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1  General / Classifieds / Re: Free racing posters. on: November 10, 2017, 05:52:58 PM
I'll take 'em, Bill.  I'm planning on being there next weekend.
2  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: Factory Five Cobra Build on: November 08, 2017, 07:15:19 PM
These are great Pictures !

Where is the place with the ESSO sign ?

Cheers
Engelbert

Thanks.  It's on 13, right at the end of 609.  There is an old country store on the corner, that's the front of the property.
3  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: Factory Five Cobra Build on: November 03, 2017, 04:04:44 AM
So, last week I realized that I had several hundred pictures of the build process, but basically none of the finished car, other than on the dyno.  Since it was nice out Saturday, Jeff and I hung out and took a ton of pictures.  Here are some of my favorites.

These are at the parking garage at work.  You can see how the paint looks different in different light.












I also played around with some of the different settings on the camera






There is a place a couple minutes from my house that has some old buildings.  We called the property owner and he was nice enough to let us in to take a few pictures.  There were probably 30 different buildings that he had moved from around Virginia and North Carolina onto his property.  He holds auctions every now and then - it'd be neat to see what gets sold at those.





4  General / Classifieds / Re: FS: 1996 Buick Roadmaster wagon on: October 29, 2017, 01:08:00 PM
sold
5  General / Classifieds / Re: FS: 1994 Chevy Caprice wagon - 6 speed! on: October 29, 2017, 03:45:57 AM
Sold!
6  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: Factory Five Cobra Build on: October 08, 2017, 03:32:54 PM
We finally got the car down the Peter to finish tuning it.  I had gotten the fuel tables close enough while street tuning it that we didn't need to make any changes - it was running ~12.0-12.5:1 AFR at WOT, so we just messed around with the timing.  I had the motor timed at ~16 degrees base timing.  We tried going to 18 and it lost a some power.  We found peak power at only ~12 degrees of timing.  The difference was pretty astounding - like an additional 40hp compared to 18 degrees.  Here is a video of one of the runs.  Sounds good.



7  General / Classifieds / Re: FS: 1994 Chevy Caprice wagon - 6 speed! on: August 19, 2017, 01:12:28 PM
Alright, below are some pictures from today.  I also took a video of it accelerating.

Exterior photos


















Interior photos



















The driver's door panel is missing the armrest






Here are some detailed shots of the underside.  There is surface rust on the floorboards, but nothing serious.  The rockers are all clean.








The lower rear quarters have the most rust.  The bottom of the spare tire well has a couple of holes.  There are 2 shallow dents in the passenger quarter.






The tires are new - 10/32" tread




The engine bay is clean.




Here are pics of the spares.  The winter tires are 235/75/15s with 8/32" tread.  The headliner backer is in good shape, but needs new fabric.  I have all the interior and exterior trim, plus new carpet (not pictured).





8  General / Classifieds / FS: 1996 Buick Roadmaster wagon on: August 16, 2017, 09:04:08 PM
Name: Justin
Location: Powhatan
Contact: PM me or email at justin dot loehlein at gmail
Price: $2k obo

So, I bought this Roadmaster a couple months ago because it was in really good shape.  I was troubleshooting the CEL in my Caprice at the time and it was kind of an impulse buy.  Now I've gone and bought another truck, so I'm at 20 cars right now and really need to get rid of a few.  I decided to liquidate my stash of beautiful, wood-paneled, LT1-powered station wagons.  Here is what I know:

1996 Roadmaster Collectors Edition
White
270k miles
LT1 motor
All stock
Tow package (class III hitch, trans cooler, brake controller)
Drives great
Heat and AC don't work (probably needs a heater core, AC has been deleted)
Paint is good on most of the car, but peeling on the roof
Some dents on the tailgate

I'll take better pics this weekend.  Here are a couple for now.



9  General / Classifieds / FS: 1994 Chevy Caprice wagon - 6 speed! on: August 16, 2017, 08:49:58 PM
Name: Justin
Location: Powhatan
Contact: PM me or email at justin dot loehlein at gmail
Price: $5k obo

Alright, the time has come to sell my Caprice.  Many of you are familiar with the car - it has been my tow vehicle for 8 years.  I bought it with a failing transmission and immediately built it into my ideal tow vehicle.  I swapped in a manual trans from a 1994 Camaro, some 4.10 gears and a stiffer suspension.  It runs 14s in the 1/4 mile, gets 12-14mpg towing 5k lbs (is capable of over 20 empty), and handles well for a 4500lb car.  The close gearing in the 6 speed is great for towing and it'll cruise at 1800rpm doing 70mph, even while towing the trailer.  The car has 270k on it now, I've put 35k miles on it since I owned it and it runs super strong.  I have a spare, 80k mile motor that can go with it.  I was going to replace the motor when I first got it, but it dyno'd at 226whp and 311ft-lbs all stock (prior to exhaust), so I decided to let it be.  Here are the details.

Drivetrain
LT1 engine
Rebuilt T56 transmission
Aluminum driveshaft
Detroit Tru-Trac diff with 4.10 gears
Stan's Tri-Y headers
Stainless X-pipe and mufflers
High flow cats

Suspension
Completely rebuilt front-end steering and suspension with Moog parts
Bilstein shocks
Stiffer springs
AirLift bags in the rear
Crown Vic rear sway bar
17x8 wheels and BRAND NEW 255/50/17 Nitto NT450s
Will include stock wheels with snow tires (car is a beast in the snow)

Other
Bucket seats from a Bonneville
Camaro gauge cluster (has a tach)
Class III hitch with 4 way and 7 way plugs
Tekonsha Prodigy brake controller
Hurst shifter
Recently replaced heater core, radiator and all hoses
All new brake lines

I've got $13k in the car and it runs and drives great.  I use top quality replacement parts (e.g. all the hoses and radiator core are AC Delco, belt is Good Year, bearings are all Timken, etc).  Last year, I rebuilt the transmission with $1600 in parts - all new synchros and bearings plus billet synchro keys, steel 3-4 shift fork, bronze shifter pads, new mainshaft and 5-6 gear cluster.  It's got a new clutch in it, too (stage 3 pressure plate with organic clutch disc from ClutchNet).

However, I haven't put as much focus into how the car looks.  I removed all the exterior trim and much of the interior (carpet, headliner, plastic pillar trim).  I will include all of it, but the headliner needs to be replaced and it doesn't make sense to put anything else back in until that is done.  There are some broken clips on the driver's side door panel and the handle you grab onto is broken, making it fun to close.  The AC compressor has been removed.  The brake light on the dash is on - I'm pretty sure I forgot to reconnect the switch on the parking brake when I pulled the dash to do the heater core (there are no ABS codes).

Anyways, this is a great first tow vehicle (comfortable to sleep in, too).  I've mostly pulled my Miatas and Civic, but have had everything on the trailer from Corvettes and Mustangs to a Dodge pickup once.  I use a weight distributing hitch and it does just fine.  It's also just fun to beat up on kids who think their Civics are fast in a wood-paneled wagon.

Here are a few pics.  I'll post more detailed pics over the weekend.  I wasn't planning on selling the car, but I just bought another Cummins-powered truck, so it's gotta go.  The white Roadmaster in the pics is also for sale.  I'll start another post for that.









If anyone wants a package deal on the wagon, trailer, and matching LeMons Miata, just let me know.
10  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: K swapping my Insight on: August 15, 2017, 10:06:45 AM
Alright, Jeff and I went to Chesterfield Auto Parts over the weekend because I saw they had a couple K24 Accords show up in the last two weeks.  I got lucky and one of them was stick.  We spent a couple hours and liberated the trans, shifter and cables.  Cost $230 total.  Not too bad - hopefully it's in good shape!





I also managed to pull the full wiring harness from the Civic.  Now I'm starting to un-loom everything so I can separate out the wiring that needs to run from the ECU to the gauges and the fuel pump vs all the rest of the nonsense.  This is going to take a while, but I find the work relaxing.

Believe it or not, this is only like 2/3 of the harness:



Here is the rest:



And the Civic is out of the shop now.



I will probably spend the next month pulling the wiring apart and cleaning stuff.  I've been wanting to build a sandblast cabinet and powder coating oven for a while now.  This seems like a good time to do that.

So far, I've spent ~$850 and I believe I have the full drivetrain (might need axles?).  I'll be spending a significant chunk of money replacing wear items (e.g. wheel bearings, ball joints, clutch, etc) as I clean and rebuild everything, but I think my goal of $3k total for the swap is definitely realistic.
11  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: K swapping my Insight on: July 16, 2017, 03:30:28 PM
Well, Jeff came over today and we were super productive.  The Civic is mostly stripped.  I still need to pull the gas tank out and some of the wiring running to the rear of the car.  My plan is to lay out all the wiring we've taken from the Civic, diet the harness so it's just what's needed for the engine, cluster, and fuel system, and then do the opposite for the Insight (diet the harness so it just runs HVAC, radio, power accessories, lights).  Then I can combine them.

Here is the front end of the Civic - the kid who owned it hit a tree.



After a little bit of time with the sawzall, angle grinder, and unbolting a bunch of stuff, we pulled the whole front subframe out.  After working on my K20 Civic, Jeff's K20 Integra and Paul's K20 GTI, the wiring is super familiar.



I've got a lot of cleaning to do.  I may use the Civic seats as well - the Insight ones are terrible.  If I use the Civic seats, I'll have Danielle re-cover them.



So the Civic is sitting without a front end or interior now.  I've gotta find a way to move it around without front suspension.






If anyone needs Civic parts, let me know!
12  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: K swapping my Insight on: July 15, 2017, 08:10:36 PM
Well, the motor is out.  So is the dash.  Planning on starting to strip the Civic tomorrow.








Also, check out this exhaust...it's like 1.5"



I'll have to figure out if I want to keep ABS or not.  I definitely want AC, which means I have to either remove or relocate the ABS pump.  I'm tempted to delete it because the engine bay is like a rat's nest of brake lines.  Removing it will greatly simplify things.

13  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: K swapping my Insight on: July 10, 2017, 07:16:02 PM
Got tired of messing with the wiring on the Birkin, so I decided to spend a few hours taking the Insight apart.  I pulled the front end apart and removed all the stuff from the underside.  The car is from upstate NY and a lot of the fasteners are rusty.  I'll probably end up replacing the brake lines, as well.  Thankfully, the rest of the car is clean - aluminum is nice.













Should be ready to pull the axles and the motor out next.
14  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: K swapping my Insight on: June 16, 2017, 05:47:12 PM
A 14 second hatchback that gets 50mpg on 87 octane gas...why not!?!  Also, I'm tired of dealing with the hybrid complexity.  K20 should be more reliable.

I picked up the donor today.  The friendly neighborhood turkey even came and checked it out.

15  General / Autos and Autosport / K swapping my Insight on: June 14, 2017, 04:43:05 PM
Well, now that my Dad's car is done, it's back to my own projects.  I've got a 2000 Honda Insight that was my daily for about a year.  I averaged over 72mpg in the 16k miles I drove it.  Two years ago, it developed a fault in the hybrid charging system, so I stopped driving it.  I didn't want to spend time tinkering with it since I was building the Cobra.  Now it's time to "fix" it.

I'm planning on swapping in a 160hp K20 out of an RSX or 02-05 Civic Si and a 5 speed out of an Accord.  The base K20 will run on 87 octane and the Accord trans has the longest gearing.  I'm hoping to still get 45mpg+ once I'm done and have a car that runs low 14s.

I've got this week off work, so Jeff and I rolled the Insight into the garage and started stripping it.

Before


After




There is a lot of space in the rear with the batteries removed.  It'll be a very practical car Smiley  It's still got the motor in for now.  That'll be next to come out.

16  General / Open Forum / Re: Racing Seat or Coil Overs on: June 13, 2017, 05:06:50 PM
Do you feel like you need a seat?  All else equal, I'd do coilovers first.  That said, it looks like a set of Pfadt coilovers are like $3k whereas a good seat, harness bar and harness should be well under $1k.

If you end up getting a seat, make sure it's still comfortable getting in and out of the car.  Racing seats with high sides can make it a real pain in the butt.  Not convenient for when you want to hop in and drive around.
17  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: Factory Five Cobra Build on: June 06, 2017, 06:47:37 PM
Thanks, guys.  Might make it out to Cars and Coffee at some point.  Now we're getting Jeff and my car ready for track duty.  Good news is that it is finally running somewhat okay after I spent some time tuning it.  And it's inspected!  The windscreen is the perfect size for the inspection sticker.



Also - light weight!

18  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: Factory Five Cobra Build on: May 21, 2017, 05:34:05 PM
Alright, we're definitely in the home stretch.  This weekend is the first time it's looking like a complete car.  Over the past few weeks we've gotten a lot of the finishing touches done.

We got some LED lights from Engelbert and mounted them up.  They are nice and bright.



The kit comes with a ton of cheap, plastic insulated butt connectors for the wiring.  I ditched those and added some real connectors.  I also had to separate the whole front light harness and shorten/modify it to get it to run cleanly across the front end of the car.



I wired the taillights in a similar manner.  You can also see that my Dad has re-painted the inside of the body black.



I also wrapped up a bunch of other stuff under the car, including the e-brake and driveshaft safety loop.




On the top side, we installed the defrost vents and seats.  Engelbert powder coated a ton of stuff on the car, including the seat brackets.  It all came out great.






We fired the car up for the first time since last summer - it started right up.  Unfortunately, the cheap heater core that it comes with is leaking.  I've bypassed it for now, but we'll have to take it out and fix/replace it soon.  There are also a bunch of other small things that need to be done (seat belts, carpet, covering misc holes/filling gaps, more polishing, center caps on the wheels, etc).  It's looking like a real car though!  We drove it around the neighborhood a few times.  Now to get it registered.




19  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: Factory Five Cobra Build on: April 22, 2017, 05:55:16 PM
Got some polishing done today.  My Dad wet sanded the car during the week down to 2000 grit.  I started polishing with Meguiars M100 and a wool cutting pad, then a foam cutting pad.  After that, I switched to M205 and a foam polishing pad, followed by Menzerna SF3800 and a foam finishing pad.

Here are the loose panels all sanded



And the body




Here is the hood as I'm beginning to polish



I think this is after the 2nd step was completed - it is glossy again, but you can still see scratches around the reflection of the lights



After the 4th step




Here is the full hood



Here is the reflection off the rear deck



And the car as it sits now




I've still got a lot of polishing to do - tops of the other 3 fenders, all vertical surfaces, doors, trunk, top, etc.
20  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: Factory Five Cobra Build on: April 19, 2017, 04:49:08 PM
Thanks, guys!  Looking forward to having it all together.
21  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: Factory Five Cobra Build on: April 16, 2017, 03:18:14 PM
Scheduling, weather, and a bunch of other stuff came together this weekend and the car is painted!  My Dad did a bunch of prep during the week to get the car ready and I was able to take Friday afternoon off because work was slow.  I needed ~2.5 consecutive days to paint.

Friday afternoon we rolled the car into the paint room, finished cleaning and masking, and then set up a few sawhorses with all the other parts (doors, hood, trunk, top, etc).  Once we cleaned everything like 3 more times, I shot it all in a coat of dark grey sealer.  I then shot the insides of the doors, hood, trunk, and scoop in 2 coats of base, 2 coats of pearl, and 3 coats of clear.  We used PPG Omni for the base and pearl, which is "only" $300/gal.  The clear is PPG Deltron Urethane.







The Omni paint looked good, but not nearly as nice as the test panel we shot using all PPG Deltron products.  The Deltron base and pearl is ~$700/gal.

Omni:


Deltron:



Saturday morning, my Dad went to the paint shop to buy some Deltron base and pearl and we got ready to spray the rest of the car.  I masked off everything I had just sprayed and we mounted the doors, hood and trunk on the car.  Spraying it all together will help make sure everything matches.





The hood and trunk were mounted so there was a gap around the whole thing, which would let me open/remove them, spray the jambs, then close them without touching the paint I had just sprayed.









You can see all the overspray around the edges of the room.  I've got a massive intake fan pressurizing the room and two small box fans for exhaust, blowing through four 14"x24"x2" pleated HVAC filters with some paint filters in front of them.  The intake fan flows way too much air, but it is really effective at clearing the room out and keeping dust out of the room.  The overspray tends to settle in the dead areas of the room (the edges).  As long as the room is clean to begin with and you don't bring any dust in with you, the setup seems to work okay.  The overspray on the floor stays put...I actually am not sure I'll be able to clean the floor.


Sunday, all I had left to do was spray the clear.  I unmounted the hood, trunk, and doors so I could spray everything without having to open and close the doors and trunk and remove the hood repeatedly.  I sprayed the loose body parts first - 3 coats, then uncovered the body and sprayed it.  This way, I could keep my timing between coats in the optimal window and not worry about getting overspray on the body as I was clearing the other parts.  There's a bunch of overspray on the loose parts, but it'll come off easily when we sand and buff.

BTW, this is what the room looks like when you don't run the intake fan.





Safety first...



And here is the fully painted car.  The pearl looks really cool in different lighting.










I got a few runs in the clear, but overall it went on really nicely.  I was also very worried about striping the pearl, but thankfully didn't have any issues.  Once the clear dries for a couple days, my Dad wet sand the car, then I'll buff it.  It should look awesome.  Once that's done, we're pretty much onto final assembly!
22  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: Factory Five Cobra Build on: April 09, 2017, 06:09:45 PM
Alright, we're getting close.  We've spent the last few weekends buttoning up loose ends before mounting the body, hopefully for the last time.

We made some heat shields to protect the fuel filter, and most importantly, our feet!  The aluminum doesn't do a great job keeping the heat out, so we made some cardboard templates, cut them out of stainless steel, polished them, and bent them up.  They're spaced off the aluminum panels ~3/4" to create a good air gap.

Here's the passenger side one covering the fuel filter



And the driver side one protecting the wiring to the wideband O2 sensor




I also cut open the rear wiring loom to run a single wire back for the reverse light.  Once I re-loomed the whole thing and clamped it up to the frame tubes, my Dad installed the aluminum panels in the trunk.






Then we spent most of the day today masking things off and mounting the body.  He's got a bunch more masking and cleaning to do, but if all goes well we should be able to paint it this coming weekend.  There's a chance we have it together by the end of the month!







23  General / Open Forum / Re: Reputable Tire Shop for mounting and balancing on: April 06, 2017, 05:56:23 PM
In the past, I've taken my stuff to Howe Audio on Midlothian Turnpike.  They've got a fancy machine and typically do people's 22"s and whatnot, so are used to low profile tires and not scratching things.  I always call them ahead of time to figure out a time that will work since it's not their primary business.
24  Results / Autocross / Re: March 26 Results on: March 28, 2017, 03:29:53 PM
Any photos from last Sunday? I've been running with VMSC since the early 80's. Such a great bunch of folks and a well run club. Thanks for what you do. Very refreshing and friendly.

See this thread.  2nd post - Claudia took a bunch of photos.

We've got a whole separate section of the site for Pictures and Media from Events.  You can find a bunch of photos from past events, as well.

25  Results / Autocross / Re: 2016 finial points total on: March 23, 2017, 03:33:50 AM
Looks like it was too large to upload.  click here for the points file for 2016.  The "Trophies" tab has the summary.
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