Well guys, she's back!!!! The leak issue was the hose below the intake manifold. Also had a new Degas installed. I was waiting to have time to do it myself, but with my new job I really had no time, so I dropped it off two weeks ago and they fix her up in a day or so and I just picked her up Saturday. She use to purr like a kitty, but now she roars like a tiger. It's actually a little too loud now, I might have to tone it down. I have x pipe to aeroturbine resonators out through some bassani mufflers, but I ordered some 24 inch Magnaflow resonators to replace the small AeroTurbines.
I drove around for a good hour around the streets Saturday night, checking to make sure there were no leaks. All seemed well so last night I took her up on a 300 mile road trip back to my new job location. There is a pretty steep and long incline on the way out of the LA area, but she performed flawlessly and all without boost. I'm breaking the new engine in so I'm trying to hold off of the boost until after the first oil change. How many miles do you guys think is good? I have read 500 - 1000 for the first oil change to get rid of all the metal shavings, does that sound good or is that overkill or way under?
I have been driving a 96 GMC Sierra that is so heavy off the line, going from that to a v8 Lincoln LS is a huge improvement, then going under boost will be an even bigger improvement, then 12+ pounds of boost will top it all. I was so excited to be driving her finally and it was a lot of fun. I can't wait to go under boost again, not that I took the turbo off, I'm just not gunning it to go under boost.
I have the boost controller waiting to be installed and I have to figure out this gen2 "PCV" system before I have it tuned up to 12+ psi. I don't know if I'm going to leave as is, under engine vacuum the fumes get sucked in by the manifold and under pressure a one way valve closes and the Turbo sucks the hopefully cleaner fumes out through a catch can. It was left vented to the atmosphere by the shop 3 years ago but I didnt like the fumes that were visible when I would stop at a light, plus the smell drew attention. I have also read people attached it to the exhaust so that vacuum sucks it out since it's always under vacuum and never under boost. Any suggestions on this? Typing from my phone on my lunch break so forgive me if there are any typos, dang auto correct.