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Old 07-10-2010, 02:11 PM
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Originally Posted by deelong4002 View Post
Very nice work.

All told, what do you think you had into everything (excluding the welder) money wise?
Well not including the supporting mods or the turbo/turbo accessories...
I spent about $500 to get everything dual-layer ceramic coated, I spent probably $300 on mandrel bends, and about $100 on all the flanges. And that was all in mild steel...
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this should be a sticky
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Originally Posted by MUSTANGBRKR02 View Post
Very nice write up. That is a good trick with the foam.
yeah too bad i learned it half-way through! haha

i could even use 2 pieces at the same time if the tubing pieces were small enough.... its really handy!
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I plan on building one as soon as i get my kit going that i have now and that trick will come in handy.
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Originally Posted by elias_799 View Post
this should be a sticky
Thanks! I wish i took more pics along the way... but if anyone wants to see more pics just ask and ill take them!
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You can pretty much fit any turbo there, right? I am considering putting a 101mm there on a 370.
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Originally Posted by Paint_It_Black View Post
You can pretty much fit any turbo there, right? I am considering putting a 101mm there on a 370.
well the way I made mine, and the amount of room I had while notching the radiator, i left extra room in case i ever wanted to go bigger. but yes you should be able to fit something that big!
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Well done!

Disclaimer: To any newb reading this thread, please note that he skipped all the fun of moving the radiator, figuring out a fan configuration and plumbing all the boost/vacuum, coolant and oil lines. Not to mention the entire cold side, tuning and fueling.
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Originally Posted by KILLER-LS1 View Post
well the way I made mine, and the amount of room I had while notching the radiator, i left extra room in case i ever wanted to go bigger. but yes you should be able to fit something that big!
I dont think that you can get a thumper in there. PT88 is about the biggest that will fit there. Are you draining oil to the front cover or the oil pan? Your mounting location looks a little low.
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Originally Posted by 98Z28CobraKiller View Post
Well done!

Disclaimer: To any newb reading this thread, please note that he skipped all the fun of moving the radiator, figuring out a fan configuration and plumbing all the boost/vacuum, coolant and oil lines. Not to mention the entire cold side, tuning and fueling.

great write-up! i agree with cobra killer though, if you have pics of the rest of the installation, please add that to your original write-up and maybe you'll earn yourself a sticky!
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Originally Posted by wornoutshoes View Post
great write-up! i agree with cobra killer though, if you have pics of the rest of the installation, please add that to your original write-up and maybe you'll earn yourself a sticky!
Done!
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Originally Posted by 98Z28CobraKiller View Post
I dont think that you can get a thumper in there. PT88 is about the biggest that will fit there. Are you draining oil to the front cover or the oil pan? Your mounting location looks a little low.
the photos are kinda deceiving, but its actually pretty high, high enough that it was in the way of the factory radiator hose. Mine drains to the pan, and ive never had any oiling issues with this set-up.
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NEW CARNAGE!!!!!!!!!!

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That crack goes ALL the way around 360degrees on the carrier, and im not sure but it looks like the pinion scraped it or something... wtf?
Ironic, isnt it? A day after I make this thread, I blow up my rear end lol. Oh well.

btw these pics are off my new iPhone 4, pretty good for a phone huh?
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Wow. A 10bolt and 700ft/lb of torque?? Duh...
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Originally Posted by blk00ss View Post
Wow. A 10bolt and 700ft/lb of torque?? Duh...
haha I know, im currently looking for a moser/strange/midwest with a 12bolt/9"/s90... cant make up my mind haha
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You found your weakest link. Now you just have to wait for the next weakest link.

Good carnage.
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Talk to us about the alternator bracket and tensioner.
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Excellent thread!!! Thanks for taking the time to put this together. Keep us posted!

Side note on flux cored welders. I wouldnt weld a turbo kit together with one. Sure it can be made to hold, but its the ugliest thing youll ever see. Flux cored welders, especially the harbor freight variety, makes me never want to pick up a torch again. Just takes all the fun out of it.

I think your thread has inspired me to take the plunge. I have access to all the welders, plasma cutters, and anything else I could possibly need. I was just waiting till I got a little better at tig before I started something like this.
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Originally Posted by 98Z28CobraKiller View Post
Talk to us about the alternator bracket and tensioner.
I'm with him^^.
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Originally Posted by 98Z28CobraKiller View Post
Talk to us about the alternator bracket and tensioner.
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This was something that I designed and built from 1/4" steel. I made a shim that bolts to the head to space out my bracket a little more...

One bolt attaches the bracket to the head, but this allows me to clock the alternator left or right (rotationally). Ive been running this thing now for prob 5k miles and never had any belt issues.

Im actually considering selling it, I just want something a little prettier like the Speed Inc bracket

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