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Old 03-10-2017, 10:34 AM   #1
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While it's not really a "build", this thread is to document my Lightning refresh project. The previous owners added all of the mods it currently has. My goal right now is to pull the engine, clean up the bay, change some oil gaskets, get the heads refreshed, install proper valve springs to support the cam, get a moderate tune and make it reliable. I'm off for the next two weeks so hopefully I can get it done by then. By the way, I need an SCT tuner, if any of you can recommend a tuner please message me. Do not turn this into a tuner war, please!

Current mods

Drivetrain:
Wolverine 1087 nitrous cam
Roller lifters
Cobra 1.72 roller rockers
Comp Cams pushrods
Accufab 75mm TB
PMAS maf conversion
EGR/Smog delete
B&M shift kit
3.55's in the rear

Exhaust:
BBK shorties
Bassani OR pipe, muffler, tips


Electronic:
MSD ignition, coil and wires
Windstar electric fan
SCT chip with selector for multiple tunes

Suspension:
Eibach 1" drop springs
2" rear shackles
Energy Suspension poly bushings (Radius arm, I-beam)
KYB shocks

Pic for attention.


The yellow "hay" stuff on the top is what's left from a rat's nest. Needless to say I need to do some wire repair while the engine is out.

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Old 03-10-2017, 10:55 AM   #2
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Old 03-10-2017, 11:27 AM   #3
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Love it! Looks like a fun project.
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Old 03-10-2017, 11:46 AM   #4
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goodluck with it! i drive my 94L almost everyday
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Old 03-10-2017, 12:04 PM   #5
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Looks nice, I wish I would've been been able to get the bed cover from you.
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Old 03-10-2017, 02:35 PM   #6
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that is OBD1 so I would stay away from sct as most those guys probably won't know what they are doing

it would contact someone like jetfast and have him burn you a chip for it
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Old 03-10-2017, 03:11 PM   #7
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definitely need a belt on there
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Old 03-10-2017, 04:02 PM   #8
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Old 03-10-2017, 06:19 PM   #9
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Moar pics of exterior and interior pleez
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Old 03-10-2017, 06:23 PM   #10
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Why 3.55 gears?
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Old 03-10-2017, 06:55 PM   #11
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Nice L. Let us know how the tune turns out. Didn't know sct messed with old school chips
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Old 03-11-2017, 11:39 PM   #12
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Thanks! I'm pretty excited to get it done. Hardest part was to stop being so tight with $$ and actually spend some of it. Can't take it with us when we go, right?

What's the best way to restore ceramic coated headers? I was thinking of a #0000 steel wool but then I also thought of Birddog's BMX bike and wondered if that same stuff (forgot what it was) would do the job.



I found this on NLOC, apparently this is what they use to look like.

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Old 03-12-2017, 12:42 AM   #13
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rust incapsulator $15
header wrap $40
VS Racing 88mm turbo $600

i know you cant do that in two weeks, but thats what i'd be trying to do with truck.

see this one.





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^^ dayum ^^

I've seen people do amazing things with time and steel wool lol but.....you could always blast those headers and get them re-coated. That's not a budget blower but it's a start!
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that is OBD1 so I would stay away from sct as most those guys probably won't know what they are doing

it would contact someone like jetfast and have him burn you a chip for it
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Nice L. Let us know how the tune turns out. Didn't know sct messed with old school chips
Thanks, I'll hit him up in a few days. I really don't know if people still mess with SCT chips on OBD1...I'm sure what's on here has been on here for a while....6 years at least.

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Moar pics of exterior and interior pleez
I'll try and get some today. I'm not really planning to do much to the interior, main objective is to get it to daily driver status in 2 weeks.

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Why 3.55 gears?
I guess one of the PO's decided that would be better suited for nitrous use. At some point I'd like to get 4:10's installed but I'll wait till I get it running good on it's own and see how I like it with NOS and the 3:55's.

NayNay, let me get this running under it's own power first

I don't really have time to get them recoated. I'll try the steel wool and hope for decent results. Has anyone used any of the OTC paints on headers specifically a coating designed for high temp? I don't know if they even make ceramic paint in a spray can, I'll look today.

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Old 03-12-2017, 03:14 PM   #16
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I've used the VHT ceramic paint that oreillys carries (claims 1200°), it's held up well on my dirt bike headerand been pretty solid on my BMW streetbike. The BMW is starting to rust on the underside, I suspect the rain and wet conditions it's seen killed it.
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I bet you could have those blasted and coated same-day locally. Look up Crosslink in Dallas. Anything else will cook off and smell like shit, trust me.
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I kick myself every day for selling my 94L.
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Old 03-12-2017, 09:22 PM   #19
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how hard is it to pull those headers off and do you need a special header gasket? i've got a leaking freeze plug

btw my headers have never been taken off
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Old 03-12-2017, 11:03 PM   #20
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shouldn't be too hard. I'm about to pull the engine tomorrow. I was going to leave the headers on there but I'll remove them first and report back.

Sorry but I was too much in a rush to pull the engine that I forgot about this. Unfortunately I'm a few days behind since I was planning to have the heads at a machine shop by Saturday or this morning at the latest.

I don't know how often this happens but one of my headers is cracked at the collector. A muffler shop should be able to weld this right? It won't be stainless but I guess it doesn't matter. I'll still price out some new headers but this was not in my budget.



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