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post #76 of 91 Old 04-20-2016, 07:49 PM Thread Starter
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Oh! where did u purchase the catch can?
The can is just a generic can that I bought off eBay. There are so many out there that you just need to find one you like, that will fit your available space. I forgot to mention that I had to put different fittings, and the internal baffle plate, on mine.

As for the hoses, in the pic, the catch can is out of sight, but at the bottom left of the pic.



The large pipe, at the bottom left, is from the air cleaner, and the large arrows show it flowing to the turbo inlet. The smaller hose, in the center, connects the catch can to that air cleaner pipe, through a 3/8" nipple. I just slid the 3/8" hose into the 5/8" hose, and put heat shrink on them, to make a seal.
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Thanks for clearing that up Bob I wasn't sure of what I was looking at. Regards.
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I have finally finished enough of the documentation to post how I replaced the fusible links, in the wiring harness, with a PDC. I have actually done two of them, using different PDCs.

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Time for some updates. The car is now running, but has a few sensor issues. I found that engine will idle, but not accelerate. I think it is probably due to bad fuel, even though I put preservative in it, last summer.

I also discovered that the steering stops, do not work when the wheels raise up. I guess I will have to come up with a better design.

The serpentine belt setup works, but I need to shim the AC compressor towards the fender. All of the other pulleys seem to be staying centered. As I predicted, it is difficult to loosen the tensioner, when it sits so far down. I will have to get a longer tool, since my wrenches aren't long enough. At least the belt tension stays even, unlike my last design.

I also have a curious issue, that has dogged this car for the last ten years. When I shut the key off, the fuel pressure slowly drops to zero. It takes about 15 minutes. It never was an issue, as long as the ASD relay energized long enough to recharge the pressure. I will post this on a new thread, so this one doesn't get filled with suggestions.

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Progress has been slow, since I have 3 cars to suck up my limited amount of time. Here's one of them:





It's a 1957 BMW Isetta that was my dad's. I've been restoring it for the last few years and have had to endure listening to everyone who knows about it, asking if it's done yet. Truth be told, I expected to have it, and the Laser, done last spring, but both have been nothing but problems.

The good news is that the Laser is finally running and back on the road. One down, two to go.

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Here are some updated pics.

I decided to powdercoat the brake calipers silver, instead of red.


Engine compartment.



PDC and cool air box, without cover.
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Looks clean as always! Love the airbox!

BTW... When were you going to make that guide on swapping the seats? I'd love to get some better ones like yours!
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Looks clean as always! Love the airbox!

BTW... When were you going to make that guide on swapping the seats? I'd love to get some better ones like yours!
Unfortunately, the Daytona project is on hold. The wife won't let me start on it until the Isetta is totally done, so the Daytona will have to wait until winter.

On top of that, I just acquired another '86 Laser, and another Daytona parts car.






This won't get started for at least another year. I really need to retire so I can find more time to work on cars.
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Here are a couple things that have given me problems, during this last rebuild, that might help others:

1) I bought a new clutch cable, from Rock Auto. It was listed as compatible with an '88 Daytona, which is the 520/555 transmission. When I put it on, the clutch was engaging right at the floor. I pulled the cable and compared it to the old one, only to find that the new cable was the same length, but the outer housing was 2-1/4" shorter.


It is labelled as 2-3/4", in the pic, but that was a mistake. The old cable feels great. I never thought to compare the lengths, before using the new one.
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Another issue was that my driver's side inner driveshaft boot was rubbing the transmission housing. After a few hundred miles, the boot actually cut and threw grease everywhere. I am using heavy shafts, from "The Driveshaft Shop". They warrantied the boot, but the new one also rubbed the tranny, so I decided to grind away the housing.



I've put 100 miles on it, and there's no sign of wear, so I think it won't be an issue.

When I added a drain hole, to the tranny, I used an internal type plug, which had straight threads. Because the port was tapped using a 3/8"NPT thread, I would get an occasional drip. I swapped it to an external plug, which has the NPT thread. Now, the leak is gone.
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Lastly, you might have seen that I replaced the rear motor mount/shock setup with a rigid threaded mount. I've used it for a few years and cannot feel the difference.



Another bonus is that it eliminated that big bracket, making it easier to access the rear of the tranny. The only negative is that you need to center the engine, before installing the new mount. Otherwise, it might prevent you moving the engine side to side.

It's cheaper and better than the original.
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Here's an updated pic of the entire engine compartment.



You can't see it, but the tranny has been upgraded to a Quaife.


It's amazing how much better the traction is. Instead of having to fight torque steer, you can just turn the wheel and it tracks where you point it. Expensive, but worth it. I recommend having Ed Papp do your tranny rebuilds. He has the knowledge and correct parts. Doing it right, the first time, will save you money and frustration.
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Re: Laser 86

Bob the car looks very neat & tidy, I've asked this question before and never got an answer, what did u do to the front motor mount, u had said u had to remove it because the rad was too big and was curious as to what u did to rectify that problem. Thanks. Regards. Errol.
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Bob the car looks very neat & tidy, I've asked this question before and never got an answer, what did u do to the front motor mount, u had said u had to remove it because the rad was too big and was curious as to what u did to rectify that problem. Thanks. Regards. Errol.
The Laser uses an aluminum radiator that is the same size as the original, so no problem there. It's the Daytona that is getting the larger radiator. I haven't done anything to it, in weeks, and haven't got a concrete plan yet.
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Re: Laser 86

That engine bay may be the cleanest I've ever seen.
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