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Very nice. Good to see this thread updated.
 

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*Another small update but feels like a mountain to me. First thing is first, battery back in the box, bolted down, with carpet under it.







Gonna add some carpet over the trans tunnel and wheel tubs soon. That dont win races so its on the backburner ATM. Got the car on the ground and had no brake assist. Only thing i could figure is the booster was out which made no sense. Bought one online, swapped it out and now i have power assist again. Didnt figure out what went wrong with the original though.......







Waxed the wheels for easy cleaning.











Looks odd*with 15s and 18s but whatever. MSD 2step on the way and I think Im gonna add a 110v outlet for laptop charging for tuning.
 

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Some HPTuners ****ery going on today. The booster is hooked to the manifold (for vacuum) and the idle has been funky. New booster, time to get the idle dialed in. That's done. Previously, it would foot brake to about 3k and 0 psi and the tires would go up after that. Started reducing timing and the RPMs got way up there, so did the boost. I did this in the garage. I'm impressed with what it can do on the foot brake, 10 psi is gonna make a heck of a launch. More foot brake tuning when the 2step gets here.



Purple MAP is accurate.



 

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Good to have friends in low places. She is "legal" again for tuning. Just need to put this on the windshield.







2step is here......but do i need it?







Hit near 15psi at 4200+ rpm on the foot brake in the garage. This seems insane to me, and I have 7lb springs in the gates so how, why? I'm confident i could get that even higher. I have so many questions at this point.....are the gates opening, will i be looking at the sky on launch, did i just waste $250 on a 2step? The future looks exciting.







110v inverter on the way to aid my laptop battery while tuning.
 

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I kinda want a 2 step for my C5. It's cheater mode, but definitely would help my stick launch.
 

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Took the old lady out for a $100 outback lunch. Birthday lunch and she deserves it, a truly good woman.







Bought an ebay gt45, no clue why, maybe we will put it on the yukon tow bitch.







The guy I sold my*old turbo kit to crushed the cold side pipe. So we are doing him a solid and fixing*it for him.















Got hptuners, obd2, and 110v outlet on the passenger side. Actually took it out today and remembered the shocks were loose after I thought the rear end was gonna fall out of the car. But she went down the road and made it back home under her own power. I call that a win. Wrapped the 110v in padding cause I'm just gonna put it under the carpet when not in use.



 

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Be Cool 35005. The issue is ground clearance.



Though the old setup fits perfect, but you could see it from the front, and I was worried about it hitting anything, the trailer, something in the road, etc. Couldn't even clear a soda can.



So quickly, the old radiator is about 28x19. The Be Cool is 28x16. So we trimmed about 3 inches from the height, which my goal is to make into ground clearance. I had the old set of fans which were pushers, and about 2 to 3 inches trimmed off the top of the shroud. Except they didn't fit.



After some trimming we got them to lay flat.





It also had no provision for a cylinder head coolant line, so we drilled that.



Fan tabs welded, coolant line welded.



Comparison.





Tried to stay with the original theme, single upper hold down bracket. I raised the lower bracket a few inches.




Current ground clearance. It's obviously much better, and no longer the lowest point in the front. Could probably stack two cans under the radiator now.

 

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Its hot. When It's not hot, it's rainy. Besides the BS we still are making progress. Boost Leash is on order, and it needs air.

Viair 10000.


It filled it's own tires today. Regulator is capped BC the controller is back-ordered for 2 weeks.



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Awesome to see this thread get an update.
 

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Local track has been shutdown for quite a while. Today the new managers decided to open it up for TNT so to speak. I spent the morning working on the car and decided let's do it. I'm still waiting on the Boost Leash controller so I'm on the wastegate springs, 7psi, no boost controller. The goal here is to just get down the track and see what goes wrong. I wasn't sure if it would leak, blow up, not shift, etc. It was on 19 degrees of timing, 7 psi, 3200 two step rpm. This was no prep, no time. Pro bracket radials had 20 psi in them and they felt as sketchy as full slicks IMO. Outside temps were 95. IATs went from 100 star to 120 end of the pass. Trans temp went from 150-190 during the day.

 

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On board air and boost leash is installed and working well.



Went to load the car and there was a massive exhaust leak.....



Tubular front came in handy. 1 hour fix and the track day wasn't ruined.



Tow bitch doing what she does.



I just wanna do race car shit with my race car friends.



Monkey business.



Long story short, one of the walbro 450s died. One pump, 12 psi on e85, 10.3 @ 90mph letting off after the 8th. Man she felt good though. New pump and we will try again.

 

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Hey!

Welcome back. lol
 

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Dyno day.



Why does one pop the hatch on the dyno? Funny you should ask that.......



Similar to my last track outing the car was going lean above about 10 psi. It made around 525hp letting out early. I pulled the fuses on the pumps and sure enough one wasn't running. The dyno operator was kind enough to let me run home, grab a spare pump, and swap it in on the dyno. All was well after a 20 min repair, and both pumps were up and running. Made another pull and she made 575hp. Still looked a little lean. Added some fuel to the VE but i was suspicious because the injector duty cycle slope wasn't linear and they were showing 100%, which wasn't right. Took a little timing out, added a few pounds on the boost controller and made another rip. Made it to 630hp @ 5500rpms before i let out from AFR creeping/jumping up. At this point the injectors were at 120% duty cycle. Checked the pumps again and the same side (brand new pump from Summit) wasn't running. Called it a day before i hurt the motor. On order is a Magnafuel 4303, fittings to convert to a -10 feed, and a generic sending unit since the E took my stocker out and i have no working fuel level gauge. For those wondering it is a chris1313 drop in twin kit with his hotwire kit. Both pumps are powered and grounded at the same location. This is no dig on him as his stuff is proven, and everything seems top quality. Not sure whats going on, but regardless we are gonna swap it up and return to the dyno hopefully with the issues sorted out. For those wondering about the power curve, i realize a dyno isnt the street/track but the curve builds like a mountain with no torque in sight.
 

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Those Camaro's were the last of the affordable new Camaro's. Where else could you get a brand new LS1 powered car under $26,000 that had 310 HP and 335 lb-ft of torque and would do 0-60 in 5.2 seconds, stock? Those cars were so much fun and easy to upgrade the stereo. Putting spark plugs in a Z28 was no fun. :)
 

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$26,000 in 1998 is $41,000 today.

A 2020 LT1 Camaro is cheaper than that and has more features. Inflation is a bitch.
 
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