So i picked up those engines and finally got em back to SD. Was a nice long 8 hour drive…. i’ll bet the pickup is now happy to have all that extra weight out of the back haha.
One’s got around 75k on it and the other has around 90k… both spun bearings.
Forgot to take pics of both of them but one of the “new” engines is the one with yellow valve covers.
Sorry for garbage pictures… cell phone pics.
I’ve got too much stuff… the first engine i got is lying on a board on the ground without an oilpan… think i’ll use this crank to get the flywheel balanced. Disassemble pics in the future!
Transmissions lying everywhere…
NEED more room, the left half is crammed full of stuff! Come buy some parts!
So i picked up a couple engines today for free. They both have spun bearing sbut they are low mileage engines otherwise. Spare VH parts are ALWAYS a good thing as they are hard to find!
Will post some pics eventually.
Degreased the engine so it doesnt look quite as nasty in the bright white bay..
Another pic of the bay with everything untaped, a brake/clutch line tuck would do wonders in here..
Here’s how much clearance the PBM toe rods offer… The rear is half an inch away from being slammed on Stance GR+ Pro coilovers and there is tons of clearance betwee the rod and subframe. Pretty sweet.
Alright, were up to present. Thank god.
Yeah… soo… I just keep tearing more and more of this car apart. I havent had the dash out in a LONG time. Still only took me like 20 min. to do it though haha.
Anyways working on tucking the harness since I’ve got a nice pretty bay now. I needed to re-work the conversion harness i made a while ago so i figured i might as well go all out.
I took the entire engine room harness (as the FSM calls it) and de-loomed it getting ready to get rid of all this auto crap since it wasn’t a 5spd to begin with. I’ll be re-sleeving the harness with stuff from wirecare.com.
So this is where i’m thinking about putting the fuse boxes. Is this normally where people relocate them to? I dont really like the idea of extending crap tons of wires to relocate them to the trunk. Although my battery will soon be in the trunk..
You basically run the harness right along with the dash harness and it will still bolt right back up to the SMJ. The wires are practically perfect length for the relay box to be located on the passenger side like in the first pic.
And here’s the rest of the wiring i somehow have to cram in there… I’m thinking i’m going to need to shorten all of the wires that lead from the relay box to the fuse box so i dont have a cluster of wires under the dash.
Also got some stuff in the mail recently.
Some Yamato Garage RUCA’s. I’m not so sure about these.. they were a decent deal but we’ll see how they work. Wasn’t super psyched as one of them didnt want to go on. Had to basically pound it on with a hammer and you can see the flange’s bending in the second pic…. not sure what to think.
Did some fab work on the oil pan today. Started mocking up the extensions. Made some measurements and i think i’ll have around 30 more cubic inches of space in there. (very roughly).
Anyways here’s what i’ve got so far..
SO just about finished with paint. Got one more coat of clear to throw on there.
All together not too bad for doing it all on my own for the first time in a garage haha. There was one area where i either didn’t de-grease well enough or it just got too thick in the temp i’m working in. (40 degrees.. :/).
I’ll probably end up taping that area off and sand it down, and re-spray. Then wetsand the paint lines down or something. Any ideas?
Otherwise not bad. Will post pics about 20 min after the next coat. SO like 40 min to an hour. Whenever i get a chance.
You can already see the gold pearl in the garage with just a flourescent light. Can’t wait to see what it looks like in the sun!
Primed the bay today. Gonna sand the primer with 400 and spray base coat and clear on Friday. Yes!
Also got the bay all stitch welded up.
So progress has been very slow. VERY slow.
Got the bay all cleaned out today though. Degreased it and hit some areas with lacquer thinner. Gonna be cleaning it up and getting rid of all the rust. Hopefully can paint it this weekend.
Thinkin about relocating that huge battery.. If i do this do i need to put a shut off switch on the rear of the car?