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Old 02-26-2017, 11:33 PM   #821
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Glad you are back at it AND hope you are feeling better!!!
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Old 02-27-2017, 06:02 AM   #822
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Would love to see a video of you driving it this year, you've been working long and hard on her!
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Glad you are back at it AND hope you are feeling better!!!
Thanks my friend, feels good to have the 'fire' again.

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Would love to see a video of you driving it this year, you've been working long and hard on her!
Well, even if I won't make anymore promises, you betcha I'm dying to take her for a ride. There is a GoPro clone sitting in the corner waiting to reveal my car in all its glory
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Old 08-19-2017, 12:51 AM   #824
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Hi everyone, it's been a while isn't it?
While I haven't been posting for a long time, sorry for that, I didn't give up on my project.
I just had many other side project requiring me and most of the work done on the car wasn't particulary worth posting.
First I wanted to let you know I have replaced all the images lost in the Photobucket suicide attempt. bye bye PB, never to see you again.
I'm posting right now because I've reach a milestone : the car made it out of the garage, had a little run terrorizing the neighborhood and made to back under its own power. Sorry no vid or pic but next outing I promess I'll make one.
Took me forever to iron out all the little details, but everything but the engine is working great. The engine is still running rough, I know it has a pretty extreme cam but I tend to remember it running a bit more smoothly. I will probably have to check by a garage in Montreal specialized in carburated Hot-Rods. Or maybe it's because I have a spark wire with a different resistance that all the others. I hope you guys can give hints when I provide you a video of the engine running.

I had a couple of gremlins to chase, like this ground in the accessory 12v that forced me to put all the dashboard down twice. But it's ok I had to but it down one more time to route more wires.
The fuel pump I installed turned out to have a weakness in the membrane and quicky started puking fuel through the pump vent hole.... and the engine block. So no only I had to replace the pump, but also had to change the oil and the filter. Actually I'm gonna replace it again after I've done a couple of miles.
I'm pleased to report that the rebuilt T5 is working great. The very first time I tried to get to 3rd it kinda grinded, but at the second attempt it when through nicely.
Clutch feels just any other properly functioning manual car, steering with the borgeson in conjonction with my small radius steering wheel (tall person hack) feels very good, rather on the firm side, you better have both hand on the wheel, but doing parking manoeuvers while standing still is not heavy. It actually feel like an unassisted steering on a light car with narrow wheels, and I love that.
Hydroboost still feel unconsistent, but it is expected to have a rather mushy pedal feeling until air bubble leave the system but when good pressure is applied you're glad you have a seatbelt otherwise you'd be kissing (bitting?) the dashboard.
The ride allowed me to spot a couple of small issues like oil sweeping out of steering box return (now fixed) and a small leak at the base of the passenger valve cover (will do this WE).
I also had to raise the car 1/2" and put countersunk bolt at my transmission to crossmember adapter, otherwise I'd be grinding my garage entry asphalt. Since my garage ramp is pretty extreme, if I can get out of the garage I'm pretty sure to clear speedbumps.
The ride is harsh as hell, but it's rather Montreal abysmal road quality than the car setup that's to blame.

Now a couple picture of what's worth seeing:


When it turned out that it would be black widow or defroster, the defroster when into the bin. Goodbye practicality, hello look.





I installed grill below the front hood gills. I spent way too much time devising a clean way to get they installed nicely. After too much time spend on this I simply glued them.





My machinist buddy managed to machine the second emblem, the front one to my specification. Wasn't an easy job but it turned out just fantastic. The angle is spot on, I like how it hugs the crest of the body.







I also got the front DLR/flashed installed. One details I'm proud of is the fact the warning flashers works even when the car is off. It may sound simple but given the way those light work it wasn't



Installed is also the front "awareness" cameras. One on each side. When I go into first speed my center console computer displays both image side by side. Driving in town with a car you ride in the back seat required some visibility help.





It's displayed on that screen. I'm not going into much detail right now because :
1-It's not finished
2-It deserves a video
3-If I don't do it outside in natural light is gonna look like poo.




I ordered a set of new skin for my fiero seat from MrMike.
It was very great working with him. He made sure I understand all the degrees of freedom I could add to my cover, was willing to do a could of test run to get the perfect color combo for my emblem and the final result it nothing short of amazing. I went for black leather.
I haven't install the driver side, I sat directly on the floor for the test run.



The stiching pattern is inspired my some Ferrari 430 seat pic I found on internet.



Custom logo



One last job was the center console. Climate control is still in disarray and the cover is not even fixed, but I took time to customize what was the ashtray.


Now the trap hides a regular light plug plus 2 usb charging ports.

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I just posted a pic of your rear window mod in another thread...and was wondering what you were up to.

Turned out NICE- the back window- hood- seats!!! And you are driving it!!! Damn!!!

You can always get a cheap temp sensor read at each exhaust and see where to start.


So did you just edit all the PB pic posts? What a pain!!!

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The project is looking great! I really like your idea for power outlets in the ashtray lid...
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Old 08-19-2017, 08:37 AM   #827
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Your car is looking great! I LOVE some of the custom touches you`re adding! The front cameras are COOL! The seats look fantastic, and the machined front emblem is awesome! (Ummm.... I`m late to this party, so what is it?) I like what you did with the ashtray... I also re-purposed mine. It hides 2 former power window switches that are now over-rides for the electric headlight & wiper doors!
Keep the updates coming!

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HA-

I just posted a pic of your rear window mod in another thread...and was wondering what you were up to.

Turned out NICE- the back window- hood- seats!!! And you are driving it!!! Damn!!!

You can always get a cheap temp sensor read at each exhaust and see where to start.


So did you just edit all the PB pic posts? What a pain!!!

Richard
Thanks Richard. To be honest I haven't checked the forum that much and I need to go check on what you've been up to, I'm sure I'm in for some surprises.
Concerning the engine, after the ride I checked the header and each pipi seemed to be equally hot, I'm gonna check the plug to see if mixture burns equally right.
And yeah, I reuploaded all the images from my harddrive to imgur and edited all the links. Since I'm a programmer by trade, editing endless piece of code is second nature to me. still a PITA tho.

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The project is looking great! I really like your idea for power outlets in the ashtray lid...
Thanks man. Good to know after all this time there's still people waiting for my updates.

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Your car is looking great! I LOVE some of the custom touches you`re adding! The front cameras are COOL! The seats look fantastic, and the machined front emblem is awesome! (Ummm.... I`m late to this party, so what is it?) I like what you did with the ashtray... I also re-purposed mine. It hides 2 former power window switches that are now over-rides for the electric headlight & wiper doors!
Keep the updates coming!
Thank you sir. The emblem is a D and a P, which stand for the car name, Dark Patrol. It's also my initials, but that's totally fortuitous.

Be aware my friends that I won't have time to make the driving video until two weeks (vacation time !!!). Let's hope the suspected engine issue get resolved by then.
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Old 08-19-2017, 09:05 AM   #829
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Fantastic work, congratulations. Nice to see you back.
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Fantastic work, congratulations. Nice to see you back.
Thank you long time follower, feels nice to be back.
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I started a thread about my engine problems.
https://www.corvetteforum.com/forums...post1595409316
I'd appreciate you'd have a look. Thanks.
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