Picture 1: Doing a little welding on the suspension. I jacked up the car, and put pieces of metal in the springs, and welded them in place. This serves two purposes. It gives the car a higher ride height and stiffens the springs. The car was sitting too low, and was way too soft, so this modification was very necessary. And for those of you who would be afraid to do this kind of thing, I wouldn't worry about it. I'm a mechanical engineer, and I did an analysis on the shear stress in the spring before I did this welding, its fine!
Picture 2: the pieces of metal welded into place.
Picture 3: It's so hot outside here in Texas that I decided to paint the roof of the car white, to try to minimize the radiation absorption on the roof. I realize there are a lot of other things I can do that would help more, and I will do those things in time, but for now, I think the white roof looks cool anyways.
Its been a while since I posted last on here, I haven't done much since I installed the 496, except driving it everyday. This motor accelerates the car harder at 1500rpm than my 350 did under full throttle. The 496 is a true beast. I had wheel bearing failure on the passenger side front wheel the other day...
Picture 1: The spindle and nut slightly off center from the rim...
Picture 2: The inner wheel bearing, missing a few of the pieces. The outer bearing was completely mangled, not even recognizable, no pieces left.
Picture 3: The spindle all cleaned up, luckily there was no damage to this part, that would have made matters worse.