Progress Thread Fire Hazard GT build: Autometer's worst instructions

rdharper02

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Where are you located? I work in Tampa.
Any suggestions on someone local to tune this pig when I'm done? I can't remember the brand of the current chip, but she runs incredibly rich done low. I would like to go with the AEM plug and play collecting dust, but am up for suggestions from those you recommend. Thanks in advance.
 
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So since I get such blazing feedback, I figured I would put another couple of questions towards the forum. I had originally become a bit rambunctious in cutting my inner fender. Beyond CarMichael Angelo and others giving me flak it's always bothered me. The original plan was to use some Scott Rod panels to cover it up, but lately I have been researching a lot of metal fab for another vehicle, so I templated what I want with cardboard, then proceeded to make it out of 20ga steel. A bit heavier than I should, but I've met my intent on making something that can be removed if necessary. This leads me to two questions:
1. Does the panel get painted white, or wrinkle black?
2. Once painted, does it get screwed or riveted in?

Let me know.
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I hadn't thought about it, but like the idea. Welding underneath the fender might be a pain, but I've always wanted to try those threaded zerks. Might be an option. Any thoughts on color of the panel. Part of me like the thought of the the black contrasting.
 

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Not 100% going that way, but the rivet nut driver has been ordered....lol
 

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I think if you go with white, it will be too obvious it’s not the same white as the rest of the bay. I would go black for the contrast.
 
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I'd do it in silver that matches the turbo and pipes. Then I'd use rivnuts and stainless allen head bolts.

The silver will make it blend in and look better than black or wrinkle. The black wrinkle looks cheap to me on a flat surface.
 

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I think if you go with white, it will be too obvious it’s not the same white as the rest of the bay. I would go black for the contrast.
I agree, besides I've always wanted to black out the engine bay. I'm not a fan of a bay color that shows every speck of dirt, or drip of fluid.

I'd do it in silver that matches the turbo and pipes. Then I'd use rivnuts and stainless allen head bolts.

The silver will make it blend in and look better than black or wrinkle. The black wrinkle looks cheap to me on a flat surface.
The turbo and the piping are actually done in Jet-Hot's silver. I think I would play hell matching the color directly, but you've given me a possible idea. VHT make a decent flat black and silver. If I spray it in silver, then mask off the edges. I could spray the center black, leaving the border in silver.
add black screws, and I think it might turn out fairly good. Thoughts?
 

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If you think you'll like it just do it,then if it isn't ,well paint is cheap , you could try another combo
 
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I snuck out to the garage yesterday and went to replace the cheap, inaccurate, dipstick. CJ Pony parts was nice enough to hook me up with a factory style Ford Performance piece. So pulled the cheapy and was amazed to see something I hadn't caught before. If you've read some of the earlier posts, I posted photos of finding a bunch of glitter in the oil, only to find I still have decent oil pressure. Well, I'm missing quite a bit of sparkly chrome plating from this gem.
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I also learned that it is a hell of a lot easier to install a dipstick without exhaust manifolds and a million other parts in the way. I had the Boss Lady call me in for dinner, but still haven't got the new dipstick seated. Anyone have any Yoda like tricks to get this thing in?
 

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Had the same issues with mine. I actually had to sand the part that slips into the block to finally get it to fit in. In between standings I cleaned it to remove particles. Took a few tries but it was a tight fit. I installed the header at the same time. I couldn’t really get it in with the header in place.
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rdharper02

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Finished the inner panel last night. I do appreciate all the input and suggestions. I went with the wrinkle black and some of the most expensive stainless button heads I've ever purchased. I love the riv-nut driver and have learned a ton using it. Mainly, that I can still do [email protected] things no matter how much I plan.
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Look closely at the above image. This is where I seem to forget that I need to have extra room to unscrew the riv-nut gizmo. That's right, this paticular moment is where I am debating on removing the turbo manifold, or taking a saw to the riv-nut driver. I decided to bend the inner panel a bit, unscrew the riv-nut, and then body hammer it flat. After that intense victory I had to scratch my head and ask myself "how the fugg am I going to do the bottom drilled holes without access?" The answer came to me in the form of completely ignoring my pre-drilled holes, reversing the riv-nut and screwing it in from under the car. Not my greatest work, but I think she's done for now.
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Didn't get pictures of the dipstick installed but came up with a new method. I tried sanding the dang thing down, greasing it up, and some voodoo chants with no real progress. I remember the one I removed being a pain in the ar$e when I installed it on the engine stand. Doing it in the bay, from underneath proved to be a heck of a lot more difficult. So after failing miserably, I went to get a beer and leave the tube in the freezer. Pulled it out today, placed a 3/8 wrench over it, gave it a couple of whacks and it seated. I'll take that as a "W" for the day.
 

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Two things I wanted to ask the forum about.

1. I'm increasingly paranoid about temperature and oil pressure in all my toys. Has anyone done the vent gauge (center vent) above the stereo and air controls? Any complaints? I'm really not liking the idea of having fifty gauges in the car, but like the idea of overheating or losing an engine even less.

2. Probably the most pressing thing. The front end on this thing is all new minus the used calipers and spindles. Between the all the adjustable crap I've installed on it, it needs to be brought back into some sort of alignment just to get it to a legit shop (which I'm still looking for." It's so far out that it's difficult even to push. I'm considering the four jackstand and kite string method, but the rear end may be out of whack a bit. Any suggestions for a quick, easy method just to get her on the road?
 

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Had the same issues with mine. I actually had to sand the part that slips into the block to finally get it to fit in. In between standings I cleaned it to remove particles. Took a few tries but it was a tight fit. I installed the header at the same time. I couldn’t really get it in with the header in place.
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I never got really in-depth, but I did end up using your advice and sanding it by hand. Sanding combined with an overnight in the fridge really helped get it in there. Of note, I had to grind/sand the portion that mounts around the header bolt due to it hitting the manifold and not getting down around the bolt. There's probably two hours into slowly removing material, and then testing it before setting in the dipstick. Now that I think about it, it basically took me several days to put the dipstick in. I'll take that "W" away and call that a fail....lol.

I'm working on cleaning out the floor from under the car and found the unattached sway bar I still haven't installed. I found the poly bushings, end links, and mounts, but no bolts. Question of the day: What size are the bolts that mount the front sway bar?
 

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I'm thinking you're right. Anything that doesn't catch fire is a win for me..........I've still got time though...lol.