Karman Sutra

VW underneath a classic Italian body design.

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Re: Karman Sutra

Post by Fiatdude » Wed Jul 22, 2015 4:11 pm

Well, a lot on my plate today -- LOL -- Last night decided to run the oil lines down the tunnel and also put in a new starter and do the associated wiring with that chore -- -- So I had a choice of 2 starters setting on the shelf a new 16300, which is the auto-shift starter that I love in almost any situation, and an almost new Hi-Torque starter -- -- I decided to use the Hi-Torque and then remembered it was a IMI105 which is for use on a 6 volt flywheel -- damn -- Then I remembered a friend who was a neighbor of Chris Isom on of the owners of Hi-Torque, so I called my buddy who called Chris and Chris was nice enough to talk to me about what needed to be done -- seems as if they are both the same starter except for the pinion gear is bigger for the 6v flywheel -- so for $15 I got a kit to change over the gears. -- That little clip is a mother to get off and even harder to put back on LOL -- I must of had it spring off 5 -10 times while trying to get it on -- that little bastard is hard to find too LOL

with old gear removed and ready for new gear install--

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old gear and new gear kit on left--

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I'll need to orient the starter since it was last on the Porsche 901, but that is just R&R 2 bolts -- --

but before I do that -- I have to take the cat ((a few of you remember THE CAT)) to the vet to have her ANAL GLANDS expressed -- -- OH Joy!!!!!

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Re: Karman Sutra

Post by Fiatdude » Fri Jul 24, 2015 2:05 pm

Dagmabit -- -- Sometimes it a MFer having an old mans memory in a 18 year-olds body -- --

Like having a 3/4" sensor hole and swearing you need a 1/2" sensor -- -- Oh welllllll, nothing a couple of fender washers won't fix -- -- I hope LOL

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Re: Karman Sutra

Post by Fiatdude » Sun Aug 02, 2015 2:00 am

Finally decided on a plan for the oil coolers move the front of the car -- -- I know, I know, but sometimes it just takes me a while to decide on a course of action -- I decided that since the shift rod was now run on top of the tunnel, I'd run some 5/8" aluminum tubing thru the tunnel -- - -- Since the PO cut the bottom of the tunnel at the rear to do the shifter for the 901 trans is should be a cake walk -- -- I got some water hose and cut it into 2" lengths and placed them every 1.5 to 2 foot along the tubing to hopefully reduce rattling -- I was going to put over the entire distance but I was wanting the tubing to act as a heat sink to also help lower the oil temps so I didn't --- --

I did some work on the front vents so that I can maybe add some ducting to the coolers

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Here is a picture of the tubing exiting thru the PO's 901 hole:::::::

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I'm still playing with a couple of different ways to mount the coolers in the nose -- and the mounting brackets -- but here is kinda what I'm leaning towards----- (you can see the tubing exiting thru the shift rod access hole)

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Hope to finish this up tomorrow and get some brackets made and all the hoses ran to the coolers................

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Re: Karman Sutra

Post by FJCamper » Tue Aug 04, 2015 8:31 pm

Hi Fiatdude,

I really like the oil line routing.

As for the oil cooler(s) in the nose, remember you have to be able to duct out as much air as you duct in.

We cut a hole the size of the rectangular cooler in the nose of our Mexico Ghia, under the front bumper, bracketed the cooler (no fan) in the bottom of the spare tire well, then cut the same size hole in the body sheet metal behind the cooler to duct the air out towards the axle tube. This ducting was boxed-in and sealed on the edges with hand-trimmed aluminum.

All air-escape gaps and holes were sealed with metalized duct tape.

FJC

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Re: Karman Sutra

Post by Fiatdude » Fri Aug 07, 2015 6:24 pm

Thank you for your input sir,,,, I don't know if I'll go with the added holes yet, but will be using cardboard to seal everything to start with and use that for the transfer to metal if I think enough of the design to make it permanent -- gots to see if it will work LOL

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Re: Karman Sutra

Post by Fiatdude » Wed Sep 02, 2015 10:41 pm

I met a buddy for lunch today -- look at what the damn bastard drove up in -- --

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It was his dad's who bought in '79 for $19K -- his dad took a greyhound to Texas with the money in a tool box -- -- Only the second time in four years he had driven it -- should of seen the commotion it caused -- even a Firetruck going up the street with its siren on had guys hanging out the window starring ....... It's 100% original total unrestored ... Oh it's a '70 Plymouth Super Bird

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Re: Karman Sutra

Post by ALYKAT III » Thu Sep 03, 2015 9:56 am

In the mid 70s those cars were mostly ignored. I bought and flipped three (two Superbirds and one Daytona) all with 440 / 4bbl and paid around $3000 each. As best I remember I didn't do much more than a deep clean up, and turned a profit of about $500 or so on each one. Big money back then. Never even had a thought of keeping one. Man was I an idiot. On reflection, I haven't changed much. I'm still an idiot, just one with history. Would love to have one now.

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Re: Karman Sutra

Post by Fiatdude » Wed Sep 16, 2015 5:36 pm

This is freaking embarrassing -- -- Just figured out that this is the first time this year the car has been out of the garage --

Oh Well, -- It's at least back together, just waiting on the tuner -- --

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It was looking soooo Good out there in the driveway this morning,,,, I just decided that daddy needed a new seat for the office -- Hit Craigslist and BAMMMM!

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Re: Karman Sutra

Post by Fiatdude » Thu Sep 24, 2015 9:49 pm

I'd love to have huge(r) tires under the Ghia -- -- But I can't bring myself to do any cutting to the body, I just think the stock lines are beautiful -- I could do a 3" Torsion narrowing and go that route, but it would require a lot of "redo" to my cage as it is mounted to the outside of the torsion tubes..........

And then I find this build ------

http://www.pro-touring.com/threads/1172 ... ma-Project

I just think all the 'hacking' done to this body is just crazy -- -- It will be badass when done but .. .. .. ... ..

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Re: Karman Sutra

Post by Piledriver » Fri Sep 25, 2015 1:35 am

The induction pron in that thread is XXX-rated. Awesome!
I esp dig the ITB'd German V12 in the Corvette!
I, for one, regularly embrace our new robot overlords, as I am the guy fixing the robots...

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Re: Karman Sutra

Post by Fiatdude » Sat Sep 26, 2015 6:14 pm

My Son bought me a new key ring for the Ghia -- Does he know something I don't????

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Re: Karman Sutra

Post by ALYKAT III » Sun Sep 27, 2015 9:14 am

Fiatdude wrote:My Son bought me a new key ring for the Ghia -- Does he know something I don't????

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I believe that relates to the passenger seat. Any sissy comments from the right side of the car....and goodby !

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Re: Karman Sutra

Post by Fiatdude » Sun Oct 11, 2015 4:09 am

Got to talk and hang out with Finnegan and Freiburger for about a hour today at the Optima Challenge --

They were working on a yellow Mazda rotary pickup with a 455 front engine Olds mounted in the bed -- they bought it from a guy who claimed it was a 10 sec car -- must of been timed in the 100 foot, cause it was a dog LOL

I didn't have much to offer them as far as help or suggestions, BUT they had some very nice eye candy hanging around them and it made walking away very VERY difficult LMAO

Did get a cool sticker -- Had volunteered to help doing the Tech-in early this am (before it got into the 100's) and the guy making the stickers messed up as it was suppose to be intermediate, so I took the damn thing LOL -- don't know if it should go on the Ghia or the tool box -- probably be the tool box

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Re: Karman Sutra

Post by Fiatdude » Thu Oct 22, 2015 10:28 pm

SO -- -- About December 15th I had the engine out and got the trans back from Benco -- I reinstalled the engine did some upgrades, and started putting everything back together

Immediately, I started having EFI problems -- turn on master power -- Electromotive EFI would come on run all the prestart stuff, hit start, engine would run for 20-30 seconds and shut off -- -- -- I would turn off the 'key', turn on the 'key' -- nothing -- kill the master power everything would repeat, engine would run, shut off, again everything dead

Holy crap I was vexed,,,,, so I sent the box back to Electromotive,, came back,, still the same thing,,, sent the box back and they sent me a new one as a replacement...... By this time I was pissed and I had the AEM setting on the shelf, so I started the AEM install -- -- So flash forward until this month and I had finally finished the install (OK, OK , I know I'm slow, but I was just frustrated with everything) I took the Ghia over the WesTech in Mira Loma to double check everything I had done on the install of the AEM and for them to tune the damn thing......

So I get a call from Eric @ WesTech last Friday, the Damn AEM is doing the same freaking thing, turn on main power, turn the 'key' on -- it would cycle thru everything perfectly, turn the 'key' off, turn 'key' back on -- -- box is all pissed off -- turn main power off/on -- start over, it work once then fail.....

WTF is going on???????????

I am Stumped -- I had gone through the wiring twice during the install checking everything -- -- I really dwelling on this thinking, thinking............ I'm thinking that the ARC switches is letting a small of current to flow through when the 'key' is off, not letting the memory clear for a clean restart...... Nah!! how can that happen through the relays......

SOOOO, I'm in bed Saturday night at about 11:30, almost asleep, when it hits me, The freaking alternator has a bad diode in it and letting current bleed through -- -- Hmmmm just might be it...

Monday night after work, I swing by WesTech, walk over to the Ghia, pull the exciter wire off the alternator.... SHAZAMMMM, freaking problem disappears -- -- 10 DAM months working on this thing and it was just a bad freaking Alternator from the very beginning...... who would of thunk it.......................................

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Re: Karman Sutra

Post by Chip Birks » Thu Oct 22, 2015 10:47 pm

Glad you figured out out! You are miles ahead with the AEM. I think you will be much happier.

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