Whelp, it's been driving around. The hangers are doing their job and the exhaust is staying in place, and I've been taking the car out for some test drives around town, getting the VE and idle tuned up and slowly turning up the boost! It's hanging around 10PSI right now with 7 PSI springs in it.

Bent up some exhaust hangers today and got the whole system up on the mounts. Took awhile to figure out how to do it, but ended up just using the MIG welder to glob on some welds. They look horrible but they're holding. Just need to build one more for the muffler itself and it'll be done.

More work on the exhaust, getting the midpipe welded up, which has been a pain! Now that it's complete, I've gotten the system bolted up beneath the car, set up the muffler in the right spot as well and got it tacked up. All I need to do now is get the final pipe to the tip welded up and then comes bending and welding on hangers, which will be fun to try and position correctly.

Car starts and runs! Freaking epic. It's very loud though! Took it on a few little drives around the area to test for leaks and such, built 3 PSI of boost so the wastegate is operating normally! Now on to the exhaust system. Building it out of 3" stainless, which is an interesting thing to weld. Got most of it mocked up and tacked up, waiting on a bit more pipe to finish it all.

Welded up an intake pipe to attach my air filter to, and got the oil line hooked up and locked down. Turbo is installed, downpipe connected, and water lines are going in tomorrow. Still have to plumb in the bypass valve, wire up the boost solenoid and O2 sensor, and reinstall the radiator, connect everything back up and refill it. Needs brackets made for the top of the rad too.

Absolutely exhausted. Pulled the steering rack and removed the suction/pressure lines to just use the rack without a pump, capped off the open holes and cleaned/reinstalled it. Huge amount of work. Got the turbo set back in, and cut/installed the oil drain line. Started mocking up how to install the oil feed, but the stainless line I have will make a shredded mess of the engine bay, so swapping to some nylon-covered PTFE line instead.

Well, got less done this Sunday than I'd hoped, IAT sensor is installed and wired, fully dressed the turbo and found some clearance issues with the housing and wastegate actuator I had to solve. Hopefully getting the oil feed and drain installed today, thinking I might just leave the PS off for now and loop the lines to see how I like it, maybe do EPS down the line if I don't.

Pushing to get this car in running order before next weekend, which means it's gonna be tight. Got in the turbo blanket and can't figure out how to install it, emailed the company. Got the wrap installed on the downpipe how I think it should go, but not sure if that's the right way or not. Redesigning the oil feed system to be less janky and doing the same with the water, moving to AN lines instead of just barb fittings on the turbo. Turbo should be installed within the next day or two.

Ordered up a few more parts for the Miata, have most of what I need now to get the turbo installed! Planned out some tubing routing for the cooling and oil system, and also need to take a day to pull the O2 sensor out and reroute it back to the downstream location on the car; the Kraken downpipe has the bung further back than the factory upstream location. May need to cut/crimp the O2 to fit, but hopefully not.
Might even be able to bring it to a car show in a couple weeks!

Machined the bung I had so it would perfectly fit on the tubing, so I can read the IATs from the cold side of the intake. Surprisingly worked better than I thought it would, and I was able to tune the height of the sensor in the tube. Welding was a little difficult, found out that welding on the bung even with the pipe being thin, required a good amount more heat, probably around 75-80A as opposed to the 50-60A I run just welding the tubing together.

Finished up the intake plumbing! Finally. Just needs a bung welded into it for the IAT sensor and that should be about it. Plumbing seems to hold well, might brace the long run somehow to keep things from flopping about, but it seems pretty stable.

Now that the rad mounts are in, it's back to pie cuts for me. Working backwards from the intake manifold, there's some tight spaces that I couldn't get a right-angle silicone joint to fit in, so I have to do some very tight pie cuts to go over 90 and then back to drop straight down through the snug space between the radiator and between the alternator pulley and AC lines.

Random aside, but home automation systems that aren't the proprietary ones that only support a certain few things are SO COMPLICATED to set up. Currently trying to get Home Assistant set up in a docker image on my server along with a Pi that has a TI Zigbee card on it, running zigbee2mqtt. What a pain.

Finished up the mounts in crinkle black powder coat and got them mounted up on the car. They look great! They actually work too. Now looks like I'll have to build some new bits to replace the factory radiator clamps for the top of the rad, but no big deal. Next up is plumbing the rest of the intake in.

After a weekend of partying, getting back to working on the car. Got the new revised radiator/condenser mounts test-fit and they seemed to work well, so ended up installing them. Have to drill a couple more holes tomorrow, ran out of daylight.

Repaired my gas pedal today. Ridiculous, it didn't work because a plastic bumper disintegrated and fell out. Absolutely nuts. I replaced it with a bolt.

Stuck out on the road for a couple weeks, I miss my garage. I just want to build things. At least the food is good, but stuck driving around a Corolla.

Spent a bunch of time lining up and welding the final hotside of the turbo plumbing, I feel like i'm getting better with the 1/16" rod and welding in general, has almost no melt throughs this time and kept the beads lower and overall made better welds.
The fit up is good and it actually works! I'm excited. Now to finish up the brackets for mounting the radiator and condenser and get them in position to make the cold side.

Got the layout pretty much planned out, the pie cuts are done, everything is laid out so time to weld!
Doing tacks and then one final fit up check before the full weld.

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