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Old 05-11-2019, 06:10 PM   #341
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I just checked their website, that offer is no longer there.

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Old 05-22-2019, 04:45 PM   #342
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Been super busy with animals. Sheep look like they swallowed a beach ball. Birds are all moving out doors, two new hay wagons to rebuild.

Annnnnnd wiggles! Good god are these things cute and delicious.

Her grace, queen of the wiggles, first of her name.
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But I did carve out some e46 time.
Started in on the solid subframe mounts. UHMWPE blanks, soon to be spun on the lathe and have an aluminum center pressed in.
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Mini meet with the local enthusiast group. Sure we get the odd nice car pass through the area, but I had no idea we had a GTR live here. The white pearl is beautiful in person.
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Old 05-22-2019, 07:27 PM   #343
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GTRs are nice, but they are big!

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Old 05-22-2019, 07:44 PM   #344
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What cute piggies!

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Old 06-07-2019, 11:37 AM   #345
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GTRs are nice, but they are big!
Surprisingly, being a gear head.. That was the first time I actually got to spend some up close time with one. I knew they were big, but it was big... Makes me appreciate their performance even more.


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What cute piggies!
Oh god they really are. The runt of the litter has become a real person pig. Will follow me around their field squeeking away.

Got my welder setup with gas and getting lots of practice. I should have switched a long time ago.

Finished up the subframe bushings. More work than I anticipated. But, turned out extremely well.
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Picked up an oil chain tensioner for the donor B30. Although this engine is very high mileage and will be pulled back out sooner than later. I figured I'd add this to prolong its life abit while I'm changing the bottom end gaskets (f/r main seals, oil pan, vanos, timing cover).
Looks pretty nifty and I did manage to find a source for the tensioner. May end up putting a few kits together for the local E46 scene.
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I got the donor B30 up on the stand to prepare for the re-seal and swapping all the good bits over from the touring's B25. Had to fab up a mount so I can hang the engine from the engine arm mount bolts to have access to the main seals.
Apparently the stand is designed to hang the engine longways, and mounting it like this makes it unstable..
I discovered this when I found a 400lbs engine on my lap.
Dodged a bullet big time with this. I am usually extremely concious of my personal safety when working. This laps of judgment could have been costly. Anticipate and stay safe kids.

Slapped on an extra leg and some braces to keep everything upright and stable. Much better. Excited to crack it open!
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Obligatory cute farm photo. Wee little geese. They are imprinted on people and will follow you around.
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Old 06-07-2019, 11:49 AM   #346
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I always thought the new infinity based r35 GTRs were small. For some reason the r33 and r34 seemed so much larger, especially inside.
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Old 06-07-2019, 12:27 PM   #347
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Picked up an oil chain tensioner for the donor B30. Although this engine is very high mileage and will be pulled back out sooner than later. I figured I'd add this to prolong its life abit while I'm changing the bottom end gaskets (f/r main seals, oil pan, vanos, timing cover).
Looks pretty nifty and I did manage to find a source for the tensioner. May end up putting a few kits together for the local E46 scene.
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Is this from SeemsLegitGarage? I like this solution and will more than likely try it on an upcoming hotrod B30 build.
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Old 06-07-2019, 12:34 PM   #348
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Is this from SeemsLegitGarage? I like this solution and will more than likely try it on an upcoming hotrod B30 build.
Looks like it is the same part, but I got this off a vendor in the UK.

It seems like cheap insurance. I'll be either welding the oil pump nut on, or have the nut drilled for wire.

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Old 06-07-2019, 07:54 PM   #349
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I need to bug my buddy prepping a ZHP b30 for install about his oil pump nut. Thanks for the reminder!

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Old 06-15-2019, 06:15 PM   #350
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Oh boy... It's lambing season, which means I'm down to an hour or two of sleep at a time... Lamb chops are worth it. If you know a farmer. Buy them a beer.
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In between my stints as sheep momma, I put in some time on the donor engine. I wanted to clean it up a bit before I cracked it open to do the bottom end re-seal. Hopefully that will limit the amount of oil/sand/garbage which makes its way into the block.
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My powdercoater had a bit of a screwup. I had left my RTA and reinforced front subframe with them to coat in haywagon green. Unfortunately, their oven broke down which resulted in my parts sitting on a shelf for a week and flash rusting. After sandblasting and masking the parts again... They look bloody fantastic! Super happy!
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I'm currently researching methods of refinishing all the nuts and bolts I'll be dealing with during the wagon's rebuild. So far, looks like DIY zinc electro plating will be the way to go. If anyone has some input on the topic, it would be appreciated.

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Old 06-26-2019, 08:44 PM   #351
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Going to delve into some 1s and 0s... Luckily I have a couple MS43s to play with. Construction of the harness was pretty easy. The solder I have is total garbage, which made things irritating. Also, there was a good reason my 12v power supply was $3 at the surplus store. Damn thing put out 16v (labeled 12v), good thing I tested it. Until a better power supply comes in I'm running the DME off a battery.
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Also drilled out and tapped the blank exhaust manifold studs on the head. With the decked and split flange on my ebay headers I shouldn't have any sealing issues.
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Side note. Screw VW. I just did the rear brakes on a mk5 and have never encountered a more stupidly packaged car. Who the hell uses stretch bolts on a service item... Or puts a control arm directly behind a bolt head. Ffs..



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Old 06-26-2019, 09:09 PM   #352
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Side note. Screw VW. I just did the rear brakes on a mk5 and have never encountered a more stupidly packaged car. Who the hell uses stretch bolts on a service item... Or puts a control arm directly behind a bolt head. Ffs..



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Hyundai/Kia, that's who.
I did a brake job for my neighbor on his Optima and had to remove the toe link in order to get the rear caliper bracket off so that I could remove the rotor. And you know what else? The bolt for the toe link went in from the front so it wouldn't come out unless I undid the lower shock mounting.

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Old 06-26-2019, 09:21 PM   #353
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Hyundai/Kia, that's who.
I did a brake job for my neighbor on his Optima and had to remove the toe link in order to get the rear caliper bracket off so that I could remove the rotor. And you know what else? The bolt for the toe link went in from the front so it wouldn't come out unless I undid the lower shock mounting.
I've seen crap like that all over the spectrum. Wait until you come across one with an electric parking brake and you need an advanced scan tool to turn the calipers back in. :bangshead:

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Old 06-27-2019, 02:35 PM   #354
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I've seen crap like that all over the spectrum. Wait until you come across one with an electric parking brake and you need an advanced scan tool to turn the calipers back in. :bangshead:
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Hyundai/Kia, that's who.
I did a brake job for my neighbor on his Optima and had to remove the toe link in order to get the rear caliper bracket off so that I could remove the rotor. And you know what else? The bolt for the toe link went in from the front so it wouldn't come out unless I undid the lower shock mounting.

It makes me really appreciate the E46.
They are such a joy to work on in comparison. Well thought out (for the most part) and packaged. Just enough electronics to not be stone age, and not enough to make things hard.
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Old 07-29-2019, 09:38 PM   #355
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Did a bit of wheeln' and dealn' with a buddy who totaled their e46 (wrapped around a pole).

Some totally unnecessary OG period correct bling.

It needs a refinish and new hardware. Should look real nice once I'm done with it.


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