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Old 04-25-2014, 10:44 AM   #31
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okay "was" as in now an automatic? I was looking for the shifter lol
Was as in it now has nothing in it. It's a roller: No engine or transmission. I think there is a rubber flap thing on the floor where the shifter used to come out. I looked on the steering column for a shifter, and there isn't one. (I was thinking 3 on the tree, well in this case four.) but none the less, even if there isn't a spot in the floor for the shifter, I can always make one!
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Old 04-25-2014, 10:54 AM   #32
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oooh okay - for sure haha.
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Old 04-25-2014, 03:38 PM   #33
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Floor was the shifter location, someone just covered that when the engine/trans. got pulled.
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Old 04-25-2014, 04:52 PM   #34
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Floor was the shifter location, someone just covered that when the engine/trans. got pulled.
I was trying to say that but was making it too complicated I guess.
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Old 04-26-2014, 12:57 AM   #35
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Back to the Focus build...

I didn't get much REAL work done tonight. Most of my time was spent checking to see how the piping was going to fit together. I have a few things sorted out, but my brain was getting too tired to think like a proper engineer so I could route piping the appropriate way. I did make an intercooler mount tonight and relocated the horn. My blow off valve is going to make it's new home where the horn used to be. Here's some pictures to show what I'm talking about.

First I got the bumper off so I could work on that intercooler bracket.



Then I relocated the horn. You'll see where it used to be when looking at my blow off valve location.



Here is the blow off valve sitting where the horn used to be.



Intercooler bracket tack welded on just so I could do some fitment work.



Here's how the blow off valve will likely sit. The wire going off the pic to the right is the horn power wire. The wire drooping down is my unplugged fog light wiring. I also took out the fog housings to paint them darker to match the paint on the car and the grille. They're kinda grey looking. I'll do those pictures tomorrow.



This is a rough idea of how the charge piping (from turbo to intercooler) will look. I have it still wrapped in plastic to protect some of the finish. I may have to end up removing or modifying the passenger side fog light. There shouldn't be any dragging or scraping issues with that under there since its above the radiator support level, and far above the subframe level.



That's all I have for now guys. The fog light housings are soaking in soapy water over night, and I'll paint those tomorrow. I need to go to the hardware store too and pick up some misc. bolts and whatnot.
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I'm also putting a turbo on both of mine, but I'm no where near as far as you are. You should try to make it to the meets we have. Check out the Texas chat area
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Another unknown Houston member lol. Good progress so far. X2 on coming to a meet sometime in the future.
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Old 04-26-2014, 08:00 AM   #39
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Another unknown Houston member lol. Good progress so far. X2 on coming to a meet sometime in the future.
Sounds good! For some reason it didn't click for me that there would be Houston area meets. Wish I'd have known earlier this month, I could almost walk to AMF bowling lanes! I'll keep an eye out for next month's meet for sure. I probably won't be turbo by then since I'll have to address the whole tuning thing, but I can always show up.
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Old 04-26-2014, 02:50 PM   #40
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Did some painting.

Alright, so I finally got around to painting my fog light housings like I said I would. I just couldn't stand that the plastic was a grey color instead of black like the rest of the car. The paint turned out kinda crappy because my dad turned on a sprinkler and got my second coat of primer wet.

Anyhow, here's some pictures since I love to do that so much.

I used this paint for primer. I had some laying around as extra from when I painted my old BMW's wheels. This stuff is great primer! The final coat sticks real well and looks nice (if it didn't have water spots on it)



Here's the fog housings before I sprayed them:



Now they're in primer:



Here's the final coat. Note that it's wet, and won't look that glossy forever.



Here's the driver's side lamp. You can see the orange peel in spots from the water.



I noticed this the other day: Scraping on both corners of the bumper. Low life for the win!



Passenger side lamp: This one turned out much nicer!



Scrapes on the passenger side:



That's what I have for now! Maybe more to come later in the week.
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