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 Post subject: Re: 1975 TX Coupe - Lowdown Styled G200W Drift Gem NOW RUNNI
PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2012 8:51 pm 
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Today I drove it for the first time since I bought the shell... about half a metre forward in the shed :P
At least now I know that the clutch and gearbox works. I also jacked up the back and checked to make sure it ran through each gear properly.

I'll need to put the old Salisbury back in the TE again so I can move it out of the way, then after I bleed the brakes to get a decent pedal I may just have a driveway/street video to show before the year is over.

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 Post subject: Re: 1975 TX Coupe - Lowdown Styled G200W Drift Gem NOW RUNNI
PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 3:40 pm 
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...and here we are: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kb5boCnO ... tube_gdata

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 10:21 pm 
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Well that escalated quickly! Haha congrats mate!!!


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2012 12:24 am 
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I swear I'm going to knock something together with that Meme and this car when it's sideways...

Speaking of which, since I'm not going back to work until the 7th of January, and I got an invitation to drive at a drift Wedding/practice day (yes, I'm being 100% serious) on the 5th, I decided it would be worthwhile using that as the car's official unveiling and shakedown. I've since gone back and redone the timing properly with a timing light (thanks Pete), so it now idles and runs reasonably well for an untouched tune.
I took it for a sneaky 30 second squirt up the street, and it feels quite good, but ultimately the only places I can truly test it properly are on a dyno or at a track day.
Greased up the balljoints, bled the brakes (the pedal is ROCK solid which I'm very pleased about), and refitted all the good suspension. Also fitted up the Cobra bucket for the driver, and with the help of a few zip-ties, in true drifter style, mounted the hand controller as my temporary instrument cluster.

The only things now, are a few exhaust leaks due to using an old flange gasket, and no clamp for the rear muffler, as well as the fact that the alternator isn't charging the battery. However I'm putting the latter down to the fact that the external regulator isn't hooked up.
Unless I can get it all fixed up in time, it will have no working headlights, taillights, or indicators, but the bare essentials will be there, and that's all I need.

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 Post subject: Re: 1975 TX Coupe - Lowdown Styled G200W Drift Gem NOW RUNNI
PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2013 2:10 pm 
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Yeah you definitely need an external reg. I wouldn't even connect the alternator without one personally. lol, I misread part of that to read "I cable tied the bucket seat in" I was like 0.0 whoa, that's taking drift a bit far hahaha. Excellent work though man, be great to see it out there.

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 Post subject: Re: 1975 TX Coupe - Lowdown Styled G200W Drift Gem NOW RUNNI
PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2013 9:54 pm 
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So at this point it looks like I may be doing the whole weekend, considering it's only another $50 for a full day's drifting, it's kind of a no-brainer. Just needed to find someone who could tow on both days.

Car is pretty much done, cleaned up the earths and it seems to hold charge a lot better now. Even if I need a jump or two over the weekend I'm not too concerned. I can take the batteries back with me to charge them up overnight if need be.

Mount the extinguisher, changed the fluids, gave it a quick alignment by eye, and just tidied up the last few things needed. Went down to Bunnings today and got the stuff to make up a new intake, as I wasn't satisfied with the hacked up job that was done. Don't laugh... PVC is awesome for budget spec...

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2013 2:45 am 
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Uggh... where do I begin?...

Okay, so Eli helped tow me out to Tailem on Saturday, and immediately shit started going wrong. It took nearly all morning before everything was ready and we could actually take it out for a test.
The whole day one thing after another went wrong with the car, and eventually I was forced to give up when the fuel pump decided to die.

After all that work, there are a number of key issues that will need to be addressed before the car can even be considered close to usable for drift, or anything else for that matter.

1: The battery is still getting drained, and likely the alternator either isn't supplying charge, or simply can't cope with the additional load from the EFI upgrade.
2: due to some unknown cause, the steering has next to no feedback (castor specifically) which makes the car nigh on unslideable.
3: In addition, the brand new directionals (Admiral 712s) I intended to use for steerers are completely useless. Plows majorly and is just a nightmare to drive on. Federal 595s are the go.
4: There is a slow oil leak of some sort which appears to be coming from the rear main seal (fingers crossed, easy fix compared to NLA sump gasket). Not happy, as this was supposed to be a reasonably fresh rebuild km wise.
5: Numerous electrical connections not up to scratch over the day, mainly due to my rushed job getting everything working. Not to mention the fact that most of the standard loom, including lights, doesn't work.
6: Though I knew this prior, the rust holes in the firewall will not be acceptable for any future events. I was given leigh-way for this event only.
7: As above, at the end of the day, the fuel pump cut out completely, so a brand new item is likely the way things will have to go.

On top of that, I missed out on the second day today, but I got a steer another driver's hachi for a few laps (my first time in one, passenger or driving) which helped put a smile on my face.

It's been another very frustrating weekend, but that's cars/drift for you, and considering I got the car from a bare shell to on the track within a month or so, with a completely untested package, I'd be surprised if everything went perfectly to plan.
I know the work that needs to be done, but for now this car will have to take a back seat so I can get other priorities sorted, and then focus on the red car for this years Gemini Nationals at Easter.

A few photos of the day from the dozen or so runs that were managed between Eli and myself.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2013 11:25 am 
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Ahh well, at least you got out there! Thats getting a new car to the track, as you sort out the last things it'll turn in to a package that just works and your next milestone will be the first time nothing goes wrong, and you can drive it on to the trailer at the end of the day. I had a whole lot of trouble with the srgem the first few times I hit the track with it, and it was an awesome feeling the first time it made it out there and survived a whole day!

That last pic looks awesome.

I doubt the efi is too much load for the alternator. Ive been watching this thread http://www.ozgemini.com/forums/tech/vie ... hp?t=24163 where someone is saying they arnt getting enough charge, and it sounds like thats a sign of the brushes being worn out. Re-co/replace/upgrade methinks.


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 Post subject: Re: 1975 TX Coupe - Lowdown Styled G200W Drift Gem NOW RUNNI
PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 9:19 pm 
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Hopefully this alloy fan spacer is better than what you have :D I sort of guessed the thickness but can trim it down easily enough if needed.

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If it doesn't fit then you can use it to throw at the neighbours cat or something :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: 1975 TX Coupe - Lowdown Styled G200W Drift Gem NOW RUNNI
PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2013 9:24 am 
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Niiiiiiiiice! That looks perfect :D

I'll have to come up and grab it soon, once I have a working car again that is...

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