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    vvise
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    A few more photos from before the snowfall



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  • vvise
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  • vvise
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    went for a drive, took some pics

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  • vvise
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    Been a while since an update. Closer inspection showed it was a loose brake caliper. One bolt was missing and the other wasn't even finger tight!!



    Took me a while to find some time to get the wheel off and look at it properly. The first look at the wheel gave me a scare. The caliper had scraped a ring around the inside of the wheel, but after I hit it with a wirebrush it was clear it just took the powedrcoat off and the rim itself wasn't cut. Good thing I pulled over in a hurry.

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    Sourced a replacement bolt and they're both back in there with loctite on them. Have been out for a few drives since and everything is fine (I checked the brakes on the other side as well, all good).

    With that behind me I started plans for some engine bay cleanup. Decided to try my hand at my first metal fabrication as well. Picked up a metal brake and recycled an old metal desk panel. Step one cardboard templates.

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    After that cut and bend some metal sheets

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    I think it came out quite well! I should have time to make the drivers side one on this long weekend.

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  • zedfoot
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    We need a tour in your area. When you get the bugs worked out, maybe you should set one up.

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  • vvise
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    Went for a nice long drive this weekend. Really enjoying the weather and the country roads. Sadly as soon as I got back into town while driving over some road work something shook loose under the car and rattled off, car stated clunking like crazy and I had to pull it over immediately. A quick test convinced me i had to tow it home.

    Initially I thought possibly a motor mount cracked, but for what little I could diagnose at the side of the road. As I pulled off I noticed the sound was somewhat linked to decelerating, or possibly the brake pedal? again making me think related to torque and the engine moving around. The driveshaft looked fine, trans and diff mounts looked fine. I think I lost a bolt on the front driver caliper and it got loose inside the wheel. I normally only have a few mm of clearance there anyways (possibly a saving grace here as it had nowhere to go) and it's not visible without getting under the car or the wheels off. I'll take a closer look this weekend.

    The wheel weights looked a bit scraped (would explain the knocking tied to braking-ish) up and I think the caliper was resting against the inside of the wheel.

    At least it looked cool on the flatbed (oh and those Skillard tow hooks work great)

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    side note: this stretch of road overlooking the grand river was really nice to drive
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    vvise
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    Last edited by vvise; 08-18-2021, 11:20 AM.

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  • Dr.Diesel
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    I think you have the power restriction figured out. It does look small for a LS. Best of all, you are driving it. You can work through the issues over time.

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  • vvise
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    I've noticed the old small exhaust is really hurting the power. I knew from the start that it would be be a big limiting factor, and the car is very drivable, but the power difference from 0-2000RPM vs 2000RPM+ is crazy. The car launches like a rocket and then completely flatlines at wide open throttle. I'll probably leave it for now but at some point in the future I'll have to think of a new solution.

    Looking around online I'm basically at half the recommended capacity for exhaust.
    vvise
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    Last edited by vvise; 08-10-2021, 05:14 PM.

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  • colinc
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    Originally posted by vvise View Post
    It was the EGR after all - blocked off and the car is running mint. Have gone on two mini cruises so far and everything has been great. I will need to get the tires re-balanced.

    Here's a cold start video:
    https://www.instagram.com/p/CPMMiiunHCY/
    Sounds awesome!

    That is quite the accomplishment. Congrats.

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  • vvise
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    Drove out to the covered bridge just outside of Waterloo. Really nice spot, but I will warn anyone with a low car. Very unfriendly, I bottomed out the car hard and dealt some damage to the next exhaust, oops.

    I still need to wash the car with some soap and give it a buff, I've got a new DSLR coming in the next week as well so I can take even better photos but here's a quick look at the location.

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  • vvise
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    It was the EGR after all - blocked off and the car is running mint. Have gone on two mini cruises so far and everything has been great. I will need to get the tires re-balanced.

    Here's a cold start video:
    https://www.instagram.com/p/CPMMiiunHCY/

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  • vvise
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    It wasn't the belt , the motor just wasn't hot enough to reproduce. It happened again today when I was a little bit further from home, loudest noise coming from a car I've ever heard lol, ears are still ringing.

    I've got it narrowed down a bit more. The sound goes away when I take off the oil cap and release vacuum pressure in the crankcase. Same thing when throttle is open. I have a hunch now it has something to do with the EGR, when the motor warms up it's possible a valve is opening in the throttle body and it's whistling like crazy. Need to do some research, might just be able to block off the line and delete the hose, then just vent the head with a filter.

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  • Dr.Diesel
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    Oh Wow! Glad to hear you have it driving. It's now a weapon of pavement destruction. Im looking forward to seeing it.

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  • vvise
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    I think it's resolved. When I was trying to get access to the pulley the other night I moved the air intake out of the way. I noticed just yesterday it had some witness marks on it from the belt. It was unsecured and I think flopped down and was rubbing. Since I moved it the sound is gone. Did some driving yesterday and no issues. Engine is really alive - even accidentally chirped the tires coming out of a 4way stop.

    I DID IT, SWAP DONE

    Time to re-assemble the interior.
    vvise
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    Last edited by vvise; 05-19-2021, 12:06 PM.

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  • vvise
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    Checked the pulley and it's got some vibration in it but was suspiciously silent tonight. Also the engine mounts settled a bit after/during the drive and it seems like the headers are basically resting on the frame rail now (which under deceleration torques the motor closer or further) and might also be making that noise when the motor vibrates a bit in lower RPM. Unfortunately I got into the garage too late tonight and I'm sure my neighbors don't appreciate V8 revving after 10pm so I had to stop my inspection.

    No oil change because Canadian Tire didn't confirm my pickup

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