October 16, 2007: Redid my headliner at work today. Its kinda nice working at a Stereo shop that also dose upholstry.
The original was 22 year old maroon (i... Show moreck) vinyl. The new covering is sadly black cloth. Its very hard to find vinyl that is easy to press into the bends and valleys of the headliner, espcially when you cant use staples.
October 1, 2007: Right now my car is sitting in a body shop to get the front end straitened out (hopefully). One of the last owners hit something or got hit by something and bent the end of the left front frame rail. Everything back of the core support seems fine but because o how its bent it pushes the front of the bumper up and also is pushing the top of my headlight into the hood. I just hope they can get everything done ok.
October 1, 2007 (later):Few hours of waiting and I got my car back. Front end is all good now.
July 4, 2007: WOO!!! Independence Day! And for the first time in like 6-7 years I HAVE IT OFF!!! So what do I do? Work on the car like any other gear head would do. Finaly got around to replacing my rear brake pads since the old ones where squeking realy bad. Started with the left one and had a heck of a time getting the piston to move. Well, I didnt get it to move at all. Pulled the bleeder off and found that the small opening on the inside of it was rusted shut and figured so was the rest of the caliper. Luckily I had the ones from my 84 Conquest near by. and the 84s where in good shape. Popped that on the left side and got it all in place. Then I had to figure out how to bleed the brake by myself. Was able to use a small peice of hose to drain out to a container and useing the handel from my jack to push the pedal, then reach around the back of the brake asembly to bleed it. That was fun. The right side was a lot easier. Just a simple pad swap. Made sure to clean everything with some mineral spirits to clean all the old grease and gunk off.
All in all, took me 4 hours to do what was sopposed to be a simple pad swap.
May 27, 2007: wow, been a while since I've updated this. The car was at a shop for a while trying to get it to pass SMOG. Lucky for me the shop owner has ties with my work so he did me a deal and worked on it in his off time. Car is back in my hands and runs much better.
Now, I havent been sitting on my butt while the car was in the shop. I have enough parts to almost build 2 of these cars. So I took some of those spares and have been getting them all nice and shiney :D
First up is the Distributor body:
Next up is my throttle body:
Fuel Injector Holder:
And the parts starting to go together:
All the parts where cleaned of any flashing from when they where originaly molded and extra material was also cut away for a cleaner look on the parts. On the back side of the TB houseing there used to be a couple of fingers that stuck out that where never used on these cars so it went away to make it look much better. After all that they where cleaned and I busted out my trusty powder coating gear and did them in Black Magic powder coat.
Right now I am also getting some gunmetal powder coating and looking into some high temp stuff for the cars heat shields. I am also starting to build up a new larger oven that will let me do the suspention and valve cover and lots of other goodies.
As far as the TB goes I ground down the back end of the verticle vein in the thing for smoother airflow off the back of thing. I also ground down the butterfly shaft to make it less restrictive. I tried to get pictures of this but my camera sucks monkey nuts for up close stuff. Crappy macro setting on it.
That blue hose on the TB assembly is what I am useing for my vacuum lines. Its a translucent blue silicone hose. Good for up to 400 degrees.
I am running a set of Trilogy Turbo 850cc injectors on the car. These are the stock size for this year of car.
I also had a local shop do a new exhaust system on the car too. looks good, they got it tucked in nicely under the car. Sounds good. Has a nice low rumble too it. I haven't realy layed into it yet since the car isn't registered I figured it wouldn't be a good idea to push my luck with it.
March 15, 2007: I've had this car for about 6 months now. Done a ton of work to it. So far I've swapped engines on it from my dead 84 Conquest, tranny too. Totaly rebuilt the engine harness from scratch. Put in the 84s ECU since the 85s was dead. (getting only 4 volts out of the diagnostic port instead of 12v). rebuilt the distributor only to find both my vacuum advances are dead. new one on the way. Replaced the radiator with the one from my 84 since the 85s was totaly clogged. Not much beter but it actually cools, just missing 30% of its fins... Got new injectors. had to drop my gas tank and have it cleaned and sealed. Having to replace the fuel lines since the last owner left the car sitting for 4 YEARS WITH A FULL TANK OF GAS!!! It turned to such a fine sedement that it passed threw both Wix filters I had befor and after the pump, seized the pump, clogged the fuel lines, and started to form stalagtites on the injectors. I also gutted the A/C too.
And more work to follow. Show Less
SIDE PROJECTS OF THE MAIN:
As we all find out, the simple concept of building up a cool car tends to envolve a lot of smaller projects.
Cold Air Can Side Pro... Show moreject:
To replace the factory 7lbs hunk of metal that limits airflow via a 2" snorkle leading from the fender well, I decided to make a new air can.
On the Starions, the area where the air is fed into the factory air can is a removible plate that feeds the snorkle. The new air can will use this entire opening to feed new cold air to the engine.
Most guys use the air sensor off of a 1G Eclipse. Sadly though my car can not make use of this mod since the wireing for my car is different from later years.
Some guys simply cut holes in the factory air can. I've herd as much as 12hp being gained by simply cutting a hole in the can! The down side is that its a lot of hot air doing it this way. Mine will let in lots of cooler air.
But for me to make the lid, I have to rebuild my Vacuum form Table.
Once thats done I make a basic mold with thin plastic and cover it with the fiberglass. I have to do it this way so that the glass dosent stick to the wood mold I've made. I can also potentional make a nice squish mold for more castings too. Show Less