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    I hate machinists builds, the jealousy is so real!!!

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    I've been needing to make a small diameter tubing bender for a long time now. While the power plant sits on my bench the tubing holding the intercooler in place has one piece that has to go around the fuel line, dodges another tube and kinda snakes through its area.

    Problem was that the first attempt looked like something some crackhead made with a hammer and crescent wrench. It's bothered me since I made it so it was time for a bender.

    Turned out pretty well - and I have room for a 5/8" or 3/4" addition.





    The result was much better - no mo crackhead and now has swoop.



    Of course, as I lowered the power plant into the chassis today I discover that the clearance is wrong and hits two spots on the fuel pressure regulator. Shit...

    So I've hacked off the leg, bent a new one up and it's presently hanging in place, waiting to be massaged a tad more then welded in place. Pix later.

    I also got around to moving the thermostat housing. Found the OEM one and started hacking away. Took the top incoming tube and moved it from the side to the top, cut off the bypass tube and blocked it off and machined a few bosses and bungs off of the piece. It fits nicely behind the pressure line from the supercharger.



    Here's a shot of the thermostat in the manual to see what I removed/moved.



    Test fitment - it actually is about 3 or so inches higher and angles towards the center of the engine.

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    Go, Richard, go!!! Looking great!
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    ADHD at work. I've been bouncing among a few aspects whilst waiting on stuff.

    Have had a set of Flea-bay calipers sitting in a box for a while. They were very dirty and needed some attention. The oversized rotor mounts also needed some modifying (weight removal is what I'm calling it).

    First thing was to get rid of all the casting lines. Little crap like that seems unfinished/unrefined. A little elbow work with some sanding and scotchbrite discs and then a trip through the bead blaster and I have shiny new brake clampers.



    Left to right:

    Dirty caliper, kit supplied oversized rotor mount.
    Blasted caliper, weight relieved mountl
    Painted, assembled, ready to install caliper and mount.



    Left front installed and ready for fluid.



    Also knocked out a couple of hose mounts. These will keep the lines between the oil tank and the engine tucked against the firewall and out of the way of stuff:



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    (heck I'm gonna copy my FB post - being lazy and don't feel like typing a bunch

    Supercharger is on the way to repair - when I filled it with lube a few weeks ago I ended up with blue oil in the pressure tube.
    Shit.

    What sucks is that MPI (who makes the SC conversation) rebuilt it a year or so ago. It would appear they dorked a seal when they put it back together.
    Itís the busy season and I canít get an answered call.

    Internet search finds a place that rebuilds superchargers and sells seals.

    So I decided Iíd give it a shot and see if I could break into the Rotrex C-15 charger and replace the seal(s) myself. Heck, itís broken so why not see if I can fix it first.

    Nope! Okay, now I have a leaky SC with a loose impeller. Off it went for repair. Its supposed to be on vacation from my place for 2-3 weeks according to the repair place. Supercharger Spa - comes back all shiny, clean, not leaking, ready for action.

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    Got a box with tubing a couple of days ago so I got to finish up the thermostat circuit last night.

    At least itís three steps forward and only one back now, sort of...

    Third timeís a charm...

    The Thermostat Saga comes to an end (except for the missing bleed nipple on the u bend).

    Started out with the thermostat up front in the radiator and no OEM bypass circuit. I took some bad advice and fortunately some (good?) bad luck reared its ugly head and the thermostat ends up getting put back on the engine end of the cooling system.

    Then letís say there were a series of errors and observations that even managed to trip up our local Wizard.

    Phone calls were made.
    Internet pictures were studied.
    Realizations came to surface.

    The damn thing is now plumbed correctly, the bypass circuit is back in place and the cooling system is now done.
    Another box checked off the list.





    Front shock rebuild next on the list. One had some issues that I tended to but needed some parts. Have them now. The other one needs oil and a nitrogen charge. They shouldn't take long (and now that I've said that it's going to be an oil covered, long day at the work bench).
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    That engine/trans/subframe is starting to look like the stuff I see at space museums when they peel the skin back on spacecraft! Wires, hoses, and tubes running everywhere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by odypilots View Post
    That engine/trans/subframe is starting to look like the stuff I see at space museums when they peel the skin back on spacecraft! Wires, hoses, and tubes running everywhere.
    Dude! Thats exactly what I said to him yesterday! lol!

    My Dad used to build satellites, I've seen a lot of pics! lol!
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    did you use a special bigfoot camera or something ,you know all blurry could be a tree stump kinda thing .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullnerd View Post
    Dude! Thats exactly what I said to him yesterday! lol!

    My Dad used to build satellites, I've seen a lot of pics! lol!
    That's cool!
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    Quote Originally Posted by odypilots View Post
    That engine/trans/subframe is starting to look like the stuff I see at space museums when they peel the skin back on spacecraft! Wires, hoses, and tubes running everywhere.
    Quote Originally Posted by Bullnerd View Post
    Dude! Thats exactly what I said to him yesterday! lol!

    My Dad used to build satellites, I've seen a lot of pics! lol!
    LOL! You did and yeah it kinda does.

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    No you’re not!
    Okay.... Maybe you are.
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    Worked on sealing the thermostat assembly today.
    Already had some aluminium plugs that fit the silicone coupler tubing well, made a stepped stopper with an air chuck valve - you know, professional like.
    All pieces band clamped, ready for pressure.
    Add air.
    Dunk in water.
    Find leaks, remove from bucket.
    Pull schrader valve so no pressure is built from the welding heat (it blows the weld out), weld leaks, plug, repeat.
    Chased them for at least an hr.
    Blew stepped stopper off once - chuck got caught.
    Pop.
    System is good for 100 psi, not 120.
    Final leak check shows all is good.
    I set it down and muck with something else for a moment.
    Decide to put it back on the engine.
    Hold it up in front of me so I can remove the plugs.
    Put Makita drill with socket on band clamp to remove plug.
    Pulled Makita trigger.
    POP!
    Had forgotten about pressure.
    Plug nailed me in the right nut, perfectly.
    Glad the bench was so nice and held me whilst I took deep breaths.
    Wish I had it on video. AFV worthy.
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