Wednesday, February 18, 2015
This is the color I spoke of in an earlier post, in 1999 Lamborghini called it candy apple blue.
I have an email thread going with V8 Archie, trying to decide how much kit I'm buying from him to make this assembly bit go faster. It's about the LT1/F40 combo that I'm going with. Hard to find individuals who have done this. I'm at least going to do the flywheel/clutch/pressureplate, I'm trying to decide how much more than that to get from him.
Friday, February 13, 2015
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Some days you have to pull the V8 up the hill. :-)
This was me playing brake while I got the rest of the young 'uns to help bring the motor UP out of the shop and into the driveway. I've got a ratchet strap around my back/hips area and am pulling the V8 up out of it's hole it was hiding in.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Today the first pass of the frame being coated primer black is completed. We also got the bushings pressed into the engine cradle. We seem to have slightly bent the cradle and will have to open it back up before mounting it back into the car. You can see the 6 speed transmission in one of these photos we're getting it ready to load into the engine cradle with the 350.
Monday, February 9, 2015
A new quart of paint will be in at my suppliers tomorrow. Chevy Volt is due to be turned in, may have to wait for Wed, depends on how long it will take to turn back in off of lease. Wheels are supposed to be done and back to me from the rim repair place (getting the centers powder coated) late tomorrow as well. So a very busy day, it will more than make up for slow progress. :-)
Saturday, February 7, 2015
Got more wire wheel work done on the chassis. Will be able to finish that off 100% on Monday and get some painting done. Will pick up a new can of POR 15 on Tuesday and finish off the chassis paint 100% before the end of the week. You can see in some of these images the difference in the surface rust before and after the wheel.
I'll be needing to source some dust boots for these joints. I'm thinking that they may be of some common size with something else. If anyone has a lead, let me know. -Thanks
I've also got the bushings knocked out of the engine cradle so I can press the new ones in. It needs a little more clean up work before I'll be putting the new ones in, and what you can see there is the left over rubber/rust from the previous ones. They were 30 years old, I guess it was about time for them to go. This original car was a 1985 Fiero GT.
So here are those pics worth a 1k words each:
Thursday, February 5, 2015
Got my old 60k BTU kerosene heater fired up again. Hadn't run it in years. Had to hand spin the fan motor/fuel pump to get it to power on and start running. It was pretty noisy for a while but cleaned up and quieted down after some run-in time.
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Monday, February 2, 2015
This is for the build log of the flagship car of 100 MPG Motors. It is an early 90's Lambo Diablo kit car. A D&R Replicar to be exact. With a mid 90's interior package. I will also have him doing a copy/paste of the entries from here, to the other build log (kitcentral.com) for progress as it goes.
Once the car is in a drivable chassis state, we will then work on the ability to have the car run on normal fuel injection or switch to fumes only mode. Then we'll test the automation of cold starts on normal FI and it moving to fumes on its own. This will test the controls where we leave it on Fumes mode but it uses the sensors to know to start under cold conditions on FI and watch for water temp to rise to switch and how smoothly it can handle that. It will be computer controlled so this would be a good time to get that ironed out.
Of course in parallel I'll have other guys helping out on the body/door builds/etc. So we can try to get this car done this calendar year if at all possible. My goal is a drivable chassis in 3 months. We'll see. From there it will depend on scheduling the car into other places for other pieces to be finished off. Interior. Body. Doors. Paint.
We recently (and will show this in pics tomorrow) got some rust took care of in the tail end on the DS of the car. Right where the engine cradle bolts up to the tail end of the car, it was so rusted out, the weld nut you should bolt to had fallen thru. We put fresh metal in it this past weekend so now we're getting the rust knocked out and making the cradle ready to take the engine/transmission work.
I've also got the wheels out getting powder coated for the centers. I have real Lambo Murci wheels that I want to give the SV look to. Black centers with silver surrounds. They should be back by this coming Friday.
So I'm getting ahead of myself with what all is coming this week, but giving folks who used to watch this blog from time to time something to look forward to.
Appreciate all the well wishes for getting it done. I'm so glad to be working on making it happen right now. I can't tell you. It's been a long time coming. I've been collecting car parts for about 13 years. So It's about time to begin the assembly... don't ya think? :-)
Lost both of my parents this past year and it was a really bad year personally on a lot of fronts. What did do well was my business, and I'm thankful for that. I'm looking forward to not wasting any more time on this thing as these things can go. For folks with forever projects, you know what I'm talking about.