Project 383 – Installing a new fuel pump and Edelbrock 8134

After our last setback in our Project 383 where a fuel line ruptured causing a small engine fire, Butch and the gang at Treds decide to step it up a notch by installing a new fuel pump with Edelbrock’s 8134 Single Feed Fuel Line Kit.

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Onto the install on our carbureted Project 383, and the parts you’ll need for the job.

Parts needed

First, disconnect the negative terminal of your battery before starting the job at hand. Next remove the fuel inlet fitting from your carburetor.

Attach the Edelbrock 8134 to the fuel inlet using the supplied washers and banjo bolts shown here :

Do not tighten at this time, as you may need to adjust before starting your vehicle again. Install your fuel filter ( Edelbrock 8128 / 8131 / 8133 or in this case 8134 ) by using the supplied fittings or a barb fitting.

Next connect the line to your fuel pump and adjust the lines so that they are safely tucked away.

Next we undo our stock fuel pump and install a new Edelbrock XXX, make sure to use the fittings specified above.

With the old pump out, now install your new pump and make sure to tighten all fittings at each juncture.

Out with the old.......

Now, put the key to the on position or prime your fuel pump ( if electric ) and check for leaks. If leaks exist make sure to shut off the engine immediately before retightening.

New pump installed!

Time to test her out!

Up next : Turbocharge or Supercharge Project 383…. that is the question.

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Aligning at Treds

A good friend of mine just opened his doors at Treds Alignment in Hayward, which presented me with the perfect opportunity to hash out any lingering stance issues.

Jesse, Butch and Chris are as cool as they come, and provide top-notch support and service. Butch is probably one of the most experienced and knowledgeable alignment guys in the Bay Area.

The runway....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After swapping / replacing all the arms and my rear subframe, Butch tells me the only thing left is my front passenger side lower control arm. I probably will not be opting for the replacement arms here, but instead going with stock arms and Energy Suspension bushings.

What do you mean the car doesnt drive straight???

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A shot of my rear arms, and now straight subframe.

It's really....... blue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dialing it in

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After Butch dials the car in, the difference is as drastic as night and day. The car no longer pulls to the right and feedback on turn-in as well as exit is much more consistent. I also take the time to upgrade my inner and outer tie rod ends, and as a result bumpsteer is significantly reduced.

Next up : 2JZ wiring and other nightmares.

 

Project 240SX – Sorting out Subframe issues

Well the 240’s stance has certainly had it’s fair share of issues, and after a trip to see Butchie @ Treds Alignment Specialists it didn’t take long to determine what the issue was.

It doesn’t take Butch long to determine that my rear subframe is bent, as well as my front lower control arm. Bummer. Looks like the kid tried to be King Drift and ended up kissing a curb, which pushed in my passenger side inboard about an inch.

After further inspection, the frame rail looks to be straight, which was important for this car if I wanted to keep it. After picking up a used subframe from a kid in Hayward for 100 dollars I make another series of calls to start collecting the parts I need.

After another call to Megan Racing, I receive my inner and outer tie rods, lower toe armsrear upper arms, hardened subframe bushings, short shifter and rear lower arms.

Next up : installing the bushings into my subframe.