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Old 05-17-2017, 04:55 AM   #81
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Looks great, what a cool find/story
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Old 05-21-2017, 07:50 PM   #82
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A little more progress this weekend. The rams for the top have been replaced. And Hilary cleaned and painted the side trim.






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Looking good. What do you guys use to paint the side trim? I've used forever black, but it is not forever...
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Duplicolor trim and bumper paint. It is a really quality paint, and easy to use.



To refresh everyone's memory, the ABS module is faulty. There is no communication with the tech2. So today I will be shipping the ABS module to BBA reman, to hopefully have it repaired.

I have also started to work on plumbing the sending units for our Zada-Tech gauge. There are a few difficult to find adapters that I need. I'm sure I will be able to make something work.

I will also soon be working on installing the Pedals that we got from GS.
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Old 05-24-2017, 03:30 PM   #85
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Some more work has been completed. I was having a difficult time trying to figure out where to tap for the coolant temp sensor. My solution was to actually tap the head of the banjo bolt that feeds the turbo. This might restrict flow a little. But it's the best I could come up with.




Yes, I know it isn't centered. My drill bit walked. Oh, I also have silicone hoses that I will be installing at my leisure. I just happened to pull off the original upper hose. So I replaced it.



GS pedals were next on the list. A little bit of a pain working in the footwell, but it's done.





Lastly, a picture of the old rusted hydraulic rams. If anyone needs cores to send out for rebuild, I have some.

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Old 05-26-2017, 01:26 PM   #86
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The ABS module is back from BBA reman



And I got fittings to be able to mount the oil pressure sender for our gauge, along with the sender for the dummy light.



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Old 05-28-2017, 11:13 AM   #87
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Hilary was hard at work today scrubbing and vacuuming all of the junk out of the carpet. We got the interior really nice and clean. I forgot to take pictures with the seats back in the car though.









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I love taking the seats out to vacuum, and I really like power washing carpet. You would be surprised what comes out! I regularly powerwash quality floor mats though, substantially easier than removing the carpet!!

Looks good.
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Old 05-28-2017, 06:32 PM   #89
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For cleaning carpets I don't think it gets any easier than seats out in a convertible. That's going to be a nice car.

What are your plans for the engine bay?
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Old 05-29-2017, 09:14 AM   #90
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I'm really not sure how we are going to clean the engine bay. I want to just hose it down, but I worry I could mess up some of the electronics. I pulled the radiator fan this morning. There was a bunch of nesting and debris between it and the rad. I also replaced the intercooler hoses with silicone hoses.

I'm also bailing on installing the oil pressure sender on the back of the block. There's just not enough room to work with.
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I'm also bailing on installing the oil pressure sender on the back of the block. There's just not enough room to work with.
It's not a real serviceable location, but if you remove the starter it is better. When I had mine out last and the starter down I also had the front section of exhaust out as well so there was good access then. But it is still extremely tight in there to swing a wrench.

The banjo on the turbo line is a much better option imho.
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Thanks Troy. I ordered two of them. One for the oil and one to replace the banjo that I tapped for the coolant temp sensor.

Hopefully we'll be putting this car on the road in the next couple of weeks.
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I pulled the valve cover this afternoon. I was pleasantly surprised to see how clean the valvetrain is on this car.


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Oh yeah! For sure that's how you want it to look. How many miles are on it? Looks like it had the PCV update, that's good too (maybe all the '03's came with it by that time?).

If you wanted to get real crazy about it, you could pull the spring/cap combo on the tensioner then pull the tensioner and count the clicks extension. I've thought about starting a thread to log extension vs. miles vs. known oil change info and see if people would contribute info. Over time if enough folks logged info on cars that had various oil change intervals known and unknown histories, you could just pull the tensioner, compare what you find with what's good or bad and have an idea of the wear for that engine..

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This car has about 160k miles on it. I think it's 158 and change. It wouldn't hurt to pull the tensioner and measure it. If it was a 9-5 I would leave it alone. I've had trouble in the past getting the 9-5 tensioners to thread in properly. It was a real nightmare.
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I did not pull the tensioner. I may yet do that.

Replaced the valve cover. (The DIC bolts all snapped off) just did a little bit of cleaning under the hood.

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Are you keeping that valve cover? I think it looks good in that engine bay.
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If you wanted to get real crazy about it, you could pull the spring/cap combo on the tensioner then pull the tensioner and count the clicks extension. I've thought about starting a thread to log extension vs. miles vs. known oil change info and see if people would contribute info.

My aero had 252k miles and was extended to 21.79 mm.


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Are you keeping that valve cover? I think it looks good in that engine bay.

Yes, I had this on my 900 vert. But it now has a new home on this car.
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Yes, I had this on my 900 vert. But it now has a new home on this car.
Definitely adds to the engine bay, looks cool.
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