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post #1501 of 1597 (permalink) Old 04-21-2019, 09:48 AM
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well.. yesterday,I worked on the air box for better flow.and washed the car, drove the car,got gerocerys, cane ome parked the car.went back out and washed the car.went out for a saturday night.then coverd the car .I think it's still sleeping so ..Ill let it rest.
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Interesting. You don't see as much about Corten steel as you used to.

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Today was change out the starter day.
After all the new stuff I have thrown into it in the last month, the starter decided it was tired too.
Kind of a pain having to remove so much to get to it, but not horrible.
Took about an hour to get it out. Half hour to go track one down. Maybe 45 min. to put it all back together.

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Doing a dry fit without box, just to see how it will look.
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well.. yesterday,I worked on the air box for better flow.and washed the car, drove the car,got gerocerys, cane ome parked the car.went back out and washed the car.went out for a saturday night.then coverd the car .I think it's still sleeping so ..Ill let it rest.
So I am interested. What did you do to the air box? Everything I have read says that the air box design is very solid with little room for improvement.

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yes there is room for improvement. Blend the corners where the molds dont line up,I opened up one of the "muffler boxes sections " that is connected to the common wall of the main box( only one of the chambers uses a common wall that can be opened) ,and did a little heating of the box bottom and making it a little deeper under the filter. I didnt want to do to much at 1 time I wanted to see what it did for sound.sofar no change in sound.Ill pull it off again soon and do some more, like add another inlet to the now opened chamber with belmouth on it,possiably deepen the under filter area some more. and add some heat barrier/insulation to the bottom back where it's near the upper radiator hose. and possiably make a heat wrap for the main hose going to the TB.I may plug the middle muffler box to see if there is any sound there.if it gets loud I will probably insulate it too. I dont like loud cars that much,with that said, my bug has duel 2bbl carbs, they are louder than the turbo muffler....I made some nice covers for them that cuts the sound down about 50% and does not restrict flow any.they also keep them nice and dry. I wonder if there is a good performance dry flow synthetic filter that fits these boxes?
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So, do your modifications actually make it flow better? Are you getting less pressure drop through it now?

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Found that there was a squatter under my hood at one time! Apparently the previous owner never cleaned the engine! These are definitely not my nuts-just saying. Also found 8 foam pads in the fold of the rag top (trunk drainage area) does anyone know where these belong?
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The foam blocks should be spread out along the width of the pocket. They are used in the earlier design of the top to keep the pocket open so that it will collect water. The new design has fixed plastic spreaders.
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Thanks JohnWR, that makes total sense as to where I found them and it is an '06.
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Called to see if my tags, title, and registration were ready yet

They were....not

But I can sit in it and go "vroooom (pssst) VRRRRoooom! (psssst)".

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Stored and needing to part ways with a 1970 Skylark Custom convertible I have owned since 1989 and turned into a GS455 clone. 462 with 7/8 primary headers, adjustable roller rockers, TA Performance Stage 1 aluminum heads, auto, Chevy 12 bolt, 3.31:1. Sadly a project car now but a driver from '89 to '06.
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the local dealership had a special - $29.95 for oil change & tire rotation - full synthetic included !

I had a car that needed an oil change, so I jumped on the deal...



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Sir William's Fleet
Mean 2007 NA 2007 Solstice ordered on 8/24/06 - Picked up on 12/12/06 - Totaled on 6/12/10
Mean 2008 GXP Acquired 6/21/10 with 1275 miles on it - Summer Solstice !
Deep 2009 NA Coupe Acquired 11/2/13 with 1040 miles on it
Mean 2009 GXP Coupe Acquired 8/27/16 with 9100 miles on it

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it has been downpour rain in southern NJ today...

The first big car cruise of the season ( 200+ cars have been known to attend ) is tomorrow, so I waxed my car...

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Sir William's Fleet
Mean 2007 NA 2007 Solstice ordered on 8/24/06 - Picked up on 12/12/06 - Totaled on 6/12/10
Mean 2008 GXP Acquired 6/21/10 with 1275 miles on it - Summer Solstice !
Deep 2009 NA Coupe Acquired 11/2/13 with 1040 miles on it
Mean 2009 GXP Coupe Acquired 8/27/16 with 9100 miles on it
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I drove it. Around 3:30 am.

Horrible rainstorm. Saw a midnight screening of 'Alien' last night. I sure am I nut for taking the GXP out in the cold pouring rain for essentially the first drive it NEEDS to work or I am stranded, and with the summer only tires too.

Car did pretty well all in all. Some small things to correct.

Driving and working on a Sly 2008 Solstice GXP 5spd 260/260, and the worst-built 2012 LS3 Camaro 1SS to escape from Oshawa.

Gone but not forgotten:
2007 Solstice GXP 5 speed 290/340

Stored and needing to part ways with a 1970 Skylark Custom convertible I have owned since 1989 and turned into a GS455 clone. 462 with 7/8 primary headers, adjustable roller rockers, TA Performance Stage 1 aluminum heads, auto, Chevy 12 bolt, 3.31:1. Sadly a project car now but a driver from '89 to '06.
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