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Old 01-20-2015, 12:21 PM
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copied and pasted from another board to get you guys up to speed

With winter in full swing here in MD, I figured I'd take the time to share a bit of what I'm doing to prepare for the 2015 season. I would like to report that I'm finally buying a real carburetor for the car, but that just isn't on the horizon so for now, "ol reliable" as I've dubbed it, will stay on the car. However, there are other things on the car that need to be addressed, in hopes to get that single digit pass.

The list for this winter isn't super big, but there are some pricey bits in the list that are keeping the length of the list short:
-New clutch; Monster LT1-S (twin disc organic)
-New brakes front and rear with a manual conversion
-Pro gears for the rearend, including 35 spline pinion
-Billet slip yoke and pinion yoke. manual transmissions are tough on parts. in the driveline, it's best just to go with the biggest, baddest ones you can afford from the get go to prevent major carnage

My brakes have been on the agenda to update to a proper system for some time now. I kept pushing it back as a result of some other part that needed replaced or updated for function of the car. I started by pulling the ls1 front brake conversion off and selling it to a local enthusiast:



I weighed that setup. it's 50lbs per side!

I also took out the old master/booster combo:


I didn't weigh that, but I wish I had. I can guess this combo was around 12-14lbs though

Parts started rolling in, and it was like Christmas had been extended:






Also, I ordered this linelock setup from Jegs. The idea is to keep the master, linelock, and prop valve contained in one unit, so it is only a couple of bolts and a couple of lines from coming off the car in 1 piece.

http://www.jegs.com/i/JEGS-Performan...ductId=1728508

of course the prebent line they sent me doesn't fit with the way the firewall and clutch master is positioned, so i had to make my own lines to the line lock. I mounted the prop valve to the inside of the line lock bracket to complete it







I still need to run the lines from the line lock and prop valve to the brakes. That will come soon.

Next order of business was to get the strange brakes fitted. This starts by taking a stock spindle and cutting it up. This picture doesn't show all of the grinding I did for fitment, but gives the overall idea.

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I had to do a mock up assembly to get a weight of the new setup:

The new setup weighs 26.5lbs. That's a weight savings of 47lbs!! of rotational, unsprung weight right over the front axle centerline. very stoaked!

Here is how the car sits right now. I need to pack the bearings and such before I install the brakes for good. Those aren't new struts, they're just painted lakewoods. No funds for new struts, lol!



Additional goodies finding their way into the car this winter





New rear brakes and the driveshaft stuff will be on the way in a bit. I need to sell myself on the street corners some more to get that stuff paid for, lol! A big thanks to PA Racing, Monster Clutches, Jersey Shore Synthetics (Amsoil) and Tick Performance for providing some outstanding products and their support in my quest for that elusive 9.99
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Old 01-20-2015, 12:23 PM
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A little further progress last night. I got the bearings packed. Trying out the Amsoil Dominator grease. It's got almost a light peanut butter color to it (the filter on the picture makes it look pale green). It almost has the same consistency as well. Technically an NLGI 2 grease, it promises all sorts of ability to lubricate and hold up to heat real well and is supposed to be used on bearings and chassis components. it's my first time using it, but i will say the wheel spins very freely even after letting it go, it will coast a bit. I also spent a bit of time centering the caliper, so that i don't get any uneven wear on the pads or any parasitic loss due to the rotor dragging.



i been waiting a long time to be able to run no center cap and see a pretty hub like this poking through



If anyone needs pictures of anything on these brakes, feel free to ask. i'm sure i'll have the wheels on and off a hundred more times, and with good quality cell phone pictures now, documenting otherwise "unseen" parts of this stuff is easy.

depending on baby arrival, i may be running the hardlines this weekend
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Old 01-20-2015, 12:24 PM
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I can't stop looking at these things, they're so dang pretty, lol. hardlines coming this weekend, time permitting



Another piece to the puzzle showed up today.



well, the nuts weren't any huge game changer, but it's more than a half pound difference, in rotating/unsprung weight it won't hurt things, lol.

here are the McGard's i'm pulling off


and the Champions i'm putting on
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got the hardlines all run. i've never ran hardlines on anything before, so i'm pretty pleased with the way it turned out honestly.







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Old 01-20-2015, 12:25 PM
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looks like i'm going to add motor/mid plates to the winter updates this year. i found i'm overpowering the k-member stands and getting more twist than i'd like. plates will make it all solid and should help with 60' times as well.
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Great progress man! I hope you get it done before the peanut arrives!
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it won't be ready by the time baby gets here, but i got things moving in the right direction. if baby isn't here by monday morning, they will induce as that will be 9 days overdue.

the setback with the motor/mid plate means the engine will have to come out. this will allow me to finalize a few things that have been on the list though.
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Nice clean setup. Good job dude.
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I sold my headers and exhaust system to my cousin who will be doing an lsx swap for the 2016 season. That gave me enough funds to get the material to build my big tube headers and the motor and mid plates. headers will be 1 7/8" primary with a 3.5" straight collector. i priced out merge collectors and even contemplated making my own, but it's just out of reach. a buddy of mine ran the combo through pipemax and these are the specs needed for my engine, so i'm pretty happy with my decision so far. i've built many exhaust systems before, but never a set of headers. i hope it all goes well. The big thing here will be taking my time to get it right. if i can get away enough this week, i'll pull the transmission and start the mid plate mockup. I am going to build a template, probably from poster board, and send that to Jason at PA Racing who will lazer cut/water jet a mid plate for me off the template, so here's to forward movement once again! things left to get:
-35 spline billet pinion yoke and associated bearings
-billet slip yoke
-rear brakes

then i think i will be ready for the 2015 season!
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