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Build Threads / Re: Blake's 1965 Mustang Project
« on: August 16, 2019, 12:20:29 PM »
So according to AEM, the ECU they sent as a replacement for my failed unit wasn't properly updated to run digital inputs correctly, so it has to go back to them again.    They are covering shipping and the RMA cost this time though, so that's better than last time at least.   They said I'd have an RMA form and label late Wednesday or Thursday morning, it's now Friday morning and nothing.  Oh well.    They're also supposed to be looking into why I can't download firmware for it as well.

It sounds like this may be why my cam sensors were being so fussy, so maybe I didn't need to spend 10 hours replacing one.   At least for peace of mind it's new I guess.   If this doesn't clear the issues up, I'm either putting a Haltech or a MS3 Ultimate in it.   A company released a DBW addon for MS3, which was the big thing stopping me from considering it.

In the meantime, I scored a killer deal on a 2018+ intake, which is worth a bunch of power up top and a pretty good gain everywhere else as well (especially vs. my 2013 truck intake) so I snagged that.   I modified the vacuum ports and 3D printed plugs for the ones I don't need, and also 3D printed lock-out levers for the variable runner controls as I don't need them/can't use them anyway.     It looks like I'll have to modify my cold side piping just a little and a few other things, but nothing major.

Sorry to hear about all the AEM issues.  FWIW, Justin Pawlak (Formula D guy) is switching from a stock ECU to a Link unit on his S550, apparently they have full support for variable valve timing and what not.  So may be worth checking out as well

Road Racing/Autocross / Re: Fuel slosh.... need help/opinions
« on: August 16, 2019, 12:17:32 PM »
I am about to do a spare tire well fuel cell with internal surge tank and pump, tired of leaking fuel and cutting out in turns

Road Racing/Autocross / Re: "Doda" '93 FD NASA TT Build
« on: August 16, 2019, 12:14:20 PM »
That's a pretty concise explanation of building these things.  :D

I'd say so, it took me 2 engines and 6 years to make my car reliable enough to drive around, and it still vibrates like crazy above 70mph

I sealed a t5 tailshaft with RTV and it always leaked,  I am definitely using anerobic from now on.

Glad to see you got the trans fixed relatively quickly, congrats on 700+ whp, I can't imagine how fast it must be, that's like twice the power I have!

Build Threads / Re: Supe's NASCARX-7 (SB2.2 swap)
« on: August 14, 2019, 10:44:12 AM »
Nice work!  Did you have to drill out for the bump steer kit? 

Build Threads / Re: Spacevomit's FD33 Project: Behind the Candelabra
« on: August 14, 2019, 07:22:54 AM »
So I got the clutch and flywheel from cobranut, and I'm just waiting on an LS9 cam now, then its ready for balancing and assembling the short block. To recap, the engine so far is an aluminum 5.3 bored to 3.905", JE pistons, Manley rods, ARP hardware, Melling 10296 oil pump, Clevite coated bearings, Cloyes 9-3658TX9Z timing set, ATI 7.5 lbs damper, Comp bronze cam thrust plate and cam bolts lock plate.

Sounds like a fun setup!  Is this thing actually gonna move in the next 2 years?

Build Threads / Re: LT1 in an 85 GSL
« on: August 14, 2019, 07:21:50 AM »
Looks great!

Came out really well.


Thanks guys!!  I really enjoy the car right now.  It is way too much fun to street drive.

Build Threads / Re: LT1 in an 85 GSL
« on: August 13, 2019, 03:04:22 PM »
Got a photo from cars and coffee, this makes my car look way cleaner than it is!!!

changing wheel studs is literally the worst.  I always destroy a lug nut and I am always worried about if the force to pull the studs in is actually ruining them.  Like you I always have to chase the threads.

Build Threads / Re: Blake's 1965 Mustang Project
« on: August 12, 2019, 10:51:22 AM »
All 4 cams work!   10 hours later...    what a boat load of work.   Found melted wastegate lines, too.   Explains why my boost solenoid wasn't doing anything, haha.   Replaced them, rerouted them and put some heat shield on them.   Hopefully that's solved.

Now for some tuning, and waiting for AEM to get back to me about the flex sensor.   If I can sort that out, and the boost issue is sorted, then all that's left is getting my VSS to read, and everything in the ECU is working properly.   :)

Definitely a big downside to the multicam engines.  glad that you have found and fixed some issues

Build Threads / Re: LT1 in an 85 GSL
« on: August 12, 2019, 08:26:11 AM »
From what I've heard Maaco usually has guys that can shoot paint pretty good.  They do it most every day.
With proper prep you could probably get a pretty nice paint job for not too much money that way.

If you do your own prep, it will likely come out really good. Those guys can paint well, even at Macco and the like. They do it day in and day out.

It took me and 2 friends about 20 hours to prep and paint my car. It came out really good, and I used single stage Summit brand paint that was under $100 a gallon.

I prepped and had Maaco shoot my FC at one point and it was actually pretty good (for a couple hundred bucks).   I'd say go for it.

Thanks guys, I would definitely do single stage so touch up would be easier.  I am fine with spending 20-40 hours prepping the car, it would be a good winter project when the garage isn't 90+ degrees.

Build Threads / Re: LT1 in an 85 GSL
« on: August 09, 2019, 03:37:56 PM »
This should look good, I like it.

Looks amazing, glad your ok too!

Thank you guys!!  Now that I have the kit, I really want to put some time into the bodywork and repaint it.  You think prepping and sanding the car and then taking somewhere to get it shot would be a good idea?  I am pretty horrible at painting, but as much as body work sucks I can put the time in to do it

General Tech / Re: Leaking fuel tank need some options
« on: August 08, 2019, 12:23:38 PM »
Hi all,

My factory based sumped fuel tank has started leaking at the welds where the tank was sumped.  Its dissolving the rubber undercoating and dripping a black goo.  I'm looking for some help and options.  I have never researched fuel tanks, cells, etc in my life LOL  Hoping someone has a easy answer and its much appreciated! 

Current tank is OEM custom sump with a -8 AN on the bottom for a feed, and -6 AN top for a return.  No vents, no emissions, just a vented cap and OEM fuel sender.  There is no plastic tray inside the tank either. 

Option 1 - Remove rank and re-weld.  This seems dangerous, even flushed with water its hard to get all the fumes out and risk an explosion. I need the car driving so letting it sit for week to air out isn't a great option. 

Option 2 - Atkins rotary new OEM tank $725.  Problem is its not sumped and I would have to re-configure my fuel system, probably put the Bosch 044 in the tank, then need a slosh guard or hydra mat to keep the half tank air sucking problem from happening.  This also seems like a ton of work to R&R the tank?  I also don't have any vents, charcoal canisters, etc so could take some time to do it right and I don't have the best shop for this.  Also spending over a grand seems ridiculous to me.

Option 3 - A generic fuel cell retrofit.  I have never ordered fuel cells and have no idea where to start on this.  It does seem like its possibly cheaper.  And I could probably get it sumped and not have to mess with my existing fancy AN lines and fittings.  Using the OEM fuel neck is a must for me though so not sure if there are shops that make any custom for the FD?

Maybe I'm making a bigger deal out of it then it needs to me.  All my work on cars I have never ever messed with a fuel tank LOL. 

Thanks as always!

Too bad aeromotive doesn't make a drop in option.  I think it will be hard to keep factory fill with a fuel cell.  for $725 you can get a heck of a nice fuel cell

The Lounge / Re: Anyone Playing With The New LT Motors Yet
« on: August 08, 2019, 12:21:07 PM »
big question would be tuning, and direct injection motors can have carbon issues. 

Build Threads / Re: LT1 in an 85 GSL
« on: August 08, 2019, 12:20:23 PM »
That looks like a ton of work to make that bodykit fit up.   It's coming out pretty well though!

It was, but I knew that I was going to have to do the work since it wasn't designed for my car.  I still have to finish redoing the spoiler, lots of UV and weather damage on it, so lots of body filler

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