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k_schutte
01-09-2010, 11:59 AM
Actualy just got the stuff in today so no work to show, probably won't get to it for a few days since it is so dang cold and I will have to move either the Mach 1, Cadillac, or RX7 our of the garage to do this which I am not too excited about but... I will before too long. Nothing too special, just a 24"x11"x2.5" core with polished black 2.5" piping, red couplers and T-bolt clamps. Still to come are a pair of 10" 1550CFM fans to be mounted on front. I have finaly decided to just gut the car, put in a roll cage may be do a little more engine mods and drift/play with the car. With 75K original miles should make some people happy that I am "destroying it", but it has ugly red cloth interior so I don't feel to bad

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95_XR7
01-09-2010, 12:42 PM
Appears to be the same IC I was looking at possibly using. Only difference is, I have to make sure I get polished tubes to go along with the rest of the bling from the previous owner. Polished Blower, inlet, TB, MAF, CAI, Intercooler tubes, IC, etc.

One thing, are you going to be keeping the functionality of everything? Hood latch etc, when installing this. It seems a lot of people get rid of the hood latch and just go with hood pins.

Haha. Make sure you post some pictures when you finish it.


-Corey

k_schutte
01-09-2010, 12:52 PM
I will see what happens with the hood latch. I planned to put hood pins on it either well in all honesty. All of my cars have hood pins (Except the cadillac LOL) ever since I was doing about 120MPH in my 3rd Gen Trans Am and had the fiberglass 4" cowl hood fly up on me which almost led to the death of me and my buddy :eek: Of course the Mach 1 had them factory with the NASA hood, the RX7 is my drag car and only has a the factory hood "skin" held on by 4 hood pins (want to do soe zeus fasteners but they are a PITB) and I just haven't got around to doing the Thunderbird yet. That is one of the reasons I went with the 2.5" instead of 3" though, just in case I want to keep everythign I figured that might help a little with the extra room...


I will post pics for sure!

sinhumane
01-09-2010, 12:57 PM
looks like a promising project. looking forward to doing the same to my 94 once i get home.

what gen rx7 do you own? i'm a personal fan of the FD body.

k_schutte
01-09-2010, 01:13 PM
looks like a promising project. looking forward to doing the same to my 94 once i get home.

what gen rx7 do you own? i'm a personal fan of the FD body.

I like the FD's but I don't like the price of them!! I have a 1990 GTU with a Small Block Ford/C4 swap. bunch of goodies! Actualy started out as a boosted 5.0HO but I got sick of that, converted it to carb, added a bunch of goodies, nitrous, 4.10 LSD, full length headers, etc.... much better now!

k_schutte
01-17-2010, 02:14 PM
got off my butt finaly and did something with it. I was able to keep the stock hood latch assembly no problems, not sure why peopel get rid of that... pipes will be welded up tomarrow, I am waiting for some aluminum pieces ot come in. A couple 90* pieces to weld onto the intercooler to get rid of hte 90* couplers and a couple straight pieces to weld onto the blower outlet and intake inlet...

only picture I have right now....

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kenewagner
01-17-2010, 02:18 PM
got off my butt finaly and did something with it. I was able to keep the stock hood latch assembly no problems, not sure why peopel get rid of that... pipes will be welded up tomarrow, I am waiting for some aluminum pieces ot come in. A couple 90* pieces to weld onto the intercooler to get rid of hte 90* couplers and a couple straight pieces to weld onto the blower outlet and intake inlet...

only picture I have right now....

http://www.imagechicken.com/uploads/1263755652085958100.jpg (http://www.imagechicken.com)

Good thing to keep the hood latch. I didnt and forgot to pin the hood. Had to replace the front windowshield and repair the hood. I think you should have gotten blue connectors. They are worth 10 extra HP;):D:D:D


Ken

k_schutte
01-17-2010, 02:45 PM
Good thing to keep the hood latch. I didnt and forgot to pin the hood. Had to replace the front windowshield and repair the hood. I think you should have gotten blue connectors. They are worth 10 extra HP;):D:D:D


Ken

I have to replace the windshield no too... we where pushing the car into the garage (there was no intercooler on it so I couldn't driver it) and my girlfriend was out there "helping" me. well I was asking her to move stuff out of the way and she failed ot move my brand new windows for the Mach 1 and they got broke so I punched the windshield and busted it too LOL... other than that everythig nwent really smooth though! Saddest part about the windshield is that I did the same thing in my cadillac this last summer and it cost me like $600~ for the windshield and i don't remember how much for stitchs and then having all the blood/glass cleaned off my interior, so you think I would have learned my lesson

forgot to mention for those who care. the long pipe is the "hot" pipe, comes off the outlet, beside the alt, down where the stock IC used ot mount, acrosss the bottom of the car by the sway bar and into the pass. side of the intercooler. The short one is pretty simple, comes out of the intercooler up beside the other pipe and into the inlet.

I figured the short pipe would be better as the "cold" pipe but I still need to figure out if I should wrap the hot pipe or the cold pipe.. or I guess I could do both... that heat wrap is NOT cheap though so I was hoping I could just wrap the shorter cold pipe and be done with it.

k_schutte
01-17-2010, 05:49 PM
few more pictures... don't mine the mount deals that are on there right now. I needed something easily adjustable so I could get measurements and everything to make the RIGHT mounts the FIRST time... Plus it was lying around from when I put my final garage door opener in a few weeks back. Also, in the pictures it looks lower than it really is, it does sit a little low but is about 3"~ higher than the lowest part of the front end so I think I am safe. I would have got some better pictures but the car is like 2ft form the wall so it is kind of hard to get in front of it. pipes will be welded tomarrow and everythign so I can get some pictures of it all "finished" probably tuesday or so. not counting the aluminum 90*s that will be welded to the intercooler replacing the 90* couplers. But I am going to have my buddy weld those on with everythig ninstalled as they have to be at a certain angle...

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David Neibert
01-18-2010, 12:36 AM
I have to replace the windshield no too... we where pushing the car into the garage (there was no intercooler on it so I couldn't driver it) and my girlfriend was out there "helping" me. well I was asking her to move stuff out of the way and she failed ot move my brand new windows for the Mach 1 and they got broke so I punched the windshield and busted it too LOL... other than that everythig nwent really smooth though! Saddest part about the windshield is that I did the same thing in my cadillac this last summer and it cost me like $600~ for the windshield and i don't remember how much for stitchs and then having all the blood/glass cleaned off my interior, so you think I would have learned my lesson


Sounds like you need a punching bag in your garage :rolleyes:

David

k_schutte
01-18-2010, 11:42 AM
Sounds like you need a punching bag in your garage :rolleyes:

David

I hvae three punching bags in my garage... an '89 SC, '73 Mach1, anmd a '90 RX7 ;)

The cadillac thing happened while driving down the street actualy. Fighting with the old lady, it was time to hit something and I would never hit a woman so the windshield took a few shots... the SC one was kind of an "accident" I was tapping the window ot get her attention to have her move the stuff and she apparently just wasn't paying attention so I hit it harder and when I actualy made contact with the Mach 1 windows I punched the windshield trying to get her attention. it busted... ANYWAYS...


Doesn't look like my pipes will be done until wednesday or so but I will get pics up ASAP...

DrFishbone
01-18-2010, 01:41 PM
I hvae three punching bags in my garage... an '89 SC, '73 Mach1, anmd a '90 RX7 ;)

The cadillac thing happened while driving down the street actualy. Fighting with the old lady, it was time to hit something and I would never hit a woman so the windshield took a few shots... the SC one was kind of an "accident" I was tapping the window ot get her attention to have her move the stuff and she apparently just wasn't paying attention so I hit it harder and when I actualy made contact with the Mach 1 windows I punched the windshield trying to get her attention. it busted... ANYWAYS...

Maybe boxing gloves then. :p

XxSlowpokexX
01-18-2010, 02:38 PM
is that like a two inch raised top???

Where you run couplers and there is no tube bead Id reccomend to weld a bead around the edge of the tube so that it doesnt blow off. Im assuming you cut some ends to make it all fit. A coupler will eventually slip off a straight pipe otherwise.

k_schutte
01-18-2010, 04:38 PM
is that like a two inch raised top???

Where you run couplers and there is no tube bead Id reccomend to weld a bead around the edge of the tube so that it doesnt blow off. Im assuming you cut some ends to make it all fit. A coupler will eventually slip off a straight pipe otherwise.

roughly 2.5", "big bore" home made deal... it is getting decked or surfaced or whatever you want to call it right now, too make sure the bottom is completely flat and what not. It was 3" but it didn't clear the hood, 2.5" clears fine though and it will be losing like 1/8" inch after machining... Once I get it back I will be "cleaning it up" and painting it, I need to round those corners off!

Yupper, I actualy thought I made sure both ends on both pipes had beads but on the longer pipe, the end that attaches to the outlet doesn't have a pead, the other three ends are good though. I will be sure to add a bead on that end though! Thanks for the heads up!

nickleman60
01-18-2010, 05:06 PM
Where you run couplers and there is no tube bead Id reccomend to weld a bead around the edge of the tube so that it doesnt blow off. Im assuming you cut some ends to make it all fit. A coupler will eventually slip off a straight pipe otherwise.

I would suggest running as few couplers needed for installation and removal. Weld the other sections together, less chances for leaks..........:D

k_schutte
01-18-2010, 05:17 PM
I would suggest running as few couplers needed for installation and removal. Weld the other sections together, less chances for leaks..........:D

well, that's kind of a given...

I have 4 couplers, one on each end of each pipe...

nickleman60
01-18-2010, 06:01 PM
well, that's kind of a given...

I have 4 couplers, one on each end of each pipe...

DUH, we know that........... I figured on the long pipe you'll have it in 2 pieces to ease installation but if it'll go on as 1 piece all the better.

k_schutte
01-18-2010, 06:41 PM
DUH, we know that........... I figured on the long pipe you'll have it in 2 pieces to ease installation but if it'll go on as 1 piece all the better.

oh... yeah, it fits in there rather nicely as one piece actualy. Well, with the front end jacked up a couple feet anyways. I figure it isn't something I will remove very often so no point in making it more pieces than needed. Just picked them up from the welder. I told him "function over form" so they're not too pretty but they look STRONG and leak proof so I am happy. Told him I am going to leak test them up to 25psi, he said "if you want to, i already tested them up to 30psi though", gotta love a guy that goes a little "above and beyond" for you. Going to hit the welds a little bit with some 80grit on a DA then some 320 to scuff it all up then finish off with some high temp semi-gloss black paint. oh, and as you can see in the pics, two ends didn't have beeds so he welded some on for me. As you can see, BAMF (our white, Razors Edge pitbull) has to have his nose in everything all the damn time LOL

http://www.imagechicken.com/uploads/1263858238050796600.jpg (http://www.imagechicken.com)

Hock
01-19-2010, 02:07 AM
As you can see, BAMF (our white, Razors Edge pitbull) has to have his nose in everything all the damn time LOL

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Human welded.

Pit Bull Approved!

I love Pits!

Mine don't help with the car, they just like going for the ride after its done.

k_schutte
01-20-2010, 11:14 AM
Human welded.

Pit Bull Approved!

I love Pits!

Mine don't help with the car, they just like going for the ride after its done.

Yeah, pits are, IMO, the greatest dog anyone could ever have! They get so much negative attention it is disgusting! People need to read statistics on and look at ACTUAL facts rather than just some crap they see on t.v. or hear form "some guy". They actualy did a little local "study" here a while back in which they had a bunch of different pictures (50 I believe) of different breeds and they asked people to write down the number of pitbull terriers that they seen in the group of pictures. The average answer was something around 25-30. There was not a single picture of a pitbull in the entire set. That is one of teh main reasons they get such a bad name, people hear they are "evil" so any time a mid sized dog attacks it automaticaly becomes a pitbull.


Anywyas, I will stop because I could talk about pits ALL day and then some and this is tech so LOL... go the pipes painted up, going ot get some pieces for the inlet/outlet right now so it should be driveable again today!

k_schutte
01-20-2010, 04:50 PM
Got it all put on today, looks OK and seems like it will work just fine so im happy with the outcome. I will try to get pictures before too long but the weather here in Iowa is pretty crappy right now so it might be a bit before I head out there again. I have ot run the SC top to the machine shop so when I go to grab that I will snag a picture or two...

k_schutte
01-20-2010, 05:17 PM
added these pictures to the first page too but... I am not liking how flat that black turned out ot be so I am going to repaint it all come spring with some Semi-gloss instead of low-gloss... they had "Flat", Low-Gloss" "semi-gloss" and "high-gloss" black, this is what I would expect the Flat to look like, so I think next time I will go semi-gloss and see how that looks.

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thunderkid84
01-20-2010, 07:36 PM
that top is ridiculous overkill and looks terrible IMO.

if you have 90 degree silicone couplers going into and out of the intercooler, you're gonna wanna get rid of those and put pipe in its place.

and i suggest using turbo t-clamps if you don't have them already.

the pipes will look good though, once painted.

k_schutte
01-20-2010, 08:17 PM
that top is ridiculous overkill and looks terrible IMO.

if you have 90 degree silicone couplers going into and out of the intercooler, you're gonna wanna get rid of those and put pipe in its place.

and i suggest using turbo t-clamps if you don't have them already.

the pipes will look good though, once painted.

Good thing it's not on your car then :D

already stated a few times the 90* couplers will be replaced with 90* bends as soon as they show up here, ordered them a couple days ago but...

T-clamps are the only way to go of course.

pipes are painted but they are WAY too flat, I agree that they will look much better with a new paint job but that will wait until spring. I just needed to get this thing out of my garage so I can put my Mach 1 back in there!

Pablo94SC
01-20-2010, 10:29 PM
Is that 2.5" pipe measured ID or OD?

XxSlowpokexX
01-20-2010, 10:59 PM
Try black wrinkle finish..You may lik ethat look on the pipes. Let us know how it feels

neverfastenough
01-20-2010, 11:01 PM
looks kinda familiar.

k_schutte
01-21-2010, 10:49 AM
Is that 2.5" pipe measured ID or OD?

2.48" ID according to my caliper

k_schutte
01-21-2010, 10:51 AM
looks kinda familiar.

care to elaborate?

Pablo94SC
01-21-2010, 06:42 PM
2.48" ID according to my caliper

Thank you sir!

neverfastenough
01-22-2010, 02:38 PM
care to elaborate?

You went with a similar route as me should work nicely;).
http://sccoa.com/forums/showthread.php?t=98221&highlight=fmic

Corey

k_schutte
01-23-2010, 05:27 PM
You went with a similar route as me should work nicely;).
http://sccoa.com/forums/showthread.php?t=98221&highlight=fmic

Corey

Nice! Although I would have to say yours looks much better than mine! I wish I would not have centered the radiator, that would have left me much more room and I could have had a nicer looking top pipe. Not a big deal for me though because this is just going to be a beater/drifter so I don't need anythign pretty.

Thank god I got this done though because I just picked up my Modular motor for my '73 Mach 1 which I am going to start on now so the poor SC would have been sitting for a long time LOL...

k_schutte
01-23-2010, 09:55 PM
got the SC top back from the machine shop, made up a new gasket and got everything back on the car, hopefuly for the last time. Did not put the front bumper on yet though because I am planning to cut out a bunch of the front bumper as others have done and may be put some big holes in the front bumper cover to actualy get some air flow to the intercooler. Ugly? most people probably think so but it should be functional which is all I care about.

k_schutte
03-14-2010, 08:54 PM
So, being that is was SO dang beautiful out today I decided to do some work on the cars. As for the SC, I removed all of the front bumper structure that that was in front of the IC, I also replaced those 90* elbows that kept collapsing (as I knew they would) with some cast aluminum 90*s. I ordered the cast pieces a LONG time ago and have had them for a month or so but I don't drive the car right now (will be starting to in a couple weeks) so I decided it wasn't a priority until now. Anyways, not much to look at but here are the pics with the front bumper cover back on after everything was removed.

I took the license plate mount deal off there to drill some 3" holes to get even more air in there but when I seen the SC I just couldn't cut it up. Never knew that was there to be 100% honest. still thinking about cutting a little slit under the SC but I don't think it would be worth it in all honesty...

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DrFishbone
03-15-2010, 12:09 PM
Yeah...don't ruin the bumper cover. :eek:

k_schutte
03-16-2010, 10:59 AM
Yeah...don't ruin the bumper cover. :eek:

well, as you can see it is a little beat up already LOL... I am going to be repainting the car this summer though. Just going to use a polyurethane enamel since I will be driving the car a lot and I am sure it will be damaged a bit here and there since I haven't been drifting very long. gnarled up (just some curb rash, nothing major) one of the rims a little bit over the weekend, first lesson I learned was to make sure you know if a long sweeping curve has a 90* bend at the end of it LOL. I am just glad I had my buddy with me so I was taking it a little slower then if I had been alone. figure it is better to beat up these crappy 15" rims before I put my nice 17"s on there