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Old 07-29-2010, 06:33pm   #41
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Looking good.

How much longer till it's on the track?
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Installed some DEI heat shield on the tunnel plate and sides of the tunnel etc.

That tunnel plate looks familiar

As usual, great write up
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Looking good.

How much longer till it's on the track?
Well there's a HPDE with the Mazdadrivers group at VIR at the end of august. I'll probably do that as a shakedown event. The car would be done this weekend if I had all my parts. I'm waiting on getting my ATI super damper back and my Pfadt motor mounts before I can start putting it all back together.

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That tunnel plate looks familiar

As usual, great write up
Actually the LAPD tunnel plate I bought from you is on the red car... that's just the stocker covered in DEI heat shielding.
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Old 07-30-2010, 06:54pm   #44
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I'll be with the Mazda group again [ fun bunch] with my stock, black '01 ZO6...will look for you. Have lots of family in area too...
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Sounds good
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Hardbar upper control arm studs and camber kit installed up front



Front suspension back together. New Z06 front monoleaf (the one I took off had started to split), fresh wheel hubs w/ ARP studs, new 2004 Z06 shocks, ECS spindle ducts, etc.




DRM brake cooling ducts in place. These attach to a modified OEM duct which, in stock form, really only blows air on the tire. Eventually a duct will run from this to the ECS spindle duct, but I have to wait until the steering rack is back in to cut the hose to proper length.



Removed the fender close-out panels. This allows better airflow through the engine bay.



Modified the OEM fan shroud to allow more air flow through the radiator and oil cooler.



Decided to wrap the rest of my h-pipe and used some spare heat shielding I had to make some shields for the top of the cats.



My Pfadt motor mounts and fixed ATI Super Damper should come in early this week so I can finish her up.

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It was nice to meet you and see your Z06 build up in person. An amazing effort! Keep the photos coming.
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Old 08-01-2010, 08:47pm   #48
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It was a pleasure meeting you too.... you should post up some pictures of your firetruck restoration in the Off Topic section
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Done! Take care.

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My Odyssey battery and Pfadt poly motor mounts came in today. I was able to install the motor mounts by removing the exhaust manifolds and tilting the motor to the side w/ a jack. Normally youhave to lift the motor some and drop the front cradle a little, but since I have so much out of the way I was able to do it in a more direct manner.





Fabbed up some switch panels out of various plastics. Ill mount my traqmate to the top section. On the bottom I installed the traction control/active handling button, the fuel door popper, and a power poort all scavenged out of the center console etc.

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What track advantage do you gain from the new motor mounts?
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It was part preventative maintenance seeing as the car had 119k on it, but the stockers are actualy perfectly fine w/ zero wear (sometimes they tear, but you can't see it until you remove them).

The main advantage is they keep the engine in place under load which is better for pretty much everything. The downside is they icrease vibration at idle and lower rpms.... I'd never do them on a street car.
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A local buddy came over today with some aluminum stock to help me make a new battery hold-down bracket. I also covered the battery in heat reflective sheeting and installed it. The plug you see is to connect a battery tender/charger setup.





Buddy also brought his cut-off wheel and remvoed the remaining threaded studs on the center tunnel.


Cleaned up and degreased the PS rack and got it back in place.



My ATI super damper came back from getting updated to the proper y-body flush hardware on Friday so I got that reinstalled as well.
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Brian,

Looks Great Cant wait to see how it does at the track. Maybe Ill roll the my car down and we can beat on that in the mean time.

Im going to stop by this weekend want to see that car again.

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Thanks Mario... just shoot me a text or give me a call whenever you want to swing by. Ill be working on it all week as I want to get it done this weekend so I have next weekend to shake it down and get it tuned etc.

Had the old stock fuel injectors off of my old 2001. They had about 1/2 the miles on them so I swapped them in.


Manifold de-greased and cleaned up.


New manifold and throttle-body gaskets.



Low mileage stock radiator to replaced the one I pulled out of the car that had a hairline crack in the left end tank. Cleaned out the fins w/ running water and my compressor.


Radiator w/ fans installed and a new lower radiator hose.


Starting to look like an engine again.

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Who is doing your Tune? Any points for that?

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No points for a tune... most likely Ed.
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ARP header stud kit came in today. Install wasnt as straight forward as initially expected. I had to break out my tap/die set and run a tap through all the holes to clean out the left over crud and anti-seize that comes on the factory bolts. As with anything the passenger side took 1/2 the time of the drivers side as I figured out the process. It was really nice to be able to just hang the gasket and manifold on the studs and torque to spec.




Got the PS pump/cooler assembly installed and hooked up, water pump done w/ a 160 degree t-stat, and got the radiator/fan assembly in place.



Oil cooler ready to install


New coolant tank. Stocker was seeping and very dirty inside. Since I deleted the heater core I just modified one of the lines and ran it directly to the water pump. Normally that line goes back to the firewall to the heater core then back forward to the pump.
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Its alive! I got everything ready to go and fired it up. No issues, oil pressure came up after 3-4 seconds and settled in the 60s.... as the car warmed up it had dropped to 51 by the time I had turned it off. Car makes all kinds of bad noises until the lifters pump up, but after that it was quiet w/o any abnormal noises.


CCA catch can


Oil pressure good to go... no issues w/ the oil pump o-ring and having to tear it down again


New fuel filter


Cleaned up the trans and covered the common seep area w/ high-temp RTV. Changed the trans/diff fluid to Amsoil stuff


H-pipe w/ the DEI silicone coating on it


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Oil cooler installed, lines rounted, T1 front bar in...

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Why no major mods to the engine or exhaust, is that because of the class you will run in?
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