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PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2013 11:38 pm    Post subject: got a leak Reply with quote

finally got around to putting the carb back on after fixing stripped threads and some other issues. the secondary float needle was junk and ended up fouling out the plugs when i fired it. fixed that. fired it again and starts running like $hit. bring the rpms up just a bit and get a huge puff of water mist out of the BOV. damn air-to-water intercooler has a leak. looks like im going to have to cut it open to find the leak Evil or Very Mad Head Bang
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 12:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That sucks. Seems like everyone is having troubles getting things running. As soon as you fix one thing something else breaks!
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 2:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry to hear about it Keith. May be if you ran more ethanol coolant in the intercooler you could turn it into a water injection system? Only kidding.

Seriously couldn't you return the intercooler and let whoever you bought it from fix it? That is going to involve a lot of welding on really thin metal once you find the leak and there is no guarantee that you won't create a new leak.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 8:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Seriously couldn't you return the intercooler and let whoever you bought it from fix it?


I think that's what he's doing. (He made it himself). Wink

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 10:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm with you man. Leaks,Leaks,Leaks....

I want an umpa lumpa now!

Well if you play you pay I guess. That is what we signed up for when we started this hobby/Fun?

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 6:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I felt bad for the Nova this Saturday because it's been sitting sorta neglected for a while. I've got another buddy that might take his car to the track for the first time so I thought I might take mine. It's had an exhaust leak for a while so I was going to change the header gaskets. Long story short it was aggravating right up to the next to last bolt which stripped the threads out of the head. I'm amazed it took this long as I have had trouble with them since the turbo installation. Now it's pull all the turbo stuff off and put helicoils in all of them. I'm with Paul - THIS IS SO MUCH FREAKIN FUN! - not exactly what I said while I was laying under the car though Evil or Very Mad . Glad to see we're all having fun - I guess......Clay
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 25, 2013 9:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Clay, welcome to the club.

On a positive note it appears the racing bug is biting. Let's get to the track and burn some dinosaur bones.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 26, 2013 9:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh I know it's part of the deal, it's just funny to me that nobody can seem to get anything running (squeezer seems to be the only one). Let the games begin!! Clay
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 26, 2013 11:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

seems i recall squeeezer was stuck on 1.80 60s last time the rest of us were running. the tables have turned and now we cant even get our $h!t out of the driveway Laughing .
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 27, 2013 4:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Adding to my to do list is the wife's Durango. She came home last night saying it's making a grinding noise. Sure enough rear brakes are junk.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 01, 2013 12:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

found it. has a tiny pinhole at an overlapping seam on the end tank on the outlet. took over an hour @ 60psi water pressure to find it. i plugged one end and hooked the water hose up to it Wink .
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 01, 2013 9:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good news. So what's next to get it running?
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2013 11:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ok, not so good news. the leak is coming from between the plates in the core. its not actually made for liquid. it was an air to air bar and plate intercooler that i converted over. everytime i weld on it, the leak gets worse between the plates. im guessing its soldered together and im melting the solder away. im working on making a new core. im experimenting with an old radiator. if what im doing works ill have it back together in a few days. i would buy one but i would still have to cut it up and re-weld it to fit it under the dash. then i would be melting out the solder again. is this fun yet ?
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 2013 10:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They use small aluminum radiators for heater cores now in some foreign imports. Wouldn't that make a better start than a full size radiator?

To be truthful I have not been able to figure out which cars got them as I wanted one for my car (I ended up just loosing the brass and copper stock one to get a full aluminum cooling system so I could run a high pressure cap).

If you have a good parts man at your auto supply house he or she should be able to find you one (since I got out of building motors and lost my buy on account, I not only lost my discount on pricing but any help from the counter personnel as I am now just another walk in to them).
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 2013 10:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i cut up a radiator to double the core. it will be 21x8x3. welded the two cores together today. i was surprised at how well it actually welded. didnt seem to disturb the tubes either. by next week i should have the tanks made. if it pressure checks ok then i just have to make the outer shell.
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