Progress Thread "12th Owner": My '93 Notchback Progress Thread

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Habu135

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Ok...so this thing with the conical air filter shroud is bothering me. And what do we do when we can't find the right part we need? We manufacture it ourselves. So I visited Michaels and found a 8"x10" clear plastic picture frame that I can cut and heat (mold) to the correct angles to act as a shroud. $4.72. I'll also mention that I bought my black headliner there.

Weekend project here I come.
 

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Good suggestion, but way ahead of you. The factory air box is LONG gone. Remember, 12th owner here. While stock air boxes are available through mustang salvage yards they command big money. I checked Ebay yesterday while searching for a filter shroud and came across a few air silencers, but no original air boxes. When the tuner suggested a shroud I asked him about purchasing a different MAF meter. He told me to leave the set up as is because it was tuned in the current configuration, but to move the filter down a little toward the air box hole and buy a shroud to protect the open element conical filter from the turbulent engine bay air. I did go on LMR yesterday to research their intake pipes while searching for a solution, but they want $200+ for an Anderson pipe and it goes back to my earlier comment (a change in the current set up that the car was tuned for). I found a $13.00 3" ID silicon hose on Amazon last night. I'll trim that to length and install it. That will bring the filter down and set it just at the original air box point. As far as a shroud goes, I spent $4.72 at Michaels buying a 8"x10" clear plastic picture frame. I already measured it and it will work perfectly (no more than 2 screws to attach it). I'll heat up the picture frame and bend one side to get a two sided shroud to cover the filter. I'll post some post installation photos on Saturday.
 

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My $13 Amazon purchased 3" ID x 6" long silicone hose coupler arrived today. Installion was non-eventful and it brought the conical filter down directly in line with the OEM air box hole.

I used an iron to soften up one side of my $5 Michaels 8"x10" plastic picture frame. Drilled two holes to connect it to where the air box would have been installed and presto I have a plastic shroud strong enough to greatly reduce air blasts coming from the e-fan and underside of the vehicle. On to the next project.
 

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wonder how much it would cost to ship you a pair
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That will protect you from the 'fan wash' but you are still sucking hot air. Very little if any air will be entering the engine compartment from that hole.
 

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I realize that. I just wanted to follow up on the tuner's recommendations without spending a bunch of money. I've accepted that my car is old and slow. A new Civic si could probably beat it. I'm just looking for good driveability out of it and enjoyment through the occasional spirited driving. I still have to spend another $5k+ in paint & body and other things. I appreciate the feedback though.
 
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I'm running out of small projects so it's nearly time for paint and body quotes. Maybe this Labor Day.

As I mentioned before, my car is at different heights for each corner [wheelwell]. I jacked the car up tonight and double checked that I installed my rear shocks correctly. I thought maybe I had missed something or installed one side's bushing washer upside down. Nope. Both sides are symmetric in their installation. Also, the bottom on the shock to ground measurement is the same. So I'm just going to accept that my car is not level from left to right. TQM! The car runs and drives just the same.
 
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I'm running out of small projects so it's nearly time for paint and body quotes. Maybe this Labor Day.

As I mentioned before, my car is at different heights for each corner [wheelwell]. I jacked the car up tonight and double checked that I installed my rear shocks correctly. I thought maybe I had missed something or installed one side's bushing washer upside down. Nope. Both sides are symmetric in their installation. Also, the bottom on the shock to ground measurement is the same. So I'm just going to accept that my car is not level from left to right. TQM! The car runs and drives just the same.
Pull your back seat out and the carpet up.
Look for tears in the floor.
 

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Good tip. I sure hope I don't have "tears in the floor". Yeesh! I'll be installing a black interior after the paint and body so I'll check then.
 

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So my driver's side window won't go up. I do see my alternator dip when I press the window button so it's getting power. Is this likely a window motor swap out? What's the consensus?