Wednesday, May 25, 2016

May 25 - mount that rail - vaporizer update

Getting there on mounting the fuel rail and fuel injector to the vaporizer box.  So those bosses I had made are now sporting screws in them holding brackets for the fuel rail.  It's not 100% yet but it is getting there quickly now.

Welds aren't pretty but it is strong.  And on this build I'm all about functional 1st, pretty second.  I don't have a proper Tig kit to do this with.  It is my wire fed Hobart Handler 140 and I also don't have 100% Argon, so no, it is not going to be pretty.  :-)  I'm using my 75/25 bottle for steel on this with the nodes flipped around for Aluminum and using the right wire of course.  But still.  sigh...

Those are #10 screws, stainless that are holding the bracket.  I'm thinking I'm going to either weld this one end that worked out to be flush, or I'm also thinking better yet, I'll do bulkhead fittings on that side to keep it together there.  Good suggestion from a guy who has done a ton of this kind of work all of his life.

I also got the makeshift boot clamps on the CV boots today (with my son's help of course).  We'll see how they work out.  They're little stainless straps that work similar to a ty-wrap but don't have the teeth on them.  I pulled the strap thru it's holder and then twisted it up in a spiral like a sardine can key.  Then crimped it so the twist couldn't come out of it.  I put the bent over bit in the direction of normal travel down the road so it doesn't want to come apart or catch on anything.  It has a bumped up bit there instead of something that could catch.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

May 24 - Brace and then some

Got my shock tower brace welded in today. Boxed in the old locations and welded in a piece of angle iron.
Also got 2 out of the 4 bosses welded up on the vaporizer box. It's to bolt up plates to hold the fuel rail. I'll get the other 2 welded on tomorrow. I got all 4 of them cut, drilled & tapped. Wasn't a bad angle by eye balling them.

Monday, May 23, 2016

May 22 - Motor in gear oops

I post the good and the bad when it comes to my videos I've taken as I'm on this journey to build this car.  I forgot the car was left in gear (as it had been when it was sitting on the ground).  And I started the motor on fumes and got a surprise.  you can see the drivers side wheel hopping.  This is because the suspension interferes with the axle on this side when the car is up in the air.  It's fine when it is on the ground and compressed from running over bumps.  But when it leaves the ground... not so good.  Real problem is that this side is a very short axle and it has a lot more throw per suspension travel because of that.

Anyway, here's the video.  Enjoy.  Or cringe as I did when I seen it the first time.  I do knock it into neutral and have to shake up my bubbler to keep the gasoline fumes coming so it'll idle for a bit.  It was about to die just before it hit me to shake the gasoline around in the oil drain pan.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

May 15 - fumes plumbing done

I got the following two pictures which are worth more than 2k words!!!

But I'll start with an explanation of the routing of the lines and more commentary can follow based on questions that may be brought forward.

If you zoom into this shot you can see the top of the fitting that comes off of the exhaust manifold and runs down at an angle and to the input side fo the vaporizer box on the right side of it.

Then coming off of the left side of that box it routes around in front of us in the picture and away to the other side of the car.

From the other side you can see where it marries up with the original EGR return pipe and goes into the intake manifold/plenum.

Let me know what else you'd like to know about that and I will reply about it.


Saturday, May 14, 2016

May 14 - engine lid

It's only sitting on a couple of saw horses from underneath. But you have to start somewhere.

Friday, May 13, 2016

May 13 - Friday the 13th

I think I got my front tire air leak fixed. We'll see what it looks like tomorrow.

Crossing fingers.

I think it may turn out to be the valve extension was leaking. I'll past again tomorrow about it.

May 12 - W00T for the windshield

Windshield for the car came in today!  Still in the cardboard. Will open it up tomorrow to see what it looks like. Fed Ex dropped it off and ran. Left it in a bad spot. No notice it was here. Glad the wife seen it early on and I got it moved. Was up against our closed garage door and leaned back the wrong way too. Could have been bad if door was opened or if it was left leaving as it was in the hot sun. Would have screwed the shape of it over time had we not seen it.

Glad it's here now. Will update again tomorrow with pics.


Sunday, May 8, 2016

May 8 - whittling wood, or copper as it were

Gettin this plumbing done on the fumes box is like whittling wood, you're not going to do it all in one sitting.  Not a piece this size anyway.

So I've had to break this short run into two pieces and join it with some sort of coupler or union.  We'll see what I have to choose from on the next store run.

Here's pics fo what I have so far.  You can see that I'm using the ports that are meant to blow fresh air into the exhaust.  I'm using that to feed hot exhaust gas over to the vaporizer box.  Can't wait to see if I have this first run at it pretty close on the math in my head.  If this thing starts right up on my first go, it'll be amazing that it works out this way.  Almost like this motor is meant o be modded this way.  ;-D

I'll work more on my exit plumbing from the box once I get a chance to work on the car some more.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

May 3 - Helicoil to the rescue

So on Sunday, the 1st, I tried to put my exhust manifolds back on.  Trying to button up everything that I had been working on lately.  EGTs were in so I was reinstalling the manifolds, fixed (I hope) an oil leak, was going to install my battery finally.... then the rear manifold install didn't go so well.  The front one went on like clockwork, the rear one stripped 2 bolt holes out of the head. 

I was so disgusted I didn't do anything else after that.  Later that day I got some serious sinus issues and went down for the count yesterday.  Not doing too much better today, but well enough that I go out there and repaired the two stripped out holes.  I drilled them out, ran the tap (not too pretty, but I think it'll hold) and inserted the helicoils.

You can see where the threads came out of one of the holes with the bolt.