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Old 11-16-2016, 04:36 PM   #101
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Been quietly following along, man you're definitely dialing this in.

What are your plans after you get it back together?
Simply put, 1000AWHP and an 8 second pass.

My primary goal (requirement) is to keep it a street car in appearance and somewhat in drive-ability. (It doesn't need to do long haul trips in the middle of summer but the process of driving the car to a meet will only be allowed to involve finding the keys and opening the garage door.)

It will have a full NHRA certified cage. As much as it pains me to do this I have seen more then a few cases over the recent years (involving friends or people I have met) that have ended tragically due to either no cage or a sub-par cage based of their cars potential. If you had asked me this question 5 years ago I would have had a completely different answer but now that i'm a little older, married, and want a rug-rat sometime soon its just not worth being suborn (or ignorant) about.

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Simply put, 1000AWHP and an 8 second pass.

My primary goal (requirement) is to keep it a street car in appearance and somewhat in drive-ability. (It doesn't need to do long haul trips in the middle of summer but the process of driving the car to a meet will only be allowed to involve finding the keys and opening the garage door.)
That's one hell of a set of requirements (assuming we are talking about a 1/4 mile 8 second pass. Good luck to you Sir. It'll definitely look good, there's no doubting that!

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It will have a full NHRA certified cage. As much as it pains me to do this I have seen more then a few cases over the recent years (involving friends or people I have met) that have ended tragically due to either no cage or a sub-par cage based of their cars potential. If you had asked me this question 5 years ago I would have had a completely different answer but now that i'm a little older, married, and want a rug-rat sometime soon its just not worth being suborn (or ignorant) about.

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Too bad there is not a "like" button. I would use it abundantly for this post.
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It's nice to see more DSM's on the road!

Good luck with it!

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It's nice to see more DSM's on the road!

Good luck with it!

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Agreed. I dated a girl in high school/college who had a white GST and I loved driving that thing. They were ahead of their time IMO between offering the turbo 4s and the GSX having the AWD. Then America finally got the Evos and everyone thought we were in some brave new world!
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Thanks Al. It's still got a few years but it will be back on the road at some point. Right now I'm looking forward to landing gear installed and rolling around. It's a pain in the butt of clean the garage with this thing in the way. It's an even bigger pain in the butt to move it without wheels. Haha

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Thanks Al. It's still got a few years but it will be back on the road at some point. Right now I'm looking forward to landing gear installed and rolling around. It's a pain in the butt of clean the garage with this thing in the way. It's an even bigger pain in the butt to move it without wheels. Haha

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What is the actual plan for the car?
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1000awhp street car car that I will drag race.

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1000awhp street car car that I will drag race.

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Little of all. But stock appearing.

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wow very nice build
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This a Big Update.

More work done. Subframes both painted. Front subframe was installed.... Then 10 minutes later it came back out. I somehow forgot about some buggered up threads that I noticed 10 years ago. Not too bad to fix. Decided to stud it rather than try and repair the threads to keep the geometry right for the control arm. Took a little fabricating but turned out pretty good.







I did have to grind down the head of the bolt after welding it on for clearance on the chassis.



I got really tired of hunting for hardware in three 5 gallon buckets knowing that most of my DSM stuff is underneath about 50 lbs of random stuff. After looking for that stupid toe bolt for the rear toe arm one night I said screw it. A 6 pack of bud light, and 234232354 pieces of hardware on the work bench later we were golden. It took about 6 hours (okay, maybe a little more than a 6 pack) but I got all the metric hardware sorted and organized. What a life saver that is. Best investment of time ever.

This is about 1/4 of what I have. These guys are just out so I can have easy access to them right now.


Another thing I got tired of was cleaning up hardware so while waiting for something to dry I came up with this idea. $10 sander from Lowes, scrap metal frame and a folders coffee can. Sander in the frame, coffee can to sander, add some black walnut shells and plug it in! (far far away... that SOB is loud) Believe it or not it worked great. I just need to find a metal cookie tin instead of the plastic because the coffee can rattles holes in itself after about an hour or so of running.



Front subframe is back in, column hooked up, and has all the front suspension arms on it. I also got the steering column installed and the tie rods adjusted roughly with a tape measure for toe. Steers pretty nice on jack stands without a load on the rack (don't they all) after de-powering.





Garage started getting cold so it was time. The little tank mounted single burner heater wasn't cutting it so I got this little guy. 47-65 degrees in about 30 minutes then it kicks on for 5 minutes every once in a while to maintain. Gas company is coming to install a 100 gallon tank outside next week.

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Rear subframe is in (diff work will come later, still waiting on parts) and all suspension parts reinstalled. Talk about a jigsaw puzzle of hardware trying to figure out what went where.







I'm sure some of you know my pain already but I scratched my head for a few trying to remember what the deal was with the rear toe arms. Finally it clicked that I had forgotten about that spacer that came with the prothane bushings.



Rear Shocks are installed. This was where it got tricky, the suspension was so stiff from the new bushings, freshly installed hardware, and brand new coil overs that all the floor jack did when jacking up the spindle was raise the entire car up. I actually found an 8' 2x4, attached a 4' 2x6 to the end (more surface area because didn't want to put a hole in the sheet rock and have the wife kick my butt) and wedged it between the floor of the rear hatch area and the ceiling in the garage.



Last part of this phase was to go digging in the storage building for some wheels. After all the effort making everything look nice I didn't have the heart to just throw some steelies on her and call it a day. I dug out the old 18's and gave them some plasti-dip love for the time being. I had never used the stuff before but one of my buddies swore by it and gave me a can to try. I do have to admit that they actually came out pretty dang nice. I also gave the car a mild courtesy of running to Napa and getting some black lug nuts.



The next part here was probably the easiest part of the entire project so far. Lug nuts installed & jack stands out.

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In Summary:
Fall 2007


Spring 2009


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Winter 2012


Summer 2016


Sunday Evening:
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For the first time in over 7 years shes back on all 4's. This is probably going to be my favorite milestone aside from when I drive it out of the driveway for the first time. 9 years ago when I started this project (lots of breaks in the middle for that whole being a grown up thing) It just seemed like a never ending project because I kept going deeper and deeper down the worm hole to get it like I wanted... and then even bigger to get it back to a point where someone beside myself could tell what kind of car it is.

Next Phase: Electrical

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PS: Man its nice to be able to just open the garage and push this thing outside in about 10 seconds!
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Getting started on the wiring. I'm a visual person and needed the big board for building the main box. It's going to be a slow process doing it this way but the systems will be so simple that it will be easier and lighter than hacking a factory harness.

I also gutted the dash for mock up purposes. I forgot how much fun it was to pull a dash. (Not) I also needed the harness for the cluster to depin and attempt to use the factory instrument cluster.













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This a Big Update.

Another thing I got tired of was cleaning up hardware so while waiting for something to dry I came up with this idea. $10 sander from Lowes, scrap metal frame and a folders coffee can. Sander in the frame, coffee can to sander, add some black walnut shells and plug it in! (far far away... that SOB is loud) Believe it or not it worked great. I just need to find a metal cookie tin instead of the plastic because the coffee can rattles holes in itself after about an hour or so of running.




Great idea! Best auto-tumbler ever!!!

Congrats on the progress man! Looking great!
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Looking great!!!!!! Wiring... ugh... looks like you have it under control tho.. :thumbs up:
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Holidays put a hold on progress but I'm back at it now.


First of all Santa came with some more parts


I got the console mocked up for the switch panel. This works pretty good as long as the SRS unit and bracket are removed. There isn't enough clearance underneath for the underside of the switch panel. You have to cut the tabs off the SRS bracket for the screws that go in the sides of the console. Pretty simple job if anyone is thinking about it.




I got the cluster pinned out. Lots of trial and error but there are some good references out there from people that did the S2000 cluster swap. I also got the combo switch working with the faster unit and all the lights but didn't take a picture of that wiring nightmare for some reason



The Book. I already have it about 1/3 of the the way filled with pinout break downs and locations




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Dug out the pedal assemblies and some brakets to get cleabed up in the blasting cabinet and then painted.











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Had to put a seat in it. I got tired of laying on the floor.



Got the dash in. Its a whole lot easier without the windshield in the way. Haha




Speakers installed.





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Started on the doors. Got the actuators installed and working for the lock, handle, and window.








I should have installed this stupid thing months ago. I was getting tired of the door winging closed hitting me in the head.



More to come soon. Next up is finish the drivers door and start running wire.

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Apologies for the long delay in posting. Got tied up with some household projects that bound me up a bit.

Shes come a good ways since the last update. I spent the mind numbing time figuring out how to get the flashers, turn signals, and lights to all work properly with the factory switches while building a harness from scratch.

To start with I built my 2nd mock up of the power distribution box. A couple of improvements but nothing too wild. The main goal was to get it setup so that I could get proper measurements for running wires from the chassis harness. I couldn't find the relay board I wanted to use so I've had to settle for what you see. The main thing I was looking for was a socket of some sort that used ring terminals instead of spades. The thought is that its alot harder for a ring terminal with a screw to vibrate loose than a spade that just uses friction. Seeing my endless search came up with nothing, I've got some plans for some rubber mounting points that should help a little bit.


Here I am mocking up a mounting bracket to install this in the passengers foot well pretty much where the old HVAC box used to be. Its just a rough product for the time being so I can check function and get some more wiring measurements.




Then comes the lights. Over all it wasnt too difficult, but seeing I didn't have wire to match the factory colors I had to take extra care/time to be very detailed in my notes about what wire went to what and exactly what AWG it was. I reused a few factory connectors just because they were in good shape and small but for bigger things like the headlights and the tail lights I just put new ones in. Please ignore the gaudy looking butt connectors, there were a few in there temporarily for testing purposes.




I did go ahead and put the wire loom on the easy to reach parts. If anyone is interested I used the Painless kit. It was around $120ish and works great. If your doing long runs get the stupid little tool to help. Its worth a million bux and saves your finger tips. The only thing I would do is not use the rubber self vulcanizing tape and get a roll of the fabric style. You will see it later on in some of my pictures but I think the fabric looks alot cleaner and is easier to use.


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Then the dash work started. Ill skip the boring pictures of figuring out the switches and what not and just post up stuff that might be interesting. The 2 connectors on the hazard switch and the flasher unit are just for testing/troubleshooting. I remove those later for final installation.






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Gauges. Prosport Premium series. They match the factory lighting the best and are pretty neat with there recall and warning features. Also wiring (on a normal car, haha) is a breeze with the daisy chain feature. These gauges also are fairly affordable compared to the Defi and AEM platforms. I've got boost, oil and fuel pressure along with water and oil temp.


Almost forgot the horn!


Gotta have a radio of some sort. Ill probably go with a smaller head unit in the future but this one happened to be just laying around.



Here is what the jungle looked like prior to installing loom and cleaning up a few things.



Annnnd after. (this part took a good number of days)


Bulkhead connector for the power box. This should make removing the harness if necessary alot easier.


Final power distribution box. I think it came out pretty nice. Bulkhead connectors for the harness, power and ground.

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I want to keep it factory appearing so I did a little modification to the AC panel. I don't have any of that anymore so all I needed was the face plate.




And she almost looks like a car again. (sorta) Everything is working at the moment. (to include the horn that I got a pin crossed up on the relay so it blew at 34534 decibels when I first put power too it.




Thanks for following! Ill have some more to post in a few weeks.
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