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    Tachometer calibration needed

    I installed a SBF 347 in my old 1988 Lotus Esprit a few years ago (I did take the Lotus engine out first...). The conversion took a while to say the least. The car runs well, pretty much as planned/expected. Ignition and fueling is by way of an 8 stack downdraft system using FAST 2.0 ECU...
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    Bonneville Speed Week 2022 is a wash out......

    For some decades now I've wanted to attend Bonneville Speed Week and enjoy the crazy and fun gear head goings on there. This year (August 7-12th) my son and I decided to go, and have a fun father-son experience. Unfortunately, there was a big downpour on the Saturday preceding Speed Week...
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    Small block Ford intake manifold gasket - install dry?

    Putting the intake manifold back on after adding an additional vacuum port. In the past I have used Fel-pro 1262 S3 ("Printoseal") and been pretty pleased - no leaks. I've tended to use a very light smear of RTV on both faces of the gasket, and this seems to hvae worked well.....however...
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    To accumulate, or not....

    Hi fellas, been a while since I've been on the site. Making some improvements to the Frankenlotus project (Lotus Esprit with 347 SBF). I'm wondering if there's any need or benefit to having a fuel pressure accumulator plumbed into the fuel delivery system downstream of the twin bosch fuel...
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    Help with 28oz external balancer and timing

    Have a spare 28oz external balancer for later SBF 302 - looks like the attached. Couple of questions I'm hoping folks can help me with: 1. Does anyone know how I should be reading the timing marks on this one? Why are there two scales? What does each represent? 2. For roughing in timing...
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    Collector car insurance - any good suggestions?

    Unfortunately, I've not had very good experience over recent years with a number of the usual suspects here: 1. Grundy. This past year they doubled the premium from the prior year ($850/yr. from $400/yr. previously) and auto-renewed the policy when I previously told them not to renew it. I...
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    Question about oil coolers and oil cooling...

    Refinement work continues on my "Fortus" frankenstein Lotus esprit project (347 stroker in a Lotus Esprit). Things are basically running well and I'm pleased with all systems - fueling, engine, transaxle, exhaust, brakes, etc. She runs relatively cool generally speaking. When things get hot I...
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    Audi 016. Been a while.....

    Been a while since I've been on the site here. Completing a recovery from bone marrow cancer (leukemia) and starting to get back to normal. Great to be getting out to the garage and mucking around with the greasy bits (no, not mine). I have two Audi 016's. Both are good boxes, and have been...
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    Calling all old Audi 016s laying around.....

    As my health is improving I'm starting to get back out into the garage and want to complete the improvements to my Lotus Esprit 347 ITB Ford project. I have a number of things to do including improving the shift linkage, adding some further cooling, powder coating some parts that'll need to...
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    FS USA Chevy Big Block 8 Stack ITB Fuel Injection

    Big block Chevy ITB fuel injection manifold - complete. This is a Speedmaster individual throttle body (ITB) system for big block Chevy. Very nicely made, polished, ready to bolt on. Includes fuel rails and fuel pressure regulator. You will need your ECU and sensors and injectors. FAST makes a...
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    FS USA Small Block Ford 8 Stack Fuel Injection

    8 stack fuel injection for small block Ford. This is an individual throttle body (ITB) set up with 8 throttle bodies and butterflies. Made by SpeedMaster. Very well made, and ready to be installed. Brand new, with all the parts you need other than the ECU, injectors and idle valve. Includes...
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    Question about brakes: leading caliper or trailing caliper......

    Question is: does a leading caliper have any effect upon rear suspension dynamics v. a trailing caliper? Assume a trailing radius arm type rear suspension. Thanks in advance.
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    LSD question.

    I have always been under the impression that a clutch pack type LSD has a "built-in" design feature that provides more lockup when it's called upon. What I mean is that while the clutch plates allow a certain amount of slip based upon friction surface, stack pressure, number of plates, state of...
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    Throttle body trumpets - need some short ones.....

    Anybody know where I can get some short-ish trumpets for ITB's I have on my 347? Currently, the trumpets are probably too tall to fit in the available space. As cool as the tall trumpets look, I'm going to have to replace them with something shorter. Anyone know where short trumpets like in...
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    Break-in oil - recommendations

    What's a good break-in motor oil for a new Ford crate motor? Synthetic? Old skool non-synthetic? Recommended weight? Thanks
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    DIY shade tree in the age of electric vehicles....

    For those shade tree mechanics out there in the age of electric vehicles......is this what we have coming our way? Is this the future? Can I Fix This Tesla MESS?? - YouTube
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    Minimum fuel line size for 347 with EFI

    Just a quick question here - interested in folk's opinion on minimum fuel line size for a mild-ish 347 running 8 stack/multi-port EFI. My current system is plumbed with AN-6 and it just looks a little small to me. Fuel pressure is in the 60psi range with twin pumps and a fuel pressure...
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    Oil cooler placement

    Just wondering if I should expect some troubles with this oil cooler placement. It's rather high, just about the same height as the mid-point of the valve covers. It's located there because this is what was the fresh air inlet for the intake on the old turbo motor. I'll add a fan to boost...
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    Question about ignition options....

    I have to replace the large (huge!) HEI distributor on my 347 with something smaller to clear the new injection manifold and TB's going onto the car. The HEI dizzy is just way too big to clear. So, what I'm looking for is either a small sized distributor ignition system, or a distributor-less...
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    Stainless mig welding a custom exhaust system

    Just wondering if I should tackle welding up a custom stainless exhaust system (downstream of the 4-into-1 manifold and collector) for my bastardized Lotus Esprit project (with a SBF). I'm a decent mig welder with mild steel - good penetration, strong welds, not the prettiest looking welds...
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