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That run was 15.1 @ 95mph and a blistering 2.8 60'.  Unless its been changed from what was in the CL ad for that truck about a year and a half ago it still has an L20 in it.

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beyond damn good... power to weight ratio you got going on is choice. Sooo you gonna keep modding this and raise the HP more over time? after a certain amount of power wouldn't you want to add weight to your back end?

 

what is your 0 to 60mph timing?

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I'm working on adding boost now. I've got the boost controller setup to push about 15psi now up from the 9 I had on wastegate alone. The real goal for this year is not to blow up the diff, beyond that not chasing a number. No idea what 0-60 is and on these tires I'm never going to get a solid number since I can't launch or really hammer on first.

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so its got some fine tuning to go but still, looking great, awesome power from your build. would you ever fabricate a new suspension system on it?

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Suspension updates are on my list although I'm a ways out from trusting my welding on anything that structural. I do have some projects planned for the daily this winter that will hopefully build that confidence up a bit.  Any major updates are at least a year out though; I have too many other projects and just want to enjoy this one for a while before taking it back apart.

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yeah I'd wanna sit on the truck working as is awhile too, just roll around in your spoils of turbo boosted goodness. Now to wait a year for Trucky Chan to hit stage 2 or would it be 3? gives me time to get KA parts prepare to update my truck to fumble about catching up to this build eventually.

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This was phase 3 actually. Phase 1 was just getting it running and road Worthy. Phase 2 was the swap. The way I seem to project creep on these phases I don't want to even think about what all will be included in 4.

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Google hangouts compression makes for a not so high quality video, but its the only drive by I have at the moment.

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B)

 

The chirp while shifting is really nothing new though, the L16 could manage it into all the gears. What is new is it starting to spin at the top of 2 and 3.

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Not a whole lot going on with the truck at this point. Just been enjoying driving it. I did finally get around to reconnecting the mini amp so I have music again. I have the patch panels welded in for the fascia but am holding off on finishing the body work on it until I decide if I'm going to deepen the opening to allow for more air flow over the intercooler.

 

I have not been to a real dyno and really not sure if I'm going to bother.  I do have a friend with Virtual Dyno, which has proven to be pretty accurate when supplied with the correct values. The results were actually a little surprising, but not out of line with what I have been able to find for similar builds. Anyway the truck is estimated to make 381 hp 364 tq. My power goal was 350-400, so if these numbers are accurate I'm happy to not continue adding boost and just get the tune dialed in. The only value I couldn't find a solid number on is the drag coefficient for the truck so I guessed based on what I could find (73 Sunny wagon).

 

Since this portion off the project is pretty well wrapped updates will be sparse for a while as I work on the back log of other projects.  One such project I wrapped up last night, just a quick little thing for the house.

 

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I had hoped to avoid pinning the hood on the truck, but since the metal around the hood latch is cracking safety is kinda forcing my hand. I wanted to keep the latches as inconspicuous as possible so...

 

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Just playing around with where to position them.

 

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I considered those as well, and will likely use them on the other car. These ones will sit fairly flush once the hood has some new holes.

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I would have simply reinforcered the latch mechanism with a back plate

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I considered that as well, but my experience with welding on the old sheet metal has been frustrating. Maybe one day I'll find a good hood and use this one to play with some ideas I have floating around.

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This is one place I would attempt with patch panel ciment

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And then there were latches.

 

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All cinched down they sit about 3 washers high on the hood.

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Brackets are pretty simple. 1/8" angle tucked under the rail on the core support with 1/8" flat bar welded to it.  I've got the brackets back out for paint so I'll get pics of those later.

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The motivating factor.

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The hood is very thin as such there is a fair amount of flex around the latches so I'll be making some plates to attach to the underside to help spread the load.

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I didn't realize those were so low profile when you first posted them. Very nice.

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nice looking hood latches. how do they attach together?

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This is the best image I could find right away. The latch mechanism is a spring loaded ring of ball bearings.

 

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