As posted on another forum....I present Summer MODFEST 2010!
This is sort of a "deja vu" year for me as I'm doing almost the exact same mods this year as I did in MODFEST 2007 and 2008. I'm playing catch up to get my 300M Special back up to where the Intrepid was.
Anyway, here's a rundown on what I've been up to the last few days....
As posted on the 17th:
Howdy y'all....coming to you from the middle of nowhere, Deep East TX! (aka a dark, muggy forest!)
Its still in the 80s with stifling humidity. Temps on the way here measured as high as 104F. The swamps a few miles away are steaming.
I have no parts.....so how the heck is MODFEST starting?
Week one is salvage week. Parts for the 300M will arrive later this coming week.
The powertrain is being lifted out this weekend...I *might* have a buyer for it already.
The rest will be put up for grabs as it's removed. The only thing I'm keeping is my PCM....the rest goes in a series of CL ads but of course, forum members will get first dibs on stuff.
Pics to come later...
Later that day....
Work is stopped for the weekend due to storms knocking out power and the lack of a very critical tool.
I've got most of the interior stripped down. The place where I was going to rent the cherry picker is not open today...the engine will wait until Monday as the tractor wont safely fit under the awning.
OK....the next pics are not pretty. I don't screw up with driving often...when I do, it's a spectacular screw up.
Doesn't look TOO bad from this angle....don't be fooled.
OUCH.... frame twisted upwards vertically on the driver side. She's done....and this is why I now have the Special.
The engine is fine and even with the damage it still sounds mean.
Welcome to Hardwareguy's Salvage Yard.....need anything?
Yes...that's an Autostick cluster....and yes, it's for sale.
I also have ATC parts and a nice blower motor that's only a couple years old.
BCM, ABCM and some climate control actuators...
Today was farm maintenance day..... and I feel stupid. I went on a tractor without sunscreen. My *knees* are sunburned.
Its driving me crazy.
EDIT... It's 2:35am and it still burns like fire. I hope it doesn't peel. :|
Mother Nature is trying to derail MODFEST.....screw Mother Nature!
The Oncor lineman came out and replaced the cutout 2 hours later. This whole house surge arrester works great! We took a direct hit to the primary about 500 feet from the house....no damage to report!
A *huge* order of parts has just gone through.....
What's coming in the boxes come Friday?
Two Dayton RS180 7" woofers
Two Tangband W2-803SM 2" mid-tweeters
Two PowerAcoustik 3 way four channel active crossovers
One MB Quart DSC 450 4x50W amp
20 sheets of Damplifier Pro
Some miscellaneous wiring bits to fit it all together.
The above items will join the old Intrepid system to form a totally new level of sound.
For the record, the old system was:
Two Dayton RS-150 6" woofers up front
Three tangband W2-803SM midtweeters up front
Custom passive crossover made for 350Hz at 6dB/octave for the front.
Two Infinity Reference 6x9" in the rear
One Rockford Fosgate P450.4 for main power
One Clif Designs CD6.2LX monster amp powering the sub
One Dayton Titanic MK-III 12" sub in a 1 cubic foot sealed box.
The NEW system:
Dayton RS180 7" in the front doors.
Tangband W2-803SM 2"in the sails
Tangband W2-803SM 2" in the dash
RS150 in the rear deck and 2" Tangbands in the rear doors.
MB Quart DSC450 amp powering the Tangband 2" drivers
Rockford Fosgate P450.4 powering the Dayton RS midbasses.
Active Xovers set at 500Hz 12dB/octave and 80Hz for the sub.
The steeper crossover slope and higher frequency will fix the power handling issues the old system had. The bottom line? More power and more tweakability for lower distortion. A side effect is that it will be capable of ludicrous volume.....great for those impromptu sound offs where the finer aspects of the system would quite literally fall on deaf ears. (the old system sounded good but you couldn't crank it up without worrying about stuff)
The 7" in the doors is going to put the midbass where you want it, in the main soundstage, not in the trunk! Bass guitar, string bass, cellos, pianos, organs and smaller drums will sound much more natural.
30 lbs of deadening should shut up the road noise a bit and keep it from rattling like a donk from the ghetto. The bass needs to stay in the car with me!
Oh and by the way...my knees are still crispy....makes crouching down to work on things crazy painful. Dynamat day is going to be harsh!