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Old 07-31-2004, 09:38   #1 (permalink)
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Modifying the Trick Flow R upper

Trying to make your car as user friendly as possible sometimes hits snags when using aftermarket parts. The HO upper uses a little "Christmas tree" vacuum pipe which takes the 3 vacuum take offs to the upper rear of the firewall so you can access them if things go wrong. I had a backfire on my HO 5.0 and blew a small vacuum plug off on the rear underside of the upper manifold which meant I had to pull the upper manifold off to find and correct the problem....

So knowing this, the last thing I want is vacuum lines coming off where you cant check/attach them. When I looked at the TrickFlow R upper, it was set up in the reverse of the HO manifold with the two smaller threaded holes facing the rear and the large and small setup facing forward. This meant to use the original vacuum christmas tree I had to do some serious modifying.

The small hole is not drilled in the centre of the path - more to the upper of it so you couldn't just stick a drill up there (there would be no meat left) so my stepfather and I made up a little jig which screws into the second threaded hole and acts as a guide for the drill. The drill was flat bottommed with just a little chamfer on the side. The hole had to be drilled with a hand drill because I could not find a drill long enough to be able to use a drill press in all my work catalouges, so extreme care needs to be taken to make sure you are square. Once the drilling is done - the NPT tap is run down the hole.

Now the Vacuum pipe will screw in and sit in the same position as the HO one did...
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Old 07-31-2004, 15:55   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Modifying the Trick Flow R upper

**** look at the size of those ports!
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i didn't have to do anything like that to fit the r series upper to my car, a better way around it is to use the fitttings supplied and fit brand new vacuum hoses, that way you know that they aren't gonna go in a hurry. the only problem i encountered with the r series manifold was the fitment of the fuel rails, apart from that it was pretty straight forward.
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i didn't have to do anything like that to fit the r series upper to my car, a better way around it is to use the fitttings supplied and fit brand new vacuum hoses, that way you know that they aren't gonna go in a hurry. the only problem i encountered with the r series manifold was the fitment of the fuel rails, apart from that it was pretty straight forward.
It doesn't matter how new your vacuum hoses are - one backfire and it will still come off. I did this because the metal vacuum tree is a good thing and looks quite neat compared with a mass of flexible hoses going everywhere.
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i didn't have one of those vacuum trees, but saying that mine are quite neat. the only prob that i had was the brake booster hose wasn't long enough, but i grabed an xf one and it works great.
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**** look at the size of those ports!
Yes - the Trick Flow R is one serious manifold. Unless you are going to bypass the rev limiter on EEC5 and rev the 5.0 to 7500 and above it really wouldn't be at home on a stock stroke motor - however, Peter Michaels had a look at it and basically said that beacause the manifold is dry (the fuel isn't added until it is just about into the head) you can use much larger ports and runners but your vacuum will suffer so you will end up with a torqueless motor down low. A 347 conversion fixes that though (I hope )
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Or forced Induction !!
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