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Old 02-19-2014, 03:19 PM   #101
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Or you can just bend them to clamp irregular shapes. Do get the good ones (MS) though.

MS21919 DG / WDG CLAMPS from Aircraft Spruce
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Or you can just bend them to clamp irregular shapes. Do get the good ones (MS) though.

MS21919 DG / WDG CLAMPS from Aircraft Spruce
Mmmm ... size limited.

I'm going to start machining the canister tonight, once you guys see it you'll get a better understanding of why using a clamp is challenging.

It's closer to the size of a coolant header tank (not quite, but it's not tiny).


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One of those clamps is > 3". Are you bigger than that?

Anyways, still owe you a measurement on the cam cover. Have a dinner meeting, so probably tomorrow AM.
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One of those clamps is > 3" diameter. Are you bigger than that?
Oh baby, I am.

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Dear god Thasac. I finally took a night off from working on the car and just read your thread from the beginning. Talk about damn clean work man! I think you surpass me in cleanliness and OCD.

I wish I had half your fabrication skill...
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First time seeing this thread, A+ build. Wish I had half the fab skills and attention to detail.
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Took a measurement this morning. The bolt spacing on the front of the 1.6 and 1.8 valve covers are the same. I measured 115mm.
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Took a measurement this morning. The bolt spacing on the front of the 1.6 and 1.8 valve covers are the same. I measured 115mm.
Thanks so so much, Hornet. 115mm matches spot on to my template so it looks like a go!

In other news, the miata budget took a hit last night courtesy of a Massachusetts-sized pothole. The Subaru is need of some love and care.

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Dear god Thasac. I finally took a night off from working on the car and just read your thread from the beginning. Talk about damn clean work man! I think you surpass me in cleanliness and OCD.

I wish I had half your fabrication skill...
Thanks for the kind words. I've been watching your thread closely as it is rare someone takes it to the level of detail you have. Not to turn this this into a back patting session BUT ... I have no where near the amount of time and ambition into my care. No way I'm taking apart and cleaning door locks

In other news, I was down near my '90 for a men's league hockey game which enabled me to test/finish mocking up the catch tank. (editors note: sorry for the flash, it was dark. Ignore the engine bay hose management mess as I have't properly trimmed and routed everything, yet).

Tank ended up a little low due to the height of the fittings. Still plenty of clearance around the water pump pulley AND lower CG. Win win. Braket will get painted or powdercoated black, tank will stay raw aluminum as I like to see pretty tig welds.



Now that the bracket has been mocked up, I can start milling/trimming some weight off. It can't be seen in the pics, however, the bottom and back sides of the oil tank are milled out to reduce weight.



I crappy shot of my boost controller bracket. Everyone seems to leave there dangling with maybe a zip tie ... this will not suffice on my mighty 1.6



Obligatory full bay shot. Also shows the Aeromotive FPR which I splurged on and bracketed to the shock tower brace (note: I need to cut off the master cylinder since the brace was built for a RHD car).



I should also note, before getting the standard "Summit fittings suck" comment, that I am only using Summit fittings on non-critical vacuum lines. Fuel and oil lines will be Goodridge PTFE.

Next up on the list: Paint control arms and start bolting up the suspension.


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In other news, I was down near my '90 for a men's league hockey game which enabled me to test/finish mocking up the catch tank. (editors note: sorry for the flash, it was dark. Ignore the engine bay hose management mess as I have't properly trimmed and routed everything, yet).

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Car looks great Man.


Have you been driving this car, or has it been under construction?
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Car looks great Man.


Have you been driving this car, or has it been under construction?
Under construction (though, aren't they always?).

The car hasn't been registered since I moved to Boston for college 10 years ago. Hasn't run in 6. I am ... very very very antsy to get this pile running.

My original goal was to have it caged, painted, seats/harnesses installed, and generally 'done done' exactly how I envisioned. Now, 4 years into the build with other life priorities quickly approaching (i.e., home/ring buying), I'll be satisfied if I can have a running/driving car by June, albeit one which does not match my rather lofty (and unreasonable) ambitions.

The main problem is finding time. It has been quite literally the last priority. My ex HATED the thing so that really stifled the first year of the build. She's long gone (or as gone as someone you dated for 7 years can be when you share 80% of the same friends) so now the car is back on the table but its prioritized behind the full time job, side contract work, helping the gf with her side contract work (frame cutting, marketing materials, shows and general random fabrication stuff ex.), hikes with the dog, men's league hockey, skiing, gym, 5k runs etc. etc. In short, it gets about 2-4 hours of attention a week, meaning progress is slow ... very slow.


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Yes...I can tell you are getting antsy with the detailed work you are performing...


Just kidding man, I know how you feel. Actually, no I don't. 6 years is a long time, can't even contemplate that.

Sometimes it pays to have a bum knee so I can't get distracted from my work on the car.
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Sounds like you and I suffer from the same problem I have this vision in my head of what I want the car to be, and I have a hard time being reasonable.
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Sounds like you and I suffer from the same problem I have this vision in my head of what I want the car to be, and I have a hard time being reasonable.
Pretty much. The added issue is that as an industrial designer, people pay me to design/make stuff 50-60 hours a week. I then carry that same enthusiasm/attention to detail back into my personal projects, which unfortunately have wildly different financial and time constraints ... yet I maintain the same expectations. It is an unfortunate sickness.

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Wow. Awesome build sir. The attention to detail is incredible, taking some pointers for my own build.
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Looks promising, man. I noticed you said you're a designer...what kind of design?
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Looks promising, man. I noticed you said you're a designer...what kind of design?
Industrial Design (better described as product design).

I work for a product development consultancy which is focused on medical and lab scientific. Most of my work is high value IP which is not in the public domain. Here's a view designs which are:

Most recent Aircast boot, the Aircast Select




Ninepoint Imaging System




University work: Zach Hastings, Zach Hastings in Boston, MA

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I was wondering exactly how your fuel line system is routed. I wasn't sure if you fed the rail from the back with a T fitting then had the return from the top port or if you had your FPR before.
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I was wondering exactly how your fuel line system is routed. I wasn't sure if you fed the rail from the back with a T fitting then had the return from the top port or if you had your FPR before.
Like the below image, except instead of the OEM FPR, there is now an AN adapter.



Fuel in: both end ports
Fuel out: OEM top port

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