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    Wow, this place has changed quite a bit since I was last hear. The new look will take some getting used to but it looks nice

    Yeah it's been a while, started a new job that takes up much of my time, or I should say "started a job" because most of the time I was active here last I was unemployed or only had a part time job. The upside is that I've got more disposable income but less time to actually spend it, too bad it can't be the other way around eh

    The TR6 hasn't gotten much love and it's currently in long term storage but I've got plans for it and I'm just saving up money ....and time. It can be driven as is but it's been well used in my ownership and probably deserved a bit of rest and I'm no hurry.

    One of those plans is converting it to EFI using PI throttle bodies and I found some locally, 2 sets actually, and I've decided on what ECU to use

    In other news my brother and I have moved our workshop closer to where we live and as a bonus it's also a bit larger. It's not fully kitted out yet but we're getting there. Sorry for the blurry pics, my phone cam can't quite handle the lighting conditions. The place is about 1000 sq feet and about 10 feet roof height, 10 feet sounds a bit low for a lift but it actually works out quite well once you accept working under the car while sitting on a stool instead of standing and is actually more comfortable



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    We've also started a small company on the side and will be doing vapor blasting jobs. The results of this technique doesn't seize to amaze me and here are the PI TBs I'll be using for my EFI conversion, before and after . In case you're thinking about doing something like this for your cars the pics you see don't lie, parts really come out looking this great

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      Welcome back! Life does tend to throw some curve balls. In the end what matters most is that we are still standing to try to catch them! Shop looks like a nice space to spread out. The vapor blasting will be a big success if you market it well. I had some parts blasted that came out exactly like yours and I paid a premium that made it prohibitive to do more. It was done by a well known company that used to advertise here. If you keep your prices in check, you can do serious volumes. Best of luck! Do pop in once in a while!

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      • GLarsen
        GLarsen commented
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        Thx mate !

        If you don't mind me asking, what did you have blasted and have much did that cost you ?

        We're still trying to work out the pricing here and while I've done 1 job for a customer so far we're still learning a bit about the process to make sure we don't mess up any rare parts that may come in. I've already discovered that painted alu wheels don't stay painted no matter how carefully you try to blast them, even with minimum pressure the paint starts peeling off

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      Hi Goy! Good to hear from you and thanks for the update. That is a nice looking workshop, and access to the lifts/tools will make wrenching more enjoyable and faster.

      Intrigued by the PI TBI conversion. Please keep us posted on that. If I were to build another engine, I would go the Jenvey route.

      Im a big fan of vapor blasting, and have been planning to get my DCOEs and manifold blasted - if I could bring myself to unbolt them and dismantle. Just having too much fun with them right now. Maybe in the winter.

      Anyway - now that you’re back, please stick around. You’ll get used to the new site. It’s fine after you get up the learning curve.
      Keith, Huntsville AL, 1971 CC66559U
      10.0:1 CR gasflowed head | Weber DCOEs | CP "150hp" Cam | Distibutor by Advanced | Lightened flywheel | Phoenix SS Exhaust System | HVDA 5-Speed | Good Parts suspension and anti-roll bars | Konig Rewinds | Boyd 15 gal tank | Miata Seats and Mr Mikes covers | Carl Visser dash | Mohair hood | Gas-strut bonnet and boot lift kits

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        Keith, I certainly don't blame you on taking apart your carbs! That alone is one massive undertaking!! I am glad they worked out for you. Ironically we are doing several remodels within a mile of that sellers house. Thought of you the other day!

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        • A Brit in Bama
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          Hey Simon - yes they certainly did work out - I love them. I’m still grateful for your brokering! They cleaned up very well, but some vapor blasting will be the icing on the cake. Ironically, they’ll be returning to AZ, so that Nils at Restocycle can take care of them.

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        Originally posted by A Brit in Bama View Post
        Hi Goy! Good to hear from you and thanks for the update. That is a nice looking workshop, and access to the lifts/tools will make wrenching more enjoyable and faster.

        Intrigued by the PI TBI conversion. Please keep us posted on that. If I were to build another engine, I would go the Jenvey route.

        Im a big fan of vapor blasting, and have been planning to get my DCOEs and manifold blasted - if I could bring myself to unbolt them and dismantle. Just having too much fun with them right now. Maybe in the winter.

        Anyway - now that you’re back, please stick around. You’ll get used to the new site. It’s fine after you get up the learning curve.

        Yeah the Jenvey TB's that looks like Weber carbs ......puuurdy

        As for doing your Webers here's a pic showing the difference it can make. These are some carbs I had from an Alfa 1750 engine so they're probably 45-50 years old and while the vapor blasting does clean them up nicely the casting is kinda rough compared to say Stromberg carbs or other British castings from the same era so they don't come out quite as nice. I am however testing with bead (glass) blasting first to clean up the roughness and then vapor blasting the parts afterwards. Didn't want to experiment with expensive Italian made Webers though

        You can see the difference on this Fiat TwinCam valve cover. The left side is just vapor blasted and the right side has been bead blasted before vapor blasting

        That 2nd valve cover is from a Morris engine and has only been vapor blasted, the difference in the casting is quite noticeable. I love that little plaque

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        • #7
          Goy, I don't remember what I paid as it has been several years. if not 10 or more. It was a guy doing micropolishing. Forgot his name. He kept his process a secret. I just paid the bills and didn't ask! People on here used him. His forte´ was doing throttle bodies but I had him do the alternator housing and some other aluminum parts.

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          • GLarsen
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            Gotcha, thx

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