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Forum: projects & restorations 11-20-2020, 07:51 PM
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Posted By Alex Buchka
I would be honored to try and ruin your track...

I would be honored to try and ruin your track beast again.



Don't forget the TV's, champagne chiller, and sno-cone maker.



It's mostly the latter. The table does have more compliance than...
Forum: projects & restorations 11-16-2020, 07:01 PM
Replies: 754
Views: 485,576
Posted By Alex Buchka
Thanks! I can't imagine it either, if my mind...

Thanks! I can't imagine it either, if my mind wanders in that direction it reminds me of how much work is left and I get depressed. Just eating this elephant one bite at a time.
Forum: projects & restorations 11-15-2020, 04:14 AM
Replies: 754
Views: 485,576
Posted By Alex Buchka
Mega update: Finished drilling and tapping...

Mega update:

Finished drilling and tapping the ABS sensor brackets doodads
https://i.imgur.com/AFYf0nfh.jpg

Also finished up some re-work and small bits on the Xtrac driveline parts. Since the...
Forum: projects & restorations 11-02-2020, 01:15 AM
Replies: 424
Views: 327,920
Posted By Alex Buchka
Looks to be the same valve as lots of other cars:...

Looks to be the same valve as lots of other cars:

https://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/part?id=BL93-USA-10-2001-E46-BMW-M3&mg=13&sg=15&diagId=13_0910&q=13411733090
Forum: projects & restorations 10-06-2020, 09:48 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 8,669
Posted By Alex Buchka
Neat project! Looking forward to seeing progress....

Neat project! Looking forward to seeing progress.

also, do you have three more of these and are they for sale?
https://i.imgur.com/yuENi1ah.png
Forum: projects & restorations 08-04-2020, 03:49 AM
Replies: 415
Views: 245,360
Posted By Alex Buchka
That's basically what I'm planning on doing. We...

That's basically what I'm planning on doing. We don't have an oxy-acetylene setup at the shop so I'll just lay a shallow bead across the tube with the TIG and quench it with some water. That should...
Forum: projects & restorations 07-30-2020, 08:03 PM
Replies: 415
Views: 245,360
Posted By Alex Buchka
I've been slacking on the axle. I should get back...

I've been slacking on the axle. I should get back on the horse soon though.

I do remember that one quite well. The diff housing I have was sourced from the same place, might actually be the one in...
Forum: performance & modifications 07-26-2020, 03:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,010
Posted By Alex Buchka
Nothing really looks super odd in the log. I...

Nothing really looks super odd in the log. I don't know where in CO you are but the 75kpa MAP reading seems a little low (would expect ~85kpa for Denver altitude). Also your coolant and air temp...
Forum: projects & restorations 06-10-2020, 03:34 AM
Replies: 395
Views: 282,151
Posted By Alex Buchka
You're going to have to pull a rabbit out of a...

You're going to have to pull a rabbit out of a hat to keep up. Carbon engine block? Carbon Pistons?

Or you could actually drive your car one day and win by default :-P
Forum: projects & restorations 06-08-2020, 04:51 PM
Replies: 754
Views: 485,576
Posted By Alex Buchka
The technology is still early in its development....

The technology is still early in its development. A good example of how sensitive the machines are is that a loud stereo in the same room as the machine will vibrate the machine enough to leave...
Forum: projects & restorations 06-07-2020, 04:21 PM
Replies: 754
Views: 485,576
Posted By Alex Buchka
Thanks dudes. Karl and I are really excited to...

Thanks dudes. Karl and I are really excited to get these on the car



The entire process is very manual and can be quite time consuming. While modeling the part you have to keep the limitations...
Forum: projects & restorations 05-27-2020, 06:21 PM
Replies: 1,088
Views: 475,186
Posted By Alex Buchka
Injector placement really depends on the spray...

Injector placement really depends on the spray pattern. A good rule of thumb is to make the fuel cone intersect with the back of the intake valve. I would probably focus on not shooting the spray...
Forum: projects & restorations 05-26-2020, 12:17 PM
Replies: 1,088
Views: 475,186
Posted By Alex Buchka
That looks killer. Nice work!

That looks killer. Nice work!
Forum: performance & modifications 05-19-2020, 03:17 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,587
Posted By Alex Buchka
B18/B20 are pushrod engines, B21/B23/B230 are...

B18/B20 are pushrod engines, B21/B23/B230 are overhead cam. The blocks share common architecture but there were a lot of changes. The auxiliary shaft in an overhead cam engine is for all intents and...
Forum: projects & restorations 05-18-2020, 03:05 PM
Replies: 415
Views: 245,360
Posted By Alex Buchka
Thanks guys! Really appreciate the kind words. ...

Thanks guys! Really appreciate the kind words.

Axle is coming along slowly but surely. Welded the tube flanges on this weekend and tack welded the suspension mounts in preparation for a test fit...
Forum: projects & restorations 05-07-2020, 02:10 PM
Replies: 688
Views: 252,541
Posted By Alex Buchka
The OE installation uses a flywheel with a...

The OE installation uses a flywheel with a splined coupler on it, all the adapters I've seen including the whiteblock one I bought also has a flywheel. I don't know if anyone has tested one of these...
Forum: events 05-06-2020, 01:48 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 24,124
Posted By Alex Buchka
Why not. My day job consists mostly of zoom...

Why not. My day job consists mostly of zoom meetings with other nerds so I might as well keep riding that wave.
Forum: projects & restorations 05-05-2020, 07:40 PM
Replies: 688
Views: 252,541
Posted By Alex Buchka
All the cool kids are going dual clutch.

All the cool kids are going dual clutch.
Forum: projects & restorations 05-04-2020, 02:30 PM
Replies: 1,088
Views: 475,186
Posted By Alex Buchka
I usually purge a tube for 3-5 minutes at 15cfh...

I usually purge a tube for 3-5 minutes at 15cfh or so, then turn the purge flow down to 5cfh, this saves quite a bit of gas. Those purge plugs you can buy are nice but I've built many headers with...
Forum: performance & modifications 04-27-2020, 07:15 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,547
Posted By Alex Buchka
Torque to yield fasteners, also called "stretch...

Torque to yield fasteners, also called "stretch bolts" (extremely dumb nickname, all threaded fasteners stretch by design) have a limited life span. If you re-use them over and over they will fail,...
Forum: projects & restorations 04-26-2020, 12:26 AM
Replies: 1,088
Views: 475,186
Posted By Alex Buchka
Good work dude. Can highly recommend getting a...

Good work dude. Can highly recommend getting a purge setup going. Obviously a dual flow meter regulator is nice but It doesn't have to be that complicated or expensive. In a pinch I've gotten by with...
Forum: performance & modifications 04-19-2020, 09:37 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,846
Posted By Alex Buchka
At that price point your options are severely...

At that price point your options are severely limited. Garrett's GTW series is good value but I've never seen one with a divided inlet turbine housing. Your best bet is probably to roll the dice on...
Forum: performance & modifications 04-19-2020, 04:45 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,846
Posted By Alex Buchka
Peak power target will dictate the airflow...

Peak power target will dictate the airflow requirement of the compressor. That's step one of picking a turbo.
Forum: performance & modifications 04-17-2020, 06:38 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,070
Posted By Alex Buchka
Does it grind when you try to shift into a locked...

Does it grind when you try to shift into a locked out gear or you just feel dead resistance in the shifter? If there is no grinding my money is on the selector assembly in the lid of the transmission...
Forum: projects & restorations 04-17-2020, 06:19 PM
Replies: 262
Views: 123,799
Posted By Alex Buchka
Ditch the ITB's if you go turbo. It makes tuning...

Ditch the ITB's if you go turbo. It makes tuning a hassle and adds a bunch of complexity for no appreciable performance gain. I'm eventually going to do some head work on my 242 and I'll convert back...
Forum: performance & modifications 04-14-2020, 08:25 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,236
Posted By Alex Buchka
If you're comfortable with fabrication and want...

If you're comfortable with fabrication and want to dip your toe in suspension work Mustang II stuff is hard to argue with. It's basically the LS engine of front suspensions. Cheap, available, and...
Forum: projects & restorations 04-06-2020, 02:06 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 10,001
Posted By Alex Buchka
This is rad, love the Jenvey DCOE's.

This is rad, love the Jenvey DCOE's.
Forum: performance & modifications 03-26-2020, 12:11 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 927
Posted By Alex Buchka
You're not going to break the crank until you're...

You're not going to break the crank until you're well north of 1000bhp.
Forum: performance & modifications 03-23-2020, 02:06 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 7,784
Posted By Alex Buchka
You should add at least another $1k for nickel...

You should add at least another $1k for nickel and dime expenditures. That's always where you get killed on engine swaps.
Forum: performance & modifications 03-23-2020, 01:53 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,995
Posted By Alex Buchka
I've had a late model W58 behind my whiteblock...

I've had a late model W58 behind my whiteblock for a number of years now. I like the ratios, how quiet it is, and it shifts ok. Since it fits in the car and works I'm happy with it but I probably...
Forum: projects & restorations 03-02-2020, 05:58 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 14,159
Posted By Alex Buchka
Very cool. You're gonna love the car with that...

Very cool. You're gonna love the car with that engine.
Forum: projects & restorations 02-25-2020, 07:06 AM
Replies: 754
Views: 485,576
Posted By Alex Buchka
Thanks dudes! The project has been on the back...

Thanks dudes! The project has been on the back burner for a while but we're back at right now and it feels really good to make some solid progress.




That's truly a glowing review from Mr....
Forum: events 02-05-2020, 09:51 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 20,759
Posted By Alex Buchka
Definitely in for this

Definitely in for this
Forum: projects & restorations 12-19-2019, 04:07 AM
Replies: 415
Views: 245,360
Posted By Alex Buchka
Thanks! Hopefully it will inspire some people to...

Thanks! Hopefully it will inspire some people to dive into classic volvo ownership



Thanks Gary!

Donut Media on Youtube shot a video on my car for their "bumper to bumper" segment, basically...
Forum: projects & restorations 12-15-2019, 04:56 PM
Replies: 415
Views: 245,360
Posted By Alex Buchka
Thanks dudes, appreciate the kind words. ...

Thanks dudes, appreciate the kind words.



It's a role they play. I don't watch their content but I understand the appeal. When the cameras were off everyone involved was very kind and...
Forum: projects & restorations 12-14-2019, 12:36 AM
Replies: 415
Views: 245,360
Posted By Alex Buchka
Got the ring and pinion adjusted and final...

Got the ring and pinion adjusted and final installed.

https://i.imgur.com/FJ4Ep3jh.jpg

Welded up the axle tube fixture:

https://i.imgur.com/HpKu42Rh.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/jm5jTvqh.jpg
...
Forum: projects & restorations 11-30-2019, 07:44 PM
Replies: 424
Views: 327,920
Posted By Alex Buchka
I'm running a Link G4+ Extreme ECU. Similar...

I'm running a Link G4+ Extreme ECU. Similar specification to the Maxxecu Race. It also supports the e-throttle/idle valve blending strategy that i'm currently using. This is not a function the ECU's...
Forum: projects & restorations 11-26-2019, 05:32 AM
Replies: 424
Views: 327,920
Posted By Alex Buchka
Looks killer. I learned a few things after...

Looks killer. I learned a few things after getting the S54 throttle bodies running on my car.

Not sure which ECU you're planning on using but I would strongly recommend running an e-throttle to...
Forum: aftermarket engine management 11-13-2019, 05:14 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,879
Posted By Alex Buchka
Here's a picture of the setup I'm running mocked...

Here's a picture of the setup I'm running mocked up on the bench.

http://i.imgur.com/v9zV3gEh.jpg (https://imgur.com/v9zV3gE)

It's an E-class benz pedal position sensor made to interface with...
Forum: aftermarket engine management 11-08-2019, 12:05 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,879
Posted By Alex Buchka
I've had a few different ecu's on my whiteblock...

I've had a few different ecu's on my whiteblock swapped 240. Started with a megasquirt and moved on to a few different flavors of Link G4+ (https://www.linkecu.com/). Right now I'm running a G4+...
Forum: projects & restorations 10-09-2019, 05:24 AM
Replies: 415
Views: 245,360
Posted By Alex Buchka
I just can't get bored with the thing. It feels...

I just can't get bored with the thing. It feels like the car and I are in an abusive relationship sometimes but thrashing it around makes all the pain worth it.



Thanks! I can't measure up to...
Forum: projects & restorations 10-07-2019, 01:29 AM
Replies: 415
Views: 245,360
Posted By Alex Buchka
Kicking a bunch of cans down the street as usual...

Kicking a bunch of cans down the street as usual so progress is slow.

Went to the VCOA national meet in San Luis Obispo a few weeks ago. To be quite honest I was a bit disappointed with the whole...
Forum: performance & modifications 10-02-2019, 12:02 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 13,437
Posted By Alex Buchka
Here's a picture of what I did on the 6 cylinder...

Here's a picture of what I did on the 6 cylinder in my 242. You can see the bypass plate at the front of the oil pan and the setrab thermostat sandwich plate. I used the 960 angled filter adapter but...
Forum: performance & modifications 09-25-2019, 03:04 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,991
Posted By Alex Buchka
The AEM X-series is pretty legit, they did a...

The AEM X-series is pretty legit, they did a bunch of benchmarking on most of the systems out there and it's actually one of the fastest responding on the market. The new-ish Spartan ADV from...
Forum: projects & restorations 08-16-2019, 01:04 AM
Replies: 415
Views: 245,360
Posted By Alex Buchka
Thanks dudes! Pretty happy with the results so...

Thanks dudes! Pretty happy with the results so far. I'm confident the combination has considerably more power in it. Going to add some pressure sensors to the manifold and downpipe before the next...
Forum: projects & restorations 08-13-2019, 04:48 AM
Replies: 415
Views: 245,360
Posted By Alex Buchka
Pretty much exactly this. There is no efficiency...

Pretty much exactly this. There is no efficiency to be gained from bolting on an electro-hydraulic pump and running it full blast all the time. It will, all things being equal, always use more power...
Forum: performance & modifications 07-23-2019, 01:39 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,873
Posted By Alex Buchka
The only rear wheel drive appropriate offering...

The only rear wheel drive appropriate offering from the factory is the categorically-rear sump 960 pan. The oil pump inlet is at the front of the engine so making a front sump version should be...
Forum: projects & restorations 07-23-2019, 01:31 AM
Replies: 395
Views: 282,151
Posted By Alex Buchka
Been following along your videos for a while now....

Been following along your videos for a while now. Killer work and super inspirational!
Forum: projects & restorations 07-22-2019, 08:45 PM
Replies: 415
Views: 245,360
Posted By Alex Buchka
Thanks man! I'll get some more shots...

Thanks man!


I'll get some more shots tonight after work that show the location and bracket more clearly. The level of steering assist is definitely lower than having a belt driven pump but I'm...
Forum: events 07-10-2019, 12:46 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,041
Posted By Alex Buchka
Definitely in for this.

Definitely in for this.
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