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I did some mocking last night. I'm pretty excited about my air intake, which I made from random scraps. Right now, I've got the filter in front of the front left tire.

I think I'm going to run the stock TB for right now, and save the BBK for later.

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My friend said the same thing.

What I actually had was a drill, a wire wheel, and a Bret Weinstein podcast. It went pretty well.

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They are what they are: A set of functional headers that will get my build finished.
Yours turned out rather well. DIY's are always the most rewarding. Not to mention cheapest! For a set of old SLP CARB-compliant headers for my son's project car I bolted a spare elec. motor to the bench, and made up wire & polish wheels - plus the same for a handheld drill, and got everything pretty decent for spraycan ceramic paint and then cured in the oven. And yes, wife tried like hell to get really p.o.ed, but there was zero smell afterward. And that made her even madder. But I just smiled. It's always good when a young boy can see his pop win one of those. Well, at least a draw.

After 13 years still not too bad, and the pic is not to brag but more to show I share your shame in having that ugly-a A.I.R tube. Sorry for the semi-hyjack, and yours is coming along:

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Oh forgot one reason I added my pic is wondering if you've powdercoated your intake as I did.

Aaaaaaand, I snipped this from your earlier post:
"The Fleetwood is going to be my designated tow rig when it is complete, and that means making some suspension changes.

I think the Monroe SS shocks will be too stiff, at least in the rear. The 9c1 coils can probably stay. Maybe I should change the shocks and add some helper bags that I can adjust.
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I put my current driver together with intent on not quite as much priority on 'road feel' and corner carver as old FTSS. So instead of sacked-out SS coils and Bilsteins all around I chose to leave the wimpy FE1 oem coils (but did cut 1/3 coil off = 1" drop), and the Monroe Severe Service (nicknamed by many 'poor man's Bilsteins'). I was chided by an old suspension standby on here and came to agree with him that those Monroes have harder compression valving, which translated for me into an average rougher ride. Those shocks are only 4 years old now, but looking for any excuse to change them out to Bilsteins even with keeping those oem coils. I've had the Airlift 1000 bladders on both cars and those are a must-have.
In all fairness if you keep the 15" with taller /65 sidewalls it will make (at least keep) things cushier as well v. my /55es on 18" setup.
Final thought: as a towcar though I'd highly recommend aftermarket LCAs and SS stab bars for stability with no negatives to ride comfort. If you haven't already.
 
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In all fairness if you keep the 15" with taller /65 sidewalls
Keep what 15"?

Final thought: as a towcar though I'd highly recommend aftermarket LCAs and SS stab bars for stability with no negatives to ride comfort. If you haven't already.
Not that I disagree, but that would be pretty far down on the priority list.

As soon as the Fleetwood is running, I'm pulling it out of the garage and replacing it with my Audi. The goal is to have the Audi comfortably running 20 psi of boost all winter.

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Keep what 15"?


Not that I disagree, but that would be pretty far down on the priority list.

As soon as the Fleetwood is running, I'm pulling it out of the garage and replacing it with my Audi. The goal is to have the Audi comfortably running 20 psi of boost all winter.

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You may have listed a replacement to the stock wheels to something larger dia., but wondered if you are still running the oem 7" wide 15es.

And while I would normally frown upon kicking a Fleetwood out into the brutal n. Illinois cold, a hopped up AUDI is an acceptable exception. ;)
 

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You may have listed a replacement to the stock wheels to something larger dia., but wondered if you are still running the oem 7" wide 15es.

And while I would normally frown upon kicking a Fleetwood out into the brutal n. Illinois cold, a hopped up AUDI is an acceptable exception. ;)
The car has been physically sitting on SS rims for a long time, and I think my opening post identifies my wheels as being 17" SS rims with 275/40 rubber.

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Hahaha The --> thread's <-- old!

So, you made me look. There's a mountain of work in that tub. I caught your 9C1 bars, and remembered a thread (very 'old') with great intel that may help with your suspension changes:

 

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Hahaha The --> thread's <-- old!

So, you made me look. There's a mountain of work in that tub. I caught your 9C1 bars, and remembered a thread (very 'old') with great intel that may help with your suspension changes:

The front sway bar is BMR. The rear will be a trailblazer bar.

I did utilize that thread, and others, when I decided on SS front and 9c1 rear springs.
 

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I had 2 water pump drive seals, and that wasn't enough. I did not have the special tool, but I ordered one.

For anyone who cares, EFI Connection sells the seals individually for $5, part # 120-00237.

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I also got a mini-spool from Quick Performance for $48. I'm going to keep the 2.93 gears for right now and upgrade later.

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36# sherlock injectors are sitting on my kitchen table. Pretty excited about those.

@Marky Dissod is doing the initial tune, and then @sherlock9c1 is going to help me fine-tune it.

Just for fun, I snapped off another bolt. This time for the MAP sensor. Gotta love it. Right after I just finished setting the manifold.

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Health update:

3 biopsies were taken during my upper GI endoscopy. When the results came back, I was diagnosed with something called Barrett's syndrome, or Barrett's esophagus, a precancerous condition of the esophagus. This is a bit of a surprise. Barrett's is diagnosed at an average age of 61, and I'm only 32. Statistically, it's not something that anyone would predict.

What this means is that my esophagus has undergone a permanent change at the cellular level and is now prone to esophageal adenocarcinoma. This is a highly aggressive cancer with a very poor prognosis. I now have to get upper GI endoscopies every 3 years for the rest of my life to screen for this particular cancer. Catching it early is really the only chance that you have.

I am a recovering alcoholic, and I can't help but think it isn't a coincidence. The combination of hard liquor, poor nutrition, and vomiting is generally not good for your esophagus. 8-12-22 will be 2 years without a drink, and I am extremely grateful for it, especially in light of this news.

AND... After several months of waiting, I finally had my meeting with genetic oncology. It was, by far, the best and most productive meeting that I've had with anyone throughout this entire process. They actually listened to me!

As soon as I mentioned that there was a disconnect in communication regarding my imaging, these specialists had it all pulled up on their screen. They were just as confused as me. They referred me to dermatology to investigate the numerous lumps/masses that I have.

Medicaid refused to cover the actual genetic testing, which consisted of me spitting in a plastic tube. Thanks, Medicaid, you fucking **** weasels. I paid $250 out of pocket because I need to know. I should have the results in a week or so. Fingers crossed.

My grandmother died of pancreatic cancer at 84 years old. Considering her age, I never thought much of it. However, these genetic specialists were actually pretty concerned. I guess pancreatic cancer is not only rare, but it is also frequently genetic. The genetic component increases the risk for not only pancreatic cancer but also several others, such as prostate cancer. This may or may not end up being relevant in my case.

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Regarding Barrett's esophagus, you may want to ask if it's too late to consider a
Hill-Nissen fundoplication
or a
Hill fundoplication.

Also, checking every three years seems like it might not be often enough?
 

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Regarding Barrett's esophagus, you may want to ask if it's too late to consider a
Hill-Nissen fundoplication
or a
Hill fundoplication.

Also, checking every three years seems like it might not be often enough?
It looks like those procedures are aimed at limiting acid reflux, but Barrett's cannot be healed.

What happens is the normal esophagus tissue changes to become more like intestinal tissue. There's no way to change it back, at least not at this point in medical history.
 

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It looks like those procedures are aimed at limiting acid reflux, but Barrett's cannot be healed.

What happens is the normal esophagus tissue changes to become more like intestinal tissue.
There's no way to change it back, at least not at this point in medical history.
Meaning, it's too late, then. OK, that part sucks.
Hope those far more qualified than I manage to stay at least one step ahead of your situation.
 

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Meaning, it's too late, then. OK, that part sucks.
Hope those far more qualified than I manage to stay at least one step ahead of your situation.
Let's just hope I don't also have lymphoma.
 

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Matt,
Great hearing of your recent progress, as in, sounding like close to none for quite some time up to this point. And appreciate your time in sharing the details.
Wending ones way through our country's healthcare business practices can literally kill a person. But it's good you've worked your way past the pinhead medical professionals and have graduated to the pinhead insurance professionals. You've at least struck a counting coup having everyone realize it'll be better for them to pay attention v. trying to ignore you.
Positive waves as always to my North-northeast.
 
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Getting closer to blast-off.

This is what a water pump drive seal looks like when you try to install it without a proper tool:

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After you buy more seals and a proper install tool, it should look like this:

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For the record, the seal has two inner lips; one black and one yellow. The yellow lip should be facing outward (toward the water pump), and the black lip should be facing inward (towards the timing cover). This is commonly overlooked, even by experienced car guys.

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I put a thin film of assembly lube on the tool to help the seal slide easily, but I am told that this seal should really be installed dry. Time will tell how mine holds up.

Oh, I also tapped the weep hole in the water pump. I'm going to attach a little barb and hose, like many who have traveled before me.

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Here is what it looked like at bedtime last night:

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Did you lube the seal lips ?
Photo makes it look like you did.
Maybe just the first one ?
I put a thin film of assembly lube on the tool before I slid the seal onto it.
 
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