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Old 02-07-12, 03:36 AM
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What did you do to your FB today?

Okay, first of all I'll admit that this is a blatant steal from Bimmerforums.com However, I think that it is an excellent idea. Reading through their thread, I found that reading about what other owners are doing to their car every day (anything from cussing at it because it won't start, to rebuilding something major, or just thrashing it) is extremely motivating. I can't read that thread for five minutes without running out to the car to try something new.

This thread will probably contain a combination of technical information, and plain schenanegans, so I'll let the ModGods decide which section it belongs in.

To start this off, this is not what I did today, but rather over the weekend. I started out by cleaning and rearranging the garage so I'd have room to work.

Then, I moved my Baby in out of the cold (well, actually into a different kind of cold, because my garage isn't heated).

Next, I pulled the existing cooling system (radiator and surround removed as one piece).

Then I pulled both front struts for a little refresh.




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Old 02-07-12, 03:39 AM
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Here's a shot of the radiator that's going in. It looks like a very nice unit. Orion84GSL got the same thing, but a 2 row instead of 3 row. I'll have to see where we ordered them from, or maybe Chris will chime in.

And here's another shot just because I kind of like it. The old girl looks like a real warhorse from this angle. The fluid is coolant from the work earlier.
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Old 02-07-12, 03:42 AM
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All of this is so I can get back to Autocrossing in the Spring in top shape. I'll be moving up in class, so I've got a few mods to perform.

Thanks to Respeed I'll be installing some roll center correction blocks, a triangulated strut bar, and some cool stickers for a few more horsepower.

I'll keep this updated as I go along.

So, what did you do to your FB today?
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I don't know how well it will work for me to post in a thread like this, but I can say I prepped a waterpump for my FB today. Got it cleaned, ground some casting flash down (so the alt can sit lower; don't ask), masked then primed, then painted. I couldn't get all the surface rust off and I didn't want to try, so I used primer. It's one of those cast iron FB waterpumps. The type that works forever. It just needs a thermostat and aluminum or steel upper water outlet thing. I forgot what you call them.
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I am in the process of rebuilding my engine. However it seems less like rebuilding and more like a never ending task of cleaning...30 years of grime really builds up.
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BTW, theres a thread like this in the SE section but I like a 1st gen version better.

I recently acquired an 85 nikki and intake from pullapart for a project. I'll be cleaning
and modding it similiar to a sterling or SR carb, thats all I can say for now.
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Old 02-07-12, 07:46 AM
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prepping my cars out out of winter hibernation lol
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I spent about two hours sanding one of the lips for my BBS wheels. Just 30 more hours to go. Those are champion cooling rads available on eBay. Just search for it. Well made, inexpensive, larger and direct bolt in option.
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Old 02-07-12, 10:12 AM
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I'll be finishing up an SR carb. tonight and probably pulling my motor out of my racecar for a fresh engine rebuild and swapping out to one of my spare transmissions. I'm also trying to finish making my new single piece camber plates/strut bar mounts and prepping the car for a new paint job in the next few weeks... Flat Black and Orange. I'll throw some pics up later.
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Old 02-07-12, 11:41 AM
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i actually drove mine....
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Old 02-07-12, 12:25 PM
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I peaked into the garage as I headed out for the day and said to myself she's coming along and looking rather purty

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Didnt work on today, but I did some stuff sunday.

I had a coolant leak between the water pump housing and the front plate, so I pulled it all off. I went ahead a replaced the pump while all tore apart. I then replaced the coolant level sensor since the wire broke off and it was leaking. Also sand blasted the housing and painted it and the pump.

Painted the fan, cleaned the aluminum spacer up real nice, painted the center of the alternator to match.
Still need to run some new air intake ducting, build a heat shield for the filter, and build a new coolant catch can and relocate it.



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I told it to be patient as I pulled the -Z out of the garage to go to work. Parts are coming; we can make you whole.
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Old 02-07-12, 01:53 PM
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I searched Cl for a rolling chassis to drop my engine into
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Took apart and cleaned my ignition switch. Polished all the contacts, and broke the wires to teh key buzzer switch in the process. What a lame design. Thanks Mazda.

Put it all back together, and now my voltage gauge seems to read a bit higher... Starts stroner, we'll see if it keeps doing the intermittent non-starting thing anymore.
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I drove mine to work in the snow.
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I am working on getting parts together( Dzus fasteners and rivets) to attach the wide body kit to my EProd FB.
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Ended up only getting this done to mine... One of my sponsors sent me some gold heat reflective tape so I covered my carb hat.

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Old 02-07-12, 07:00 PM
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Worked on a TII manifold to 4port 13b adapter. A few finishing touches, and injector holes bored for the primaries, and it will be done.




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I like this thread!

Today I picked up and installed new gaskets for the BAC/Air Supply Valve from Mazda. In the process I cleaned and lubed the BAC. I'm hoping to solve a low idle speed issue when letting off the gas.
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Looking good! Today I picked up another package from Respeed (strut tower mounts and a mirror mounted wind deflector). And I gazed upon her as I left for work.
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Took advantage of the unseasonably warm winter day and took the T2 FB for a good long drive. Then came home and installed a FC oil cooler on my 12a FB, and made up some new brackets to hold my e-fan to a new stock style tall rad.
I previously had a ebay aluminum short rad and FB style oil cooler in there. The rad was leaking and the oil cooler was pretty crappy. Good excuse to change things up!

Btw, theres a thread like this on the Impreza forum I'm on, it's a great idea!
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re istalled all the exterior lights, except license plate lights and door hardware (handles, locks etc) and the exterior mirror of course after spending a bunch of time purtying each piece up
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I put an throwout bearing in the trans and cleanedup all the treads and put new bolts in to reattach the trans to the motor. I plan on putting the motor/trans back in the car tonight.
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i wanna drive it to work, but i think i'll have to settle for giving the rear of the car a squeeze
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