couple things, u have a lot of money, u have a lot of time and you are good at combinig two together
Can I come live with you?
Everything is just too expensive here in the UK so we could never attempt to do this kind of thing.
You need 2 hood scoop vents above the turbo intakes that can open / close via the PC!
Unless you are plumbing an inter-cooler in there too?
check post 404, a few above yours ;)
Originally Posted by qwnzr
haha, I wish... if I did it would be done already... instead I'm still saving up for the next parts I need & trying to find the time to work on her :p
Originally Posted by Ivanfbi
what's up man, long time no see :) sure, you can come live in the basement of the shop, you would be our resident scouse monkey from across the pond :p
Originally Posted by Scouse Monkey
Originally Posted by blk02si
yeah man, def doing twin intercoolers, working on trying to get someone to build what I designed there, trying to get bell intercoolers to do it, but they suck at responding & have had me hanging a bit now... gotta call them again
after I got the drive train final bolted in & installed I winded up taking the fx home & little by little I've been working on all the rest of the details of this conversion. the headers had a ton of work into them already, then I sent them to a friend to have them tig welded & he did a great job, except he doesn't back purge when he welds headers, & yeah, he got very good penetration, but the problem is that without back purging, when the inside of a weld winds up becoming molten, it is exposed to oxygen & it produces slag... the outside don't get this because it is surrounded in a shroud of argon gas preventing o2 contamination. the right way to avoid this slag at the interior of the welds is to back purge, which is to fill the header up with argon too, simple... unfortunately this was not done.
unfortunately even though in my header research I did learn all about this before having him weld them, I didn't realize how big of a deal it would actually be. had I known I would have built & supplied my own back purge setup to him, or I would have just found someone else who does back purge. now, after the fact, I can see how much crap winded up on the interior of the welds. I even have a snap-on digital bore scope & I can send the camera all the way through the pipes & see the slag at each weld...
the problem with this slag is, aside from the fact that they will cause restrictions in the natural smooth flow of exhaust gasses, more of a problem than that is, when these headers get to 1,300 & 1,400 deg or more & start to actually glow under max boost & max load, any one of these little pieces of slag can possibly break off, it would then shoot right into a turbo impeller that could be spinning 100k rpms or more, wind up ruining a turbo real quick.... then what? replace it & wait for it to happen again? I'd rather deal with this problem before it becomes a bigger problem.
grinding these inner welds down after the header is all welded together is almost impossible, but I am going to attempt to build a flex snake shaft combined with a flex hone & run it through each tube to correct this... I should be able too, already tried a bit with some success but don't have the right size hone yet, the bore scope will help big time in being really sure that it is perfect too.
this is the first time I ever tried to build headers & they winded up being extreme work, but they are also coming out very nice.
one of the problems with clearance for these headers was the water pipes that run on the side of the motor. they originally ran up & right over the original exhaust manifold, but they were completely in the way of my new turbo manifolds so I winded up building a new mini water manifold from scratch to bolt to the side of the block to replace the factory pipe setup. it is a tight fit & has to route right behind the A/C compressor but I finally figured out a way to do it. this stupid little part took a whole lot of trial & playing to get the right solution but I finally came up with a way to do it well. I built it to connect with AN fittings & steel braided line. -6AN for all the turbo water piping, -8AN for the factory bypass tubing & -12AN to the heater core. I'm doing pretty much all the plumbing for this motor in AN line. I always liked AN plumbing, & the best part about it is if installed correctly it lasts forever, don't have to worry about leaks or ever blowing a hose, def the best way to plumb a car.
here is the original water pipe compared to the new manifold I had to make. the steel braided lines will come off my little manifold & go down & under the motor mount bracket then to the back of the motor without any exhaust interference. this is a small part but a real ***** to actually make & took a lot of time & effort all by itself
and how this pipe sits in relation to the header:
a few of the header, half way through grinding & polishing.
few shots showing the direct clear shot from the collector to both turbo & wastegate port. have my bore gage used to illuminate the inside of the collector
ripplinghurst, I know you asked about that escalade motorized install that I did long ago, I never got around to putting up any completed shots but I just put up a few things about it here gotta dig through my old stuff & find some more pictures of the fabrication in that install, but it came out real nice
far as this fx, should have some updates soon... been real tied up & had a few problems, but she should be back soon :) I did another new all black interior & a bunch of other stuff that needs to be updated
bad ***, sort of forgot about this build, looking forward to the update and hopefully some video / audio ;)
Thanks for posting the link, Turbo. Very solid install on the Cadillac, love the idea, the execution manage to be even better. Amazing work as always.
Any new updates? I just read all 42 pages word for word and I must say, nice work.
yeah, guys, been really tied up with so many life issues, this thing has been on the back burner for a long while now, but I'm getting ready to tow it back to my shop and start to work on it again pretty soon... man the carpc in this thing is going to be ancient by the time I finish the rest of the car, probably going to refresh that a bit too :) it'll be back in action soon enough I hope :)
in the mean time I've been adding a lot of tooling to my home garage and now have a lot more abilities than I did before, so the build will now wind up being even more custom, got a mill and a lathe and a bunch of other stuff so I can fabricate a lot more stuff in general... planning a lot of custom aluminum work and stuff in the front end, hopefully I'll update this soon with some actual progress :)