Loc: Sylmar, CA
Re: Welcome to my nightmare!!! A conversion from a piece of crap 5sp to a 372-L Automatic for TURBO
07/30/10 10:19 AM
Well busy week for sure.. the most daunting task is making everything look stock, work stock and be reliable in the end. This just requires endless days and days and days of my time. No stopping.
So, beginning of this week, I needed to start tackling the trans-control cable hookup issue. Figure a way, etc. After a few beers , looking at the spare intake manifolds I have.. I come up with this idea...
Use the spring lever here....reverse flip it since it's on a half-shaft and my TV cable is coming from the brake booster area..
So i decide to whip out the oxy-acet and do this little stunt on it so now it looks like this..
Perfect thing is too, it already has a hole that one of my clevises looks like will fit into Problem is, this sucka is on the end..
Now if you've ever had a motorcycle, dirtbike, jetski, anything that's FUN, you know what this little "eraser head" end is on this cable. Most throttle cables have them, etc. Now this does me no good so OFF YOU GO
Now, if you've ever been in the world of aviation, or model aviation, these nice 1/4 scale clevises just happen to be the perfect dia fit for the wire. Luckily i had a few left over from my huge sailplane...
So on it goes with some silver solder and lickidy split that part is done
P.S. about the above shot, sometimes, working alone SUCKS! because humans don't have 4 or 5 hands.. holding a flexable cable under tension, while trying to hold a clevis an iron while feed solder at the same time sucks!
So.. Now that the cable, and throttle body is done, I needs me a bracket... so after some heat, cutting and such, i came up with this little guy...
One hole where the brake booster is, the slot for the TV cable and adj.. SO NOW WHERE ARE WE ???
After all is said and done, testing driving etc, I'm happy, but not 100% satisfied. Hooking up the TV cable made a WORLD of difference! and the tranny shifts so much nicer but I can see the flaw in my design and the issue I'm having. So I'm going to redo this.
I'm sure the wrenchheads or geeks on here will see this right away. I'd like to see who picks up on this first, but I'm going to try and make it more like the stock system. but for now, it's working well, shifts well, etc.
AND NOW FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT !!!
NEVER EVER NEVER EVER BUY SUNPRO GAUGES OR METERS
That's Jason's tip of the year.. I'm sure you all probably seen the picture of my trans-temp gauge earlier on page 4 right ??
Well I wanted to hook it up, so I'm getting ready to mount it and I pull off my center console since I have to now wire up my OD switch system and WTF ??? do I see..
This is what my sender on the trans looks like..
Well this sucks big time, so I go online and start looking at that part# for them, seems to be a BIG TIME issue with the tops just popping off sender units...
So, if you're going do it right, do it the first time and do it once.. So I decide to get this..
It's 3 times as expensive (from a $20 to $70 almost) but my 3 autometer units in REDCAR have been in there for over 10 years and the other 2 with Kevin for who knows how long. So they are quality.
Problem is, only 1 place in SoCal has this unit, Hawaii Racing in Simi so it's a 1.5hrs total drive to get this mofo..
Once back, pull out the old volt meter which I'm locating down below...
Get this guy wired in along with a bulletproof looking sender and I'm all set..
Get that all mounted back in, and wire up the OD relay system. Unfort did not have access to a stock factory harness setup so I'm basically having to wire the whole system up by hand. not a big deal. I've got time.
So Today, Friday 30th, center console goes back on, and I'm deciding if I want to chop off my rocker panel units to reweld them higher for the body lift..
Or start on my SR seat conversion ??? I got the front seats out of an SR for $20 !!! so I want to put those in soon.