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> Jim Kelly's V8 re-conversion
Andyrew
post Sep 21 2015, 02:06 PM
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4 hrs is pretty decent, at 70mph average thats... 280 miles / ~ 15gal = 18+mpg.. Thats better than what I ever got!
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post Sep 21 2015, 03:03 PM
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i just double checked the miles i drove on my last tank of gas. i went about 222 miles but can not remember how many gallons where left in tank when i filled up last, probably 1 or 2. i came up with 14.8mpg. if 2 gallons left in tank, then i was getting closer to 17.0 mpg. i will watch my mpg a little closer and report back. i'll check my bank acct tomorrow to see how much i spent on gas last time i filled up at $2.39 a gallon, and i will know what was left ion my tank for certain.
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post Sep 22 2015, 01:32 PM
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glasspacks coming out and magnaflows going in. kinda nice having a car that i can call a hot rod, or a rat rod, or a sports car, at will (IMG:style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif)


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post Sep 22 2015, 07:32 PM
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magnaflows are in and NO MORE DRONE. you guys were right to guide to toward magnaflows, i almost bought walkers. exhaust is a lot quieter and the rear section is higher off ground. tomorrow i will decide how to fab up a hanger. i just got it on ground and wheels back on and took it for a drive, so much more pleasant to drive, almost civilized (IMG:style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif) but now i can hear more squeaks and rattles (IMG:style_emoticons/default/sad.gif)


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post Sep 22 2015, 07:47 PM
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Who is this Masked Man? (IMG:style_emoticons/default/welder.gif)
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post Sep 22 2015, 08:01 PM
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rod, aka: root. he can tig like a madman these days (IMG:style_emoticons/default/welder.gif)

i owe him some Face Plant IPA, that is for sure.


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post Sep 24 2015, 05:07 PM
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today got steering wheel straight and tightened my ebrake cables a bit.

i expected steering wheel to resist removal but she jumped right off and said "thank you " (IMG:style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif)

rigged up my GPS using some holes where my ashtray used to be. could not take the gooseneck holder i had before that bounced all over the place like and erection in an earthquake (IMG:style_emoticons/default/wacko.gif)


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post Sep 25 2015, 05:51 AM
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hard to hear much improvement but believe me there is a big improvement over glasspacks using magnaflows.

old exhaust

new exhaust
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post Sep 26 2015, 10:12 AM
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speedo installed (IMG:style_emoticons/default/smile.gif) but I got a boots question. I thought big boot should be facing firewall? not angle drive? if this boot covers angle drive, what covers the hole in the firewall, the small boot? makes sense to me now. it is just when I rcvd it, the speedo nut was lodged in the smaller boot. my sbc 307 seems to hum all the way to ALMOST 5000 rpms. though I keep it around <3k most of the time. still trying to get used to driving a stick again.



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post Sep 26 2015, 07:44 PM
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found this. now I have to reread it a few times.

http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?sho...=241571&hl=

mine is like this. I will probably just put some silicone in the firewall hole and not try to slide the smaller boot all the way to the speedo gage.


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post Sep 27 2015, 06:41 AM
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pic of knob I need to get.

pic of 914rubber installed, looks so nice, new rubber could become an addiction (IMG:style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif)

would like to add this sleeve at some point.
http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?sho...l=first++sleeve


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post Sep 27 2015, 06:51 AM
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turns out my shift linkage at firewall is loose. I assumed it was the ID of the bushing, BUT it turns out that it is the OD of the bushing OR the ID of the hole in firewall?


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post Sep 28 2015, 02:51 PM
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put a speedo cable in and guage seemed to work fine aftyer initial testing but then on a long drive it started making noise, then guage stopped working. put a drill on end of cable and guage did not move, pulled on fitting on trans end of cable and it cam off easily in my hand. seems it got hogged out during my drive. i think i did not have cable routed smoothly (least curves) enough? i'll try again with an old cable this time.


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post Sep 28 2015, 05:50 PM
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Get foleys firewall bushing and the ujoint that is right outside the firewall.
For the sleeve, use bronze not copper.
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post Sep 29 2015, 06:59 AM
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thanks (IMG:style_emoticons/default/smoke.gif)

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Get foleys firewall bushing and the ujoint that is right outside the firewall.
For the sleeve, use bronze not copper.

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post Oct 5 2015, 10:05 AM
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well, i removed my rear sway bar and my car seems to track a bit better then before. the rear is less stiff but for street/hwy driving, i feel it is better. so until i can have an alignment done, i will leave rear bar off.

also changed my fuel filter before pump, it had some crap in it from tank. having clear plastic filters has the advantage of being able to be visually inspected.
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post Oct 6 2015, 03:29 PM
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i know that not many are doing sbc v8 conversions anymore AND that renegade is making only LS conversion kits BUT if these things were not the case, it would be far better if the water cooler belt was the rearward belt and the alt belt were the forward belt BECAUSE to remove the alt belt requires the coolant to be drained from car cause the neck on the water pump touches the motor mount and stops it from sliding lose thus requires the neck to be removed : ( at least this seems to be the case for me.

my alt belt won't stop fluttering, not matter how tight or loose i set it. seems like i need a tensioner?

i need to source a neck (made in china also) that comes down the other side i think.

note the leak, i was already removing neck.


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post Oct 7 2015, 06:12 AM
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Jim,

Cool sbc build. I thought the face plant comment was something you're car did until i seen the beer pict. Good ipa name.

Dave
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post Oct 8 2015, 08:24 PM
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my top issue now is that my alt belt is fluttering badly at some rpms above 2250 and especially at an rpm that I was to cruise at on hwy. I think I need to at a tensioner asap. I try various amounts of tighten first but I do not think it is only a setting issue of the belt. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/mad.gif)
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post Oct 10 2015, 07:00 AM
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Jim,
Did you get your speedometer fixed? I finally gave up on mine and bought a GPS speedo from Speedhut. You can customize just about anything on it to match the existing gauges.

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