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Old 01-11-2012, 08:53 PM   #120
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is the light weight battery the same volts as stock or is it more powerful and what is the weight diffrence?
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Old 01-11-2012, 09:45 PM   #121
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is the light weight battery the same volts as stock or is it more powerful and what is the weight diffrence?
The battery is 15 lbs compared to the stock 45. Same voltage...and has around the same cranking amps if I remember right. It wouldn't be a good battery for cold locations, but since I'm in Georgia, as well as my car stays garaged, it is fine for me. There are others on this site with the Braille battery. That is where I got the idea from.
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Old 01-11-2012, 10:04 PM   #122
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Goodness Joe, that's incredible! That whipple is mind blowing. IMO it puts any other supercharger to shame, even on looks alone! I had no idea you were powder coating it white!

I was showing my old man your Callaway and Convertible just a few minutes ago and he thought they were great. He's more of a stock kinda guy so neither car was exactly his taste (to each his own) but I tried to talk him up about the Callaway.

Anyways, I'm sending that deposit I promised you your way tonight. Keep up the great work on the convertible, I love what you're doing with it!
Oh yeah...your old man needs the callaway! He can take off the stripes if he wants :-) I'll make him a special offer.

As for the white whipple...I have to give credit to FloMoCamaro. I fell in love when I saw his whipple.
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Old 01-11-2012, 10:09 PM   #123
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any link to where i can buy one?
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Old 01-11-2012, 10:09 PM   #124
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Here is my very next project...right after the supercharger is running:

Check out Kilo-9:
http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showpo...4&postcount=88

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Project Cleaning the Clutter in our Engine Bay
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Old 01-11-2012, 10:14 PM   #125
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any link to where i can buy one?
I bought mine at newegg.com. That seemed to be the best price shipped. I also bought the aluminum mounting bracket. I welded in a solid steel plate and then bolted the aluminum bracket to it.

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Old 01-11-2012, 10:35 PM   #126
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It didn't seem like I got a lot done tonight...but I worked a long time. My youngest son, Alex (11), was out there with me most of the time. He had a lot of questions!

I installed the other header (no pics yet). They were a little tight going in, but once in, they fit very well.

I disassembled the supercharger per the instructions. I had a difficult time installing the MAP sensor on the back of the supercharger. It was a tight fit, and the o-ring was rather large. I ended up using a chamfer bit in my drill to give it an easier way in.

I installed the intake onto the engine. I then inserted the new injectors into the intake. That took a really long time also. The o-rings on each one were also really difficult to get in. By the 8th one, I got it figured out. That always seems to be how it works.

I got the new heater hoses installed, and got the oil in the supercharger.

I still need to torque down the intake. I ordered a 1/4" torque wrench tonight...so it won't be here until Friday.

I did manage to break one of my ball-end hex sockets. I'll have to go get it replaced tomorrow.

Here are a few pics of the intercooler (mostly installed). Also you can see my new air scoop for the intake box.
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Old 01-12-2012, 12:14 AM   #127
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Awesome! Very interested to see some track times when you get it done. Most people don't like taking their verts to the track.
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Old 01-12-2012, 06:19 AM   #128
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Awesome! Very interested to see some track times when you get it done. Most people don't like taking their verts to the track.
Thanks man! I will be getting a removable 6-point roll bar fabricated that I'll bolt in before I head to the track. They will weld in some brackets to bolt the bar to. I'll just have to pull back the carpet and bolt it in. I'll have a harness that mounts to the roll bar also. My goal is for the drag strip to keep it over 11.0. Anything under that and I technically need a roll cage, and that isn't going to happen. I am pretty much duplicating one other member's setup for his coupe where he ran a 10.8. I'm working with Ted at Jannetty Racing and he suggested that we go with the torque converter instead of rear gears.

So for now, I'm going to keep the stock bottom-end of the engine. Hopefully it will hold up.

Once I got the vert, which is also an automatic, I fell in love with it.
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Old 01-19-2012, 03:12 PM   #129
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Well, haven't posted anything in awhile, so I thought I would update everyone. I have everything installed. A few things required installation more than once. Thanks bigsquirrel for loaning me the flywheel locking tool. That made getting the harmonic balancer bolt out easy.

To put in the flywheel locking tool, I needed to remove the starter. Unfortunately I already installed the headers and the new spark plugs. To remove the starter, the passenger side header had to come out. The plugs had to come out too. Oh well, already knew how to do that...just took a lot of time.

Everything went in pretty easy. I wasn't able to install my new Elite Engineering catch can. The bracket that comes with it is for the passenger side, and it mounts under the tensioner pulley. Unfortunately, whipple supplied me with a whole belt pulley system. The bracket won't work with this pulley system without a different type of mounting bolt. I also have been advised to use two catch cans. One on each side. For FI, it is suggested to put the catch can on the driver side. However, the bracket has nowhere to mount. I need a different bracket. I guess I need to get in touch with Elite to figure this out. For now, I'm not running anything other than a straight tube.

The engine started up just fine. Boy it is a nervous moment as you are turning the key for the first time. Before the supercharger, one day I started the car with the stock exhaust manifolds and stock cats. I was amazed at how quiet it was! After installing everything, and before I hooked up the exhaust, I wanted to test it out. Now all that I had on there was headers and straight pipes. OMG THAT IS LOUD. It didn't sound that good either.

I have been trying to figure out a problem with the data-logger software. For some reason it doesn't want to log anything. Talking with SCT support now. I did test drive the car though. It seemed to be driving just fine, with no knocking. Ted needs me to datalog the car so that he can tell if everything is running good.

After a few test drives with nothing more than half-throttle, I decided to floor it once. I was going about 50 down the highway. I punched it, and the tranny kicked it down a gear or two, AND THE BACK TIRES BROKE LOOSE!!! AT 50mph!!! It felt like so much more power than the callaway. I got off the throttle right away...I want to be sure that the tuning looks good.

Oh...and I love the little bit of whine that the whipple has.

Pics will come soon. However, I'm not proud of the engine compartment yet. Too many wires and ugly hoses. That is my next project.
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Old 01-19-2012, 03:16 PM   #130
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So.... when do we get to see it in person?
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Old 01-19-2012, 03:20 PM   #131
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So.... when do we get to see it in person?
I'm hoping MTI day...but I need to get a family pass if you know what I mean.
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Old 01-19-2012, 03:35 PM   #132
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Looking good Joe! Love that lift you have!!!
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Old 01-19-2012, 03:36 PM   #133
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Looking good Joe! Love that lift you have!!!
Thanks. That lift was a very good investment!
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Old 01-19-2012, 07:23 PM   #134
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Glad to hear it's running well! I can't imagine the nerve racking moment before turning the key. If I did all that work MYself, I'd expect it to explode into a million pieces and take me with it, lol. I don't know how you did it Joe, but you did! You're doing great work and I wish you well on keeping it up!
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Glad to hear it's running well! I can't imagine the nerve racking moment before turning the key. If I did all that work MYself, I'd expect it to explode into a million pieces and take me with it, lol. I don't know how you did it Joe, but you did! You're doing great work and I wish you well on keeping it up!
Thanks! I've always had the confidence to do things myself. Unfortunately when I was young, the confidence was not due to experience. I probably broke more things than I fixed. Now my confidence comes from research and past experience. I still make mistakes, but I get them resolved one way or another.

After all day trying to get the damn logging software to work, I'm still at a loss. I'll be back on the phone with them again tomorrow.
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Old 01-19-2012, 09:47 PM   #136
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I can't wait to see this...I gotta start saving up now for the supercharger.....or do I...

hahah kidding of course.

Joe, MTI said they would charge me 100-200 bucks to put my exhaust on at the gathering...do you think that is fair or should I try to do it myself? I figure you'd know the level of difficulty.
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