Friday, January 25, 2013

Sound Deadening And Heat Reduction

I have not been out in the garage much due to the very cold weather we have had lately. I have been doing more research though and recently had a really nice conversation with Rick from RAAmaudio. We spoke at length about KITT and what I would like to achieve in terms of sound deadening and heat reduction. He suggested what areas of the car to cover and how much material I would need.

There are two basic components to the RAAMaudio system:
  • BXT II RAAMmat reduces or eliminates many of the vibrations that can lead to rattles on the flexible, resonate prone parts of the car and seals up access holes to block the noise from getting into the car.
    • 37.5 sq ft per box flat pack box, 20 sheets, 11x23"
    • Butyl based formula
    • Peal and stick for easy application, conforms well, stays put.
    • 60 mils thick .060" and .52lbs per sq ft
    • 4 mil soft aluminum finish
    • 250 degree temp rating
  • Ensolite IUO Peel and Stick works as a high frequency acoustical and thermal barrier. It breaks up and diffuses unwanted noise and helps decouple acoustical energy from resonating other parts of the vehicle.
    • Normal application is 3 yards per pack of BXT II.
    • 1/8" thick 
    • Will handle high heat and is fire retardant
One of the more interesting things Rick told me was that his products were recently chosen to dampen the ducting and air handlers on the International Space Station (ISS). How cool is that?

I placed an order for three packs of the RAAMmat and nine yards of the Ensolite. They arrived earlier this week.

Here are the pictures I took of the Ensolite.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Unboxing The Stainless Steel Lines And Clips

Today I received two more packages. The first is from Fine Lines and the second is from Inline Tube. Here is my unboxing video. 

Special thanks to Sara for the fancy camera work.

Seam Sealing The Interior

We had another day with a high in the upper 30s so I decided to seam seal the interior. I knew it be best to apply the seam sealer in the afternoon when it was warmest, so I started this morning by prepping all the areas for seam sealer. I wasn't sure how much seam sealing I would be able to do with what I had left (about half a can), so I decided to focus first on the seam behind the rear seat backs and the two seams for the lower firewall.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Painting KITT's Fuel Tank: The Sequel

I was able to heat the garage enough to paint the bottom half of the fuel tank today. I was so excited I could paint today that I forgot to take a picture before I started painting. Oops! 

Here is the before pictures with just a little POR-15 already painted on the corner.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Lower Control Arms, Panhard Bar And Differential Cover Bolts Unboxing

Two packages arrived today; one from Founders Performance and one from Classic Industries. Here is my unboxing video.

Painting KITT's Fuel Tank

Today was warm enough to start painting KITT's fuel tank. I set the tank on saw horses with a tarp underneath and used the flower pot to seal the opening. Because of the way the fuel tank is shaped I am going to have to paint it in two parts (top half and bottom half). 

The top half of the fuel tank will only get two coats of POR-15 because it sits against the car and will not be exposed.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Subframe Connectors Test Fit

Today I did a test fit of the new subframe connectors. I made a quick video showing how they mount under the car and how they differ from the more common subframe connectors on the market.

I also prepped the exterior of the gas tank so I can paint it with black POR-15 tomorrow.

Differential Cover, Subframe Connectors And Wonderbar Unboxing

I received two packages, one from 1A Auto and one from TDS (Top-Down Solutions). Here is my unboxing video.

Monday, January 14, 2013

One Year Anniversary

I got KITT one year ago today. Here is what he looked like on January 14, 2012...

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Energy Suspension Package #3 Unboxing

I received a second package in the mail late this afternoon. It was a third package from Energy Suspension. Here is my unboxing video.

Mystery Package Unboxing

I received a mystery package today from "Order Fulfillment Center in Kansas City, KS". Here is my unboxing video.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Energy Suspension Parts [Update]

I mentioned in my video that the box from Energy Suspension seemed small. I was right. It is because they did not send my clam shell engine mount bushings, the transmission mount bushing, or the lower control arm bumpers. There was also no packing slip or invoice in the box. I have contacted the company, and hopefully this will be remedied next week.

I give Energy Suspension an A+ for amazing, super fast shipping, but a D- for order accuracy.

Energy Suspension Parts Unboxing

The parts I ordered from Energy Suspension arrived today. Here is my unboxing video.

Forgotten Firewall

Somehow in the midst of everything the firewall was forgotten. I am not sure why I did not just paint this when we did the rest of the car; I do not remember why. I am sure we had a reason for not painting it, but now it escapes me. I know this area was MarineCleaned and prepped when we did the inside of the car. Sara's theory is we meant to paint the firewall when we painted the engine bay, and just forgot to do it.

Here is what the firewall looked like before I started this morning:

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Cleaning KITT's Interior

My focus today was on cleaning out KITT's interior. I had been storing finished parts inside the car to save room. I needed to clear this out in order to clean it up. The interior was very dirty, even dirtier than the outside was.

Here is what the inside of the car looked like before I started.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Spending Money Ordering Parts

I am very quickly approaching the point where I will start putting KITT back together. Today I spent the majority of the day gathering information and finding the best deals on the parts I am going to need soon.

I ordered the following parts today:

  • Lower Control Arms and Panhard Bar with Energy Suspension Performance Polyurethane bushings (Red)
Energy Suspension
  • Performance Polyurethane Front Control Arm Bushings
  • Performance Polyurethane Front Sway Bar End Links
  • Performance Polyurethane Front Tie Rod Dust Boots
  • Performance Polyurethane Torque Arm Bushing
  • Performance Polyurethane 32 mm Front Sway Bar Bushings
  • Performance Polyurethane 21 mm Rear Sway Bar Bushings
  • Front Lower Control Arm Bumpers
  • Performance Polyurethane Clam Shell Motor Mount Inserts
  • Performance Polyurethane Transmission Mount
  • Formula 5 Polyurethane Prelube
  • Custom Pontiac Arrow Stainless Steel Rear Differential Cover Bolts 
1A Auto
  • Rear Differential Cover and Gasket (I will paint this and the calipers red)
  • Stainless Steel 3/8 Fuel Line
  • Stainless Steel 5/16 Fuel Return Line
  • Stainless Steel 1/4 Fuel Vapor Line
  • Stainless Steel Front Brake Lines
  • Stainless Steel Front to Rear Brake Line
  • Stainless Steel Rear Brake Line

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Repairing And Sealing KITT's Fuel Tank, Part 4

This afternoon Dad and I sealed the tank. Once we got the can of fuel tank sealer open (which was incredibly difficult) we took turns stirring it. The directions on the can say it needs to be stirred until the sealer is a uniform color. It took almost 20 minutes of stirring before we decided it was good enough.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Repairing And Sealing KITT's Fuel Tank, Part 3

I started this morning by prepping the fuel tank. The kit I ordered came with a quart of Prep and Ready, which I poured into the tank and then sealed it with my flower pot. The solution has to sit for twenty minutes on each side of the fuel tank so the entire inside of the tank is thoroughly treated. 

Repairing And Sealing KITT's Fuel Tank, Part 2

Today I used MarineClean and a scrub brush on the exterior of the fuel tank. I wanted to get it clean so there was no chance of dirt falling inside the tank while I did the Prep and Ready and sealing stage. I put two tarps up by the garage door and set to work.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

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