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Offline 94touring

Re: Then I broke down (74 mini mild refurb)
« Reply #500 on: November 08, 2018, 11:10:38 AM »
They work and they work good!  I base this solely off of my rear view mirror not bouncing around at cruise now.  The 60k volt spaceship coil and spaceship plugs really did make a difference as far as how smooth the car is.  It's noticeable.  Once I dial in the needles better I'll see what the difference on the dyno is. 
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Offline John Gervais

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Re: Then I broke down (74 mini mild refurb)
« Reply #501 on: December 06, 2018, 04:50:40 AM »
Whoot! High cruise dialed in.  I was hanging in the upper 15s to low 16s here at first but after many small tweaks to the needles got it down into the 14s at cruise.  WOT is nicely in the upper 12s from 3-6k rpms.  I still have a pig rich spot WOT from real low rpms to 2800rpms.  Doesn't seem to be anything I can do for this.  Partial throttle in that area to 3/4 throttle is perfect, so maybe I just don't floor it bogged down sub 3k rpms.  All in all couldn't be happier.  I think filing needles is the way to go to get the perfect tune, in conjunction with the wideband.  Vizard does it the same way when he talks of needles.  Start with a lean needle and work it down.

I don't know what dashpot oil you're using, but if you're using the 20W SU damper oil, try going down to 15W or even 10W synthetic motorcycle fork oil.

KC wrote a dandy article once upon a time ago, including cool info on SU dampers.  Back in the day, I 'highlighted' certain paragraphs in red for my own edification.


By the way, where did you get those tires?   77.gif
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Re: Then I broke down (74 mini mild refurb)
« Reply #502 on: December 06, 2018, 10:43:33 AM »
Tires came from American Racer.  You have to call and place the order.  They're affordable too!

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Re: Then I broke down (74 mini mild refurb)
« Reply #503 on: December 06, 2018, 03:48:15 PM »
Cool - I'll check 'em out.  I wonder how they compare to the Yoko's and if they're up to the rigors of racing...

Edit - holy cow - which ones are those???
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Re: Then I broke down (74 mini mild refurb)
« Reply #504 on: December 06, 2018, 05:12:21 PM »
I had downloaded their catalog from the website and found them under mini.  The part number they used to find them was the same as the sticker on the tire.  They are for race and boy oh boy do they stick to the road.  They're wider and as sticky if not more than an 032R. 

Edit: mounted side by side to 008s.
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Re: Then I broke down (74 mini mild refurb)
« Reply #505 on: December 06, 2018, 05:28:28 PM »
Ah, ok - I didn't download the catalogue, only looked at tarmac, street etc...  I'll give it another shot - the race shop might be interested in 'something different'. 
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Re: Then I broke down (74 mini mild refurb)
« Reply #506 on: December 07, 2018, 01:29:22 PM »
I ordered myself an inno style sump guard. Much lighter than the standard guard.  My sump only sits about 4 inches off the ground so I figured I better protect it.

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Re: Then I broke down (74 mini mild refurb)
« Reply #507 on: December 08, 2018, 04:31:17 PM »
Sump cover on and finally got around to putting my lower engine stabilizer back on.  Also hooked up the wipers and heater box electricals.  Almost fully functioning again.

Offline gr8kornholio

Re: Then I broke down (74 mini mild refurb)
« Reply #508 on: December 08, 2018, 05:52:55 PM »
Where did you get the sump guard?  Going to need that heater. Getting any white stuff up there?
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Re: Then I broke down (74 mini mild refurb)
« Reply #509 on: December 08, 2018, 05:54:37 PM »
Got it from spares. Put it in an order of 66 parts I needed.  We missed out on the white stuff today but it's freezing cold out.

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Re: Then I broke down (74 mini mild refurb)
« Reply #510 on: December 14, 2018, 01:56:44 PM »
Today was the first time using the aftermarket heater box.  Since its in the 40s today and I was out making tuning runs with no windows in yet, I needed all the heat I could get.  The verdict is in, it pumps out tons of heat!  My feet and legs were warm, while my face was battered cold due to no windows.  I imagine it will cook me out once the glass/poly is all in.

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Re: Then I broke down (74 mini mild refurb)
« Reply #511 on: February 18, 2019, 04:15:57 PM »
Took some time to fix up a pair of seats to match my black theme.  Came out perfectly.

Offline MiniDave

Re: Then I broke down (74 mini mild refurb)
« Reply #512 on: February 18, 2019, 04:43:45 PM »
You are def getting the hang of this - those look great!
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Offline 94touring

Re: Then I broke down (74 mini mild refurb)
« Reply #513 on: March 03, 2019, 04:20:20 PM »
FINALLY made time to put windows in the door conversions.  Also popped the rear glass and put some plastic back there too.  Will try and do the rear quarter windows tomorrow.  All part of the weight savings program.  I also got around to color sanding and buffing the roof I goofed up with massive orange peel. 

Offline MiniDave

Re: Then I broke down (74 mini mild refurb)
« Reply #514 on: March 03, 2019, 04:32:51 PM »
Now at least you can drive it without freezing your nads off!

Rear plexi looks great, it will be interesting to see how well it holds up to scratches and such, and whether you get distortion looking thru it, especially at night. Not that we drive these cars much at night!

Top looks smooooooth!

Hang on.....the pleats in the back seats are vertical, and the fronts are horizontal?  8.gif
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Offline 94touring

Re: Then I broke down (74 mini mild refurb)
« Reply #515 on: March 03, 2019, 05:51:11 PM »
I figured I'll have to replace them every so often due to scratches but maybe not.  I went with .093 thickness on them which is rather thin.  The section with the side mirror flexes too much at speed, so I'll buy a .22 piece for it.

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Re: Then I broke down (74 mini mild refurb)
« Reply #516 on: March 05, 2019, 06:28:15 PM »
Rear quarter windows are in.  Doing them with thin poly really makes it easy compared to actual glass.

Felt like I went backwards today a bit.  I've been battling a high idle for some time now, mainly after I've driven it.  It will hang around 1200 to as high as 1500 and no idle screw left to lower it. So off with the filters, got a mirror, and inspected my butterflies.  Some time ago I had them off to do vizard mods, which included halfing the spindle the valves sit on. In doing so the beveled screws sit kind of funky on the valves. I remember it being tricky to keep it all aligned due to this.  Had I been smarter at the time I would have bought flat top screws.  Anyhow my suspicion was correct and the valves weren't sealing as good as they needed to.  Also the one carb casting had a pit right where the valve closes, so it got filled too. Carbs out, hardware store trip, valves adjusted.  It now can be lowered so much it dies, which is a good problem to have.  More updates in the tuning thread to come...
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Re: Then I broke down (74 mini mild refurb)
« Reply #517 on: March 15, 2019, 10:42:56 AM »
Minor catastrophe.  Spit a pad on the rear when the bottom stud that holds the pad on, backed off, allowed the pad to swivel on the top stud, busted off with blunt force trauma, bending the top stud in the process.  Luckily wasn't in an emergency braking situation when it happened.  Locktight on the studs next go around.

Offline MPlayle

Re: Then I broke down (74 mini mild refurb)
« Reply #518 on: March 15, 2019, 11:40:22 AM »
Looks like it scored the rotor pretty heavily as well.


Offline 94touring

Re: Then I broke down (74 mini mild refurb)
« Reply #519 on: March 15, 2019, 01:36:51 PM »
Rotor isn't so bad really but I ordered new anyways.  I may just use it the way it is.  In the meantime to get myself in and out of the garage I put a piece of wood in as the pad.

Offline BruceK

Re: Then I broke down (74 mini mild refurb)
« Reply #520 on: March 15, 2019, 03:41:49 PM »
Rotor isn't so bad really but I ordered new anyways.  I may just use it the way it is.  In the meantime to get myself in and out of the garage I put a piece of wood in as the pad.

Haha.  Very clever.  The street cars in San Francisco use blocks of wood as a braking medium.  If you ride in back, or stand on the rear deck there's a distinctive smell when they brake.
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Offline 94touring

Re: Then I broke down (74 mini mild refurb)
« Reply #521 on: March 15, 2019, 03:49:09 PM »
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Re: Then I broke down (74 mini mild refurb)
« Reply #522 on: March 15, 2019, 07:48:59 PM »
Went back to the scene of the crime and found the pad.

Offline MPlayle

Re: Then I broke down (74 mini mild refurb)
« Reply #523 on: March 15, 2019, 08:22:34 PM »
Good to have been able to recover the pad.

The face of the brake material on that pad really looks bad - almost like it cooked or blistered instead of the usual smooth surfacing.  I've not seen a pad surface looking like that before.


Offline 94touring

Re: Then I broke down (74 mini mild refurb)
« Reply #524 on: March 16, 2019, 07:21:18 AM »
I'm guessing it shattered exiting the hub assembly.  Another possibility is traffic drove over it all day.  I had to run out into a busy highway to get it.