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Old 05-29-2013, 12:34 PM   #151
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Old 05-29-2013, 12:58 PM   #152
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Looking good. I love all the creative work you do, keep it up!

Thanks, some say I think differently because there is something wrong with my brain.

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Damn those look good

Thanks, they're cleaning up nicely. I started to polish one and it looked real good but thought the textured black would add more contrast as well as aid in cooling. They're almost ready to come out of the oven, I'm going to hit the gym for a bit, by the time I get back they will be cool and I can assemble them.
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Old 05-29-2013, 03:25 PM   #153
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Powdercoating is done and I'm glad I used the textured black, I think they look real clean. Here are a few more pics of the covers and coil mounts. I've got a little work to do on my wheels to get them ready for polishing or powdercoating so I am going to finish them up now while I have a chance then I will install the valve covers on the car and take a few more pics.
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Old 05-29-2013, 04:23 PM   #154
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Rear wheels are finished as far as welding and machining. Now the hard part, deciding if I am going to polish them or powdercoat them. I'm leaning towards polishing as I still need to work on the lugnut covers and in the event they get marked up I can easily re-polish them, powdercoating cannot be touched up.

I'm going to get my valve covers back on so I can get home, I'll post some pics then.
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Old 05-29-2013, 05:13 PM   #155
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Got the valve covers and coils installed which now leads me to my next project, the stinking valve cover bolts stand out and look like shit so I will be making a few covers for them, then get back to cleaning up the wiring as well as some other things in the engine compartment.
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Old 05-30-2013, 06:21 AM   #156
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Looks great - cant even tell they're the stock covers
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Old 05-30-2013, 10:29 AM   #157
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Looks great - cant even tell they're the stock covers

Thanks. I think when all the little things are done it's going to clean up nicely.

I had a few minutes to screw with some caps for the valve cover bolts. I did a couple of test pieces but am not sure which one I will go with. I'm leaning towards the larger one, I can trim it down a tiny bit more and then polish or powdercoat them. Leaning towards polishing to break things up a little.

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Old 05-30-2013, 01:56 PM   #158
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Great idea on the caps! Looking at insulation on your firewall reminds me on why I decided to take all stuff out.
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Old 05-30-2013, 06:45 PM   #159
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Great idea on the caps! Looking at insulation on your firewall reminds me on why I decided to take all stuff out.

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I did make another one to size and polished it and decided that's the way to go but one thing leads to another lol so I'm going to have to make some for the intake manifold bolts, I have quite a few covers we use on motorcycles but none fit the bolts used on these cars so I'll most likely be making some for other things as well. Although hard to see there is a slight dome to them so they match my strut covers, washer reservoir cover and any other covers I make will be the same as well. This will be very time consuming as my lathe is rather large and not cnc, so I'll be crankin' dials. lol
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Old 06-01-2013, 06:37 PM   #160
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Had a chance to play with the valve cover bolt covers. Seems like a lot to do for such a small thing but they're clean looking, to bad most of them are under the coil brackets.
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Old 08-08-2013, 07:05 PM   #161
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As usual necessity will determine my next project. Transmission gave me some trouble today. I was cruising along in 6th when it felt like I threw it in neutral, bounced off the rev limiter before I could react. Didn't know what happened, when I looked at the display it showed being in "S" when I was using tapshift. Figured it has something to do with my shifter as I was testing shifters for a couple of days and thought maybe I pinched a wire on mine, went back into tapshift and all was fine. About 20 miles later the dash lit up and the transmission went into limp mode. Through a code, lost contact with TCM. Then thought maybe with the heavy down pours the connection to the TCM got wet so put it on a rack but everything was ok. Checked and found the fuse to the TCM blew. Tried it and all was fine for a few miles and then again. Looking around under the hood I noticed that the tie wraps holding my wiring harness up broke and the wires to the tranny hit the headers. So my next project will be cleaning up some of the wiring under the hood and making some sort of brackets or clamps instead off tie wraps. The wires were moved when I made the coil mounts so they no longer run along the valve covers. I'll post pictures when I come up with something.
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Old 09-28-2013, 03:17 PM   #162
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I love the center console cluster you created! Make another and sell it to me! :P
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Old 09-28-2013, 05:13 PM   #163
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I love the center console cluster you created! Make another and sell it to me! :P

It is something I was thinking of offering but it was labor intensive. Making the panel itself isn't bad but cutting up and piecing together the gauge cluster is the hard part. A lot of room for error. I was thinking about having a mold made so they can be produced somewhat efficiently but I tend to work on things I can do completely in house but it may be possible in the future.
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Old 11-10-2013, 07:02 AM   #164
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Have a lot of ideas for some new stuff for my car, normally I drive it all winter but this year will be different, not by choice. Seems I may have blown the converter or trans. So it's in my shop for some much needed maintenance and a head start on the new products I'll be working on. I may even finish all the ones I've started before lol.

As of now plans include


finishing of my consul

finishing the wiring/cleaning up under the hood

finishing the mails slot/lower scoops and intake

major suspension upgrades

finishing the wheels

possible hood/spoiler modifications or replacement

a custom paint job is in the future depending on when I finish some body mods I've been playing with.

First thing will be to pull the trans/converter and see what happened, hopefully in the next week or two and then I'll move on.
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Old 12-03-2013, 12:03 PM   #165
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Finally had a chance to spend some time on my car. While I was waiting for a chance to get it up on a lift to see what was up with the converter/transmission I started on some coil covers for my custom coil mounts. May be working on a set for the stock mounts but I'll post more on that later.

Well, I did get the transmission out and found that it was the converter making the noise. The drive hub is broken. The pieces were still in the hub area so I removed the front seal and got them out. It is a 3600 stall billet converter so I would not expect this on a street only car. Here's a shot of it.
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Old 12-03-2013, 04:57 PM   #166
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Well, it seems that both pieces broke off cleanly and there are no missing pieces. Change the fluid and filter and the tranny should be fine. Now just have to figure out what converter to go with. Definitely not one of these again.
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Old 12-07-2013, 04:27 PM   #167
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While the tranny is out and I'm waiting on the converter I started on some coil covers to go with my custom mounts. They're a lot of machine work but I got a good start on them. I am going to contour them to the coils to keep them as small and light as possible. Here's a quick shot of the first machining step, still a long ways to go.
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Old 12-11-2013, 04:37 PM   #168
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Had a chance to screw around with the coil covers a little. Cut out the pocket for the coil to sit in and roughed out the outside profile. It still needs to be trimmed down and prettied up before I can finalize the program then machine a full set. Here is where I'm at now.
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Old 12-13-2013, 12:16 PM   #169
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Had a chance to finish contouring on my test piece. I think it's were I want it to be. When I get a chance a little later I will test fit it on the car. Here is where it's at now.
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Old 12-13-2013, 05:02 PM   #170
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Had a chance to test fit the coil cover. I'm happy with the way it looks and think I'm going to go ahead and make a fixture so I can machine a full set for my car. Most likely I will polish them. Once done I may start on relocating the wiring harnesses on the top of the motor to clean things up a bit. Here's a couple of quick shots of the cover in place.
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Old 12-31-2013, 12:05 PM   #171
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Had a chance to play with my own stuff for a while. I've got a full set of coil covers done with the exception of the corner radius. I'll be doing this as soon as I get a new cutter for it. Once done I will be extending and separating the wiring harnesses to the coils and injectors so I can route them from behind the motor instead of the front. I think it will be much cleaner that way. Here's a quick shot of the covers as they are now. Once the radius is done I will most likely polish them.
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Old 12-31-2013, 12:37 PM   #172
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Old 12-31-2013, 01:45 PM   #173
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Wow! Impressive stuff!
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Old 01-01-2014, 11:45 AM   #174
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Old 01-30-2014, 06:40 PM   #175
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Had a chance to get some stuff done on my car. After having the converter serviced and re-installed it left me stuck on the road so pulled it again and went with a Protorque, it's running fine and I must say this converter is much nicer for a DD.

I also had a chance to finish and polish my coil covers as well as making the first wiring harness, I am re-routing the wires to get them below the coil packs to clean it up a little. Tomorrow I will pick up the necessary hardware and get the covers mounted. I'll take some pictures when done but here is a quick shot of the covers and harness.
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