Jump to content


  • Content count

  • Donations

    0.00 USD 
  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Feedback


Community Reputation

0 Neutral

About AlbatrossCafe

  • Rank

Profile Information

  • Location
    Lynnwood, WA, US

Recent Profile Visitors

The recent visitors block is disabled and is not being shown to other users.

  1. AlbatrossCafe

    Where to install Electronic Boost Controller

    Don't be scared! Nothing is mounted yet. The harness just fell that way while I held it for the pic. Side of the shock tower seems like an easy location and I'll throw it on there. Yeah, I would prefer to avoid a vacuum line adapter. I was wondering about having larger barbs for the solenoid. My concern was, if I add in larger barbs, does that risk running too much air through the EBC and damaging something? I was thinking it might have had the smaller barbs for a reason, but I have no idea. If not, this seems like the easiest solution.
  2. AlbatrossCafe

    82-83 Turbo ECU/ECM

    I also have one I just took off a few weeks ago if CGSheen falls through
  3. I have a couple questions about my electronic boost controller that I am using with MegaSquirt. The EBC has 3 ports. I assume 2 are input/output for the vacuum line and the 3rd is actually the air that vents to atmosphere? Does which port you use matter? See pic #1. Can I install it behind the heat shield here (on the master cylinder side - see pic #2)? If not, where is typical? If I install it here, is the "vent to atmosphere" gas gonna be too hot for the master cylinder or is that amount insignificant? The tube coming out of the turbo/wastegate is much larger than the one going into the EBC - how should I best address this step down and step up in size without a ton of awkward connections? EBC (#1): Install Location (#2): Hose to wastegate is different size than EBC connection (#4):
  4. AlbatrossCafe

    Gpop shop rebuild result

    So don't think I can pony up for ceramic coatings, but I used heat wrap on the downpipe and ex. manifold and added a blanket to the turbo. Now I am reading that using wrap on exhaust manifolds is a bad idea... Something about it causing the steel to become hotter than it would if it just vented normally and causing it to crack. What do you think ? Is a heat wrap not recommended? How come the stock engine did not use it if it was so necessary?
  5. AlbatrossCafe

    Gpop shop rebuild result

    I'm not looking for 400hp performance. Looking for a modest ~280hp or so. Seems like coating the ex. manifold would be overkill? A blanket is easy enough, I can add that to the turbo
  6. AlbatrossCafe

    Gpop shop rebuild result

    Hey guys, Just wanted to let you know how my Gpop shop turbo rebuild went in case anyone was looking at going to them: http://gpopshop.com/ Before: 1982 L28ET Garret AiResearch stock T3 turbo After: Upgraded into T3/T4 hybrid with T4 .50 trim compressor wheel and Stage III exhaust turbine. All moving components rebuilt/replaced if applicable. Review: So far, I am very satisfied with their work. When they said "we will make your turbo like new" I was skeptical. They took my 35 year old turbo and genuinely made it better than it was when it was new back in 1982. Externally, it looks great. I decided to have Gpop upgrade my stock turbo because I didn't want to deal with fabbing up external wastegates or put in spacers to get something aftermarket to fit. The cost (~$900 btw) was comparable to buying a new Garrett hybrid and in the end I get something that I know will bolt right in AND has a warranty to boot. Also, their customer service was awesome. I say "Externally, it looks great" cus I haven't finished putting together my engine yet 🙃 I'll update the review with actual performance "soon"!
  7. AlbatrossCafe

    T3/T4 Turbo that spools like stock?

    I According to Gpop, a new housing would be an additional $100-$250 and they commented:
  8. AlbatrossCafe

    T3/T4 Turbo that spools like stock?

    Wow @seattlejester sounds like you obsess over hobbies like this even more than I do... haha. Get that fuel pump back in already and convince me otherwise! It helps when I can actually see something installed/in action. FYI, here is Gpop's response in case you or anyone else were interested. They quote $895 for compressor upgrade and rebuild where they use a t4 .50 trim wheel inside of the stock compressor housing. That would allow me to continue to use my MSA downpipe and internal wastegate, and it would be a direct fit (no spacer off intake manifold), but I'm not sure how easily that would get me to 300HP?
  9. Everyone has a V8. I got it cus I liked the unique sound of the inline-6 with a turbo. Also, to me the classic Z car embodies Japan much more than any modern Honda/Toyota/Nissan and I love Japan
  10. AlbatrossCafe

    T3/T4 Turbo that spools like stock?

    Ok, good to know. Glad you have checked on this beforehand. I sent them an email just in case. So basically I can rebuild or just get this: http://www.himni-racing.com/turbochargers/garrett-t-series-journal-bearing/garrett-t3-t04e-stage-iii-turbo-50-trim-450-hp And end up with a similar price point, but one is new and the other isn't. TBH I was considering the rebuild because I was just worried about getting a fake chinese-Garrett or something haha...
  11. AlbatrossCafe

    T3/T4 Turbo that spools like stock?

    I'm in exactly $5,521.01 just for engine/exhaust mods at the moment 😓 haha so it's not that i don't mind spending a bit, but.... Here is my predicament. I could spend $700 and get a reliable Garrett T3/T4 or non SX Borg Warner that will get me to my power goals. I could also spend $1600 and get a fancy new Garrett with Ball bearings, stainless polish, etc. that will also get me to my power goals. But am I, as a novice mechanic and someone with almost no sports car experience, gonna notice a $900 performance difference between the two? Probably not. Newer turbos are nice, but how those translate to real-world performance (e.g. spooling to full boost takes 1.6 seconds vs. 1.3 seconds) is probably something that insignificant to me as an amateur. I'd rather take that $900 and repair rust on my front fenders. I think so, anyways.... From another thread, I think I found something that answers my original question... I also just learned of these guys: http://gpopshop.com/services/rebuilding/ I think I am gonna use their rebuild/upgrade services to keep it simple. That way I can keep my MSA downpipe which I just put on like 3 weeks ago Keepin it simple & "OEM" ish. And it is within a reasonable budget!
  12. AlbatrossCafe

    T3/T4 Turbo that spools like stock?

    efr6258? The $1250+ one? Twin scroll would be sweet but way more involved than I want. There is a high chance I'll just stick with a modest T3/T4 or one of the ones that SeattleJester mentioned. I know it is "older" tech, but it is still better than the stock T3, and will easily get me to 300hp for a reasonable price, internal wastegate, and direct fit.
  13. AlbatrossCafe

    T3/T4 Turbo that spools like stock?

    I'll have to check your external waste gate if I get the chance. I don't have a lot of capability to make anything custom so I was just trying to be as bolt on as possible. But I certainly would appreciate the newest tech that I can find. I'll start looking at some non T3/T4 options. I can't see ever wanting 400hp on this car. I don't really have any desire to go above 300hp, so as long as driveability is good that is probably enough for me and maybe I don't need anything super fancy.
  14. AlbatrossCafe

    T3/T4 Turbo that spools like stock?

    No specific reason in this thread. Only thing I can think of is that maybe 50 trim loses a little too much top end power. Do you have experience with either?
  15. AlbatrossCafe

    T3/T4 Turbo that spools like stock?

    So I have determined that starting to spool at 2400 RPM with full 7 PSI boost by ~2700 RPM (like the stock T3) is probably a little over zealous. I think that achieving full boost closer to 3000-3100 RPM is fine. I was just worried about reducing usable powerband since I have the stock cam and the engine falls off around 5500 RPM. Sounds like a T3/T4 .57 trim .63 A/R turbo with a stage III wheel would accomplish this from researching many threads around this site. Something like this: http://www.himni-racing.com/turbochargers/garrett-t-series-journal-bearing/garrett-t3-t04e-stage-iii-turbo-57-trim-475-hp @Chickenman you mentioned .57 trim in an earlier post... do you have personal experience with using a similar turbo? Are my full boost @ 3000-3100 RPM goals within reason?