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#1 SFBMX88

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 12:13 PM

This is mainly going to be a summary of pictures on the flatty since Memorial day, May 2008(when I picked it up).

1986 Dodge Conquest Flat sider - Non-intercooled, automatic, open differential goodness!

May 2008:

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Next to my friends '87

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Getting ready for some 5 lug and LSD from my scrapped '88

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 01:31 PM

June 2008:

Most all of the suspension made its way onto the flatty.  Diff/axles/front and rear struts/control arms/sway bars....

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Slowly cleaning up the engine bay...

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Cleaned up the rusted battery tray...

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4 lug wide body!

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Getting ready to go...

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Farewell...

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Autopower cage I pulled from my $650 87 parts car:

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 02:59 PM

July 2008:

Automatic to Manual....

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Upper clutch pedal assembly mount - I didn't have a welder at the time, so I drilled holes and bolted it in...

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Automatic brake pedal....

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Manual brake pedal...

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The old slush box..

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88 trans/ARP flywheel bolts/ACT clutch:

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Auto shifter hole:

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New hole:

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Master cylinder and reservior:

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Old TEP(spearco) radiator with 2 12" Mr. Gasket fans I saved from my 88:

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Built up a harness(my wiring has gotten much better since :P )

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 03:03 PM

More July 2008:

Picked up another set of SHPs with brand new Hankook RS-2s:

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 04:27 PM

I like.  Good work man!  How hard was the trans swap?  What did u do for the cross member?  Im doing one now.

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 04:08 PM

Flatty Love :wub:
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Posted 13 March 2012 - 07:58 PM

That's looking ripe.

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 12:32 AM

View Post89BananaQuest, on 12 March 2012 - 04:27 PM, said:

I like.  Good work man!  How hard was the trans swap?  What did u do for the cross member?  Im doing one now.


I mounted from the original auto trans mount in the tunnel to the manual trans.  It was crude at first, and still is I think, but it works.  Now that I have access to a welder, I should revisit this...

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So sloppy...

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The original mounts I did above flexed way too much.  I eventually corrected this(I'll post pics later).

There should be an auto to manual thread here somewhere.  It showed different methods of mounting.  I think someone actually welded mounts to the tunnel so the manual trans crossmember bolts straight to it.

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 12:34 AM

August 2008:

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 10:27 AM

February 2009:

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Taking some measurements........

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 11:04 AM

March 2009:

ARP front wheel studs(100-7712) - the backs have to be trimmed down a bit to fit the 5 lug hubs.Posted Image

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Rear ARPs(100-7717) - Easy install, no modifications needed.

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Some Blox aluminum lug nuts:

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More measuring......

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 11:16 AM

April 2009:

Rebuilt the transmission mount so it doesn't flex anymore.  A friend welded it up later on, but I think I should re-engineer it now that I have a welder handy...

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Leading edge of the mount:

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From the back side:

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Made a gauge panel out of some Lexan.  I wired up a harness with a connector in case I ever have to pull the dash(which I have many times since):

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Pumping out mid-16 second runs at Infineon  :)

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 11:35 AM

May 2009:

Painted the turbo heat shield with some BBQ grill paint.  It dried looking matte black:

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Still pulling strong vacuum :)

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Slow build of my front coil overs:

TechnoToyTuning camber plates

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KYB AGX FRONT Celica Alltrac struts

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Picked up some 88-89 Toyota Celica FRONT strut housings.  They must be 88-89 as the threaded portion has the matching threads to the AGX gland nuts.

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Peeks out the top:

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Cut the tops off the Celica housings...

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Insert in the FRONT Starion housing:

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Had to space the insert from the bottom a bit:

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The first attempt wasn't so great.  I didn't get the Celica tops to align to the Starion housings straight enough.  A solution came later...

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My neighbors Celica Supra:

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Some foreshadowing....

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Threw in a used fuse link box after the original melted.  Cleaned up the terminals/connections and installed.

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 11:42 AM

June 2009:

Detailed short stroke build: http://www.starquest...opic=93736&st=0

Started on the REAR housings.  Cut the adjuster knobs out and patched over them with metal scraps from the front struts:

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Installed a new thermostat.  Pulled the original Mitsubishi thermostat and installed a Stant.  Next thermostat change, I'm going back to OEM.

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Back to coil overs...

Picked up some poly bump stops for a Mustang application(4.6104R - Energy suspension)

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A friend turned down a set of Celica tops for me in his machine shop class.  This solved the alignment issue between the Celica tops and Starion strut housing.  They slide right in!

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Welded up :)

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A little black paint...

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Usable suspension travel...

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Edited by SFBMX88, 19 June 2012 - 04:11 AM.


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Posted 14 March 2012 - 12:18 PM

July 2009:

I didn't like the metal to metal contact of the spring hat to the camber plate, so I picked up some thrust bearings and races from Mcmaster.com:

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Also got a set of MK1 silicone hoses.  One hose didn't match, but I made it work.  Still no leaks to this day.

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Some pics from the Treasure Island old school meet...

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 12:55 PM

August 2009:

Accusump time...I slowly put this together over about a week if I remember correctly.

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Made some brackets to upgrade/relocate the power steering cooler:

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Mike Bumbecks White 87

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While the front end was off I made a "Griffin" radiator....

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Relocated the oil filter - now running a larger Ford filter:

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Shield for the back of the power steering cooler:

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Made an Accusump indicator light:

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 12:55 PM

August 2009 continued:

Flatty love!

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Earls oil cooler:

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I was always skeptical about socketless fittings, but I am now a believer!  These have never leaked...

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Oil Filter adapter(Moroso 23685)

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I used the factory gauge and sender to monitor the Accusump pressure:

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All done!

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Finished my AC delete too.  Duct and plug out of a Mighty Max/D-50:

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 01:27 PM

September 2009:

Catalytic converter had a melt down.  This is probably around the time my vacuum advance stopped working....

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Pulled my washer tank out to make room for my old MSD 6al.  Made some brackets out of aluminum.

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Everything installed with a tiny loaner battery off my Starlet to top it off :)

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 01:42 PM

October 2009:

Pulled the old Walbro 255lph pump out of storage and installed it with new filters(engine bay filter MB504732, in tank filter MB129890, and the pre-pump filter NAPA 3278)

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I had to dig around for the install kit that originally came with the pump.  Took those AN fittngs off so I could use the factory fuel pressure hose at the pump.

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Fixed some wire ends for the condenser to the pump...

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 02:07 PM

November 2009:

Old school meet in Santa Clara.  I think this is when the most StarQuests came out.  We had a strong presence in this normally Datsun filled meet.

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I saw my old MPI Hurricane manifold living on in a long bed D-50

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