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PostSubject: Re: Getting Jade Ready for WagonFest (and other updates as they come)    Thu Sep 28, 2017 12:17 pm

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Oh wow. I know who that is.... lol

Are they legit? Did you end up with some? lol
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PostSubject: Re: Getting Jade Ready for WagonFest (and other updates as they come)    Sun Oct 22, 2017 10:33 pm

Well, installed a set of T84 Export lights (thanks Jason) and I dig the cross eyed look.  I have always wanted a set for years and figured it was now or never. I was warned that the little blue bulbs look weird.  They do.  Lol...but I dig it.  

My buddy Heath came down and we worked on the harness some to get everything wired in.  Definitely like these better than the HID setup I was running.

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PostSubject: Re: Getting Jade Ready for WagonFest (and other updates as they come)    Sun Oct 22, 2017 10:56 pm

What are the blue lights for? Never noticed that before on any car I've seen with T84s (though, to be fair, I've only seen 3)
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PostSubject: Re: Getting Jade Ready for WagonFest (and other updates as they come)    Mon Oct 23, 2017 2:16 am


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Well, installed a set of T84 Export lights... I was warned that the little blue bulbs look weird. ...Definitely like these better than the HID setup I was running.

Me too. You can throw that chrome grill in the dumpster now...

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What are the blue lights for? Never noticed that before on any car I've seen with T84s (though, to be fair, I've only seen 3)

How the big kids used to party back in 1999 - you can credit Scott Mueller for that one:

http://web.archive.org/web/20001202105800/http://w3.one.net/~rcheek/impala/faq/faq.cgi#body_headlamps

http://web.archive.org/web/20001202162600/http://w3.one.net:80/~rcheek/impala/technical/tech.cgi#lighting_headlamps

http://web.archive.org/web/20020612012640/http://www.b-body.net:80/Technical/Exterior/T84s/index.html

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PostSubject: Re: Getting Jade Ready for WagonFest (and other updates as they come)    Mon Oct 23, 2017 10:26 am

nice. I hope you're running 80/100 bulbs. Clean with isopropyl alcohol 99% before installing.
Also, get some brighter parking lamps if not already done (2357 vs 2057)
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PostSubject: Re: Getting Jade Ready for WagonFest (and other updates as they come)    Mon Oct 23, 2017 10:30 am

Those lights are wild!

....and I want that hood. Soon.

Keep up the great work!
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PostSubject: Re: Getting Jade Ready for WagonFest (and other updates as they come)    Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:00 pm

Took some pics before I left work today (realized I never took any with the new headlights outside). I had the grille repainted with the hood...and I just realized I need to paint the tabs black again.  I know Jay will mention that....whoops!

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PostSubject: Re: Getting Jade Ready for WagonFest (and other updates as they come)    Thu Nov 16, 2017 9:47 am

That first shot is money ! Makes me want to pretty up my ol girl .
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PostSubject: Re: Getting Jade Ready for WagonFest (and other updates as they come)    Thu Nov 16, 2017 10:04 am

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That first shot is money ! Makes me want to pretty up my ol girl .

Do it! These wagons always take good pictures even with just a wash and a good background! lol
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PostSubject: Re: Getting Jade Ready for WagonFest (and other updates as they come)    Thu Nov 16, 2017 10:21 am

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Gerome wrote:
That first shot is money ! Makes me want to pretty up my ol girl .

Do it!  These wagons always take good pictures even with just a wash and a good background! lol
My ol girl is going to need more than just a wash lol .
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PostSubject: Re: Getting Jade Ready for WagonFest (and other updates as they come)    Thu Nov 16, 2017 10:24 am

I'm glad you left the pic with "the model" standing next to the car off this thread... Wink


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PostSubject: Re: Getting Jade Ready for WagonFest (and other updates as they come)    Thu Nov 16, 2017 10:50 am

LOL! It's a family friendly forum. bahaha
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PostSubject: Re: Getting Jade Ready for WagonFest (and other updates as they come)    Thu Nov 16, 2017 10:57 am

great photos!
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PostSubject: Re: Getting Jade Ready for WagonFest (and other updates as they come)    Thu Nov 16, 2017 11:08 am

For whatever reason,my computer keeps blowing up this thread to full screen size. I can make out a lovely over flow container. Lol...
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PostSubject: Re: Getting Jade Ready for WagonFest (and other updates as they come)    Wed Jan 03, 2018 12:02 pm

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For whatever reason,my computer keeps blowing up this thread to full screen size. I can make out a lovely over flow container. Lol...

LOL!!


Sorry, they should be scaled for your browser window...but who knows these days.  



So, got a bee in my bonnet over the Holidays and decided it was time for something different on the sides.  Once I started, I had the wrap off in about an hour and a half.  I am pretty damn good at removing the trim and clips.  This will be my 3rd wrap once its complete.  I should be getting some design samples this week from a local shop Smile





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PostSubject: Re: Getting Jade Ready for WagonFest (and other updates as they come)    Wed Jan 03, 2018 1:16 pm

First option...I think it would tie in the interior (I would get lighter tint on the windows to help the ruby red interior come through).  But I kinda want something more "wilder" and lighter...if that makes sense.  

Will see what comes back for round 2!


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PostSubject: Re: Getting Jade Ready for WagonFest (and other updates as they come)    Wed Jan 03, 2018 4:49 pm

Well, I won't show what I picked...because it is going to be kinda wild.  BUT the wood does tie into my musical taste.  I'm going with a Cocobolo Rosewood pattern (which you find in some instruments).  I also want to try wrapping the upper trim to look like wood (or quarter round) as well with finishing nails in spots.  

Yeah, it will definitely be interesting, but I am pretty excited to see how it looks in the end Smile   Take it in next week.  

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PostSubject: Re: Getting Jade Ready for WagonFest (and other updates as they come)    Wed Jan 03, 2018 7:40 pm

That wood is gorgeous,.. i think a nice 12 ft grand would look spectacular.

Will it be a challenge to diguise a repeating pattern or will it be one complete unique wrap,.?  
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PostSubject: Re: Getting Jade Ready for WagonFest (and other updates as they come)    Thu Jan 04, 2018 7:21 am

Can't wait to see it done.
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PostSubject: Re: Getting Jade Ready for WagonFest (and other updates as they come)    Thu Jan 04, 2018 7:52 am


Me too Jarrod!

Nick, it will be a custom grain designed for the length of the wagon. The pattern should not repeat (and he knows that).
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PostSubject: Re: Getting Jade Ready for WagonFest (and other updates as they come)    Sat Jan 06, 2018 10:24 am

Awesome choice! Excited to see finished product.
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PostSubject: Re: Getting Jade Ready for WagonFest (and other updates as they come)    Sun Jan 07, 2018 5:58 am

Hey, I have a ukulele that matches your car!
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PostSubject: Re: Getting Jade Ready for WagonFest (and other updates as they come)    Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:29 am

HA!  That's awesome dmg4!  lol  


No updates yet.  I dropped it off though so we will see how it goes!  I really like the shop...wish my garage was this well lit and spacious.




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PostSubject: Re: Getting Jade Ready for WagonFest (and other updates as they come)    Wed Jan 10, 2018 1:34 pm




Need pics Chris!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Getting Jade Ready for WagonFest (and other updates as they come)    Fri Jan 26, 2018 12:48 pm

I keep putting off posting thinking I would have time to take some better pictures.  But another week has passed and I'm just posting these.  

Look, I know this is a polarizing design...even I find myself going from one end to the other daily.  lol  

But hell, it is fun and I can change it later (since this is now my 4th vinyl version on this wagon)
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2.Black Woodgrain (my favorite, but I bought cheap crap)
3.Carbon Fiber (was stealth and bough good materials...but got bored)
4.Tiger Wood Stripe Explosion. (I turn 40 this year so this is my last gasp of wildness I guess)

I will also say that the materials used and installation were the best I've ever had. Shop was nice to work with and I would go back again.  I just recommend you get samples in hand before you just let everything rip. I LOVE the upper trim design. They wrapped the trim too and man, I really love it!!

You will never loose your wagon in the parking lot again (and it seems to glow at night too)!

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PostSubject: Re: Getting Jade Ready for WagonFest (and other updates as they come)    Fri Jan 26, 2018 12:54 pm



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You will never loose your wagon in the parking lot again.

Does that mean no more doughnuts when the mall is closed?

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PostSubject: Re: Getting Jade Ready for WagonFest (and other updates as they come)    Fri Jan 26, 2018 12:59 pm

LMAO!

It definitely gets attention. For better or worse...I'm finding a lot of people snapping pics on their phone (when driving) so that is prob bad.

It was a hit at the local ChickFila last night...had a crowd of kids around taking selfies.

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PostSubject: Re: Getting Jade Ready for WagonFest (and other updates as they come)    Fri Jan 26, 2018 1:08 pm

I mean...it is pretty drastic.  I won't lie.  
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PostSubject: Re: Getting Jade Ready for WagonFest (and other updates as they come)    Fri Jan 26, 2018 3:49 pm

It sure looks like it's on fire. "WILD THING" now keep the song on hand.
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PostSubject: Re: Getting Jade Ready for WagonFest (and other updates as they come)    Sat Jan 27, 2018 10:40 am

You've certainly lost the ability to "blend in" with traffic. What a Face
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PostSubject: Re: Getting Jade Ready for WagonFest (and other updates as they come)    Sat Jan 27, 2018 11:04 am

I actually really like it in these pictures. I wasn't sure at first. Like you said, it's a little pixelated. If not, I would be 100% about it.


Would look good against a white one, too.
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PostSubject: Re: Getting Jade Ready for WagonFest (and other updates as they come)    Sat Jan 27, 2018 8:55 pm

It looks great, I love it
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PostSubject: Re: Getting Jade Ready for WagonFest (and other updates as they come)    Sun Jan 28, 2018 11:50 pm

I love it. My only complaint (question, really) is why you chose not to do the upper trim in the same pattern? I think the other pattern competes with the wood grain. Are you coming to Wagonfest with it? I hope so, I want to see the new vinyl in person.
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PostSubject: Re: Getting Jade Ready for WagonFest (and other updates as they come)    Mon Jan 29, 2018 9:40 am


Thanks guys! Yeah, I wanted the upper trim to be another type of wood that complimented the lower. That is what they came up with (I do like it...even if I change the body pattern later I think I'd keep the top trim wrap as is).

I'll be at the Daytona WF for sure so those coming can check it out and see what you think!

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PostSubject: Re: Getting Jade Ready for WagonFest (and other updates as they come)    Mon Jan 29, 2018 10:39 am

Car looks outrageous,..been fueling up at esso ?
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PostSubject: Re: Getting Jade Ready for WagonFest (and other updates as they come)    Mon Aug 20, 2018 8:39 am

Well...been a while since I've posted any updates.  Bought the TorqueHead setup and as I was taking things apart to install it...I thought I should check the timing chain.  It was kinda floppy (200K+ motor).  During that process I learned some things and just decided to yank everything out and have the motor and trans rebuilt.    

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A friend in GA (Jay) is building a 355 for me and I will post up more when I pick it up (might happen this Sun if the stars align).  

Trans is at Cooks Racing which has a pretty good reputation.  Figured it was wise to just do everything at once while I had it out.
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PostSubject: Re: Getting Jade Ready for WagonFest (and other updates as they come)    Mon Aug 20, 2018 10:43 am

Sweet!

Are we gonna drag race at WF? lol
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PostSubject: Re: Getting Jade Ready for WagonFest (and other updates as they come)    Mon Aug 20, 2018 10:45 am

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Sweet!

Are we gonna drag race at WF? lol

Lol...somehow I don't think my little 355 will be much of a match for your LTX and 6speed. But I can still try....
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PostSubject: Re: Getting Jade Ready for WagonFest (and other updates as they come)    Mon Aug 20, 2018 10:46 am

Aw it's just a little cam.
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PostSubject: Re: Getting Jade Ready for WagonFest (and other updates as they come)    Mon Aug 20, 2018 3:15 pm



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PostSubject: Re: Getting Jade Ready for WagonFest (and other updates as they come)    Mon Aug 20, 2018 3:35 pm

LOL!!!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Getting Jade Ready for WagonFest (and other updates as they come)    Mon Aug 20, 2018 10:50 pm

Okay. This is to inform the un-initiated. I can see the benefits of an electric fuel pump for short run race cars (drag, autocross, drifter etc.) to temporarily remove the power needed to power a pump. My question is, on a car that is driven, sometimes long distances, would not the added load on the alternator(s) negate the power drag caused by a mechanical drive?

There has to be some other advantages to these pumps as I see them being used in a lot of cases. Would question their longevity as well. Just replaced a mechanical one in my truck that only lasted 240,000 miles. More information please.

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PostSubject: Re: Getting Jade Ready for WagonFest (and other updates as they come)    Tue Aug 21, 2018 12:47 am

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I assume you mean water pump.  I deleted the mechanical fan added an electric water pump just to clean up the front of the engine on my car.  I don't understand how a slight increase in demand for electrical power offsets the removal of drag from the absence of a mechanical pump.
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PostSubject: Re: Getting Jade Ready for WagonFest (and other updates as they come)    Tue Aug 21, 2018 6:49 am

Note:  No ukuleles were harmed in the wrapping of Jade.

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PostSubject: Re: Getting Jade Ready for WagonFest (and other updates as they come)    Tue Aug 21, 2018 9:40 am

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I assume you mean water pump.  I deleted the mechanical fan added an electric water pump just to clean up the front of the engine on my car.  I don't understand how a slight increase in demand for electrical power offsets the removal of drag from the absence of a mechanical pump.

Yes you're right. I did mean water pump.

My intention was to get some information on why one would remove the mechanical water pump for reasons other then aesthetics? Is there some purpose to this that may relate to efficiency, extra cooling etc?

just not conversant in the technology and wanting more insight.

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PostSubject: Re: Getting Jade Ready for WagonFest (and other updates as they come)    Tue Aug 21, 2018 10:08 am


I went with the electrical because it is just easier to replace in the future. You literally unbolt the bolts holding the pump to the water pump housing, remove the pump...and replace. Done. You don't have to touch any hoses or gaskets and it won't make that much of a mess. I've had one before years ago and it served me well. Just figured it was time to do it since I had everything apart anyhow.

Is it worth the extra money? Nah...but I like it.

And on another note, I already bought some new 3M woodgrain and that is the winter project :p



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PostSubject: Re: Getting Jade Ready for WagonFest (and other updates as they come)    Tue Aug 21, 2018 10:13 am

The manufacturers justification, or some might say propaganda:  optimization of coolant flow rate irrespective of engine RPM, ability to run and provide cooling after engine is shut off, ease of replacement, durability (for the better units), space at engine front, and increased power due to less mechanical drag.

I've installed the Meziere pump on 2 cars, and I'm very happy with the result.
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PostSubject: Re: Getting Jade Ready for WagonFest (and other updates as they come)    Tue Sep 04, 2018 3:41 pm

Engine is back from Jay's (my buddy Heath came down and we used his truck).  Block was bored .30 over, stock GM crank, still using 2 bolt mains, heads are still stock 1.94/1.50 valves. Double valve springs with damper, comp cam 503 camshaft (mild cam), Scorpion 1.6 roller rockers, ls7 lifters, comp push rods, Scat flex plate, Edelbrock intake and 2500 stall converter.

Got it painted up and waiting on some new oil pan bolts before I prime and close everything up top.  








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PostSubject: Re: Getting Jade Ready for WagonFest (and other updates as they come)    Tue Sep 04, 2018 3:59 pm

Aren't you afraid you'll get it dirty?
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