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MLR's Bogan cruise ship


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I went berzerk with heat shielding, yet to see if it has helped. Can't hurt though, I guess.

Kinda funny being worried about underhood temps when your IAT is at 80C.

Fine for what you're doing it for, but.. jeez. It may be normal, but its certainly not 'good', it just puts numbers and context into things that you read on the internet as "PD blowers generate higher IAT than other options"

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Pointless mod #23

My mad bogan spec bonnet scoop finally arrived

Over the next couple of weeks there will be lots of trial fits and some hole saw action on the bonnet, I will not be touching the internal frame at all to keep some structural integrity

Fixtures will be some m5 motorcycle windsceen well nuts to fix it to the bonnet, some paint and then pinch weld will cover the sheet steel after the hole cutting to clean the look up a bit, the bonnet liner may need a trip to the trimmers to sew some edging around the holes

My plan is to give it some black paint and hope this lockdown **** is over soon so it can go in to my local paint joint for some real paint and get the whole bonnet colour matched

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Pointless modification #24 and 25

Quote: Idle hands are the devils workshop 

When this lockdown is over and I can get the car transported I will be sending the cruise ship into Autotech to check my valve train, I'm not confident that my lifter preload is right, or something....., so I'm geting them to check preload, pushrod length and the condition of my rockers

Why....my mate at work has a typical cam and springs to mine in his LS1 and it is significantly quiter, his still has the slight sewing machine sounds of a LS1, mainly from the injectors, but mine is much louder, standing in front of both cars mine sounds like a diesel compared to his.....

And as my fancy new OEM style underbonnet sound deadener is about 15-20mm thick, and doesn't sit tight against the frame everywhere it is being damaged by the blower

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So, "carbuilders" received some business

There premium 5.5mm underbonnet stuff, I've seen some installed on a mates car and it excellent stuff, I'll use the OEM style one as a template to keep it looking ridgy didgy

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This should also help alot with neatness when I cut some (definitely 4, possibly 5)100mm diameter holes, for my bogan spec VK style scoop, with my trust hole saw

I've already removed the old "carbuilder" foam which was originally under the OEM style underbonnet deadener to try and get clearance, which didn't work, the orange dots are definite holes, the blue is a maybe as it part of the frame

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I'm not sure when it will go in or the ordered deadener stuff arrives though, both the car and bike are on battery tenders parked up for the foreseeable future, stupid Covid

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Thats the stuff I have, and got carbuilders to install!

It uh, didn't do a great deal of anything, as I too have that sewing machine sound, which is common with cars with long tube stainless headers. Cars with headers are well known to have louder engine bays than exhausts. (and it sounds shit)

Unless of course yours is even worse!

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On 18/07/2021 at 10:00 PM, Kinkstaah said:

Thats the stuff I have, and got carbuilders to install!

It uh, didn't do a great deal of anything, as I too have that sewing machine sound, which is common with cars with long tube stainless headers. Cars with headers are well known to have louder engine bays than exhausts. (and it sounds shit)

Unless of course yours is even worse!

Yeah, my mate has stainless headers, brand????, I have the mild steel pacemakers

You can still hear his injectors firing away, and a little from the valve train, more of a buzzing sound, but mine is alot louder, and sort of a different metallicy sound coming from around cylinders 4 and 6

In the end it might be a costly procedure with no advantage, or, something is "off" and we fix something that actually needs fixing

"Apparently" heavier aftermarket springs,  I've got PAC doubles, can create more noise from the valves shutting harder due to the cams ramp rate, or, something...., they can also screw with the bearings on the stock roller trunnions 

Hell, I may have a bent pushrod.....???? Farknose

I talked with Spiro from autotech about replacing the OEM roller type or bush bearings if my current rockers are FUBAR, I also voiced my concern about the bush bearings IRT oiling and longevity to which he stated that he has used, ??? bushes, I cannot recall the brand he said, but he said he has used them on alot of engines and has never had an issue with them, from street cars to drag cars

They are only a few hundred bucks for the bush kit, and seeing though that everything will be apart I though farkit, give them a go

And pushrods aren't really expensive either if I need either straight ones, or a different length

Hopefully after it's done the only real noise that the deadener needs to deal with is from the injectors, maybe???

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The thing is, they ARE noisy engines as f**k as soon as you raise the engine bay, however when you see modded/cammed cars they all sound like that, which seems pretty normal relative to a stock motor.

If you have changed your headers and put a damn different intake on it (i.e with a blower on it) then it could quite easily explain the noise, if you've only settled down and thought 

"Wait, is this... right?" now that the honeymoon with MORE POWER has worn off. You likely didn't hear it before you started modding because, well, it wasn't there.

Have a listen to what these things sound like at the FRONT of the car:


Fking awful lol.

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On 19/07/2021 at 12:16 PM, Kinkstaah said:

The thing is, they ARE noisy engines as f**k as soon as you raise the engine bay, however when you see modded/cammed cars they all sound like that, which seems pretty normal relative to a stock motor.

If you have changed your headers and put a damn different intake on it (i.e with a blower on it) then it could quite easily explain the noise, if you've only settled down and thought 

"Wait, is this... right?" now that the honeymoon with MORE POWER has worn off. You likely didn't hear it before you started modding because, well, it wasn't there.

Have a listen to what these things sound like at the FRONT of the car:


Fking awful lol.

It was noisy on and off before the blower went on

It gets worse after a big hit, sometimes it's not bad, sometimes it's bad

Last week the thing got real noisy just driving along, I could hear it clearly from inside the cab, I pulled over, popped the bonnet then shut it down, when I restarted it and it went away....I was like WTF, so off it goes to the shop

I prefer to err on the side of caution 

If by chance there is a issue, and say my rockers have worn, or the rod length is wrong, or something something....... it could possibly cause a catastrophic failure

I've seen bent rods and rockers drop their bearings on other cars, the car only has 130k km on the engine, which has good comp and doesn't have any blowby, the last thing it need is for the valve train to drop its showbags and lunch the engine

I've heard alot of noisy LS engines, this thing is louder

I'm happy to drop some cash to someone who knows what they're doing for my peice of mind  

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Got bored at work, sooooo.......conducted some preliminaries to mad bogan chop chop

Centered the scoop, took some measurements and made some reference points

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I'll get 5 x 110mm holes in easy, which is heaps of area, so it actually should do something, what will later be determend when it's fitted and I steal some wool from the Mrs knitting basket for some wool tufting at the opening of the scoop, it's either a inny or outy, hopefully a outy

Previous testing looks positive for an outy though

Also fitted the windcreen squirters to the wipers as the scoop covers the original ones in the bonnet, they work a treat and work way better that the ones on the bonnet, which was a win, I do need to get some small zip ties to tidy it up but that will be when I'm allowed out, unless I can find some at work

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For the meantime I'm waiting on some black vinyl wrap so I can cover the scoop until I can get the car to the paint shop, I'm also waiting for some 5mm well nuts to fit the scoop to the bonnet, I'm rolling with 3 a side, hopefully they turns up soon

The well nuts have a 1.5mm lip which will give the bonnet a "little" standoff to avoid the scoop craking, they are the things that motorcycle screens use, I tested "the look" with some blue tack squished down to 1.5mm and I think the gap should look fine as the scoop is really well made and the fit to the bonnet is excellent and without variations 

Hopefully next week will be chop chop fitting done

Farkin chop chop

 

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On 21/07/2021 at 6:17 PM, Ben C34 said:

So you have spent heaps on sound proofing and now cutting big hole?

 

Bloody cars

Disclaimer: everything I do only makes sense to the voices in my head 

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As no parts that I ordered arrived I mounted my emergency tool kit in the shed

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For a daily they go good, I have a VE SSV myself. not crazy amounts of power but spritey enough to make driving not a chore. And it doesnt come with all of the headaches of driving a skyline lol. 

 

 

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On 24/07/2021 at 9:01 PM, Robzilla32 said:

Emergency stuff, superwhistler, grey Nichols twin scoop bonnet but still no skid vids...

The boy has been asking when WSID is back open, I promised him a run down the strip in it

When it opens I'll post up a bit of a skid pic and some ET/MPH to appease the masses, whether ya'all are happy or not with it will be up to contention 

As for street skids, I can pretty much guarantee that if I decided to lay some big 11's down the road the constabulary will magically appear in my location and kick me in the balls, hard, my risk aversion to infringements is quite high, and as the boy who would be taking the pics is currently studying to join the enemy, I mean NSW police, I cannot risk him getting pinned doing dumb shit either 

In other news a mate at work just put a full engine back exhaust on his VF HSV sedan and was going to leave his old exhaust at the shop that installed it, he asked if I wanted any bits so I grabbed the HSV short tri-y headers and cats

They are now stored in the shed, covered with WD40 and wrapped in plastic

I may end up putting them on, I still want to "fix up" the insulation on the current headers, if these do fit I can paint and wrap these puppies and swap them out, plus from talking the tuner, I can easily pass emissions with a good tune and the OEM HSV cats without losing any real power

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On a side note: I also have the VF HSV mid section and rear boxes, sans the bimodal valves sitting in a shed at work if anyone wants it, for free of course

Apparently it's a easy little upgrade for the VE-VF SS

If no one grabs it it will hit the scrap bin shortly

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Got bored and found some 10mm whiteline spring bushes when I cleaned out the shed, so I spent a hour chucking them in

When I originally put in the new FE2 springs in, to stop the car from scapping everywhere, it still scrapped the exhaust tip when driving off the driveway with the kids in the back, so as I do, I bought them, then forgot I bought them

I just stacked them under the original ones, hopefully now the extra 10mm stops the exhaust tip scrapping when I drive off the driveway when the kids are in the back

Either way I got a little spanner therapy 

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Ref: my above post, LOL

I really should have researched what a 10mm lower rear bush spacer actually does

The 10mm spacer acually raises the rear by around 20mm, the geometry gods are laughing at me now, I do clear the driveway now, by alot

I'll pull it apart again and remove the thin spacer, which is about 6mm, this should lower it about 10mm, hopefully.....

To get the correct rake back I've just ordered some front 6mm upper spacers that should add 10mm ride height to the front

Hopefully this should correct the rake, well, maybe.....????

I would prefer a bit more height at the front to help traction, worse case scenario is I get some 8mm spacers later down the track, maybe......????

Anyways, the bush spacers are cheap, and the rear is a cake walk, the front on the other takes twice as long

Meh, test and adjust, it's not like I can do anything apart from working on the car anyway

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Do you do the fronts like a real man with no spring compressors?

Just rattle gun the tops off , they don't shoot fat at all. It is a bit fun. Then to assemble put in the car and lower it down to squish spring and do up the nut.

Seriously, way less dodgy than using spring compressors.  spring compressors suck.

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The fun

Got bored and pulled the old thin bushes out from the rear, dropped it down about 10mm, so now it's 10mm higher that it was originally, and doesn't scrape the exhaust when leaving the driveway, with 3 adult sized people, and one short fat man in the drivers seat

What happens height wise when I put in the the new strut top bushes, that I purchased ages ago and found in a box in the shed yesterday, and the 5mm isolators is anyones guess, possibly anywhere from 10mm to ?????, depending on the actual condition of the old strut top bushings

The not so fun

My vinyl wrap is currently lost in shipping, and as I'm impatient, and bored, I rummaged and found some stuff for painting the scoop

I sanded and layed a thick coat of primer filler to the scoop, I'll leave it for a few days to cure/shrink and then sand down and throw some satin black on it until we come out of lockdown and I can get into a smash repairer for colour matching

By going of my previous "attempts" at spraying panels with rattle cans, I'm hoping that the satin finish will cover my inevitable stuff ups, meh, it's not like I can take the car anywhere soon anyway

Stupid Covid

 

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