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    Get a thread gauge and measure what you have. Try...

    Get a thread gauge and measure what you have. Try [boltdepot.com] as they offer a wider range of metric sizes and quality. I've used them in the past for unique fitments.
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    I have an XS Birkin in LA that you are welcome to...

    I have an XS Birkin in LA that you are welcome to try. It is cavernous compared to an S3 but the pedal box is the most rewarding difference. PM if you are interested.
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    I instructed for PCA in the Northeast years back...

    I instructed for PCA in the Northeast years back and for POC when we moved to California. It was a fatality during a DE at Lime Rock that brought in the mandatory seat back brace. We really tried to...
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    The Raceline dry sump and wet sump both have...

    The Raceline dry sump and wet sump both have nearly the same depth below the block. No help there. They both fit inside the Birkin skid plate. After driving mine for 2000 mi., I would be reluctant to...
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    As you can see, I haven't fully mastered...

    As you can see, I haven't fully mastered attachments.
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    Airbox fabrication

    I have been interested in improving the performance of my 2.3l Duratec with an eye toward cost effectiveness. Toward this end, I decided to fabricate a cold air induction system. It seems that the...
  7. My XS ended up at 1337# with driver, basic...

    My XS ended up at 1337# with driver, basic fluids, mounted spare and 6 gallons of gas. With the 2.3l Duratec and the factory skid pan, I have exactly 2" of ground clearance. I just finished...
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    You might try John Esposito at Quantum Mechanics...

    You might try John Esposito at Quantum Mechanics in Oxford, CT (*(203) 463-8299‬). He has been at it a good while now and probably knows who is around and worthwhile. No email.
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    I would second the recommendation for John at Quantum. Great guy, a straight shooter.
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    Not sure if my pm got through. kpkehoe@ca.rr.com

    Not sure if my pm got through. kpkehoe@ca.rr.com
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    I recall that when I originally went through the...

    I recall that when I originally went through the motor, I fully disassembled the tensioner to make sure everything was perfectly clean. I also installed new plastic guides. Simple but effective...
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    When i rebuilt my motor, (out of a 2008 Ranger),...

    When i rebuilt my motor, (out of a 2008 Ranger), I acquired a Focus front cover for just that reason. If I can figure out the idler retraction, I'll feel better about moving forward.

    Kevin
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    That’s a very helpful guide, Andy. A real...

    That’s a very helpful guide, Andy. A real confidence builder!

    Kevin
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    This is in the “consideration” stage right now...

    This is in the “consideration” stage right now before I seek a spousal spending authorization. I’ll take a close look at the link. The Stage one cams currently in the car only have 1500 miles or so...
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    Duratec camshaft change

    Can the cams be changed in a Duratec with the motor in the car? It seems to me that the only real question is the chain tensioner.
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    You will have to get them from Tom. They start...

    You will have to get them from Tom. They start out as the unventilated front rotors from a ROW ‘98 Golf 1600. The backside is then machined down to a nominal 10.2mm (as I recall, the minimum rotor...
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    T-9 cover wanted

    I'm looking for a serviceable top cover for a Ford T-9. I keep getting a fine mist on mine through the vent hole in the cover. I want to try welding a bung in it's place to add a vent line. I just...
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    This is then basics of the testing procedure used...

    This is then basics of the testing procedure used by the BAR (CCR 1036):

    - Indoors or outdoors, flat surface, no sound reflecting surface within 10' of any part of the vehicle.
    - The microphone...
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    2019 California noise limits

    I was speaking to a couple of fellows at the Gardena C&C yesterday and the topic of noise limits came up. Apparently, California introduced a new policy as of January 1st, 2019. The new limit is 95...
  20. Thread: rewiring project

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    rewiring project

    One of the issues I ran into when constructing my Birkin was the electrical system. I realize that it was designed in South Africa to comply with the requirements of a variety of countries while...
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    The worst part of rebuilding one of these is that...

    The worst part of rebuilding one of these is that the manufacturer never intended for it to be rebuilt. No key ways, etc. Drill out the plugs from the oil journals and tap them for brass plugs. It’s...
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    All set. Thanks to all.

    All set. Thanks to all.
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    Just think about how much knowledge you are...

    Just think about how much knowledge you are accruing... sometimes it is the process, not the result, that is most enduring.
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    http://www.usa7s.net/vb/attachment.php?attachmenti...

    http://www.usa7s.net/vb/attachment.php?attachmentid=14837&stc=1http://www.usa7s.net/vb/attachment.php?attachmentid=14838&stc=1

    I think I have it filed away somewhere. I'll post it over the...
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    I found a local silicone hose supplier here in LA...

    I found a local silicone hose supplier here in LA and used that along with some aluminum bends I found online. I did have to buy a flaring tool for the aluminum tube but the combination gives you a...
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