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Forum: performance & modifications Yesterday, 08:13 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 961
Posted By JohnMc
It's just a matter of luck to find one in the...

It's just a matter of luck to find one in the junkyards. Redblock Volvo's usualy hit the PnP style junkyards these days, and of the 5 in the general area, only 2 have online inventory (Pick-n-Pull...
Forum: performance & modifications Yesterday, 04:47 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 961
Posted By JohnMc
Perfomance Automotive in Bethalto, Hood...

Perfomance Automotive in Bethalto, Hood Performance in west plains and Morley Performance.

Who does your machine work?[/QUOTE]
Phase II, in Sunset Hills (Stl South County).

I've had them...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance Yesterday, 03:00 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 177
Posted By JohnMc
I've got a cheeeeep load leveler, it works fine. ...

I've got a cheeeeep load leveler, it works fine. Just had to oil the threads, grease the slider, tack weld the nuts holding the handle, I think that's it. It's great though, makes it feel like...
Forum: performance & modifications 12-03-2020, 04:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 233
Posted By JohnMc
Derp, I didn't look at your question closely...

Derp, I didn't look at your question closely enough. If you're not pairing it with #4, then it really doesn't mater if you choose 2 or 3.

Proper pairing (an exhaust pulse every 360 degrees) would...
Forum: performance & modifications 12-03-2020, 02:56 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 233
Posted By JohnMc
It's even pulse pairing vs. two in a row and then...

It's even pulse pairing vs. two in a row and then a long pause.
Forum: performance & modifications 12-02-2020, 03:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 270
Posted By JohnMc
And it's not so much the oil temp during...

And it's not so much the oil temp during operation as it is some heat soak following shutdown. It's hooked to a very hot turbo, and without oil flowing through it to keep it cool, it can get hotter...
Forum: performance & modifications 12-02-2020, 01:22 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,215
Posted By JohnMc
I got needles from Rhys over 20 years ago for my...

I got needles from Rhys over 20 years ago for my B18 HS6's, when the motor was a bit less hopped up. Worked great.

Then I got a set of DCOE's and I haven't missed the SU's at all. :lol:
Forum: performance & modifications 12-02-2020, 01:17 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,627
Posted By JohnMc
I need to experiment with a smaller bore clutch...

I need to experiment with a smaller bore clutch master on my setup (it's all basically Camaro T56 parts, mounted on a CD009).

The clutch pedal is stiff, which isn't a huge deal, but the engagement...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 12-02-2020, 10:26 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 185
Posted By JohnMc
And don't make the mistake I, and probably many...

And don't make the mistake I, and probably many others have done, and try to test that exciter wire with a multimeter. It will probably show 12-ish volts, but with a failure somewhere in the circuit...
Forum: aftermarket engine management 12-02-2020, 10:21 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 418
Posted By JohnMc
That does make a lot of sense, thanks for the...

That does make a lot of sense, thanks for the correction.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 12-01-2020, 11:50 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 185
Posted By JohnMc
/\ /\ /\ Sounds exactly like a self-exciting...

/\ /\ /\

Sounds exactly like a self-exciting alternator. Does your charging light come on with the key on, engine not running?
Forum: performance & modifications 12-01-2020, 07:14 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 392
Posted By JohnMc
Or you get an iffy tank of '93 octane' gas and it...

Or you get an iffy tank of '93 octane' gas and it pings on them a bit under boost.
Forum: performance & modifications 12-01-2020, 02:51 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,215
Posted By JohnMc
Worse than brass on brass, it's brass on cast alu...

Worse than brass on brass, it's brass on cast alu on the HS carbs. This may have worked better with leaded gas (purely a guess? But maybe some evaporated fuel ended up in that area and helped?). ...
Forum: performance & modifications 12-01-2020, 12:35 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 961
Posted By JohnMc
I am also in St. Louis. What machine shop are...

I am also in St. Louis. What machine shop are you talking about? Just curious. I've had good experiences with the guys at Phase II machine shop, but generally just have them doing some bits, and...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 11-29-2020, 06:45 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 420
Posted By JohnMc
Exciter wire goes to the warning light. Red wire...

Exciter wire goes to the warning light. Red wire goes to bat positive terminal.

The ignition switch needs to cut the power to the coil, the alternator shouldn't have a choice in the matter, if it...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 11-26-2020, 11:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 420
Posted By JohnMc
I put a 3 wire GM alternator on my '63 PV, using...

I put a 3 wire GM alternator on my '63 PV, using a SWEM bracket.

1 wire to charge the battery
1 wire for the warning light
1 wire for the voltage reference - often just looped straight over to...
Forum: aftermarket engine management 11-25-2020, 11:14 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 418
Posted By JohnMc
What I was going to say. The wideband doesn't...

What I was going to say. The wideband doesn't know what fuel you're using. It just knows stochiometric, rich, lean. Tune to 14.7 still.
Forum: performance & modifications 11-25-2020, 04:32 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 616
Posted By JohnMc
Measure piston height at TDC very carefully, then...

Measure piston height at TDC very carefully, then use an MLS head gasket to get a very precise distance for best squish. Something like .032 - .036". Getting a good tight squish will make it less...
Forum: performance & modifications 11-24-2020, 10:41 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 616
Posted By JohnMc
You could also measure the chamber volume and...

You could also measure the chamber volume and then use a CR calculator.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 11-20-2020, 01:22 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,407
Posted By JohnMc
I had a T5 on the 16V motor. I'm not sure if I...

I had a T5 on the 16V motor. I'm not sure if I ever installed that with a complete 16V motor with the T5 bolted on. The 16V motor has a lot less room to tilt (at least in a 240). And the T5 was so...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 11-20-2020, 12:58 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,407
Posted By JohnMc
The motor generally only tilts back a little...

The motor generally only tilts back a little before the head hits the firewall, but in our case, with no head on it, might work.

With the head off you're just a few more bolts away from pulling...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 11-20-2020, 12:11 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,407
Posted By JohnMc
If you don't have an engine hoist and an engine...

If you don't have an engine hoist and an engine stand, then doing it in the car might be easier.

I've pulled pans a couple of times, always seemed like a PITA. On a 140 I had to drop the front...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 11-19-2020, 07:53 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,407
Posted By JohnMc
Probably not a good idea. Better to swap it,...

Probably not a good idea. Better to swap it, rather than risk having it come apart later. You can replace pistons with the engine in the car, but generally speaking, it's going to be less work to...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 11-17-2020, 01:16 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 789
Posted By JohnMc
I'd just put it under the axle tube, close to but...

I'd just put it under the axle tube, close to but inside the rear control arms. Make sure there's nothing to inch there.

What I typically do is lift it with a floor jack under the rear axle and...
Forum: projects & restorations 11-16-2020, 01:49 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,416
Posted By JohnMc
I need to get a better MIG. I have a 20 year old...

I need to get a better MIG. I have a 20 year old Campbell Hausfeld MIG - sort of Harbor Freight before Harbor Freight was a thing. I've become increasingly aware how crappy it is. I'm not a great...
Forum: performance & modifications 11-16-2020, 10:53 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,956
Posted By JohnMc
That will surely void the factory warranty.

That will surely void the factory warranty.
Forum: performance & modifications 11-16-2020, 10:20 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,956
Posted By JohnMc
It's only a few days old at the end of 31 pages.

It's only a few days old at the end of 31 pages.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 11-14-2020, 12:48 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 873
Posted By JohnMc
I'm guessing a little bit, but I think #2: -...

I'm guessing a little bit, but I think #2:
- single green wire - runs the A/C compressor
- the 2-wire plug - not sure what it's supposed to do, but it's sitting there empty normally. Some sort of...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 11-14-2020, 12:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 873
Posted By JohnMc
#1 plugs into #5. It's not really a sensor, it's...

#1 plugs into #5. It's not really a sensor, it's just a heated fitting on the end of the crankcase breather hose. Crankcase fumes contain water (part of it is leaked combustion gasses - CO2 and...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 11-12-2020, 12:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 639
Posted By JohnMc
If it's not the anaerobic type stuff (Volvo pink...

If it's not the anaerobic type stuff (Volvo pink goop, Loctite 510) the risk is if you over-apply - it can squeeze into the oil passages, harden, and block flow to the lifters.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 11-12-2020, 11:01 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 639
Posted By JohnMc
I used some cheaper stuff from IPD one time, and...

I used some cheaper stuff from IPD one time, and got leaks. Same exact parts, same exact surface prep. Used the Volvo pink stuff before and after that one experiment, bone dry (and i had my 16V...
Forum: performance & modifications 11-11-2020, 12:03 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,380
Posted By JohnMc
Swapping from an automatic is more of a...

Swapping from an automatic is more of a modification than performance, but it's certainly not 'maintenance'.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 11-10-2020, 10:07 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,298
Posted By JohnMc
I'm no expert, not even a little, but I've always...

I'm no expert, not even a little, but I've always heard that old, well used R12 hoses would likely hold R134 better - they're impregnated with oil. New, less used R12 hoses might leak it? Dunno.
...
Forum: projects & restorations 11-09-2020, 11:10 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,416
Posted By JohnMc
I wrapped the headers as well. The ceramic boots...

I wrapped the headers as well. The ceramic boots can certainly handle the heat. It's the wires that are the problem.

If I'd known it was going to be such a PITA I'd have worked on it before I...
Forum: projects & restorations 11-09-2020, 10:30 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,416
Posted By JohnMc
Those headers look pretty similar to what I'm...

Those headers look pretty similar to what I'm using (CXRacing Fox-body LS turbo headers) - and it's not easy making spark plugs survive long with those. They get *really* hot (hotter than cast), and...
Forum: performance & modifications 11-06-2020, 03:16 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,956
Posted By JohnMc
4.8 bar = 69 psi of boost. Yeeeeeehah!

4.8 bar = 69 psi of boost. Yeeeeeehah!
Forum: performance & modifications 11-05-2020, 04:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,077
Posted By JohnMc
My 93 already has GM A/C in it (AC/Delco parts),...

My 93 already has GM A/C in it (AC/Delco parts), but there's turbo stuff where the A/C compressor would be on a Corvette (what I have as front end accessories), so I'm just not worrying about it so...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 11-05-2020, 09:53 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,267
Posted By JohnMc
Get a free account on Imgur, upload them to...

Get a free account on Imgur, upload them to there, link them to here using IMG tags.
Forum: projects & restorations 10-30-2020, 08:44 AM
Replies: 671
Views: 269,857
Posted By JohnMc
Yeet or be yeeten.

Yeet or be yeeten.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 10-29-2020, 08:00 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,797
Posted By JohnMc
+1 on the two posts above. The motor just...

+1 on the two posts above.

The motor just won't run at all if you're a whole bolt off.

And verify that TDC isn't quite right as suggested - if the outer shell on the front pulley is moving...
Forum: projects & restorations 10-28-2020, 09:15 PM
Replies: 1,503
Views: 616,571
Posted By JohnMc
Dunno. I was lay as hell when doing that part of...

Dunno. I was lay as hell when doing that part of the LS swap, I just got a DIY Goldbox and a prebuilt harness. Not the cheapest thing in the world, but it was ridiculously easy to slap together. ...
Forum: projects & restorations 10-28-2020, 01:53 PM
Replies: 1,503
Views: 616,571
Posted By JohnMc
Speeeeeeaking of eejits, I drove it the other...

Speeeeeeaking of eejits, I drove it the other day. Somewhat cooler weather, and it was acting all glub glub rich, too much fuel! So of course I set about driving it around some, doing a bit of...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 10-27-2020, 02:32 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,619
Posted By JohnMc
/\ /\ /\ I misdiagnosed my 240's charging issues...

/\ /\ /\ I misdiagnosed my 240's charging issues for a while because of two things (I kept ignoring that the alt warning light didn't work - I didn't appreciate that it working was crucial to the...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 10-27-2020, 08:19 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,267
Posted By JohnMc
Pumping the pedal doesn't do anything on an SU...

Pumping the pedal doesn't do anything on an SU carb - there's no accel pump in it.

The choke mechanism bumps up the idle speed slightly - in addition to lowering the jet to enrichen the mixture it...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 10-26-2020, 03:21 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,619
Posted By JohnMc
If the batt warning light doesn't come on with...

If the batt warning light doesn't come on with the key on, engine off, it indicates a problem with the exciter circuit.

Slightly ironic that the warning bulb burning out can cause the alternator...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 10-26-2020, 03:00 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,619
Posted By JohnMc
Yeah, it's sounding less like a catastrophic...

Yeah, it's sounding less like a catastrophic failure of the motor due to lack of oil. More like the last gasps of the car due to falling voltage.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 10-26-2020, 10:22 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,619
Posted By JohnMc
How many seconds elapsed between the oil light...

How many seconds elapsed between the oil light coming on and the engine stopping?
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 10-25-2020, 08:46 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,504
Posted By JohnMc
Did you get a load leveler? 20 or 30 bucks more,...

Did you get a load leveler? 20 or 30 bucks more, but it makes it soooooo much easier. Almost like cheating.
Forum: performance & modifications 10-25-2020, 07:06 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 879
Posted By JohnMc
2" should be fine. 2.25 is you plan on doing...

2" should be fine. 2.25 is you plan on doing more stuff in the future.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 10-21-2020, 10:08 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,504
Posted By JohnMc
This is about like the one I got many years ago: ...

This is about like the one I got many years ago: https://www.ebay.com/itm/2-TON-FOLDING-CHERRY-PICKER-HD-1-TON-ENGINE-HOIST-CRANE/192996757950?hash=item2cef80d1be:g:PiQAAOSw8n5dLlet

Hoists twice...
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