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7 months ago
jmaechtlen
updates? You've made good progress so far, hope nothing bad has happened!
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1 year ago
jmaechtlen
Got the last electrical items moved from the old ign switch to the new (98 Regal) switch that serves the engine and its computer, etc. Got backlight working on the vacuum/boost gauge. Ran a wire from the ignition module up to the tach, so it works again. Now I'm not depending on a software display on the tablet that is showing the rest of the instruments via OBD2 link to engine computer.
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2 years ago
jmaechtlen
Went for a drive a few nights ago - full moon, nice weather, so I took the top off. Drove up Azusa Canyon, then East Fork, then to top of Glendora Mountain Road and down into Glendora. Here's a pic near the top of GMR.
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4 years ago
jmaechtlen
Went to the monthly morning cruise-in at the Peterson Automotive Museum in LA. Lots of cool exotics, and some fun eccentrics. Since I was already there, I went ahead and visited the museum itself. (Going to the cruise gets you free parking.)
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1 year ago
jmaechtlen
Many thanks to you admins for your efforts to keep the forum alive and healthy!
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1 year ago
jmaechtlen
And yes, I understand that the car has already had radical surgery...
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1 year ago
jmaechtlen
The 427bbc thread has nice pics of adding in some rectangular steel tubing - nicely done. I was actually considering doing that with round tubing, (like driveshaft tubing, for example) on the grounds that it is stiffest torsionally, and that's what I need. But I was wimping out 'cause I'm not wild about doing such radical surgery on the car. Re some other comments - the rails
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1 year ago
jmaechtlen
installed heads and rockers last week, inlet manifold yesterday. Going to go install the supercharger and some misc stuff now. (V6 3.8 from '02 Bonneville) Getting closer!
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1 year ago
jmaechtlen
I'd like to know about any stiffening that was done on the early convertibles versus the coupes and sedans. My car doesn't have the stock roof or exterior skin, so it's a bit more flexible than a stock car would be. If I know what stiffening was done on 'verts, I could maybe stiffen mine in a similar manner. The usual answer would be to 'start with a convertible',
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1 year ago
jmaechtlen
ew- Surely the steering must have been really crappy before this point?
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1 year ago
jmaechtlen
Batman's early years
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1 year ago
jmaechtlen
My sister has a late model Freightliner. Takes several different computers to diagnose its various systems. Makes cars look sane.
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1 year ago
jmaechtlen
Wow, that camper is a real trip! I hadn't seen that website before, thanks. And the mention of Rollie Free was interesting, because an old buddy of mine had just mentioned him and Axtell relating to one of Burt Munroe's visits here. Cool stuff.
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1 year ago
jmaechtlen
The great thing about autocross is that you are really unlikely to hurt either the car or yourself. My first attempt, the tires on my car were hilariously old and hard - that thing slithered around terribly. But - didn't hurt anything, and had some fun.
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1 year ago
jmaechtlen
That link was to an explanation of combination valves, one kind having a kind of limit valve in it. I wouldn't call either of them 'proportioning valves' - unless I totally misunderstand what a proportioning valve is. Of course, that's entirely possible! oh, well...
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1 year ago
jmaechtlen
On my early, I modified my gas cap to seal tightly, because it would slop gas on really hard right turns. (think autocross) I then added a vent pipe to the top side of the fill pipe near the top, and ran a hose to a catch can and then to the charcoal canister/evep control from the donor car. When running, the engine pulls some air through the charcoal to clean the gasoline out of it. The catch
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1 year ago
jmaechtlen
When I put the 3.8 in mine, it was efi and needed the high pressure pump. I couldn't figure out a good place to put an external pump, so went with GM in-tank pump. A bit tricky to make it fit through the stock sender opening, but certainly possible. I drilled a hole in the sender flange for the pump power lead, and worked up my own pass-through and seal setup. A nice pre-built unit would
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1 year ago
jmaechtlen
Took the Toy to a friends, ran some cooling system flush through it. No improvement, back of rear head still gets 40 degrees hotter than thermostat temp. Compared to another supercharged 3800 as sanity check, and that region should be about water temp. So the supercharger and inlet manifold need to come off for inspection/cleaning. The occasional joys of a water pumper! But it does run pretty
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1 year ago
jmaechtlen
As far as I know, .jpg and .jpeg are same file type, you can just rename one to the other. I use Irfanview cause it is free, will do batch jobs (make smaller versions of a whole lot of pics at one shot) and does lots of different formats. If you have an older version of MS Office, try the Microsoft Office Picture Manager. Or whichever of the others you like!
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1 year ago
jmaechtlen
Working on bulkhead/firewall and various misc. These 3800s have a really loud inlet noise at idle and low throttle. With a little gas, the blower whine overpowers it.
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1 year ago
jmaechtlen
for running rampies, Dan the trans man has one that should be a contender!
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1 year ago
jmaechtlen
I'll be there Friday thru Sunday. It will be interesting to see if the Toy gets me there and home without AAA's help!
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1 year ago
jmaechtlen
fabbing some panels to create a bulkhead/firewall between the V6 and the driver! - test ran/drove a bit. jumps when goosed!
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1 year ago
jmaechtlen
I have a crappy tool that came from Autozone or someone - not impressive, but with patience I was able to make flares that hold. I remember the steel lines actually being easier to get good flares on.
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1 year ago
jmaechtlen
I invested in some nice new cunifer brake line tubing for the latest iteration of my mid-engine Corvair. In putting my hodgepodge together, I had an interesting time flaring the tubing. Cunifer is a lot softer than steel, so it takes some practice getting a decent double-flare. Just plan on wasting some material, and play somewhere you can sit comfortably. A bit of lubrication when forming t
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1 year ago
jmaechtlen
Hey I haven't booked anything, but there are other places in town. I'd be willing to split a room.
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1 year ago
jmaechtlen
Traveling at speed - I wonder what speed? Tires, aerodynamics, lots of things play a part in handling crosswinds.
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1 year ago
jmaechtlen
yeah - but you have unlimited miles without charging, if needed. Drive through the boonies or across the desert, Tesla might or might not have chargers. Ah, well - tradeoffs. Looks like this is working well for you!
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1 year ago
jmaechtlen
Very good. Buy stuff you have to, use stuff you can!
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1 year ago
jmaechtlen
Pretty cool. Obviously they took lots of liberties with the shape, but close enough for advertising!
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