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Re: mrpham's summer build

Over the last week I've had a few parts cleaned up and also picked up a KG Works gauge cluster



Install photos are below...



So fresh so clean clean.

Since I'm going to be using the later model cam/crank hall effect sensors, I had my NB6 valve cover blasted and powder-coated in satin black. While I was there I also had the shop blast the NB6 water neck too, this will replace the NA6 water neck because I won't be using the fan switch. Megasquirt will control the fans now.

The work was done by Global Powder Coating, price was the lowest I could find and service/turnaround was good.


First step is to remove all four screws and the steering column surround.



There are two more screws holding the gauge hood, remove those and than gently pull the hood towards the rear of the car. It should pop out with little effort.


Unplug the two connectors at the back of the cluster to remove it.


The new cluster installed
 

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My new fuel rail finally arrived, had to replace the M-Tuned rail because it had clearance issues with the fuel rail bracket. And I was able to get myself a B6 cylinder head for free. This allows me to test fit all the parts and I can work on the fuel lines and wiring while my NB6 head is away for porting and cams.




Also did a quick test fit of the ITBs to see if there are any issues that need to be sorted out.


 

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Last week I posted some photos of my OBX fuel rail that I purchased to replace the M-Tuned one that doesn't fit. Well I picked up more parts over the last couple of days, things like braided hose and the required fittings. Just some notes on the OBX rail... it's utter ****! They didn't even bother deburring the holes or cleaning up any metal shavings left inside the rail, not to mention the threads were damaged!

All fittings and hose I've decided to source from Aeroflow, and I'll be using all -6AN sized fittings/hose for fuel. Purchased all the bits locally from Race Car Engineering, good prices and good service, would definitely recommend them.


My Aeromotive FPR (fuel pressure regulator), and fuel pressure gauge.


The crappy OBX fuel rail...


Some of the fittings I purchased, have more on order too.


Aeroflow's -6AN black braided light weight hose. This stuff is nicer looking, more flexible and easier to work with. Sick of working with the full stainless braided hosing, I like this hose
 

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More Parts & No Progress - http://omgpham.com/more-parts-no-progress

Blehhh not much progress lately, BUT I have acquired some more bits for the build. Also been talking with a few guys who are also doing the same ITBs and we've found a few more issues with the T3 manifold... The issue is that the TPS is located towards the firewall and hits against the clutch master hard-line. This is not an issue for all the US guys who have the clutch master on the other side of the engine bay (LHD).


So that's the problem... there are possibly two ways to get around this.


So this is a solution that I'm going to test out, it involves taking 12mm off the end and machining the surface flat. So now I can use a banjo fitting that will let me clear the TPS.


The other solution is to use a braided hose like above, not sure if it'll clear the TPS though. Will figure it out when everything else goes into the car.

When I installed my new KG Works cluster I forgot to mention that my gauge hood also cracked. Was a pain in the ass but I was able to find a brand new genuine replacement . Apparently it was the last one in Australia too! Mazda have more on back order I believe.


So it looks amazing! It does't have the shiny finish like my old one but has a more smooth matte look. Will install this later on when I get a new dash to replace my cracked one.

The next part I found is a duct that is used in cars that don't have air-conditioning from factory. Since I'm removing my AC this part is perfect so that I can remove the ENTIRE AC system and still have functional air/heater.


Wasn't able to get a brand new one but Richard at MX-5 Plus was able to hook me up with this used part. Would prefer a new one but this is pretty decent.
 

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Are you going to run the hose straight down to the slave from the master with that setup?
 

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G-String Bikini Top - http://omgpham.com/g-string-bikini-top

I've been drooling over Project-G's bikini top ever since I bought my MX-5, was never sure how it would look in person with my "tall-boy" roll bar so I never ordered it. But I recently found an awesome deal that I couldn't pass up, I'm now in possession of a Project-G bikini top!

It's a black top with red-stitching and also came with a carry bag. I've sourced a front bow locally for little money so pretty happy overall =)


w000000000000!!!



Some extra goodies that came with the bikini top. Always love stickers and free lollies


The bikini top shown with the straps, center brace and carry bag.


Hopefully I'll look just as cool


I also picked up some extra tools to make my life easier when I do my braided fuel lines.
Just some aluminium spanners so the nice fittings don't get scratched and a hose cutter.
 

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ITB Build Part - http://omgpham.com/itb-build-part-1

Started pulling apart my car today, the head is being removed so I can get that ported. The AC, all wiring, intake, strut brace and fuse box will be removed to make way for my custom tucked wiring harness.

I was planning to port it myself but have decided to send it down to Warren Heath Performance down in Melbourne. The head will received an extensive porting job as well as larger oversized valves, stronger valve springs and re-shimmed solid lifters. The camshaft going in will be 280degree duration and 10.5mm lift.

Didn't get too much done today but photos below.


The operating table where most of the work will be done.



Bonnet off, radiator out and headers moved aside.



Valve cover off to remove the head, full port job on the way with massive cams going in.



The AC condenser removed and a pile of parts that won't be going back in.


That's all for today, covered up and put to bed.
 

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ITB Build Part 2 - http://omgpham.com/itb-build-part-2

Some more progress today :D

Had a friend come over to help strip out the interior since my cracked dash and ripped carpet will be getting replaced. Also makes it easier to get out the old wiring harness. Enjoy the madness below, sorry for the lack of photos.


Seats and center console out.


Steering column dropped and dash completely out.


Everything nearly out, just need some more free time to get the wiring harness out.
 

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ITB Build Part 3 - http://omgpham.com/itb-build-part-3

Made little progress so not a huge update, continued removing the old wiring harness and attempting to clean up the engine bay.


Where I was at since last update and now the wiring is out.



Looks so bare with so much stuff taken out.



The new wiring slowly going in, new battery/power wires going in too.
 

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ITB Build Part 4 - http://omgpham.com/itb-build-part-4

Bllleerrrrrrrrrrghhhhhhhhhh... Slow progress lately, held up by the wiring and have to sort a few parts sourcing issues.

I was planning to run the headlight wiring outside of the engine bay and under the guards, but at the last minuted I started to ditch the idea. Decided to keep the wiring in the engine bay and just neaten it up. I think it's a bit more practical and doesn't look too bad either.


The front bar has to be removed so that the guards could come out. I ended up not needing to remove the front guards, but this gave me a good opportunity to clean out all the dirt/gravel stuck behind there.


How the headlight wiring looked after neatening it up.


Next up I decided to freshen up the old rusty brake booster by sanding it down and a fresh coat of satin black paint.



Looks damn good back in the engine bay

I'm also getting all the old nuts/bolts cleaned up and zinc plated. At this point of the build I may as well take the opportunity to make sure no rusted hardware is returned to the car.


A whole buckets worth, can't wait to get them back all clean.
 
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