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johnbasf
11-24-2003, 06:51 PM
Several people have wanted pics so here's one. I will take more this weekend. This is the best investment I've made to date. $199 at Sears.

Mystic_Cobra
11-24-2003, 06:53 PM
There's a mighty fine piece of hardware in the background, too.
:thumbsup:

johnbasf
11-24-2003, 07:17 PM
:rotf: That was a secret.:eek:

SIUNARA
11-24-2003, 09:19 PM
You AI guys need to start doing pitstops...so we can put that thing to good use during stops like the Nascar boy's do. With our luck someone like Shugg would run us over though!! ;) :D

racercosmo
11-25-2003, 12:44 AM
You mean the sharpies????

98banana
11-25-2003, 07:19 AM
John, you spent WAY too much for that jackstand! And, it's called a maid, look into it... :D

Hey Cosmo, I think they're talking about the little buffing wheel beside the sharpies...

Tom

svt_coupe
11-25-2003, 08:46 AM
Originally posted by racercosmo
You mean the sharpies????

Ok... so THAT was pretty freaking funny.

justagt
11-25-2003, 09:00 AM
Easy now....Sharpies are the second greatest invention of all time. Right behind the pop rivet.


John's next puchase is a broom.
:)

johnbasf
11-25-2003, 05:36 PM
I somehow expected that from Cosmo!! :D

I'm getting old Tom, it took a couple of minutes to get that.:rotf:

Wanna be my maid Will??? :eek:

racercosmo
11-26-2003, 01:46 AM
I keep the Sharpie company in business. You don't have to tell me how great they are.

justagt
11-26-2003, 09:13 AM
Just as long as I don't have to wear that maids outfit you had on at VIR.

98banana
11-26-2003, 11:31 AM
Originally posted by justagt
Just as long as I don't have to wear that maids outfit you had on at VIR.

:rotf: :rotf: :rotf: :rotf: OMG! How in the heck am I gonna get that image out of my head now!?!?

Black Horse
11-26-2003, 02:45 PM
I would offer John my old Shop Vac.....








But then he would say it sucked......not going there

johnbasf
11-26-2003, 04:04 PM
Originally posted by justagt
Just as long as I don't have to wear that maids outfit you had on at VIR.

What happened in the Hotel STAYS in the Hotel!!! :rotf:

justagt
11-26-2003, 04:12 PM
damn, I feel dirty all of a sudden.

johnbasf
11-26-2003, 06:11 PM
Originally posted by justagt
damn, I feel dirty all of a sudden.

:rotf:

johnbasf
11-27-2003, 10:05 AM
A shot of the rear complete,

Black Horse
11-27-2003, 01:54 PM
Looks great John!

I'm still sitting waiting for the boat to dock from Germany....you must have gotten the last of the Bilsteins.

Oh well.....gives me time to gut the electrical system, carve out some more weight, and practice my welding lack of skill.

thomasmoran1
11-29-2003, 11:00 PM
Originally posted by Black Horse
Looks great John!

I'm still sitting waiting for the boat to dock from Germany....you must have gotten the last of the Bilsteins.

Oh well.....gives me time to gut the electrical system, carve out some more weight, and practice my welding lack of skill.

Dave are you getting rid of the Dynamic shocks???!!!

Thomas

Black Horse
11-30-2003, 02:43 AM
Not yet......I'm going over to the full MM set-up for next year to get ME and the car balanced.....have started the sketches to adapt the Dynamics to the Coilovers....a few issues to overcome.

baby steps.....BIG baby steps

johnbasf
12-06-2003, 07:45 PM
The old k-member is out. This job wasn't as bad as I thought.

johnbasf
12-06-2003, 07:48 PM
I started the install on the BBK longtubes also. That rear-upper bolt is giving me fits!!!:mad: 1 1/2 hours and I went and took a shower.:rotf: I'll try again tomorrow.

smashedheadcat
12-06-2003, 09:50 PM
John, I've had better luck starting all the bolts before torquing them down. Could be the problem?? Is this something you can't reach?? Or can't get the bolt started? Another thing worth looking into (although it's not hard with a tubular K-member) is just getting new studs and new nuts from ford instead of using the BBK supplied bolts. I've read where they've come loose on people and caused leaks. I haven't had this problem though.

johnbasf
12-07-2003, 10:49 AM
Josh, if I would have looked better I would have tried that bolt first. I'm going to try it from the top today. I can't see how these are done with the k-member in???:eek:

98banana
12-07-2003, 10:53 AM
Hey John... sorry I missed your call last night... the family was watching The Santa Clause 2...

Just out of curiosity, what are you using to hold up the motor while the k-member is out?

johnbasf
12-07-2003, 11:21 AM
Bryans engine bar.

2KWhiteSnake
12-07-2003, 02:16 PM
Looks nice John!

Are your knuckles bleeding yet??? :thumbsup:

Craig

johnbasf
12-07-2003, 02:55 PM
I got 'em all.:bounce: Yes Craig knuckles are bleeding.:D Next step is the k-member. Bryan :cough: :cough: :D

2KWhiteSnake
12-07-2003, 03:08 PM
Originally posted by johnbasf
I got 'em all.:bounce: Yes Craig knuckles are bleeding.:D Next step is the k-member. Bryan :cough: :cough: :D


:rotf:

I figured you'd be needing some band aids by now. That looks SWEET!!!!!!!!!! Can't wait to hear it. You're moving right along, actually faster than I think you had projected.

Craig

SIUNARA
12-07-2003, 05:53 PM
The long tubes look pretty bada$$!! Nice work John...thanks for the updates and pictures. :thumbsup:

smashedheadcat
12-07-2003, 06:24 PM
Originally posted by johnbasf
I can't see how these are done with the k-member in???:eek:

The driver's side is the easiest I think. There's plenty of room to get your hand up in there from underneath the car. If you leave one engine mount attached, and remove the other one, you can put a jack under the oil pan, and crank it up. That'll twist the engine in the engine bay, and give me enough room to get all the top bolts from, well, the top. After removing the starter, the aft bottom bolts are easily gotten.

One thing I did, was grind out the header flange so I didn't have to remove the oil dipstick. The header just slips right through it.

I'm glad to hear you got them on there. :)

Josh

johnbasf
12-07-2003, 06:57 PM
Josh, you make it sound easy. :D The dipstick was another story.:mad: If you look at it they(Ford) could have made it straight. I hope nobody ask me to help with headers.:rotf:

johnbasf
12-07-2003, 07:08 PM
Thanks Don. I hope "03 Cobra Toy" form Houston doesn't see this thread.:D He has the best looking undercarriage I've seen.

svt_coupe
12-08-2003, 09:12 AM
Oy! You got the K-member out!!! Daym... you're gonna make me go buy long tubes, aren't you. :)

So I thought you were gonna call me?

Blown96Snake
12-08-2003, 11:27 AM
John, that thing looks awesome! I have started gutting the Miata a little this weekend too, some carpet and and the soft top are gone, next is the rest of the carpet and painting of the rollcage!

Looks good man, can't wait to see it in March!

Dave :D

smashedheadcat
12-08-2003, 03:33 PM
Originally posted by johnbasf
Josh, you make it sound easy. :D The dipstick was another story.:mad: If you look at it they(Ford) could have made it straight. I hope nobody ask me to help with headers.:rotf:

Well, after doing it a "FEW" times, it gets pretty easy. Personally, I don't know why anyone would drop the K-member........ seems like more work to me.

johnbasf
12-08-2003, 06:08 PM
Originally posted by svt_coupe
Oy! You got the K-member out!!! Daym... you're gonna make me go buy long tubes, aren't you. :)

So I thought you were gonna call me?

Why call when I have the net. Besides I don't want to interfere with your better half. :D I can hear her now, "it's him AGAIN":D

98banana
12-08-2003, 06:23 PM
Originally posted by johnbasf
Why call when I have the net. Besides I don't want to interfere with your better half. :D I can hear her now, "it's him AGAIN":D

"better half"... what did I miss by not going to track events this year?

johnbasf
12-08-2003, 07:13 PM
I have a video from Beaver Run you might like Tom. My Sony cam has nightshot.:bounce::rotf:

98banana
12-08-2003, 07:23 PM
Originally posted by johnbasf
I have a video from Beaver Run you might like Tom. My Sony cam has nightshot.:bounce::rotf:

I may be sorry I asked!:eek:

johnbasf
12-08-2003, 07:24 PM
SHUGGYBUTT!!! :rotf: :rotf:

SIUNARA
12-08-2003, 10:20 PM
If I remember correctly Shugg and the lady were camping out that night...ahh yes...it's all coming back to me now. Of course...to get caught up we could just watch the video again!! ;) :rotf: :rotf: :thumbsup:

svt_coupe
12-10-2003, 01:23 PM
Daym, how did I miss this razzing...

Go ahead - release the video. If it makes me as famous as Paris Hilton, maybe I could get a sponsor to pay for a race motor next year. heh heh...

johnbasf
12-10-2003, 09:50 PM
Originally posted by svt_coupe
Daym, how did I miss this razzing...

Go ahead - release the video. If it makes me as famous as Paris Hilton, maybe I could get a sponsor to pay for a race motor next year. heh heh...

:rotf: :rotf:

johnbasf
12-13-2003, 09:08 PM
The k-member,A-arms are in. I'm stopped right now because of some problems with the steering rack hitting the headers. I've got a call into MM to see if their rack will clear.:(

98banana
12-13-2003, 09:14 PM
Originally posted by johnbasf
The k-member,A-arms are in. I'm stopped right now because of some problems with the steering rack hitting the headers. I've got a call into MM to see if their rack will clear.:(

Just take a hammer and beat the crap out of that header. :D

Seriously, aren't there other people with the same combo out there?

2KWhiteSnake
12-13-2003, 09:24 PM
Originally posted by 98banana
Just take a hammer and beat the crap out of that header. :D

Seriously, aren't there other people with the same combo out there?

That's Tom's solution to everything, or sometimes just hacking away at it. :)

I promise I'll call you this week about the subframes. I was gonna call you today at work, but my Grandmother died this morning, so I was with the "fam" all day. Don't worry, all was good, she went away peacefully without pain. 83 Years of good living, so everyone is celebrating. :)


Craig

98banana
12-13-2003, 09:28 PM
Originally posted by 2KWhiteSnake
That's Tom's solution to everything, or sometimes just hacking away at it. :)

I promise I'll call you this week about the subframes. I was gonna call you today at work, but my Grandmother died this morning, so I was with the "fam" all day. Don't worry, all was good, she went away peacefully without pain. 83 Years of good living, so everyone is celebrating. :)


Craig

Well, I'm still sorry to hear about it, but I understand how you feel . My grandfather passed not long ago and we felt the same way. Hate to see him go, but everybody, including him, was ready.

I'm spending the day in the garage tomorrow welding some "tools" for installing subframes while on the lift. I've actually got 4-5 cars lined up ready to get some connectors on. That plus 3 cages and my own AI car. Should be a busy winter. :D

Tom

johnbasf
12-14-2003, 01:24 PM
Here's the problem. The MM rack appears to be a smaller piece in that area. http://maximummotorsports.com/images/large/FR1504Stoots-sm.jpg

98banana
12-14-2003, 01:35 PM
I may be missing something here, but that MM piece doesn't look any smaller.

I say get the hammer out... :D

johnbasf
12-14-2003, 01:41 PM
Tom, print the pics out and you'll see that the MM piece would swing out of the way quicker? That make sense? I've sent the pic to MM and I'll let you know what they say.

98banana
12-14-2003, 03:38 PM
Originally posted by johnbasf
Tom, print the pics out and you'll see that the MM piece would swing out of the way quicker? That make sense? I've sent the pic to MM and I'll let you know what they say.

Ahhhh... I see what you're talking about. Are you talking about the actual knuckle being farther down towards the end of the shaft?

johnbasf
12-14-2003, 03:45 PM
Yes

justagt
12-15-2003, 08:31 AM
John, my steering shaft was hitting on the headers where it runs thru the #6 and 7 primaries ( thanks, Ford, for the wonderful design). I had to pull the header and heat it up to pound a dimple in it to clear. I think it cost me some power. :rolleyes:

But I can also get the header out in about 10 minutes. I am curious too, as to what MM tells you.

98banana
12-15-2003, 08:51 AM
Hey John, if you end up getting the MM piece, I'll buy your old one back from you.

Tom

johnbasf
12-15-2003, 03:54 PM
Originally posted by justagt
John, my steering shaft was hitting on the headers where it runs thru the #6 and 7 primaries ( thanks, Ford, for the wonderful design). I had to pull the header and heat it up to pound a dimple in it to clear. I think it cost me some power. :rolleyes:

But I can also get the header out in about 10 minutes. I am curious too, as to what MM tells you.

What about the ceramic coating on the BBK's?

johnbasf
12-15-2003, 07:23 PM
Ok, got an answer. I'm getting a new lower u-joint for my steering shaft. MM's seems to be a lot smaller. Tom and Will, there is a newer one than the one I e-mailed to you. I hope this works.

Tom, I'll have the lower u-joint if this works.

98banana
12-15-2003, 07:25 PM
Originally posted by johnbasf
Ok, got an answer. I'm getting a new lower u-joint for my steering shaft. MM's seems to be a lot smaller. Tom and Will, there is a newer one than the one I e-mailed to you. I hope this works.

Tom, I'll have the lower u-joint if this works.

Since you won't have the whole thing, let me see what I need before I decide to buy just the u-joint.

Tom

johnbasf
12-17-2003, 07:30 PM
It works now!!! :bounce: The new MM piece worked great.

98banana
12-17-2003, 07:33 PM
Originally posted by johnbasf
It works now!!! :bounce: The new MM piece worked great.

So, what's with all the extra bulk on the old piece. Is there anything in that piece that makes it so much bigger?

Tom

johnbasf
12-23-2003, 05:51 PM
It's all in!!!:thumbsup: I put oil back in it and cranked it up.:thumbsup: I'm waiting on the Dr. Gas x-pipe and then off to get the computer work done at Turbo Tune. I'll be taking it to Performance Automotive( Lester Lesneski) to get it corner weighted and lined up.

Black Horse
12-23-2003, 07:13 PM
Looking good John.....

I'm about 17 steps behind you.....just finished up the Rear Sway Bar. May tackle the front K over Christmas vacation.

I have GOT to find a girlfriend that at least knows what end of a wrench to hand you... ~sigh~

Anything to lookout for on the front? I think I have stumbled over all of the rear pitfalls by now ~lol~

Have a great Christmas!

johnbasf
12-23-2003, 07:31 PM
The front wasn't all that bad Dave. READ READ READ the instructions. Take your time and you'll be done before you know it. Shoot me an e-mail if you need any help. I'm sure Groth can help too.

98banana
12-23-2003, 07:36 PM
Real men don't need no stinkin' instructions! :D

Looks great John! I can't wait to see run with that stuff this year. It's gonna be a hoot! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

SIUNARA
12-23-2003, 10:38 PM
Awesome John!! Nice work!! Can't wait to see you on track with your new suspension goodies. :D :thumbsup:

wildhorsesracin
12-23-2003, 11:08 PM
Looking good john!! :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Wait until you get it on track - you are in for a BEEEG!!! surprise!!!! :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :thumbsup:




hint: it'll be hard to wipe the grin off your face!!! :D :D :D

redsnake99
12-24-2003, 08:23 AM
Les Lesnewski does nice work, John. The mods on my car were done at his shop.

:thumbsup:

Mystic_Cobra
12-24-2003, 10:22 AM
All the work you've done looks killer. :thumbsup: Now, I definitely won't be able to keep up with you. I guess I'd better break out the plastic.

Maybe I can swing a ride in the beast at CMP???

;)

johnbasf
12-24-2003, 02:13 PM
What are your plans for next year Jimmy??

Mystic_Cobra
12-24-2003, 06:23 PM
Nothing concrete yet. All I know is that I'll be at CMP in March.