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Forum: maintenance & nonperformance Today, 11:51 AM
Replies: 6
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Posted By JohnMc
Does the trans cable on the throttle need to be...

Does the trans cable on the throttle need to be adjusted? If it doesn't downshift as soon as it should, it can make the car feel slow as molasses. The cable hopped off the spool on my daughter's...
Forum: performance & modifications Yesterday, 02:28 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 521
Posted By JohnMc
Buy once, cry once as they say. Lol. It's...

Buy once, cry once as they say. Lol.

It's certainly true that with certain rock solid goals, there are cheaper ways to accomplish the task. 8V with a big turbo. 16V with a turbo. V8 with no...
Forum: performance & modifications 02-23-2021, 09:41 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 521
Posted By JohnMc
Stock, untouched crossmember, room for a turbo...

Stock, untouched crossmember, room for a turbo (big single up front on the passenger side), 6 spd manual (CD009) that's pretty cheap and easy to find, no electronics on the trans on mine.

Granted,...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 02-23-2021, 11:09 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 475
Posted By JohnMc
Be careful with that sensor if you do this - the...

Be careful with that sensor if you do this - the aluminum bracket that holds it is fairly fragile, and sometimes the CPS is stuck in there pretty good. If the bracket breaks, you have to pull the...
Forum: performance & modifications 02-22-2021, 11:14 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 521
Posted By JohnMc
Time has moved on from the 5.0. Find a $500 iron...

Time has moved on from the 5.0. Find a $500 iron block junkyard LS motor.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 02-22-2021, 11:02 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 561
Posted By JohnMc
A PV is a different sort of thing, for sure. But...

A PV is a different sort of thing, for sure. But I had an alternator fail at mountain meet the year I took it. Something went wrong and the voltmeter was pegged around 19 volts as I started off on...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 02-22-2021, 09:07 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 475
Posted By JohnMc
The computer really won't know that the flywheel...

The computer really won't know that the flywheel is out of time, it will just be firing the injectors (not really timed) and ignition when the flywheel is in the correct position. So if it's not...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 02-22-2021, 09:03 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 552
Posted By JohnMc
Could be possible if there was some liquid...

Could be possible if there was some liquid hanging out in that cylinder, partially filling the chamber.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 02-21-2021, 03:40 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,574
Posted By JohnMc
I think the VW lifters are a bit lighter, in...

I think the VW lifters are a bit lighter, in addition to being cheaper.

With them being hydraulic and not shimmed for clearance, not as big of a reason to keep them paired with their cam lobe -0...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 02-18-2021, 09:33 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,574
Posted By JohnMc
Spotlessly clean - nothing tat you can even feel....

Spotlessly clean - nothing tat you can even feel. And then get the aluminum dry of oil - I use rubbing alcohol.

Then I use a little foam roller for trim painting, and just put a nice even thin...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 02-17-2021, 11:02 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 976
Posted By JohnMc
Possibly a plugged muffler (if you have one)? ...

Possibly a plugged muffler (if you have one)? I've had exhaust issues on two cars (145E had a muffler collapse internally and block 95% of the flow, and a cracked coil pack melted the cat on my old...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 02-13-2021, 10:57 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 412
Posted By JohnMc
Post up a picture of the engine.

Post up a picture of the engine.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 02-09-2021, 08:21 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,323
Posted By JohnMc
And a quiet OHV engine isn't a good thing. That...

And a quiet OHV engine isn't a good thing. That means tight valves, and tight valves might end up being burned valves.
Forum: website & board 02-04-2021, 09:27 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 645
Posted By JohnMc
Now for step 2: ***BAN***

Now for step 2: ***BAN***
Forum: website & board 02-03-2021, 11:17 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 645
Posted By JohnMc
Do check your email (and spam folder) for a...

Do check your email (and spam folder) for a confirmation email. Not sure if it somehow just required a confirmation or what. But who knows.
Forum: website & board 02-03-2021, 11:07 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 645
Posted By JohnMc
Yeah, I wasn't trying to say he was deluded, just...

Yeah, I wasn't trying to say he was deluded, just that it was odd that the account wasn't showing up.

Searching for the name finds threads it has been quoted, which leads you to here: ...
Forum: website & board 02-03-2021, 05:14 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 645
Posted By JohnMc
Yep, 4 other 'iwanna' accounts, not 'iwannadrive'.

Yep, 4 other 'iwanna' accounts, not 'iwannadrive'.
Forum: website & board 02-03-2021, 09:04 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 645
Posted By JohnMc
All I can say is that I don't see that UID in the...

All I can say is that I don't see that UID in the member list. Or see it in the banned list.
Forum: performance & modifications 02-02-2021, 10:32 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,529
Posted By JohnMc
The R-Sport head I found on eBay waaay...

The R-Sport head I found on eBay waaay backinttheday was shaved *way* down as well. To the point it's into that curved edge on the shelf over the pushrod galley. I took out metal in the chambers...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 02-02-2021, 07:02 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,549
Posted By JohnMc
/\ /\ /\ Saved me some typing.

/\ /\ /\ Saved me some typing.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 02-01-2021, 03:11 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,010
Posted By JohnMc
Try stopping, shifting into 1/2/3/4, then into...

Try stopping, shifting into 1/2/3/4, then into neutral, then into reverse. Shifting it into one of those gears will ensure everything is stopped, if it starts spinning again by the time you try...
Forum: performance & modifications 02-01-2021, 10:10 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,817
Posted By JohnMc
The eBay seller I bought the fake Denso's from...

The eBay seller I bought the fake Denso's from had a high 90's feedback as well. I figure that half is astroturfed, half is clueless people who got a part and saw no issues, and the rest they just...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 01-31-2021, 10:09 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,010
Posted By JohnMc
How about shifting into reverse? If that doesn't...

How about shifting into reverse? If that doesn't grind a bunch, then it's probably not a dragging clutch.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 01-31-2021, 07:56 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 923
Posted By JohnMc
I know it's not a good practice to mix and match...

I know it's not a good practice to mix and match pinions and ring gears, but really, in the factory they have a bin for of pinion gears, and someone installs those on the axle. Then someone pulls a...
Forum: performance & modifications 01-31-2021, 11:35 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,817
Posted By JohnMc
I tired a set of 'Genuine OEM really not kidding'...

I tired a set of 'Genuine OEM really not kidding' (OK, they didn't have that last part) Denso injectors on my 4Runner when one of the originals got flaky when warm. Even up close, they looked...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 01-28-2021, 10:39 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 568
Posted By JohnMc
Not particularly. With modifications you could...

Not particularly. With modifications you could do it, but if you're welding on things, you could make about anything fit. I stuck a 140 axle in my early 120 once.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 01-28-2021, 10:18 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 568
Posted By JohnMc
Aren't the springs in different spots? Behind...

Aren't the springs in different spots? Behind the axle on the wagon, on the axle on the coupe/sedan. So the wagon could have a flatter floor.

No clue about the body mounts for the control arms. ...
Forum: performance & modifications 01-28-2021, 09:04 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,529
Posted By JohnMc
Heh, I used a hand held router and some carbide...

Heh, I used a hand held router and some carbide bits. You'd spend a year doing it with a Dremel. The router actually worked pretty well for that specific duty. Nice and steady, and the head carved...
Forum: performance & modifications 01-28-2021, 08:47 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,529
Posted By JohnMc
Since you're running larger bores, another thing...

Since you're running larger bores, another thing you can do to improve flow is to widen the sides of the chambers to match the new bore. Lay a BB headgasket on, mark it up, carve it out. Of course,...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 01-28-2021, 07:34 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,323
Posted By JohnMc
I guess if the base circle isn't even all the way...

I guess if the base circle isn't even all the way around when not on the lobe, then some fine degree of adjustment isn't going to help that.
Forum: performance & modifications 01-28-2021, 06:53 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,952
Posted By JohnMc
Just toss an LS in the 240, then you can share...

Just toss an LS in the 240, then you can share spares and parts between the IROC and the IRoll (heh, pun on Volvo's Latin meaning).
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 01-28-2021, 06:00 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,323
Posted By JohnMc
Yeah, but if you do them in order, you end up...

Yeah, but if you do them in order, you end up turning the motor around more than you need to. Just split it down the middle, whenever one valve is open, do its 'mirror opposite'.

Same pairing,...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 01-28-2021, 03:52 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,323
Posted By JohnMc
And fer crying out loud toss up a video so we can...

And fer crying out loud toss up a video so we can hear what it sounds like.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 01-28-2021, 03:52 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,323
Posted By JohnMc
Leaded gas is the valve seat (99% the exhaust)...

Leaded gas is the valve seat (99% the exhaust) recession issue.

Zinc (ZDDP) in the oil is the cam lobe/lifter issue.
Forum: performance & modifications 01-28-2021, 03:40 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,529
Posted By JohnMc
Yeah, but a draw through involves a much heavier...

Yeah, but a draw through involves a much heavier redo of the intake system. Otherwise, just blow air on the plenum if you have one. And rejet. And... probably don't use the chokes if you have them...
Forum: performance & modifications 01-28-2021, 03:08 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,952
Posted By JohnMc
A lot of those Ecoboost motors seem to have...

A lot of those Ecoboost motors seem to have better EPA estimates than real world consumption figures. I think they may have 'gamed' the EPA tests a bit? Maybe if you drive them really carefully...
Forum: performance & modifications 01-28-2021, 02:51 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,529
Posted By JohnMc
DCOE's work fairly well in light pressure turbo...

DCOE's work fairly well in light pressure turbo situations. The bowl vents are on the front face of the carb - so if there's a plenum, just pressurize that. Might need reinforced bowl lids if you...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 01-28-2021, 12:29 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,323
Posted By JohnMc
I guess you can't to the 'rule of opposites' on a...

I guess you can't to the 'rule of opposites' on a B30, that sure lets you rotate a B20 around a lot less while adjusting valves.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 01-28-2021, 11:49 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,323
Posted By JohnMc
:lol: When the cam gear disintegrated on my PV's...

:lol: When the cam gear disintegrated on my PV's B18, the motor was still running (somehow) and making a HORRIBLE noise. Like a semi truck diesel idling. I didn't know anything better, I thought...
Forum: performance & modifications 01-27-2021, 06:30 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,529
Posted By JohnMc
From what I've heard, the E/early F/late F heads...

From what I've heard, the E/early F/late F heads all flow pretty much the same through the ports, but the late F head can be ported more where it needs to be - there's some thicker metal in the port...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 01-27-2021, 05:56 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,323
Posted By JohnMc
The one time my B20 had an actual bad problem...

The one time my B20 had an actual bad problem (spun rod bearing) it was actually pretty quite most of the time. But got the loudest when revved up- as you closed the throttle (on the 'overrun') - it...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 01-27-2021, 05:37 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,323
Posted By JohnMc
I'd figure out the tapping before looking for...

I'd figure out the tapping before looking for donor engines. Also, donor motors for a B30 aren't going to be easy to find.

When does it tap? Cold vs. warm. Idling vs. revved up. Speeding up...
Forum: performance & modifications 01-27-2021, 02:58 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,952
Posted By JohnMc
From my somewhat limited research (I did before...

From my somewhat limited research (I did before buying a manual '03 Jetta TDi wagon) the older, 'low tech' diesels are the ones with the reputation for lasting forever. Up through the ALH motor...
Forum: performance & modifications 01-27-2021, 02:09 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,529
Posted By JohnMc
Nice link! /\ /\ /\ And a good graph in...

Nice link! /\ /\ /\

And a good graph in there showing where 99% of the money spent porting a B20 head/installing larger valves should go. On the exhaust side.

I have half a hunch that Volvo...
Forum: performance & modifications 01-27-2021, 11:10 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,529
Posted By JohnMc
And the F heads need work in the exhaust area. ...

And the F heads need work in the exhaust area. If you take the exhaust valve out and look at the port, it has a bit of a constriction past the valve seat. Seems to be intentional, not sure what the...
Forum: performance & modifications 01-27-2021, 11:01 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,952
Posted By JohnMc
It just seems like a lot of work (putting any...

It just seems like a lot of work (putting any engine in a car where it doesn't 'belong' is a lot of work, esp if it isn't partly paved by other people first) just to get a 148 hp engine in a 240. Or...
Forum: performance & modifications 01-26-2021, 10:43 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,529
Posted By JohnMc
Don't zero in on a HG thickness until you have...

Don't zero in on a HG thickness until you have the head off and actually measure.

If they're too far down in the deck then a thinner HG won't really help much. Squish/quench only works when that...
Forum: performance & modifications 01-26-2021, 07:45 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,529
Posted By JohnMc
Zero-decking the block isn't really necessary -...

Zero-decking the block isn't really necessary - as long as you accurately measure the piston height at TDC, either in or out of the block, and get a HG of the appropriate thickness to put it at...
Forum: performance & modifications 01-26-2021, 02:49 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,302
Posted By JohnMc
The amount of air a big ass fan blows at the...

The amount of air a big ass fan blows at the front of the car is probably not the same as the amount of air hitting it at various speeds.

And the load of the dyno isn't the same as the load of the...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 01-26-2021, 12:04 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 693
Posted By JohnMc
Totally random, probably not it, but try cracking...

Totally random, probably not it, but try cracking open the gas cap and see if that does anything. It's possible the tank ventilation system isn't working, and when it pulls a bit of fuel out of the...
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