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This update i have mostly been painting headlights and making manifolds.

As photos show i have painted the inside of the headlight bowls which gives the lights a tinted look witout altering the way they reflect the light.

 

I have also been experimenting with an exhaust manifold. Starting with the NA manifold from a 2.5 20V 850. The turbo hasnt ended up exactly where i want it and im 90% sure i'm going to remake it/ start again. It was more of an experiment to prove it would work. The collector turned out good, but i think using 3" pipe as the elbow after the collector is going to reduce its efficiency. The adapter flange on top is very tempory, it was the only T3 flange i had so i just tacked it on to check things out.

 

Anyone got any thoughts on the effieciency of the manifold? i.e would it be better to have the primaries longer with the collector directly before the turbo flange??

Adam

 

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I finally have the car in the garage to de-panel so i can do all the grinding and welding of the shell with the glass removed. I'm working on the engine bay at the moment because the rain has been stopping me removing the final panels.

Progress however is being made, mainly the little head scratching parts that take hours thinking about then minutes making. Exactly like the removeable bonnet slam panel. I had to make it removeable but useable, retain its strength and be able to slot back in without major work. The end conclusion was two tabs on the body with captive nuts and two on the panel again with captive nuts.

The only reason i need this panel is because of the extra length of slotting the T5 in.

I have also sorted the small rust section on the O/S innner arch and removed the lip that reduces the amount of suspension travel i end up with.

I have also totally stripped the wiring and the engine bay and am looking at modding the bulkhead to allow best fitment of the engine.

I picked up a pair of rust free but dented doors aswell.

And got the final fitment of the intercooler and radiator down aswell.

Any ideas on position for oil cooler????? Running out of space.

Adam

 

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I got all of the glass out of the car for proper welding to commence and my cat decided she needed a recharge whilst helping me.

I worked out how to mount my oil cooler, it was an idea i had a while ago and today i got the courage to hack the front panel to make it fit. Luckily i got it all finished before i ran out of welding gas.

I'm very happy with the result, i will have to run a small japenese reg plate but it should be fine. The fibreglass will need fettling when i come to paint it but i'm happy with it.

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Well i haver removed the rusty battery tray and smoothed the inner wing. I have also started work on the tunnel, which is what i was working on today when a parcel arrived for me. I'm glad its turned up now so i acn sort out making the adapter plaet for the Corvette torque tube!!!

Cheers Adam

 

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Today i have cut the sump and will big wing it to up the oil capacity again. I have also very nearly got the bulkhead cut enough to get the engine sat where i want it. I also did a dry run of the torque tube on the clutch with the bellhousing so i can go ahead and get an adapter plate made now.

Adam

 

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The last few days have been a mission that i will be continuing tommorow. I'm building the manifold from scratch using 2 20V na manifolds, a toyota celica manifold and a length of straight pipe.

I wanted the primaries to be as long as possible to help with low end. So far the cylinders i have finished are within 1/2 inch of one another at 33inches.

The collector was a nightmare to get right but turned good in the end. Once its all been tigged i will blend the pipes into the flange.

I have left plenty of room for teh downpipe and plenty of room for a larger turbo upgrade if i need one!! :lol:

Adam

 

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I managed to get the straight pipe i needed today and got the manifold finished all 5 primaries are within 1/2 inch of 33 inches so i'm really pleased with that for my first manifold build. The flange needs a little tweek to get it perfectly level but thats no big deal.

Plenty of room around it all for downpipe and future turbo swaps.

Adam

 

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