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#1081 speedyquest

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Posted 24 May 2019 - 08:34 AM

I haven't updated this in awhile yet all kinds of things have happened. Life gets busy, what can I say? lol

About a month ago as the weather started warming up and I started the process of upgrading the flywheel and clutch.

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So the motor came out and the rear main seal was replaced before installing the fidanza flywheel and ACT 6 puck clutch. I also installed beehive valve springs.

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I also baffled the oil pan but sadly didn't really take any pictures of that...

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Another thing I did was make a thermal barrier gasket for the intake manifold. I can tell you that after datalogging it made a very noticeable different. Totally worth it!

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After putting the car back together and filling it full of fluids I brought the car up to temp only to quickly realize that I had coolant leaking from the rear coolant port. Soooo I had to take the manifold back off to properly seal that up.

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But after that the car was happy and sealed up. Now I'm driving it around and enjoying it. The flywheel upgrade is great, the 6 puck clutch isn't horrible to drive on the street, and the car feels awesome!

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And for the second time in the cars life I washed it. It definitely needed it hahaha!

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Posted 26 May 2019 - 07:09 AM

I'm starting to think you just like taking this thing apart.....  Great work and put some miles on it!
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Posted 26 May 2019 - 09:22 AM

 mbruneaux, on 26 May 2019 - 07:09 AM, said:

I'm starting to think you just like taking this thing apart.....  Great work and put some miles on it!

Haha trust me, your not the first person to say roughly that same thing. I know what it looks like but I really am ready to just drive the thing and enjoy it. That is EXACTLY whats happening now.... well after I install my fuel cell :P

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Posted 20 June 2019 - 05:58 PM

Here, I found you a photo

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Posted 22 June 2019 - 03:49 PM

What a great picture.
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Posted 22 June 2019 - 07:44 PM

View Postmbruneaux, on 22 June 2019 - 03:49 PM, said:

What a great picture.

Yea man, I totally agree. I've got a picture from the drift event I should post as well.

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Posted 15 September 2019 - 12:59 PM

Love this look

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Posted 15 September 2019 - 04:02 PM

The thermal barrier gasket, did you use two OE gaskets between it or does it just get mounted by itself? Any coolant leak issues? Considered one for my Miata but couldn't find any solid answers

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Posted 16 September 2019 - 06:40 AM

View PostTurbo Cary, on 15 September 2019 - 04:02 PM, said:

The thermal barrier gasket, did you use two OE gaskets between it or does it just get mounted by itself? Any coolant leak issues? Considered one for my Miata but couldn't find any solid answers

I did try using only the thermal gasket the first time and had it leak around the rear coolant port. I believe that only happened because I didn't use gasket maker around the mating surface. I ended up just using the intake gasket on the head side for safety. So in short the thermal gasket only will leak without gasket maker etc. But otherwise should be good.

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Posted 06 December 2019 - 03:51 PM

Just caught up on this build. Very cool! Admire all the creativity and custom fabrication work.
Buy the ticket, take the ride.

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Posted 04 February 2020 - 06:17 PM

 obsolete, on 06 December 2019 - 03:51 PM, said:

Just caught up on this build. Very cool! Admire all the creativity and custom fabrication work.

Thanks dude!

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Posted 04 February 2020 - 06:23 PM

Once in awhile I come on here and look back at the last thing I posted... and then I realize I've not posted a fair bit of work I've done. And this time is no different. So... here we go!

For a long time now I've been talking about learning composite fabrication and this fall I finally bit the bullet and purchased everything I needed. The pictures you'll see are me making my first fiberglass hood. Keep in mind its not finished as I still need to add ribs for rigidity but other than that its pretty well set.

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Its thin, its light as hell, and its going to be awesome when I finish it!

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Posted 04 February 2020 - 06:26 PM

I should also mention this since I know you guys will immediately notice that it has the headlight sections clear, I plan on filling those in. I used a good condition hood as my buck and it was far simpler to do it this way :)

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Posted 04 February 2020 - 06:27 PM

Yeah looks cool!


how is that going to hold up to the heat????

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Posted 04 February 2020 - 06:30 PM

 importwarrior, on 04 February 2020 - 06:27 PM, said:

Yeah looks cool!


how is that going to hold up to the heat????

That's a very good question :lol:

I guess we will see. One thing that will help is that the hood exit exhaust is going away. I'll be fabricating a stainless & aluminum exhaust system for it in the spring.

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Posted 05 February 2020 - 03:32 PM

well since your fabricating it you can make
provisions to mount a heat blanket under it
like the stock car!

your the Artist you can make it happen!

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Posted 21 February 2020 - 05:04 PM

Great work. Looks really good. But pictures of purple starion please lol
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Posted 21 February 2020 - 06:01 PM

Purple starion?

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Posted 25 February 2020 - 08:14 AM

I feel like I do this every year so I may as well keep it going. Here are my plans the car in 2020!

Modifications & Installations:
Funky Cam & Adjustable cam gear
Mechanical rocker setup
TD06H 20g Greddy turbo
Fuelsafe fuel cell
Big boy catch can setup
3000gt VR4 front/rear brake conversion

Fabrication:
Make aluminum side exit exhaust
Finish fiberglass hood and install
Make fiberglass fenders front / rear
Make a rear bumper
Make fiberglass dash
Make some proper ducting for intercooler & radiator

I should probably stop there because I'm already being a bit optimistic HAHA!

Anyway, this list is here for me to look back on and see where my head was at in this point in time. Feel free to chime in with ideas or thoughts!

P.S. Oh yea! Also I plan on driving the hell out of the car!

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Posted 26 February 2020 - 06:26 AM

Very optimistic, go for it!
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