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Old 11-06-2007, 09:06 AM   #21
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Thanks Matt, now I just spent 6 hours reading your Dad's story. Makes me wanna sattle my bike and go somewhere.
Say hello for me and tell him that he is a real inspiration to me.
Thanks! Will do. You can send him an E-mail too if you like. It's fulks19@aol.com.
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Old 11-06-2007, 10:29 AM   #22
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Very cool trip. I'd be lucky to make it to the store. I love the name of the website.
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Old 11-06-2007, 04:24 PM   #23
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and crimped off the gizmo that returns air to the airbox in case of too much pressure (not sure what that's called)
Don't leave that clamped off if you're going to drive it. The purpose is to release boost pressure in the intake piping back to the turbo when the throttle plates shut. It helps keep the turbo spooled so you have some boost after you shift, but more importantly it also keeps the turbo from spinning relatively easily moving compressed air to a darn near stalled position trying to push against pressure without anywhere to go.

7 psi is not very impressive, but I'm not sure I would condemn the turbo right away. I think you're on the right track looking for leaks. It also might not be a bad idea to clean up the wastegate. When turbos go it's usually the bearings (as I'm sure you know) which will make a lot of noise, burn some oil, etc, but won't really affect boost pressures unless the shaft seals REALLY take a dive. If the compressor blades were bunk and causing it to not build pressure I think you'd know by the pieces of metal going into the engine.
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Old 11-06-2007, 07:21 PM   #24
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the wastegate is highly suspect. Now it's literally freezing cold outside so it'll take a while for me to get the ambition to tear it apart.
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Old 11-06-2007, 08:22 PM   #25
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Any snow yet? Freezing is nothing new...I've been scraping the windshield every day for atleast 3 weeks...but this white stuff from the sky...yuck.
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Old 11-08-2007, 11:13 AM   #26
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I intercepted my roommates junkyard bound 94 Plymouth Acclaim last week. It blew a head gasket on his way home from work, and he bought a new car. The junkyard offered him 200 bucks for it, but I decided to fix it and give him the $200. I spent a few hours a day for the past few days workin on it and it's done, I've spent about $100 total in parts... I figure if I sell it for 800, I'll make $500. Not bad for about 8 hours work.

Here's the add I just put on craigs list.

http://grandrapids.craigslist.org/car/468902649.html

The add's been up for about 3 hours now, and I've already had 2 calls and one email on it.
woo hoo!

I just sold that Plymouth that I fixed up last week. I got $900 for it, have to pay the roommate $200 for the car, spent $125 in parts - so I made $575 profit.

Oh the link on craigs list isn't good anymore, I'm pulling the add so I stop getting calls on it.
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Old 11-08-2007, 03:51 PM   #27
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congrats! i'll stop by later tonight so you can take me out for dinner to celebrate.


I swapped out the turbo on my tsi today. The turbo was just fine, but the wastegate was bad on the old housing. The hole the little flipper is supposed to cover was significantly enlarged rendering the wastegate usless.

The new turbo/wastegate is amazing! it's like hitting the little blue bottle every time you step on the throttle.

if i had kids, i wouldn't let them have a turbo talon!
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Old 11-08-2007, 04:29 PM   #28
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I'm kind of curious how that cast iron housing got hollowed out. Huh...

Those little DSM's are supposed to fly with just the addition of a manual boost controller to the wastegate and a free flow intake and exhaust.
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Old 11-08-2007, 05:42 PM   #29
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I've had so many beaters, I don't know where to start. The current is a 1994 Geo Tracker bought for $250, put on a new top and tires, fixed a few things and have a nice little commuter for about $700. My wife works nights, I work days. We both drive it to work and keep the big trucks on reserve (2500 suburban 4x4, hers, 2500 Ram 4x4, mine). The little thing hardly ever sits still. Had a 1989 VW fox, nice little car, got it in trade for a truck I traded for a $100 motorcycle. I just traded the Fox for a 1995 F150. As you can see, I like to deal. Another noteworthy beater was the 77Nova 4door with 300K miles, drove it to Daytona from Indy with plastic for driver's side windows and the axle propped up on 4x4 blocks due to broken leaf springs. Got over 20mpg! I always keep a cheap car around so I can still have my trucks and not go broke buying fuel.
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Old 11-25-2007, 08:40 PM   #30
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I just bought another fixer uper off craigs list. It's a 95 Chevy Lumina that was posted as needing paint and a battery, asking $350. I brought a battery with me when I went to go look at it. I forgot that a battery in a Lumina is buried under the washer tank and a brace. Anyway about 1/2 hour later I got it to start. The motor seems to run good, and it drives ok and it has 2 new tires on it.







It does have a strange issue I have to figure out before I can sell it. When the engine is started cold it runs fine, but once it's warmed up it has a hard time starting and hesitates/stalls. It seems like it's not getting fuel, or maybe the throttle position sensor is bad... although I don't know why that'd happen only when warmed up.

Anyway once I get that figured out, I should be able to flip it for a profit. I only paid $310 for the car.
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