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Playfortoday
04-29-2006, 08:06 AM
I wrote this up and it went poof before I posted it. It was written to be entertaining, and it is all gone:( so this post contains only the quick and dirty. Version 2 (still long).

To make a long shory short, I had a long list of problems pile up on my ST185. Alltracman78 helped me plow through a lot of it, but we ran out of time, so I had a bit more left to do. Part of the reason why my list grew was fear of the 3sgte. I got over that with Jer after his visit:) We got dirty and killed off mot of my list. Another reason is that every spare penny I had went to bills to keep my shop alive. I t is now gone, and I have play money. Finally, I had very few tools at home. Most of my shop tools were my brother's or my installers.;) Well, Jeremy inspired me to finish my car and taught me that the 3sgte is a puss. I have done a lot of wrenching on my car, but only as far as the BGB can take me, and also my serious tool limitation.

1. Well, I took care of that tonight. I got LOTS of stuff in addition this this beast of a set :) Black anodized set with lazer etched legible sizes in silver:
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2. Years ago I bought Kelsport trim pieces in hopes that I can improve them and repro them into something I could sell to the community. Well R&D time and money were not there because of the business. So they just sat. Tonight, I threw on the Kelsport ABS Bling Cover. Wear shades. :cool:
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3. Dummy McHack, my mechanic that did my shortblock, broke more than he fixed, and it took him 6 months to do it too. One of the things he broke was the reverse light plug and switch in the tranny. Not anymore!
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4. I had to show off my J and S in its ghetto gaugepod. Electrical tape help it long enough for Jeremy and I to partially tune it when he was here. There it remains until my picky ass finds a poc I like. I have been tossing around the idea of having a steering column pod molded in.
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5. The antenna never grew to full mast since after my ST185's first IL winter. Not anymore!! (Turn your head)
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6. Obligatory night shot of the Eclipse Head Unit and EBC. Not new, but looked nice when I turned the key to turn on the reverse lights.
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7. And finally… Jeremy shamed me at the poor wiring job I had going on. It is not that I didn’t care, it was just that every project was done months apart, and I was not in the mood to rerun every old project wire and hose every time I added a new toy. Tonight, I cleaned it up a bit and built a small aluminum bracket to mount the fuse box that has been laying there for almost two years. Look a little cleaner, but I know Jer, would still spit on it:
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To tired to check for the typos. Sleepy time.

surfergravity
04-29-2006, 08:42 AM
OMG. Play actually does have a car. jk man.
Great story. You got a lot done.
Looks fantastic.

Playfortoday
04-29-2006, 05:06 PM
:) Yes I do have a car. She is just waking up from a two year slumber. Too many things going that took priority. After 12K in upgrades, parts, and repairs, there was no way I could see putting money into her for a while. I didn't want to do anything to break it again, because I defintely did not have the money to fix it. Anything would have put her out of commission, and as a daily driver, that was not an option.

Things have gotten much better financially, so that is not a recurring nightmare anymore. I think I have learned tons more about FI tuning. Before, I knew what and how to add things to get faster, but I learned about the many layers underneath that allow us to do what we do smartly.

I mean what is the first thing people do when first getting into the 3sgte? Throw a boost controller on it and go. That usually starts a cascade of things to start breaking, and they run out of money, and the car is sold again. The 3sgte is a beast when done right. When done only partly right, it begs to break.

Having friends to walk me through stuff, I no longer fear the packed engine bay, and I am confident that I can handle everything shy of dropping the motor myself now(and even that could be done if I had the room). Look for more thing to come. Next is a fuel pump and FPR. After that, I am finally going to have to pick a turbo, larger injectors, and a someway to tune it, whether black box or standalone.

For now, I just got this:
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I can finally build my intermediate harness and toss in the GRP-A ECU and larger AFM. That is the ONLY thing still on my list that was some huge and incomplete only a month ago.

Non-tuning wise, I would love to get some nice wheels and some paint; but going fatser is more fun.;) I have never been a blinger. No show all go is my motto.

Correction, I have not been a blinger since 1999. My 93 GT was hugely pimped and slow. Although I was the first to find out that port and polishing a naturally aspirated 5sfe is not worth it. :hehe:

andy
05-01-2006, 05:49 AM
lookin good mang! I like your turbo ride. Are there two catch cans there?