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Forum: projects & restorations 10-09-2019, 05:24 AM
Replies: 382
Views: 134,959
Posted By Alex Buchka
I just can't get bored with the thing. It feels...

I just can't get bored with the thing. It feels like the car and I are in an abusive relationship sometimes but thrashing it around makes all the pain worth it.



Thanks! I can't measure up to...
Forum: projects & restorations 10-07-2019, 01:29 AM
Replies: 382
Views: 134,959
Posted By Alex Buchka
Kicking a bunch of cans down the street as usual...

Kicking a bunch of cans down the street as usual so progress is slow.

Went to the VCOA national meet in San Luis Obispo a few weeks ago. To be quite honest I was a bit disappointed with the whole...
Forum: performance & modifications 10-02-2019, 12:02 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,369
Posted By Alex Buchka
Here's a picture of what I did on the 6 cylinder...

Here's a picture of what I did on the 6 cylinder in my 242. You can see the bypass plate at the front of the oil pan and the setrab thermostat sandwich plate. I used the 960 angled filter adapter but...
Forum: performance & modifications 09-25-2019, 03:04 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,833
Posted By Alex Buchka
The AEM X-series is pretty legit, they did a...

The AEM X-series is pretty legit, they did a bunch of benchmarking on most of the systems out there and it's actually one of the fastest responding on the market. The new-ish Spartan ADV from...
Forum: projects & restorations 08-16-2019, 01:04 AM
Replies: 382
Views: 134,959
Posted By Alex Buchka
Thanks dudes! Pretty happy with the results so...

Thanks dudes! Pretty happy with the results so far. I'm confident the combination has considerably more power in it. Going to add some pressure sensors to the manifold and downpipe before the next...
Forum: projects & restorations 08-13-2019, 04:48 AM
Replies: 382
Views: 134,959
Posted By Alex Buchka
Pretty much exactly this. There is no efficiency...

Pretty much exactly this. There is no efficiency to be gained from bolting on an electro-hydraulic pump and running it full blast all the time. It will, all things being equal, always use more power...
Forum: performance & modifications 07-23-2019, 01:39 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,038
Posted By Alex Buchka
The only rear wheel drive appropriate offering...

The only rear wheel drive appropriate offering from the factory is the categorically-rear sump 960 pan. The oil pump inlet is at the front of the engine so making a front sump version should be...
Forum: projects & restorations 07-23-2019, 01:31 AM
Replies: 338
Views: 116,033
Posted By Alex Buchka
Been following along your videos for a while now....

Been following along your videos for a while now. Killer work and super inspirational!
Forum: projects & restorations 07-22-2019, 08:45 PM
Replies: 382
Views: 134,959
Posted By Alex Buchka
Thanks man! I'll get some more shots...

Thanks man!


I'll get some more shots tonight after work that show the location and bracket more clearly. The level of steering assist is definitely lower than having a belt driven pump but I'm...
Forum: events 07-10-2019, 12:46 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,317
Posted By Alex Buchka
Definitely in for this.

Definitely in for this.
Forum: projects & restorations 07-04-2019, 03:25 AM
Replies: 382
Views: 134,959
Posted By Alex Buchka
Thanks! I got out of the rocket surgery game...

Thanks! I got out of the rocket surgery game years ago though.



Thanks Doug, you know where to find it. I'm planning on going to the VCOA national meet in SLO this September, should have it...
Forum: projects & restorations 07-02-2019, 09:08 PM
Replies: 382
Views: 134,959
Posted By Alex Buchka
I have no doubt they would. English literacy in...

I have no doubt they would. English literacy in very high in Sweden and your money is just as green as mine.



Thanks chief. It's no 5 cylinder but I do what I can.



Thanks dude!
Forum: projects & restorations 07-02-2019, 02:38 PM
Replies: 382
Views: 134,959
Posted By Alex Buchka
Not impolite at all, the price is listed on their...

Not impolite at all, the price is listed on their web shop. I didn't buy the complete kit, omitted the adapter plates since I'm making new axle tube ends anyway. Ended up being about $1500 all-in...
Forum: projects & restorations 07-02-2019, 04:38 AM
Replies: 382
Views: 134,959
Posted By Alex Buchka
Thanks dudes, I'm also very excited to see how...

Thanks dudes, I'm also very excited to see how the final weight of the axle comes out. Here's the short run down of the parts I'm using:

1030 aluminum center section
Dana 30 LSD
Sellholm Tuning...
Forum: projects & restorations 06-30-2019, 05:59 PM
Replies: 382
Views: 134,959
Posted By Alex Buchka
Right after fixing the e-throttle gear Karl and I...

Right after fixing the e-throttle gear Karl and I were driving around doing some calibration and the car started running like absolute crap. The +5v sensor bus on the ECU was browning out badly and...
Forum: projects & restorations 06-12-2019, 04:37 AM
Replies: 672
Views: 234,718
Posted By Alex Buchka
Just got caught up on the last 6 months of...

Just got caught up on the last 6 months of updates in this thread. Really killer work, love the seats and all the detail you covered on the head rebuild. I also totally forgot that you bought that...
Forum: projects & restorations 06-11-2019, 06:10 AM
Replies: 382
Views: 134,959
Posted By Alex Buchka
Had a bunch of initial problems with vacuum leaks...

Had a bunch of initial problems with vacuum leaks around the lower injector o-rings. The ID1000 injectors I'm running are a tad longer than the factory S54 injectors and the o-rings weren't seating...
Forum: projects & restorations 05-12-2019, 03:14 PM
Replies: 382
Views: 134,959
Posted By Alex Buchka
Good thing I mitigated that failure by never even...

Good thing I mitigated that failure by never even installing a fan.



Sharp eye. I actually stole the whole thing off the engine for the Fake Race Car, including the turnbuckle that tensions it.
Forum: projects & restorations 05-09-2019, 07:10 PM
Replies: 382
Views: 134,959
Posted By Alex Buchka
I believe it's ABS. The duct was something that...

I believe it's ABS. The duct was something that Homer cooked up, I just rode his coattails to success.

The vacuum line on the wastegates is just plain red silicone hose covered with Insultherm...
Forum: projects & restorations 05-07-2019, 09:37 PM
Replies: 382
Views: 134,959
Posted By Alex Buchka
Thanks! There was a slight SNAFU when the turbo...

Thanks! There was a slight SNAFU when the turbo was assembled and it accidentally got a version of the turbine shroud that was incompatible with the turbine housing. I had to bore some material out...
Forum: projects & restorations 05-07-2019, 03:22 AM
Replies: 382
Views: 134,959
Posted By Alex Buchka
A lot has happened since this was updated last....

A lot has happened since this was updated last. Here's a quick recap of what's been going on.

Went to Davis last year and managed to sleaze my way into a first place in the modified 240 category....
Forum: events 03-14-2018, 03:11 AM
Replies: 283
Views: 43,018
Posted By Alex Buchka
Just registered for Sunday. Got some fun 242...

Just registered for Sunday. Got some fun 242 upgrades in the works for the show.
Forum: showroom 01-06-2018, 04:10 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,260
Posted By Alex Buchka
Agree 100%. This is exactly why I can't get...

Agree 100%. This is exactly why I can't get excited about it.
Forum: performance & modifications 12-21-2017, 11:22 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,365
Posted By Alex Buchka
Sometimes it can be pretty tight. I usually...

Sometimes it can be pretty tight. I usually alternate between a pry bar wrapped in a rag and a plastic mallet to coerce the carrier out of the diff housing.
Forum: events 11-16-2017, 12:10 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 8,310
Posted By Alex Buchka
Might have to pencil this one in for 2018.

Might have to pencil this one in for 2018.
Forum: projects & restorations 06-19-2017, 03:39 PM
Replies: 695
Views: 323,923
Posted By Alex Buchka
Not sure of the exact distance. The front two...

Not sure of the exact distance. The front two cylinders of the V8 are more or less in line with the front axle centerline so something like 8" sounds about correct. It does make packaging a radiator...
Forum: performance & modifications 05-31-2017, 05:14 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 11,373
Posted By Alex Buchka
"fully comparable to a good OEM EFI system in...

"fully comparable to a good OEM EFI system in terms of drivability"

Car companies spend thousands of hours calibrating these systems for every conceivable operating regime. Matching that on an EFI...
Forum: projects & restorations 05-31-2017, 04:56 PM
Replies: 473
Views: 158,335
Posted By Alex Buchka
Awesome. Excited to see how this pans out

Awesome. Excited to see how this pans out
Forum: projects & restorations 05-30-2017, 07:47 PM
Replies: 695
Views: 323,923
Posted By Alex Buchka
Dude, me too. The excitement is building. ...

Dude, me too. The excitement is building.



Thanks man, really appreciate the kind words.

Lifted the body off the chassis and got a good look at it for the first time. It's a bit comical to...
Forum: projects & restorations 05-15-2017, 04:10 PM
Replies: 695
Views: 323,923
Posted By Alex Buchka
Mostly track days, maybe some hill climb and time...

Mostly track days, maybe some hill climb and time attack. The tube chassis puts it in the Global Time Attack Pro/Comp class where it won't even be close to competitive so that would just be for the...
Forum: projects & restorations 05-15-2017, 05:27 AM
Replies: 695
Views: 323,923
Posted By Alex Buchka
Got a few hours in this weekend. Got the door...

Got a few hours in this weekend. Got the door bars and a-pillar braces tacked in place. Also notched and fit tubes for the main hoop/front main stay supports (helmet crushers) but didn't have time to...
Forum: performance & modifications 05-14-2017, 03:22 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,239
Posted By Alex Buchka
The zerk doesn't need a whole lot of metal to...

The zerk doesn't need a whole lot of metal to grab on to. The shell of the bushing should be more than adequate to hold it in there. I machined delrin bushings for the front control arms on my 240...
Forum: aftermarket engine management 05-12-2017, 08:52 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 6,891
Posted By Alex Buchka
I run the 940 relay, fan, and radiator on my 240....

I run the 940 relay, fan, and radiator on my 240. I don't even have the high speed plugged in. Been daily driving the car for 18 months and never run into a situation where I needed more than low...
Forum: projects & restorations 05-10-2017, 09:59 PM
Replies: 382
Views: 134,959
Posted By Alex Buchka
Not really sure how to respond. Thanks for the...

Not really sure how to respond. Thanks for the compliment I guess? Don't really understand what is driving the thinly veiled insults.

I didn't pop out of the womb knowing which handles to crank on...
Forum: projects & restorations 05-04-2017, 04:14 AM
Replies: 695
Views: 323,923
Posted By Alex Buchka
Here are a couple of photos of the updated...

Here are a couple of photos of the updated steering column mount. The lower removable strut is made from a piece of aluminum hex stock with right and left hand threaded rod ends. Probably going to...
Forum: projects & restorations 05-02-2017, 03:16 AM
Replies: 695
Views: 323,923
Posted By Alex Buchka
Hey bud, thank you for the kind words. Your...

Hey bud, thank you for the kind words. Your locost sounds like a fun project, I've considered building one myself but I've been able to live vicariously through a friend and his Caterham project. The...
Forum: projects & restorations 05-02-2017, 02:56 AM
Replies: 382
Views: 134,959
Posted By Alex Buchka
Not much new to report, mainly just been putting...

Not much new to report, mainly just been putting gas in it and driving it to work every day.

The car was getting pretty dirty so in preparation for the Davis show I had a local shop do some...
Forum: events 03-08-2017, 05:10 AM
Replies: 630
Poll: Davis 2017
Views: 125,597
Posted By Alex Buchka
Just registered for the Sunday show. Really...

Just registered for the Sunday show. Really excited for this.
Forum: projects & restorations 03-06-2017, 05:34 AM
Replies: 695
Views: 323,923
Posted By Alex Buchka
Did a really rough calc and on just the chassis...

Did a really rough calc and on just the chassis it looks like at least 100ft.
Forum: projects & restorations 03-04-2017, 04:41 AM
Replies: 695
Views: 323,923
Posted By Alex Buchka
The tube configuration as pictured likely won't...

The tube configuration as pictured likely won't change. I iterated pretty heavily in FEM and those four tubes are kind of the "magic sauce" that makes the front suspension box stiff. Any other layout...
Forum: projects & restorations 03-03-2017, 01:33 PM
Replies: 695
Views: 323,923
Posted By Alex Buchka
Can't link since I'm on my phone but the username...

Can't link since I'm on my phone but the username is "scruffy390". Looks like he has a couple more of them listed.



The panel is pretty sizeable. Each button is about 5/8" in diameter. Coffin...
Forum: projects & restorations 03-02-2017, 09:38 PM
Replies: 695
Views: 323,923
Posted By Alex Buchka
The supplier is was extremely flaky. They were...

The supplier is was extremely flaky. They were awful at responding to e-mails and phone calls in a timely manner, if at all sometimes.



I'm not thrilled on the icons either. The keypad is...
Forum: projects & restorations 03-02-2017, 04:35 PM
Replies: 695
Views: 323,923
Posted By Alex Buchka
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/oQUBET_MTLBOJjKO...

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/oQUBET_MTLBOJjKOK2ZiFX_baisE-bZuRzXkzvN7RA5uV_qyknrNV1f7P6uOLxaODJ_u5uujd3nrC-wsWK-dyW2bxmUDsKP4-o8G7KFnlGm80SZuyTE4bec0tp5CO7RXxP3Vwd63D1rYKN44mtkkK63ZnPOCFQ1WKg-dEn...
Forum: projects & restorations 01-28-2017, 04:58 AM
Replies: 570
Views: 168,355
Posted By Alex Buchka
Very cool. Looking forward to following your...

Very cool. Looking forward to following your progress.
Forum: projects & restorations 01-23-2017, 06:35 PM
Replies: 338
Views: 116,033
Posted By Alex Buchka
It gets easier the more you do it. Fabrication...

It gets easier the more you do it. Fabrication looks really good!

I'm not getting the warm and fuzzies from the damper mounts though. Are you going to brace those towers to each other and/or down...
Forum: performance & modifications 01-18-2017, 06:06 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,199
Posted By Alex Buchka
Not having a centering feature is bad juju. The...

Not having a centering feature is bad juju. The clutch needs to be dead nuts on the input shaft or you run the risk of wearing the discs out very quickly, ruining the input shaft bearing on the...
Forum: performance & modifications 01-16-2017, 11:59 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,199
Posted By Alex Buchka
Rebuild was $105 and clutch pack was $286. The...

Rebuild was $105 and clutch pack was $286. The discs were special order for a w58 so they were a little more than normal iirc.
Forum: performance & modifications 01-16-2017, 10:21 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,199
Posted By Alex Buchka
I run a twin disc on my DD currently. The...

I run a twin disc on my DD currently. The flywheel is a full diameter billet steel unit that's about 15lbs. I originally ran it with the quartermaster discs and ultra stiff diaphragm spring they put...
Forum: projects & restorations 01-11-2017, 07:15 PM
Replies: 695
Views: 323,923
Posted By Alex Buchka
Thanks! The starter is one of many...

Thanks!

The starter is one of many difficulties. The drivers side engine mount interferes with the OEM water pump which we aren't using. All the water plumbing for the engine comes out of the back...
Forum: projects & restorations 01-08-2017, 06:13 PM
Replies: 695
Views: 323,923
Posted By Alex Buchka
That's a blue tinted metric screw, it was the...

That's a blue tinted metric screw, it was the only finish mcmaster had for that length and diameter.

Designed the lower power steering bracket. It's a fairly complicated part to machine and since...
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