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Post by ZeroChad » Mon Feb 15, 2010 3:42 pm

Thanks man. EE or ME ? lol. I was A section. Man the whole thesis project was a bunch of crap. Finally finished it up.


Got a few updates I'll post pics of later. Went to muffler man and welded in 3 02 bungs and a high flow cat. She's running great now with no codes. Also got my Canton oil pan I bought from Sgt. Brad fixed up. Should be ready to go in with my next oil change.
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Post by neonslg09 » Mon Feb 15, 2010 3:44 pm

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Post by ZeroChad » Sun Mar 14, 2010 4:07 pm

78F w/ a slight breeze. Are you sure this is March? lol. Lovein it down here it's awesome.

Well, the neon made the trip down okay. It sucked not beeing able to see out my back window or be able to check my blind spots. Here's a couple pics from the trip.

Just Heading out. White balance is off. My hids are 5000k. Damn yellow halogens screwing w/ teh balance lol.
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On teh roadz
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Peace out Michigan. Hello Indiana.
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Illionois turned out to be not so much fun to drive through. I swear this picture kept repeating for about 5 hours.
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We stopped in Memphis for the night, then left the next day. Cool cityl
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Finally in Austin. This is my GF new hotel to work at.
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However, there are quite a few issues that have come to light in the trip. I'm pretty sure my oil pan gasket is leaking (excuse to throw on the canton pan), and I think I'm leaking tranny fluid too. I'm wondering if one of the bolts is loosening up when I drained it ~4 months ago. Shifting is getting pretty knotchy. I need to find somewhere I can work on my car. Also, my FDS coilover is making a springy/popping noise while I turn the wheel while not moving. It looks like one of the bolts for my swaybar bracket sheared off too? crazy. Lastly...The day I was leaving, one of my friends rear ended me. I wasn't really pissed about it b/c my exterior has kinda been going downhill fast. It scuffed up my bumper pretty good and cracked my license plate holder. BTW I'm not too excited about the whole front plate thing down here lol.


I did have some spare time to dink around with some leds I have. These are some monster SMD leds. I'm not running them at full power b/c they'd need a heatsink to properly dissapate heat. As they are though, they're plenty bright. I'll throw up a night pic tonight.
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In case you were wondering, I tapped into the orange illumination wire on the HVAC connector, and used the black/purple ground wire.

I did notice it was hard to get a pure uniform light distribution due to an uneven coating on the back of the light holes. It must be to make up for the lack of stock bulbs.
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Hopefully, I'll have some more updates soon. I really need to fix those leaking fluids first.
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Post by neonpla » Sun Mar 14, 2010 4:15 pm

When we meeting up? We have a meet every friday up here at target.

just google Harker Heights Target and you'll get directions. Normally from 730 - to when ever people go home.

Also We're doing a cruise next weekend through the hill country if you want to come.

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Post by LionheartedSXT » Sun Mar 14, 2010 5:50 pm

Glad to see you made the trip down safe chad!
Tennessee looks really nice, may have to visit one day.
Hope you get those leaks fixed soon!
Other than that enjoy Texas man.
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Post by ZeroChad » Sun Mar 14, 2010 6:59 pm

Shot ya a txt man.

Yeah chad. Memphis looked really cool. Didn't get to see much more of Tennessee though. Arkansas was def a nice place. Pretty brown/grey this time of year though.

Oh, here's a pick of the crunch. It was my friends bday and he was driving our other friends truck and hit me at a light. He said that he didn't even realize the truck was moving. I felt bad for him though, it was his first at fault accident.
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Post by neonslg09 » Sun Mar 14, 2010 9:22 pm

No more rust FTW!!! Congrats Chad, happy to see you made it down there ok!

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Post by ZeroChad » Sun Mar 14, 2010 10:11 pm

That drive was long and not so fun. But yeah. Last weekend I washed the crap out of her. Any trace of that nasty salt is gone for good.
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Post by FAC3L3SS » Sun Mar 14, 2010 10:42 pm

Sorry I was at work dude. I know the sign you saw though. I was within like 15 miles of it :(
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Post by Tam » Mon Mar 15, 2010 1:52 am

I'm glad to see you've made it to TX. Memphis is a really pretty city. I liked it there when I visited. I especially loved Walnut Grove Street.

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Post by LilSparkPlug » Mon Mar 15, 2010 9:32 am

Glad you made it there safely :)

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Post by hul kogan » Mon Mar 15, 2010 9:37 am

Glad to see you made it there safely! Enjoy the new climate. Heh.
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Post by ZeroChad » Mon Mar 15, 2010 11:47 pm

Thanks everyone!!! Its been gorgeous down here lately.
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Post by neonpla » Tue Mar 16, 2010 12:19 am

Texas > all :)
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Post by ZeroChad » Tue Mar 30, 2010 5:25 pm

Well, I ordered Megasquirt II w/ v3.0 board. III popped up like two days later. Kinda sucks since I'd really like run sequential injection and COP. I can always upgrade later.

Everything came in last week.

I built my JimStim already and just started on the MS mainboard, but my soldering tip broke! I guess I do too much of that stuff lol. Ordered some more tips. Should be here Friday. I'm hoping to swap out to my Canton oil pan from SGT Brad this weekend too. Hopefully the new gasket will fix my oil leak.
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Post by neonpla » Tue Mar 30, 2010 5:48 pm

CHAD!!!!!! sounds good bro.. lets get a rematch on that spec v

oh btw if you need any of these let me know

mpx 60mm tb for mtx
aem cai
msd wires
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i'm about to start parting out my wrecked ACR.
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Post by ZeroChad » Tue Mar 30, 2010 8:00 pm

Hey Luis
I may be interested in that AEM CAI. I could really use a new battery tray bracket though. The one with the studs on it for the tray. Mine were all seized to crap and 3 of em broke off. It sucked.
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Post by ZeroChad » Sun Apr 25, 2010 8:03 pm

April 25, 2010

Well I got my lazy butt moving today and decided to install my Canton Oil pan that i got from Sgt. Brad. I had fixed it up a while ago from his broken rod damage.The install went okay, but not as smooth as I hoped.

Starting off, my stock pan was leaking at the gasket, i probably had about 3qt of oil left it. The rear of the pan was just coated. So i took off that bugger.

The new internals are looking sweet still.
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I realized, in order to get the pan in, i had to remove the AC mount bracket. This meant the AC compressor had to come off. Well I had taken the lines off a while ago, so this was more weight savings. The engine bay really cleared out down below. (PS is next!)
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After the AC mount bracket was out, the pan went in pretty good. I had to hammer it out a little on the corner to get it to clear the AC bracket w/o grinding. (lost my cutting burr).
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Notice that the front bung won't be usable due to that damn bracket again. i wish someone made custom brackets for A/C less setups.
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Now I need to figure out how to loop my PS lines and take out the pump.
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Post by ZeroChad » Tue Apr 27, 2010 12:17 am

Just got my Megasquirt to communicate with TunerStudio! It was giving me some problems, and trouble shooting the connection was a pain. Changed one number in the firmware ini, and it picked up right away. Sweet!

Now i just have to build a few more extra outputs and MSExtra circuits. Here's what she looks like now.
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Post by srtjesse » Tue Apr 27, 2010 12:31 am

cool man car is looking good now you have to go race the spec v again and take him
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Post by neonpla » Fri Apr 30, 2010 12:15 am

^ I can't wait until you can rev high.. should be a better race.
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Post by FAC3L3SS » Fri Apr 30, 2010 12:18 am

Oh man. This makes me wanna do some forged internals to my stock engine ROFL. Then build it and MS it. Mr. Chad, your car is FTW.
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Post by ZeroChad » Fri Apr 30, 2010 12:29 am

Oh for sure. It'll be pretty close man. The car already feels tons better with some fresh oil. She was running pretty low n dirty. still good pressure though.

Just finished testing all the inputs tonight. Look to be working good! Now I just need to make sure the outputs are good. I should be able to finish her up by Sunday.

Adam: DO IT! Thanks man! Those pistons have by far been the best money I've ever spent on my car. (not even considering the old ones were fubar)


Oh, I got my Black w/ silver vein PC Bwoody solid mounts today. They're pretty sweet.
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Post by FAC3L3SS » Fri Apr 30, 2010 12:48 am

I'm swapping a fresh head in this following weak. Mild build, with an R/T cam and springs, Mag exhaust manifold, and of course all new gaskets. If it runs as strong as I hope, I might just save for some internals and let a REAL build begin. Props for some motivation!

I could always just drive halfway into a lake. Then I'd HAVE to do it :lol:
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Post by ZeroChad » Mon May 03, 2010 9:35 pm

haha, good luck man. Its amazing the things you learn about your engine during a rebuild.

UPDATE

Bwoody motor mounts are on. These are powder coated "Black w/ Silver Vein". I'll get some better and close bay shots after I remove my power steering pump and clean some.

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Installing the upper was cake, but the lower one needed some convincing to bet past the oil pan. I drove around today to get a pic for 2gn Survivor, and WOW! There's a good amount more of vibration and noise at, but the shifts are easier and the engine just feels solid now.

Megasquirt is looking good. I had some cold solder joints on the stim pots that were giving me some problems testing. All the inputs are looking good. I'll be testing the outputs and my msextra circuits tonight. Then she'll be ready for install. I'm considering getting components for sequential ignition and cam input before I install.
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Post by FAC3L3SS » Mon May 03, 2010 9:36 pm

I like this thread. Only updated with....updates.
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Post by srtjesse » Mon May 03, 2010 11:17 pm

cool man i got massive motor mounts and i hate the vibration but i love the way it shifts smoother and the engine delivers more powah to the grownd
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Post by ZeroChad » Tue May 04, 2010 1:36 am

Adam - All meet and potatoes man. No veggies here.

Jessie - Never heard of that brand before. lol If I let the clutch out at like 800RPM it shakes the whole interior.
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Post by ZeroChad » Sun May 23, 2010 8:22 pm

Update from last weekend.

I took some time and installed the PS rear parking brake today. I've been running w/o one since I never purchased the other parking brake cable when I did my swap. It went pretty well. The hardest part was getting the damn dust cap off.

This is what the parking brake assembly looks like. So much for my nice black painted backing plates.
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For some reason, the brake cable was of a different length than the other side. I thought I had ordered the same AC Delco part. It'll probably stretch some more. I'll adjust them next week.
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MS is looking good. Need to test the IAC output, and figure out why IGN2 stays solid sometimes. I had a few issues with my Jimstim so far, but nothing with the MS.
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Post by sidepipe87 » Sun May 23, 2010 8:39 pm

If you order the same part for both sides, then it's probably wrong. One side is different than the other. Unless you meant, you replaced what you had with the same thing. Also they are different between disc/drum brake cars.
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