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Old 05-10-2019, 05:36 AM   #941
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Clutch maintenance:

Clutch has been feeling worse and worse lately. Vibrations in the pedal, heavy pedal, squeak/creaking/dragging while pressing clutch pedal. Multiple issues....

Vibration issue was easy.....lost the little helper return spring again. Donít know why it keeps breaking or falling off. Doesnít make much of a difference, but the fork does rattle around without it.

A while ago I found a similar tension and length spring at the hardware store, and have been using it on my sedan for a while. Put one on this car and I think itíll last longer than the oem one. Works really well.



Next I replaced the cable. It wasnít broken, but had seen better days. All the dust boots were torn, and the crimped end by the pedal was cracked and falling apart.

Had a new oem cable for years now, Incase mine broke.








So new cable felt better, but squeak/creaking was still there. Definitely from inside the bellhousing. Only thing to try without removing the engine/trans was to grease the pivot point. Was able to reach down the fork and wipe some grease on the pivot.

Wow. Clutch is buttery smooth now. Pedal is lighter, and no noise or dragging. Felt completely different to drive. Iím sure itís not a permanent solution, but should buy some time. Probably do it again in like a month.

Best picture I could get. I didnít leave the big glop like that. Wiped it around more and cleaned out some of the dust build-up.



New cable needs lots of adjusting. At first it was too short, and I couldnít even fit both jam nuts on the cable. Now after pressing the clutch lots of times, adjusting it 15+ times, and a drive, itís getting closer to where it should be.

Good thing itís really easy to adjust.




Also......

Replaced all my catch can lines. I lazily used heater core hose temporarily and never went back to replace it. Heater hose breaks down after a while. Used low pressure fuel line (30r7) which good for fuel/oils/pcv and should last a while. 1/2Ē for valve covers and 3/4Ē for crankcase.

Dual eBay catch can setup ($30 total) is still working fantastic. Canít imagine paying for an AOS. Still plan on making a big aluminum catch can to mount behind the driver side headlight one day....but this works great for now.





And a random front picture

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looking good as always.
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How is your engine bay so clean! Jealous.
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How is your engine bay so clean! Jealous.

Something has to look presentable.....the rest of the car is looking pretty rough these days
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Trying to get back into things.....havenít really used my TIG much cause I needed a way to cut tubing nice and square, quickly, with angles if needed. Bandsaw was out of the budget.....so a cheap miter saw was the best way I could come up with.

Quick clean up of the edges and it fits up nice for welding.....better than a sawzall/hacksaw anyway.....

Nicer downpipe and fmic piping coming soon! Gonna chop up some scrap pieces this weekend and start messing around.






Also, random GoPro video from the other week cause I was bored. Never really taken any videos of the car before.

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Touchť. I thought mine was going to be super neat until I started actually plumbing everything up. Makes me wish I went rotated now!
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When you are doing aluminum in the chop saw it helps to run a bar of soap along the disc prior to cutting. It slows down the build up on the disc.

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he speaks the truth, a little soap on abrasive discs cutting/grinding aluminum works magic
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Makes me wish I went rotated now!

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Sweeeet, gonna try that out. I only did the one cut, but noticed the aluminum buildup on the disc already
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Havenít done too much lately, mostly preparing for a trip at the end of the month to camp at Watkins Glen to watch some IMSA racing. A buddy and I are driving up, and I hope to take my coupe. Not a crazy long drive, but Itíll be the longest in a very long time, especially with the new setup.

So I started some practicality and reliability stuff:

Most important thing was heat shielding for the turboís oil return. It was a little too close to the uppipe flange.....never touched....but too close for comfort. Got some DEI wrap for starters I think?....and cut it up to wrap around the oil return hose. Much better.





Next was music.

I had taken all the speakers and headunit out last year for weight purposes.....and just had a little bluetooth speaker. It worked really well. The main reason I wanted a real headunit back was for the extra 12v/usb power for my trip.....and obviously the door speakers are louder and easier to actually hear when your flying down the highway.

Only put back the door speakers.....rears are still deleted.





I have working washer fluid nozzles again.....only because I stole the good ones from my sedan. Thought it was something else wrong, but the nozzles were just rusty/clogged. Itís working really well now and will easily shoot over the roof, even with the tank in the trunk.





Just a few more things to gather and take care of before the trip. Besides that, some more tool related stuff:

So after more reading, I returned the miter saw and got an actual chop saw. Itís made for metal so it works better and should last longer. Still makes angled cuts and the work clamp holds pipes nice and snug.





Also made an extension cord/adapter, so I can use 240v for my TIG. My panel is full, so an easy way to get 240 without running a new circuit is using the outlet for a dryer.

My dryer plug is different than the welders plug (see second picture), and the dryer is hot-hot-neutral, unlike the welder which is hot-hot-ground. Luckily, in this situation, neutral=ground (basically) so it doesnít really matter. Just gotta get the right plugs for each end. I used some flexible conduit and THHN wire from work. Overkill, but it was pretty much free.







I should finally be able to start using my TIG more and start making/remaking some stuff. Also gonna drop off the 22t block very soon so start getting machined. Canít wait for a built engine.

Hereís just a random picture I took recently. Quality might not be the best cause Flickr sucks:


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