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1st kill with the 71. With the Wifey coming home from softball. Turning on to Barrington Rd from Schaumburg rd, its a double turn lane. Had the music bumping (half the music lol). Some young kid and his GF next to us in a 15ish Mustang Vert 5.0 in the turn lane next to us checking out my car, giggling and shit. I have to take turns super slow to prevent body roll and I think he thought that meant its race time. Once I was straight he looked at me and I knew what time it was. Hammered down and we were dead nuts even, I pulled on him on the top end with the sounds bumping. I slowed down by Sonic so he could catch up to me so I could LOL at him. He kept slowing down so he didnt have to get next to me. My Wife looked at me and said you just ruined that kids night in front of his GF lmmfao.
How's ol girl shift under power? when it was here everything was just a tad too fresh for me to feel comfortable giving it all the beans.
 
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How's ol girl shift under power? when it was here everything was just a tad too fresh for me to feel comfortable giving it all the beans.
Felt really good, going in for a tune next Wednesday. Still going in and out of lock up occasionally while cruising.
See if we can sort that out when its tuned.
 
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Should be interesting during the next week. Being NOTHING has went right with this car so far. I'm expecting the worst but hoping for the best.
If all goes well, I'll enjoy her the next 8-10 weeks before we put her to rest for the season and get started on the interior and turbo build.

She is off to Satera_Tuning Satera_Tuning tomorrow to get tuned. I have zero expectations number wise, just want her to be reliable with a little pep in her step.
When Jeremy does the single turbo build over the winter is when we will shoot for #'s.

Then Friday off to finally get the suspension installed. If the suspension goes on without a hiccup, I'm going to go play the lottery lol.

Next week my grill should be here and my headlight bezels I sent out for re-chrome like 10 weeks ago should be done.
 
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Well made it to Satera and of course it didnt go as planned, why would it lol. Apparently in order for Jeremy to hook up his laptop to the Holley system we needed a brand (Holley) specific plug/adapter. So he was able to get her on the rollers but could only tune thru the little hand held 3.5" screen that comes with the Holley Terminator. So limited on what he could do.

Anyway, she was pig fucking rich when I brought her in. He leaned her out, added some timing and fucked with the lock up on the trans. Put down 350ish to the wheels and like 325TQ. Feels 100% better and the drivability is a lot different now. Discussed the turbo build while I was there. More than likely going with a single 80mm turbo. I know practically nothing about turbos as I have always been a SC guy. I know the concept of them and how they work, but as far as why an 80MM and other questions about the build, I probably dont know the answer lol. I've known Jeremy a long time and he has been screaming turbo at me with all my builds and I trust him and his expertise. So I will take him for his word and I will educate myself as well.
 
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Did one of you order the Holley specific adapter ? would be nice to have on hand
I’m gonna go out to my garage after dinner to see if it came with it. I highly doubt it but will check first. If I don’t have it, I will order one as it’s 100% needed when he does the turbo build.
 
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Little odds and ends I’ve had sitting in my garage. New door sills and door jamb hardware. Have Billet window cranks and a Billet dress up kit for steering column. Will do all that when I swap out my standard steering column to a tilt column. Have the tilt column sitting in garage as well. I gotta paint it black before I install it. Haven’t done a steering column in probably 20yrs. So that will be fun.

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Shawn1112 Shawn1112 I have that data cable if you need to borrow one.. It plugs in right where your three and a half in handheld dash thing does
 

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Discussed the turbo build while I was there. More than likely going with a single 80mm turbo. I know practically nothing about turbos as I have always been a SC guy. I know the concept of them and how they work, but as far as why an 80MM and other questions about the build, I probably dont know the answer lol. I've known Jeremy a long time and he has been screaming turbo at me with all my builds and I trust him and his expertise. So I will take him for his word and I will educate myself as well.
As in an s480? If so, it's a great turbo, but likely overkill if you're going to be staying with a stock bottom-end or close to that.

I forget which engine you have, but if it's a 4.8 or 5.3, look into the standard T6 s475 with the 83mm turbine wheel(factory is 96mm). It'll spool super quick and make that car a shit ton of fun on the street.

If you're looking to do a built motor and/or make more than say 600-650rwhp, then the 96mm s475 or the s480 would definitely be the better choice.

In any event, that car will rip with a turbo on it.
 

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As in an s480? If so, it's a great turbo, but likely overkill if you're going to be staying with a stock bottom-end or close to that.

I forget which engine you have, but if it's a 4.8 or 5.3, look into the standard T6 s475 with the 83mm turbine wheel(factory is 96mm). It'll spool super quick and make that car a shit ton of fun on the street.

If you're looking to do a built motor and/or make more than say 600-650rwhp, then the 96mm s475 or the s480 would definitely be the better choice.

In any event, that car will rip with a turbo on it.

i think he has an Lq4 iirc from my recent re-read
 
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Shawn1112 Shawn1112 I have that data cable if you need to borrow one.. It plugs in right where your three and a half in handheld dash thing does
Thats the cable and correct on where it plugs in. I already ordered from Amazon, figured we are going to need it regardless.
But appreciate the offer.
As in an s480? If so, it's a great turbo, but likely overkill if you're going to be staying with a stock bottom-end or close to that.

I forget which engine you have, but if it's a 4.8 or 5.3, look into the standard T6 s475 with the 83mm turbine wheel(factory is 96mm). It'll spool super quick and make that car a shit ton of fun on the street.

If you're looking to do a built motor and/or make more than say 600-650rwhp, then the 96mm s475 or the s480 would definitely be the better choice.

In any event, that car will rip with a turbo on it.
I'll discuss that with Jeremy

Stock bottom end for now, but might go full retard a few years down the road if I still have the car and/or when I hurt the engine. The way I drive, I'll probably hurt the engine at some point.

I have the 6.0 and 600-700whp on corn is where I plan to start. Probably closer to 600ish, but we will see lol
 

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At least do rod bolts
 
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And she is at the suspension shop in Joliet and as soon as I pull in the bad news starts. Wasnt even out of my car and got the bad news.
The owner tells me just eye balling it, my rear end will need to be shortened. I said you gotta be fucking shitting me, had I known that I would have did a 7" rear lip.
He said he sees it often where the passenger side rear sits a little to close for comfort. He is right as I noticed that when washing her. Drivers side I have about 1/2"-3/4" more room than the passenger side. My Regal was the same and my guys Box Chevy was as well. He said he might be able to split the difference on the 2 sides and will give it his best shot. But I know thats not happening, as I have mentioned multiple times. Nothing at all has gone right lol. So a 1.5 day job will now turn in to a 3-4 day job lol.
 

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And she is at the suspension shop in Joliet and as soon as I pull in the bad news starts. Wasnt even out of my car and got the bad news.
The owner tells me just eye balling it, my rear end will need to be shortened. I said you gotta be fucking shitting me, had I known that I would have did a 7" rear lip.
He said he sees it often where the passenger side rear sits a little to close for comfort. He is right as I noticed that when washing her. Drivers side I have about 1/2"-3/4" more room than the passenger side. My Regal was the same and my guys Box Chevy was as well. He said he might be able to split the difference on the 2 sides and will give it his best shot. But I know thats not happening, as I have mentioned multiple times. Nothing at all has gone right lol. So a 1.5 day job will now turn in to a 3-4 day job lol.
Is it not possible to center the rear end with adjustable control arms or a panhard bar?
 
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Is it not possible to center the rear end with adjustable control arms or a panhard bar?
I have adjustable control arms, he said he will give it a shot but no promises. I was just saying, with my luck so far that’s wishful thinking.
 

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