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posted on January 19th, 2007 at 05:14 PM



Looking good Heath... Good to see some progress on the monster!... Your muffler arrangement looks alot like the one I fabbed for my NA engine back in '91.... Its still on that engine to this day and works a treat.... No heat issues on that car either, but things could be different with a turbo bolted up!!!!



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posted on March 6th, 2007 at 04:11 PM



Hey Heath, sorry if you have mentioned it already (had a quick scan through the previous pages but probably missed it)....can you give me some info on your injection setup? ie. throttle body type/size, injector types (and any info on bung dimensions welded into your manifolds), ECU??

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posted on March 6th, 2007 at 04:26 PM



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The TB is a Ford EB with the 2 sensors TPS and I cant remember the other but it is best to have both. I got told it was a really good tb to use by my turbo guy and that the 4 bolt mounting is the way to go. I think it's around 90mm across but I got the oval one to keep the clearance better under the lid. The ECU is going to by a Haltech E6X. (I have just answered this in the Drag section). The injector bosses and rail can be bought from Debiasi Motors (08) 8262 7533 or ASE (08) 8299 0320. http://www.aseturbo.com 

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posted on March 6th, 2007 at 04:27 PM



Also a big update coming really soon, just have to download a heap of pics.
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posted on March 6th, 2007 at 06:35 PM



Heath thanks for the info. I am a long way from having the type IV turbo up and running - I've been planning but have no $ at the moment so will continue to research until funds allow me to start!

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posted on March 20th, 2007 at 08:56 PM



Hi All,
I have started sorting out some of the pics to put on here and am waiting on a few things to happen before I do a big update but here is a few things to get it rolling. Been working a bit on the exhaust manifold and we have changed it a little tucking it up under the motor more, giving me more clearance to really lower the car for its nice new big wheels. The manifold was all joined together and then sent as individual pipes to be polished and then brought back to do the collector.
It will then be sandblasted on the inside to get rid of any burs that could snap off at a later date and then back to the polishers to be finished off.
I have just had a better turbo mount lazer cut as I wasn't happy with the one I had and that will be on by friday and hopefully all back in the car on the weekend.

Alan - I hope this help so you can see the position of where the turbo is going to sit. The inlet pipe to the turbo is very close to the oil pump!

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I have also started stripping the paint and sound deadner off the car preparing it to go and have some minor body repairs and modifications (Whale tail and Torana Tail lights) before paint.
This is the worst possible job for anyone to under go, the shit is sticky and need to be heated really hot to get it off with a scraper. They went to town on this car, bonnet, boot, under all guards and interior, WTF! As the look I am going for is super clean lightweight car it all has to go so I have been scraping for over a month now and soon it will be off to the bead blasters to get rid of the small bits I have missed. I have also been doing a bit on the water cooling side of my intercoolers and have it all sorted but need a radiator that can fit on a 2" narrowed beam that can have dash 8 fittings into it. I was thinking a radiator out of a 2hp split system airconditioner but that has very small fittings. Any fridgy's out there have any sugestions?

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posted on March 20th, 2007 at 09:01 PM



good to see it coming along keep the pics rolling:thumb
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posted on March 20th, 2007 at 11:36 PM



think twice mal...........selling? or not selling......
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posted on March 21st, 2007 at 08:38 AM



63 Rag, never said anything about selling? Are you offering?
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posted on March 21st, 2007 at 11:42 AM



Malcolm is selling his project and by looking at your project, i hope it could change his mind.......by the way, its 62ragtop, not 63. hehe....

Your car is awesome, don't think you will want to buy mine anyway!
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posted on March 21st, 2007 at 12:13 PM



Get it ;)
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posted on April 8th, 2007 at 09:32 AM



After spending 2 months trial fitting and ajdusting my collector, pulling the motor in and out hand fulls of times, last night was the sight I have been waiting for. Tucked up high, everything clearing, and can even do engine outs and ins with the piping on. Another hurdle over and onto the next job. Also started mocking up air intake and filter pipes out of PVC.
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posted on April 8th, 2007 at 03:38 PM



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I have also started stripping the paint and sound deadner off the car preparing it to go and have some minor body repairs and modifications (Whale tail and Torana Tail lights) before paint.
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posted on April 8th, 2007 at 10:46 PM



He's serious humpty - don't knock 'em - you might hurt his feelings! :smilegrin:



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posted on April 17th, 2007 at 02:34 PM



I see the ends of the fuel rails are still open-what have you got planned so that you can screw some fittings into the aluminium?
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posted on April 17th, 2007 at 03:49 PM



There threaded for -6 fittings. I saw you were trying to work yours out,
Adam and Peter have got all the stuff to make these now, you could give them a call if your stuck
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posted on April 17th, 2007 at 05:59 PM



I ran all around town here trying to find some plugs I could thread the rails to fit and could find nothing.Got the shits on-so machined up some plugs 12mm long and welded them in and then threaded 1/4NPT- job done now and looks really neat.Fitted my pressure reg in the end of one.
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posted on April 17th, 2007 at 06:08 PM



Drivers side finished-will get some flasher looking fuel fittings or polish up some brass ones.

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posted on April 17th, 2007 at 09:30 PM



Nice one, if you have any trouble ask the guys at horsepowerinabox.com or dave at ASE http://www.aseturbo.com 
they have all the stuff I have used to build mine. Also you could try Mildrens Automotive (the rotary guys) as they are Earls distributors, T54




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posted on November 16th, 2007 at 08:43 AM



It's been a long time since I updated this but I promise you things haven't stopped at my end. I have been busy with the new job and house but I have slowly been working on various parts of the car and hopefully will start seeing sections coming together in the coming month. I also dont have a camera at the moment so I will try to backtrack a few pics on whats been happening.
The main thing I have been doing that has taken soooooo much time is scraping off all the stone guard that someone thought to spray all over my car. I mean all over...interior, under boot, bonnet, and everywhere else under the car. This has been a shitty job and for anyone who hasn't done it and really is in two minds about on or off. Leave it! I really dont like it and I wonder how much weight I saved by pulling it all out. You just cant blast it off as the beads/ grit just bounces off without massive pressure and that bends panels. You have to get a heat gun and a scraper and get it off like that. It took me about 3.5months on and off. As this must be one of the most depressing jobs around I have also been doing the finishing port matching and finishing on the collector on my turbo header. I am a bit of a perfectionist and have still been playing with the shape of the header and am finally how it sits.

The body is going off to me soda blasted in 2 weeks and when it comes back I can start fitting up all the new bits I have been collecting. I have also found a set of pre pressed panels that I am going to weld into the engine bay to give clearance to the injectors. These came out of the door pillar of a FB Holden. The IRS trailing arms have been narrowed and I found a set of a 181 Thing. The rear CV's that are half beetle and half kombi are apparently really strong and popular with the offroaders. They are now being mated with the IRS arms and having all the brackets for my Honda NSX 4 wheel disks made at the moment. These will then be machined and painted.

The disks came in 114PCD (ford stud pattern) and this is good for me as my new wheels turned up yesterday. I have settled on a look that I have been toying with for the moment and the idea is to eventually have 2 sets of wheels and swap when I get bored. One set is 17" x 8 on rear and 17" 6 on front and the other set is 15"x8 rear and 15"x4 fronts. One set is classic drag and one set is a little more circuit driven.

I have also received the scavenge pump to draw the oil out my turbo and having the little drip tank made for this. Also having the air intake made and got my filter and a really nice cover to stop muck from the tyres (it's positioned under the rear guard behind drivers tyre) flicking up. A good friend (thanks Adam) also got me a Berg shifter and a Oberg filter from a recent trip to the states. My glass rear guards should also be arriving in 2 weeks also. My balance has been taking a beating and with the sale of my 65 Square I should be back on the parts grab for some rear axles, gearbox build and LSD and maybe some panel work.

I will try to update some pics soon.
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Scraping:
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After:
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Under apron:
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Front Drivers wheel Arch Before:
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Half Done:
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Done:
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f60/turbo54/Wheel-Arch-Stripped-FD.jpg

This is a lot of pics but I wanted to share the pain of how long it has taken to get rid of it all!

Front Pass:
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Rear Pass:
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Rear Drivers:
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Under Bonnet:
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Interior:
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Scavenge Pump:
The can is there so you can guage the size of it.
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Berg Shifter:
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posted on November 22nd, 2007 at 11:32 PM



I have missed reading about this car, as it has got to be the best concept and best looking engine bay that I have seen. I am looking forward to seeing some more pics, as I have withdrawal symtomns over here. Not much aircooled stuff in the middle east



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Hi All,
Things have been moving along well for the last few weeks with the replacement panels turning up for the injection to clear the body. These are now going to be ground and the body cut to suit. Then welded in. I am now cutting holes in the side of the engine bay to access the manifold bolts and sparkplugs. My fabricator has done a set on another car and it looks very neat, and will make things easier. My breather tank and airfilter have turned up with this cool cover for the cleaner that will allow me to mount it under the drivers rear gaurd behind the tyre and not be filled with crap. The ali tubing pipe from the turbo to the aircleaner should be done this week also. Also my Quaife should be here next week and then my box can be done and in the car. Axles, CV's and boots are all waiting for this. Got my tyres put on the rims and now have them sitting under the car planning the ride height and are just waiting for some 2" widened guards to get the rear tyres under the guards.

Should also be getting my oil filter and flywheel next week so we are slowly getting somewhere.
The NSX 4 wheel disks are out having the brackets made to adapt them to my pan also and should have them done within 4 weeks to roll it down to the DOVW so people can see it is actually happening and not just and dream. I have also started sorting out some of the interior things like batwings steering wheel and rear seat frame to match my new Berg Shifter.

The new house should be starting soon so I am trying to power through some of it before then. I will post some more pics soon.
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posted on January 18th, 2008 at 10:15 AM



Great stuff Heath - good to see some progress pics!



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Hey H,

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Looking good Heath-will come down for a perv in March and catch up with you.
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Hey 56,
I dont know about the race is now on, I have just started stripping the body and getting it ready to go to the panel / painters so we are still quite away yet. I will also be getting all my shed back soon so that will make it a hell of a lot better.
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