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svtlover last won the day on August 24 2016

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About svtlover

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    Old enough to know better still young enough to do it anyway

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    '98 CSVT eo 3.0
  1. svtlover

    Lowered final drive

    I would like to lower (raise lol) all the gears, so not just 5th. I think this means the output shaft as well. Anyway - so no one out here, no shop, knows how to do this?
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    Lowered final drive

    Kind of a sensitive topic for me as I had talked a couple of times with Terry Haines about sending him my HMS trans for conversion of the final drive....but now that he's gone..... My trans was built by Terry (according to the seller Billy Henninger) but I haven't confirmed. I know Terry always marked his transmissions but from the photos I've seen you have to pull the tranny to see it. Anyway, I know this transmission shifts much smoother, with better gating, than my stock one in my old silfro so I don't have any reason to doubt Billy. Regardless, I'm wondering if shotwell or mondeoman or aussieford or somebody here in the PNW does transmission work or knows of a shop that knows the MTX-75 really well? And can help me out? I don't plan on doing this right now, I'm just getting all my ducks in a row. Slowly the whole Vortech build plan is coming together. Thanks in advance, Brad
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    Interior Mods

    momo GT50 50th Anniversay Limited Edition (200 copies). The hub adapter for a Focus works....if you don't want cruise control. Much fab work ensues.....
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    V-9 Vortech install for # 3544

    Haven't posted on this thread for a while, but there has been plenty of cud-chewing over this next build phase. AWD Mondy's, yeah sure - not really an option since they're so rare. I've tried the idea of only sending about 30% of the torque to the rear of the XType to prevent damage, which in theory sounds good......except I'd still be dealing with the weak Jag trans and no Quaife. Terry says no way on hooking the Quaife to the Jag transmission. I realize many out there have already been through all this........With some luck, I'll still be pulling the engine this spring. My buddy Shawn can handle the forged internals and balancing for me. I guess I'll settle for a bargain basement regular old FWD S/C 3.0.........
  5. Come on Bugzuki - be there - I must meet the legend!
  6. 1. PNWContour 2. Ivan 3. Jeff Allen 4. Darrius 5. FMonkey 6. Bugzuki ( maybe) 7. Pedro 8. Nathan 9. MotoCam 10. AussieFord 11. MondeoMan 12. Shotwell 13. svtlover 14. Ca SVT Driver
  7. svtlover

    IMRC or No IMRC

    lol spridget I like high revving engines, so to me the IMRC is really fun. The perceived lack of torque is really just the lack of displacement. The dead spot is just part of its charm! I searched the world over to find the "best of both worlds" and came across a 3.0 Hybrid with Stage 2 heads/custom cams. Bought it, love it, paid too much money for it. But, it has almost no "lag" - just big torque then on to an almost turbo-like rush up to about 7,300. So I'd recommend a hybrid with custom cams. I know a lot of people don't like hybrids but I love mine. Let the hate mail begin.
  8. svtlover

    FALL MEET DISCUSSION

    I will need a definite date in September before committing but I'm interested for sure. Really want to see the auto museum!
  9. svtlover

    List of People attending the June 6th meet

    I will be there; will have to mix this meet in with driving exotic street-legal race cars during the "Portland Driving Experience" lol. My cup runneth over
  10. svtlover

    Local Portland car tasks

    I'll be in the Portland area June 5-6 if anyone wants to get together. Satya (or PDX or whoever is in charge) - I'm still interested in the A pillar mirror mounts and the C pillar sail panels off that parts car if available. Glad to contribute $ toward the effort. Nice work saving one more CSVT!
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    Local Portland car tasks

    Satya it's been great watching your progress. Very nice. We have similar taste btw - my goal is a few cf bits and hypersilver or similar accents.
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    V-9 Vortech install for # 3544

    Sorry I've not posted in a while, but nothing much happening. Thus far no luck on getting the cam profile; Billy lost the data card. He says he'll contact the shop that did the head work but who knows.......I don't blame him - not his car anymore. One note to make in response to 2000SVTC - I run 91 octane - without ethanol when I can find it - plus NOS octane booster that says it's tested to add 3 octane "for real", so you're right on the money here. 93 is not available in my town. At roughly 94 octane, the car runs strongest and smoothest, which in a qualitative way is proof that my hybrid is indeed a high compression unit as advertised by Billy (the prior owner/builder). At this point my goal - considering I know the CR is too high, even IF the DCR is low enough - is to budget more. Because I know I have a "keeper" CSVT here, my immediate goals have changed. My thinking now is first to do a basic tune locally to be sure the plugs/wires and ECU are in good order. Next, I've located a dyno tuner with some CSVT experience (still about 5 hours away, but still "local") that I think I'll work with to see if I can get a little more out of my current engine, which I think has more potential. It's a good hybrid, with a nasty top end that is unique compared to most 3.0's due to the stage 2 heads. Why not enjoy the car as is a while longer; after all this is a really strong 3.0 car with a built tranny/Quaife..... Long term, I want to budget for a proper build with forged internals. The dyno tune will reveal a bit more data about what's going on, ie., torque/hp curves including low/high points, etc. Perhaps then I'll feel more comfortable with whether these heads could just be bolted straight back on to the "new" block - complete with low compression pistons. Considering how much power and torque this engine with FI will make, I think another dream of mine could be realized by considering the AWD conversion I've mentioned before, so again it's back to budgeting. I used to lust after owning an Audi Quattro back in the day; this would be the best of both worlds. I'm really worried about screwing up the perfect handling I've achieved with all the suspension mods I've done, so again there's nothing wrong with having a little patience and just enjoying the car as is for a while longer. I love the way this car rotates through an apex, and adding a rear diff - probably with a limited slip - may ruin this handling trait I currently love. I had a WRX with LSD and this thing was such a pusher. Dialing it out was nearly impossible. Subaru even came up with a "fix" for this for the STi, but from what I've read even the torque distribution control didn't eliminate the understeering tendency completely. Thus far nobody, including PRT, knows how to keep or make a LSD for the front diff once the AWD conversion is done. Always compromises!
  13. svtlover

    V-9 Vortech install for # 3544

    Update - I've taken info from here and CEG and looked through it. One thread highlights a Mondy s/c with AWD conversion build. This conversion is so inspirational - makes me want to just quit for now, save money, and go all the way with a s/c AWD conversion. In the meantime, I'm waiting on the custom cam profile for my hybrid - the prior owner says he has the specs so we'll see. Nothing yet. Anyway, perhaps, if the dynamic CR is low enough (based on the longer duration I've been quoted), the V9 may work. Still, with the high static CR on my hybrid (11.24 to 1 perhaps) it's not looking real positive. Forged internals are obviously the way to go. Tearing down a perfectly good, low mileage hybrid seems ridiculous to me. Big boosted power would be nice, but the car is fun as is. 340 hp + going through the front wheels - even with the Quaife - would be a handful.
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