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Old 04-18-2011, 05:21 PM   #76
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Car is going in to Autovation either tomorrow or wednesday to get the exhaust sorted out
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Old 04-18-2011, 07:10 PM   #77
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shoulda cleaned the engine bay before putting the engine back in! looks like there's a few pounds of dirt there!
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Old 04-18-2011, 10:30 PM   #78
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i know i know. I'm running out of time though. It's not going to be ready for Autovation tomorrow - i ran into some problems tonight.

The headers don't clear the x-brace - i think it's because the engine was lowered. So I cut the x-brace and will be welding some reinforcements. ugh this is progressing slower than I wanted. However, I got my shift linkage back in, the driveshaft in and aligned, and then fought with the x-brace the rest of the evening. My SRI came in today too.

Tomorrow's task list:
-see if Arek has a power steering hose
-weld x-brace
-install front clip & radiator
-install bumper
-drop off car at Autovation for exhaust work.

it's going to be a LONG night!
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Old 04-19-2011, 02:06 AM   #79
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i know i know. I'm running out of time though. It's not going to be ready for Autovation tomorrow - i ran into some problems tonight.

The headers don't clear the x-brace - i think it's because the engine was lowered. So I cut the x-brace and will be welding some reinforcements. ugh this is progressing slower than I wanted. However, I got my shift linkage back in, the driveshaft in and aligned, and then fought with the x-brace the rest of the evening. My SRI came in today too.

Tomorrow's task list:
-see if Arek has a power steering hose
-weld x-brace
-install front clip & radiator
-install bumper
-drop off car at Autovation for exhaust work.

it's going to be a LONG night!
You gotta keep your threads in the same forums! I keep jumping around to reply to these :-)

Are the ebay headers? If so, some they don't clear the X brace, even with OE engine mounts. Some include small aluminum spacers, about 1/2", that space the rear of the X beace down a bit to clear. Even then, mine rested right on the brace.
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Old 04-19-2011, 02:12 AM   #80
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i know i know. I'm running out of time though. It's not going to be ready for Autovation tomorrow - i ran into some problems tonight.
just a heads up!
last time I was there they didn't have or I didn't see GAS for there mig, so you might want to ask before being disappointed with the welds
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Old 04-19-2011, 01:58 PM   #81
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You gotta keep your threads in the same forums! I keep jumping around to reply to these :-)

Are the ebay headers? If so, some they don't clear the X brace, even with OE engine mounts. Some include small aluminum spacers, about 1/2", that space the rear of the X beace down a bit to clear. Even then, mine rested right on the brace.
haha I have to keep all the crowds happy

Yes they are ebay headers. I tried shimming the xbrace, but the angles wouldn't work to get the bolts back in. I ended up cutting about half the tube out under the headers so that it would fit. I'll be welding in some reinforcements around the area so it doesn't screw up it's structural integrity too much.

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just a heads up!
last time I was there they didn't have or I didn't see GAS for there mig, so you might want to ask before being disappointed with the welds

I gave them a call yesterday and told them it was a stainless exhaust and they said no problem, that they could do it. Realistically, as long as it doesn't leak, I'll be happy.
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Old 04-20-2011, 02:44 PM   #82
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Ok i'm tired today...

Jamie (and Chris too) was a huge help last night. We lost a lot of sleep but got quite a bit done.

-Xbrace was reinforced, painted and installed
-Passenger floor patch was completed (no more Flinstone-ing for you Bear )
-Power steering was bled
-front clip & bumper were installed
-radiator and cooling hoses were installed
-SRI was installed with heatshield (some cutting required)
-brakes were bled
-car was dropped off at Autovation for exhaust work (at 1:30am!)

I should have the car back by the end of the day tomorrow. Working for the gov't means I have friday AND monday off, so the car should run by monday at the latest

All I have left to start is to fill the rad with water, wire in the wideband O2 sensor, and put the fusebox back together. There are a bit more wires that can be removed so I'll take care of those at the same time.

I was too tired last night to download the pics, but I took a bunch of the xbrace mods and the intake. I'll try and post them tonight!
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Old 04-21-2011, 12:48 AM   #83
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Pics of the X-brace mods
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Old 04-21-2011, 12:50 AM   #84
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And the new SRI - it looks like a car again!

I had to shorten the bimmerworld intake boot to make it fit, but it worked

Got a call from Autovation - exhaust will be done by tomorrow morning.
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Old 04-25-2011, 07:27 PM   #85
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she's alive!!!!
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Old 04-26-2011, 08:21 AM   #86
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is she ever!



and Bear working his magic:
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Awesome!! I'm totally going to have to make time to pop by some time when you're working just to say hi and check things out. Bear, send me a text!!

(And AS IF you started with no water lol.)
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Old 04-26-2011, 12:30 PM   #89
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Sounds great Jay! I'll be there pretty much every night this week (except tonight) doing odds and ends - have to grind some welds to fit the seats, fix a spark plug issue (possible piston contact), package the wiring, install the belts, swap rims, install the dash.

BTW - Autovation did a great job on the exhaust. Next time she's on the lift I'll shoot some pictures.
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Sounds great Jay! I'll be there pretty much every night this week (except tonight) doing odds and ends - have to grind some welds to fit the seats, fix a spark plug issue (possible piston contact), package the wiring, install the belts, swap rims, install the dash.

BTW - Autovation did a great job on the exhaust. Next time she's on the lift I'll shoot some pictures.
oh oh oh oh I want to come too, pick me up on your way jay

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