Ordered a nice ITG foam air filter for the alfa from pegasus and I got this set of pictures in the email.
Last night's post got a bit of attention so I thought I'd do a proper introduction.
It's a gen 3 5.3 LM7 chevy V8. The quintessential engine swap engine. I bought this thing 100% sight unseen from a co-worker for $350 and I can say that come monday he will still be a co-worker and not a former co-worker as I feel like I got a decent deal on it. Even with a broken connecting rod.
Bearings are still in pretty good shape and everything turned over smoothly.
It also came with a set of 862 heads which are really nice factory heads for these engines.
unfortunately both heads had a broken exhaust stud. One broke flush and the other still had a good bit left on it.
After spraying some penetrating oil on both I was able to vise-grip the one out and then welded that stud onto the other broken leading too......
Both studs extracted with minimal effort and damage.
So that's where I'm at now. A blank canvas of an engine to do my deed with. This should be fun.
Of course I wanted to keep it very light so I kept the paint coverage to a minimum
For the uninitiated on how I achieved this: Body shops don't stockpile individual colors instead they have a system of individual toners that allow them to mix the color to their liking. Our system at work has a clear additive that I was able to use to create a transparent basecoat layer. If your curious why the color is so off it's because I wasn't able to use a sealer or "undercoat" so the black carbon fiber darkens down the red much more than the normal grey sealer.
And I get to do this whole experience again because it's not transparent enough for my liking.
In the midst of re-re-assembling the alfa's engine I got another delivery of parts. Which is hopefully the last one. Inside this package was a bunch of fiddly parts and one very nice looking one.
A new tubular exhaust header, it's nothing fancy and is infact one of the cheaper headers for this engine but anything is better than the factory mid-70's smog 1 piece manifold and a header is something I can always change later. It also saves a bit of weight because not only do you replace the heavy cast iron manifold but it also removes the downpipe and resonator.
The collector also came with a pre-welded bung for an 02 sensor which is very neat because my car will be needing it in near future (it's getting a three letter word that starts with e and ends with i) but for now the sensor for my AFR gauge will fill the spot.
All in all I should have the engine buttoned up and maybe even installed in the car by tomorrow if everything goes smoothly.
that is a nissan gtr giving my 17 year old hatchback a point-by.
Yes I know it's only because I knew the car and track better than they did, but I still got the point-by and that's all that matters to me.
Well it is a bit smaller than your average car, but its still a car.
That is my newest toy. A tamiya TT-02 RC touring car with a 1998 Ford Escort RS cosworth body.
I'm no stranger to these things having built quite a few different kits of varying types and difficulty, this one was by far the easiest to build in a few hours I went from a bare chassis to a complete rolling car.
It is a very cheap kit but not in overall quality. It's still a competent hobby level RC. There's lots of plastic in it including the differential gears and it uses friction dampeners instead of oil filled shocks, no metal bearings anywhere just plastic or metal bushings and all the alignment settings are fixed, much different from the race level cars I'm used but this was also MUCH cheaper in price compared to the race level cars and since I just bought this as a fun beat around car I'm not complaining at all.
Anyways after I built the car the next step was to paint the body. I chose three different colors.
The end results was pretty good. The fade was a bit more subtle than I wanted but it's still noticeable enough for me.
A nice green fade into black with a pink to gold color shift on the mirrors, spoiler and roof.
The spoiler and mirrors turned out fine but I do need to put an actual clear coat on them since they're normal ABS plastic and not lexan like the body. The roof however turned out a bit not good. I put the color shift paint on too heavy and didn't let the carrying agent for it dry long enough so only the surface of it was dry when I put the black paint under it so I ended up with a bit of a mess.
Yeah not exactly what I had intended. All in all though I had fun building it and I'm sure I'll have even more fun with it when I replace the included brushed system for a more modern brushless one. (They can't make fun of your botched paint work if the cars going too fast to notice it.)
@Jawzx2 Does that truck have coil and leaf springs?
A few weeks ago I purchased a Losi DBXL 2.0. A absolute chungus of a remote controlled car.
The factory magnaflow livery was quite nice I needed some personalization done to it.
Having quite a bit of tamiya spray paint left over from previous projects left me with a nice variety of colors to choose from and being a big vehicle left me with lots of room for inspiration.
I started out by doing a free hand "blob" design on the old body. This was nothing more than practice and seeing how the 3M tape I use could handle these curves on the poly-carbonate plastic.
However the final design on the real body ended up quite different as you'll see.
After quite some time masking my up design, which I took a whole 0 pictures of, I ended up with this.
The front is a purple to blue fade which didn't turn out exactly as I had hoped as the purple was quite a few shades lighter than the blue leading to the blue covering over the purple quite badly. It was then backed by a solid back to ensure good coverage After the blob design is a pearl white backed by a solid green to give it a more dirty/blue tone. This was backed by a silver and then another light coat of pearl white to not darken down the color tone like a black would. I also added a hint of orange on the back panels to add some contrast. But there's also a hidden secret I haven't shown yet
The outline around the blobs is a light gunmetal/silver. When there's no light on it.
But put a light on it and it turns........
Purple. See after I sprayed the silver I went over with a few coats of purple to do this effect.
This was also done to the roof panel as well. (This picture was taken before the final backing color coat which is why the green is so visible.)
All in all I'm....content? With this paint job, I don't know it seems a little weird to me and it's not 100% perfectly like I wanted it to be but I went through all the trouble to install it and I'm showing you guys so I guess I like it a little bit.
@sony1492 My work is funny, between all the normal insurance work we either have C3 corvette restorations or something absurd like this pantera getting a simple repair done to it.
Sometimes I worry that all the boomers will run out of C3 corvettes and we'll go out of business.