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Old 08-10-2016, 12:47 PM   #41
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Looks fantastic, especially the engine bay. What's on the notes on the windshield? That's a good idea to not forget anything. I usually just put an oil cap, radiator cap, etc. on the seat to remind me not to do something stupid.
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This brought back a lot of memories
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Looks fantastic, especially the engine bay. What's on the notes on the windshield? That's a good idea to not forget anything. I usually just put an oil cap, radiator cap, etc. on the seat to remind me not to do something stupid.
Its a range of things I didn't want to forget that were partially complete. #1 on the list was not to burn the thing to the ground when frustrated.
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Just thumbing through it for me is shocking how far it's come since I've owned it. This car will be in my possession for a long, long time.
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Here's a picture dump of the final bits of assembly and dropping the drivetrain back into the car.


































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Where did you get that blue accessory belt (Gates I guess). Rockauto states they sell them black now.
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Old 08-10-2016, 08:08 PM   #47
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Everything looks NASA-buildroom clean. Impressive.
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Where did you get that blue accessory belt (Gates I guess). Rockauto states they sell them black now.
Its a gates racing serp belt. If I recall, I ordered it from Fab9 or found the part number and picked one up off amazon.
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Everything looks NASA-buildroom clean. Impressive.
Thanks. It's always easier to do it up front while everything is torn down. Still time consuming but it's nice when it gets noticed.
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Old 08-19-2016, 08:10 AM   #50
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Super impressive build man. Been missing the car ever since I sold it to you lol. I'd love to check out the car sometime when it's finished! Let me know, you should still have my number!
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Im very impressed with this build it has come a long way since purchase. My only question relates to your steering wheel choice. So i might as well be the first dink to post .NRG is not a quality brand and it will brake,bend and hurt you.
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Im very impressed with this build it has come a long way since purchase. My only question relates to your steering wheel choice. So i might as well be the first dink to post .NRG is not a quality brand and it will brake,bend and hurt you.
Ive ran it for two setups so far, a 150whp turbo 1.6 and now in my 290whp turbo 1.8.

Wheel is holding up just fine, but anything can fail given enough stress. Someday I may switch it out, but probably not because it will have failed.
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Old 09-14-2016, 11:27 AM   #53
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I know there was another gap in updates, and i'll catch up the pictures at some point in the near future.

Car was dyno'd this past Friday. Made 290whp and 291ft-lbs @ 18 psi holding in 4th gear. 88f ambient temps. Walbro 190 and FIC 650's performed like champs and still had plenty of headroom.

Alot more left on the table, but without a more efficient intercooler size and flex fuel we were seeing IAT's climb after a single pull about 30f over ambient.

Very happy with the numbers on 93 pump gas. Still working out an issue where my ecu won't talk to my iacv, so I've been unable to tune closed loop idle.

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to him to test and see if the module we got from DIY is bunk somehow. He's been helpful so far with trying to troubleshoot a very problematic high idle.
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More updates coming soon; lightweight wheels, wilwood front bbk and 1.8 sport rears, wilwood proportion valve, stainless lines, carbon bits, splitter, etc.
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Great build thread
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Great build thread
Thank you. I did my best to capture each step but it takes too much effort sometimes when you just wanna wrench. I'm pretty far behind right now haha.
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Excited to see the updates. Loved the attention to detail, keep it up
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