Things are starting to look like they're going somewhere, so its time to make a thread.
Oh, you naive bastard, you.
So this build thread has basically been a whole lot of nothing. The reason for that being, I'm a college student working a part-time sometimes job, and I have other bills to pay. As a result, I've just been gathering parts over the last two years, and I doubt anyone wants to read thread with "I just bought this, here's a picture!"
At this point in the build, I've become less concerned with making the absolute most power possible and have became more focused on building the car for me and enjoying the build, which means I'm not necessarily going to be doing things... conventionally. I like the customization factor of these things far better than just bolting pieces on. But more on that later.
Anyhow, here's where I am with the motor:
- 97 Cobra Teksid block
- 4v C-Heads from a Lincoln Continental
- (4/8) Manley Forged H-Beam Rods
- Forged 97 Cobra crank
- Canton windage tray
- 97 Cobra oil pump
- FRPP High Volume oil pickup tube
- FRPP 4v timing set
- 3 bolt timing cover
- Lincoln Aviator lower intake manifold
I only have 4/8 of the rods because buying all 8 at once would hurt me pretty bad, so I'm stretching that pain out a bit and buying them one by one when I have the cash. But I can't cheap out on rods.
I'm going with an Aviator lower intake because I found a good deal on one, people seem to see improvements in the lower RPM range with them, and it's different so why not? I plan on fabricating a custom upper lid for it.
The main hump I'm trying to get over is machine work, but a) Finding a machine shop that I trust around here that doesn't have a 6 month turn-around is impossible, and b) $$$$$$$$$$$$$$. Once I get past the machine shop phase, however, it should be a downhill climb from there.
I also am in possession of a power adder that I'll talk about in the future, when it's ready to go in. It'll definitely require a bit of fabrication, but I think I'll have fun with it.
On the aesthetic side of things, I've been collecting a few things to make the car look less like a rolling pile of dung over the past year or so. I haven't put any of them on/in yet because I've been waiting for it to all come together. I ordered probably the biggest thing for the car on Friday, so I can say that it should hopefully be all coming together soon. I'll try to update the build thread with some of my interior/exterior projects that are coming up.
So yeah, this update is pretty boring, but just to give you an idea of what I'm doing to the car right now, it's been sitting with a fried clutch for about 6 months now because it's been too cold and I've been too busy to work on it until now. So it is currently in the air, as I fight the exhaust, just waiting for a brand new FRPP clutch (which, even with just the 2v, will be an improvement over the cheap econo-clutch I put in 3 years ago). I'll take more pictures if anything crazy happens, but I'm really hoping for a smooth procedure lol.
I also decided to go ahead and pull the intake and fix the coolant leak I've been ignoring for the better part of 2.5 years. Pulling the intake just so happens to give me awesome access to the top 2 transmission bolts. Win Win!
So that's all I got for now. Here's to hoping it doesn't take me another year to update this thread.