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So for the first time in 12 years........

 

 

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Now I just need to workout how to get the KE15 out of it's storage location and inside

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ARC 'induction box' (standard Jap air cleaner for engineering)

 

 

What is the dimensions of the airfilter that fits that box?? I see it is fitted with what appears to be a K&N, which K&N??

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I spent a lot of time searching filter catalogues and found this was the closest in dimension to the paper filter that came with the box. It is for a SAAB 900.

 

The K&N number is 33-2663

 

http://www.knfilters.com/search/product.aspx?prod=33-2663

 

If you use the close up feature on the photo, you will note that on the narrow end of the filter there is a middle step. I had to trim that flush with the inner section on one end only. I then ran a smear of black silicon over it to seal. It fits very snugly and seals perfectly. You will see what needs removing when you try to fit it unmodified.

 

By far the cheapest place to buy these in Australia at least was ebay from the US. A quick ebay search with that part number will give you lots of options. Of course you could also get an OEM filter which would be cheaper still.

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I spent a lot of time searching filter catalogues and found this was the closest in dimension to the paper filter that came with the box. It is for a SAAB 900.

 

The K&N number is 33-2663

 

http://www.knfilters...px?prod=33-2663

 

If you use the close up feature on the photo, you will note that on the narrow end of the filter there is a middle step. I had to trim that flush with the inner section on one end only. I then ran a smear of black silicon over it to seal. It fits very snugly and seals perfectly. You will see what needs removing when you try to fit it unmodified.

 

By far the cheapest place to buy these in Australia at least was ebay from the US. A quick ebay search with that part number will give you lots of options. Of course you could also get an OEM filter which would be cheaper still.

 

Thanks!...Your filter is a bit larger... I'm using a Ford airbox(from a mid 80s V6 powered Ford Ranger) on my car and it uses this filter http://www.knfilters...x?prod=33-2002.

 

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So finally I’m underway. After years of waiting I finally have some space and don’t have to jam cars down the side of the shed. 

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The KE15 is as I got it other than taking the tow bar off which got sent to Harry. and some series 1 RX7 wheels that actually really suit it (and hold air!)  I also replaced the seats with a perfect set with headrests I got from Japan.  The old ones going to Klayton only needed some small repairs, but I wanted headrests and ended up changing over at modest cost.  Otherwise it has sat quietly under cover waiting for some love.

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Adam had some engines issues in that it started blowing a lot of smoke and struggling under power after running for a few minutes.  I’m convinced it has a cracked piston. A quick compression check was even across 1, 2 and 4, but cylinder 3 has nothing. So work started on the weekend with pulling the engine. I’ll whip it out next weekend having disconnected everything yesterday.  Planning to stroke it with a 3K crank.  I went back to Adam’s original thread to see if he had comp tested it, and realised I bought the car 9 yrs ago!  A bit longer than planned.

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Would of loved to meet the original owner. Went to extremes of screwing self tappers through the boot badges, and added extra bump strips down the flanks and under the guard badges.

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The body will need a bit of work but is extremely solid And issues are mainly cosmetic though there are a few areas of house paint doubtless hiding things. The bonnet will need a bit of work. Anyway, kids are old enough to amuse themselves, so plenty of time to work through all the spares I’ve built up

 

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It's a very long time since I got a forum post notification... never did a compression test, when captain corolla heard the symptoms he diagnosed cracked piston too. Think that is where my enthusiasm began to die haha.

 

Look forward to progress!

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Another thing he did was carefully drill a little hole near the end of each chrome strip at the rear quarter.  I remember Adam saying he was a keen sailor, and I wondered if he might have set up a tarp off the back of the car, secured with fishing line. No self tapper this time

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It’s been a while, but finally the TE27 is back on its wheels with the TE27 crossmember and TE27 struts. It had been sitting on a KE25 front end I borrowed from Dave since collecting the shell quite some time ago. So long ago he doesn’t want them back!  At this stage just for rolling about the garage and will need to come out for some welding. 
 

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Now shutdown has eased off, I’ll get the K engine down to the machinists. Have a 3K crank I got out of a 99 cent engine for it so I can keep the original block, plus a Nicely worked head I picked up from a mate a while back.  

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Latest addition to the shed I couldn’t do without is a proper floor jack I picked up at the local auction place for $80. Makes things so much easier. No effort required, lifts nice and high without buggering about. Wish I had this years ago.  Old faithful motor guard cheapy jack is pretty piss poor in comparison. 
 

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So took some holidays after being told 12 weeks banked was extreme.  I resisted, but once I accepted it, realised how exhausted I was and counted the days. First week was a write off after heading to the GP on day 1 for a long put off general check up revealed I had diabetes.  Multiple blood tests and dr visits ensued including seeing an endocrinologist the next day after pulling a few strings. Good news is that it’s manageable and seems to have been discovered before it has caused any lasting damage. Moral is, it’s worth getting checked out. 

Much of the second week has been a write off after collecting our long awaited puppy!  Like having another baby! He is good fun, but lots of work.

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Amongst all this I have managed to get to work on the spot rust on the KE15. Elected to go carefully with a polystrip disc which effectively takes off the paint and virtually all the rust below without too much heat to distort the panel. Happily no evidence of panel perforation, so the years of careful storage without putting a tarp over it have saved it. Then treated what minimal rust remains with KBS rust blast which also etches the bare metal. The bonnet shows basically what the roof looked like beforehand. There’s a great old school paint shop, Milsome’s in Ferntree Gully who were able to put some factory colour, including for the TE27 into an aerosol, so shall see how that goes as an interim measure. 

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Finally treated it to a xmas present with a NOS factory option twin outlet exhaust contraption. The box is straight thru, and the whole unit bolts on after the muffler. 
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Well, if you can write an update your pancreas must still be working..  what made you check for diabetes? My wife developed type 1 a few years back, she's never really got it under control, any stress like going to work does crazy things to her sugar levels. Hopefully yours is more straightforward, and a couple of weeks in the shed should be relaxing!

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