Archive for November, 2006

Problems with the fuel system, mounting the alternator

Now that the coils were done the only other thing I needed to wrap up as far as getting the engine to run was the fuel. A while back I installed the fuel tank and loosely positioned and ran the lines with zip ties just until I could get around to permanently mounting them. Now that I had the time I figured I would do it the right way. I starting by getting ahold of some rubber lined C-clamps to grip the lines and keep them from moving. Next I marked where I wanted to drill the holes to mount the clamps. I used some oversized heavy-duty pop rivets to keep them from going anywhere. Once I had all the lines situated I bought about 10 gallons of 93 octane and filled the tank.

I didnt notice any leaks so I brought out the laptop, hooked up the AEM, and turned the pump on manually from the software. As the pump ran I was continually listening and smelling. I found a few spots that needed to be tightend up so I took care of that and set the fuel pressure.

I thought I was done and moved on to working on a few other things. While doing that I could still smell fuel coming from somewhere! I didn’t see anything leaking but I also couldn’t track down where the smell was coming from. Turns out I have a very slow drip coming from the feed line to the pump. The problem is, even after tightening, it still wants to leak! The rate at which its doing it is about 1 drop every few minutes. I wouldnt normally care but the smell of fuel is still there and kind of bothersome. Its something I will have to take care of eventually but for now it will sit on standby…

One of the other things I have been working on is the alternator mount. More on the this later.

A few quick updates

Its been a few weeks since I updated anything so here goes.

After getting the engine in the car back in January, I was able to start focusing on other smaller things like ordering miscellaneous parts and doing some paint touch-up. The misc. parts Im talking about are PCV, PCV grommet, AN fittings, zip ties, grommets, wire sheathing, etc… The
paint touch-up Im refering to involves removing bolts and painting the heads to match the car. A bunch of the bolts in the engine bay were rusted or covered in grease, so basically the ones that are visible with the hood open I removed and painted (i.e. IAC bolts, wiper motor mounting bolts, throttle body bolts, throttle linkage, etc…) you get the idea.

I also had to go back to the EFI harness and modify things (which was kind of a pain since I thought I was done). I moved the connector for the water temp sensor (you may recall there were clearance issues with the fuel rail), added the EGT wiring, and as a result of that had to move the 5V and ground splices around. I would also like to change out those huge ugly connectors which sit behind the upper intake manifold with something smaller and more weatherproof. Summit and Jegs both have some which I might purchase, but its not high on the priority list.

Today I picked up my headers from Tim Takash of Takash Race Craft. He welded the EGT bungs to my headers for me for $30. Not only does he have a shop that seems to have every fabrication tool imaginable but he also seems to be a great guy. I was more than happy to pick them up cause that means theres nothing stopping me from mounting them to the engine block to mock up the turbos for intercooler installation. I also picked up a can of black ceramic high temp paint from Advance for the area around the EGT bungs since some of the high temp coating was ground off to allow for welding.

I also reconnected the manual steering shaft to the steering wheel assembly (the portion inside the car) since I removed it when I changed the K-member out. It pisses me off that it had rusted so badly, especially considering how expensive it was. My tip for anyone planning on buying
Flaming River products is to spray some high temp clear laquer on them before installing to avoid the rust. I wish I had done this before I installed mine, which will never again look as nice.

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