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Old 08-29-2015, 08:48 PM   #91
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Old 09-03-2015, 08:22 PM   #92
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Been a little bit since I last updated. Car is running great. Biggest issue I had so far was the mystery mileage Volvo fan burning up on me. Replaced that and have been good to go. Car runs at 187-190 with the stock radiator. Just added the heavy wastegate spring as it was only making 6psi at 70% duty cycle. It now makes 9-10psi on just spring pressure. I haven't gotten on the throttle too much as I'm still breaking in the clutch. Did a quick 2nd and 3rd gear pull and it's at 10.5:1 a/f at 10psi. Need to dial that back and put some timing in it. Also bought some Konis and have Ground Controls en route. Hopefully making the first 130mile round trip to work late next week.





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Old 09-07-2015, 02:37 PM   #93
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Old 09-07-2015, 05:33 PM   #94
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Wait till you realize it magically gets 25 mpg on the highway and its a great commuter car! The progress and results are great.
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Old 10-09-2015, 01:06 PM   #95
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Been awhile since an update. Been driving the car a ton. I had an issue where I thought the clutch was done, but it ended up being an axle stub coming off. It must never have need seated correctly. The diff makes one hell of a grinding noise with one axle de-coupled.

Anyway, I have it tuned to just under 18psi on pump gas and spraying windshield washer fluid through 2 5gph nozzles. Flat 11:1 a/f at 11 degrees of timing. That's about as far as I'm going to push it for now.

Im going to add a fluid pump to spray the 1-3gear set as I've picked up a whine after extended high boost highway pulls.





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Old 10-24-2015, 11:31 PM   #96
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Are you planning on making any 1/4 mile passes? Great fab work man! Love the car.
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Old 10-25-2015, 10:49 AM   #97
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Are you planning on making any 1/4 mile passes? Great fab work man! Love the car.
Yeah, I plan on taking it to the strip as well as the roll race events out in by Slipstream at Pocono Raceway. I was originally supposed to go to Pocono this month, but I ended up selling my ticket and was going to a 1/4 mile rental instead. That got rained out so this year is done.

I'm glad it's almost winter since last weekend this motor let go at the top of 4rth at just under 18psi. 11 degrees of timing on 93. The only thing that went wrong was the meth didn't come on till 5500rpm. I forgot there was a temp threshold of 60 degrees that I didn't change. I figured why the hell would my temps ever be that low. Well, Sunday was fucking cold! There was a few more threads of color on the plugs, buy nothing crazy. I'm not 100% convinced the meth not turning on was the cause. Number two rod went through the pan, but everything else looked fine so far.

Datalog shows good air fuel, rpm spike is a touch of 4rth gear wheel spin. Knock sensors don't show any loud noise until decel from this run. The a/f spike was a throttle blip before completely dropping out of it.








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Old 10-26-2015, 10:52 PM   #98
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My guess is you reached to power limit of the gen 3 rods. Unless the ring lands butted and the rod ripped itself off the bottom of the piston (though if that was the case you'd think the ring lands would fail before the rod broke out the bottom). I'm curious to see what you find once you get the piston out.
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Old 10-27-2015, 07:58 PM   #99
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I'm curious to tear it down. Nothing went through the exhaust wheel. If my cam made it out alive, it's no loss. I've been looking for a motor with the better rods, but everything locally is $600-1000+. For not much more money, I'll just build a basic forged 5.3 with Wisecos and Chinese rods. That seems like a better long term solution to pushing it hard all the time.
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Old 10-29-2015, 06:21 AM   #100
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Bad luck mate.
How did the wife take the news?
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Old 10-29-2015, 01:09 PM   #101
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Ha, she knows I run this stuff hard and shit happens. We took the car out a bunch of times. My 18 month old had zero reaction to any pulls. Just chilled in her car seat munching on whatever snack she had. It'll be back together relatively soon.
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Old 10-29-2015, 03:19 PM   #103
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I also had 40+ datalogs from WOT pulls. It was beat hard every time the was out.
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Old 11-10-2015, 12:27 PM   #104
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New bullet for the chamber arrived today.

L33. 70-80lbs lighter, better rods, better heads, more compression for better spool. Should be fun. Motor seems to be in fantastic shape so far.

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Old 11-11-2015, 09:29 AM   #105
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What will you do to the motor to prep it for the car? Do you mess with hone, ring gap or bearings? Studs and head gaskets I would assume? I have a ton of respect for the junkyard motor builds.
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