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« Reply #5400 on: January 12, 2018, 10:47:37 PM »
Likey the Aluminum driveshaft had a stress crack.
It finally failed with a Bang.

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« Reply #5401 on: January 12, 2018, 10:50:02 PM »
In the drag race world Aluminum driveshafts are not used.
Its Chromoly steel.
Or Carbon Fiber.
Only Aluminum driveshaft you can trust is Made by Mark Williams.  Need $1000 to buy it.

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« Reply #5402 on: January 12, 2018, 11:43:57 PM »
I can go for some composite driveshafts.  A lightened flywheel and composite driveshaft would make the Firebird, or any car for that matter, more fun.  Get that rotational mass down.


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« Reply #5403 on: January 13, 2018, 01:58:40 AM »
Finally decided on and ordered an utility kilt, because I've wanted one for awhile so why not.  Yes, like any other young boy I'd dream of wearing a kilt and now dreams are becoming reality. :lol:
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« Reply #5404 on: January 13, 2018, 06:15:32 AM »
in a pinch you could buy one of the bent ones and have a local shop weld the end onto your driveshaft. Or weld it yourself but make darn sure you get it straight or it will shake down the road. I can't see that costing more than 200 bucks to have a shop do...

I had thought about that ^^
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« Reply #5405 on: January 13, 2018, 06:46:59 AM »
in a pinch you could buy one of the bent ones and have a local shop weld the end onto your driveshaft. Or weld it yourself but make darn sure you get it straight or it will shake down the road. I can't see that costing more than 200 bucks to have a shop do...

I had thought about that ^^
Not a Good idea.
An out of balance driveshaft and U-joints not clocked phased dead on will destroy the Freah rebuild Rearend.
Also destroy the transmission in no time.
Can also destroy The Engine Main bearings.

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« Reply #5406 on: January 13, 2018, 06:50:49 AM »
I can go for some composite driveshafts.  A lightened flywheel and composite driveshaft would make the Firebird, or any car for that matter, more fun.  Get that rotational mass down.
Lifht Weight does no go good if it does not hold up.
GM Used Carbon Fiber Driveshafts in the CK Trucks 1987-1995.
Every single one failed.
Often exploded apart.

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« Reply #5407 on: January 13, 2018, 10:55:59 AM »
Finally decided on and ordered an utility kilt, because I've wanted one for awhile so why not.  Yes, like any other young boy I'd dream of wearing a kilt and now dreams are becoming reality. :lol:

Make sure to moisturize your thighs well so they don't chafe with the colder winter air.  :P
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« Reply #5408 on: January 13, 2018, 11:02:40 AM »
Finally decided on and ordered an utility kilt, because I've wanted one for awhile so why not.  Yes, like any other young boy I'd dream of wearing a kilt and now dreams are becoming reality. :lol:
You can go around Flashing People now Box.

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« Reply #5409 on: January 13, 2018, 12:47:18 PM »
Though I'm afraid there may be some unwanted consequences from the kilt, like when people walk up behind me expecting one thing and then get something entirely else as I'm yelling "BUT I'M A BOY" as I turn around. :lol:  That's ok though, I'm not going to let that bother me anymore.  That or care what people might think.  Besides I hear girls are into kilts, especially the ones at Home Depot. :lol:

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« Reply #5410 on: January 13, 2018, 03:26:19 PM »
Though I'm afraid there may be some unwanted consequences from the kilt, like when people walk up behind me expecting one thing and then get something entirely else as I'm yelling "BUT I'M A BOY" as I turn around. :lol:  That's ok though, I'm not going to let that bother me anymore.  That or care what people might think.  Besides I hear girls are into kilts, especially the ones at Home Depot. :lol:
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« Reply #5411 on: January 13, 2018, 07:03:53 PM »
I actually do have a good bit of Scottish in me, also Irish.

Having so much fun:

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« Reply #5412 on: January 13, 2018, 07:53:27 PM »
Though I'm afraid there may be some unwanted consequences from the kilt, like when people walk up behind me expecting one thing and then get something entirely else as I'm yelling "BUT I'M A BOY" as I turn around. :lol:  That's ok though, I'm not going to let that bother me anymore.  That or care what people might think.  Besides I hear girls are into kilts, especially the ones at Home Depot. :lol:

LOL Box!  I needed that laugh right now.  Thnx man.
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« Reply #5413 on: January 13, 2018, 08:55:21 PM »
I had a meme ready to post, but decided against it since it wasn't exactly family friendly. :lol:

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« Reply #5414 on: January 13, 2018, 09:36:22 PM »
Hey, was wondering if any of you folks had a Carfax you would be willing to spare?  I can PM details if anyone is interested. 

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« Reply #5415 on: January 13, 2018, 10:05:14 PM »
I actually do have a good bit of Scottish in me, also Irish.

Having so much fun:

You into it deep now Box.
Its too bad the Miata engine was not Bigger.
Give it a 4.00 inch crankshaft stroke.
Port the sheet out of the heads.
4 banger torque King then.

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« Reply #5416 on: January 13, 2018, 10:06:51 PM »
Hey, was wondering if any of you folks had a Carfax you would be willing to spare?  I can PM details if anyone is interested.
No I don't.
I have not used CarFax since 2007 or 2008 myself.

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« Reply #5417 on: January 14, 2018, 01:31:21 AM »
Everything is done and back together now, just going to wait until tomorrow to run it and bleed the cooling system. That and change the clutch fluid again. Then need to get a timing light since apparently we don't have one, even though I'm fairly sure we did at some point, in order to set the timing with the new 5XRacing timing wheel. Now it's just a matter of him doing the transmission and differential fluid at work as well as a shifter rebuild and it'll be 100% caught up on everything, wooo.

You into it deep now Box.
Its too bad the Miata engine was not Bigger.
Give it a 4.00 inch crankshaft stroke.
Port the sheet out of the heads.
4 banger torque King then.
Just doing timing and water pump, that and the 5XRacing timing wheel.  As far as four cylinder swaps go a Honda K24 would be the way to go, lighter since it's all aluminum and get a lot more power from it out of the box plus really high potential.  I saw where someone had stroked and built a K24 up to 2.7 liters and made it rev to 11,000 rpm and it put down 400 horsepower at the wheels naturally aspirated.  Really impressive, that kind of power from a naturally aspirated four cylinder.  That'd be a lot of fun in a Miata.

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« Reply #5418 on: January 14, 2018, 01:36:19 AM »
Hey, was wondering if any of you folks had a Carfax you would be willing to spare?  I can PM details if anyone is interested.
CarFax or any of those reports are pretty much useless, the only time an accident is reported is when the driver is at fault.  When my mom's Challenger was rear ended and when it was damaged by hail isn't on any of the reports, and that was well over a year ago on the accident and the hail damage was about half a year or so ago.  More than enough time for them to show up.  Same with the Charger she had before, it was in a side impact that wasn't on the CarFax and neither was when a lady that flew off the road and smacked it in the front end.  The best thing you can do is go over the car in person with a fine tooth comb, since a clean title and report doesn't mean jack.

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« Reply #5419 on: January 14, 2018, 09:04:16 AM »
Yup, pretty much depends on the shop doing the work too. Smaller shops won't log anything.
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« Reply #5420 on: January 14, 2018, 09:05:34 AM »
Was actually more interested in checking mileage and owner history.  Currently questioning mileage claim but I appreciate the input. 

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« Reply #5421 on: January 14, 2018, 08:03:58 PM »
Hmm, might be able to check with the DMV if you're just wanting mileage.

So wrapped up the Miata and it's done now.  I love that little car.

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« Reply #5422 on: January 14, 2018, 09:39:46 PM »
Ugh.. Today I... worked a 9 hour shift @ AZ, then came home and tried to get some more work done to the womans Jeep.  While she's away for work I had promised to get some much needed routing maintenance done.  Front wheel bearings (which turned into a ball joint fiasco), oil change, tried to fix a small exhaust leak (having trouble finding parts.  wtf?), fixed the cruise control (THAT took some doing!  Ended up having to replace the frigin throttle body!), and fixed the transmission dipstick tube (believe it or not, I had forgotten to secure the dipstick tube at the top, where the bell housing and block meet on the passenger side... with that ONE single bolt.)  The bolt was there, it just wasn't securing the dipstick tube bracket.  So, I went to loosen it so as to fix the problem.. it was already alarmingly loose!  Not anymore!

I still have to bleed the brakes and probably should bleed the coolant again.  darn thing still has only lukewarm heat when stopped, but HOT heat when moving.

I think I could have a month off, unlimited funding, and still not have that Jeep fixed up like brand new.
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« Reply #5423 on: January 14, 2018, 09:49:33 PM »
#JustEmptyEveryPocket

If it has better heat while moving than stopped almost sounds like an issue of flow, perhaps thermostat is sticking open.

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« Reply #5424 on: January 14, 2018, 10:12:36 PM »
I'm fairly certain I'm bipolar, I've having one of my manic "feels like I can fly" episodes and I have the compulsion to laugh for no reason whatsoever.  It'll only be a matter of time before I come back crashing down though.  Would be nice if I spent more time in a manic state versus a depressed one though, I just feel so energized and happy and my brain has this rushing tingling sensation.  From one extreme to another.

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« Reply #5425 on: January 15, 2018, 06:35:46 AM »
#JustEmptyEveryPocket

If it has better heat while moving than stopped almost sounds like an issue of flow, perhaps thermostat is sticking open.

Yeah, tell me about it!

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« Reply #5426 on: January 15, 2018, 06:36:22 AM »
I'm fairly certain I'm bipolar, I've having one of my manic "feels like I can fly" episodes and I have the compulsion to laugh for no reason whatsoever.  It'll only be a matter of time before I come back crashing down though.  Would be nice if I spent more time in a manic state versus a depressed one though, I just feel so energized and happy and my brain has this rushing tingling sensation.  From one extreme to another.
You should not go around telling others your Bi Polar Box.
Just tell them your a tad bit nuts crazy.

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« Reply #5427 on: January 15, 2018, 06:40:06 AM »
I have been working the Vette Forum past few days.
Moral & traffic was very slow.
I have been posting & doing tech,
Traffic is back up there. Lots of visitors stopping by.
No Sponsorsor supporting vendors giving me sheet.
The Main Mods I all know.
Its my show for a while to rebuild the website and get them back driving & Racing Corvettes.

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« Reply #5428 on: January 15, 2018, 06:41:30 AM »
I have the guys joining in and talking, Ramble about everything & anything.
Like Box's thread here.

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« Reply #5429 on: January 15, 2018, 06:46:50 AM »
Also working on E85 Conversion Do It Yourself.
Going to write an article on it.

Found my BLP Bo Laws Billet Metering Blocks for E85 fuel.
They are on sale.
Get it done the main hard parts to convert for under $100.
They are sale.
For the BLP Bo Laws 1085 cfm Pro Flow series Holley 4150 I had custom built for me in 2011.
I have not used it yet.
I will in 2018.
E85 is $1.25 per gallon here only local.
105 RM/2 Fuel.
Going to make it possible to run full bore and safe cheep Fuel !

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« Reply #5430 on: January 15, 2018, 03:51:42 PM »
I wish E85, ethanol, and bio-diesel would take off...  Why it won't is beyond me, all vehicles out there can be converted to run it.  Get off our dependence on non-renewable foreign oil, and we get to keep the cars we know and love running so long as parts are made for them.  I wish we had more E85 in Alabama, I think there're only a few stations in the whole state.  Sure your economy drops(at least with E85/ethanol, not so much bio-diesel) but the fuel is cheaper, and you can tune for more power.

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« Reply #5431 on: January 15, 2018, 04:24:46 PM »
...Get off our dependence on non-renewable foreign oil...

We will: think electric.  Don't be surprised if in the next 10 years half the passenger cars are electric.

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« Reply #5432 on: January 15, 2018, 04:41:22 PM »
The only problem with electric is the dependency on lithium and other rare earth metals and the negative environmental impact there not only in production but also energizing them.  Of course there's no perfect solution, but I think bio fuels and hydrogen are the way to go.  That or a combination of bio-fuels, hydrogen, and electric.  Unlike some car people I do actually like SOME hybrids and electrics, I like the first generation Honda Insight and the CR-Z.  The fact they're two doors with a manual has everything to do with it.  I also like the Tesla Roadster, as well as a few concepts that never made it to production like the Citroen GT.  Of course the Porsche 918, McLaren P1, and Ferrari LaFerrari are awesome too, but those are beyond mere mortals whereas stuff like the Insight and CR-Z most anyone can get.

I'd totally rock this Mugen CR-Z:
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« Reply #5433 on: January 15, 2018, 10:11:45 PM »
Electric is in the equation somewhere - whether powering the cars directly or powering the electrolysis plants required to break off and compress the hydrogen.

Big rigs may benefit from hydrogen, where cars would do best as electric.  We had a lot of charging stations in Seattle.    ABQ? not so much...

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« Reply #5434 on: January 15, 2018, 10:45:44 PM »
I wish E85, ethanol, and bio-diesel would take off...  Why it won't is beyond me, all vehicles out there can be converted to run it.  Get off our dependence on non-renewable foreign oil, and we get to keep the cars we know and love running so long as parts are made for them.  I wish we had more E85 in Alabama, I think there're only a few stations in the whole state.  Sure your economy drops(at least with E85/ethanol, not so much bio-diesel) but the fuel is cheaper, and you can tune for more power.
Right now its to my understanding we getting oil from Canada & our own offshore oil rigs.
Middle East Oil being imported not so much as in the past.

Venezuela has the largest oil reserves anywhere in the world.
Right now they are going through a terrible downfall Recession.
Most are unemployed and starving.
Its a Dictatorship Socialist mess.
When gas prices dropped here they fell into a Chaos.


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« Reply #5435 on: January 15, 2018, 10:47:14 PM »
Electric is in the equation somewhere - whether powering the cars directly or powering the electrolysis plants required to break off and compress the hydrogen.

Big rigs may benefit from hydrogen, where cars would do best as electric.  We had a lot of charging stations in Seattle.    ABQ? not so much...

Fuel cell cars be most practical if perfected for Green cars.

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« Reply #5436 on: January 15, 2018, 10:51:51 PM »
There are not power plants in the USA to support all electric Lithium Ion Battery powered cars.
The Tesla Semis Have a Huge Fault.
To make them fast charge as claimed you need a 3 megawatt charging station.
The Current is so high Human hands can not touch the charging cables.
Transient spark danger.
If it happens the guys hands, arms, & legs will blow off his body.
Literally.

Had to Robotic automated.

That is 3 megwatts per Semi truck to charge full in 1/2 hour.


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« Reply #5437 on: January 16, 2018, 07:36:09 AM »
I wish there was an electric f-150! Hate going to the gas station every other day. Electric is a great idea, but like anything new, the bugs need to be worked out. Agreed that they will still tax the environment with the increased demand for power continues. Govnt needs to figure out how to tax the consumer as well to get their 2c. Someone told me that CA has a user fee for autos, don't know how true that is. I can see something like quarterly checks for mileage then pay an amount on how much one drives. My brother is a homebuilder in Canada and they now require that all new homes have hookups for electric vehicles.
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« Reply #5438 on: January 16, 2018, 02:28:02 PM »
I don't think electric will really take off here until they can either get the charge time down or the driving distance up, as many people that do cross country driving either for a living or just your average person that takes a few trips each year.  I think internal combustion engines will be around for awhile, they're still developing new technologies like Mazda's compression ignition gasoline engine which is claimed to improve power and economy by 30%.  Then Mercedes Benz developed a pre-combustion chamber engine for their F1 cars that also uses a split turbo to spin a generator and they're able to get over 50% thermal efficiency, which that's for a race car but the technology could make its way into production cars.  So gasoline and E85/ethanol engines will be around for some time, diesel on the other hand probably not so much since other parts of the world have started outlawing their sale thanks to VW's stunt.

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« Reply #5439 on: January 16, 2018, 03:50:43 PM »
Something I have been thinking about with our temps staying in the teens for the last couple of weeks, how do electric car batteries hold up in extreme cold. My perception has always been that sub freezing temps are hard on batteries.
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