19 Sep 2011

Did the rough-cut on the air filter hole on the engine cover. The filter housing cover itself will take a bit of doing and I got distracted and did the screen on the intercooler inlet instead. I’m not to thrilled how it turned out but it’s a case of functionality. It was tempting to do big louvers to match those at the front, but the trouble is, being where it’s located, it’s going to take a lot of hits from rocks kicked up by the front tires. If the louvers point forward, they’d catch the rocks directly which will then bounce off the louvers and hit the intercooler fins. If the louvers point aft, they’d then catch the rocks bouncing off the fender… it’s always something. The screen will actually do well to deflect the stones coming in at a angle, and if everything behind it is painted black I think it’ll end up looking okay. Some of the panel visible now will be trimmed back to increase the surface area of the inlet, which should also help improve the look. Another is also needed for the other side.

18 Sep 2011

During a garage clean-up last week I found my 30-yr old Datsun 1200 fuel injection intake manifold. I had big plans to make my own EFI engine computer – from scratch – but after realizing how big a job it was, twin side-draft Dellortos were used instead.

The air-cleaner assembly is now complete, at least the portion under the engine cover. It’s mounted parallel to the cover and a foam gasket will keep it from sucking in hot air from the engine compartment. A reverse-pointing scoop will pick up air from atop the engine cover, and is needed to keep rain from getting into the inlet.>

Finished up the exhaust. Couldn’t help but spend some time on the trim ring due to how visible it is. Came out really nice 🙂

13 Sep 2011

My brother bought an upgrade for his Super Stalker… a brand-new 430 hp LS-3 engine. He’s not the first to do such a conversion, and the guys who’ve done it say they get wheelspin up to about 80 mph, so I “probably” will have him on traction, but the torque curves of a V8 vs a turbo-4 are different so it’ll be interesting.

Regarding Midlana, while the distractions continue, I’ll be working on it all next week, and may have a surprise 😉