with how many door dings my fine fellow humans are imposing on my beleaguered Scoob. When the value of the dings and dents exceed the value of the car, just scrap and kit.
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Old 09-21-2013, 05:21 PM   #42
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dude mechie that new oil dipstick handle is legit! great work!
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Old 09-22-2013, 09:07 AM   #43
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Thanks. I like to sometimes focus on the little things. Some people would ask why (I would asky why not?) or say it's too small to make a difference. In the end, do 10 little things and they end up as greater than the sum of their parts.

Got the fuel tank fully bolted in, pump and level sender installed (pump didn't want to fit) and the firewall bolted up. Originally I was going to rivet it together as FFR suggests, but others had decided to make it removable and I thought that was a good idea.

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Old 09-22-2013, 09:16 PM   #44
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btw Stragen, that pic made me crack up. lol

Pizza's in the oven while the go pro is chatging. I'll have a video later.

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They dozed off a while. Pebbles (brown/white) decided he didn't like chains and clanging (he's a bit timid) so he ran inside to watch from the doorway. Boba (boston terrier) just slept and would occasionally give me a "huh..what was that?" sleepy look. lol.



Here's the cart my transmission has sat on for a year. It worked well to line up the engine and trans and flip everything to pick it up again. I used a 2x2 under the motor mounts to keep the oil pan and heads from contacting anything.







The best part of the night. Motor and transmission are in! Whoever designed engine hoists with casters in the rear and two non caster wheels in front deserve to be slapped. If I had four casters it'd be cake. As is, I had to fight it and constantly lift two of the wheels in/out of the garage since I didn't have enough room.





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Old 09-23-2013, 07:24 AM   #45
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This is my favorite video. I laughed watching the dog's, especially when Pebbles decided to run inside.

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Old 09-23-2013, 01:09 PM   #46
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Thanks. I like to sometimes focus on the little things. Some people would ask why (I would asky why not?) or say it's too small to make a difference. In the end, do 10 little things and they end up as greater than the sum of their parts.

Got the fuel tank fully bolted in, pump and level sender installed (pump didn't want to fit) and the firewall bolted up. Originally I was going to rivet it together as FFR suggests, but others had decided to make it removable and I thought that was a good idea.

https://vimeo.com/75126467

I 100% agree, I can not wait to see it all together! One suggestion though, turn the speed down on the video a bit so we can see some of the detail going on ;-)
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Old 09-23-2013, 07:41 PM   #47
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Im not sure what to do aout videospeed. On the one hand slowing it down would be nice for the small videos but strung together in one large video its already over 13 minutes long and ive got a ways to go.
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Old 09-23-2013, 09:00 PM   #48
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Well the video that I watched was 1 minute, stretch it to 3 minutes maybe?
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Old 09-23-2013, 09:18 PM   #49
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btw Stragen, that pic made me crack up. lol


He's watching you work.

Did you make that 80/20 cart just for that purpose?
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Old 09-23-2013, 11:18 PM   #50
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It was indeed made for that purpose. Took some scrap material at work and bolted it together and put casters on it. Almost everything in my garage is on wheels/casters: trailer, work bench, drill press table, tool boxes. Makes it easy to clean or rearrange as needed.

Didn't get a whole lot done tonight. Took my dogs for a walk then my wife's co-worker brought over her dog so we can watch her for 2 weeks. My dogs are both ~17 lbs, hers is a 60+lb american bulldog. Had to watch them to make sure they acclimated ok again.

Did manage to make a new arbor for my tubing beader (which is a modified harbor freight tubing cutter) at work and bead the coolant tubes. Early kit builders got 50" tubes, but they should be 42". After cutting it down, I put a bead back on it. The material is 6061 aluminum so it tends to crack when bent/formed.




To get the rubber coolant adapters on I first removed the small sleeve, then crushed the remaining thick sleeve and large outer sleeve together. You'll hear it pop. I then used a jack handle to push out the thick sleeve. This presses on rather easily with minimal grunting. I then squirted some teflon wax inside the outer sleeve and spread it around and then wiped some on the outside of the thick sleeve already on the tube. Get the outer sleeve started, then grip the tube underneath the thick adapter tightly and whack the large outer sleeve until it bottoms out against your hand and is flush with the thick sleeve. 3 of the four I did went quickly and took a few minutes each (after I figured out this method). the fourth one fought me and took about 10 minutes as one side kept getting caught up and pulled down.


Movie is uploading now. I changed it to .05s per photo (vs .03). It's still decently quick, but you can actually see what I'm doing now. The final video (the complete build start to finish) will probably end up being an hour long.
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