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Thread: mikeb75's build thread

  1. #481

    Non-Update Update

    Winter is dragging on, but the 818 poked its nose out of the garage to see its own shadow on Friday. Actually, I have not been working on the car at all- I was laid off late last year and with no salary no funny money.

    The hiatus did allow me to focus on many of my lagging home projects (about 3 years worth ), so in truth I've been very busy between looking for a job, doing holiday things and laying a floor and painting the house.

    Happily, I signed an offer letter for a new position last week, and I am getting excited about the new challenges the job will bring. The only downside is I'm going from a 0 minute commute to over an hour each way to/from Baltimore, going to be interesting to see how this works out.

    One car related thing - actually the reason the 818 was out of the garage; I had to replace 2 failed air control valves on my daily driver (STI). It would have cost well over a thousand dollars to have the work done at my friendly neighborhood Subaru shop (never mind the stealership). But when I was talking to the shop owner about doing the job he smiled at me and said "You have this- you built a car already!" So he sold me a pair of take-off valves he had in his parts pile (for a LOT less than OEM new) and said it would be about an 8 hour job. I put the STI in the garage Friday morning and finished up Saturday at 3:00. What a chore - basically all the accessories had to come off the top of the engine and I had to loosen the intake manifold. It might have been easier if I pulled the IM completely off, but I managed to replace the parts without doing so - used a lot of extensions and swearing.

    I would probably not have been able to complete this job if I hadn't built the 818 before hand. Having the comfort level of tearing down the accessories and knowing I'd be able to put it back together - absolutely priceless!

    I will say that my 818C is not water-tight! It rained all day Saturday, and there was quite a bit of water in the drivers side footwell near the center tunnel. But free car wash!

    With my new and much more limited schedule I am going to try to run a season of Auto-X (all Saturday events) and should be able to run 1 track day.

    Best wishes for 2018 to everyone here!
    818SC chassis #206 EJ207 2.0L VF37 twin scroll || Cusco type RS 1.5 LSD || Wilwood pedal box (firewall attach) || Wilwood superlite front calipers
    BUILD Phase 1: 6/6/2014 car delivered || 5/24/2015 first start || 6/7/2015 go karted || 4/20/2016 hard-top-topped || 10/25/2016 registered || 11/18/2016 inspected & complete
    BUILD Phase 2: 3/8/2017 EJ207v8 || 5/29/2017 re-first re-start || 7/17/2017 re-assembled with race car bits

  2. #482
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    Congrats on the new job, and thanks for sharing. I too find myself taking on more and more challenging projects since I started building my 818. Two weeks ago my dryer stopped putting out any heat, so my wife said I’d better call someone to get it fixed. I was like “I can build a car, how hard could this be?” My wife rolled her eyes as I started tearing the dryer apart and smirked as I was sat on the floor covered in lint watching YouTube videos. But it wasn’t all that hard and I’d fixed it for less then what a repair guy would charge for just showing up. Still not sure where the extra screw came from, haha.
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  3. #483
    Ha, only one leftover bolt from the reassembly! And I know exactly where it goes... Just couldn't be arsed to put it back behind the drivers side cylinder head for a support bracket
    818SC chassis #206 EJ207 2.0L VF37 twin scroll || Cusco type RS 1.5 LSD || Wilwood pedal box (firewall attach) || Wilwood superlite front calipers
    BUILD Phase 1: 6/6/2014 car delivered || 5/24/2015 first start || 6/7/2015 go karted || 4/20/2016 hard-top-topped || 10/25/2016 registered || 11/18/2016 inspected & complete
    BUILD Phase 2: 3/8/2017 EJ207v8 || 5/29/2017 re-first re-start || 7/17/2017 re-assembled with race car bits

  4. #484
    Mike - CONGRATS ON THE JOB! Thanks for coming by the garage and checking out my build. Now that you are "local" during the workday we will have to meet work for a "working lunch" (build/car talk) at the Harbor when the weather turns.
    Ty

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    Congratulations Mike on your new job.

  6. #486
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    Congrats maybe we can do lunch one day since you closer to Ty and myself?
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  7. #487
    Thanks everyone! Looking forward to starting next week. And definitely we will have to try to get together for lunch once I figure out where everything is

    Was hoping to have an 818 related post today since I took the car in for my 'emissions' inspection - which I knew I would fail since the car runs a JDM ECU now, but after speaking with the site manager I have to wait to hear back from the MVA to schedule an interview/inspection by a VEIP manager to get an exemption. Not exactly the information I got from the MVA help line - I was under the impression the site manager would be able to do it... a bit aggravating since I expected to have everything done today while I still had 'free' time to do it.
    818SC chassis #206 EJ207 2.0L VF37 twin scroll || Cusco type RS 1.5 LSD || Wilwood pedal box (firewall attach) || Wilwood superlite front calipers
    BUILD Phase 1: 6/6/2014 car delivered || 5/24/2015 first start || 6/7/2015 go karted || 4/20/2016 hard-top-topped || 10/25/2016 registered || 11/18/2016 inspected & complete
    BUILD Phase 2: 3/8/2017 EJ207v8 || 5/29/2017 re-first re-start || 7/17/2017 re-assembled with race car bits

  8. #488
    Mike - hmmmm, I too was under the impression that the emissions site manager could produce the necessary paperwork and disposition needed to obtain the state exemption. Please document your experience if you get the chance or grab any contact information from those that prove to be helpful. I am sure it will all work out though.
    Ty

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