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Old 01-19-2010, 9:26am   #1
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In Nov of 08 I had my tranny lock itself into 4th gear at a track rental. I suppose pushing twice the stock power through it had something to do with it. While the driveline was out for that repair I thought I'd take the opportunity to clean up a few items under the hood and fix some things that I wasnt 100% happy with from my blower install. A combination of scope creep, fluctuating interest and poverty has stretched the project out to 14 mos. and counting, but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel! Here's a few pics of the progress.


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Coils into fenderwells w/ custom brackets and wire looms








Evap Solenoid to firewall
Catch Can to front of radiator



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Rear Main Seal
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Ignition Wires with Accell Extreme 9000 Ceramics



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Air Inlet Tube from IC to TB



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Top of A&A radiator to allow bolting on of top cover





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Headlight wiring
top AC line
Alky Line
EVAP wiring
Coil Harnesses
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That is some nice looking work, very professional. Looks like you're quite adept at polishing as well.
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That is some nice looking work, very professional. Looks like you're quite adept at polishing as well.
Thanks! Yeah I spent many hours this summer with the 2000 and some soapy water.

Also of note, The inky black intake manifold and blower inlet piece were painted by the man himself, GBVette. Laying down flawless black paint is practically a reflexive reaction for him now!
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Looks real nice.
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Attention to detail is astounding. You could make these into a few various kits and sell them for sure.
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Here's the evap solenoid mounted on the firewall. This was difficult to photograph. The solenoid is mounted vertically and the curvy plastic hose comes out of the bottom and back up to the re-positioned hard line. The test port is accessible, and it shouldnt pick up any header heat. Hopefully I wont get any crap about moving it at inspection time.

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Inspector won't have any clue.
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Looks incredible!

BTW, what's scope creep? A peeping tom with minty fresh breath?!?
j/k! Sounds like you deal with Lean manufacturing / Six Sigma?
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Scope creep = "well if I'm going to have to do x, then I might as well do y. Oh... well if I have to do x and y, then I should go ahead and do z." And so on and so forth It's what alwasy happens to me on my projects.
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Here's the evap solenoid mounted on the firewall. This was difficult to photograph. The solenoid is mounted vertically and the curvy plastic hose comes out of the bottom and back up to the re-positioned hard line. The test port is accessible, and it shouldnt pick up any header heat. Hopefully I wont get any crap about moving it at inspection time.

I misplaced all of that stuff a while ago. The only thing they looked for at inspection time was the air pump. I have that (non-functional)

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Odd... I've had my car inspected 3x w/o an air pump.
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Odd... I've had my car inspected 3x w/o an air pump.
Do you even have emissions testing in VA Beach?
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Not a sniffer test... they plug in the OBDII port though and most shops will look for things like headers w/o cats.
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Looks incredible!

BTW, what's scope creep? A peeping tom with minty fresh breath?!?
j/k! Sounds like you deal with Lean manufacturing / Six Sigma?
Oh yeah! I did contracting stints at GE Appliance and GE Industrial Drive Systems in the mid and late 90s when that was coming into vogue.
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Awesome....can't wait to see it in person at Waterside!
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I really like what you did with your alternator bracket!
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I misplaced all of that stuff a while ago. The only thing they looked for at inspection time was the air pump. I have that (non-functional)

What fuel system did you install? Do you like it?
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Looking really nice, great job.
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