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post Apr 13 2018, 12:48 AM
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The SLP Y pipe didn't fit well and it appeared that I would spend all my time dragging it down the road. I'll revisit that later. For tonight I put the stock Y pipe back on it and used the stepped strap band clamp for the Y pipe to Hooker main pipe transition.

I adjusted the exhaust (adjusted means I had to bend the pipe that comes over the axle to the muffler a bit) to line up the tail pipes and then snugged everything down. Topped off the coolant and PS fluid (Redline) and we got in a 65 mile drive tonight.

It's running, no leaks, no rattles and nothing caught fire. I'll take it.
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post Apr 13 2018, 02:24 AM
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A fire-free ride in a F-body is a win-win in my book!! (IMG:style_emoticons/default/2thumbs.gif)
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post Apr 13 2018, 11:24 AM
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QUOTE (CrashTestDummy @ Apr 12 2018, 10:24 PM) *
A fire-free ride in a F-body is a win-win in my book!! (IMG:style_emoticons/default/2thumbs.gif)


Sometimes you have to enjoy the small victories. lol.

There was enough power steering fluid all over the bottom that I hosed it down with brake clean (just the K member and "metal bits"). Between PS fluid and brake clean, I figured we could burn the thing to the ground.

The stepped strap band clamp did a perfect job of making the exhaust "solid" and sealing the step. The factory band clamp (y pipe to exhaust) that's only 1" wide wasn't able to actually get the pipe tight against the y pipe. I ran it down with my small electric impact and it still wiggled at the connection.

I ordered two clamps with the hopes that one would fit well. This did the job perfectly:

https://www.summitracing.com/parts/aph-9667
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post Apr 16 2018, 01:35 AM
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I installed the Stoptech rear rotors tonight. I'm slowly getting things crossed off my list. I still have to deal with the leaking rear diff cover gasket, so I picked up some Mobile 1 gear lube today to go with the gasket and black RTV I bought a few weeks ago.

After that, I need to install the Alan Blaine upgraded front sway bar mounts.

Also, it appears that the 91 octane tune from the Diablosport tuner has fixed the audible knock I could hear at wide open throttle. I need to do some datalogging with it to verify that all is well and possibly make a few adjustments....but it seems better than it was before. Hopefully I'm on the right track.
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post Apr 30 2018, 06:43 PM
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I went out on my lunch break, dropped the top and tried to bed the rear rotors. I found a few spots where I could make a blast through 3 gears and I remembered why I built this thing. It's running pretty well and pulling fairly well (for a car with a few bolts ons that weighs what it does). The power steering system didn't develop any leaks and the rotors are still showing a slight amount of the cross hatch pattern from being machined by the manufacturer. It's a lot better, but they aren't worn in quite yet. Though I made a few hard stops and put some heat in them.

Maybe I just need to put a roll bar in this thing so I can go have some additional fun with it. Or I really need another car.... (IMG:style_emoticons/default/wink.gif)
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post May 1 2018, 02:36 AM
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Its easy to do:

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Just have to verify if you need the back seats, or not. But with a roll bar, the collective wisdom says No.

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post May 1 2018, 11:12 AM
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Yea, I think of your car every time I think "maybe I should just weld a bar in it". Hmmm.....

It was warmer last night and the knock is back. I have a fuel filter to install that I bought when I got the car and never installed. I guess I should start there and then do some data logging. I have a dyno shop about 1000 yards from my house and I'm thinking I should ask Brian what he'd charge to make a few pulls and touch up the tune. That might be the easiest way.

Has anybody here dealt with Kee Audio and their Monsoon speaker replacements?

http://keeaudio.com/camaro.html
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post May 7 2018, 03:29 PM
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No but I just replaced all of my speakers and radio in mine from Crutchfield. Fosgate speakers and a JVC radio for under $250. It sounds good for what it is. Nothing fancy. The install did not require me to get creative either
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post May 7 2018, 11:11 PM
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I ordered the "hybrid" stage 3 setup from Key Audio. It's the stage 3 setup with the stage 2 rear speakers instead of the rear woofers only.

I'll know more soon. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/wink.gif)
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post May 10 2018, 05:31 PM
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Speakers arrived. Now I have more work to do. They look like well made drivers, I'm looking forward to installing them and seeing if they work well with the Monsoon stuff. They have stand alone crossovers and can be used with an amp. So I guess I have options if they don't play well with the factory Monsoon system. I could consider moving to a stand alone amp and an aftermarket head unit. But I'm trying hard to avoid cutting up this car and I'd rather live with the factory radio.

The exhaust came with a bracket for the right rear corner that replaces the stock hangar but it uses two bolts. I believe the top bolt head is touching the metal around the rubber exhaust mount on the passengers side behind the axle. Anytime the exhaust moves (engine torque, pothole, etc) it's squeaking. I have to get under the car and try to sort out an answer to this one fairly soon.
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post May 11 2018, 02:51 AM
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Monsoon speakers have an odd impedance don't they -- 3 ohm?
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post May 11 2018, 06:33 PM
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QUOTE (GCrites80s @ May 10 2018, 10:51 PM) *
Monsoon speakers have an odd impedance don't they -- 3 ohm?


Two, and some are 4 (or I believe that to be the case).
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post May 12 2018, 12:44 AM
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Right, the ones powered by the H/U are still 4 ohm since the only difference between a Monsoon H/U and a normal one is a logo. I actually have a Monsoon H/U sitting here that I got at the thrift store for $2.
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post Jun 3 2018, 02:58 AM
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I still haven't had time to mess with the speakers.... I should get to that sometime soon.

I've had a squeak from the exhaust and with the top up I can hear it buzzing on something. I need to get under the car and get it adjusted and look at the SLP Y pipe again soon. So that's on my list.

Today I started to drive it and I smelled a little coolant as I backed it out of the garage. I killed it and opened the radiator cap. The coolant was about 1" low in the radiator and the reservoir didn't seem to have a ton in it. So, I think it may still have a very faint leak. I see no coolant on the ground and I replaced everything but the heater hoses and the steam lines on the engine. I've had this issue on previous cars and it was usually the water pump gaskets or the water pump. I installed a brand new Holley Performance water pump about a year ago. So now I'm not sure what's going on. I have the new formed metal heater hoses to swap out, but that job doesn't look fun. And I recently put plugs in it and saw no signs of coolant getting into the combustion chambers (no clean or odd looking plugs). Guess I'll top it off and see if I can see a leak under the water pump.

I'm starting to think it's time to sell this one and buy a new one or something else....lol.
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