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Unread 30th January 2016, 05:04 PM
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It was now late December, and it looked like the car would be sitting round till mid January before it could be fully tuned. Then I got a phone call, and a night was available. It was to be the 23rd. I drove down after work. The tuner had a spare idle control solenoid, and he was working with that. I stayed out of his way and just let him do his thing. I went and got some dinner for us, and when I returned he had sorted it all out. Never have I been so pleased to hear an engine idle!

He had a procedure to go through, and it took time. I had nothing to do, so I left him to it. Eventually the time came to put it on the dyno, and this also took time. We went through so much fuel you would not believe. We then did the power run, and I was quite surprised it made as much power as it did. It was, after all, a standard engine with nothing more than a TBE.

While the drive home was really enjoyable, as I marvelled at how much grunt this car now had as I climbed MacQuarie Pass, there was still some minor work to be done. That would be done a few days later. I have to say though that the result is sensational.


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Unread 30th January 2016, 05:07 PM
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Once that was done, the snorkel was fitted and plumbed in. Well, not fully plumbed in, but enough for now



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Unread 30th January 2016, 05:28 PM
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The car was now ready for it's first trip, and for along time I have had troubles getting a wheel alignment, as the rear suspension toe adjustment had maxed out, yet the tow was 2mm out on one side alone. Whiteline sell an adjustable toe link arm. Trouble was, they had nil stock. So did everyone else. I literally rang every distributor in the country, from Brisbane through to Melbourne and even Perth. No one had the kit. In the end, I had a kit imported from the USA. They dropped them off at work on the Friday afternoon, I installed them that night, and went to the wheel aligner Saturday morning. I watched as he adjusted the toe, and for the first time in memory, the toe figures looked good. That afternoon I headed off for a 3 night camping trip.

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Unread 30th January 2016, 08:58 PM
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this is a great story..

as an aside, Miss Daisy is a beast
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYxZ73ZNKIw
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Unread 30th January 2016, 11:09 PM
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Awesome effort, very well done to do all that, esp the wiring!

I just realised, you fitted the snorkel AFTER the tune...the snorkel will change it!

Very impressive, no longer the poverty pack!
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Unread 30th January 2016, 11:37 PM
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Not really. After all the money I have thrown at it, poverty seems most appropriate!
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Rally, it seems you have the patience of several saints! Well done and great you're on the road :-)

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Unread 31st January 2016, 06:00 PM
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Nice job Rally ! Don't push too hard on low gears with all that power !
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Unread 31st January 2016, 10:29 PM
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Really digging this ride!
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Unread 1st February 2016, 01:49 AM
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Nice job Rally ! Don't push too hard on low gears with all that power !
It's hard not to! A bloke in a GTI tried to race me- I just let him go. Pretty sure I would have had him.
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