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 Post subject: '93 GT Rehab
PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2016 10:36 am 
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I bought this car 1.5 years ago, have put about 20k flawless miles on it. I decided to return the favor and do some good repairs and cosmetics.

This weekend I spent a good 20-25 hours on my car. Here's what I was able to get done.

Replace manifold + all hardware
Replace radiator (goddam poor china fit, see pic)
Replace valve cover gasket + repaint
Replaced spark plugs
Install LC1 WBO2, simulating narrowband
Install K&N
Cleaned about 2 lbs of gunk from every nook and cranny
Rust treated areas in engine bay
Painted rims (mostly)

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The car is running SOOO much better now. I think my crankcase pressure was out of whack from leaking vacuum hoses. My plugs were looking fairly lean...I'll have to keep an eye on that. Throttle response is much better and pulls much harder from 4-7k rpms.

Heading over there in a few to wrap up the painting and hopefully get some useful readings from the WBO2 to display.

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 Post subject: Re: '93 GT Rehab
PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2016 4:12 pm 
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dude, that fabricated aluminum radiator is great when it's correctly installed with a non-oem fan.

a 1600 cfm pancake fan on that aluminum radiator works twice as well as a stock radiator! :wink:

i use a spal pwm fan speed controller on mine in both heavily modded turbo3 and twincam modded vert applications. the radiators have been in my cars for 5 and 3 years with no issues.

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 Post subject: Re: '93 GT Rehab
PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2016 5:34 pm 
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Good job man.

I like the paint style on the rims and valvecover. Never seen that before. It's different. Cool! Any chance you have a pic how they look under the car?

Also what kind of lip do you have on that front bumper?

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1989-GTi: 3Tech 210/340 Cams,Cultus IM, B&G springs, TD04L turbo, Apexi SAFC, Suzukird UD pulley, Circuitse7en dual boost controller, AEM wideband, AEM water / meth injection kit, HKS bov.
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 Post subject: Re: '93 GT Rehab
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Now that I think of it, those stripes on the rims makes it look like some kind of dangerous / venomous animal. :D

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1989-GTi: 3Tech 210/340 Cams,Cultus IM, B&G springs, TD04L turbo, Apexi SAFC, Suzukird UD pulley, Circuitse7en dual boost controller, AEM wideband, AEM water / meth injection kit, HKS bov.
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 Post subject: Re: '93 GT Rehab
PostPosted: Thu Mar 24, 2016 11:59 am 
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instant_shine wrote:

Also what kind of lip do you have on that front bumper?


You can't see it very good in that pic but it sort of looks like Striders lip


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t3 ragtop wrote:
a 1600 cfm pancake fan on that aluminum radiator works twice as well as a stock radiator! :wink:


Added to the parts list!

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 Good job man.

I like the paint style on the rims and valvecover. Never seen that before. It's different. Cool! Any chance you have a pic how they look under the car?

Also what kind of lip do you have on that front bumper?


Thanks! I honestly was going to go flat graphite on the VC but since I was doing the wheels I got some inspiration. Not in love with the blue wires but they work well so a little more flair won't hurt. The lip came with the car, is it aftermarket? I think it looks real sharp.

Finished all the rims yesterday. Going to let them cure for a few days then get the balanced.

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My next big moves will be on the car computer side of things and getting all my sensors jiving with my arduino.

I'm going to rip out my AC I decided. It doesn't work I want to go turbo soon and that's just going to hold me back space-wise. I still cannot handle 100+ F days in traffic though. Here is my outside-the-box idea, let me know what you think.

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What exactly are you planning on doing with the Arduino?

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 Post subject: Re: '93 GT Rehab
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A Peltier effect thermoelectric cooler may work for small spaces and continuous run scenario. You may have trouble cooling a car size space with only a 12V 60 watt unit. Doesn't hurt to try though.


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TheINCRide wrote:
What exactly are you planning on doing with the Arduino?


Here's my priority list:
WBO2 display (16x4 character)
ODB Interface (serial comm with ECU)
MAP Sensor install + display
Temperature sensing all around (Type K)
Knock sensor (this is a BIG one)
Bluetooth door unlock
Stereo integration + delete
CAV Replacement (temperature controlled electronic valves)

Ultimately some nice displays and steering wheel controls but that's probably more than a year off.

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A Peltier effect thermoelectric cooler may work for small spaces and continuous run scenario. You may have trouble cooling a car size space with only a 12V 60 watt unit. Doesn't hurt to try though.


That's what I am going to use, ordered 4 of them for $12. I calculated that it would take a bout 20 mins to go from ambient to freezing with four. If I go in with a handful of ice to start the chill with it should cool down in minutes. I am also not trying to condition the air, just the amount of sweat I'm accumulating on my back :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: '93 GT Rehab
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laxdudeee wrote:

Here's my priority list:
WBO2 display (16x4 character)
ODB Interface (serial comm with ECU)
MAP Sensor install + display
Temperature sensing all around (Type K)
Knock sensor (this is a BIG one)
Bluetooth door unlock
Stereo integration + delete
CAV Replacement (temperature controlled electronic valves)

Ultimately some nice displays and steering wheel controls but that's probably more than a year off.



Have you considered using a RaspberryPi instead?

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 Post subject: Re: '93 GT Rehab
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Good job with that gti. I have a 1989 gti. Im located in Boston. I would like to check out yours.


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 Post subject: Re: '93 GT Rehab
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TheINCRide wrote:
Have you considered using a RaspberryPi instead?


I need to start recording stuff, get a handle on displays and wrap my head around what type of system I am going to end up producing. It is going to be a host of different controllers working together.

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Good job with that gti. I have a 1989 gti. Im located in Boston. I would like to check out yours.


Thanks! I don't think I have seen a single GT/i on the road around here. Meeting up sounds great. I live in Lowell and do frequent work at my brothers garage in Tewks. Maybe if you have a project and lack a good workspace you can come by.

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 Post subject: Re: '93 GT Rehab
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Yeah you might want to look into using a Pi.

Youtube Car PI .. There have been some cool ports of XBMC/Kodi using touch screens as well..

I will be following this build for sure.

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 Post subject: Re: '93 GT Rehab
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Made my next progress over the weekend. I initially was going to do all 4 wheel bearings but it turned into a little more than that. I am pretty much rebuilding the front suspension (minus strut stuff) and rear wheel bearings. I also am repainting the wheel wells with POR15 and calipers the same gunmetal I used on the wheels. Pics.

Lifted.
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Removed and taped off.
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Rust all around! I cleaned it, treated it with a rust converter then painted it with POR15.
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Primered.
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Rears.
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Front, final paint.
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Rears, final paint.
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Now I just need to get the new control arms in and assemble.

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