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Old 07-25-2015, 05:05 PM   #51
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So one Buchka for removal, the other for installation?
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Old 07-25-2015, 10:18 PM   #52
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So one Buchka for removal, the other for installation?
That's a pretty good system
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Old 07-27-2015, 04:51 PM   #53
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Did you guys make brackets for these seats? Are they C30 seats?
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Old 07-27-2015, 05:01 PM   #54
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Yeah, they're manual cloth c30 seats. The brackets are a derivative of the brackets Doug designed for his car.
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Old 07-27-2015, 05:02 PM   #55
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So one Buchka for removal, the other for installation?
I wish I had a buncha Buchkas to throw at my car projects.
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Old 07-27-2015, 07:34 PM   #56
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Put in a couple of solid days over the weekend and made a lot of good progress.

On Saturday we got the drive-shaft situation worked out. Using a stock Toyota yoke and an adapter u-joint mated to an M47 drive shaft, everything just bolted up. We pressed a new bearing on for the center support and started replacing the old u-joints. Might shift the center support bearing forward about 10mm to gain some slip yoke clearance as well. After that we yanked the engine out and cleaned up some accumulated mess.

Alex spent most of Sunday cleaning up the engine bay. It looks much better now. The battery area still needs more love, but right now it's about as clean as either of us feel like making it.





We went to the junkyard on Sunday morning and cut a rot-free front chassis harness out of a newer 240. I've started working on splicing that in to replace the old and busted wiring. Also got a replacement wiper motor, a round overflow bottle, and some 960 throttle cable bits. Combining a B21A throttle cable (for the correct length) with the plastic block and retainer clip from a 960 throttle cable makes everything mate up properly.

After that it was time to give the transmission some more love. This W58 has been death by a thousand cuts. Lots and lots of little piddly **** and nothing fits or works as-is. The shifter location was about 50mm too far forward, so we hacked up the rear housing and internal pivot bar to extend it. Also plugged the old mechanical speedo hole and made a 14mm banjo to -6AN adapter for the power steering.

Here's the only photo I have of that work (so far). In-situ linkage bar extendification action:



More pics to come as we finish it up.
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Old 07-27-2015, 08:04 PM   #57
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I'll be coming down in a couple weeks. Too bad it wasn't sooner because you guys are so close to fresh paint, I'd just bring my paint gun with me.
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Old 07-27-2015, 08:10 PM   #58
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That's an interesting offer. The boss man (Alex) will have to chime in with his opinion. He has final call on any work that drives schedule changes.
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Old 07-27-2015, 08:28 PM   #59
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That's an interesting offer. The boss man (Alex) will have to chime in with his opinion. He has final call on any work that drives schedule changes.
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Old 07-27-2015, 08:36 PM   #60
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That's an interesting offer. The boss man (Alex) will have to chime in with his opinion. He has final call on any work that drives schedule changes.
I know you had a schedule for when you wanted it done. I'd hate to be the reason it was held up.
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Old 07-28-2015, 12:08 AM   #61
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I better get your project finished up.
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Old 07-28-2015, 03:06 AM   #62
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Danger is a brewin'
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Old 07-29-2015, 07:49 PM   #63
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I snuck a sneaky peek at the cleaned up engine bay today. Looking good guys. With fresh paint it will be spectacular.

Also: what kind of POS "friend" would sell you such a rustbucket of a 242? I mean, there's some oxidation around the battery tray. You'll either need to do a frame-off restoration or save everyone the grief and just scrap the shell.
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Old 07-29-2015, 07:51 PM   #64
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This is where I'll throw one of the Buchka quotes back at them.

"Stupid enough to start, stubborn enough to finish!"
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Old 08-05-2015, 05:40 PM   #65
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Short update. Here's a picture of the mocked up driveshaft, it's all rebuilt now with new u-joints and OEM center support bits:



Collected up a pile of parts that are getting dropped off at a plating shop tomorrow, going for clear zinc on everything:



Karl put some Deutsch DTM connectors on both the OE and CBR coolant temp sensors, featuring molded shrink boot action:



Also prepping for wheels V2. Picked up some wheel center forgings from a local forging shop. Pretty excited to make some chips:

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Old 08-05-2015, 07:30 PM   #66
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How interesting
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Old 08-05-2015, 08:19 PM   #67
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My guess on the centers:





I'm surprised there's such a thing as a forging shop in North America, let alone having a local one. Is the price enough to make mere mortals shy away? Not that it really matters, I'm not gonna be turning any wheels on my Southbend 9a...

Seriously excellent work, as I've come to expect.

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Old 08-06-2015, 11:11 AM   #69
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Dibs on the 2 piece Gems.
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Old 08-06-2015, 11:21 AM   #70
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Old 08-06-2015, 11:30 AM   #71
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How much does plating a box of parts like that run? I hate painting **** like that. Looks like cap after a few months usually.
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Old 08-06-2015, 05:51 PM   #72
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How much does plating a box of parts like that run? I hate painting **** like that. Looks like cap after a few months usually.
Depends on the shop you use for plating. A real high end shop will wire and dip each piece and that gets really expensive really fast because of labor.
Most places will also have a bulk or "bucket" rate and that is usually fine for most builds. They usually have minimums or $50-100. That stuff above would be under the minimum. I've done 2 engine bays worth of nuts/bolts/brackets for under $100 when they are all cleaned with a wire wheel and ready to go.
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Old 08-06-2015, 06:01 PM   #73
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I managed to sneak all the underhood parts from my 242 into Alex's plating order, along with all the zinc parts from my '65 Honda motorcycle. He didn't have any issue hitting the minimum quantity :-p
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Old 08-18-2015, 02:04 AM   #74
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Got the new thermostat housing bolted on with a new gasket.



Got my bits back from the plating shop. They did a kick-ass job, really happy with the results.



VDO Vision backlit fuel level gauge. I am installing an instrument cluster from a CBR-1000RR and it only has a fuel light so I had to add this for my own sanity.



Engine bay got some attention.









I was about to hit the bad spots in the engine bay with a spray can when Pat showed up and set me straight. He did an absolutely amazing job on the engine bay and hood. I can't thank him enough for lending his expertise to a paint and body-neanderthal like me.



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Old 08-18-2015, 02:17 AM   #75
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I had a fun time. Thanks for taking a pic of me when I'd been up for 24hrs.
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