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2014 Project Log - Pleading the Fifth
« on: April 17, 2014, 18:01:19 »

I'm finally getting stuff done and I've got a lot planned over the summer. This thread will be a log the progress with the first four or five posts reserved for updates.

Project Log Album: https://picasaweb.google.com/110709650583822454779/20145AProjectLog?authkey=Gv1sRgCMWs5oLj_MLPNQ
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2014/07/21:
Updates in the cooling post, number two. The interior guy came back out and picked up the headliner backing I salvaged from the yard and a few other pieces.  The damn thing is so brittle he is trying to reinforce it with a new backing.

2014/07/07:

Updates in posts two and three.  WooHoo!


2014/04/17:

Got new rims and tires today!  I'd like to thank you guys for the help earlier in the year.  I wound up going with American Racing's Torque Thrust wheels VN815.  These rims look badass and leave a massive amount of room for large brakes due to the spokes being slightly curved outward.  Next year the car will see 13" rotors up front with Brembo 4 piston calipers and 11.7" rotors out back with Cobra calipers.

The rims measure 18x9.5 in the rear and 18x8 in the front.  For tires I wound up going with Nitto N555 all the way around; the tires measure 285-40-18 in the rear and 255-45-18 in the front.  Both front and rear are 27" tall.  Believe it or not it doesn't rub!  I haven't taken the car through some crazy ass turns yet, but so far so good.  I don't think I would have been able to get away with going this big if I had the factory suspension in the car.  The rear has new five leaf springs and the front has the Firm Feel 300# rate T bars.

The car handled good before with the 15s, but holy crap if this night and day.  It's a different animal now.







Just enough room!

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Re: 2014 Project Log - Pleading the Fifth
« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2014, 18:02:40 »

2014/07/21:
Well, the radiator and fans are installed and wired.  I'm still finishing off the controller, but it works great so far with the relays controlled by toggle switches - it cools better than I thought it would.  Beforehand the motor could reach 210 degrees on a 90 degree day and now it is held to 180 with the fans on low; with it stuck in traffic and the fans on high it holds under 170.  I couldn't be happier with this entire project.

The alternator is a Power Master unit in a GM 12si style case rated at 150 amps.  Dad had to make brackets for it (I can't do that kind of fabrication yet).  I made the brackets to mount the radiator and puke bottle in my own garage.

Now to clean up the wiring and finish the controller.







2014/07/07:

Cooling upgrades have also been on the agenda for the summer, but have been going slowly.  The end goal is to run a 3 core aluminum radiator with twin electric fans that are controlled by a two speed controller.  So far I've got the fans mounted to the radiator and that is about it.
 
The radiator is a Champion CC374 26" three core unit.  It won't just bolt into place so I'll have to fabricate brackets when I'm ready to put it in.  The fan is a pull from a '99 v6 Ford Contour and should pull in the neighborhood of 4,000CFM.







The hold up now is the fans will pull 30 amps on high and the 60 amp alternator I have won't cut it.  I'm in the middle of trying to adapt an internally regulated GM unit.  Stay tuned...
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Re: 2014 Project Log - Pleading the Fifth
« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2014, 18:03:18 »

Interior work, finally!  The car has been desperately in need on an interior overhaul; I've been running without a headliner for eight years or so.  Last November I came across a red leather 5A at the local u-pick-it thanks to a member here.  The interior was immaculate so I pulled the carpet, door panels, passenger seat and other odds and ends.  This car was also an '88 without shag carpet and I hate shag, so bonus.

Last week I finally swapped in the good parts.  My door panels were OK, but were shag on the bottom so I swapped it all to match.

The old Pepsi, Cheeto and oil encrusted carpet.


The new junkyard carpet is in such great shape I didn't even bother looking for new.  When I got it home I scrubbed the crap out of it in the basement and used the good vacuum cleaner (don't tell the wife).  I also changed the interior lighting over to LED during this.



Next up was installing the passenger seat, but I wanted it to replace the driver's seat.  I absolutely hate 60/40 seats and have always wanted a center console in this car.





This wasn't a straightforward swap though.  The driver's power track does in fact bolt up to the passenger seat frame, but when placed in the car the seat is too far over to the outside and rubs the B-pillar.  To fix this I made brackets out of 1" x 1/8" angle iron to shift the seat two inches to the right.  If you look closely you can also see the shims I had to make to level the seat.  I had to add 1" worth to the outside to level it; four pieces of 1/4" flat stock did the trick.



The overall plan is to move the power seat controls into the center console whenever I can find one.  I lengthened the harness by two feet and let the controls sit between the seats as they won't bolt into the seat as it doesn't have the cutout for a six-way switch.

I have an interior guy working on the headliner now.  More to come!
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Re: 2014 Project Log - Pleading the Fifth
« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2014, 18:03:55 »

2014/08/10

Interior is finally finished.  After cruising without a headliner for almost ten years I finally had one reinstalled.  I also had all the trim reupholstered.





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Re: 2014 Project Log - Pleading the Fifth
« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2014, 20:05:40 »

I like it. You got rid of the iso set up on your rear? Those are B body springs I assume?
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Re: 2014 Project Log - Pleading the Fifth
« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2014, 20:25:52 »

Your Fifth has a stance to it now like a AHB or better.
IMHO All Ms except for AHBs sit too low.
Its builds like yours that really inspire me.
Pics really do add to the inspiration, TY.
I will be watching this as I do all your upgrades.
 
Did you ever get the Column problem taken care of?
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Re: 2014 Project Log - Pleading the Fifth
« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2014, 21:12:27 »

I like it. You got rid of the iso set up on your rear? Those are B body springs I assume?

Yes and no.  The springs are actual M body springs, but I replaced the centering pin with one that fit the B body shock plates.  The real motivation behind it was getting access to a nice selection of shocks.
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Re: 2014 Project Log - Pleading the Fifth
« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2014, 21:14:51 »

Your Fifth has a stance to it now like a AHB or better.
IMHO All Ms except for AHBs sit too low.
Its builds lke this that really inspire me.
Pics really do add to the insipation, TY.
I will be watching this as I do all your upgrades.
 
Did you ever get the Column problem taken care of?

Thank you!  No I haven't yet.  The old column is still downstairs torn down to the point where I need one of those pullers to get the pivot pins out.  Once it is down that far I can attempt to replace the starter switch linkage.  I was actually able to find the parts on ebay - now if I can find the damn tools.
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Re: 2014 Project Log - Pleading the Fifth
« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2014, 21:16:55 »

That thing is up there man. Love the wheels though. Wouldn't have thought 18's would look that nice.
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« Reply #9 on: April 17, 2014, 21:27:31 »

Talk about filling out the wheel wells.....wicked!!
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Re: 2014 Project Log - Pleading the Fifth
« Reply #10 on: April 17, 2014, 21:53:02 »

damn that looks nice!
and I'm surprised those tire don't rub the springs, those are CLOSE!
also I think the front need to be dropped down just a hair to match the fender gap of the rear, just a lil too much space between the fender and tire IMO

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Re: 2014 Project Log - Pleading the Fifth
« Reply #11 on: April 17, 2014, 22:03:08 »

damn that looks nice!
and I'm surprised those tire don't rub the springs, those are CLOSE!


Wow!!
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Re: 2014 Project Log - Pleading the Fifth
« Reply #12 on: April 18, 2014, 11:03:36 »

damn that looks nice!
and I'm surprised those tire don't rub the springs, those are CLOSE!
also I think the front need to be dropped down just a hair to match the fender gap of the rear, just a lil too much space between the fender and tire IMO

Yeah, you're absolutely right.  When I get it back home tomorrow I'll crank the T-bar adjusters down a little.

Unrelated but, I wouldn't have been able to go as wide as I did in the back without spacers if it had a factory 8.25" axle; the 8.75" is a 1/4" wider on both sides over a factory axle.
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Re: 2014 Project Log - Pleading the Fifth
« Reply #13 on: July 07, 2014, 21:36:10 »

Updates, bump!
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Re: 2014 Project Log - Pleading the Fifth
« Reply #14 on: July 07, 2014, 22:26:11 »

Outstanding!!
The carpet looks amazing and your seat install is brilliant.
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