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How did that happen? It's still looking good!

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When the car showed up in Colorado the new owner had to get it to pass the Denver air quality dyno testing and was not able to do so. Car runs great, looks great and is a blast but his tuner was unable to get it to pass so after a few weeks he gave up. My personal opinion is that he really wanted to concentrate on rebuilding a 70s Firebird and had lost some of his enthusiasm for the Sol.

I am glad it has gone back to a good owner who will enjoy it.
 

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I tried hard to facilitate his passing for a long time but I think he just lost interest after a while and is already onto a new engine swap project.

I''m going to pick up from my guy in a few minutes and register it. I'll likely have my guy detune with a larger pulley and drop the hp into the mid 500's and allow for more use of the throttle for street driving. No sniff test until next year, but my guy here says that will be no problem (easier than CO, I assume - no dyno).
 

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When the car showed up in Colorado the new owner had to get it to pass the Denver air quality dyno testing and was not able to do so. Car runs great, looks great and is a blast but his tuner was unable to get it to pass so after a few weeks he gave up.
This is so unfortunate and so unnecessary. The problem is the person involved with tuning most of these V/8 conversions is stuck using outdated and primitive tuning software. The person doing these V/8 swap tunes also just isn't very good at tuning, and you can only access a very small amount of tables even if you buy the software yourself (LS1 Edit, an old program almost no tuners use anymore). Very much like Vince at Trifecta, he may be good at writing the software, but not smart enough to know he shouldn't try to use it to tune cars himself. Vince doesn't let anyone else use his program because they'd see how horrible it also is compared to the competition. These V/8 swaps shouldn't have these problems and shouldn't be running on this software.

To me this is wrong. Everyone has their strengths and weaknesses. I don't know how to write software or reverse engineer an ECM or PCM. I leave that job to the guys that know what they're doing. It's too bad that a person who knows how to tune can't use a decent program to fix problems like you V/8 swap guys are having. What was wrong with this particular car would have been incredibly easy to fix and could have been handled with a couple emails.

I personally believe selling a car with a swapped V/8, or selling the service of swapping a V/8 into a car and not being able to give the customer the ability to tune it himself or have the tune fixed by the vendor or anyone else is wrong. That vendor (I don't even know or remember who it was actually, and it doesn't really matter) charged a [email protected] of money to do that swap. The trouble that owner in Colorado had shouldn't have happened.

Just my brutally honest $.02.
 

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Got it back this morning.
Very nice car, could you provide further pics and specs? What were you asking?

I like your wheels as well.
 

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I was original owner and just bought it back. Wheels are the old Monarch/Gravana staggered 19's that were discontinued a couple years back (a shame if you ask me).
 

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I've been driving the car all weekend and had forgotten how amazing this car is. The sounds, the power, the looks, the hood (my favorite part of the build). This car is begging for some road course time, but my guy here will start work on the street package setup next week, so I look forward to getting it back with less power, but more usable power.

Weather back into the 70's next week, so the top will come off, likely for good from here on out.

Charity Solstice 2.0 is in body shop for hood install, etc., before custom wrap goes on. Thanks to all the vendors here who selflessly handed over parts for that build.

Cheers all,
S
 

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I know Chris (from Stainless Headers) posted a reply. I cannot remember if he did it on the SKYforum and then it was copied here.
So I think anyone that read his post knows what happened. He did mentioned not wanting to talk specifically about WERKS, but rather concentrate on why the manifold cracked.
 

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I am assuming the proceeds from the original auction stayed with the charity.
 

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The car auctioned off for 38 last Jan and every penny went to the hospital. I bought it back last week and have not decided if I will donate it again, but am really excited to enjoy it for the immediate future. I have the vert that I bought a couple months ago and that is planned to be raffled off for same hospital with every penny going to them, including the purchase price and whatever I have in it.
 

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Thanks, but just trying to find a way to rationalize all the time and money I've spent goofing around with cars these past 30 years.
 
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