Desert Sasqwatch Track Extended - 08 SS/TC LNF F40

Desert Sasqwatch

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Snugged everything away in the garage, will be a few weeks before I can think about wrenching on the Goblin. The boss decided we are tearing out the carpets and putting in wood floors in the house - sooo that will be another delay. Happy wife, happy life! :confused:

Still have my daily driver to fix. I'm prepping up the motor for the Jeep swap that should start next weekend (Labor day). Cleaned up the ports on the refurbished head and ported the exhaust side slightly - about 10% larger. The Jeep exhaust ports are horribly small, as cast, so it takes some work on the 'floor' side the exhaust port to get a little better flow. Hoping to get about 30 more horsepower from my 4.6 liter stroker I-6 over the 4.0 liter that it is replacing, but should see about 50 ft.lbs extra torque. :cool:

Once these are done, with the wife happy again and I can get back and forth to work reliably, I expect to have time to start on my kit. The weather should (ha! famous last words) start to cool off from the 100teens we have been seeing all summer.
 
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Desert Sasqwatch

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Been making the wife happy :) ; the carpets are gone, the wood floors are in and the walls are a different color, since she decided we needed to paint them because they no longer went with the deacor. :confused: Got started on the Jeep after those 4 days of 'happiness' and got the base engine built. Just need to add the externals - some of which are getting replaced as they were getting tired - that I am waiting on delivery. Guessing another day or two to get the engine completed and ready to install, plus 3-4 days to get the old engine out and new one installed and running correctly. So it will probably be another month - at least - before I can start on the Goblin. :(
 

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Ross

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I don't think that will fit in the stock Goblin frame, but I'm glad you are making progress towards the goal.
 

Motoracer110

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Awesome! You’ll have a nice running Jeep with that I-6 in it. Can’t wait to see your build start. I already know it will be top notch
 

Desert Sasqwatch

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Update:
Work has tied me up, occupying far too much of my time, and the time I do have is spent working honey-do list items that are piling up. :mad:
The new Jeep engine still sitting on an engine stand - see previous photos. I am hoping to take several days off in a row after Thanksgiving to get it into my Rubi. The old engine still runs fine for now, just gives me a little smoke before it warms up, so I should not be stranded before I get the chance to get the motors swapped out. :)
The Goblin is still sitting in the garage, parts in boxes, with my engine on my other engine stand and trans sitting on a shelf. It makes me sad to even open the garage door to get something out of my third car garage, seeing it there and knowing that others who have purchased their kits after I did have something that resembles a car to show for it. :(
The best I can do is spend a few minutes every evening keeping up with the goings-on on the DF forum and see how everyone else is progressing. Keep up the good work everyone, it gives me hope that after the first of the year I can finally start my Goblin! :D
 

Brian74

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I know the feeling. I’m going on almost 2 years now. Living in Az makes summer garage work miserable, and I have numerous other projects going as well.
 

Desert Sasqwatch

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Brian, I can completely relate. Now that our weather is getting nice again, more outside work will get done - honey-dos and man-projects. I should have my Jeep back in full working order between Thanksgiving and Christmas, so work on my Goblin is not too far off. I am giving myself a year to get to my car built and registered in AZ - I want to do it right and exactly the way I want it built with no cut corners. :D
 

Desert Sasqwatch

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Happy holidays everyone! It's been a while since I posted to my build log thought I would provide an update. I have been working too many hours in my new job - thought I gave that up with my last job - but oh well, gotta keep a roof over our heads and food on the table. Besides Uncle Sam needs to get those satellites up in the air where they will do us some good to keep the bad guys away.

I've been tinkering quite a bit with my Goblin, doing some test fitting of things and taking many measurements to determine if my planned upgrades will actually fit - it will be real tight! :eek: I was trying my wheels and hubs, together, and found the wheels (VORS) have a 'short' center hub cutout depth and the inside face is contacting the end of the bearing hub assembly (rears) before I am making full seating onto the stud flange face. I have a little less than a 3/16 inch gap and it looks like I will need to use a thin spacer to make these work correctly. 5mm is about 3/16 inch, but I will need to have some additional clearance so the hub and wheel do not rub, so it will need to be thicker than 5mm. Anyone with a suggestion for a good spacer, please let me know.

On the brighter side, I did decide to go with a red, white and blue color theme and will keep it as patriotically tasteful as I can.....but it will be unique and noticeable on the street (I don't want to get run over by someone ignoring my tiny little car!). As I previously mentioned, the frame will be white (POR-15), the body will be a red and blue combination (still like the flag wrap, but it will be mostly cut off on the Goblin hood) with many red and blue accents in the interior and engine bay, and white wheels. I added a photo of the wheels and yes, those are 'SS' center caps - my Goblin did evolve from a SS/TC. It will be a pain to keep clean, but what else do I have to do on a Saturday morning? :)
 

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