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90sickfox

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Nothing to do on this beautiful Saturday...other than redoing the single hardest thing I did on this car. I dread what my weekend now looks like.

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90sickfox

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I'm replacing the cobra booster.
 

90sickfox

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Almost there. Its complicated binge watching American Horror Story with the wife and getting anything accomplished.

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I wish I could do like some of you guys and just clean, polish, paint, and beautify as I go. Unfortunately, my life just isn't set up like that right now.
 

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No sweat man! Looking good. All any of us can do is just that. All you can do. You'll get to the making it pretty part in time. I think the pics make my car look better than it really is....
 

90sickfox

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I do need to clean up some stuff... like this line lock. It's crazy how bad stuff can start to look just from sitting.

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90sickfox

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I swear man. This one stud has taken me an hour to get out the firewall. If I had a hack saw I would've cut it off. It's out now though.

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I couldn't stand all the dirt...had to clean it up a bit. Might as well clean the firewall. Off to get some more supplies.
 

90sickfox

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New booster is in. Just need to bleed the brakes. Other than putting everything back together.

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....I couldn't leave the wiper motor with peeling paint and rust.

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I feel your pain. Without a doubt, that was the most frustrating job I’ve done. Test fit booster, won’t clear the upper intake. Remove intake. Test fit again, wont clear valve cover. Remove valve cover, dent strut tower, won’t fit. Slot holes in firewall, wont fit , slot some more, and on and on.
 

CarMichael Angelo

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I feel your pain. Without a doubt, that was the most frustrating job I’ve done. Test fit booster, won’t clear the upper intake. Remove intake. Test fit again, wont clear valve cover. Remove valve cover, dent strut tower, won’t fit. Slot holes in firewall, wont fit , slot some more, and on and on.
Theres always the manual brake option...it’s the option 2 out of 3 Mike’s recommend for mechanics that work on their own sht.
 

90sickfox

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Theres always the manual brake option...it’s the option 2 out of 3 Mike’s recommend for mechanics that work on their own sht.
I tried to widened the holes in the firewall and cut all 4 of the studs down. The issue with my car is that the plastic spacer between the firewall and pedal bracket is broken. The whole time you are trying to put the studs through the pieces are moving around. The lady wiggled the booster and I had to go under the dash with a long flat head. PITA. Got it done though....that's all that matters, right.
 

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I tried to widened the holes in the firewall and cut all 4 of the studs down. The issue with my car is that the plastic spacer between the firewall and pedal bracket is broken. The whole time you are trying to put the studs through the pieces are moving around. The lady wiggled the booster and I had to go under the dash with a long flat head. PITA. Got it done though....that's all that matters, right.
There is a gigantic notch in the corner of my strut tower when I installed the Cobra booster. The 2JY has dictated that that booster won’t fit....and it had to go. Im going to Hercu-Leg mode to stop my car. If I’d only known then what I know now.....

1. I wouldn’t have this big assed kerf in my strut tower.
2. I wouldn’t have this once silver, soon rusty-assed orange brake booster that I had to resell .( Sold).
 

90sickfox

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Well... I've got more work ahead. I though my PCV valve grommet was leaking because I'm too lazy to use my scope to look behind the intake. Turns out my lower intake is leaking and making a mess.

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This is where I'll stop for the night.

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90sickfox

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I understand completely, Mike. I really contemplated going hydroboost. Going manual would cost me too many pennies right now.
 

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I understand completely, Mike. I really contemplated going hydroboost. Going manual would cost me too many pennies right now.
What?... It's a home made firewall plate, redrill the existing brake pedal, use the existing M/C,..and repurpose the brake lines.

Sounds like.....free to me.
 

90sickfox

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What?... It's a home made firewall plate, redrill the existing brake pedal, use the existing M/C,..and repurpose the brake lines.

Sounds like.....free to me.
I've got to buy the plate....and bolts....and I gotta make a rod to go from the pedal to said master cylinder...and I gotta find something to put through the pedal that will make the brake switch work.

Time is money....even if my time is only worth pennies.
 

90sickfox

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Got almost everything disconnected from the intake. I've got the heater hoses and bypass assembly left. The engine is at TDC and distributor is marked and out. The only issue I have is that I didn't put this engine together. A very reputable builder put it together and ported the lower and the heads. I have no idea what gaskets he used. That was a long time ago...probably about 10 years ago. The engine sat for about 7 before going in this car.

A friend of mine name Pole had this built before he passed away. Another friend bought it from his wife and I acquired it from him. It seems like it has regular grade 8 bolts in the lower. I'm not a big fan and I'm leaning towards ARP hardware....or allen head bolts.

Determined the knock in my steering is coming from the inner tie rod on the left side. Guess I'll be doing that, too. The rear ones need to be done as well. They are the factory ones and are bent ( comes from hard launches and sticky tires ).

Hopefully, this covid19 stuff doesn't affect my funds anytime soon.
 

90sickfox

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Thought I was getting furloughed from my company along with the 15000 that did get cut today. Found out its work as usual for me. Don't know if that's a good thing or bad....but I'll keep moving on. The hours even stayed the same. We are here twittering our thumbs most of the day.

I got to run out and buy an adjustable wrench for the bypass pipe assembly so I can get the intake off. Also need a drain valve for my el cheapo radiator.
 
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90sickfox

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This is a testament that sometimes it's better to just do stuff yourself. This engine came from a reputable, very well known, performance engine builder. This is what I found....

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These are an assortment of parts bin bolts. Several of them are different lengths. This next picture shows that they aren't grade 8 either.

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This also has to be one of the cheapest paper gaskets. This would've been an issue, too. The coolant ports are partially blocked. Intake ports were ported and the gasket did not go into them.

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I'm so glad that I decided to tear into this. If I hadn't already been through the bottom end I'd have all types of questions.
 
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