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Hi head fiers! I was thinking if i could help in anyway, audio isnt my speaciality, cars are. So any questions just ask me. Please keep in mind it may take me a half a say to a day to answer your questions, but i will find an answer for you!


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What exactly do I need to install a turbo? such as headers, exhaust, coolers. What is the average costs around 1-2k? I have a V6 engine if that is of any use.

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What do you think about restomods?

I stumbled across a 1954 Buick coupe a couple days ago and fell for the styling. It'd be tempting to add discs all around, EFI and upgrade the suspension while making it look as original as possible.
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What exactly do I need to install a turbo? such as headers, exhaust, coolers. What is the average costs around 1-2k? I have a V6 engine if that is of any use.



It all depends on what kind of car you have. With V6 engine, the turbocharger can increase you horsepower by up to 200.

 

As for the question your asking me, What do i need to install a turbocharger. That is one huge question. When you install a turbocharger, it is to your preference there are so many parts.

 

Is your car Automatic or Manuel? If its Automatic, I really dont think there a point of turbocharging you car, because you could just totally screw your car up.

 

Keep in mind, if you decided to install a turbocharger, you will need to fiil your car up with premium fuel i order to get all the power from the turbocharger.

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What do you think about restomods?

I stumbled across a 1954 Buick coupe a couple days ago and fell for the styling. It'd be tempting to add discs all around, EFI and upgrade the suspension while making it look as original as possible.


This seems like an ok idea. However it is also a risk. Some of the parts you will have to do research before, because the parts could be unavailible new. Also doing a restoration can be pricey and time consuming.

 

 

 

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I might do it. The car appears to have most of its trim pieces. I don't care much about originality other than the exterior and interior cosmetics.

I would not go crazy over something like an original battery cable, etc. I'd just get one that worked. The point is to have a car that can be driven and enjoyed. Not professionally judged in a competition.
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That sounds like a really cool project. You can do some really cool things now depending on what you want out of the car (straight performance, driveability, etc). Starting with as complete a car as possible is important, however it should be possible to get most parts you need, there seems to be specialists/experts for everything out there now.

 

I have a friend whose family is into hot rods. All their cars are good looking, but not show quality. Their goal for everything is to have a car that drives well and looks ok in their minds. In this vein, resto-modding has always been something I have been interested in. You can change the car to suit your needs and not worry if you break part X (likely impossible to get or expensive). Just replace it with something else that works better. Resto-modding is kind of the new hot rodding.

 

Any ideas what kind of engine and drive train you would be putting in?

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If the car has an original engine (not sure, it's fenced off) I'd likely keep it. If not, a 350 should drop in with little trouble and I'd use a later EFI setup, manifold for power brakes, etc.

I'm not 100% sure I'd go this way, though. I already have an old car ('71 Comet coupe, 302) that runs but needs a cosmetic refresh. We also have a '67 Mustang coupe (289) and a '66 Mustang convertible (260, IIRC) that are running and intact, but need new weatherstripping, paint, top, etc. So maybe I'll put those back into shape and go with something else.

One project I've had my eye on for a few years is a Pembleton (www.pembleton.co.uk). I like it because it doesn't need paint (the polished aluminum is awesome), it'll get good mileage and a 3-wheeler would register as a motorcycle and could be driven in carpool lanes. smily_headphones1.gif Also, CV2 parts are dead cheap. A clutch is $50 and all the wear items are similarly cheap. It's a very simple vehicle, too, so most repairs could be done in an hour or two. I'd probably go for the Moto Guzzi engine variant. It'd need periodic valve adjustments, but even if the engine dies, you can get another for $700-$1,000 or so. I think one could be kept on the road for a few hundred a year in maintenance.

I'm planning to unload about $10k of stuff I don't need on eBay, which would cover the cost of a build and then some. I'll be 39 in July, so a "midlife crisis" vehicle seems like a good idea. One of these would be practical and I figure it'd be a blast to drive around. If it returned 60 MPG (as some configurations do) then I'd be able to take off on long road trips affordably. Though the Pembleton is very cool, I want one more for the experiences it'd give. The open cockpit would make the open road a more personal experience and something like this would lead to thousands of conversations. I love back roads and small towns, so I figure it'd lead to lots of experiences and stories.
Edited by Uncle Erik - 4/1/11 at 10:00pm
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It all depends on what kind of car you have. With V6 engine, the turbocharger can increase you horsepower by up to 200.

 

200 what?  KW or HP, I think its a little more complex than that.

 

As for the question your asking me, What do i need to install a turbocharger. That is one huge question. When you install a turbocharger, it is to your preference there are so many parts.

 

Is your car Automatic or Manuel? If its Automatic, I really dont think there a point of turbocharging you car, because you could just totally screw your car up.

 

How is a manual transmission more suitable for turbo charging?

 

Keep in mind, if you decided to install a turbocharger, you will need to fiil your car up with premium fuel i order to get all the power from the turbocharger.

 

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Yes a turbocharger can increase your horsepower by 200 horsepower.

 

A manuel transmission in more suitable because they rev to higher RPM's.

 

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I recently replaced my car battery.  After I started up the car for the first time the engine seemed to be struggling to idle.  It was pulsating between <200 RPM and about 500 RPM.  So I immediately decided to take it to a repair shop and pulled out of my drive way.  On the way out the engine completely stalled, and then it completely stalled at every red light I hit on the way to the shop. Had to restart the car each time.  

 

The mechanics told me it was the "idle control sensor" which needed to be replaced and since it's next to impossible to find just an idle control sensor for my '03 Toyota Camry they said it would cost about $900 to replace the whole throttle body.

 

I ended up just leaving and driving the car around for a few miles and then the car stopped stalling: idling steadily at about 500RPM.  Still not optimal since I seem to recall it idling at just shy of 1K RPM before I replaced the battery.  So do you think it will return to that level eventually or does idling steady at 500RPM even after about 30 mi. of driving seem like a bigger problem?

 

My amp funds are at stake!

 

 


Edited by sphinxvc - 4/27/11 at 9:03am
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What's a good older Porsche to buy that will not require constant maintenance and will not be a bottomless money hole?  Preferably sticking to under $15k USD.

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What's a good older Porsche to buy that will not require constant maintenance and will not be a bottomless money hole?  Preferably sticking to under $15k USD.


 

None. Old Porsches are bottomless money pits that will eat your soul. The naturally aspirated 924 is supposedly the best of a bad lot. Still high maintenance, but with relatively affordable parts and relatively decent reliability.

 

The Corvette and Miata are much more in line with the affordable, low maintenance sports car ideal, but may not match the image you're seeking.


Edited by marvin - 4/27/11 at 10:14am
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That's what I was afraid of, but damn do they look good and handle like a dream. :)

 

I don't like the Miata and currently drive 2011 Scion TC, so it wouldn't really be something of great interest.  A Corvette would be cool though, but it just doesn't have the Porsche charm.

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Huh?  Automatic transmissions are almost universally preferred over manual transmissions for turbo applications, due to boost loss between shifts.  Automatics, for the most part, shift much faster than manuals.  The deciding factor would really be what the end goal of the car was; drag strip, automatic, no question.  Road course?  Manual.  Daily beater?  Auto.


That said, whether a car has a manual or an automatic transmission has absolutely nothing to do with "revving to higher RPMs".  Turbo selection is much more dependent on engine configuration than anything else, and how much money someone's looking to drop into the project.  The best response I've seen to "What do I need to turbo/supercharge/etc my car?" was "A competent speed shop."

 

The turbo Regal/GN 3.8 guys get a tad more than 200hp from the snail on their little V6s.  :D
 

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Yes a turbocharger can increase your horsepower by 200 horsepower.

 

A manuel transmission in more suitable because they rev to higher RPM's.

 



 

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