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Old 06-09-2009, 05:45 PM   #21
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The time has come. I am in the states. VERY far from Afghanistan. The install will begin tonight.
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Welcome home & good luck with the install
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Is it on the road already?
Good luck with the install. Don't rush it.
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The time has come. I am in the states. VERY far from Afghanistan. The install will begin tonight.
Good luck man!
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The time has come. I am in the states. VERY far from Afghanistan. The install will begin tonight.
Good to hear and good luck. I'm off work thursday and friday this week if you need a hand.
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I took it out for lunch when I got back Tuesday, then about 12 hours later the engine was out (had to visit with the family before I disappear into the garage for 4 days hahah).

The engine is out, I spent pretty much all today prepping the engine and engine bay for the new stuff, should be all done Friday. I haven't been able to work on it as much as I would like, but I have relatives coming and going all the time cause of the fam. reunion this weekend, so I have to mingle. Thanks to murphy ('s law), the engine hoist I borrowed from a friend did not go up all the way... the engine did not clear the front bumper... had to drop the front end so much the rotors were like 2 in off the ground to get it out. Either way, putting it in I will have a working hoist. Tons of pics to follow.

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Taking a break for lunch... but I got the new motor mounts in, coolant reroute all done, timing belt, water pump, spark plugs. I think after lunch I will do the fuel filter and degrease the engine. After that it's all turbo baby w00t.

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Water/Oil Hard lines run.
Turbo bolted on
New FM EGR tube on (had to modify because of the M-Tuned coolant reroute)
Clutch/Flywheel mounted
Transmission back on

Because of the broken hoist, and my lack of any car, I decided to try to put it back in with the broken hoist (Broken as in will not go up very far). I removed the front bumper and I am going to lower the front end until the rotors are about 1" off the ground, This should help with getting the transmission back in nicely as well. I broke 2 wires on the transmission (maybe sensor for reverse?) so I need to solder them back and then I will start putting the engine/trans back in.

Unfortunately I have my family reunion to attend which is 2 hours from my house, which means what ever I get done today, will be it until Sunday night. I am thinking Sunday I can get it running and Monday I will put on the brakes/suspension/roll bar.
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Engine in!
Downpipe mounted
Started reinstalling misc connectors.

Sucks, but that will be it until Sunday :/ Although I am excited to see the Family.
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Wow, great progress. Enjoy the reunion and post some pics when you get around it.
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I drove a turbo miata today, and it was mine!

After a few set backs (aka missing/incomplete/wrong parts) I finally took my car out for a spin. I am having a small problem which I will post in further detail in the appropriate section. Short story is the engine will sputter and die if I press in the clutch after a hard pull and keep the clutch in. I haven't had time to check everything, so I am sure it will be an easy fix.
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I drove a turbo miata today, and it was mine!

After a few set backs (aka missing/incomplete/wrong parts) I finally took my car out for a spin. I am having a small problem which I will post in further detail in the appropriate section. Short story is the engine will sputter and die if I press in the clutch after a hard pull and keep the clutch in. I haven't had time to check everything, so I am sure it will be an easy fix.
Good luck, good to hear she runs!!

Still planning on selling the EEPC btw?
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FTL on pics, but they are coming. Roll bar and steering wheel in today, everything looks amazing.
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I drove from Chicago to Minneapolis last weekend. We took the long way home, so round trip totaled 800+ miles. There were no issues with the car, drove like a champ.

The almost-finished project.


Stopped at Road America on the way home... we missed the races that day. :(


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Now I am saving up for a MS and Injectors
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Very nice and complete build! I wish I could pull my engine and do everything at once, but the old way of changing things bit by bit seems to work ok.

MS and injectors does sound like a good plan, I hope to see a dyno soon!
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Had a mini-photo shoot with my car tonight. The pics turned out amazing. I will definitely post them when I get them after editing.
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Good work man. That really came out nice, and am glad it's running well for you. Have you done the frame rails yet? If so how do you like?
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I have to get a ride in that when you have time. That will most likely help step up my turbo plans. Looks awsome and wish I had the space you have to work on the car.
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Posting on my psp which sucks.

When I get back I' ll def. give you a ride. Still need to put on frog arms & frame rails. Hoping to get a MS when I have funds.
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Looking forward to the ride. Yeah those PSP's are cool in the fact that you can use them to access the web but typing and proc speed leave quite a bit to be desired.
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Alright, so part of me is upset with the fact that I haven't done much DIY stuff. That was mostly because of this deployment. I will be getting back in a few months and I am planning some good stuff for this winter.

1. Frog Arm Install <purchased>
2. Frame Rail Stiffeners <purchased>
3. MegaSquirt <purchased>
4. 600cc Injectors <Sept 1st>
5. Aluminum Radiator + Slim Fans <Oct 1st>
6. Pull the engine and harness.
7. Remove the EGR.
8. Reroute/clean up the harness, remove unneccesary wires.
9. Clean the engine bay, if it's bad, get it resprayed.
10. Body Work (I want to get my hard top, A-Pillars, and front lip painted black, and get the rest resprayed red).
11. Stainless Brake Lines. <purchased>
<edit>12. Can't forget my RX7 Diff! Will def. be installing that this winter.
Hoping to have everything finished by Spring time. w00t!
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