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General Tech / Re: LS1 fuel injector ??
« on: September 23, 2019, 12:51:44 PM »
I think I have a stack of stock gray body LS1 injectors in the garage.   I can check tonight if you want them.   Free.99

Drivetrain / Re: Trans questions
« on: September 21, 2019, 10:31:58 PM »
There are zero options for an LS transmission that's road race capable, paddle shiftable and cheaper than a T56.

You can get a T56 for 1800-2000 dollars, clutch is about 500 or so.    That's your best bet.

You can probably put together an automatic with paddle shifting that actually works for road racing, but you're probably in that at least 5-7k dollars.

Build Threads / Re: Blake's 1965 Mustang Project
« on: September 17, 2019, 08:53:06 PM »
Yeah, it was really annoying on tight cul de sacs and stuff.  :(

Thanks for the tip on the PTFE tube, that'll be my next choice if I have an issue.   I have those fittings now.

Build Threads / Re: Blake's 1965 Mustang Project
« on: September 17, 2019, 12:29:57 PM »
So in the "next phase" of fixing things that annoy me, I ordered up a TrueTrac diff for it.   Should get rid of the annoyances of the Detroit Locker unit.    Snagged some ARP bolts for the ring gear as well.    I'll hopefully change that out this weekend.   I can't drive the car to test it, because AEM still hasn't shipped my ECU back (in fairness, it's only been a month...).   They did verify that the replacement they sent me last time did NOT have the updates done to it, so they fixed that.

I finished up the rest of the wiring work and found/fixed a couple of melted air lines for the wastegates last weekend.   Once the diff is done, that's pretty much everything to drive it again, so hopefully the ECU is back soon-ish, so that I can drive a little before winter.   I'm hoping that the air line issue as why I couldn't get boost control functioning and was stuck on the gate springs.   3.8 psi is not sufficient, LOL.

Winter plans are still to replace the steering rack with the faster unit, rebuild the exhaust, hopefully finish the HVAC system and get that working on the touch screen (and hopefully get the touch screen working with the ECU for logging/display) and clean up odds and ends.   If I melt another set of air lines, I'm going to make some hardlines for that that run up to the engine bay as bulkheads and change to plastic lines there to keep them out of harms way.    The set I redid this time have flame shield on them and are routed a lot better, so hopefully it's already a non-issue.

Oh and I need to clearance my strut tower bar a little as it's a touch too close to the intake manifold.  And paint my wheel centers bronze.   I have a lot of crap to do.

I ran one of those (Escalade, I think 160 amp).   It was the only alternator that lasted more than a year on my FC.    I went through like 7 remans before that...

General Tech / Re: Power steering pump disconnected
« on: September 14, 2019, 03:03:52 PM »
Just loop the lines and it'll be fine.

Drivetrain / Re: What do you like for 60 mph cruising RPMs
« on: September 12, 2019, 05:58:39 PM »
I like 1900-2300 at 70 MPH.

2300 isnít bad at all.  3000 is high.

Drivetrain / Re: Auto transmission question.
« on: September 12, 2019, 05:57:57 PM »
Looks like viton.   I think that seals inside the converter.

Build Threads / Re: Joel's garage build / organization
« on: September 12, 2019, 10:08:00 AM »
Quote from: frijolee
Re the plasma table.  Anyone seen a table that could take either a plasma cutter or router?  Seems like that would up the versatility greatly.  Hell, it would be trick if I could mound a circ saw to it and rip seams.  That might limit my desire for a proper table saw.

Check this out:   

The Lounge / Re: Martial Arts, fitness, etc...
« on: September 12, 2019, 09:49:58 AM »
I have some ideas in my head to do a little krav maga and BJJ or muay thai once I get my first degree black belt in TKD, just to round things out a little.  :)

Traditional sparring is probably best described as Olympic style Taekwando.   Kicks/punches to chest, kicks to head, nothing to legs, no punches to head, points based on type of strike (punch or kick to body is 1 point, kick to head is 2 points, jumping for either type of kick is +1 point to base score).

Combat sparring is with a padded stick, and only stick strikes count (think a little like kendo).    This is me combat sparring (if this link works I have the black stick/black gloves):   

As far as learning from it, I learned a ton:

1.  I spend a lot of time studying my opponent at first, which meant I started every round down 2-3 points as a rule, then came back to win.   I need to study faster and score points more effectively while doing so.   My instructors complement me a lot on fighting smart, I just need more practice with it all I think.
2.  I need to get in, strike, and get clear.   I took a lot of hits because I didn't get myself clear after striking.
3.  In traditional sparring I ran out of energy in the last round.   I just need to improve my fitness more and that won't happen.   Running out of gas made #2 (failing to get clear) about 5x worse and I left myself open after my opponent blocked me, instead of either striking again or getting clear.   I was starting to come back in that round, but ran out of time (back to #1).
4.  In all types of sparring I need to use my height to my advantage better.   I'm 6'2 and have long legs and I can kick above my head, so I need to learn my range better to keep out of range of shorter opponents when possible.
5.  My footwork is good, but my upper body is slow on dodging strikes.   I tend to block instead of dodge, which is tiring me out.   I also tend to use footwork to dodge, which also tires me out.   My upper body is too tight on form as well as sparring, so that's a big thing I'm trying to work on, just being more loose/fluid in my movements.   

Build Threads / Re: Joel's garage build / organization
« on: September 11, 2019, 09:20:40 AM »
I think that's a solid plan.    FWIW I really like my transparent divider curtain between my garage sides and it makes a HUGE difference in metal dust migration between sides.

The Lounge / Re: Martial Arts, fitness, etc...
« on: September 10, 2019, 11:56:42 AM »
Yeah, I ran track in high school and I think I may start doing my hell workouts from there.    300 meter repeats.   Basically run 300 meters as fast as you can (aim for <45 seconds) then take a 60 second break to walk back to starting line and repeat.    Go until you throw up.  LOL

My hyper-competitive attitude is taking hold pretty hard now.   I figure I won 2/3 things I entered, I should have won all 3.   I also know that I barely won all of the ones I did win (1 point/round difference).    I want to win by 3 points and win everything I enter next time.   I don't know that I -can- do that, but I can definitely prepare to the best of my ability to do so.    I mean, I'm fighting other old dudes like me in my belt rank, and I was very competitive at my current ability/fitness, so if I improve both of those by say, 30%, I should be better positioned, assuming those guys don't do the same thing (or other, more skilled people don't show up from other areas).

All that said, I -like- the close competition, but it gives me a target to beat, if that makes sense.

The Lounge / Re: Martial Arts, fitness, etc...
« on: September 10, 2019, 07:40:14 AM »
Thanks guys!

I'll be 37 in a few weeks.    I feel better than I did at 25.

I'm working on upper body a little more now as well.   Just crunches/push ups.   Once I get solid at that, I'll probably grab some free weights.

Does anyone do any HIIT training that works well for you?   I'm looking hard at that for improving my endurance during sparring matches.


Building motor mounts:

Passenger side in progress:

Driver side all braced up:

And the motor in the car on the mounts!   I am putting some small slotting in the car to help with perfecting the alignment (I'm fighting millimeters for clearances) but this is very nearly the final spot.    Next is finishing mods to the tranny crossmember, then I should be able to put the wastegates on and start building downpipes/charge pipes.

The Lounge / Re: Martial Arts, fitness, etc...
« on: September 09, 2019, 07:45:29 PM »
Couple medals from the tournament:

And my favorite shot my wife took.   This is actually on the way back down from a jump outer crescent kick (think Chuck Norris' kicks, but this wasn't a fully spin).    I just like how high up I am.   I didn't land the kick on my opponent though, guess I'm not quick Chuck Norris yet.

I'm pretty proud of where I've come considering that a little more than 2 years ago I was 250+ lbs. and couldn't jog 1/4 mile.    Been <190 lbs for almost 8 months (which is my target weight).    If anyone wants to do this, my advice is just get out there and do it!

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