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Posted: Fri May 10, 2013 12:28 am
by chew*
The vaccum lines are simple really. Line goes from valvecover to catch can, pcv screws into exit side of can, line goes from there to intake.

Its just a resevoir to catch oil from clogging PCV under hard cornering. Simple pcv relocation. Hardlines allow for floating installation which is preety clean compared to most catch can setups. Can't specify enough that testing with a vaccum gauge is a must if going custom to ensure no vaccum leaks. Also brass fitting that screws into VC must be shaved down shorter or it will bottom out and crack VC.

The other hardline is the one from VC to airbox or CAI in my case, both run close to engine to heat lines during winter months. When I get around to it I'll run a hardline to manifold vacuum also as its a cleaner look.

Ok installed dogbone mounts....word of advice if gutted expect major vibration and noise if using dogbones. Also my urethane filled mounts seem to work just as good without vibration, still have some slack due to blown out LCA bushings..

TOB, transmount poly insert and prothane LCA bushings arrive tommorrow. Got my centerforce dual friction stage 3 clutch, tranny ready to install. Hopefully have it all in tommorow night.

List of things to come.

New balljoints, tie rods to go with manual rack.
front brakes,rotors rear disc brake swap.
After that headwork, cam, fresh engine ( still no luck killing current engine :( )
Reinstall the safc with tach driver and wideband with serial port for data logging and tune :)

Then i can get to work on the silver cars srt swap till I find a clean black shell to swap all the parts from daily into.

Posted: Fri May 10, 2013 6:46 pm
by chew*
MP package arrived today so I was like woot.....till I opened it and found no TOB and a note that its OOS and being shipped seperate.

Anyway no TOB means no tranny this weekend.

Posted: Fri May 10, 2013 9:26 pm
by akirony
Car part delays make the heart grow fonder

Posted: Mon May 13, 2013 12:32 am
by chew*
Dog bones, urethane trans insert, filled PS engine mount,front control arm bushings done. Took car out down back road I test on and launched it at 3500 rpms with regular street tires, ( previous launch rpm ) it barely spun tire and stumbled so its definitely putting power to the ground now and rattling apart :shock:.

Tossed a set of rotors on that were decent from previous parts car as the race pads seem to not be treating them nice, about 200 stress cracks so slottted/drilled rotors are on the list.

Balljoints are ok but boots are tired so still plan on going new as well as tie rods and a DS wheel bearing which is just starting to show signs of play.

Once trans with lsd and stage 3 clutch is in I will play around more to see where my launch rpm needs to be to get out of the hole quick without falling on its face.

Kinda glad im doing/testing all this stuff on this car as its helping to determine what i want/don't want in my silver swap car.

Dogbones are definitely off the list since Im going more for luxury with attitude and not a rattle trap race car.

Posted: Mon May 13, 2013 6:13 am
by Caraudioholic24
Nice to see the car coming together. ..

Im upgrading my fronts to srt-4's so the front rotors will be a different style from the rears(my ocd won't allow that lol). once I get back from Carlisle I'll be putting new ones on the rear. . If you want them. I'll text you with more details. ..they are pretty much new with Hawk hps pads...

Posted: Wed May 22, 2013 8:24 pm
by chew*
Well no real progress.

Still waiting on a TOB from modern, first one was OOS delayed and when i got it it had a missing tab.......going on 3 weeks now so slightly annoyed by this point.

They told me I need to be carefull with them as If I broke it installing it....... Really? It's not even out of the bag yet and they knew that since I sent them pictures. :beatstick:


Tossed my safc II back in this time with a msd tach adapter and the tach reading is way or the other is bad.

So all in all not to happy atm.

Decided to start porting my buddies intake for his build.


Posted: Sun May 26, 2013 3:33 am
by chew*
R34neons 3.94 RT trans rebuilt, modded, LSD, stage3 centerforce all in.


Cars still very low 15's.

Just a little bit more and high 14s are in its grasp.

Posted: Sat Jun 01, 2013 6:44 pm
by chew*
More work on my buddies intake. Still got a ways to go before we tackle the head.....



I don't gasket match the mid section nor do I reccomend for all motor street applications however I do clean up the casting and polish.

stock primary,secondary.

Cleaned up primary and secondary.

Oh and my car got Kumho ecsta ast 195/55/15's this week so its got a wee bit more traction now :)

Posted: Sat Jun 01, 2013 10:44 pm
by akirony
Looking good on the runner porting. I want a pNp too.

Posted: Thu Jun 06, 2013 9:27 pm
by chew*
Manual rack mod part 2.

All tacked in place and ready to weld. Just like factory mounting ( safe ) and not a hackjob ;)



Posted: Thu Jun 20, 2013 11:52 pm
by chew*
Modded K member for manual rack complete other than paint.

Just like factory except for getting a tad carried away with welds.





Posted: Sat Jul 06, 2013 1:08 am
by chew*
K frames been painted and have been driving with manual rack for 2 weeks now, say goodbye to power steering issues ;)

Posted: Sat Jul 06, 2013 12:05 pm
by akirony
Sounds awesome. So just one belt now?

Posted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 1:55 am
by chew*
akirony wrote:Sounds awesome. So just one belt now?
Yep just one belt now,ac deleted long ago.

Preety much only need worry about alternator and starter now. Starter just went last week, guess car was jealous of newer cars and took push to start literally lol :)

In other news i tossed a few mods into a 2000 t350 hd 3.55fd for a member here over weekend, got the bell housing swap, diffsavers, tacked slinger and shimmed shift selector mods. Shifts great, we shall see how it holds up since its a hahn turbo kit single jingle car.

Posted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 12:36 pm
by chew*
new pic with power steering deleted.


Posted: Fri Jul 12, 2013 5:57 pm
by akirony
Sooo Clean

Posted: Sat Jul 13, 2013 10:14 pm
by chew*
Experimenting a little with some more changes on the plastic VC before i install the R/T one, not sure if I want the 2.0 16 valve emblem red or aluminum. I just hand painted it red today, gaff job but enough to see how it will look.

Also took A K&N CAI i scored for free down to bare metal, going with flat black to hold with my "flat black and natural aluminum with red highlights theme"

Posted: Tue Jan 07, 2014 1:35 am
by chew*
Haven't updated in a while so here goes.

Still have manual rack, love it. Haven't crashed it. Haven't raced it in a while. I haven't had anything break other then rear struts blowing out which I have run out of used replacements for finally. :rofl:

So general maintenance time.

Grabbed new ball joints, inner outer tie rods, scribe, paint, measuring tape.
removed outer tie rods sunday. Removed boots off rack. Guess what.....inner tie rods on manual racks = non serviceable. They are peened on rack. Removing will likely damage threads where rack screws into them.....also inner tie rods for 1 gen neons are not the same as 2 gen neons. Manual rack owners keep this is mind. Plan b grabbed right size die, chased threads on inner tie rod ends to remove rust ( why I was changing them ). Installed outers. Grabbed my old control arms with prothane lca's, knocked old ball joints out, pressed in new. Lined up front end good enough not to wipe out tires and tested.

tommorow a set of kyb excel gr2 arrive so I will adress that issue next. After that I need to do rear control arms or bushings.....after that alignment.

cars pushing over 200k now but engine refuses to give up so im gonna roll with it for now.......lsd 3.94 trans sux in the snow but its tolerable. With 90% of common bs problems eliminated and or solutions found I find the car far more enjoyable to drive. Probably because im actually driving it daily instead of fixing it daily :lol:

Posted: Tue Jan 07, 2014 6:28 am
by Caraudioholic24
Glad to hear its coming along.. ill have updates as well. .. ive been slowly chugging along..

Posted: Fri Jul 18, 2014 10:03 pm
by chew*
Haven't updated in a while. Haven't done anything either. I did ball joints when I did kybs in rear had it aligned and just drive it. Lives at redline daily. Still refuses to break. Puffs a little at redline nowadays. All I do is change oil tires brakes. Getting itch to put lowmileage block in with r/t head. Maybe soon.

Oh I cat deleted last week put a new flex on downpipe with obx header and installed my vibrant cat 02 sploofer. No cels and regained some power.

Sorted out my issue with my tach adapter but to lazy to install innovate wideband and street tune it with my safc.

Still hunting for a semi clean black shell but no luck. I guess my lip kit and skirts will continue to collect dust till I find one.

Posted: Sun Jul 27, 2014 10:56 am
by chew*
This project finally has come to an end. Had a mini stroke in a parking lot monday and tagged a cement block. This is what happens when an unstoppable force ( an engine that seemingly refuses to die under the harshest abuse for 3 years +) meets an immovable object. I was only going 5 mph. Came out of it just a second to late, did my best to pull out of it. Literrally an inch less and car would have been easily fixable. I managed to avoid nailing the bumper support / frame rail only to nail the upper strut tower frame rail. Happened so fast never had time to hit brakes all I could do was steer out of it in the split second when I came back.

As you can see I did my best to avoid frame rail considering circumstances.

My best just wasn't good enough.


This is what preety much seals its fate.


Anyway in other news I found a black shell to swap parts into. Just wanted to do it on my terms versus being forced to do it.

Posted: Thu Jul 31, 2014 7:33 pm
by zeneffect
that sucks bro.

hmu any time, my number is the same!

Posted: Sun Sep 14, 2014 10:26 pm
by chew*
we can close this thread with this final picture show.



As for replacement :D


Posted: Sun Sep 14, 2014 10:37 pm
by Midnight_Rider
You must be doing okay if you can post so quickly after your health incident- good to know. :thumbup: Sorry about the car. Just found your new Progress Log about the R/T so I'll go post there.