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I bet that you are not as old as me........

 

I was wrong, he is as old as me.

Great, this place is turning into an old fart's retirement home.

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You would find it odd I would imagine. Normal for us.

 

I believe Alaska state has some similar sunrise and set patterns, but we have more extreme for being more north.

 

Chris do you live in Texas? I lived there in the mid 1980s for work for about three years. My son liked it while we were there and went to university at University of Texas (I believe you say Hook em Horns for football team?). I have a few clothing bits and hat from the campus that I ordered online. My son went to Formula 1 race in Texas this past year to visit old pals from university.

 

He and wife are going to Florida for Dinseyworld with their children. We took them when they were young. I did not like it. Too many Germans, Brits and the French taking holiday there. Fun for my boys though.

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I forgot how off topic this thread got, lol..

 

Pedals/master cyl done..

 

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I also finished the rear subframe. I bought the XM plate for the rear and made my own plate for the front of the diff bushing area. Also added the bar to the rear that Gordo recommended. Also gussetted accordingly, prettymuch copied Gordo's design. Welds were done by a friend since my welder is crap. It's painted Rustoleum battleship grey because that's what I had 2 cans of sitting around.

 

Mock up:

 

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Welded:

 

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And painted:

 

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thats a cool idea only thing is why not try to grind some of that slag off of the welds and make it look alot smoother

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I miss apple gate

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Winter's finally over, pieces are coming together... Slowly...

 

 

 

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I should be starting on the engine this week, still need to find a W58 that isn't a grand or beat to hell.. And a FC RX7 front sway bar for the rear.

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Yes, it is the XM diff kit. The front mount comes with the kit and seems to be made from the same material as the rear mounts. They are very stiff.

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after lots of testing I like the stock rear bar or no bar. But that's with some power and kind of okay tires.

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I'm using Godspeed 21mm FD rear bar with mid-90s corolla endlinks. Bolts up like it was meant to be there. They're only $100 and the rear feels way stiffer over stock. I used the supplied bushings and just cut off about 5mm of rubber from the flat side to fit it into the Cressida brackets (which had to be bent a little).

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Hmm.. Good info. Aphxero, you don't have ridiculous body roll with the stock bar? I just can't imagine that it does a whole lot...

 

If I don't come up with anything at the junk yard, the stock bar will be going on for now.

 

 

On a slightly different note, I'm pretty sure the 1UZ I have has seen better days.. Questionable compression numbers and seemingly high amounts of sludge are making me hesitant to bother with a rebuild. I'm going to pull the pan tonight and check the bearings, that will likely tell the tale. I potentially have a lead on another 1UZ in good running condition....

 

...Unless I can somehow come up with a 2jz-ge in drop in condition.. I'd love to pick up a na-2j and just run that this year and turbo down the road. I'm not locked into the 1uz.

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I have grip thats for sure. maybe a little body roll. rear springs are 9kg too.

 

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see the squat? Thats grip happening. I used to run 18mm rear bar then one drift event the car was feeling totally awesome and when I went to change tires the endlink was broken off so no sway bar. Tried the stocker again and never looked back.

 

the pitch/yaw feels totally even. with stiffer rear springs I dunno.

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Hmm.. Ok.. Sounds logical. I'll run the stock bar for now and see what happens. Thanks.

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yeah just do what works for you. I'm sure I'd do something else if my speeds went up or I ran different tires. Just try shit mane

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I picked up a known running 1994 1uz from a rear crashed sc400.. Also in the same trip I snagged a low mileage w58. 2 birds 1 midnight road trip. I'm going to do the timing belt, water pump, and basic seals/gaskets and call it a day..

 

 

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I also finished up the front suspension. I was originally going to stick with the stock rack, but it ended up being trash and poured fluid out of both ends when I took the boots off. So I replaced it with a X7 rack, 1992 corolla inner tie rods, stock x8 outers. Along with the XM zero akerman arms, RCAs, and LCAs, the steering angle is pretty darn good. I'm happy with it. I feel bad for whoever has to align this thing though.

 

 

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And a picture after cleaning the area around the car for the first time all year. My wife freakin rocks and snagged the Mustang wheels for me at a yard sale for next to nothing.. I was kind of wanting 17"s, but these will work excellent for now.

 

 

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Tonight, I'll be working on reinstalling the stock sway bar and e brake stuff.

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Stock paperclip status sway bar is back on and I finished up the rear brakes.

 

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The whole chassis is basically done now. The only things still to do is the drivetrain, and seats/belts. A roll cage will come later in the season, so I wont be able to tandem for a while.. Probably not a horrible thing anyways just yet anyways.

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Motor Monday:

 

 

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I'm just waiting on the transmission adapter to show up and I'll set this in. After that, It's just the wiring, upper intake, and exhaust.. And the other million piddly details to make it drive.

 

Just completed: new timing belt/related, water pump, plugs, wires, caps, rotors, painted valve covers, etc. These motors are complicated as hell compared to anything else I've dealt with.

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I'm still waiting for the TV8 trans adapter kit to show up. That's the main thing holding me up at this point. I did however set the engine in the bay on the mounts to check some clearances and whatnot. Turns out that from what I can tell the factory LS400 exhaust manifolds are very close to clearing the steering shaft. I may have to make a very slight notch in the drivers side manifold, but it's not nearly as bad as I had had assumed it would be. I did get rid of the stock flanges and welded 2" adapters. From there, I need to set the engine back in again and fab up the down tubes and bends. There will be a flexpipe after each bend and it will "Y" together somewhere further back.. Still working on it.. Here's a pic of the headers so far. (My neighbor makes nice welds!)

 

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I was also trying to wrap my head around how to mount the Seat belt harnesses.. There is an inboard mount point for the lap belt, and the XM seat brackets have a mount point for the submarine belt. But there was no good outer mount for the lap belt, only a big hole where the factory retractor was. So we fabed these simple plates that will bolt in in place of the retractors. Just a piece of thick steel with a hole drilled in the middle and a nut welded on the back. Should work just fine to mount the harness to.. I'm still working out how I want to mount the shoulder belts until I get a cage (next year).

 

Anyways, the outboard harness mount plates:

 

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The wiring should be basically done this weekend.. I'm hoping to have this thing ready for No Star Bash on June 28.. It's gonna be a busy month!

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I have no idea what I'm doing... Wired it up on sunday.. No spark.. It was late, went to bed. I'll take another crack at it tonight..

 

 

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