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Old 04-22-2010, 01:06 AM   #11
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Guys, it'* done! It'* so very done! I love it!

I don't have any pictures of myself standing in the engine bay, but I am going to have to try to claim that title away from my friend Jon that did it in the pics above. Anyway, I have some pictures to upload. Someone post and guess what I did.

And Bill, you are the one that pointed me to these TOG headers! You're still cool, though.
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you pulled it and installed it A LA FUERZA (By force)
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Well, in a way, yes. But here'* the story:

Time for an update! I hope I cover everything, but so much has happened. There'* a racecar driver, Pete Cozzolino, and I found out through 1337ssei that he owns a motorsports shop about 10 minutes away from me. There'* a dyno, some welding, painting, and more tools than I could ever imagine using! So, I went over there, put my SLO on a lift, and worked with Pete and his coworker for a few hours to get everything fixed up. It was pretty awesome! I went with 1337ssei to a junkyard and got a new dipstick. We had a stroke of luck and came across a 3800 Lumina with no engine and just a full transmission lying on the ground! It was awesome! So we just took out the dipstick, perfectly preserved, and went back to Cozzolino Motorsports. Here is a picture of it in the Lumina'* engine bay. I hope some people who skip this part are freaked out by the picture.

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As I post pictures, I'll remember more info. First, here are some pictures of the two dipsticks, most likely both H-body, and you can see how they block the exhaust. I had four or five people at a time working on this, and we couldn't get an H-body tube to fit.

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So, off the SLO went to Cozzolino! Exhaust work began. We cut out some of the CarX poop, and 5 hours later, the SLO breathed again!

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In this picture, Paul from PRJ Performance is looking at something. He coincidentally arrived right when I breezed in.

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Now, check out this horrible CarX exhaust work! This is horrifying!

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Once that was removed, proper exhaust work began.

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Here, we installed O2 bungs for the front O2 sensor and one wideband sensor.

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Random engine bay shot:

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And then I came across some pictures and trophies:

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So, to get the rear crossover bolts in and make some changes to the rear header, I had to be on the top side of the engine while someone worked from the bottom. I was lifted about 8 feet into the air on top of my engine while on the lift, and then someone worked from below. Excellent!

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Here'* the rear header. Its O2 sensor position conflicted with the power steering lines and their heatshield, so I had it moved over. I just installed an O2 harness extension, so I'm set now.

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More work! Pete'* friend, Bill, took off a moody MSD boot and re-crimped it to work right.

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And here'* a video of the amazing trans dipstick tube bending. It worked out very, very well.




Ok, I hoped I covered everything. Questions and such? This looks very light for 5 hours of work, so it seems I was too busy working instead of standing back and taking pictures. Perhaps next time.
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Old 04-22-2010, 07:32 AM   #14
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Togs...they fit well. lol

Sorry Rad, had I installed a set before I would not have recommended them to you.

On being on top of a motor in the air. Interesting feeling isn't it? I've been there, in the car (doing about 70mph diagnosing vibration) and many other interesting places that safety tells us we shouldn't be...lol
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Looks great. A major project indeed. how'* it sound?
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Bill, being up in the air, on the engine with not that much place to put any foot or arm, and trying to keep my balance on the edge of the fender, it was awesome! I felt like progress could not have been made as quickly without it. I did have vertigo, though. I have it only when looking down and holding something small like a ratchet or a camera, or when being up high and looking further up. Feels good, though.

Dan, it sounds excellent! It has just the right amount of rasp but isn't too loud. I'm thoroughly satisfied. A video should be made soon, but first I have to tune it at PRJ Performance. That'* coming up on Monday, and hopefully on Tuesday evening I can go to the local drag strip and find out how much I've gained!
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