Work and life often get in the way of our progress on cars, but whenever I could steal a chance, I’d get out to the garage and work on bolting more and more stuff to the engine. Keep in mind, originally, this engine was meant to come out the bottom of the car with drivetrain, subframe, suspension, turbo, intake, etc. all attached. Since I’m going in through the top, I’ve got a hard road ahead.
Still, I wanted to get as much bolted to the engine/drivetrain as possible because access in the engine bay is extremely limited. So, all sensors, wiring, vacuum hoses, turbo, intake, downpipe, CAS, coils, etc. got bolted up. The only thing remaining to be attached is the intercooler and the vacuum hose to the cansiter. Now, some of the stuff will need to be dismantled a little to allow me to hook up the clutch cable and shifter cables, but for the most part, it’s good to go!
So, into the air she goes! Before I could slot it in however, I had to attach a final transmission brace and front engine mount bolt. I couldn’t install those while it was sitting on the ground because they kept running into my wooden blocks that were keeping the whole thing upright. It took us about an hour of fiddling, kicking and shoving to get it slotted in. One of the hardest parts was getting the output shaft for the rear drive slotted into the driveshaft while clearing the front A/C condenser. In the process, we smashed up my Intake Air Temperature sensor.
Fortunately, those are still available and a new one is on order! With some more kicking and pushing and swearing, the engine finally dropped into place and we started doing up motor mounts! There are three mounts that hold it in place, one on each side, one up front and one in the back mounted to the transfer case. I got all but the transfer case mount installed and the engine sitting in place on it’s own weight. The transfer case mount is going to be an entirely different battle though!
After the t-case mount, I’ve gotta hook up the wiring for the alternator and starter, then install the A/C compressor and power steering pump, pop on some new belts, throw in new plugs and wires, install the clutch and shifter cables, throw on the intercooler, and… oh… I’ve got to fix the oil cooler lines. One was broken from the previous owner. Fortunately, those are at Dashbuilt Performance getting AN fittings welded on!
More to come as I make more progress!