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Old 10-04-2005, 10:39 AM   #326
 
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Hi All,

I am getting ready to turn the key for the first time. I am currently reviewing all the electrical connections. Anyone out there have any recommendations as to possible electrical issues I should be on the watch for. I am currently looking at all the grounds. any other issues you are aware of would be very helpful.
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Hi All,

Well I just temporarily connected the battery and the instrument cluster started buzzing. All the instrument cluster lights came on, but there was this weird buzzing noise. When you turn the key, you get nothing.

I am going to continue reviewing the connections and finishing up some wiring details, but, from what I understand, it should operate fine the way that it is currently wired.

Let the good times roll.....
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Hi All,

Well... After reviewing all the wiring over and over and over and over again, I finally resolved the "buzzing" dash issue. It appears to have been a sticking "turn signal relay". It looks like I will have to replace that item. If it still buzzes with the new relay, I will have to re-work the grounds for that part of the wiring.

With that said, if all goes well today, we will be lighting this cracker this afternoon. I have all the fluids on order. I want to get the initial firing on tape for posterity. I better check the film in my good old Kodak super 8 movie camera. Does film have a shelf life? Oh, what the hell, I am sure that the film is still good. After all, it is only about 22 years old. :-)
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Hi All,

She's ALIVE!!!

After checking all the fluids and adding some premium petrol, inserting the key, depressing the clutch and turning the key, the engine turned over for about 10 seconds, sputtered a bit and then fired up. We only let it run for about 10 seconds before shutting it down. I still needed to complete the intercooler plumbing so we did not want to run it for long.

I will be posting a video of the whole affair once I figure out how to edit these movie clips down to something smaller that 30 meg. :-)

I have been pretty busy completing the intercooler plumbing and bleeding the air out of the cooling system. I will be posting an update with photos, etc as soon as I can pull myself away from all these fun filled details.

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Hi All,

OH, OH, OH..... I forgot to mention the sound.

It is just incredible. I could not be happier. A nice mellow rumble at idle and a throaty roar when reved.

Many thanks to the fellows at Magnaflow for recomending this system for our car. The fit and finish and sound are all we could possibly ask for....

I better stop now, a tear of joy is coming to my eye. Sniff, sniff... :-)
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OH, OH, OH..... I forgot to mention the sound.

It is just incredible. I could not be happier. A nice mellow rumble at idle and a throaty roar when reved.

Many thanks to the fellows at Magnaflow for recomending this system for our car. The fit and finish and sound are all we could possibly ask for....

I better stop now, a tear of joy is coming to my eye. Sniff, sniff... :-)
is it giong to stay a stock cobra motor? or do you ahve plans on heads/cams/kenne bell/etc?
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Old 10-06-2005, 04:26 PM   #333
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Congrats! Cant wait till shes done. I wanna see her in action!
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is it giong to stay a stock cobra motor? or do you ahve plans on heads/cams/kenne bell/etc?
Hi J,

Right now, we are going to keep the drivetrain stock. But... after we have everything running right, we will probably start upgrading the engine. after all, you can never have to much HP, or can you??? :-)
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Right now, we are going to keep the drivetrain stock. But... after we have everything running right, we will probably start upgrading the engine. after all, you can never have to much HP, or can you??? :-)


this is an amazing car....and from what it seems, it will only continue to shock everyone and get even better!
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Hi All,

This weekend went pretty well.

Wayne has the passenger side fender ready for primer. This fender really gave him fits. Every time he made an adjustment here, something would change there. Every time he fixed something there, something here would change. It was a combination of the fender not being quite right, the flare being totally different from the one on the other side and the curvature of the fender apron being slightly different than the drivers side. Even so, he has everything lining up just perfect. It is amazing the things you can accomplish if you just keep working at it and don't give up. There were many points along the way where I told him that it was good enough and Wayne just would not hear it. He was not going to give up until he was 100% happy with the results.



I on the other hand, got a second chance with the front valance. I was all prepared to let Wayne do all the work, but he would have none of it. This time he watched my progress and made sure that I did not mess this one up. All in all I am real happy with the results. Now I just have to open up the back side of the duct so that as much cool air as possible is directed into the intercooler heat exchanger.



With that said, it is time to get to work. Wayne is already hard at it and I am just sitting here at the keyboard typing on and on and on and on....

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Looking Good!!!

All that hard work is paying off now.
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Old 10-11-2005, 03:09 PM   #338
 
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Hi All,

I just updated the SN65 construction video. I have only made a few changes, and it still cannot be completed until the car is done.

Hope you like it.
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That was an awesome video slide show!

Looking Good! Hope to see it when its done!
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Hi all,

Here is my new favorite photo.



Looking kind of "sinister" isn't she?
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Here is my new favorite photo.



Looking kind of "sinister" isn't she?
Damn that thing looks tuff!!! I kinda wanta to touch it.
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Old 10-13-2005, 08:51 AM   #342
 
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Hi All,

Kind of busy this AM. There is a new update at the website.

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Old 10-17-2005, 08:48 AM   #343
 
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Hi All,

This weekend went pretty well.

I finished modifying and painting the hood latching hardware.



I also preliminarily fit up the rear interior panels. What a pain in the butt. I know that these panels were fit by hand on an assembly line, but gezzz, nothing lines up right. After assembling, disassembling, trimming, relocating tabs and re-drilling mounting holes, I finally ended up with a nice consistent fit. Now I just have to construct the structure for the floor and Wayne can paint the panels. We have to wait on painting these panels until after the floor structure is finished. We don't want to be scratching the newly painted surfaces now do we.



If you look at all the other photos on the site, you can get a real good feel for how the finished interior will look. I think that the blend of 65 and 03 works very well.

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Old 10-20-2005, 08:46 AM   #344
 
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Hi All,

I have the rear package tray fabed up. I used 1x2 clear pine for the structure. All the joints are half lap joints for strength. The structure is sheeted with Masonite. If you are wondering what we are going to do with the rear shock towers, we are going to have them covered with a leather "boot" similar to what you would see over a shifter. As you can see, we have located the 4x110 + 300 watt amp just above the batteries. If we wanted to, we could make a hole in the package tray and expose the illuminated "Hifonics" name, but as of today, we are thinking no. The package tray is going to be upholstered in the same leather we used for the dash. This should give it a more luxurious appearance (as opposed to the typical carpet).




Wayne has finished up the front valance and it is looking killer. If things go as planned, we should have the car in living color ready to start the final assembly by the end of next week.

Well, back to work. Today, I have to fab up the subwoofer enclosure.

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geez, man, we gotta teach you how to lay fiberglass. you've come too far and done too well to start with the home depot mods now.
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Hi SG,

We though of FRP, but thought that this would be a better the way to go. I have a FRP tray in my other 65 fastback and never really liked the way the piece fit, etc...

Also, once upholstered, it is going to look great.
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Hi All,

9:00 AM
This weekend Wayne and I had to run up to the cabin and shut it down for the winter. We looked at the whether forecast and felt that we could not wait any longer. Here are a few views of the lake from the pier.




We only spent two days up there and wished we could have spent more. The weather was beautiful, albeit a bit on the chilly side.

Even though we were out of town, some work was still completed in our absence. Our nephew Mike wired up the power amp and got the head unit fit up. He is wiring up the rest of the system today (power, ground, illumination, remote amp, etc...).




I on the other hand got the subwoofer enclosure well under way. I just need to complete the interior baffling and we can urethane the structure right to the wheel well. Right now, the top of the sub enclosure is flush with the trunk floor. This is nice because now, when we install the carpet, it will lay flat.



Wayne is catching up on some customer cars right now, but as soon as he is all caught up, he will start checking all the panels making sure that they are ready for paint. If all looks good, he should have everything in color by the end of next week.

4:30 PM
Wo Hoo!!! Mike got the system all wired up and functioning. Even though he just had the speakers sitting on the ground, I can tell that the stereo is going to be a killer. It is going to really crank inside the car, but unfortunately, the guys in the shop tell me I that you will be able to hear this car coming from a block or two away. :-)

Wayne says that the car is ready to paint. We just need to disassemble (again) and prep all the pieces. After we have the chassis stripped, he just has to schedule some booth time and a painter.

Things are looking good.

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Hi All,

And away we go...

Getting ready for applying the paint. Here Wayne has started the final steps prior to paint. Final priming, sealing, wet sanding, etc... I tell him "It looks good to me, just paint it." and he says "I know that you want to start putting it together, but I am not going to rush at this point in the project." I respond with "Boyd would have had this car painted months ago." His answer is "Well, if I were a slave driver who passed down unrealistic deadlines and had 30 people working on one car, I WOULD have had it done months ago." after which he firmly plants his foot up my ass. :-)



After apologizing profusely and removing said foot, I went about finished up the stereo installation. After some higher math calculations ( 1 / (pi x r squared x depth) ) I determined the finished size of the sub enclosure. What you see there is 1 cubic foot of air. To get a strong, air tight bond, we used urethane to bond the enclosure to the spare tire well. Now we have to figure out what to do with the cavity we created. Wayne suggests converting it into a martini bar. :-)

At this point, the dash is basically complete. To finish we just have to wire up the parking brake function to the head unit and install the windshield mounted AM FM antenna. We are going to mount the antenna behind the rear view mirror and the "green" band at the top of the windshield. If you are wondering about the green tape on the instrument cluster, it is there to prevent any stray dust from entering the unit. When we originally stored the unit, we did not take this into consideration. So, when we went to install the cluster, we found that the inside was covered with a light layer of dust. I had to disassemble the unit and clean the inside, which is no easy task. Getting into all the corners was a real pain in the butt.




Anyway, back to work. Today, I have to figure out how to mount the sill plates and kick panels.

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OMFG.. its coming along nicely... I need a mop and bucket to clean all this drool up.
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Old 10-31-2005, 03:35 PM   #350
 
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Hi All,

Lots of new photos at the site. Some great ones of the sealed panels.

Go to the month of Oct project journal and check it out. For those who don't know the way, just click the link at the bottom of the SN65 home page.
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