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      06-09-2019 10:01 PM #501
      More goodies came in the mail this weekend! Finally doing the seats after three years of putting it off. The SVDA distributor and coil combo along with some spare spark plugs came as well




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      06-09-2019 10:03 PM #502
      Also, it was Vanfest in Aylmer, On this weekend. Bus picked up a top 100 award out of a field of over 300 trucks/vans. I was quite surprised, as thereís lots of high quality stuff at the show. It was not without issue though, as the deep cycle battery seems to be losing charge very fast once the sun goes down and the solar is off, by the third night we had to shut the fridge off as it was down below 9V. Always something...










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      06-10-2019 09:06 AM #503
      Quote Originally Posted by Zman86 View Post
      More goodies came in the mail this weekend! Finally doing the seats after three years of putting it off. The SVDA distributor and coil combo along with some spare spark plugs came as well

      I love getting packages like that. It's like Christmas!
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      06-10-2019 09:25 AM #504
      Quote Originally Posted by Zman86 View Post
      More goodies came in the mail this weekend! Finally doing the seats after three years of putting it off.
      Very nice! Where did you source the padding/covers from?

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      06-10-2019 10:21 AM #505
      Quote Originally Posted by Stromaluski View Post
      Very nice! Where did you source the padding/covers from?
      They came from CIP1.ca, I had wanted to go with custom Sewfine ones, but the budget just wasnít there this year.


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      06-10-2019 08:24 PM #506
      Installed the Koniís today on my lunch. Turned out to be the perfect day to test them out as we had a bad thunder/wind storm brewing all day that hit on my drive home. To say the shocks made a massive difference is an understatement, itís completely different to drive now for the better. Firm, feels more planted, body roll has been greatly reduced, and most importantly, it felt much better in the 50-60km/h winds, not even like the same vehicle.





      My box of maintenance stuff arrived from Concept 1 today, though they messed up my order of braided 14mm vacuum hose yet again (you canít put more than 2 meters in your quantity selection for some reason, so I put 2 in, then added another meter, all I received is 1 meter). I canít find the braided stuff locally. Also in the box was a restock of oil change kits, vacuum line for the SVDA distributor install, spare clutch cable and exhaust gaskets, and a few odds and ends to keep in the tool kit.



      Some fancy 8mm silicone plug wires and new plug wire sealing boots are in the mail, when they arrive I can install the new distributor. Couldnít find stock type IV plug wires anywhere, and I guess your not supposed to use them (according to Pertronix) with stock solid core wires, through Iíve been running stock wires with a hot coil and electronic ignition for 20,000 miles now without issue...


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      06-22-2019 11:53 PM #507
      Out with its Swedish garage mate on this beautiful Saturday night.






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    9. 06-23-2019 08:48 AM #508
      Is that green a factory colour? I've never seen that one before.
      And yes the nice summer weather is FINALLY here!

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      06-23-2019 03:29 PM #509
      Quote Originally Posted by philf1fan2 View Post
      Is that green a factory colour? I've never seen that one before.
      And yes the nice summer weather is FINALLY here!

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      Itís a Porsche colour, L22R Mint Green


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    11. 06-23-2019 04:41 PM #510
      Quote Originally Posted by Zman86 View Post
      Installed the Koniís today on my lunch......Firm, feels more planted, body roll has been greatly reduced, and most importantly, it felt much better in the 50-60km/h winds, not even like the same vehicle.
      Koni's are great shocks. Why people use others brands to a few dollars is beyond me.

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      06-23-2019 11:43 PM #511
      Quote Originally Posted by Zinhead1 View Post
      Koni's are great shocks. Why people use others brands to a few dollars is beyond me.
      Set of 4 was $480 US, convert that to Canadian $ plus $180 in tax/fees/shipping. Most expensive shocks Iíve ever bought, but they were worth the money.


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      07-11-2019 10:32 AM #512
      In preparation for our upcoming roadtrip to Bonneville, and now that I have a place to work again, I decided to tackle installing The Pertronix SVDA distributor, matching coil and 8mm silicone wires.

      First was getting it in the shop. Managed to get it in with the roof rack on by deflating the rear tires, however I couldnít close the door afterwards. Off with the roof rack, I had to take it off to get it powder coated anyways.



      Pile o parts...



      Almost done



      Got everything buttoned up, fires it up, set base timing with the vacuum disconnected, then plumbed in the vacuum for the distributor with some 3.5mm German braided hose and a tee. Using the internet, I found out which ports to use for ported vacuum (circled in green below), removed the screws blocking them and checked for vacuum. Does not seem to be getting vacuum to the carb. Any ideas?




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      07-11-2019 10:39 AM #513
      Quote Originally Posted by Zman86 View Post
      Any ideas?
      Absolutely none in this go-around. I haven't hooked up my SVDA distributor yet and I'm running Dellorto carbs, so anything I learn wouldn't be directly transferable.

      You could pull vacuum from the manifold, but it might not be ideal. Do you have a vacuum pump to check everything?
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      07-11-2019 12:42 PM #514
      Borrowing one from work to check it out tonight.


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      07-11-2019 09:49 PM #515
      So, checked vacuum tonight to the distributor, 0 at idle, flutters up to about 2 inhg when you snap the throttle. Peaks at about 5 inhg if you slowly open the throttle and build rpm. I read somewhere that you require a minimum of 8 to actually work the distributor, but now I canít seem to verify this. One person suggested removing the carbs and enlarging the port.


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      07-12-2019 10:20 AM #516
      Quote Originally Posted by Zman86 View Post
      So, checked vacuum tonight to the distributor, 0 at idle, flutters up to about 2 inhg when you snap the throttle. Peaks at about 5 inhg if you slowly open the throttle and build rpm. I read somewhere that you require a minimum of 8 to actually work the distributor, but now I canít seem to verify this. One person suggested removing the carbs and enlarging the port.


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      I ran into the same thing with a set of Dellortos that I had years back. I assumed that the cam I was using just didn't make enough vacuum and never worried about it. Ended up just not using the vacuum advance. Not an ideal solution, but I didn't want to mess with it any more than that.

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      07-12-2019 12:42 PM #517
      Quote Originally Posted by Stromaluski View Post
      I ran into the same thing with a set of Dellortos that I had years back. I assumed that the cam I was using just didn't make enough vacuum and never worried about it. Ended up just not using the vacuum advance. Not an ideal solution, but I didn't want to mess with it any more than that.
      Iím sick of the hesitation from the 009 off idle, the short drive I took last night in it seemed better than usual, however the drive on the distributor has changed where the cap and rotor sit, putting one of the clips in a prettt much inaccessible spot to clip it back on. Just trying to figure if the numbers I have are good enough to operate the SVDA.

      On another note, I finally took our seats to the upholsterer to have the new covers installed. They were badly overdue...




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      07-12-2019 02:10 PM #518
      Quote Originally Posted by Zman86 View Post
      Iím sick of the hesitation from the 009 off idle, the short drive I took last night in it seemed better than usual, however the drive on the distributor has changed where the cap and rotor sit, putting one of the clips in a prettt much inaccessible spot to clip it back on. Just trying to figure if the numbers I have are good enough to operate the SVDA.
      Don't get me wrong. 009's are garbage with pretty much no exception. I ran a rebuilt 010 distributor with a pertronix module for a good while and never had any issues out of it. Also, Mallory makes some nice non-vacuum advance distributors. Not that I'm saying you shouldn't figure out the vacuum issue and run a vacuum advance distributor... just pointing out that there are other options besides a 009.

      Also, if the orientation of the distributor is causing issues, you can simply rotate the body of the distributor 90 degrees (leaving the rotor and plug wires in the same place). So take the 4 plug wires off of the cap, rotate the distributor 90 degrees, and then put the plug wires onto their new positions. Just because the distributor has a notch in the body for number 1 doesn't mean that it has to be number 1. It could be any of the 4 cylinders.

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      07-12-2019 02:18 PM #519
      Quote Originally Posted by Zman86 View Post
      So, checked vacuum tonight to the distributor, 0 at idle, flutters up to about 2 inhg when you snap the throttle. Peaks at about 5 inhg if you slowly open the throttle and build rpm. I read somewhere that you require a minimum of 8 to actually work the distributor, but now I canít seem to verify this. One person suggested removing the carbs and enlarging the port.
      Perhaps a vintage 010 or 019 distributor would work better than a 009.


      Cast iron for the win!

      They're not cheap, parts are expensive and the vintage guys might get riled up at the suggestion (because vintage) but the curve probably would work better than a 009. That said the rod ratio, compression ratio, chamber/flame front and stroke all means it has different requirements than a Type 1, so I'd investigate further before I plunked down good money for one.

      I might check with aircooled.net to see what they have to say about this. They're carb experts and may have a suggestion for what you can do with what you have.
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      07-12-2019 02:39 PM #520
      Thanks for the input gentlemen!


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      07-15-2019 02:59 PM #521
      Pulled everything off yesterday to enlarge the ports for the SVDA vacuum source. I was quite dismayed to find that the holes are not centred in the ports (pictures circled in black), so Iím probably not going to touch them since I canít drill out the existing hole. Massive waste of time...





      To top it off, the phenolic spacer on the left carb shattered. Just had to order new ones from Alberta as non are available locally. This means I canít reassemble the engine until I get them...






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      07-15-2019 03:02 PM #522
      Hmmmmm...

      The casting says "EMPI". I think I know where the problem lies.
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      07-15-2019 11:01 PM #523
      Quote Originally Posted by Air and water do mix View Post
      Hmmmmm...

      The casting says "EMPI". I think I know where the problem lies.
      Heard that before, but these carbs have been rock solid for over 25,000km now.


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      Quote Originally Posted by Air and water do mix View Post
      Hmmmmm...

      The casting says "EMPI". I think I know where the problem lies.
      Normally, I would agree with you because it's EMPI, but I've heard that the EMPI knockoff carbs are actually really decent carbs. Broken clock is right twice a day, I guess.

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