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Posted: Mon May 26, 2008 1:20 am 
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Thought I'd whack this up while I'm bored at work :P

Basically, I bought this car with all intentions of keeping it stock.
Here it is when I first got it...
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I got bored of complete stockness, and the ride height was too high if I wanted to maintain a rep as a sick C***.
So in went Koni Yellows, King Ultralow rear springs, and Lovells superlow fronts.
It sat like this...
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It stayed like this for awhile, ran 15.02 @ 92mph, and pulled 151rwkw.
And ripped a decent burnout ;)
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I got bored of it though, so I started to formulate some plans.
At first, I planned an AFR 185 headed 331 stroker.
I got as far as buying a motor to strip down for the block, then decided it was going to cost too much for the gains.
A V2 SQ turned up through a mate, at a price I couldn't let slide, so I bought it.
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Now, there was no f**k way I was going to pay CAPA the prices they were asking for their brackets and pulleys.
Luckily enough, the mate I got the blower through happens to have a supercharged EL XR8 ;)

To make a really really f**k long story short, we stripped his car down, used the brackets and pulleys for inspiration, then had to get his car back together in time for Summernats.
After oil leaks, thrown and munched belts, a f**k input shaft seal on a V1 S-Trim, long nights working on it, a couple of favours called, and a completely f**k new years, we got it all done.
And more importantly I had a bracket, a crank pulley, and a powersteering pump pulley :D
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Somewhere around this time I also testfitted some rims, whacked venetians on the rear window, and borrowed some plates.
This is how a tough car is done down here in Melbourne people ;)
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Now, originally I planned to just bolt the blower on, run low boost, and be happy.
But I impulse buy stuff, I'm real bad for it.
After 'EL XR8's tuner mentioned he was getting valve float around the 240rwkw mark, I bought a Trickflow 'Stage 1' spring kit, for iron heads.
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Whacked them on, over 1 night and 1 day.
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Did one head over about 6 hours WITH mates helping, did the other head on my own in 1 and a half hours :lol:
Possible reason why? And common thread whenever I work on cars?
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Also discovered something interesting, makes me feel slightly less guilty about raping this car, cause someone else already did :P
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I forgot to ad before, when we were getting Daves/EL XR8s car back together for the nats, one of the problems we had was when he chucked a belt, it shredded, wrapped around the input shaft for the blower, and toasted the seal.

So to get his going in time, we put my blower on his car, with his volute to match his cooler piping.
So I had a V1 S-trim, with a V2 volute, which had a f**k input shaft seal :lol:
Searched on net, and found a tutorial on corral to replace it, was piss easy.
If anyone wants it, let me know, I got it saved on a computer somewhere.
Heres what the inside of a V1 S-Trim looks like...
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Also bought a ported US cobra intake along the way, so plan on putting that on.
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This is basically how the car is sitting now.
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I painted up the stock rocker covers with some black wrinkle paint, and got a FMS oil cap..
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Also bought a yella terra flywheel, for the inevitable clutch change down the track....
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A new balancer as well.
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Test fitted the bracket. Fits better then the one we used for inspiration somehow LOL
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When I pulled my intake off, the heater pipes were all s**t and corroded, so I'm getting those fabbed up in stainless (favours, they make the world go round! ;))
Waiting on that, then once motor is back together, I'm lifting it up a bit to take the sump off and weld a fitting in for the oil return.
Get new fasteners for bracket, get oil lines made up, then get it towed to workshop to get a Wolf V500 fitted and tuned.

Other misc bits that I realised I forgot, it's also got a Crane Hi-6 and PS92 coil, and the injectors will be FMS 42lb/h greentops.
Also no cooler cause I do have some respect for a rare Ford, I draw the line at a 3" holesaw.
Will try nothing at all, if airtemps are bit iffy, will put on water injection.
If air temps suck, water to air cooler it is.

And it had better go good and not blow my T5 when it's done, or the F6 is gonna be the permanent favourite car :evil:

 

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Posted: Mon May 26, 2008 11:33 am 
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Ahh awesome read Jared

Love the comments - If i wanted to keep my rep as a sik kent things had to change!

 

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Posted: Mon May 26, 2008 11:54 am 
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Thanks for the nice read Jared... :D also bored at work hahaha.

Looking good sick kent...by the way, you're still a bit off from being a FULLY sick kent. :P

phong =P~

 

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Posted: Mon May 26, 2008 11:58 am 
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Steady ED wrote:
I impulse buy stuff, I'm real bad for it.

I never knew you had such a bad problem!!

Oh and next time you "work" on ya car give us a bell, I'll help add to the stack of empties!![/quote]

 

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Posted: Mon May 26, 2008 8:47 pm 
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Awesome read Jared.

Good to see and here abit more about this car.

I take it the Sprints are supposed to have GT40 heads not "P"s?

 

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Posted: Mon May 26, 2008 9:03 pm 
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Cheers guys!

Yeah Jeff, they are supposed to have 40s.
I always thought the Genie extractors were just a weird design, and thats why I always struggled with plugs :roll:
In hindsight should have realised.

Stef, I would have asked you down, but I was afraid you'd get smashed and try to damage my car again :lol:
Nah I work on it off and on, the whole builds gone pretty slow cause my motivation is a rollercoaster ride.

 

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Posted: Mon May 26, 2008 9:16 pm 
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id kill to own this car mate.
You are so lucky and you have built it up to exactly the same way i would like mine!
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Posted: Mon May 26, 2008 10:04 pm 
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Cheers guys!

Yeah Jeff, they are supposed to have 40s.
I always thought the Genie extractors were just a weird design, and thats why I always struggled with plugs :roll:
In hindsight should have realised.

Stef, I would have asked you down, but I was afraid you'd get smashed and try to damage my car again :lol:
Nah I work on it off and on, the whole builds gone pretty slow cause my motivation is a rollercoaster ride.

Where was my invite tweena?
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Posted: Mon May 26, 2008 10:36 pm 
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Diffidently a good read. keep up us posted you sick kunt :lol:

 

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Posted: Mon May 26, 2008 11:40 pm 
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Good stuff mate.

Just out of curiosity, was it hard/dear to do the seal in the blower, As i think I may have done one too....

Nice car mate, will be interested in the results with this, Looks great, especially with the wheels.

 

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Posted: Mon May 26, 2008 11:55 pm 
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schnoods, absolute piece of piss to do the input shaft one.
Just undo the gearbox cover and take it off carefully, pop the old seal out, press the new seal in, whack the cover back on. Done ;)

Seals are readily available from any place that does bearings/seals, I dunno what you have in WA.
And I think they are cheap, I didn't actually pay for mine :lol:
Vortech don't use any proprietry bearings or seals in them, the whole can be had alot cheaper if you shop around

I'll get the part numbers for you when I'm at home, and the link to the doco that covers rebuilding them.

 

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Posted: Tue May 27, 2008 11:29 am 
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Sprint.... What more do I need to say?

Maybe, Vortec. lol
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Posted: Wed Jul 09, 2008 3:26 am 
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Haven't done much on this, been pretty lazy.
Got lower manifold back on, waiting on a BBK reg from the states before I fit fuel rails and upper back on.
I blocked the EGR at the lower manifold/head too.
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Put balancer and new waterpump on, it's a shame to hide the powerbond balancer down there, it looks so good :(
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Blower is testfitted, used a portable hydraulic press wedged against the roof to clearance the guard.
Turned out really neat, didn't mark the paint at all, and it's just a perfect dimple.
If you didn't know ED's you'd never notice it.
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Gonna fab up a decent intake, also thinking I am either going to have to swap my straight exit compressor housing for a 90degree exit one, or get a 2.75" tight radius bend welded onto it to clear the powersteering pump.

Speaking of PS pump, I brought a brand new one (in black :D) from summit, that will go on this weekend.
Bout it for now, hoping to speed this up over the next few weeks, might even take a week off work at some stage to chase some s**t up and get it ready to go for new exhaust, ECU and tune.

 

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Posted: Wed Jul 09, 2008 10:54 am 
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great read.. lotsa $$$... but one awesome ride.. love those rims on the box car shape... realy suits...

 

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Looking good Jared.
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