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Project "It's about time"
I'm so lazy about project threads, this is the first one i've made. I'm going to fill in details later. This is starting quick and just including what i've done today. I'll fill in back story and other info later.

The car:
1990 745Ti
601 Red, maaco'd, peeling, ugly. This will be fixed.
Black leather interior, no headliner. UNCRACKED 90- dash!
285k mi, original short-block, slaps like a pimp.
Stage 0'd, NO leaks (except for the driver's window)
15G/10psi/MBC
G80 rear from 1993 945Ti, Bilsteins in front, IPD overloads/Gabriel Ultras in the rear
Cherry Turbos strut braces, IPD front 25mm sway, stock 744Ti rear sway bar
AW71 for now
Stock otherwise.

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This is just maintenance stuff for now, but the plan as of now is a full, fresh 601 red
repaint, including a SE body kit. This will of course mean a lot of body work and paint prep. Help?!!

10/22/2010
Today, I removed the deer-damaged front left fender and in the process, had to fight with the windshield cowling. Turns out that the windshield installers had used too much black silicone sealant and it had grabbed onto the cowling weatherstripping plastic REALLY well. I had to cut the silicone with a razor while stretching the cowling away, not an easy task while trying to avoid slicing the weather stripping itself and your thumb! But, I was met with success and it came off cleanly from there. Put a minor dent in the hole around the windshield wiper arm hole, using it to pull away from the firewall while I cut the silicone, but was able to press it out with my thumb once the panel was off.

The old fender came off cleanly after that. I started fitting up the replacement (different color for now, I just want a driver's door i can open without metal on metal badness), then the rain came.

Sunday: Here's how it's sitting as of tonight:

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Finally hitting submit, monday morning at 12:20am. Whee!

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10-25-2010 03:26 AM
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RE: Project "It's about time"
wow, had no idea you pre-tenderized the venison. good on you for fixing it right quick!
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Yay! Can't wait to see this thing be a track beast soon.

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RE: Project "It's about time"
Me too. "Soon" may be relative, I haven't decided if i'm going to go for the body work or the suspension first. It all depends on when the 945Ti gets back on the road (945 will be the DD/comfyride). Once it's out there, the 745 gets stripped and painted. Hopefully.
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Red wagons ftw.

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RE: Project "It's about time"
Agreed.

P.S. I hate you for getting the red wagon that I originally wanted when I got the '90.

Ok, i'm not really that mad, this car has done me proud. Smile
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RE: Project "It's about time"
Just a little update, cuz I should.

Shortly before WM2.0 I installed my Ostrich bin emulator and got on with futzing around with LH2.4. Great fun! Still need a wideband to do anything more meaningful than messing with the idle and watching the fuel map, but it stands as awesome regardless. (Some would say 'why bother, just ms?' and they'd be right. Except this is more of a 'because I can' than a 'because it's best' kind of thing. Smile )

Last weekend I power flushed the brakes using my new home-built pressure bleeder using a garden sprayer. Worked EXCELLENT, i've never had brakes go so easy. Anyone who does this, buy the ATE super blue fluid so you can easily see when the new/clean fluid comes through. Then upon your next bleeding, go back to the amber. Also tightened down the bolts on front-right caliper, solved the clunk clunk over bumps. Apparently when I did the brakes (in the rain), I somehow forgot to torque them down, despite the fact that i'm extremely careful to double-check all brake and suspension related bolts. Oh well, at least it wasn't the trailing arm bolt or something! Oh yeah, I also installed a new, non-leaking coolant reservoir.

Two weekends ago I pulled the entire cluster to install my Apexi turbo timer, who's main purpose is actually to be a low profile AFR gauge. While I had it out, i lubricated most of the gears/gauges in the panel as some were sticking or showing signs of sticking. I also installed blue LEDs from ultrabrightleds.com, which resulted in an awesome looking cockpit at night. I highly recommend this to everyone!

Still need to install my wideband sensor & computer (LS1), drain the 1041 and replace the fluid as well as replace the axle bearings and all the rear suspension bushings. Then it's time for some paint work and coil-overs, followed by track time. Big Grin

296,367 miles! I will DD her until 300k when she will become a weekend/good weather road/track car.
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Just a quick pic in response to Coupe's new cockpit hotness, here she is in resplendent blue. Not the best photo, didn't take the time to stabilize the camera. Also, the fog lights, defrost, etc are blocked by the wheel but are blue as well.

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RE: Project "It's about time"
Got Gary's help installing my new poly bushings on saturday, took from 9:30am to about 4:30pm. He pressed the bushings while I pulled and replaced parts. We replaced ALL of the bushings except the sway bar end link bushings. I'm sore as hell, but wow was it worth it. Yeah, i can feel/hear the road feedback a little more, but it's not jarring or uncomfortable, just nicely responsive. Looks like i'll need a realignment though, the car pulls slightly right.

Anyways, 296700 miles and all new bushings. cheers
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RE: Project "It's about time"
(05-09-2011 03:45 PM)Orie Wrote:  Got Gary's help installing my new poly bushings...

Anyways, 296700 miles and all new bushings. cheers
Awesome. I think Gary has earned the title of "Bushing guru".
I'm interested to see the results you achieve with your Ostrich!
Also, no mention of a manual swap. Whazzupwitdat?Tongue

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RE: Project "It's about time"
Haven't heard mention of the manual swap since we were installing bushings...

Speaking of, so far aside from my own stuff, I've done or helped with 2 745's, a 944, 2 240's, and your 142 Steve. Just found a new trick for the 7-series torque rod bushings that will also work on the 140 front trailing arm bushings as well, when you get there...use a ring compressor. We found this out on Elliott's car and it made life SOOOOOOO much easier!

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Noted, thanks for the tip!

I had to talk a lil crap about the manual swap, I supplied the m46 over a year ago. I shouldn't talk, esp. if you knew about some of the parts that have been my garage for longer than that.

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(05-11-2011 12:09 AM)Wagonfetish Wrote:  I had to talk a lil crap about the manual swap, I supplied the m46 over a year ago. I shouldn't talk, esp. if you knew about some of the parts that have been my garage for longer than that.

You have every right to do so, getting to that swap has taken a hell of a lot longer than I had hoped. Hell, getting to where I am on the 745 has taken a hell of a lot longer than I had ever hoped, thus the project thread name... Smile I do have everything i need though, including a new clutch and pp, so it really comes down to installing the pedal box and pulling the AW. Not hard, just time.

In all seriousness, manual swap should be done early to mid summer if I can keep being productive on the car work. Facepalm
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Well, she finally made it! Just rolled over 300k miles on the original untouched shortblock. As a reward for that, she will be getting new rear axle bearings, a manual swap, a SE kit and a new paint job. I'd like to see her roll over at least 500k in her life time, though she's going off DD duty very soon!

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When the car rolled over 300k, I was on the San Mateo bridge, stuck in horrible traffic caused by a truck-b-que going the other direction. It literally rolled over 300k as I passed the accidents, as the photo series here will show you:

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By 300,001 miles, I was going 70mph. Talk about awesome timing. In case any of you were going to hate on me taking pics while driving, i did it all blindly, just snapping a ton of pictures as fast as the camera would take them. Then I pruned out the best of them. One of the later pics shows me with my other hand on the wheel. Paying attention to traffic was of course my priority.

RIP seaNM9

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congratulations on your milestone! when i clicked 200 the lower portion read exactly 101 while on the 101 freeway; trip odometer indeed. are you going to try to nab a badge for it, i hope you don't get stuck with that lame decal.
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RE: Project "It's about time"
Well, got koni yellows on order, and i'll be coupling that with coilovers in front and ipd lowering springs in the back (already have) plus a adjustable panhard.

The goal is to have it ready for the pre-davis auto-x. Yes, one of my cars isn't going to be sky high anymore!

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Now you just need to get the trutrac or rebuild the G80 to get rid of the 1-tire-fire situation and you should be pretty quick!

Lemme know when the SA's arrive and if you wanna go this weekend or next. You have the adjustable panhard or is that on the 'to make' list? Took an hour an $10 for mine...

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Yeah, the diff will definitely need, uh, improvement. Smile The front SA's are 3 weeks out so i'm not sure how i'm going to deal with that.

I hadn't decided on the panhard yet, making it myself seems the wise course of action, financially speaking. How did you get it welded up?
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(03-12-2013 02:11 PM)Orie Wrote:  Yes, one of my cars isn't going to be sky high anymore!

Lies.

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Hahaha I was thinking of you when i said that scotty. Smile
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I happen to have a connection locally that has welded up the last 2 I've done, so he is well versed in the needs and I have a local source for the parts 5 minutes from his place, down by my parents place. Smile

Sucks on the SA's, but we can still do the coilovers and springs, then do the shocks/struts later. Or bring the SA's down to WM if they arrive and we can get it done there?

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Get DA's?

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(03-12-2013 04:35 PM)gsellstr Wrote:  I happen to have a connection locally that has welded up the last 2 I've done, so he is well versed in the needs and I have a local source for the parts 5 minutes from his place, down by my parents place. Smile

Sucks on the SA's, but we can still do the coilovers and springs, then do the shocks/struts later. Or bring the SA's down to WM if they arrive and we can get it done there?

Well, I still have billies on the front, so it probably wouldn't be such a big deal to wait on them if it comes to it.

(03-12-2013 04:42 PM)scottyd Wrote:  Get DA's?

DA's?
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RE: Project "It's about time"
Double adjustable. But I realized you're not getting short struts are you?

Not sure where you got yours from or how much you paid but you can try shox.com

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shox.com was the most expensive, even IPD beat them. (On koni yellows) Crazy but true.

What's the deal with short struts?
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