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propav8r 05-11-2011 11:55 PM

Jared's '79 5.3 244 Project: The Qwikbrik
 
Guess I could update the first post after 8 years, huh?

It's got a V8 now. Does skids. Makes cool noises. Causes great confusion among the appalachian car boomer population that only knows a Holley Double Pumper on a TreeohFive in a Chevelle.

2000something LM7 5.3 (iron block)
706 Heads
SS2 cam
Stock PCM/HPTuners
Camaro T56
Ford 8.8 Rear
400lb springs/Koni Race inserts in the front
250lb springs/Chevy Suburban shocks in the rear (blech)
Kerplunky v.0.0.0.1 camber plates
DIY adjustable endlinks
STS machining Delrin front control arm bushings
25mm IPD bar in the front, stock in the back
Wootbar<sup>TM</sup> strut brace
Falken AZENIS RT615K+, 225/45-17 front, 255/40-17 rear.
17x8.5 et30 with 32mm adapter in the front, 17x10 et20 in the back

Current Shot
https://i.imgur.com/jqwgrGAh.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/8n578B5h.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/sQ4Cl6Uh.jpg

Circa 2011:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3650/...c830c869_b.jpg

I'm just getting going good on my project, so I figured that this would be a good time to start a project thread to help keep track of things. First off, the back story.

About 20 years ago, my family had a '74 BMW 2002. The car was my dad's daily and never ceased to be troublesome. When it came time to axe that car, it was driven to Atlanta and sold for like $1,500, which at the time was a king's ransom for a barely running 2002. In exchange, my mom and dad bought this '79 244. It had been found by my uncle, who was given the car by his mechanic. My uncle then put approximately $1,000 into it getting it running good again. Then, the owner showed up at the shop demanding his car back...the car had been sitting for 2+ years because of unpaid shop fees, and had legally become the property of the shop who had given it to my uncle. My uncle then found and contacted the original owner, who had believed he was doing a good thing by giving the second owner the car as cheap transportation. After weeks of angry phone calls, my uncle and the original owner convinced the second owner that giving his clothes out of the trunk (that had been in there for 2+ years as well) would be a suitable substitute for the car itself. After all this, my mom drove the car back to Charlotte, where it lived for the next few years.

We used the car for awhile as a spare and occasional daily, and when I turned 16, it became my car. I started to mess with it a little; fixing nagging issues, sprucing up the interior, etc. I drove it through high school stocky stock until a friend of mine rolled a stop sign behind me and cracked the passenger side taillight and pushed in the rear valance. A friendly insurance adjuster gave us $1200 for the car, and totaled it. We kept the car.

The insurance money purchased another Volvo, our '97 855. For about a year, the '79 sat at my grandfather's house in Huntersville. I would go over there occasionally and start the car and drive it a little just to keep things in working order. Christmas of 2010, my dad took the car to a local independent Volvo mechanic, and he got it running again. At last I was back with my car.

I drove the car for about a year until April 2011, when the K-jetz finally bit the dust. A faulty ECT sensor caused the car to run like complete crap in closed-loop mode, but like a bat out of hell in open loop. Instead of throwing more money at a 30 year old system, I decided that it was high time to start my project.

Parts started being accumulated, and plans laid out. The ultimate goal for this car is to have a fun, streetable weekend car that will suprise 5.0 fords and F-bodies on the road. Huge power isn't my ultimate goal. A fun, solid, well handling, quick car is.

The base of the build is below:

'93 B230F block (got it)
Ported/polished 530 head, possibly with larger valves. I haven't made that decision yet. (Have head, needs to be assembled)
RSI Stage II Turbo cam (still need. I hate I missed the sale)
Megasquirt MS3X (almost saved up)
90+ Manifold (have)
15G (have)
Ford WC T5 (Purchasing from Vince/TerribleOne. Deposit sent)
Modded G80 rear (have gears, need to mod)
Billys all the way around (still need)
IPD SS brake flex lines (have)
Yoshifab DSM CAS adapter (have)
And a bunch of other stuff I've probably forgotten.

As far as a timeline, I'd love to have the car driveable by SE-X, but if not, it's not a big deal, It'll just have to wait another year to be heebed.

Anyway, on to the pics.

Spring break, the garage in my grandmother's basement was cleared as much as possible, and the car moved in. Below are some pictures of the limited progress. I've only been home from school since Sunday. Planning on yanking the B21+M46 this Sat/Sun. Stay tuned for K-jet selloff.

Car in the basement. Fvuck that support post.
http://i918.photobucket.com/albums/a...IMG_0738-1.jpg

http://i918.photobucket.com/albums/a...r/IMG_0736.jpg

Ewww dirty block
http://i918.photobucket.com/albums/a...r/IMG_1877.jpg

http://i918.photobucket.com/albums/a...r/IMG_1876.jpg

http://i918.photobucket.com/albums/a...r/IMG_1875.jpg

Several hours later...mostly clean. Still some touch up to do.
http://i918.photobucket.com/albums/a...r/IMG_1880.jpg

http://i918.photobucket.com/albums/a...r/IMG_1879.jpg

http://i918.photobucket.com/albums/a...r/IMG_1878.jpg

Everything was cool til this...took out the drain petcock to mount my 93+ oil cooler, and the port was clogged.
http://i918.photobucket.com/albums/a...r/IMG_1895.jpg

Parts shelf
http://i918.photobucket.com/albums/a...r/IMG_1881.jpg

GM coil came today! Yay!
http://i918.photobucket.com/albums/a...r/IMG_1884.jpg

Boo...
http://i918.photobucket.com/albums/a...r/IMG_1885.jpg

And that's all for now folks. I'm pulling the oil pan tomorrow to examine the innards and weld a drain bung in the pan.

CalvinM 05-14-2011 11:55 PM

Saw this today and he's got the building blocks for a nice clean build. You just need to piece it together Jared. I want pics if you take the b21F out.

alexm963 05-15-2011 12:22 AM

Front end setup looks baller. And the white with red stripe looks good too.

mavawreck 05-15-2011 11:24 AM

Ive seen this car in person and it is going to be a really clean build when he is done. Glad you are getting to do it.

propav8r 05-15-2011 11:29 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CalvinM (Post 3765351)
Saw this today and he's got the building blocks for a nice clean build. You just need to piece it together Jared. I want pics if you take the b21F out.

Will do. I'm pulling it today-just gotta go by Pull-a-part and cut out some seatbelts to lift it with. Should've done that yesterday, but I forgot.

Quote:

Originally Posted by alexm963 (Post 3765382)
Front end setup looks baller. And the white with red stripe looks good too.

Thanks. The stripe is actually painted on, like an old handpainted sign. It's coming off and will be redone. The passenger side is ratty. I've got some old style single round surrounds, but I really think I'm going to be sticking with the quad rounds.

Quote:

Originally Posted by mavawreck (Post 3765733)
Ive seen this car in person and it is going to be a really clean build when he is done. Glad you are getting to do it.

Thanks man. I'm stoked too. I've been wanting to do something to it for awhile, and now I finally have the ability to.

Manbeard 05-15-2011 11:34 AM

im excited to see this car come apart knowing how awesome it will be when you're done! i think you should keep the quad rounds..your car is one of two cars that look badass with them. not saying that because i think they're awesome means you should keep them haha, i think they just go with the whole look of the car. i love it.

propav8r 05-15-2011 11:38 AM

Haha thanks Stephen. I know your real opinion of quad rounds :-P

I think I'll be putting hydras on it at first just to gain some tire. Eventually, I'd really like to find a set of Arrakis wheels, but that's farther down the road at the moment. Another grand I don't have right now.

propav8r 05-15-2011 06:54 PM

Well, my dad and I got the motor pulled today.

http://i918.photobucket.com/albums/a...d/IMG_1909.jpg

http://i918.photobucket.com/albums/a...d/IMG_1908.jpg

Time to buy stock in Purple Power.

WillettRun? 05-15-2011 11:08 PM

Graaaaaaaaaaaaeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeze!

RMB 05-15-2011 11:20 PM

Wow, nice car.
Was the body damage ever fixed? Would you happen to have any more photos of the entire car? Looks ridiculously clean, and the red stripe is quite fetching. Looks like a fun project!

slow240 05-15-2011 11:32 PM

glad to see you diving into this project so hard, i cant wait to see it done, i loved seeing it in IPDs newsletter, i showed it to all my friend and told them i knew you :cool:

ps, im sorry i still havent had a chance to mail off that console, i just got laid off :grrr:
ill get you an estimate asap (seeing as ill have a whole lot more time on my hands :lol:)

KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!!

propav8r 05-16-2011 12:13 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RMB (Post 3766551)
Wow, nice car.
Was the body damage ever fixed? Would you happen to have any more photos of the entire car? Looks ridiculously clean, and the red stripe is quite fetching. Looks like a fun project!

No, body damage isn't fixed yet. Hopefully, it will be soon. The camera is kind...what you don't see is the messed up passenger side stripe from a bradford pear tree falling on it 4 years ago in an ice storm (there's pictures of that around here somewhere), the dent in the passenger rear door from where the shop in Atlanta lost the keys and took to moving the car with a forklift, the rust spots at the rear fender/buttcheek seam, and a few other imperfections. Also annoying is the fact that somewhere along the line, the hood, roof, trunk, and passenger rear fender were repainted with a non-matching color. It's just a couple of shades off, but it doesn't wax nearly as well and bugs me to no end. The car has it's rough spots, but is largely rust free. The floors and rocker panels are solid, and the car hasn't been in a serious wreck.

The stripe is actually two tone...red on top and like a purplish-red on the bottom. Kinda cool. Defiantly sets the car apart.

Thanks for the kind words though :-P

Quote:

Originally Posted by slow240 (Post 3766571)
glad to see you diving into this project so hard, i cant wait to see it done, i loved seeing it in IPDs newsletter, i showed it to all my friend and told them i knew you :cool:

ps, im sorry i still havent had a chance to mail off that console, i just got laid off :grrr:
ill get you an estimate asap (seeing as ill have a whole lot more time on my hands :lol:)

KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!!

Hey, no worries man. I totally understand. Life comes first. If you moved down to Charlotte, you could probably have a job in a day at the same company I'm working at this summer. :lol:

Dirk242 05-16-2011 06:21 AM

Will follow this one. Always liked your car!

propav8r 05-16-2011 07:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dirk242 (Post 3766857)
Will follow this one. Always liked your car!

Thanks. You have no idea how close I've come to spraybombing my car brown. :lol:

Pulled the trans off the motor today. Pilot bearing and throwout bearing were in almost new shape, and the clutch disk had plenty of life left. Pressure plate wasn't cracked. After so many miles, I was surprised to say the least. Flywheel is out, and will be headed to the machine shop soon.

Sir Psycho 05-16-2011 07:56 PM

Just found your thread, nice work so far!

Let me know if you ever need an extra hand in there.

propav8r 05-16-2011 08:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sir Psycho (Post 3767711)
Just found your thread, nice work so far!

Let me know if you ever need an extra hand in there.

Thanks. I'll probably host some sort of cookout in a couple months or so. Grill n chill deal.

Sir Psycho 05-16-2011 08:24 PM

Sounds good. You know I'm game for a meet ASAP.

olov 05-16-2011 08:59 PM

is that the same one you drove to the meets/SE/etc last year? looks like a different car, much better

kinda want to throw quad rounds on my wagon.....

propav8r 05-16-2011 10:22 PM

Yup. Same car.

Volv-what-o 05-16-2011 10:35 PM

I am so ready for the car to be done. I miss the sunroof.

propav8r 05-16-2011 10:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Volv-what-o (Post 3767981)
I am so ready for the car to be done.

Lol. It'll never be "done," always a work in progress.

propav8r 05-17-2011 08:15 PM

I finally did something about lighting in my shop. Much more better now.
http://i918.photobucket.com/albums/a...r/IMG_1930.jpg

Apparently, once upon a time, my car used an external voltage regualtor. Who knew?
http://i918.photobucket.com/albums/a...r/IMG_1939.jpg

Also, in cleaning and prepping the oil pan for paint, I found these things in several places. Rock hits? Metal fatigue? Anybody ever seen this before?
http://i918.photobucket.com/albums/a...r/IMG_1928.jpg

http://i918.photobucket.com/albums/a...r/IMG_1927.jpg

Duder 05-17-2011 09:19 PM

Those are rust "spiders" that form when the paint is chipped off in a small area, probably from rocks as you said. The freshly exposed metal rusts quickly, but then the rust continues to spread outwards underneath the good paint around the chip. I guess that's why they call it the tin worm. I found a whole bunch of 'em when I stripped the paint off the front end of my '66 VW.

Use a flap wheel or wire wheel and clean them up; I think you'll find there isn't any real damage to the pan. You can treat them with some type of rust killer if you don't want them coming back (ospho, phosphoric acid, POR-15 "metal ready" for example).

propav8r 05-17-2011 09:20 PM

Heh-learn something every day. Thanks!

Poik 05-17-2011 09:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by propav8r (Post 3769314)

Africa? Looks like this will be a great project, keep it up.

Duder 05-17-2011 10:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by propav8r (Post 3769409)
Heh-learn something every day. Thanks!

You're welcome. Rust and I have been co-habitating for years. Every time I think I finally found a rust free car, it pops up. You'd think it wouldn't be too hard living in California :e-shrug:

propav8r 05-17-2011 10:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Poik (Post 3769442)
Africa? Looks like this will be a great project, keep it up.

Thanks dude. You've been a big help

propav8r 05-18-2011 07:41 PM

Picked up a 531 today for $free.99. Score. It's in pretty decent shape, but will need some help where it mates to the block.

http://i918.photobucket.com/albums/a...d/IMG_1945.jpg

Exhaust ports are all in excellent shape, with little to no corrosion. Here's #4
http://i918.photobucket.com/albums/a...d/IMG_1946.jpg

Yummy
http://i918.photobucket.com/albums/a...d/IMG_1954.jpg

http://i918.photobucket.com/albums/a...d/IMG_1968.jpg

And the damage that'll need to be fixed
http://i918.photobucket.com/albums/a...d/IMG_1964.jpg

And just for anybody that's wondering, here's the difference between the block coolant passages and the 531 coolant passages. The bottom edge of the photo of the head matches up with the top of the photo of the block. Like you're folding a piece of paper.

http://i918.photobucket.com/albums/a...d/IMG_1974.jpg
http://i918.photobucket.com/albums/a...d/IMG_1973.jpg

Also-anybody know what this is? Looks like some sort of flywheel/rpm sensor in my B21. Has 3 wires coming off of them that terminate in a female connector. Odd.

http://i918.photobucket.com/albums/a...d/IMG_1969.jpg

http://i918.photobucket.com/albums/a...d/IMG_1971.jpg

varg 05-18-2011 07:49 PM

Nice find! The sensor is basically a crank position sensor that was used with some sort of diagnostic machine the Volvo dealerships used to have.

propav8r 05-18-2011 07:54 PM

Yeah-a guy on CL posted that he had some Penta stuff for sale-I called him up and talked a little. $150 purchase price, or he was willing to trade for a 530 I had in the basement. Win.

No K-cams though. And thanks for the info on the sensor. Cool stuffs.

Volv-what-o 05-18-2011 09:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by propav8r (Post 3767991)
Lol. It'll never be "done," always a work in progress.

Well thanks for the heads up. I really cant wait to see it...maybe I will stop by in a few weeks.

CalvinM 05-18-2011 09:33 PM

Looking good Jared. Nice score on the 531. Hows the bay cleaning going?

Sir Psycho 05-18-2011 09:33 PM

For the record...I'm calling you out now for titling the thread "Project Summer".

We'll see about that...

propav8r 05-18-2011 09:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CalvinM (Post 3771111)
Looking good Jared. Nice score on the 531. Hows the bay cleaning going?

It's not yet. The ground outside the shop is still too soft to push the car out-it's been raining for 3-4 days straight. Hopefully it'll dry out some towards the end of the week.

propav8r 05-18-2011 09:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sir Psycho (Post 3771115)
For the record...I'm calling you out now for titling the thread "Project Summer".

We'll see about that...

I never said how many summers.

propav8r 05-20-2011 12:12 AM

Getting there.

http://i918.photobucket.com/albums/a...d/IMG_1984.jpg

God I hate just piddling around. The job I was supposed to start this past monday has been pushed back to next week.

propav8r 06-08-2011 10:26 PM

Well, I finally started work, which means I can finally make some headway. Still a little housekeeping left though.

So far, I've finished painting and clear coating the block, and tonight I got the first coat on the engine bay. I'll wet sand it and put a second coat on it tomorrow.

Yeah, she was helping
http://i918.photobucket.com/albums/a...d/IMG_2001.jpg

Block turned out better than expected.
http://i918.photobucket.com/albums/a...d/IMG_2005.jpg

http://i918.photobucket.com/albums/a...d/IMG_2004.jpg

Primered Up
http://i918.photobucket.com/albums/a...d/IMG_2002.jpg

Painted
http://i918.photobucket.com/albums/a...d/IMG_2009.jpg

Finally got the shop looking a little more proper :D

http://i918.photobucket.com/albums/a...IMG_2011-1.jpg

Sir Psycho 06-09-2011 12:44 PM

Baller!

Volv-what-o 06-24-2011 01:54 AM

Have you done anything else since you painted the engine bay?

propav8r 06-24-2011 03:43 PM

Worked and made money to pay for sh*t.

propav8r 06-29-2011 10:32 PM

Well I'm heading to pick up my trans this weekend, and maybe some wheels.

I've been debating something, maybe I can get some insight here without cluttering up performance. I've been debating my decision to go with MS3x. A MS2 3.57 box would do what I need, and I could get it assembled for about $200 less than 3x. Brett was enlighening me about sequential MS (http://jbperf.com/)

My question is this: Are there any inherent benefits with MS3 that MS2v3.57 does not have? Added reliability? Anything of the sort?

smokeyfan1000 06-29-2011 11:54 PM

I noticed ya painted engine bay black. Is there a repaint of the Moose planned?

diponyou 06-30-2011 12:38 AM

What kind of paint on the engine bay?

jamin01 06-30-2011 10:16 AM

Nice!! Being away from my brick makes me want to do this more and more. I will do it when I get back home.

propav8r 06-30-2011 06:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by smokeyfan1000 (Post 3827810)
I noticed ya painted engine bay black. Is there a repaint of the Moose planned?

Eventually, I'll get the exterior redone. I've always liked a gloss black engine bay. There are parts that aren't perfect, but I can deal. It looks very good to me. Not great, but very good.

Quote:

Originally Posted by diponyou (Post 3827886)
What kind of paint on the engine bay?

Rustoleum Gloss Black Engine Enamel. Lowes had a good sale.

Quote:

Originally Posted by jamin01 (Post 3828272)
Nice!! Being away from my brick makes me want to do this more and more. I will do it when I get back home.

It's a lot of work. A lot. I'm pleased with it, but I wouldn't do it again. Part of my frustration was probably not having a paint gun, but it came out better than expected.

propav8r 06-30-2011 06:19 PM

Still no insight on the MS question?

Also, my trans pickup is postponed :grrr: Oh well.

propav8r 07-01-2011 10:52 PM

Any advice for the Megasquirt question? I've got an itchy trigger finger.

WillettRun? 07-02-2011 09:46 AM

just rock the ms2 for now. if an SMD board isnt that much more expensive, roll with that.

pop in the ms3x board later.

olov 07-02-2011 10:14 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by propav8r (Post 3827711)
I've been debating something, maybe I can get some insight here without cluttering up performance. I've been debating my decision to go with MS3x. A MS2 3.57 box would do what I need, and I could get it assembled for about $200 less than 3x. Brett was enlighening me about sequential MS (http://jbperf.com/)

My question is this: Are there any inherent benefits with MS3 that MS2v3.57 does not have? Added reliability? Anything of the sort?

what are your goals? what mods do you plan on using? a v3.0 board and ms1 chip are plenty for my wagon(250-350hp daily driver 8v....eventually), but i think i might go ms2 for the sedan if i ever get to upgrading it(16v, caged.....eventually). i think it's just more options(which you might not even use). i wouldn't worry about over complicating things unless you NEED those options, standard fuel install with wasted spark might be enough, and would be less time figuring things out and more time driving. those options look good in sigs, but if it's on jackstands who the f cares :P .

but back to ms3, someone posted all the benefits in a thread a few months ago, no idea what thread it was but it does look pretty baller. but i'm cheap and good enough is good enough for me

940guy 07-02-2011 06:29 PM

seen this today in person, pictures dont do justice to what this man is doing great work jared. im here for ya if you need help i has a welder or can get some some parts on the downlow-_-


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