Eric and I got a lot more work on both his and my 510 this weekend (and threw in a 200 mile drive in the roadsters as well!)
With the intercooler and radiator mounted, it was now time to get the intake pluming sorted out. Eric having sorted all the intake pluming on his 510 project really helped move things along as we were able to leverage from his recent experience. I have a huge box of mandrel aluminum bends, so it was just a matter of finding what bends worked best, trimming to suit on the band saw, and welding, welding, welding...
Starting from the air filter, a generic Apexi air filter mount was turned down in the lathe and the stock MAF was modified for a press fit, no welding, nice and clean (obviously not cleaned up yet!)
Then the air snakes down to the turbo via two mandrel bends (the upper water neck is done too!):
Then into the intercooler:
Through the intercooler and up to the intake manifold:
While I was working on Eric's S15 wiring harness, he took my downpipe to the bandsaw and went to town... about an hour later, the downpipe was done and mocked up in the car!
We still need to build the recirculation system from the blow off valve back to the intake, but it sure felt great to get this much progress done!
Major Kudos to Eric for his hard work this weekend, though I think he was having more fun than I was-- TIG'ing aluminum is more fun than soldering wires!