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.
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.
Working on learning pie cuts this weekend and figuring out how I'm going to route this plumbing for the intake. Making mistakes, learning, getting discouraged, depressed, and then taking a break and jumping back into the fray has all happened today. There's a couple great videos on youtube that explain it, this is the first of a few: https://youtu.be/1EKz1KtaF_k
Back at it tomorrow, more cutting and starting to weld things up.
Hacked up enough metal to get the intercooler to mostly fit, there's a bit more cutting and welding to clean up the area. Ordered a new CK TIG torch since the one that comes with this welder is heavy as sin and I never weld over 100A. Got a superflex version so hopefully will have an easier time welding.