Thursday, March 31, 2016
So reading up on this topic, I've decided two things, one being an inductive load I'll probably need a larger generator than one that says it can handle the load from a watt rating standpoint. And two I may make a cord to run it off of the dryer plug in my wall at the house for a test prior to trying the generator again. But I suspect I may burn another cap in the testing and trying to get back to being generator powered.
It also sounds like I need to check the centrifugal switch on the motor. It may be why the cap stayed in effect for too long which also causes the generator and AC motor to fight with one another.
Here's pics of my blown cap.
Blew the lid off of it! :-D
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
The donor hardware is from my old 95TA. Regulators, window motors, etc. Latches will be from my original kit as will be the gas springs. Those things (the springs) must be 16 years old by now and still operate like nobodies business. Made by Camloc out of the UK.
Anyhow, here's my first entry out of more to come on the doors.
Saturday, March 26, 2016
The audio is not good for my voice, you have to turn it up all the way to hear me at all. And then you can only hear me in the beginning. But yeah, the car sounds amazing! For those who love a healthy sounding V8 you will not be disappointed.
Thanks for your time.
I didn't make any new photos of that as it would just be fluid in the reservoir and the same lines we've seen already. But wanted to post that, that was done now.
Will get on to other small things that need to be done, or maybe some wiring tomorrow. We'll see what tomorrow's update has in store once I can publish it.
Thanks for your time.
Friday, March 25, 2016
Thursday, March 24, 2016
You can actually see the top of the intake plenum again!!! Vacuum hoses and wires are better groomed than they were before. Computer is tied off approximately where I will make a bracket to hold it out of the way.
I'm starting to tie back the harness where I can to keep it out of the way of other stuff while I figure out where everything will go. You may also see in the top left area of the firewall I have made a thing that I, 3D printed to fit onto the old engine lid bracket. I made it have 3 blocks that have holes in them to allow me to tie off hardness, hoses, etc. to keep them out of the way.
If someone would like the object file, let me know and I will fix it so it will work straight off of the printer. Mine was a lil too small on the bolt holes and I was little off when I made it, so I used a drill on it to make it fit. I need to put a couple of nuts on it to secure it.
Monday, March 21, 2016
I got the exhaust finished up. Well, as done as I'm going to do it for now. I know I will always tinker with this car down the road. Little weekend projects here and there to upgrade this or that. Fix it up better than initial. I'm always doing that sort of thing. So I'm foregoing the perfectionist thing that I have done in the past to get this thing on the road. Then once it's good to go (road worthy) then I can always come back and do some things that I thought about on the build but wanted that speed to market instead. :-)
As I was saying the exhaust is in. Welded up. There are a couple of clamps, but mostly to make removing the tips easier/quicker. I also didn't make the exits perfect. They're close enough for who they're for. I seen that also as a good day waster for every little tweak to even them out with each other 100%. So I gave up on that so I could move on to the axles. Here's some pics of the exhaust work.
Sunday, March 20, 2016
Saturday, March 19, 2016
Friday, March 18, 2016
If nothing else happens today, my day was just made. I've been looking for my cruise control Master for a very long time now. I came across it while hunting something else, isn't that typical? I just did a quick look for the 10 Way connector that plugs into it and don't see it on my harness but that won't slow me down.
Now if I can get my water pump installed today that would be quite a bit of progress actually. I still need the bolts for the water pump.
Pump is in. Torqued. Sensors connected. I cut the shock tower to allow the air intake temperature sensor to get mounted. It's in and connected.
Thursday, March 17, 2016
Ok. That shit is over. I'm ready to get this thing done! :-)
So much so, that I'm currently overlooking a situation that I'm not happy about with my hubs getting cut to accept my axles. The guys cut the splined area down within the hub to make clearance for the non-splined space. I guess. I haven't talked to them about it, but I basically got cheated out of almost a full half inch of splined space that should have been engaged with one another. This would mean buying new hubs all over again and sending them to the same guys (only ones I've found with the broaching bar for the 30 spline G6 axle).
But I haven't had a chance to call them yet since the discovery, so maybe they have a legit reason. But looking back and forth between the two parts it looks pretty obvious. Someone measured wrong and cut it too deep on the lathe. No one offered up the screw up prior to shipping it back to me. So we'll see what thy have to say for themselves soon enough.
So without further ado, the requisite pics.
Thanks for your time. Hope some of the info in these pages helps others on similar quests.
Sunday, March 13, 2016
But today (Mar 13) will continue that work with figuring out what I have and don't have so when something doesn't work I just assume it is already connected. I haven't found the C217 harness connector where I can get my stereo controls from my wheel. That one is elusive. It was only on the Pontiac and I have that but not finding the actual connector yet. I think it is a part of another connector is why I'm having such a hard time with it.
It claims to have a yellow wire in it, so you'd think it would be easy to find. I think I'm just going to take my multimeter to it and find it that way. Can't go wrong there. If it says it should be X ohms when connected, that's pretty straight forward. Keep hitting the button and doing the color combos it says on the existing connector that hasn't found a home yet, and I'll be good.
Friday, March 11, 2016
But hey, like the real Italian car, those are hand made and not every one of theirs are perfectly symmetrical. (prior to Audi ownership anyway)
So aside from some dinking around today, this was the major thing that got done. I have half heartedly have always dreaded doing this step. At some point, I quit worrying about possibly screwing it up and figured I could always fix it if it turned out like crap. So from that point on I was always looking forward to doing it, just wasn't the time to do it yet. But now I'm about to pull the body off and mount my ducts for the radiators and the radiators themselves, so it is time to do this step. After this setup I'll lose the opportunity to get into places on here that will be covered up from now on once mounted.
So without further ado, here are the pics.
Passenger side I did first. Inspirational work always flows well if I can do it when I'm wanting to do it instead of when I have to do it.
Take it easy y'all.
Thursday, March 10, 2016
So I have them connected up and tightened to that German torque spec, you know, guten tite. :-D Then I added the fluid and had my son keep turning the wheel lock to lock to burp the air out of it. Looking good so far. Looking forward to applying some power to it and seeing if it has any leaks under pressure. So far no leaking with no more pressure than the wheel input is generating. So stoked!
About to start some electrical work I suppose. There are the beginnings of the need there. ;-)
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
I know the pump isn't 100% level and all of that. It'll work, though. And I have said it here 100 times already I'm sure. . . functional first pretty second. And yes it'll run just fine at a little tilt. If anything it helps ensure the pump gets all of the fluid from the reservoir as the tilt helps in setting it at an angle that would make the intake to the pump the lowest point in the reservoir.
Here's a pic. Yes, I did some welding to make it more of a mount that has bolts all the way through (5" long bolts). There are 2 each 3/8"-16 bolts in the front and a 1/4"-20 in the rear. I used 1/2" gas pipe that was removed from my house as the pieces I made the stand from. It'll get cleaned up and painted before long. Knock down some of the crap parts of the weld with a grinder and POR that thing. :-)
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
So I have my "new" LS1 steering rack in. I call it that because it is one of those that they started using when the F-body moved from the LT1 to the LS1 motors. The last one I had was leaking like crazy and I didn't want this to be my starting point. Dumping stop leak into my "newly" built car... :-)
So this is really good because now, even if I didn't add in my power steering pump/reservoir/controller, all-in-one (which you can see in the pictures leaning to one side), I'd still be able to steer this thing now. Makes it easier for moving it around now too.
But I'm more focused on this thing being a driver very soon than I am about pushing it around. Aside from the obvious Clutch test that will be under way once my hubs come back from up the road.
Oh YES!!! I have sent off my hubs today. I found some guys who will turn them on a lathe and broach them to the Pontiac G6 axles that I am using in this build. Oh happy days really are just around the corner!!!
They'll be getting my hubs tomorrow (they're that close by). And I'll have to tell them that I need the outer hub that centers inside your wheels to be turned down a bit too. 5 or 10 thou I'm guessing would be good. I can't currently get my Murci wheels on the car properly in the back. I beat them on and off (insert pun here) with a hammer as they're too tight to mount.
Will be nice seeing this thing on the ground with axles in it, clutch, gas pedal, steering. Hell, I may even have brakes before too much longer. Jesus, this car really is getting built isn't it?
Extremely happy to see this all coming together. It has been a long time coming. Been waiting about 13 ~ 14 years to build this thing. I'm glad it is finally happening.
Take care y'all and WATCH OUT!!!, it's a jungle out there!!! :-)
Not much progress today, but tomorrow . . . the light begins to shine.
And you have to go down those roads that suck to really appreciate the ones that don't.
Sunday, March 6, 2016
Still looking forward to firing the fuel injector today. I think I may make dual blog entries today. Or just come back and edit this one...
Later that same day;
WOW!! Well. I guess I shouldn't be surprised. I mean, if you had a nice spray pattern you might screw up and make some good mileage. Be closer to fumes. Of course we couldn't have that from the factory.
Here's my video of firing one of my injectors off of the garden hose so I can see the pattern and better know how to aim it in the vaporizer box.
Saturday, March 5, 2016
So I set off to make a fuel injector tester and to test a FI that I have from my original set that came stock on my 95TA LT-1. So I made a 555 circuit as a guy on YouTube had suggested. Got that altogether pretty quick. Found a power cord. Dug up a battery and put it on the Battery Tender Jr. Was moving along pretty good. Then it came down to getting the injector to fit onto something that I could use with a garden hose. After a lil fab work, I had a friction fit with an injector and a 5/8" garden hose mender. It has a hose barb on both sides and once I got one end to be beveled slightly, I then cleaned up the top of the injector (without the o-ring on top) and was getting it together.
Then it hit me, maybe the battery isn't done on the charger? On the way to the charger, I spotted something that I thought I could get done right quick. Then this lead to another thing... I needed to see how the exhaust stuff was going to line up and measure how much pipe I would need to come up with for my monza tips to show up at the right spot on the back of the car. So I had to get help putting the rear bumper on.
Then I had to have my son shoot a couple of pics for me, so I could see the appearance of the tips in about the right spot. So I had him shoot pictures of me holding them up one at a time with different depths under the car so I could see where they would be under the car to make sure that would work out for me.
I think the second one works out best. I think that is more of a stock location too. It'll be very tight getting the driver side one into that position for the pipe that leads up to that tip. But I think I can heat and bend some pipe into that spot.
Then of course, while I was checking out stuff on the tail, I had to look at some of the other pieces I had been wondering about for ages. I went and grabbed the center tail and light bezels to check them out. Then I seen how the tail lights themselves should mount so I grabbed one set of them. Next thing you know, I'm drilling holes and mounting tail lights. I didn't drill the holes for the screws that will hold them on, but I did hold it up to have a look.
So who knows what the future holds? Maybe tomorrow I'll go ahead and fire that fuel injector. I did make everything to be able to fire it already. :-D
Thanks for your time.
Friday, March 4, 2016
So I was able to score some nuts for my stock exhaust today. That plus a pipe pull from Hawks and I was in business. I broke out the Dewalt reciprocating saw and went to town. Cut and welded for one side and only had to cut so far for the other.
I also cleaned up my plug wires a bit with some wire keepers.
Some progress beats none.
Get more in the coming days.